Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Khudawand Karim: Bestower Of Bounties

A mother was so heart-broken on losing her son, that she stayed by his grave and refused to leave. She cried bitterly the whole night. 
By morning her cries had turn to rage. "Why have You done this to me? You are no loving and caring Lord, I don't need One like You! How dare You take the life of my dear, darling son?" 
Ignoring the entreaties of her family, she carried on venting and raging. The second night, her poor husband went to the village Qazi for help. He promised to intervene in the morning. 
The next morning, the Qazi approached the mother lying by her son's grave. He had a very noticeable limp, and seemed to be nursing his body. He joined the lady in her wailing. 
She stopped abruptly and asked him what his problem was. 
"Oh mother! The Lord visited me last night. Without a word, what hard kicks gave He this old man. What have I done wrong, O Khudawand Karim? I asked." 

"A woman from your village has kept me awake all night, with insults" said He. 
Four sons had He given her over the years and only taken back one. Not only was she getting no more, but He has half a mind to take back the remaining three!" 
"O Qazi, ask Him to forgive me" sobbed she. "How blind have I been!" Hugging her family, she went home, still entreating the Qazi. 


dhas basathoo lae paashhai paavai 
He obtains ten things, and puts them behind him; 

eaek basath kaaran bikhott gavaavai 
for the sake of one thing withheld, he forfeits his faith. 

eaek bhee n dhaee dhas bhee hir laee 
But what if that one thing were not given, and the ten were taken away? 

tho moorraa kahu kehaa karaee 
Then, what could the fool say or do? 
- Sukhmani Sahib

Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa Hunger Strike

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Saturday, 13 April 2013

Prof. Davinderpal Singh Bhullar to be hanged: Breaking News

Professor Davinderpal Singh Bhullar plea for innocence rejected by Indian Supreme Court. 

Bhai Davinder Pal Singh has been taken from hospital to Tihar Jail where he could be hung any time soon.

Request for all panth to Unite. 

Protests being arranged for Birmingham and London in UK. 

Please use this page to provide further information of protests etc in your local areas.

Update on protests and latest news on this case coming soon.

Request for all sangat to do what they can in creating awareness of this long running issue of injustice towards the Sikhs by the Indian government. 

15 April 2013

Protest out side High Commission of India London at 12 Noon Today.
March from High Commission to Houses of Parliament at 2pm.

According to various media outlets there is a possibilty that Prof Bhullar may be hung in secret due to the fear that Panjabs authorities may be unable to cope with the consequences of public opposition to the sentence there.
We do not want what happened with Afzal Guru to happen to Prof Bhullar.#

Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Badal now gone to Delhi to meet Prime Minister of India to have death sentence repealed.


Tomorrow is going to be a Rainsabai in Central London at 10 Downing Street (PM's Office).
(7pm onwards outseide Downing St.)

In Punjab, a Massive ''Insaaf March'' starts on 18th April from Fatehgarh Sahib to New Delhi to demand Prof. Bhullar's release. It will reach New Delhi on 19th April.

17 April

Margaret Thatcher's coffin is to pass by Downing Street on its way from Westminister to St.Pauls. The Sikhs have been allowed to continue their protest opposite Downing Street.

18 April

Kirtan again took place over night outside Downing Street.

Sangat will continue to gather outside Downing Street all day and all night.

Video from Protest in form of Keertan which took place 16th April.

Tamils showing support for the call for Justice.


19 April
Continued protest by sangat outside of 10 Downing St.

-Tonight Rainsbhai Kirtan outside of 10 Downing St. Please Attend.

**Request to all, Require more sangat to gather outside of 10 Downing Street during the day time during weekdays otherwise they will not allow us to stay there if sangat falls too low**

Their is a rally organized for Bhai Davinderpal Singh this Friday April , 19 2013 from 6 pm to 8 pm. The rally will be at South Fletcher's Sports Center near Sheridan College. We urge the sangat to wear kesri (orange) and to bring others along.

20 April

Join the FreeBhullar initiative:

Twitter: @FreeBhullar 
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*All Sangat requested to make their way to Downing Street to continue the protest throughout the weekend. 

**Benti to Birmingham sangat to attend the following:

Video From Kirtan from 19th April

***Benti to all sangat to attend all day tomorrow outside Downing St. This is possibly the last day of the vigil/protest until next weekend so please all attend.

Some photos and Videos being share on a journalists twitter @Londonfriend

21 April

Video from 20th April. In evening Kesri Lehar meeting took place with sangat followed by kirtan. 

23 April

**Morcha/protest outside of Downing Street continuing. All please attend. 
Sangat required 9am-5pm so that it can continue as long as possible. 

21 May

With Waheguru's Kirpa the protest/morcha/vigil is continuing outside Downing Street 24/7. Over 1 month! 
Further report required...Please attend when possible.
If you are unable to attend during the week - Large Kirtan Darbar each Friday evening. 

05 June - Final Update



Tuesday, 2 April 2013

The Battle of Nadaun - Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Second Battle

The Battle Of Nadaun was fought on 20 March 1691 between an imperial expeditionary force aided by Raja Kirpal Chand of Kangra and Raja Dyal of Bijharval in the Sivalik hills on the one hand and several other neighbouring chieftains who enjoyed the support of Guru Gobind Singh on the other. The battle is also mentioned in the autobiography of Guru Gobind Singh called the Bachittar Natak. This was the second battle of Guru Gobind Singh after the Battle of Bhangani.

Reason for the Conflict
Demand of RevenueThe hill Rajas, taking advantage of Emperor Aurangzeb's preoccupation with the endless Maratha insurgency in the South, had neglected to pay their annual tributes into the imperial treasury for three years. Early in 1691 orders were issued to Hifzullah Khan alias Mian Khan, Governor of Jammu, to collect the revenue. Mian Khan despatched a punitive force under Alif Khan. Two of the chieftains, Raja Kirpal Chand and Raja Dyal, submitted without opposition and in fact became Alif Khan's allies.
Bhim Chand turned downRaja Bhim Chand of Kahlur (Bilaspur), the most powerful of the Chieftains rallied the rest of the rulers to resist the Mughal demands. Guru Gobind Singh, who did not cotton to the idea of anyone paying tribute to Aurangzeb and his religious wars, was asked for help and joined in the combined effort to route Alif Khan and his punitive force.
Demand for Assistance
ਜ੝ੱਧ ਕਾਜ ਨ੝ਰਿਪ ਹਮੈ ਬ੝ਲਾਯੋ ॥ ਆਪਿ ਤਵਨ ਕੀ ਓਰ ਸਿਧਾਯੋ ॥
Bhim Chand asked me for assistance and himself went to face (the enemy)
Bachittar Natak
The Guru came to his assistance with a force of his best Sikhs. The opposing armies met at Nadaun on the left bank of the River Beas, 32 km southeast of Kangra and 12 km from the town of Javalamukhi with its Durga temple with the eternal flame. The very Mandir to which Guru Angad had once guided his band of devotees yearly.

