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June 25th, 2007

Diwan July 1, 2007

Posted in Announcements by London Sikh Society

Suhird, Kruna-Nidhan, GuruRoop Sri Khalsa Ji

 Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki fateh Hai:

This past Diwan, the Shaheedi Gurprab of Satguru Arjan Dev Ji (June 24) left beautiful impressions upon the hearts and minds of Sadh Sangat. The Seva by Bibian in Langar, and all Gurmukh piareys during Akhand Path Sahib was superb. Many Gurmukh piareys spent so many hours in redecoration of Diwan Hall and installation of a new Chan-nee. All deserve our heartfelt gratitude and thanks – The joy and satisfaction of doing Seva in the name of the Guru is beyond anybody’s imagination. Thanks to all.

The Jatha of Bhai Hazara Singh ji was brought by Bhai Surjit Singh Ji Bains and family. They deserve our thanks for spending 8 hours on the road (two trips to Toronto for transportation of the Ragi Jatha) – just for the shear devotion and love of Sadh Sangat.

Katha:

Katha was done by Bhai Jagdev Singh Atwal ji on life and contribution of Sri Guru Arjan Dev ji. He would continue to do daily Katha from 6:45 to 7:30 at the Gurdwara Sahib. These days he is focusing on Slok Sehaskriti. please do attend.

NEXT DIWAN – JULY 1, 2007:

The next Diwan is our regular Diwan and Langar is by Sadh Sangat ji. We thank all the Bibian for doing the selfless  Langar Seva, and enjoying the blessings of Guru Sahib.

General Body Meeting, July 8, 2007 after Diwan:

Our General Body meeting for mid-year is to be held on July 8 after Diwan in the Diwan Hall. We shall post the Agenda on this web site in next few days. Please give us any new items that you consider should be added.

The news article on a Chhabeel by Guru-Piareys:

We feel happy to share the following news item on Chhabeel as organized by Gurmukh piareys n USA:

 

For Sikhs, reaching out is no easy task

By Victoria Cheng, Globe Correspondent | June 24, 2007

The weather was warm and the chilled drinks were free, but some people in Somerville’s Union Square still weren’t buying.

The responses ranged from a quick “No, thanks” to a skeptical “Nothing’s free,” and, most frequently, a curious “Free? But why?”

The drinks are distributed to commemorate the death of Guru Arjan Dev Ji, a Sikh spiritual teacher from the 17th century, said Satvir Kaur, who teaches Punjabi classes at the Sikh Sangat Society Boston temple in Somerville. “It’s also a way to give back to the community and to raise awareness about the Sikh faith,” she said.

Sikhs have been reaching out to Greater Boston for several years. But the puzzled reactions last weekend showed that many of their neighbors are still not acquainted with the religion.

Sikhism, which began some 500 years ago in the Punjabi region of what is now India and Pakistan, was founded on three main tenets of egalitarianism, religious pluralism, and social justice.

Worship services are open to all and community service is encouraged, often taking the form of a free meal offered to all who attend the worship service.

Guru Arjan Dev Ji died on May 30, 1606, after being tortured for four days without complaint, and the distribution of drinks celebrates his heroic death, Kaur said. Tradition calls for the serving of “chhabeel,” a mixture of water, milk, sugar, and rose water concentrate, but Somerville health regulations prohibit distribution of opened drinks.

Last year, the Sikh community gave away 10,000 drinks in the Haymarket area, Kaur said. This year, at the less-congested Union Square location, they filled the back of a U-Haul van with 5,000 cans of soda, bottles of water, and jars of mango juice, chilled in enormous tubs of ice.

Young Sikhs ran around the square at the intersection of Somerville Avenue and Washington Street brandishing large, boldly lettered signs that announced “Free drinks!!!” and handing out pamphlets introducing Sikhism and explaining the occasion.

