Archive for April, 2007

April 17th, 2007

Sunday April 22, Diwan

Posted in Announcements by London Sikh Society

Meharbaan, Gurmukh Premi Jano:

 

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru ji ki Fateh

Our next Diwan is on April 22, 2007 at regular times i.e. Asa Di Vaar at 8 AM-10AM, Kirtan from 10:45 AM-12:15?PM, and Ardas thereafter. Langar seva is taken by Bhai Amrjeet Singh Sehra priwaar. All Sangat is always welcome at Gurdwara Sahib.

Vaisakhi celebrations went very well for three days. Thanks to all Gurmukhs who helped in these celebrations. We had very exhiliarating Kirtan sung by Bhai Amrik Singh Ji, Bhai Rajinder Singh Ji and Bhai Harsimran Singh Ji. The invited Jatha of Bhai Bhupinder Singh Ji of Rajnandgaon?from Scarborough Gurdwara Sahib sang Kirtan both in the morning Vaisahi Diwan and again in the evening after Sunday celebrations.In the morning Bhai Bhupinder singh ji sang sabads: Pii Amrit aghanyiaa Gur amar karayiaa, Nassiri mansoor Guru Gobind Singh, Eizdee manzoor Gur Gobind Singh, and Hao Khalsay ko?Khalsa Mero|| Ott pott sagar bundero||?Bhai Bhupinder Singh Ji sang Sabad in Raag Kedara: Lagi preet sujjaan seo, barjeh log ajjaan. Ta seo tootee keo baney ja kay pind praan, and Lakhi Jangal Khalsa didaar dito nay, and Eisay Gur kau bal bal jaee-eyh aap mukt mohey tarrai||…This Jatha was provided transportation by Bhai Gurjit Singh Ji Saluja for this special occasion. The return transportation was arrainged by Bhai Beant Singh Verraich family. We thank both families for this seva.

Our two youth Keerat Kaur and Rajbir Kaur took the responsibility of operating the computer projection system during Diwan. Small children made presentations of speeches and sabad as prepared and guided by Bibi Gurmeet Kaur and Bhai Bhupinder Singh. All participants received certificates of recognition at the conclusion of the Diwan from Bhai Amrik Singh Ji.

S Navtej Singh ji delivered an impressive speech about true spirit of Vaisakhi. He brought forth the point that there is historical significance of Vaisakhi, and, there is spiritual and practical significance of Vaisakhi. He streesed the point that spiritual Vaisakhi and its message must awaken us towards ongoing daily happeings around us in the world. He expressed the fact that the Amrit of Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji after it is sprinked into our eyes should open our eyes to injustices that are done to human beings even today. We must learn from Bhai Ghanyiaa ji’s eyes that were imbued with Amrit of Guru Gobind Singh ji.?Events such as Iraq situation must shake the heart of a Sikh of Guru Gobind Singh ji and awaken in our being a sense of responsibility and compassion towards less privileged amongst us. We must not remain stuck in celebrating historical events in routine ritualistic manner year after year. Our spiritual age of 300+ years after Vaisakhi of 1699 must motivate us to do as is required through the institution of Amrit. He also?pointed towards the significance of offering of heads?at Vaisakhi 0f 1699. The offering of heads signify the fact that we must relinquish our own egoistic approach to life and accept the wisdom of our Guru and follow His directions?rather than our own. ?Thanks to S Navtej Singh ji for this speech.

As per our tradition, the Chola of Nishan Sahib was replaced by sadh Sangat after Bhog of Sri Akhand Paath Sahib ji. This year this seva was undertaken by S Mohinder Singh Sandhu family.

April 12th, 2007

Vaisakhi Diwan – April 15, 2007

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Gyan-Saroop Sri Khalsaji Sahib:

Waheguru Ji ka Khalsa Waheguru ji ki Fateh

It is an occasion of great joy that Vaisakhi celebrations begin on Friday April 13, 2007 with start of Sri Akhand Paath Sahib at 8 AM at our Gurdwara Sahib 37 Clarke Road, London. Bhai Amrik Singh ji has made all arrangements and Bibiaan have prepared necessary Langar items for the occasion. The three days April 13, 14, 15 are marked by continuous Langar by Sandhu Pariwaar. Nishan Sahib Sewa shall be conducted by S. Mohinder Singh Sandhu Pariwar as well on Sunday morning at 10:15 AM.