A list of those present
Bhim Chand, Raj Singh, Ram Singh, Sukhdev Gaji of Jasrot, Prithi Chand of Dadhwar, where as in opposition there were Kirpal Chand of Kanra, Dyal Chand of Bijharwal, Rajputs of Nangal and panglua, soldiers of Jaswar and Guler and Alif Khan. Guru Sahi bfought with Katochs.
Guru Gobind Singh described in his autobiographical poem, Bachitra Natak the action that took place. As the enemy, he says, advanced with Dyal and Kirpal in the vanguard, a fierce battle commenced. It however did not take long to decide the issue. From Guru Gobind Singh's poem.
"The Almighty God hastened the end of the fight and the opposing host was pushed back into the river… Alif Khan fled in utter disarray leaving his camp to take care of itself…"


Alif Khan fled his camp, leaving his belongings, along with all his warriors. Bhim Chand won the battle.


Guru Gobind Singh Ji stayed in Himanchal, remaining on the bank of the river for eight more days while he visited the palaces of all the chiefs. Guru Ji took leave and came home, the local rulers met at his camp to settle the terms of peace. Both sides made and agreement, therefore the story ends. Guru ji then returned to Anandpur.

Bachitar Natak On Battle Of Nadaun

ਅਥ ਨਦਉਣ ਕਾ ਜ੝ੱਧ ਬਰਨਨੰ ॥Here begins the Description of the Battle of Nadaun:

ਬਹ੝ਤ ਕਾਲ ਇਹ ਭਾਂਤਿ ਬਿਤਾਯੋ ॥ ਮੀਆਂ ਖਾਨ ਜੰਮੂ ਕਹ ਆਯੋ ॥Much time passed in this way, Mian Khan came (from Delhi) to Jammu (for collection of revenue).

ਅਲਿਫ ਖਾਨ ਨਾਦੌਣ ਪਠਾਵਾ ॥ ਭੀਮਚੰਦ ਤਨ ਬੈਰ ਬਢਾਵਾ ॥੧॥He sent Alif Khan to Nadaun, who developed enmity towards Bhim Chand (the Chief of Kahlur).1.

ਜ੝ੱਧ ਕਾਜ ਨ੝ਰਿਪ ਹਮੈ ਬ੝ਲਾਯੋ ॥ ਆਪਿ ਤਵਨ ਕੀ ਓਰ ਸਿਧਾਯੋ ॥Bhim Chnad asked me for assistance and himself went to face (the enemy).

ਤਿਨ ਕਠ ਗੜ ਨਵਰਸ ਪਰ ਬਾਂਧਯੋ ॥ ਤੀਰ ਤ੝ਫੰਗ ਨਰੇਸਨ ਸਾਧਯੋ ॥੨॥Alif Khan prepared a wooden fort of the hill of Navras. The hill-chief also prepared their arrows and guns.2.

ਭ੝ਜੰਗ ਪ੝ਰਯਾਤ ਛੰਦ ॥BHUJANG STANZA

ਤਹਾ ਰਾਜ ਸਿੰਘੰ ਬਲੀ ਭੀਮਚੰਦੰ ॥ ਚੜਿਓ ਰਾਮ ਸਿੰਘੰ ਮਹਾ ਤੇਜ ਵੰਦੰ ॥With brave Bhim Chand, there were Raj Singh, illustrious Ram Singh,

ਸ੝ਖੰ ਦੇਵ ਗਾਜੀ ਜਸਾਰੋਟ ਰਾਜੰ ॥ ਚੜ੝ਹੇ ਕ੝ਰ੝ਧ ਕੀਨੇ ਕਰੇ ਸਰਬ ਕਾਜੰ ॥੩॥And Sukhdev Gaji of Jasrot, were full of fury and managed their affairs with enthusiasm.3.

ਪ੝ਰਿਥੀਚੰਦ ਚਢਿਓ ਡਢੇ ਡਢਵਾਰੰ ॥ ਚਲੇ ਸਿਧ ਹ੝ਝ ਕਾਜ ਰਾਜੰ ਸ੝ਧਾਰੰ ॥There came also the brave Prithi Chand of Dadhwar after having made arrangements regarding the affairs of his state.

ਕਰੀ ਢੂਕ ਢੋਅੰ ਕਿਰਪਾਲਚੰਦੰ ॥ ਹਟਾਝ ਸਬੈ ਮਾਰਿ ਕੈ ਬੀਰ ਬ੝ਰਿੰਦੰ ॥੪॥Kirpal Chand (of Kanara) arrived with ammunition and drove back and killed many of the warriors (of Bhim Chand).4.

ਦ੝ਤੀਯ ਢੋਅ ਢੂਕੈ ਵਹੈ ਮਾਰਿ ਉਤਾਰੀ ॥ ਖਰੇ ਦਾਂਤ ਪੀਸੈ ਛ੝ਭੈ ਛਤ੝ਰਧਾਰੀ ॥When for the second time, the forces of Bhim Chand advanced, they were beaten back down the hill to the great sorrow of (the allies of Bhim Chand),

ਉਤੈ ਵੈ ਥਰੇ ਬੀਰ ਬੰਬੈ ਬਜਾਵੈਂ ॥ ਤਰੇ ਭੂਪ ਠਾਂਢੇ ਬਡੋ ਸੋਕ੝ ਪਾਵੈਂ ॥੫॥The warriors on the hill sounded trumpets, while the chiefs below were filled with remorse.5.

ਤਬੈ ਭੀਮਚੰਦੰ ਕੀਯੋ ਕੋਪ ਆਪੰ ॥ ਹਨੂਮਾਨ ਕੇ ਮੰਤ੝ਰ ਕੋ ਮ੝ਖਿ ਜਾਪੰ ॥Then Bhim Chand was filled with great ire and began to recite the incantations of Hanuman.

ਸਬੈ ਬੀਰ ਬੋਲੈ ਹਮੈ ਭੀ ਬ੝ਲਾਯੰ ॥ ਤਬੈ ਢੋਅ ਕੈ ਕੈ ਸ੝ ਨੀਕੇ ਸਿਧਾਯੰ ॥੬॥He called all his warriors and also called me. Then all assembled and advanced for attack.6.

ਸਬੈ ਕੋਪ ਕੈ ਕੈ ਮਹਾ ਬੀਰ ਢ੝ਕੇਕੇ ॥ ਚਲੇ ਬਾਰਿਬੇ ਬਾਰ ਕੋ ਜਿਉ ਭਭੂਕੇ ॥All the great warriors marched forward with great ire like a flame over a fence of dry weeds.