“We had to add ‘No catch’ to the signs because people thought we were giving away drinks for conversion purposes,” Kaur said, adding that Sikhs do not proselytize.

Somerville resident Will Buck, who paused to sample a soda and read the pamphlet, said he often sees Sikh men sitting in Union Square. “They’re more visible because of the turbans and I’ve seen them around, but I didn’t know anything about them, so I thought I’d read this,” he said, holding a copy of the pamphlet.

“It’s a good way to educate people about Sikhs,” added Sofia Jarrin, another Somerville resident who had stopped to pick up a drink.

According to Kaur, the Boston area has major Sikh temples in Somerville, Medford, Milford, and Millis. While she doesn’t have statistics on the number of Sikhs living in the region, Kaur estimated there are at least 500 families that attend these temples.

The Sikh community has had a presence in Boston since the 1960s, said Diana Eck, a professor of comparative religion and Indian studies at Harvard University. But public perceptions took a downward turn after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

“There were a lot of images of [Osama] bin Laden on television, and people were confusing Sikhs as linked with Al Qaeda,” said Harpreet Singh, a 32-year-old graduate student at Harvard University.

Turban-wearing Sikhs were physically attacked, prohibited from boarding planes and trains, or taunted and insulted. On Sept. 12, 2001, a member of the Sikh temple in Milford was removed from a train because he was wearing a turban and misidentified as a possible terrorist.

Sikhs are still frequent targets for hate crimes and discriminatory remarks. The Sikh Coalition, an advocacy and outreach group, registers several violent attacks against Sikhs every month in its online database. According to Singh, it is “almost a given” that when he is out in public, someone will call him “Osama bin Laden,” despite the fact that bin Laden is a Muslim.

In a study released by Cambridge-based Discrimination and National Security Initiative in 2006, 83 percent of Sikh respondents said that “they or someone they knew personally had experienced a hate crime or incident after 9/11.”

Another 64 percent of Sikh respondents said that they were fearful for their physical safety after 9/11, compared with 15 percent of Indian Hindu respondents and 41 percent of Pakistani Muslim respondents.

Muslim women who wear head scarves and Sikh men who wear turbans directly experience “what it means to be a visible minority in America,” Eck said.

“There is a sense in the community that one’s visible difference can make you a target, but the Sikh response has been one of outreach, with campaigns to let people know more who Sikhs are,” Eck said. “Part of what we’re seeing with the distribution of drinks is a continuation of that effort.”

While Sikhism is a distinct religion from Islam, Eck added, “Sikhs are very sensitive to the fact that saying they are not Muslim does not mean it’s OK to discriminate against people who are Muslim.”

Filmmaker Valarie Kaur (no relation to Satvir Kaur) toured the United States in the aftermath of 9/11, capturing the stories of how Sikhs dealt with prejudice and hate crimes. The result, a documentary entitled “Divided We Fall,” has been shown in schools around the country, including Harvard, Tufts University, and the Fayerweather Street School in Cambridge.

“Violence occurs first in the minds of people and then in their acts,” Kaur said. “If we can change people’s minds by telling our stories, then maybe we can prevent violence and discrimination in the future.”

Sitting on a bench in Union Square, sipping from her free bottle of water and observing the proceedings with a smile, Somerville resident Margaret McKenna said “people in Boston are not very friendly. They tend to be very skeptical.”

However, she added, the free drinks seemed to be having a positive effect on passersby.

One woman, who requested a plastic bag to carry away her water and soda, had another question for a Sikh boy standing nearby.

“What’s the occasion?” she asked.

“We’re celebrating our culture,” he replied.

© Copyright 2007 Globe Newspaper Company

http://www.boston. com/news/ local/articles/ 2007/06/24/ for_sikhs_ reaching_ out_is_no_ easy_task/ ?page=full
Satguru Arun Dev Ji

Choosing Moral Convictions over Life
Shiromani Sikh Martyr, Guru Arjun DevJi

Many speak of courage, speaking can not give it,
 in the face of death, that we must live it.
Guru Arjun gave His life, to stand for what was right,
He was burned and tortured, five long days and nights.
He could have stopped it at any time, just by giving in,
His strength a solid wall, He never gave an inch at all.

