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August 26th, 2007

Diwan of August 26, 2007

Posted in Announcements by London Sikh Society

Satkaryog Sadh Sangat Ji

 

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

This is again our regular Diwan. Todays Langar is by Family of Sardar Gurjit Singh and family. The family is thankful to all Sangat for their cooperation.

Our Annual Sikh Youth Camp begins August 27, Monday morning. Please register the children ages 6-16. You are welcome to bring the children at the Gurdawara sahib and register Monday as well.

Charhde kala to Guru Khalsa Panth.

A Story of Faith

A Memorable Trip to Delhi
This is what happened to me a few years ago which I will always
treasure and cherish

During mid 90’s for a short period British Airways Flights to Delhi
used to operate from Gatwick instead of Heathrow. We planned a trip to
India and our flight to Delhi was scheduled to leave Gatwick around
10pm. We had to leave home for London Gatwick early evening giving us
ample time to travel and check in. Normal time for my evening prayers
(Rehraas) used to be around 6pm and due to our traveling arrangements
I asked for forgiveness and started Rehraas before 3 in the afternoon.
During my recitation of the Paath (prayers) I had this amazing
experience which I would like to share

During the prayer I heard the holy voice saying “So you are worried again”

To which I replied with respect “Babaji (My Guru Sahib Sattguru Nanak
ji) you are aware, I am travelling on a standby ticket and do not know
whether I am going to get on the plane or not.

Holy Voice: “All right, if we do get you on the flight, then what
would you do for us?

Now I started calculating my abilities and resources to fulfil any
demands by the Babaji and after a pause and calculated thought I
replied: “Babaji you know about my abilities better than I do.”

Babaji: “Fine, Give us five pounds when you get to Delhi.”

Relieved, and still calculating I asked: “But Babaji, where and how
can I give you five pounds?”

Now after a pause I was shown Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) Bangla Sahib and
on the left hand side, near the flower stalls below the marble steps,
I saw an old man in typical Sikh farmer’s clothes and noticeably he
had very weak knees and had difficulties in standing too long.

I obediently looked and agreed to deliver the promiseÂ…. All of a
sudden I found myself sitting down at my house with Gutka (Prayer
book) in my hand and started wondering whether I had fallen asleep
during Rehraas Sahib but the experience was so fresh and with such
profound impact that it was hard to ignore.

During our journey to Gatwick my wife mentioned that the flight was
overbooked and our chances were very slim, but I did not mention my
experience during Rehraas to her. At the airport we awaited till
0930pm and then airline staff informed us that the flight to Delhi had
been closed without any standby passengers being taken. Hearing that I
started thinking about my experience earlier during Rehraas Sahib and
was almost coming to a conclusion that what I experienced was a dream.

Now coming back to the real world I realised we had wasted more than
an hour after the flight was declared closed still planning different
routes and approaches to Delhi. We thought of coming back to Heathrow
and trying to fly via Bombay instead. All the other standby passengers
had left by then.

All of a sudden we heard an announcement stating, “If there are any
passengers still waiting for Delhi flight please contact BA customer
services.” After enquiries we found out that the 747 scheduled for
Delhi developed a fault in its rudder and had to be replaced with
another Boeing 747 which carries more passengers and less cargo, hence
we had the chance. I was shocked and elated after boarding the new
Jumbo 747 to Delhi. During the flight I told my wife exactly what I
had experienced during the prayers. We drove straight to Gurudwara
Bangla Sahib after landing at Delhi.

We were approached by various people asking for alms but none matched
the description of the man I was shown during my prayers in London. I
waited for a while at the spot I was shown but family was getting
anxious to get home quickly. I left Gurudwara Sahib with regrets and a
five pound note still in my top pocket.

Whilst in Delhi on every visit to Bangla Sahib I used to stand waiting
for the magic moment of meeting the special one at the foot steps next
to flower stall but it was not happening. I was not prepared to
deliver it to anyone but the chosen one. My belief was getting even
stronger considering that if Almighty can swap the airplane to
accommodate us despite all the odds at London Gatwick then I must wait
for the special soul to appear.

Now it was the last day in Delhi and we were scheduled to return by an
early morning flight. Like other days I went to the same spot waiting
and started saying to Babaji, “Oh Almighty please guide me, you
fulfilled your promise and kindly help me to fulfil mine. Please guide
me, what shall I do? Should I put promised money in a charity box or
give it to Kar Seva (building fund)?”

