Journey of the Mind is the first publication from Without Shape Without Form (WSWF), an arts organisation and arts space established in 2017 by volunteers from the Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara (GMGG) in Slough, England. WSWF is the UK’s first, and currently only, permanent Sikh art gallery.
The publication has been created as an illustrated introduction to the history, stories and teachings of Sikhism. The Gurus - the teachers of the Sikh faith - shared a message of kindness, equality and inclusivity, helping all humanity find peace in troubled times and connect with truth through the journey of the mind.
We live in difficult times. Many people struggle with hectic schedules and constant pressure from a busy world in which we are always connected through digital media but are somehow less connected to each other in real life.
The impact of Covid-19, and the constant worry and isolation that many of us experienced, have left their mark on our mental health. On top of this, concern for the health of our planet and social injustice have left some feeling hopeless.
The mission of the Gurus was supported by brave and inspiring warriors who, following the teaching of the Gurus, devoted their minds to Waheguru (the Creator) and found peace in the face of adversity.
The last Guru, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, is not a person, but a collection of texts embodying the teachings of Sikhism, accessible to everyone, for all time.
Journey of the Mind shares the wisdom of these texts, including excerpts in the original Gurmukhi, Punjabi. Digital paintings by world-renowned Sikh artist Kanwar Singh illustrate the stories of those who attained the highest spiritual levels, which gave them the clarity and foresight to see all as one.
In today's frenetic, turbulent world, the message of the Gurus is more relevant than ever - we have everything we need within us to achieve peace. It is the ambition and hope of WSWF that people will be inspired by these words to embark on their own journey of the mind.
Journey of the Mind is a publication and travelling exhibition by Without Shape Without Form. The book has been designed and produced by Herman Lelie. It is co-published by Without Shape Without Form and Anomie Special Projects, London.