Archive for February, 2007

February 26th, 2007

News February 25, 2007

Posted in Announcements by London Sikh Society

Gurmukh Piarey Jio

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki fateh:

A very fruitful discourse was delivered by Dr Onkar Singh Ji in today’s Diwan. He sang two sabads:

1. Raag Bilawal Mahalla 5||

Prabh ji tu merey pran adharey||Namaskar dandaut bandnaa anik baar jaoo barey||Oothat baithut sowat jagat ehu mann tujhey chitarrey||Sookh dookh iss mann ki birtha tujh hi aggei sarrey||Tu meri oat bal budh dhan tum hi tumeh merey parwarey||Jo tum karoh soii bhal humrey peikh Nanak sukh charnarey||

Dr.Onkar Singh ji stressed the central message of the sabad that we need to connect to our sustainer through a state of emotional bond of thankfulness at all times. This we can do if we realize that Waheguru ji is our everything our family our breath giver. Accepting His divine presence and Him divine Will in all our actions and results would bring true peace to us.

This first shabad exemplifies the total humility and humbleness of Guru Sahib. Guru Sahib invocates Waheguru, the almighty, as the very essence and power behind each breath. This life, the breath we take which enables us to live, is solely the doing of Akal purakh. That is, “Prub Jee, toon meray praan adharay”. Guru Sahib inspires this humbleness as he says, “Namaskar Dandoth bandana, anik baar jao baray”. This is such an important expression and gratitude towards the supreme Waheguru. Think about it, the Guru is not
merely expressing thanks, but is saying ANIK BAAR!
2. In second sabad: Raag Todi Mahalla 5

Satguru ayioo saran tuhari|| Miley sookh Naam Har sobha chintta lahe humari||Rahao|| Awar na soojhey dooji thahur haar paryio tau duari|| Lekha chhod aleikhey chhootei hum nirgun lehu ubari||Sad bakhsind sadaa mehurvanaa sabhnaa dei adhari|| Nanak das sant pachhei paryio raakh lehu ehu bari||

Dr Onkar Singh ji spent fair amount of time on bringing home the essence of reality in our lives by stating that seeking the sanctuary of the Guru brings complete security and peace to our fragmented minds, hit hard by storms of mayaa. All forgiving Waheguru provides sustenance to all without any favours. We need to capture this opportunity given to us in human life to connect with our Lord Alloving father.

This second shabad exemplifies the true peace and Sehej that we experience in the presence of the Guru’s abode, the shabad and wisdom of the Guru. We discussed the concept of being able to live in the moment, to live in the present. Guru Shabad, allows us and instills this wisdom. It guides us and allows us to give up the illusion of past and future and to live in the now. The present encompasses sehej and peace. “Sehej” comes through the sacred intelligence that Guru Sahib guides us with. “Sehesa”, is attached to our past and future. It represents our insecurities, griefs, hatred, conflict. Sehesa creates ego centered intelligence which does not allow one to be able to live in the moment of life.
Many youth came to Gurdwara as they heard that Dr Onkar Singh was coming to deliver the discourses. Accompanying Dr Onkar Singh ji was S Gurpreet Singh (Gopi), a Tabla maestro of repute. It was absolute pin drop silence as the duo performed in our Gurughar today. Thanks to these two young gentlemen for coming and bringing youth together near Stguru Ji’s message and Bani

Bhai Amrik Singh Ji, our Bhai sahib, sang beautiful Sabads of Baba Freed Ji:

Freeda tann sukka pinjjar thiaa taliaan khoodeh kaag||Ajei su rabb na bohurio deikh banddey ky bhaag|| Kagaa karung dhandoliaa saglaa khayia maas||Eh dooey aina matt chhoho pirr deikhan ki aas||…Freed ji appreciates the importance of human body that how this is an opportunity to see our Lord while we are in this human form, and that metaphors of crow and skeleton of human body are used to indicate how important is our focus on Waheguru ji’s presence in this body that crows, representing all vices are told to stay away from this body as my Lord is to meet me in this human form, let it not get polluted by any of the vices (crows).