The above couplets in the “Song of Khalsa”, penned by Livtar Singh Khalsa who was born and raised in US, beautifully sums the ultimate supreme sacrifice of Guru Arjun Dev Ji, the 5th Guru of the Sikhs whose martyrdom will be celebrated, the world over this summer. Guru Arjun Dev Ji, was assigned the spiritual seat of the founder and first Prophet-Guru of the Sikh faith, Guru Nanak, on Sept. 1st 1581(1). He was the 5th in line of the Ten living Prophet-Gurus’ of the Sikhs, four before and five after him who successively graced this earth between the years of 1469 through 1708 to nurture humanity with the ultimate truth.

In a short span of two scores and three years, Guru Arjun Dev Ji brought forth a unique cultural, organizational, scriptural and doctrinal revolution within the growing Sikh community. His skills as an organizer became amply evident through the progress of agriculture and trade within the community as well as establishment of a system of tithe-collection for the common use of society (2). The institution of Masands, the cadre of leaders to look after the Sangat at different Sikh centers and the collection of Daswandh (one tenth of the income) was also his brain child (3). The funds, thus collected, were always used for the benefit of public works and for feeding the hungry and not for his own household. A designation of ‘Sachcha Padshah’ was appropriately coined for the first time for this true ‘Kings of Kings’ (4).

Guru Arjun Dev Ji provided Sikh people with their most important religious place, the Hari-Mandir -A like no where else, built within a body of water, the Amrit Sarovar that had been partially dug during times of his father, Guru Ram Das Ji. Based on later day accounts, the foundation stone of Hari-Mandir, popularly known as Golden Temple or Darbar Sahib, was laid by a Sufi Saint Mian Mir, a Muslim Divine who also emphasized the concept of universality and tolerance for other faiths. Its foundation was intentionally laid a few steps lower than the city level signifying that the ‘House of God truly believes in humility’ (5). His Sikh followers felt that Temple should be higher than any other in town. He did not pay much credence to a philosophy that limits the presence of God Almighty to the east or the west. Rather he kept the entry to Hari-Mandir open on all sides, for he believed that a faith should be for all people irrespective of castes, creeds, communities and cultures from whichever directions they may come. Over period of time, it has become a symbol of Sikh faith’s life line and a central rallying point

With construction of this most important religious place of the Sikhs, the city of Amritsar rapidly evolved into an important place of trade. The construction of a Tank at Tarn Taarn followed, a few Kilometers south of Amritsar where many lepers would often be drawn whom Guru Ji treated with extreme love and care (6). With the establishment of a central religious place, the numbers of Sikh followers increased exponentially. Dr. Harbans Singh in ‘The encyclopedia of Sikhism’ quoted a contemporary Persian source, Dabistan-i-Mazahib, “During the time of each (Guru), the Sikhs increased but they became truly numerous during Guru Arjun Dev Ji’s time and not many cities were left where they were not to be found”.

While the central temple was being built, Guru Arjun started compiling the Sikh Scripture, the Adi (primal) Granth. According to Sarup Das Bhalla in Mahima Prakash, Guru Ji undertook this huge task with the announcement “As the Panth (community) has been revealed unto the world, so must there be the Granth (book) too” (7). At time of his departure from this earth, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth master ordained his Sikhs ‘Sub Sikhan Ko Hukum Hai, Guru Manyo Granth’ meaning ‘From now unto Eternity, all Sikhs must accept Guru Granth, the unparallel scripture, as their next Guru ‘the Guru Eternal’ This was a departure from the established tradition of choosing a human-being as the next Guru.