I looked around, but nothing happened. I asked my wife to proceed to
the Gurudwara Sahib as I wanted to wait a while longer. As she started
climbing up the marble steps, I looked towards the Gurudwara and with
tearful eyes begged again. At that point some one touched my shoulder
and said, “BaabujiÂ…” I turned around and saw what I had been waiting
all along to see. Shocked and tearful I touched his knees and wrapped
him with my arms and shouted towards my wife and told her I found him.

I asked where he was all this time. Smilingly He replied “ASSI TEY
SAADH SANGAT WICH HEE VASDEY HAAN, SAADH SANGAT DEY BHAROSEY TEY HEE
HAAN.” (We reside among the Holy Congregation/ Saadh Sangat. We are
here because of Holy Congregation/ Saadh Sangat). I honestly had blank
thoughts and did not know what to say or ask, and just kept on staring
at him. We both kept smiling at each other without saying words and
unaware of the looks and curiosity of the people around us. I kept my
hands on his weak knees. He did say few words which made me feel very
blissful and floating at the time, and I forgot them very soon after.

I gave him the promised money, without looking at it he again
mentioned “ASSI TEY SAADH SANGAT WICH HI VASDEY HAAN”. (We reside
among the Holy Congregation/ Saadh Sangat). Few minutes later he asked
if he could go and we started climbing marble steps and he turned
towards the sarovar (water pool). I saw him climbing down the steps
and as I turned towards my wife to explain how relieved and elated I
felt, I looked again. Within the blink of an eye, he had gone.

But I hope and pray never to forget the special bond between faith and
prayer.

With courtesy from:  Yatra, India

August 18th, 2007

Diwan of Sunday August 19, 2007

Posted in Announcements by London Sikh Society

Guru Roop Sadh Sangat Ji

 

Waheguru Ji ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

 

Our coming Diwan is regular Diwan. The Langar Sewa is by family of S Arundeep Singh Ji Tiwana and Gurjit Kaur Tiwana family.

 

Sehajdhari? What is a Sikh? by Judge Mewa Singh

There are no catagories in Sikhs and neither any in between catagory
of sehajdhari Sikhs. Either one is a Sikh or not.Guru Gobind Singh
prescribed the Sikh initiation of Amrit-khande de pahul for the
uniformity of Sikhs to be mandatory for every Sikh and not to create
the catagories in Sikhs and Sikh code of conduct and its discipline
to live in Sikh way of life, in the truthful living while
maintaining its distinct identity.Descipline and code of conduct is
of great significance in every walk of life and is a must in a
religion which can not consist of free lancers and so every religion
has its own.

Those who violate the prescribed Sikh initiation and Sikh code of
conduct are called- patits-and they can come in the mainstream of
Sikh panth by re- initiation and observance of Sikh code of conduct.
The so-called Sehajdhari Sikhs do not take Sikh initiation and
observe Sikh code of conduct, which are part of Sikh religion and
they rarher cut their hairs. They thus obviously do not fulfill the
prerequisite conditions to be Sikhs. If any person believes in Sikh
religion then there should be no hesitation to keep the hairs intact
and wear turban on the head to appear to be Sikh, to get Sikh
initiation and remain in Sikh code of conduct, to become and act as
Sikh.

Confusion was created by making Sehajdhari Sikhs as voters in Sikh Gurdawaras
act by an amendment in 1959. They had not been given any recognition or made
voters for SGPC elections in Punjab Sikh Gurdawaras act 1925. In the provisions
of this act, even Sikhs who did not keep their hairs in tact were declared
patits and debarred to become voters. In 1959 the amendment was made in the act
to make non-Sikhs in the concocted name of Sehajdhari Sikhs as voters to oust
Akali Dal from Sgpc, who had the full support of Sikhs and was in confrontation
with the Govt.on the reorganization of Punjab on linguistic basis. The president
of SGPC, who was nominee of Master Tara Singh, Akali leader, was actually
removed under no confidence motion with the support of congress Govt. in 1959.
The Master threatened to fast un to death, that the Govt. was interfering in
Sikh Religious affairs.

Jawaharlal Nehru, prime minister of India invited the Akali leader, Master Tara
Singh, for talks, that Govt. had no intention to interfere in the religious
affairs of Sikhs. A compromise emerged out in their meeting, named, “Nehru-Tara
Singh pact”, vide which Govt. was to never interfere in Sikh religious affairs
and no amendment of Sikh Gurdawaras act, to be made without the concurrence of
SGPC.