Bhai Amrik Singh ji sang another sabad by Baba Freedji as below:

Kali koel tu kitt gunn kalli|| Apney preetam key hau birhey jalli…Bhagat ji stresses the power of our accute passion to meet our Lord as it brings us in unison with our maker. The pangs of love and suffering that results from our separation with Waheguruji is beautifully described in this sabad. It lays emphasis on the fact that we are essentially alone on this journey of life that has come our way after a long process of births and deaths in various living forms. Human form is the only opportunity to achieve success of becoming one with our Lord and achieve eternal bliss of oneness as our only object.

Bhai Amrik Singh Ji uses very effective musical notation and composition to touch hearts of Sanagt. Thanks to him as well.

Sunday Diwan March 4, 2007:

S. Gurjit Singh ji is requesting all sangat to come to Guru Ghar to bless the occasion as his family is taking up service of Langar and Kirtan that day.

Sunday Diwan, March 11, 2007

Ms Sonia and Ken Patpatia family is taking up service of Langar and Kirtan on this Diwan. They request presence of all Sadh sangat on this occasion as Ardas shall be conducted for peace and in memory of Mr. Patpatia’s mother who recently passed away.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Executive Committee

February 16th, 2007

NEWS & DIWAN – February 18, 2007

Posted in Announcements by London Sikh Society

Meharbaan, Gurmukh Piaree Sadh Sangat Jio:

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

1. Shaheedaan Dey Sirtaj an excellent documentary:

We had a very beautiful documentary “Shaheedaan Dey Sirtaj” screened at our Gurughar on the evening of February 11, 2007. The director of the movie, S. Hardip Singh, was himself present at this time. The quality of the movie from technical and artistic perspective was very impressive. This two hour movie covered all aspects of Satguru Arjun Dev Ji’s history. It depicted Guru Sahib’s formidable stance to tolerate all types of unimaginable excesses by the powers of the time in order to uphold the inherent right of all beings to practice their faith without any interference. The viewers could see how in 1608, almost 400 years ago, Guru Sahib established the one most important foundation pillars of modern day democracy – The Freedom of Belief & Expression. The fundamentalists of both powerful religions of the time i.e. Hindus (in the form of Chandu) and Muslims (as admitted by Emperor Jehangir in Tuzik-i-Jehangiri) failed to break the determination of Satguru Arjun Dev ji to exercise freedom of religion and expression using most brutal means of tortures of pouring hot sand on Guruji’s head and making Him sit on hot burning iron plate (Tatti Tavi). The movie emphasised Satguru Ji’s contributions towards human kind by His service during great famine around Lahore, laying of foundation of Sri Darbar Sahib by Sai Miaan Mir Ji, and careful compilation of Sri Aad Guru Granth Sahib. The historical events of Hazoori Kitanias Bhai Satta and Balwand, and how ordinary Sikhs were encouraged to learn Kirtan and much more was covered during this two hour presentation. The places and actors for each role were very meticulously chosen, and the smart eyes of the director brought immense amount of histy alive on the screen in very effective manner. The director S. Hardip Singh has already produced two other documantaries, “Dharm Di Chadar” and on Khalsa concept. His next projects are focused on covering historical periods of Sikh Shaeeds of 18th century, Sikh Misls, and Maharaja Ranjit Singh. He is very talented person with excellent vision to use audio-visual and computer technology to produce historical and spiritual message for wider public. He himself is an accomplished actor and a wonderful orator as was evident that evening during the show.

We wish there were more Sangat to watch this great presentation.