Emperor Akbar of India had maintained good relationship by visited Guru Ji in the past. Contrary to complaints made by few jealous individuals including Guru Ji’s elder brother Prithiaa, Akbar found nothing derogatory against Islam in Guru Ji’s preaching after personally listening to Baani from Guru Granth Sahib with the help of Bhai Gurdas and Baba Buddha. Yet Prithiaa and some other influential ministers in the Emperor’s court such as Raja Birbal were bothered by increasing influence of Guru’s message amongst the masses. They tried to inhibit Guru’s clout through a policy of revenge and wanted to levy a pilgrimage tax of Re. one per household upon the Hindu citizens of Amritsar. Guru Arjun Dev Ji humbly explained that being a trust property, this didn’t qualify for taxation and its income was only meant for a service to the community such as running a free kitchen. Birbal kept on threatening to raze the city of Amritsar to the ground if the taxes were not paid. As luck would have it, Birbal had to leave for the frontier under the regal order of Emperor where he died in a battle before he could do any thing (8).

To alleviate the misery wrought upon by famine, Guru Ji traveled throughout Punjab to help its people dig wells and Baolies (the wells with steps going down). After Akbar, when his son Jehangir succeeded the throne, the equation of relationship changed. Referring to Jehangir’s memoirs, ‘Tuzak-i-Jehangiri, Dr. Gopal Singh mentions in ‘The History of the Sikh People’, “Emperor Jehangir complained that many innocent Hindus and even foolish and ignorant Musalmans are being brought in Guru’s fold by this self-appointed prophet-hood. For three or four generations, they had warmed up this shop and for a long time, I had harbored the wish that I should set aside this shop of falsehood or I should bring him into the fold of Islam” (9).

In order to please the bigoted orthodox Ulema of the Sunnis, who were being bothered by the influence of what they perceived as a potentially rival spiritual power, Jehangir started to look for a ripe excuse to put Guru Ji down. Such an opportunity was provided by mutiny of Khusrau, son of Jehangir against his father. While passing through Punjab, Khusrau had sought Guru’s blessings and joined in Langar, the free-kitchen prior to his journey onward.

When Guru Ji refused to pay wrongfully imposed fine, he was arrested and taken to Lahore where the extreme torture began. Based upon personal memoirs of Jehangir, Dr. Gopal Singh mentions that the torture inflicted upon Guru Ji was primarily for religious reasons and not the political ones (10). “Chandu Shah, a notorious official exploited the opportunity in furthering the sufferings of Guru Arjun Dev Ji but could not have been the cause for it” so writes Dr. Harbans Singh in the Heritage of the Sikhs. Guru Ji had earlier refused Chandu’s daughter in accepting her as a bride for his son at the behest of Sangat, primarily due to Chandu’s derogatory remarks about ‘House of Nanak’ (11).

The extreme physical torture, inflicted upon Guru Ji persisted for five days and nights outside the Fort of Lahore on the banks of river Ravi. In the hot summer sun of May in northern India, Guru Ji was made to sit on red hot iron plate while the hot sand was concomitantly poured over his head. He was then asked to take dips in a caldron of hot boiling water. If it weren’t enough, a dip in the cold water of river Ravi became the final straw for the blistered mortal body. Mian Mir, the saintly Muslim Faquir sought permission to intercede but was advised by Guru Ji to accept and find peace in the ‘Will of God’. Guru Ji immersed himself in constant meditation throughout this ordeal and accepted that ‘Will of God’ a spiritual hallmark of philosophy of this Sachacha Padshah. The purest of the pure Atmaan of Guru Ji, that had been longing for its re-union with Parmatmaan finally found its ultimate flight on May 30th in the year 1606.

After this, the Sikh psyche underwent a unique metamorphosis and history of the Sikhs changed for ever. By his Shiromani sacrifice for firm moral convictions, Guru Ji set into motion a process that ultimately transformed Sikh people into a force to reckon with. From there on, they wouldn’t hesitate to offer their heads and hearts to protect the meek and weak, where ever and whenever they were called upon. Guru Ji’s sacrifice for a morally correct principle proved beyond doubt that what matters at the end of a day is not the pseudo-power that a mortal seeks rather it is the courage to stand up for ‘the moral convictions’.

