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Sara Cox sits in

1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 14 November 2012

Sara Cox sits in for Vanessa on Early Breakfast for one day only, featuring a first look at the day's papers, Pause For Thought at 0545 and great music from across the decades.

Music Played

16 items
  • Image for Roxette

    Roxette The Look

    Now 15 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Scouting for Girls

    Scouting for Girls Without You

    The Light Between Us, Epic, 1

  • Image for Sam Cooke

    Sam Cooke Chain Gang

    Sam Cooke - The Man & His Music, RCA

  • Image for Damien Rice

    Damien Rice Cannonball

    (CD Single), 14th Floor Records

  • Image for Steps

    Steps Light Up The World

    (CD Single), Steps Recordings, 1

  • Image for George Benson

    George Benson Lady Love Me (One More Time)

    George Benson - The Very Best Of, Warner E.S.P., 4

  • Image for Whitney Houston & R Kelly

    Whitney Houston & R Kelly I Look To You

    The Greatest Hits, Sony, 1

  • Image for The Kinks

    The Kinks Sunny Afternoon

    Face To Face (Deluxe Edition), Sanctuary, 13

  • Pause For Thought

    • Image for Emeli Sandé

      Emeli Sandé Read All About It (Part III)

      (CD Single), EMI

  • Image for Kool & The Gang

    Kool & The Gang Joanna

    Kool & The Gang - The Singles Collect, Phonogram

  • Image for Coldplay

    Coldplay Hurts Like Heaven

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 1

  • Image for Whitesnake

    Whitesnake Here I Go Again (Remix)

    Driving Rock (Various Artists), Global Records & Tapes

  • Image for Nelly Furtado

    Nelly Furtado On The Radio

    (CD Single), Dreamworks

  • Image for One Direction

    One Direction Little Things

    Take Me Home, Sony

  • Janet Holmes in Sheffield's Birthday Number 1

    • Image for Al Martino

      Al Martino Here In My Heart

      Housewives Choice (Various Artists), Music & Memories

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Candy

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Pause For Thought from Harwinder Singh, a project coordinator in the Sikh community.

    I was introduced to Sikh scripture as a toddler and still have fond memories of sitting on my mother’s lap as she recited the Shabad – the revealed words of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh way of life. It isn’t uncommon for young children to be exposed to prayer in this way, through the most important relationship they have in those early formative years with their mother. I certainly was not alone in this experience as I found others at school, Christians and Muslims, who were also being introduced to their faith by a doting parent reading them hymns.

    Over some time I came to notice that the pupils who were performing best in class, myself included, happened to be these children of faith. Instantaneously I latched on to the clearly erroneous notion that God was pleased with those who worshipped him and rewarded them with enhanced aptitude and academic success. I was a child of no more than ten and such a conclusion justified for me the hours I was spending reading and memorising hymns.

    As I got older I began to realise that hymns in the Sikh tradition were not mere words to be recited, to induce emotions or a state of consciousness, but are in fact the core of Guru Nanak’s doctrine as to how the world works and how best we can live our lives.

    They were less like the words of adulation I was reading in books from English literature, and more like the enlightening words of my textbooks in Science class. This opened my eyes to the folly of the idea I had formed earlier that God rewarded me simply because I recited my prayers. Looking around me I began to see numerous children of no particular faith group alongside those of faith in the advanced classes at school. I wondered what it was that set some students apart, beyond inherited abilities and greater access to opportunity.

    To this day when I read Sikh hymns aloud, the tone, melody and pace echoes that of my mother. I can’t know for sure and of course it isn’t the only factor, but I believe that the influence of my mother reading the Shabad aloud to me as a child helped me to become a better student, as well as a better Sikh. The comfort that came from hearing her voice was probably one of the greatest gifts that she gave to me all those years ago.


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