The Surat Initiative is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on education

The Gurmat Literacy Project

The Gurmat Literacy Project provides innovative and dynamic resources for learning about basic gurmat ideals. These resources employ various teaching approaches to help us better understand Sikh principles and integrate these values into our daily lives. The Gurmat Literacy Project is composed of educational packages, workshops, and conferences including the Surat Sikh Conference in January and the Surat Emerging Leaders Conference in July. We aim to make gurmat principles more easily accessible and widely available, and our long-term goal is to encourage and inspire Guru-centered living.

The Sohila Package

The Gurmat Literacy Project brings you the Sohila Package, an extensive resource and guide for learning and teaching Sohila. Included in the package is a translation of Sohila, lesson plans, a powerpoint presentation, recitation of Sohila, children's tutorials created in collaboration with Camp Sikh Virsa, and supplemental readings. All of our materials are completely open source and available for free download and use at home, at camps and retreats, or at gurduaras.

Ardas Translation

Ardas is a traditional Sikh prayer recited at every community gathering. It recounts the history, vision, and values of the Sikh community, and it provides an opportunity for collective reflection and prayer. 

Turban Day Package

The Turban Day Package is a resource created by the Literacy Project Team to assist college students in putting together a Turban Day at their university. The package comes complete with resources for spreading awareness on Sikhi, a guide and checklist for putting together the event, and a grant from Surat for running a Turban Day on your campus!