ਮਨੁ ਕੁੰਚਰੁ ਪੀਲਕੁ ਗੁਰੂ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਕੁੰਡਾ ਜਹ ਖਿੰਚੇ ਤਹ ਜਾਇ ॥
'The mind is the elephant; the Guru is the elephant-driver,
and knowledge is the whip. Wherever the Guru drives the mind, it goes.'
- SGGS Ji Angh 516
The research topics are diverse and are as relevant today as they were during the Guru period and not just to the Sikhs but to the world at large.
What Sikhi represented was modernity at its inception and remains revolutionary in its outlook even in the 21st Century. It offers solutions to issues being deliberated today – such as gender inequality, the environment, health and wellbeing, and reconciling science with religion etc.
Our researchers are both Sikhs and non-Sikhs and are drawn from diverse international backgrounds. They work in groups undergoing a diligent process to collate, analyse and present information through exhibitions and lectures to live and TV audiences. Through this learning process, WSHT achieves the objectives of providing an understanding of the history and philosophy of the Sikh people to wider audiences, and also achieving the personal development of the researchers.