ਤਹਾ ਬਿਝ੝ੜਿਆਲੰ ਹਠਿਓ ਬੀਰ ਦਿਆਲੰ ॥ ਉਠਿਓ ਸੈਨ ਲੈ ਸੰਗਿ ਸਾਰੀ ਕ੝ਰਿਪਾਲੰ ॥੭॥Then on the other side, the valiant Raja Dayal of Bijharwal advanced with Raja Kirpal, alongwith all his his army.7.


ਕ੝ਪਿਓ ਕ੝ਰਿਪਾਲ ॥ ਨ ਮਰਾਲ ॥Kirpal Chnad was in great fury. The horses danced.
ਬਜੇ ਬਜੰਤ ॥ ਕ੝ਰੂਰੰ ਅਨੰਤ ॥੮॥ And the pipes were played which presented a dreadful scene.8.

ਜ੝ੱਝੰਤ ਜ੝ਆਣ ॥ ਬਾਹੈ ਕ੝ਰਿਪਾਣ ॥The warriors fought, striking each other's swords.

ਜੀਅ ਧਾਰ ਕ੝ਰੋਧ ॥ ਛੱਡੇ ਸਰੋਘ ॥੯॥With rage, they showered volleys of arrows.9.

ਲ੝ਝੈ ਨਿਦਾਨ ॥ ਤਜੰਤ ਪ੝ਰਾਣ ॥The warring soldiers fell in the field and breathed their last.

ਗਿਰ ਪਰਤ ਭੂਮਿ ॥ ਜਣ੝ ਮੇਘ ਝੂਮ ॥੧੦॥They fell. Like thundering clouds on the earth.10.


ਕਿਰਪਾਲ ਕੋਪਿਯੰ ॥ ਹਠੀ ਪਾਵ ਰੋਪਿਯੰ ॥Kirpal Chand, in great anger, stood firmly in the field.

ਸਰੋਘੰ ਚਲਾਝ ॥ ਬਡੇ ਬੀਰ ਘਾਝ ॥੧੧॥With his volley of arrows, he killed great warriors.11.

ਹਣੇ ਛੱਤ੝ਰਧਾਰੀ ॥ ਲਿਟੇ ਭੂਪ ਭਾਰੀ ॥He killed the chief, who lay dead on the ground.

ਮਹਾਂ ਨਾਦ ਬਾਜੇ ॥ ਭਲੇ ਸੂਰ ਗਾਜੇ ॥੧੨॥The trumpets sounded and the warriors thundered.12.

ਕ੝ਰਿਪਾਲੰ ਕ੝ਰ੝ਧੰ ॥ ਕੀਯੋ ਜ੝ੱਧ ਸ੝ੱਧੰ ॥Kirpal Chand, in great fury, made a great fight.

ਮਹਾਂ ਬੀਰ ਗੱਜੇ ॥ ਮਹਾਂ ਸਾਰ ਬੱਜੇ ॥੧੩॥Great heroes thundered, while using dreadful weapons.13.

ਕਰਿਯੋ ਜ੝ੱਧ ਚੰਡੰ ॥ ਸ੝ਣਿਯੋ ਨਾਵ ਖੰਡੰ ॥Such a heroic battle was fought that all the people of the world living in nine quarters, knew it.

ਚਲਿਯੋ ਸਸਤ੝ਰ ਬਾਹੀ ॥ ਰਜੌਤੀ ਨਿਬਾਹੀ ॥੧੪॥His weapons (Kirpal Chand) wrought havoc and he exhibited himself as a true Rajput.14.

ਦੋਹਰਾ ॥DOHRA

ਕੋਪ ਭਰੇ ਰਾਜਾ ਸਬੈ ਕੀਨੋ ਜ੝ੱਧ ਉਪਾਇ ॥All the chiefs of the allies, in great anger, entered the fray.

ਸੈਨ ਕਟੋਚਨ ਕੀ ਤਬੈ ਘੇਰ ਲਈ ਅਰਰਾਇ ॥੧੫॥And besieged the army of Katoch. 15.


ਚਲੇ ਨਾਂਗਲੂ ਪਾਂਗਲੂ ਵੇਦੜੋਲੰ ॥ ਜਸਵਾਰੇ ਗ੝ਲੇਰੇ ਚਲੇ ਬਾਂਧ ਟੋਲੰ ॥The Rajputs of the tribes of Nanglua and Panglu advanced in groups alongwith the soldiers of Jaswar and Guler.

ਤਹਾਂ ਝਕ ਬਾਜਿਓ ਮਹਾਂ ਬੀਰ ਦਿਆਲੰ॥ਰਖੀ ਲਾਜ ਜੌਨੇ ਸਭੈ ਬਿਝੜਵਾਲੰ ॥੧੬॥The greater warrior Dayal also joined and saved the honour of the people of Bijharwal. 16.

ਤਵੰ ਕੀਟ ਤੌ ਲੌ ਤ੝ਫੰਗੰ ਸੰਭਾਰੋ ॥ ਹ੝ਰਿਦੈ ਝਕ ਰਾਵੰਤ ਕੇ ਤਕਿ ਮਾਰੋ ॥Then this lowly person (the Guru speaking of himself) took up his gun and aimed unerringly at one of the chiefs.
ਗਿਰਿਓ ਝੂਮਿ ਭੂਮੈ ਕਰਿਯੋ ਜ੝ਧ ਸ੝ੱਧੰ ॥ ਤਊ ਮਾਰ੝ ਬੋਲਿਯੋ ਮਹਾ ਮਾਨਿ ਕੋ੝ਰਧੰ॥੧੭॥He reeled and fell down on the ground in the battlefield, but even then he thundered in anger.17.

ਤਜਿਯੋ ਤ੝ਪਕੰ ਬਾਨ ਪਾਨੰ ਸੰਭਾਰੇ ॥ ਚਤ੝ਰ ਬਾਨਯੰ ਲੈ ਸ੝ ਸਬਿਯੰ ਪ੝ਰਹਾਰੇ ॥I then threw away the gun and took the arrows in my hand, I shot four of them.

ਤ੝ਰਿਯੋ ਬਾਨ ਲੈ ਬਾਮ ਪਾਨੰ ਚਲਾਝ ॥ ਲਗੇ ਯਾ ਲਗੇ ਨਾ ਕਛੂ ਜਾਨਿ ਪਾਝ ॥੧੮॥Another three I discharged with my left hand, whether they struck anybody, I do not know. 18.

ਸੋ ਤਉ ਲਉ ਦਈਵ ਜ੝ਧ ਕੀਨੋ ਉਝਾਰੰ ॥ ਤਿਨੈ ਖੇਦ ਕੈ ਬਾਰਿ ਕੇ ਬੀਚ ਡਾਰੰ ॥Then the Lord brought the end of the fight and the enemy was driven out into the river.