While the regal Mausoleum of Emperor Jehangir could be collecting dust and pigeons droppings, the simple platform that witnessed the ultimate in torture and the supreme sacrifice of this ‘Man of God’ transformed into a beautiful Shrine, Gurdwara Dera Sahib and became Eternally alive. Thousands and thousands of pilgrims from all over the world assemble here every year on martyrdom day, to seek blessings of this “Sachcha Padshah” whose courage and moral convictions had no parallel any where in the world. He defied death and thus lived eternally in the heart of his people, his nation and his country-men.

Dr. Jaswant Singh Sachdev, MD – Phoenix, Arizona

Ref:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, Harbans Singh in The Encyclopedia of Sikhism

8, 9, 10, Dr. Gopal Singh in A History of Sikh People
11, Surider Singh Kohli in Recent Researches in Sikhism 

In context of Shaeedi Gurpurabs, we also like to offer a glimpse on life story of Baba Banda Singh Ji Bahadur below (courtesy: All About Sikhs):

Sikh Martyrs:Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Print
Baba Banda Singh Bahadur was the first Singh King who established Sikh rule in a large part of Punjab. Lachhman Das was his childhood name. He was born to Rajput parents. He wa very fond of hunting in his early life. One he hunted a she dear who was pregnant. The dying animal gave birth to two kids who also died along with their mother before the eyes of Lachhman Das.
He was thoroughly shaken by the incident and ovecome with grief, he renounced the world and became a Bairagi Sadhu adopting first one Janki Das as his Guru, and later some others, but none of them being true Guru, could provide him peace of mind. He turned to tantric sadhus and acquired some miracle powers. With the help of these miracles powers he was able to recruit a number of persons as his agent disciples. Through them, he established his popularity among the simple minded people around his Ashram on the bank of river Godavri. None benefitted from his miracles. He rather used those miracles to sub due and humiliate religious leaders and other famous saints of the atea who ever happened to visit his Ashram. Guru Gobind Singh while travelling towards South India from North along with some Sikhs, visited Lachhman Das’s Ashram and in his absence, sat on his beautifully decorated cot.
On his return to the Ashram, Lachhman Das could not tolerate Guru Gobind Singh occupying his seat. He along with his disciples tried all their tantric miracles to overturn the cot occupied by Guru Gobind Singh, in order to humiliate and punish him for his daring act but failed to cause any harm to the new unknown visitor. No trick worked on the Guru. He kept sitting on smilingly.
Accepting defeat, Lachhman Das Bairagi fell at the feet of Guru Gobind Singh and asked forgiveness and said, “O, Guru Ji, I am your Banda (Slave)”. Show me light and put me on the right path. I am at your service and am prepared to do anything at your bidding.
Guru Gobind Singh taught him the basic principles of sikh religion and administered Amrit to Lachhman Das, admitting him to Sikh fold. The Guru renamed him as Banda Singh. Guru Ji’s Amrit changed Lachhman Das’s life completely. He was no longer a wicked bairagi troubling humiliating innocent people, but was now a brave Sikh of the tenth Master.
Guru Gobind Singh sent Banda Singh on a mission to Punjab to punish the guilty and cruel rulers of the time. He was provided with five brave Sikhs as advisors. He was also provided with necessay weapons.
Fully armed and accompanied by brave Sikhs and Guru Ji’s blessing, banda Singh proceeded on his mission towards Punjab. With the help of Guru’s Hukumnamas (Orders) to Sikh community to help and join Banda Singh in his assigned mission, thousands of armed Sikhs joined him. The rulers of Punjab were already well aware of fighting qualities of the Sikhs and were thus terrified to face them.
Within a short time, Sikh forces, under the leadership of brave Banda Singh, put to death many tyrant rulers, including Nazab Wazir Khan who was responsible for putting to death the two younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh in a most in human manner. Cruel rulers and their associates were singled out systematically, picked up and punished for their crimes against humanity.
Banda Singh captured large part of Punjab and established sikh rule there. He minted coins in the name of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and Guru Gobing Singh ji, In the meantime, Faruksaiyar became the Emperor at Delhi. He was angered by the defeat of Mughtal forces at the hands of Banda Singh everywhere. He sent a large force from Delhi and mobilised forces from eleswhere in Punjab to defeat and capture Baba Banda Singh.
The Sikh forces were ultimately beseiged by overwhelming number of Mughal forces in the fortess of Gurdas Nangal. The Sikhs fought valiantly under the leadership of Baba Banda Singh inflicting heavy casualties on the Moghul army. However, due to prolonged encircling of the fortess by superior number of forces, the Sikh forces were left with no rations. They were forced to eat tree leaves to sustain themselves. Due to this, they became too weak to fight the enemy.
Ultimately, the brave Sikh general Baba Banda Singh Bahadur was arrested along with seven hundred Sikh soldiers and brought to Delhi, where they were mounted on ponies, insulted and paraded in the Bazars of Delhi.
The Sikhs were offered amnesty if they accepted conversion to Islam. Not one among them accepted this offer of lease of life. As such they were tortured and done to death publicly. They died in high spirits, sticking to their faith.
Finally before Baba Banda Singh was butchered most mercilessly by the tyrant rulers, his four years old son was put ot death in front of Baba Banda Singh, by cutting open his abdomen. His heart was taken out and thrust into the mouth of Baba Banda Singh. But even this most inhuman and cruel act of tyrant rulers failed to break Baba Ji’s resolve and determination. He remained composed as ever. Finally, he was put to death most mercilessly by pinching the flesh from his body, bit by bit, by means of heated pincers.
Thus came to an end and eventful chapter of Sikh History when the tyrant Moghul rulers tasted defeat after defeat for a number of years at the hand of Sikhs under the leadership of the first Sikh General Baba Banda Singh Bahadur. The Guru thus demonstrated to the people the true strength of mind and body of those who had partaken Amrit and how a Bairagi who was notorious and aimless, could turn out to be a brave person with credible achievements.