KIRTAN by Bhai Sulakhan Singh Ji and Bhai Prem Singh Ji on February 18, 2007:

Bhai Amrik Singh Ji Has made arrangements that on Sunday February 18, Kirtan shall be sung by Bhai Sulakhan Singh ji and Bhai Prem Singh Ji. Bhai Sulakhan Singh ji is very well trained in classical Raagas of Gurbani. Please do attend the Gurghar and appreciate the visitor Kirtaniaas. They would start Kirtan from 12:00 to 12:45 PM on Sunday February 18, 2007. Bhai Amrik Singh Ji shall sing Kirtan from 11:30 to 12:00. Langar is by Bhai Amrik Singh Ji. Bhai Sahib request the presence of Sadh Sangat on this occasion.

Kirtan by Dr Onkar Singh Ji on Sunday February 25, 2007:

On Sunday February 25, we woul have another guest Kirtani Jatha of Dr. Onkar Singh Ji. He shall be singing Kirtan from 12:00 till 12:45 after Bhai Amrik Singh ji finishes from 11:30 to 12:00. Dr. Onkar Singh has an excellent command over the Raag and Gurbani explanations that appeals to one and all – especially the youth.

Langar on this Diwan day is by S. Ajmer Singh of Hamilton. He requests all Sadh Sangat to please attend the Gurughar.

REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEER MEMBERS FOR SUB-COMMITTIES:

Guru Piareys are requested to contact any Executive committee members to furnish their names so that we can complete the task of forming workable sub-committies. The main sub-committies are Building Committee, Education Committee, Heritage & Religious Affairs Committee. The members of Education Committee shall help decide the content of our webpage in the immediate future as we are in the process of constructing this webpage right now.

SPECIAL DIWAN TIME REMINDER:

May Sadh Sangat note that whenever we have a Kirtani Jatha from outside, we are required to extend the rugular Diwan to allow more time for the Guest Jatha to perform Kirtan. Thereby we shall allow 15 extra minutes before Diwan concludes.

London Sikh Society Webpage:

Please keep checking our webpage and let others know about its presence on the internet for information. Our Webpage is:

www.londonsikhsociety.com

Executive Committee.

February 9th, 2007

London Sikh Society, London, Ontario CANADA

Posted in Website Updates by London Sikh Society

London Sikh Society has added an announcements section. This will display all the current Gurdwara related announcements for your ease.

February 8th, 2007

LONDON SIKH SOCIETY, UPCOMING EVENTS -February 11, 2007

Posted in Announcements by London Sikh Society

Nirmal-Budh, Ujjal-Didaar, Gurmukh-Piaree,Sadh Sangat Jio:

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Please take note of the following:

SPECIAL EVENT

An excellent 2 hour documentary on Dhann Dhann Satguru Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji , is being shown to Sadh Sangat in our Gurughar on evening of Sunday, February 11, 2007 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The titile is : SHEEDAN DEY SIRTAAJ. It is directed by S. Hardip Singh who has already produced two documentaries. He is a great visionary who believes that the mass media is the vehicle that should be used to disseminate our heritage to the world wide Sangat. S. Hardip Singh is an SGPC (Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak) member, and is touring North America at present. This movie has been screened in B.C., Alberta, Manitoba and many other places. He is screening this movie in Windsor Gurughar during the day time on February 11, and we have requested him to show it to our Sangat on his way back to Toronto. Please bring your children and youth along. Langar shall be served after the movie.

Dr. ONKAR SINGH DOING KIRTAN ON FEBRUARY 25, 2007:

Dr. Onkar Singh Ji from Brantford is coming to do Kirtan in our Gurughar on Sunday, February 25, 2007 during our regular Diwan. Dr. Onkar Singh is a Canadian born young Sikh who has excellent grasp of Raags of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, and his commentary and expositions of Guru Sabads appeal to all. He is well versed in the methodologies and communication skills required to connect to the youth, and his discourses are very effective. He would perform Kirtan for about 45 minutes starting from 12:00 Pm till 12:45 PM. Bhai Amrik Singh’s Kirtan time shall be 11:30 till 12:00 noon.