In the general elections of SGPC held in the next year, in1960, Akali Dal won
136 seats out of 140, while congress sponsored board could get only 4 seats.
Thereafter Akali Dal won SGPC elections uptil now and retained its control over
it. The amended provision was not exploited and neither it could be so done.
SGPC passed resolutions several times to repeal the 1959 amendment but it was
not So done. In 2003, just before the 2004-SGPC elections ,this amendment was
undone by govt.of India and Sehajdhari Sikhs were deprived of the right to be
the voters for SGPC elections.

In Delhi Sikh Gurdawaras act, no sehaj dhari Sikh has been recognized to become
the voter for the election of the management committee of the Gurdawaras and
neither any patit Sikh who has cut his hairs .Thus the so called sehaj dhari
sikhs and the patit Sikhs are no where recognized as Sikhs.

Now no Sehajdhari Sikh can become voter for any statutory Gurdawara management
elections. There is no recognition of Sehajdhari Sikhs in Sikh religion. Either
one is a Sikh or not. If some one aspires to become a Sikh then he has to become
a Sikh by coming under the Sikh code of conduct. There is a lot of difference to
aspire and to become a Sikh. In every religion those persons who follow the code
of conduct of that religion are termed to be the followers of that religion.
There are no Sehajdhari Christians, Muslims or Hindus. Why an exception to Sikh
religion, which is even more strict to its discipline and code of conduct.

As to the definition and status of a patit Sikh, it needs to be understood,
first of all the basic qualifications, that who is a Sikh. In addition to
understand and act upon the Divine dictums of Guru Granth Sahib, Tenth Sikh Guru
provided the Sikh Initiation, Sikh emblems and Sikh code of conduct to be
obligatory for Sikhs. A Sikh, who defies or violates it, is a patit Sikh.
Keeping the unshorn hairs has been given so much importance in Sikh religion
that it is in the list of both of the five emblems and the four violations as
prescribed by Tenth Guru.

Infact it was mandatory from the very beginning under the dictums of the founder
of Sikh religion itself. It was recognized in law, in Punjab Sikh Gurdawaras act
1925, that a Sikh who shorns his hair is, patit, and can not be the voter for
SGPC elections. The separate Sikh identity is mainly recognized from the unshorn
hairs, beard and turban on the head of a Sikh even to a blurred eye. If a Sikh
is not in the form, no one not known to him, will take him as a Sikh. It is not
understandable that, why the Sikhs who believe in Sikh religion and its dictums
hesitate to keep them in this form and rather put forth untenable arguments that
such a form is not needed?

In the matters of a religion there can be no scope for personal discretions as
the Dictums of a religion are to be accepted without reservations. The
Considerations of majority and minority, to count votes, in such matters are
irrelevant. The dictums of a religion are perpetual and cannot be altered on the
whims of its followers.

Mewa Singh

 

An Inspirational Story:

A middle-aged Christian woman apporached a young Gursikh Amritdhari lad. She was
a devoutly religious person, and interested in other cultures. She had an
open-mind, and appreciated the wealth of knowledge.

The lad was also devout to his father, Sahib Siri Guru Gobind Singh ji. He wore
his bana with pride, and always wore a 8-9 inch kirpan, because he believed a
kirpan should always be one of use, and not a small one just for show.

The lady was shocked, and slightly intrigued by the kirpan. She could not hold
back her curiousity. She asked him “What is that knife for?”
The lad replied, “Dear lady, it is not a knife, but a kirpan, An article of
faith, given to me by God himself, to protect others and myself. However I have
had to earn the right to carry it. I had to pass a test, and promised never to
use alcohol, drugs, and meat. I also have to get up early in the morning, and
meditate, to ensure that anger never enters my mind. Only then can I be allowed
to carry the kirpan. It is a most entrusted gift from my beloved, and it is my
duty to uphold the trust that God has put in me, by allowing me to carry one. In
reality, I do not need protection, as God protects me himself, this allows me to
help others.”
A tear began to run down the eye of the sweet lady. She replied, “I wish my son
carried a kirpan also. He died last year, he got severly beaten as someone
mugged him. He tried to fight back, but he had no chance. All he had to protect
him was a small cross around his neck. ”
 

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