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June 20th, 2007

Shaheedi Gurpurab of Guru Arjan Dev Ji

Posted in Announcements by London Sikh Society

Nirmal-Budh, Ujjal-Didar, Karuna-Nidh Sri Khalsa Jio:

 Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

On Friday June 22, 2007, we start the celebrations of Shaheedi of Dhann Dhann Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji: Yatha Sri Mukhvaak:

Jab lau nahi bhaag lilaar uday, tab lau bhramtay firtay bauh dhayio! Kal ghor samudar meh boodhat thay, kabhoo mit hai nahi re pachhtayio!!…Japyio jinh Arjan Dev Guru fir sanKkat jon garbh neh ayio….Whoever remembers Satguru Arjan Dev ji, shall, never ever again step in the cycle of birth and death.

The program begins with Sri Akhand Paath Sahib ji at 8 AM on Friday June 22, and Bhog on Sunday morning (June 24). We have special Jatha of reknowned Bhai Hazara Singh ji of Nawa Shehr coming to do Kirtan on this day. Bhai Jagdev Singh Ji Atwal shall do Katha on this occasion. We are thankful to S. Surjit Singh Bains for providing transportation to Bhai Haazara Singh ji’s Jath from Toronto.

S. Bhupinder Singh Gill is organizing a Shabeel for wider Canadian public near our Gurdwara gates on Saturday and Sunday for atleast two hours each. Water bottles or soft drinks shall be plenty to distribute to the thirsty passing our Gurdwara Sahib. A pamphelet with history of Guru Sahib’s contributrions to human kind and brief about Shaheedi shall be distributed to raise awareness. All volunteers are requested to contact Bhai Bhupinder Singh. Your help is much appreciated as always.