ਪਰੀ ਮਾਰ ਬ੝ੰਗੰ ਛ੝ਟੀ ਬਾਣ ਗੋਲੀ ॥ ਮਨੋ ਸੂਰ ਬੈਠੇ ਭਲੀ ਖੇਲ ਹੋਲੀ ॥੧੯॥Form the hill the bullets and arrows were showered. It seemed that the sun set down after playing a good holi.19.

ਗਿਰੇ ਬੀਰ ਭੂਮੰ ਸਰੰ ਸਾਂਗ ਪੇਲੰ ॥ ਰੰਗੇ ਸ੝ਰੌਣ ਬਸਤ੝ਰੰ ਮਨੋ ਫਾਗ ਖੇਲੰ ॥Pierced by arrows and spears, the warriors fell in the battlefield. Their clothes were dyed with blood, it seemed that they played holly.

ਲੀਯੋ ਜੀਤਿ ਬੈਰੀ ਕੀਆ ਆਨਿ ਡੇਰੰ ॥ ਤੇਊ ਜਾਇ ਪਾਰੰ ਰਹੇ ਬਾਰਿ ਕੇਰੰ ॥੨੦॥After conquering the enemy, they came for rest at their place of encampment, on the other side of the river. 20.

ਭਈ ਰਾਤ੝ਰਿ ਗ੝ਬਾਰ ਕੇ ਅਰਧ ਜਾਮੰ ॥ ਤਬੈ ਛੋਰਿਗੇ ਬਾਰ ਦੇਵੈ ਦਮਾਮੰ ॥Sometime after midnight they left, while beating their drums.

ਸਬੈ ਰਾਤ੝ਰਿ ਬੀਤੀ ਉਦਿਓ ਦਿਉਸ ਰਾਣੰ ॥ ਚਲੇ ਬੀਰ ਚਾਲਾਕ ਖਗੰ ਖਿਲਾਣੰ ॥੨੧॥When the whole night ended and the sun arose, the warriors on out side marched hastily, brandishing their spears.21.

ਭਜਿਓ ਅਲਿਫ ਖਾਨੰ ਨ ਖਾਨਾ ਸੰਭਾਰਿਓ ॥ ਭਜੇ ਅਉਰ ਬੀਰੰ ਨ ਧੀਰੰ ਬਿਚਾਰਿਓ ॥Alif Khan fled away, leaving behind his belongings. All the other warriors fled away and did not stay anywhere.

ਨਦੀ ਪੈ ਦਿਨੰ ਅਸਟ ਕੀਨੇ ਮ੝ਕਾਮੰ ॥ ਭਲੀ ਭਾਂਤਿ ਦੇਖੇ ਸਬੈ ਰਾਜ ਧਾਮੰ ॥੨੨॥I remained there on the bank of the river for eight more days and visited the palaces of all the chiefs.22.

ਚੌਪਈ ॥CHAUPA

ਇਤ ਹਮ ਹੋਇ ਬਿਦਾ ਘਰ ਆਝ ॥ ਸ੝ਲਹ ਨਮਿਤ ਵੈ ਉਤਹਿ ਸਿਧਾਝ ॥Then I took leave and came home, they went there to settle the terms of peace.

ਸੰਧਿ ਇਨੈ ਉਨ ਕੈ ਸੰਗਿ ਕਈ ॥ ਹੇਤ ਕਥਾ ਪੂਰਨ ਇਤ ਭਈ ॥੨੩॥Both the parties made and agreement, therefore the story ends here.23.

ਦੋਹਰਾ ॥DOHRA

ਆਲਸੂਨ ਕਹ ਮਾਰਿ ਕੈ ਇਹ ਦਿਸਿ ਕੀਓ ਪਯਾਨ ॥I came to this side after destroying alsun on my way;

ਭਾਤਿ ਅਨੇਕਨ ਕੇ ਕਰੇ ਪ੝ਰਿ ਅਨੰਦ ਸ੝ਖ ਆਨਿ ॥੨੪॥And enjoyed in various ways after reaching Anandpur.24.

ਇਤਿ ਸ੝ਰੀ ਬਚਿਤ੝ਰ ਨਾਟਕ ਗ੝ਰੰਥੇ ਨਦੌਨ ਜ੝ੱਧ ਬਰਨਨੰ ਨਾਮ ਨੌਮੋ ਧਿਆਇ ਸਮਾਪਤਮ ਸਤ੝ ਸ੝ਭਮ ਸਤ੝ ॥੯॥੩੪੪॥End of Ninth Chapter of BACHITTAR NATAK entitled `Description of the battle of Nadaun.9.344.


Gurudwara Dasvin Patshahi (Nadaun) on the west bank of the River Beas commemorates the battle. The sanctum, a 6 metre square room with doors on four sides, has a dome with a brass pinnacle. The Guru Granth Sahib is seated on a raised platform. Maharaja Ranjit Singh had a Gurdwara built on the spot where the tenth Guru camped for several days after the battle. The present building was constructed by Rai Bahadur Baisakha Singh in 1929. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, which took over control of the shrine in 1935, now administers it through a local committee.

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Shaheed Bhai Navneet Singh Qadian