Bibiaan are going to serve Langar to the needy at Men’s Mission on Saturday at 10 :00AM. Sangat wishing to help out can contactHarkinder Singh at 519-659-6716 for details.

Food Drive:

We request Sadh Sangat to contribute their donations towards the Food Drive we initiate every Vaisakhi. Please donate imperishable food items or cash. We shall collect all donations and make a one time delivery to London’s Salvation Army for its furtherdistribution.

We are expecting a Ragi Jatha from Toronto to be present on Bhog day, Sunday April 15, 2007.

What is so important about Vaisakhi? Well, We were given a distinct identity on this day by Satguru Sri Kalghidhar ji Guru Gobind Singh Sahib. A Sikh is faceless and a mere walking corpse without the identity given by his Guru. Guru Sahib’s direction to us is:

Rehat bina neh Sikh akhawei|| Rehat bina darr chottaa khawei||…Dharay kesh pahul bina su bhekhi moorhaa Sikh (Without the Pahul of Khanda, the Sikh with even hair, is an imposter). Sadh Sangat shall appreciate the readings below:

Khalsa-Sirjan – Baisakhi 1699

by S. Mewa Singh, Judge USA

The rememberance and celebration of khalsa sirjan Baisakhi-1699, can
be useful only if Sikhs make the determination to get the Sikh
initiation-Amrit as prescribed by the tenth Guru.Its essence has to
be understood and not the mere stoties surrounding it.

Sikh religion was founded by Guru Nanak Dev and developed by his
nine successors, while Guru Gobind Singh, tenth Sikh Guru, completed
its final phase. He made very important and fundamental Divine
declaration in that process for Sikh religion to be mandatory for
Sikhs and to be a part of Sikh religion and to establish the
separate Sikh identity. It was to prescribe, the obligatory Sikh
initiation of Amrit, five Sikh emblems and the Sikh code of conduct,
on Baisakhi of 1699. He himself prepared the Amrit and administered
it to Panj Pyaras. He gave the authority to them to administer the
Amrit to other Sikhs in that very manner and also to any five
initiated Sikhs strictly adhering to Sikh code of conduct. He
himself got the Amrit from those Panj Pyaras to whom he administered
it. He directed all the Sikhs present there to get the Amrit at that
time.

History records that over twenty thousands of Sikhs got the Sikh
initiation of Amrit on that day who all had their keshas and hairs
intact and unshorn and that over eighty thousands of Sikhs got Sikh
initiation of Amrit in that week. It is more than sufficient to
establish that Sikh initiation of Amrit was meant for all the Sikhs.
Guru Gobind Singh issued Hukam Nama to all the Sikhs in the very
next month of Jeth to get the Sikh initiation of Amrit and to keep
the five Sikh emblems and to strictly follow Sikh code of conduct as
prescribed by him. He made it very clear in his divine proclamations
that there can be no exemption to it, being mandatory for all the
Sikhs and they must maintain their separate Sikh identity. Recorded
Max Arthur Macauliff, the eminent British scholar of Sikh religion,
that Guru Gobind Singh instructed his Sikhs–

,” He who wearth long hair, without receiving baptism is a
hypocritical and ignorant Sikh. I will not show myself to him. It is
best to adopt one religion and not distract one’s mind with others.
They who call themselves my Sikhs and stray to other creeds are
sinners.”

And

” Let him who calleth himself a true Sikh of mine, accept baptism
and do good acts, so shall his previous sins all depart on his
seeking the Guru’s protection.”

( The Sikh Religion, M.A. Macauliff, vol-5, pages, 157 and 159)

Guru Gobind Singh had the authority to prescribe such Sikh
initiation of Amrit and the code of conduct for Sikhs. All the Sikh
Gurus had the same Divine Spirit. One who declares him to be a Sikh
is bound to follow the injunctions of Guru Gobind Singh, tenth Sikh
Guru, including the Sikh initiation and Sikh code of conduct
prescribed by him, being a part of Sikh religion and to strictly
observe them..