LANGAR SEVA:

Langar Seva is by family of S. Surjit Singh Ji Bains and Bibi Santosh Kaur Bains. The family thanks all for their help and everybody’s participation is cordially requested. 

We like to share this article about Guru Sahib with Sadh Sangat Ji today:

GURU ARJAN DEV JI’S BRIEF HISTORY 

Introduction

Guru Arjan Dev Ji is the youngest son of Guru Ramdas Sahib and Mata Bhani Ji.He was born at Govindwal Sahib on Vaisakh Vadi 7th, (19th Vaisakh) Samvat 1620 (April 15,1563). He learnt Gurmukhi script and Gurbani from Baba Budha ji. He had two elder brothers, Prithi Chand ji and Mahadev ji. He was hardly 18 years old when his father Guru Ramdas Sahib appointed him as the Fifth Nanak. He was married to Mata Ganga ji and had a son (Guru) Hargobind Sahib.

Contributions

  • On the 5th day of Kartik month in 1645 of Bikrami calendar Guru Arjan Dev Ji had the foundation stone of Sri Harimandir Sahib laid in the middle of the Amrit sarovar by the Moslem Sufi saint Miyan Mir. This was an attempt to end all religious divisions. . The temple has four entrances signifying the acceptance of all four castes and welcoming people from all four directions. There is no discrimination here on the basis of caste, color or creed.
  • Guru ji compiled and installed for the first time the holy Sikh Book, which at this stage is called Adi Granth, a major achievement.
  • Guru Ji is the author of Sukhmani Sahib Bani.

Hymn by Guru Arjan Dev from the Sukhmani Sahib- SGGS from page 262[1]

  • Meditate, meditate, meditate peace is obtained, Worry and anguish is expelled from the body.
  • Remembering God, you’re not reborn. Remembering God, the fear of death is dispelled.
  • Remembering God, death is eliminated. Remembering God, your enemies are repelled.
  • Remembering God, no obstacles are met. Remembering God, night and day you’re fully awake.
  • Remembering God, fear cannot touch you. Remembering God, you don’t suffer with sorrow.
  • Remembrance of God, in the Company of Saints. All treasures, O Nanak, are by Lord’s Blessing. ||2||

Shaheedi

Jehangir ordered that Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji be tortured to death if he did not agree to remove the alleged derogatory references in the Holy Granth. He was made to sit on a red hot iron sheet. They poured burning hot sand on his body. The Guru was dipped in boiling water. For five long days he was tortured. When the torturer’s found that the Guru was unresponsive to their torture they did not know what to do. On May 30, 1606 the Guru asked for a bath in the river Ravi by the side of the Mughal fort. Thousands of followers watched the Guru who could barely walk make his way to the river with tears in their eyes. His bare body was covered with blisters, Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji repeated over and over;

“Sweet is Your will, O God; the gift of your Name alone I seek.”

Key Learnings

Guru Ji showed his Sikhs how to accept the will of God. This is a great lesson the Guru has taught and all Sikhs should look at this event from Sikh history as an example as to how we should live in our lives.

Let‘s pay our tribute to Guru Arjan DevJi by accepting and maintaining Guruji’s preaching’s of always accept the god will and remembering God.

References

 

 

June 13th, 2007

Diwan – June 17, 2007

Posted in Announcements by London Sikh Society

Guru Piarey Sri Khalsa Ji

 

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

On 17th June Diwan, we have a guest Kirtankar Dr Onkar Singh ji coming to do kirtan at the Gurdwara Sahib. Since we have Bhai Jagdev Singh to do Katha as well, we shall start our Diwan at 10:30 sharp with Kirtan by Sadh Sangat, 11:00 by Bhai Amrik Singh ji, 11:30 by Dr Onkar Singh Ji, and Katha at 12:00 by Bhai Jagdev Singh Ji. Bhog at 12:30 PM.

