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MyGuruJi In the Media...
The Singapore Sikh
community is using technology, including the Web and PDAs, to keep in
touch with the religious side of their roots.
A giant screen beaming Computer presentations to
a rapt audience may seem run-of-the-mill at a business seminar.
But the 500 men, women and children who had
gathered in the cavernous hall of the Katong Sikh Temple were not at
any seminar. They were there to pray. Sikh prayers and hymns or
kirtans are written in the ancient script, Gurmukhi, which many
members of the community here in Singapore do not understand.
Earlier, temple volunteers used to photocopy and
distribute scraps of paper containing translations before each prayer meeting,
which was cumbersome and uneconomical. So a handful of technology-savvy
community members came up with the idea of using a PowerPoint presentation
PowerPoint presentations contain
not just the English translation, but also transcripts of the verses being sung
in Gurmukhi and Roman scripts.
Mr Sarjit Singh, 34, a volunteer at the Silat
Road Sikh Temple, explained: "The English translations particularly help young
community members appreciate the values embedded in our daily prayers better."
The presentation contains not just the
English translation, but also transcripts of the verses being sung
in both Gurmukhi and the Roman scripts.