The other divine declaration of Guru Gobind Singh was to ordain the
Sikhs to accept Guru Granth Sahib, the Divine Spirit of Sikh Gurus,
Eternal Sikh Guru in perpetuity for all the times to come and to get
the Divine wisdom from its Divine proclamations with purity of
heart, being the Word of God. Every Sikh and even others admit it
that GuruGranth Sahib is Guru of Sikhs and there is no controversy
over it.

There is no controversy as well, as to the belief of a Sikh in Sikh
religion, in one God, in ten Sikh Gurus and Guru Granth Sahib and
their teachings. It is obvious that the requisite qualifications to
be a Sikh are uniform and the same. There are no classifications or
categories in Sikhs. One is a Sikh or not and there is no in-
between. However due to the lack of the correct understanding of
Sikh initiation, Sikh emblems, Sikh code of conduct and of Sikh
historical perspectives, the self made classifications have been
propagated as of, Amritdhari Sikhs, Keshdhari Sikhs, Sehajdhari
Sikhs and Khalsa Sikhs, which can have no recognition in Sikhism, as
the Sikh forms are mandatory for all Sikhs without any exemption.

There can be no personal choice or discretion in the mandatory
dictums of a religion. Every religion has got its own form of
initiation, emblems and code of conduct to be binding on its
followers, besides its own ideology, doctrines and religious
practices. Every one is free to follow the religion, which he
prefers and once he decides to follow a certain religion, he has to
obey the dictums of that religion. He can have no right to change or
interpret any of the dictums to his personal views as it may
misrepresent that religion and disturb its uniformity and
consistency. These self created classifications or categories
misrepresent Sikhs and Sikhism. Some Sikhs and particularly Sikh
youth are drifting away from Sikh code of conduct and Sikh way of
life with the creation of such confusions.

Some of the Sikhs who do not get Sikh initiation and observe Sikh
code of conduct, have gone to the extent of asserting that these
requirements to be a Sikh should be abrogated by Sikhs themselves as
majority of Sikhs do not comply with it, instead of asserting that
they should comply with these requirements and make other Sikhs to
understand and comply these essentialities, being part of Sikh
religion.. They also put forth the argument that in no country
except India, Sikhs have been given the legislative right to wear
kirpan and to enter any service with beard and turban and so it is
not possible to keep the Sikh emblems. It is on the face of it a
misconception. The edicts and emblems of a religion can never be
defied on such a ground.

It is the historical truth that in the Mughal regime Sikhs had been
offered any service of their choice in civil or military if they
would give up their emblems and adopt that of Islam, and otherwise
they would be tortured and killed but they out rightly refused such
offers and opted for death. It was this high spirit that they
remained in struggle for about a century against those tyrants and
wiped them out and established their own empire. Those autocratic
rules are of bygone days. It is now the era of democratic world.

Had the Sikhs themselves not given up their initiation, emblems and
Sikh code of conduct in the countries to which they migrated, the
Govts Of those countries would have long before accepted their
rights in this regard. Still if some one was prosecuted for carrying
kirpan, he was ultimately acquitted. If some one was discriminated
for wearing turban, it was ultimately undone.

If all the Sikhs follow the Sikh initiation, emblems and code of
conduct, their rights will be accepted through statutes in all the
countries, automatically. There are considerable numbers of
initiated Sikhs observing Sikh code of conduct now in every country,
so it can be got done with a little lobbying. It will be done sooner
or later. The remedy is not to abrogate these mandatory requirements
by the Sikhs themselves, being suicidal to them, but to get the
legal recognition from the countries in which they reside. Sikh
emblems and Sikh code of conduct, prescribed by tenth Guru, are a
part of Sikh religion. No Sikh has any right to change it. Sikhs are
rather duty bound to follow it.

Scholars of Sikh religion have held these to be mandatory for Sikhs.
Suffice it to quote British Scholar, Jeans Culler,

-” Eliminate your symbols, my dear Singh, and watch the Khalsa
crumble. Take off the turban, Shave the beard, cut the hairs, throw
aside the Kara, I can tell you truthfully the result would be
embarrassing as well as disastrous. These five symbols had held the
Sikhs in united brotherhood. They serve to make a Sikh and act as a
Sikh. They endow him with courage to accomplish the feats, which
otherwise would be impossible for an average man. To make a long
story short, these five symbols have a psychological bearing on the
man who wears them. They are manifestation Of Guru, the Eternal.”