On April 20, 1961, Bhai Navneet Singh Qadian was born into a Gursikh family of village Qadian, district Gurdaspur, Punjab. His father was Sardar Tirath Singh and mother Bibi Ranjit Kaur. He was their only son and had two sisters. The entire family were Amritdhari Gursikhs. At a very young age, Bhai Sahib showed his yearning to learn about Sikhi and would often go to the local Gurdwara alone to carry out Seva and listen to Katha and Kirtan.
When Bhai Navneet Singh was young, his mother went to see a Sant and took Bhai Sahib along. The Sant looked at Bhai Sahib, patted him on the shoulder and said “Kaka, Sri Jaap Sahib jaroor paria kar” (Young child, make sure you read Sri Jaap Sahib). Even at a young age, Bhai Sahib took these words seriously, he went home and started to recite Sri Jaap Sahib continuously. Within a few days he had learned Sri Jaap Sahib off by heart. Puratan Gursikhs would say Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj showers great blessings on those who know Sri Jaap Sahib off by heart. True to these words, Bhai Navneet Singh was to be blessed with immense Seva for the freedom of Khalistan from the clutches of the Indian government.
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Shaheed Bhai Navneet Singh Qadian
Bhai Navneet Singh Qadian began his education at the D.A.V Senior Secondary School of Qadian, where he completed and passed up to the eleventh grade. Bhai Sahib was an intelligent student and passed his exams with flying colours whilst still keeping strict to his Sikh principles. He went to study a Pre-Engineering course in college Batala. Bhai Navneet Singh also passed this course with similar ease in 1982, following which he was able to secure admission to an engineering College in the city of Bidar, Karnataka. Here he began a degree in Civil Engineering.
During the 1980’s, Bidar in Karnataka state was a hotbed of right wing Hindu fascism. During 1984-1985, Sikh students were attacked by heavily armed Hindu fanatics in order to spark communal tensions. Witnessing the daily injustice against the Sikh nation, Bhai Navneet Singh and the other Sikh students together defended themselves against the unprovoked attack with their Kirpans. Instead of targeting the perpetrators of the violence, the local Police arrested Bhai Navneet Singh and two other students. A case of attempted murder under section 30 of the Indian Penal Code was registered against them and they were presented at court. Ten thousand rupees were paid to secure their quick bail.
The whole episode had a massive impact on Bhai Navneet Singhs conscience. It was clear to him that Sikhs were targeted as less than second class citizens throughout India. This episode was instrumental in his decision to pick up arms to defend the Sikh nation against the terrorist government. Following events in Bidar, Bhai Navneet Singh and Bhai Balwant Singh Multani transferred to Guru Nanak Engineering College in Ludhiana, Punjab and moved permanently back to Punjab. In Punjab, Bhai Sahib was witness to the daily murder of innocent Sikhs by the government and the state sanctioned criminal gangs.
After completing his degree, Bhai Navneet Singh obtained work with a contractor at Chaura Bazar near Ludhiana. He worked with him for approximately six months during which time he assisted the construction of several buildings.
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Shaheed Bhai Navneet Singh Qadian
Bhai Navneet Singh Qadian initially took part in the Sikh struggle by working undercover. He kept out of the gaze of the police under the pretence of working as a transporter of Qadian, Batala. During this period Bhai Sahib had carried out many actions leaving the intelligence agencies clueless as to who was behind them. Bhai Sahib had a strong academic background and applied his intelligence to fight for the freedom of Khalistan. Many young educated Sikhs had joined the Khalistani movement as they had realised that they were being treated unfairly by the hostile Indian government.
The day Bhai Navneet Singh Qadian’s central intelligence report reached the local police, the officers were bemused that this individual was behind many attacks on security forces. The forces raided the home of Bhai Sahib as he was sat at Maharaj tabiya reciting Bani. With blessings of Satguru the police searched the entire home but could not locate Bhai Qadian. Once the police left the house, the family could not believe that despite Bhai Sahib being in the house he was not found. As it became apparent that Bhai Sahib was now on the radar of the security forces, he left home for good. His first stop after this was at a friend’s home to whom he narrated the incident. Such was the blessing of Guru Sahib on his Singhs.
Bhai Navneet Singh Qadian became an active freedom fighter of the Khalistan Liberation Force. He fought alongside some of the most courageous Khalistani freedom fighters, such as Shaheed Bhai Kuldeep Singh Sheikupura.
Associate of Bhai Navneet Singh Qadian
(Interview taken from Sant Sipahi magazine)
“Bhai Navneet Singh Qadian was a very devout Sikh. He would never let his Sikhi principles ever slip and this was the most important thing to him. He would continuously be reading Bani and knew so many different Bani’s off by heart it was unbelievable. If you ever got close to him, you could notice that his Simran would be going automatically. Once Navneet got badly injured in an encounter and had a serious wound in his head. He said to the Doctor, no matter what, don’t put a pair of scissors near my hair. The doctor then said “I may need to cut some hair so I can put some stitches in.” Bhai Navneet Singh got up and said “No it’s ok, I don’t need the stitches.”
The Singh went on to say “Bhai Navneet Singh was a mastermind. He was very intelligent, no one would ever underestimate him. We would sometimes see him coming from far but we would never be able to recognise him, he was a master of disguise, sometimes looking like a business man and other times looking like a labourer. Bhai Navneet Singh never travelled much, but kept a close eye on everything. He knew exactly who was doing what and when. Bhai Navneet Singh would inspire the Singhs by making impossible feats a reality. He would plan many of our main missions; he was always thinking and working on how to achieve our aims.”
“Bhai Navneet Singh had a lot of love for the Singhs fighting in the movement. I remember when Bhai Raminderjeet Singh Tainee of Babbar Khalsa was arrested and in jail. Bhai Tainee made a plan pretending to be ill; and the police took him to P.G.I hospital in Chandigarh. Bhai Navneet Singh had good links with all the Jujharoo groups and was good friends with Bhai Tainee. Bhai Sahib sat outside the hospital and waited for the information about where exactly Bhai Tainee was.”
“Then all of a sudden Bhai Navneet Singh walked across the road. He and some other Singh’s burst into the hospital armed with AK47’s. Bhai Tainee was surrounded by armed police officers, but they all froze when they saw the Singhs. Bhai Navneet Singh fired into the air and pushed the officers aside. Everyone was shocked; he forcefully freed Bhai Raminderjeet Singh from the police and walked out of the hospital like nothing had happened. No one could ever imagine that he could do this and walk away unharmed. There was definitely something special about the man, he had no fear and would do whatever was necessary.”
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Shaheed Bhai Navneet Singh Qadian
In November 1991 the police arrested, interrogated and tortured Bhai Navneet Singh’s mother and father to obtain details on his location. But they were unable to find anything out.
Chandigarh police had failed to locate Bhai Navneet Singh therefore in 1992 they decide to raid village Qadian. They hoped by agitating the villagers, people would get angry towards Bhai Navneet Singh and the police could get information about him. They harassed every person in the village. People were dragged out of their houses, beaten and then repeatedly asked ‘Where is Navneet Singh?’ No one gave any information. What the police failed to realise was that everyone loved Bhai Navneet Singh; he was seen as a hero standing up to the tyrannical Indian government. To keep face, the police then decided to take two mini buses into their custody and keep them.
The police had concluded that Bhai Navneet Singh had a policy of staying at a location only once and he was impossible to capture alive. The government realised that this group was made up of very intelligent Jujharoos who where always ten steps ahead of them. As the Khalsa became more devoted to the struggle for justice, their enemies became keener on destroying their chance for freedom. The malicious Indian government pumped millions into Punjab. Everyone was offered large bribes and bounties for information on the Jujharoos. The police were licensed to kill without fear of repercussions. Consequently, thousands of Sikhs were killed at the hands of vulture police officials.
Elimination of SP Tiwana
One such beast was Superintendent of Ropar Police (SP), Ranbir Tiwana. He was responsible for dragging young Sikh boys from their houses and killing them in fake encounters. Tiwana was free to carry out whatever he wanted with the government’s blessings. Due to his lewd acts, he caught the attention of the Khalistan Liberation Force and made his way onto the hit list. Tiwana was out of control and had to be stopped.
