Kids Corner


Coming of Age



For Harjaap Singh, on the occasion of his Dastar Saajni, October 3, 2009 





Over the years

My prayers have changed

My dreams have grown

My goals have become reality

My strengths reveal the best of me

I have confirmed what I can do

Over the years

I have sought counsel

I have learned wisdom

I have listened as others interpreted my view

I have my own opinions

My own expectations, they are the culmination

Of my faith and my interpretation

Of the world I am committed to

On this day

All that came before

Enhances all that I will gain

From this point forth I take the name


The Patka falls away

The lion crowns the day

The man, the prince, the chief

With the Guru Granth Sahib to light my path

The Dastaar, the apogee of my belief



Conversation about this article

1: I.J. Singh (New York, U.S.A.), October 04, 2009, 12:56 PM.

A beautiful tribute to young Harjaap Singh that he will surely treasure. Our journey through life is measured by steps that become rites of passage. For a Sikh, the turban connects him to meaning, majesty, history and tradition. Welcome, Harjaap, to living history.

2: Ravinder Singh (Birmingham, U.K.), October 04, 2009, 3:42 PM.

Such a lovely ceremony. Every child, male and female, should be given such a welcome into adulthood. Thank you for describing it so beautifully!

3: Irvinder Singh Babra (Brantford, Ontario, Canada), October 05, 2009, 10:29 PM.

Hi beta, hope you will keep your dastaar forever. Congratulations. Such ceremonies should happen more everywhere. Love and best regards.

4: Bethany (Nottingham, U.K. ), November 11, 2009, 9:41 AM.

Excellent article!

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