Prof. Puran Singh, the eminent Sikh scholar recorded,

“It is very strange that when a Sikh is baptized, he feels new life
come to him as if the Guru lives and sends in one glance a wave of
life and inspiration. ”

British eminent historian, J.D.Cunningham, commented,

” It was on the basic principles of Guru Nanak, that Guru Gobind
Singh formed such a nation which elevated every one politically and
religiously after doing with class system.”

Sikhs had to suffer a lot in the past due to their mistaken identity
as they had ignored their code of conduct, Sikh way of life and
separate identity. The identity of a religion and its followers can
never be established unless the followers of that religion strictly
observe the code of conduct of their religion and live in the way of
that religion. Sikh religion has already been highly appreciated by
the scholars of world religions. The eminent western scholars and
historians have commented it to be a religion of the present age,
capable to solve the problems of the modern man.

There could be no problem for Sikhs to live in Sikh code of conduct
and Sikh way of life, though the immigrants have always to face some
initial challenges. . If all the Sikhs who had migrated to several
countries of the world had kept their hairs unshorn and their beards
intact and their turbans on their heads, all the people of those
countries had come to know long ago as to them to be Sikhs and the
Sikh religion and there could have been no mistaken identity. This
is the only way to avoid the mistaken identity.

As long as Sikhs remained in Sikh initiation and Sikh code of
conduct, they were always victorious and even established their
sovereign state after wiping out the Mughals and Afghans in a
prolonged struggle of about a century but when they ignored it, they
could not get their ordinary demands conceded. Sikhs have to follow
all the dictums of their religion and become true Sikhs inwardly and
outwardly without any reservations. SGPC and the management
committees of all Gurdawaras have to ensure it by preaching Sikh
religion with honesty of purpose

Mewa Singh
U.S.A.

Vaisakhi – A Sikh Religious Holiday

Vaisakhi is an important Sikh festival.Itfalls on April 14and celebrates the founding of the institution of Khalsa in 1699 which made the current outer identity of the Sikhs – unshorn hair and beard and a head covering – as a mandatory part of their faith.In addition, members of the Sikh faith were ordered to adopt the additional name of Singh, meaning lion, or Kaur, meaningprincesssymbolizing equality, and to follow a code of conduct, which Sikhs still uphold today, practicing equality, kindness, courage, steadfastness, and leadership.The Khalsa was createdby the founders of Sikhismto encourage people to stand up for their own civil rights and religious freedom for all.

Today,Vaisakhi is celebrated by Sikhs all over the world as a religious and social occasion.They go with their families to theGurdwara (the Sikh place of worship) to sing hymns, and to read the Sikh Holy Book, Guru Granth Sahib. Processions and feasting follow readings of the holy scripture. Vaisakhi brings together people of all backgrounds in a congregation in the spirit of love and respect.

Vaisakhi is both sacredandsecular, which encourages everyone to congregate, meet and mix amid festivity and pageantry. TheVaisakhi is, at its simplest, a time to rise above prejudices and join in the unique celebration of life.It embodies, at a deeper level, the concept of cyclical regeneration as in all harvest festivals.In Punjab,(where Sikhism originated) inIndia,Vaisakhi celebrates the bringing in of the wheat crop with songs and dances.

Sri Akal Sahaeye

April 5th, 2007

April 8, 2007 Diwan

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Respected Sadh Sangat Ji

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Next Sunday, April 8th, isagain our regular Diwan. We are very pleased to remind Sadh Sangat ji about coming celebrations of Vaisakhi, the emergence of Sri Khalsa Ji. We celebrate Vaisakhi on April 13, 14, 15 with Sri Akhund Path Sahib starting on Friday, April 13 at 8 AM and Bhog is on April 15 at 9 AM. The Nishan Sahib shall be replaced with new one at 10 AM, followed by Kirtan starting at 11:00AM. More details later.

We like to request sadh Sangat to donate non-perishable items such as baby food etc. for the needy people of our city. Please bring the items to the Gurdwara Sahib well in advance.

The Langar Seva on April 8 Sunday Diwan is by S. Sarbpreet Singh Ji Bhatia and family. All Sadh Sangat is welcome and cordially invited to share this celebration by Bhatia Pariwar. Thanks to Bibian & Sewadarsfor their help in advance.

Waheguru ji Anggsangg

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