Langar Seva is by S Jaswinder Singh Yashpal and Bibi Manjit Kaur Yashpal family. All are cordially invited.

Daily Katha:

Bhai Jagdev Singh Ji will continue to do Katha every eveninf except Sundays at our Gurdwara Sahib till end of June. Timings are 6:45 PM to 7:30 PM. These days he is doing katha of Slok Sehaskriti upon the request of angat. Please do visit Gurdwara Sahib, and take advantage of learning/connecting to Gursabad.

Our General Body Meeting shall be held on July 8 after Langar in the Diwan Hall of our Gurdwara Sahib.

We are celebrating Guru Arjan Dev ji’s martyrdom on June 22, 23, 24. Sri Akhand Paath Sahib starts at 8 AM on Friday June 22. On Saturday we plan to hold a Chhabeel for all people travelling on Clarke Road for atleast two hour. We shall do the same on Sunday morning as well. We plan to hand out water bottles and a pamphlet explaining Guru Sahib’s shaheedi for the knowledge of wider Canadian public. Any volunteer help is welcomed. Please contact S. Bhupinder Singh Gill about this event.

Our annual picnic is on July 21 afternoon at Weldon park, Arva .

Charhdi Kalaa to all.

June 5th, 2007

Diwan in memory of Shaheeds

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Parm-Satkaryog Sri Khalsa Ji

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

We are holding special Diwan in remembrance of Shaheeds of June 1984 on June 6 at 6:30-8:30 PM at our Gurdwara Sahib.

The Rehras Sahib Path is held at 6:15 PM by Bhai Amrik Singh ji. This day we have Col. Jagdev Singh Ji Atwal to do Katha of Gursabad on this occasion. Kirtan shall start at sharp 6:30 PM, followed by Katha and there would be a poetry reading by Bhai Harbhajan singh ji from Buffalo USA.

Guru Piarey Jio, please note as well that Bhai Jagdev Singh Ji Atwal shall do Katha daily for one hour at our Gurdwara Sahib from 6:30 on. Please arrange to attend as he is very well versed in Gurbani Viakhyiaa and discourses. He would stay with us during the month of June for now. Please keep posted about the latest by visiting our site.

Guru Arjun Dev Ji’s Shaheedi Gurpurab is on the weekend of June 22,23,24. We shall keep you update with details.

Bhull Chukk Di Khima

June 3rd, 2007

June 3, 2007 Diwan

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Gurmuk Piarey Jio

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Sunday June 3, Diwan is our regular Diwan. The Langar Sewa is by S. Navtej Singh Bharati and family. All are invited and welcome.

Last week we had two set of high school classes of World Religions class from Clinton Catholic school visit our Gurdwara Sahib. S. Harkinder Singh gave the students introduction to the physical and philosophical characteristics of Gurdwara Sahib and Sikh religion. Important highlights of Sikh history were presented so that the students could appreciate Sikh values in context of evolution of spiritual pursuits of human beings.In teresting point was thata grand mother of one of the students who gave him ride to the Gurdwara Sahib was in the audience. Sheexpressed keen desire to attend our service on Sunday Diwan. We have another class coming for a visit on Monday June 4 as well.

SIKH YOUTH CAMP 2007

Our yearly Sikh Youth Camp is to be held from July 23 to July 27 at our Gurdwara Sahib. S. Gurufatah Singh has agreed to be part of this camp for ful five days. Please register your children ASAP for the camp.

On June 17, Dr Onkar Singh shall perform Kirtan at our Gurdwara Sahib. Please let others know as well.

ANNUAL PICNIC

Our annual picnic is to be held at Weldon Park, Arva on July 21, 2007. Please plan to attend. There will be games , food, and entertainment for all.

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