Bhai Gurjant Singh Budhsinghwala put Bhai Navneet Singh Qadian in charge of bringing this killer to justice. But this again would be a very difficult job to accomplish as Tiwana was given full government security at all times and had a car full of six gun men always on patrol with him wherever he went. On February 15, 1992, he was transferred and became SP of Ludhiana Police. Tiwana had been transferred and promoted simply because he had killed hundreds of Sikhs.
The “Engineering Cell” decided that they had to make a highly sophisticated device to catch their prey. It had to be unique and something that had not been tried before, to prevent it from being intercepted by the enemy. They put their minds at work and developed a complex and unique plan.
As reported in an article from the Awaze Kaum Newspaper;
“Three devices were planted in hollow cement pillars on the side of the road. While the vehicle was passing in front of the area covered by explosive devices, three devices planted over a stretch of 30 metres would explode simultaneously. These would have to be carried out using a long cord which was hidden undergone 400 yards away in a field and it used three truck batteries.” This was the first time a serial multiple blasts would be used by the Jujharoos and everyone was anxious as to whether it would work.
On April 1, 1992, Tiwana left his home in his Ambassador car, along with another car full of gunmen, to attend a social function. He was travelling from Mundian to Samrala. Bhai Navneet Singh made sure he had planted men at different locations along the way. The Singhs were ready with the remote at hand, and did an Ardaas to Waheguru that they would succeed in their mission. Tiwana’s car could be seen coming in the distance with his armed bandits. The time had come to serve justice to this menace and put a stop to his merciless killings. As the Ambassador car was travelling at some speed; the correct timing would be difficult to figure out. The Singh had his thumb on the detonator button, but the car was going too fast and was going to pass the three pillars without being blasted.
Everything seemed like it was happening in slow motion. Then all of a sudden, time stopped. The button was pressed. BOOOOMMMMM, the ground shook. Tiwana’s car flew in the air like a plane, flying from one side of the road to the other as the three serial blasts went off. Fire and smoke covered the air like a tornado. It was so powerful that segments of Tiwana were found 500 yards from the scene. Blood was splattered all over the road. The door of the car landed 400 yards away and broke a papal tree in half. The explosion was heard from miles and left a smoke screen of dust for long while after the blast.”
Bhai Navneet Singh’s master plan had worked. The Singh’s let off Jaikaray and then disappeared into the fields. In the aftermath, the police goons looked around everywhere and interrogated everyone in the area but could not find out any info. Finally, the Khalistan Liberation Force had put an end to the inhuman deeds carried out by the butcher Tiwana.
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Professor Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar
Arrest of Professor Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar
In the last week of December 1994, A Sikh professor by the name of Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar had travelled to Germany to seek Asylum from the Anti-Sikh regime in India. His bid failed and he was sent from Frankfurt to Delhi. He was subsequently arrested and kept in police custody where he was inhumanely tortured and a forced confession to the Bitta attack was signed against his will.
When Bhai Navneet Singh heard that Professor Bhullar had been arrested, he took it upon himself to try and secure the professors release. It was decided that pressure had to be put on a person who had the right influence on the government to get him released. At the time, there was a government official named Ram Niwas Mirdha who was the chairman of a joint parliamentary committee. Bhai Navneet Singh knew Ram Niwas Mirdha was an influential person and was in a position to secure the release.
On February 1, 1995, Rajendra Mirdha, the son of Ram Niwas Mirdha left his Jaipur residence for a morning walk at about 7.00am. He saw a white Maruti car and one man came out of it. The said man asked Rajendra Mirdha about the location of House no. 105 or 106. Before he could reply, he was pushed into the car and taken away. There were three armed persons in the car. Mirdha did not know why he was kidnapped. After some time, Mirdha was taken to a house where the Singh’s then told Mirdha that they were the members of Khalistan Liberation Force. A Sikh professor, Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar had been arrested at the Delhi International Airport on his return to India after the German authorities declined to grant his asylum. They explained that they simply wanted this Singh to be released.
The wife of Rajendra Mirdha received a telephone call at about 8:40am from an unknown person who stated that Mirdha had been made hostage and unless Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar was freed, they would not release Mirdha. The caller also stated that he would again telephone her. The police were informed the same day and an investigation had begun in locating Mirdha.
Bhai Navneet Singh had a hideout in a small town called Jagatpura near Jaipur, Rajasthan. He was based at this location where most of the group’s plans were devised. Bhai Sahib had often led the corrupt police intelligence agencies on a wild goose chase. Due to Maharaj’s kirpa, all previous operations to capture or kill Bhai Navneet Singh had resulted in heavy death toll for government forces. Those who remained alive had to report back empty handed, causing further embarrassment for the police. A prime example of his superior intellect and ability to innovate was shown when he opened a gym in Jagatpura and used it as a cover story to remain evasive.
A fax was sent by another Singh to the government and from this, the police were able to locate the state in which Mirdha was being held. They began questioning everyone on the whereabouts of any Singhs in the area. They started to go door-to-door and enquired whether anyone knew any information. One day, the police knocked on the door where Mirdha was actually being held. Bhai Navneet Singh, Mirdha and one other person were in the house at the time. Bhai Sahib quickly hid Mirdha in the base of a box bed and lay next to him with his AK-47. He had his finger ready on the trigger of his assault rifle, however, when the door was opened, the police saw that no Singhs were in the house and left.
The government began to give up on locating Mirdha. The KLF Singhs were very close to securing the release of Professor Bhullar. Negotiations had begun as to where Professor Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar should be released. The Chief of KLF; Dr Pritam Singh Sekhon spoke on behalf of the Singhs. The convicted rapist alcoholic KP Gill bowed down to the demands and had agreed to release Professor Bhullar. However, the negotiation process was taking time as the Singhs were selecting a suitable location for the release.
According to the Will of Waheguru, the police had managed to locate Mirdha to a house. One person who lived with the Singhs went out to buy some milk. When they went to pay they used a 500 rupee note, which was scarcely used in those days. The shop keeper became suspicious and when the police asked him if he had seen any Singhs in the area or anybody acting suspicious, he told them that there were some people who brought milk with a 500 rupee note.
On the fateful night of February 25, 1995, all the Singhs were together at the house when the police started flooding into the small village. Within no time, the CRPF, the BSF and hundreds of police officers had surrounded the small house. Bhai Navneet Singh had unconditional love for his fellow Jujharoos. Even in the face of such an adverse situation, he told them to leave and ensure Mirdha was released unharmed. Bhai Sahib said he would hold off the enemy alone so they could get away to safety. The firing had already started, Bhai Sahib then insisted that they had to leave and carry on the fight for Khalistan. Bhai Navneet Singh like a true leader stood and led by example, he took up his position and fought off the hundreds of army and police personnel. He roared Jaikaray that shook the walls, as he plastered the surrounding forces with lead bullets from his single AK-47 rifle.
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Shaheed Bhai Navneet Singh Qadian – Shaheedi Saroop
As the other Singhs escaped, they could hear the echo of Jaikaray over the thunderous gunfire. Within minutes there were countless bodies of army and police personnel shredded to bits around the house. Bhai Sahib fired his gun with such intensity and precision that the enemy was unable to close in. Gradually, bullets began to penetrate the thin walls of the house and struck the Singh Soorma several times. Bhai Navneet Singh’s body was now pierced with bullets. At this point he roared one last Jaikara and charged out of the house. He riddled the enemy with lead from his AK-47. Fearing the might of the Khalsa, most of the enemy fled while others fell to the ground. Eventually his ammunition ran out. Bhai Navneet Singh Qadian attained Shaheedi and stamped his name in history as a fearless hero. The Khalistan Liberation Force produced some of the most fearless freedom fighters to have ever walked this earth. The brave warriors’ lives and love for their people will never be forgotten.
Khalistan Liberation Force Zindabaad. Khalistan Zindabaad.
Taken from Singh Soorme Magazine – Issue 4
Translated by NeverForget84.com admin.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Duni Chand & Guru Nanak Ji