SIKH AWARENESS DAY CELEBRATED AT University of Western Ontario

The Sikh students of University of Western Ontario, London, celebrated Sikh Awareness day at the University Campus on Thursday February 8. This has become an annual event by Sikh students at the university campus. The students put on an impressive display of Sikh history at the UCC building with booths set up to answer any queries of the visitors. UCC is the hub of the student activities and thousands of students visit this building on any given day. Many curious and thoughtful exchanges of information took place all day. In the evening, a two hour documentary “The Continuous Journey”was screened in an empitheatre. It was attended by many visitors. The documentary is an excellent, impressive, anda first time documentation of the hardships endured by Kama Gota Maru passengers and Sikh diaspora in the early 1900’s in Canadian soil. The documentary was followed by a one hour lecture by S. Harkinder Singh, a member of local Sikh Sangatthat focused on three mainareas: a) State of Sikh Youth in present Canadian context,b) The Future of Sikh Youth In Canada, and c) The Practicality & Universalityof Gurbani for the youth in contemporary Canadian context. This was followed byquestions and comments from the audience. There was a great sense of satisfaction on the faces of all participants who worked hard to celebrate this day on University campus. A great interest was exhibited by many youth to learn Gurbani and Punjabi after the evening events. A girl from FM 106.9 interviewed Harkinder Singh on the issues that were discussed at this venue. S. Amneet Singh thanked and concluded the evening function. Congratulations to all the organizers of this event.

Other Miscellaneous News:

1.

Kirtan and Langar Seva for Sunday, February 11, 2007, is by the Sadh Sangat. Presence of all Sadh Sangat in the Guru Ghar is always welcome. Asa Di Vaar shall be sung at 8:00 AM till 10:AM. by Bhai Amrik Singh Ji and Jatha each Sunday. Langar of Tea is from 10:15 to 10:45, followed by regular Diwan with Kirtan by Sadh Sangat till 11:30. Bhai Amrik Singh ji starts Kirtan at 11:30 until 12:20. After a few concluding remarks, the Ardas starts at 12:30 PM. followed by Langar.

2. Upcoming Langar Seva:

OnSunday, February 18, 2007, the Langar Seva is by Bhai Amrik Singh ji’s family.They request presence of all Sadh Sangat at the Gurdwara Sahib.

On Sunday, February25, 2007, the Langar Seva is by S. Ajmer Singh from Hamilton. They alsorequest presence of all Sadh Sangat at the Gurdwara Sahib.

Sunday, March 4 Langar Seva is still open. Please let us know if you want to book it.

3.

For your kind information, our library is very well equipped with books in both English and Punjabi on all aspects of our religion. Please use it liberally. Books are issued after Langar or before Diwan’s conclusion.

There are several books that were borroweda very long ago. Kindly bring them back for return or get them reissued.

4.

We are in the process of purchasing a cutting edge computer system and projector so that we can project meanings of Gursabad Kirtan on a large screen for the benefit of the Sadh Sangat ji. If any Gurmukh piareys want to contribute any donations in this regard, it shall be highly appreciated.

5.

Some utencils from Langar are missing as some Gurmukhs might have borrowed and forgot to bring them back. Please look around at home and see if you can bring them back if found.

REGULAR DIWAN HOURS on Sundays:

Parkash and Nitneim: 5:00-6:00 AM;Kirtan Sri Asa Ji Ki Vaar: 8:00 AM-10:00 AM; Break for snacks & tea etc: 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM; Kirtan By Sadh Sanagat: 10:50 AM – 11:30 AM; Kirtan By Bhai Amrik Singh Ji:12:30 Am- 12:20 AM; Concluding Remarks & Ardaas: 12:30 AM followed by Langar.

When we have special guest Jatha for Kirtan, we shall extend regular Diwan by 15 minutes as per General Body’s decision.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

The Executive Committee

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