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Guru Amar Das, the third Sikh Guru, institutionalized the concept of Langar inspired by the teachings of Guru Nanak. He taught that all are equal in the eyes of God. He asked all those wishing to see him, regardless of caste, to first sit together and eat a humble vegetarian meal. This was a revolutionary concept in 16th Century India, a country bound by the caste system for many hundreds of years.
Guru Ram Das Ashram community members, for many years, took turns providing an informal meal that was served in front of the ashram at 12 p.m. Monday through Friday. For the last seven years, through the blessing of the Khalsa Peace Corps., the Guru Ram Das Ashram community has been blessed to have a langar hall where all people can come and eat a free meal. Meals are served to whomever may stop by, including members of the community, neighbors and the homeless.
The langar hall is now being managed by the community, as Khalsa Peace Corps., through its tremendous outreach growth, is moving out of the building where the langar hall is. The community has now the blessing of managing it and continuing the lagacy of the Guru's service to all. It is through your donations that we can continue to do so.
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If you would like to provide langar for about 25-30 people, donate paper goods or offer a monetary donation, contact the Community Coordinator.
Guru ka Langar is a blessed vegetarian communal meal served after Sunday's Gurdwara program. Langar is prepared and served by a different Missal each week. Everyone is welcome to help serve Sunday Langar. All that is needed is a freshly cleaned pair of hands. Servers meet outside at the langar service tables immediately following the Gurdwara service and are assigned their tasks.
You may sponsor (provide funds for) or provide (prepare all or part of) Guru ka Langar for any occasion meaningful to you. If you would like to provide Langar for up to 150 people, donate paper goods or offer a monetary donation, contact the Sevadar at (310) 858-7691.