Guru Nanak and Bhai Mardana continued to travel to many different parts of the world. One day, they arrived at a beautiful location near Lahore, which is a historic city in present-day Pakistan. The Guru decided to set their camp outside the city. He sat on a green, grassy spot near the river Ravi. Sitting at this tranquil spot, the Guru fixed his thoughts on God and meditated for a little while. Bhai Mardana began singing the Guru’s sacred songs or hymns called Shabads. At times, the Guru himself would join in and begin to sing them as well.

Soon, people who heard these simple but very heart rendering melodies began to gather around the Guru and Bhai Mardana. Folks everywhere loved to hear these sacred songs. They also liked to hear the Guru’s talks about life and the importance of meditation or Simran.
One day, during such a melodious recitals, a rich man of Lahore came to the Guru. He asked the Guru to go with him to his house.
The Guru said, "I am all right here. I am not really fond of grand houses. Moreover, my visit to your house might cause you inconvenience and unnecessary trouble."
But Duni Chand was insistent and continued to repeated his request, again and again. The Guru agreed, at last, agreed to go with him to his house. On reaching there, the Guru saw a number of large prominent flags flying on Duni Chand’s house. He smiled on seeing the flags.
Duni Chand took the Guru and his companion inside the house. He gave them a huge selection of food to eat. He gave them cool water and other juices to drink. Then he sat near the Guru, with folded hands.
After a time, the Guru said, "A number of flags are flying on the your roof of your house. What are these for? What do they mean?’
Duni Chand, with pride replied, "They are to show how much wealth I have. Every flag represents ten million rupees (one crore is ten millions). The seven flags show that I have accumulated wealth of seventy million rupees."
The Guru said, "Then you are a very rich man. You must be very happy and contended with yourself?"
Duni Chand replied, "Holy Sir, I cannot lie to you. There are some people who are much richer than I am. This makes me sad and I desire to have more wealth. I would like to be the richest man in the city. I cannot feel completely happy and satisfied until my desire is fulfilled."
The Guru said, "But aren't the people who are richer than you also trying to become even more richer? It seems that there is a race between you and them to become the richest in this city. Perhaps, you may not be able to beat them in this race for the most wealth. In that case you may never be happy. Have you ever thought of that?"
Duni Chand said, "Holy Sir, I have no lime to think such thoughts. I just work day and night to gather more and more wealth"
Guru Nanak smiled and said, "Will you have time to do a small thing for me?"
Duni Chand replied, "Most gladly, holy Sir. What can I do for you?"
The Guru took out a needle, and said, "Please keep this safely with you. Give it to me, when I ask for it, in the next world."
Dunj Chand took the needle from the Guru. Later, he took this needle to his wife. He gave it to her and said, "The holy man wants us to keep the needle for him. He will take it back from us in the next world."
She said, "Are you mad? How can a needle go to the next world? How can we carry it with us to there? Go back, and return it to the holy man."
Duni Chand went back to the Guru and said, "Holy Sir, please take back your needle. We cannot take this to the next world. We cannot carry it there. That is not possible"
The Guru smiled and said, "Duni Chand, this needle is small and light. You say that it cannot go with you to the next world. How can the seventy million rupees go there with you? What good will this wealth do to you there?"
Duni Chand realised the futility of wealth and fell at the Guru’s feet and said, "Please Guru ji, tell me how my wealth may go with me to the next world."
The Guru said, "Give it to the poor in the name of God. Feed the hungry. Clothe the poor. Help the needy. What you spend your honestly earned wealth on righteous things, then it will go with you to the next world. Otherwise, it will be plundered here by others."
Duni Chand realised the truth in the Guru's message and accepted this advice. He established many institutions in Lahore and spent all his wealth to serve the needy and the poor of the city.
The Guru explained to him his golden rules of life. Duni Chand became the Guru’s Sikh. He began to live and act as advised by the Guru and followed the true message of God.

Monday, 4 March 2013

How can anyone be called bad?

salok mehalaa 2 ||
Salok, Second Mehla:

aap oupaaeae naanakaa aapae rakhai vaek ||
He Himself creates, O Nanak; He establishes the various creatures.

ma(n)dhaa kis no aakheeai jaa(n) sabhanaa saahib eaek ||
How can anyone be called bad? We have only One Lord and Master.

sabhanaa saahib eaek hai vaekhai dhha(n)dhhai laae ||
There is One Lord and Master of all; He watches over all, and assigns all to their tasks.

kisai thhorraa kisai agalaa khaalee koee naahi ||
Some have less, and some have more; no one is allowed to leave empty.

aavehi na(n)gae jaahi na(n)gae vichae karehi vithhaar ||
Naked we come, and naked we go; in between, we put on a show.

naanak hukam n jaaneeai agai kaaee kaar ||1||
O Nanak, one who does not understand the Hukam of God's Command - what will he have to do in the world hereafter? ||1||

Friday, 22 February 2013

Guru HarKrishan Ji and the Queen

When Guru Har Krishan visited Delhi he stayed at Jai Singh's place ( which is now the site of Gurdwara Bangla Sahib). However it is said that Jai Singh and his wife (the queen) had some doubts probably because of Guru sahib's age( who was very young : 7-8 yrs of age at the time).
So in order to test the Guru that evening Raja Jai Singh sent his queen disguised as a maidservant.

After the evening prayer, the queen(disguised as a maidservant) visited the Guru, along with some of her maids, and asked the Guru if he could go with them to see the queen to discuss religion with her. The Guru said that there was no need to go to the queen's palace because she could hear him very well if he spoke from his seat. The maids again asked the Guru to accompany them to the queen's palace because it was the royal order. The Guru smiled and said, "I am sorry you care more for tricks than for truth."

Saying this he rose from his seat, picked up a small stick and walked towards the maids. He stroked the first with his stick and said, "God bless you." Then he stroked the second and said, "bhali karre kartaar" He stopped near the real queen, put his stick on her head and said, " Truth is more powerful than tricks. You need to learn more, your Majesty. The time is fast approaching when queens like you will become maids not in disguise but in reality." Everybody, was surprised at this incident and the Guru's words. The matter was reported to the king who felt satisfied that Har Krishan Sahib was the real Guru of the Sikhs.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Bhai Soma Shah

Dhan Guru Ramdas Sahib jee was doing kaar-sewa of sarovar at Siri Harmandir Sahib - Siri Amritsar Sahib. A lot of sangat used to do sewa in digging the sarovar and doing other kind of sewa. Bhai Soma was a Sikh of great humility and did lot of sewa. He used to to sell ghunganiyaan (a kind of snack) to residents of Siri Amritsar Sahib and this way made his living.

One day in the evening Guru Sahib saw him and asked him how much vattee (profit) he had made. He came over to Guru Sahib and did 'matha tek' (paid respect) and with extreme humility answered Guru Sahib. Guru Sahib asked him to hand over all his day's earnings. Bhai Soma did not hesitate for a bit and placed all he had at the 'charan' (feet) of Dhan Guru Ramdas Sache Paatshah jee.

Soma was a very poor person and met his ends with great difficulty. Second day too, Guru Sahib asked him how much he had earned and asked him to give all his earnings to him. Guru Sahib kept doing this for 5 days. Soma who was always broke, did not have any doubts on Guru Sahib. He trusted Guru Sahib one hundred percent and believed that Guru Sahib knows better.

On the sixth day, Soma saw Guru Sahib at the Sarovar looking at the sangat doing sewa, with full Kirpa-Drishtee (gaze of grace). This time Soma did not wait for Guru Sahib to ask for the money but he came, 'matha tekked' Guru Sahib and placed all his earning at the lotus feet of Guru Sahib. Guru Sahib, who was only testing Soma, was extremely pleased at Soma and said, "Today am not going to take anything from you but am going to give you. Hence forth you shall not be Soma but Soma Shah" (Shah means very rich person).

Guru Sahib's 'bachan' (word) of calling Soma, Soma Shah, showered the abundant force of Vaheguru's power to come in action. With waheguru jis grace Bhai Soma became a 'shah' (rich person) and kept expanding his business. He became a shah of not only money but also of Naam.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Baba Bulleh Shah

Once Baba Bulleh Shah was sitting on bank of river when he saw this lady selling carrots. People were coming to buy it, but when they start picking and choosing she would say  "I only sell carrots in volumes there is no pick and choose". So all these people had to buy carrots in volumes/in bulk.

Then there was this beautiful man, who came to her to get carrots, but this time she herself picked the best carrots for him ! Bulleh shah was quite surprised looking at the incident so after this men had left  Bulleh shah asked her how come you let only him to hand pick the carrots, in fact you picked and choose carrots for him yourself. She replied, Bulleh Shah ji, he is my husband, there is no counting/accounts between lovers.

This made Bullah Shah realize, what's the point of carrying a rosary. He put it away and asked himself, Bullah are you insane? Why are you doing counting with your beloved? Why count what Waheguru has given me ? How many times have I done simran or went to Gurudwara, or how much money did I gave for charity and then brag about the same etc ?

Friday, 1 February 2013

Mahant Kirpal Daas at Paonta Sahib

In October 1686 the hill chieftains collected a force of 30,000 men and under the leadership of Raja Bhim Chand and Fateh Shah they rode towards Paonta Sahib. Guru Gobind Singh Ji's army consisted of around 4,000 Sikhs only besides a number of Udasis and Pathans.

KIRPAL DAS, MAHANT, was a leader of the Udasi's.  As his followers, not use to fighting ways, fled, Mahant Kirpal Das stayed back and joined action, flourishing his heavy stick called a Kutka.

He was totally inexperienced in the art of war. Yet by Guru ji's grace he engaged the Pathan chief, Hayat Khan(the chief of the Pathans who had recently deserted Guru Gobind Singh ji's forces), who dealt out a heavy blow with his sword. Kirpal Das received it on his club. Then rising in his stirrups and shouting vociferously "Sat Sri Akaal", he struck Hayat Khan`s head with his wooden truncheon so mightily that his skull was crushed.

The scene is described by Guru Gobind Singh in the Bachitra Natak in an eloquent smile. He wrote:

"Mahant Kirpal, raging, lifted his club and struck the fierce Hayat Khan on the head, upon which his brains spilt forth as butter flowed from the Gopi`s pitcher broken by Damodara."

Monday, 28 January 2013

Kara and Guru Gobind Singh

Once a Brahmin came to Guru Gobind Singh ji and expressed his concern for the Guru, the Sikhs and the grim fate of the Sikh religion, in view of the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev ji and Guru Tegh Bahadur ji along with three Sikhs (Bhai Dayal Dass ji, Bhai Mati Dass ji and Bhai Satti Dass ji). The Brahmin further suggested that if the Guru donated some mustard oil and pure iron to Saturn (Shani), then Saturn may be pleased and good times may return for the Sikhs. 

The Guru apprised him of the rich and scientific Sikh philosophy that has no faith in superstitions, but on the insistence of the Brahmin, he finally agreed to offer the mustard oil and pure iron. The Brahmin was happy that the Guru had been finally convinced. On the way out, the Brahmin met some Sikhs and on being questioned, told them everything.

The Sikhs immediately realized that the Guru in his wisdom, has set a test for them. So they took all the offerings from the Brahmin and told him to come to the presence of the Guru the next day. Next day, when the Sangat had assembled, the all-knowing Guru asked a group of Sikhs on the appeal of the Brahmin, if they had to share anything with the Sangat. The Sikhs told the Guru that they had realized the test was being conducted by the Guru to examine the faith of the Sikhs in the Sikh philosophy, being taught to them since the last two centuries. 

Therefore, they took the offerings from the Brahmin, used the oil in the Guru ka Langar, and made Kara (iron bracelet) of the pure iron, which they were wearing then. The Sikhs, according to the Sikh philosophy, have no faith in superstitions, planetary influences, holy or unholy days and in directions (East, West, North or South). The Guru expressed his happiness and blessed all the Sikhs with karas - in rejoicing for conquering the fear of superstitions.
The kara, generally worn in the right hand, reminds the Sikh that his or her actions have to be fearless symbolizing Amrit. This is the symbol of Guru on the hand of action and therefore all actions are to be pure. The purity and strength of pure iron has to be reflected in every action of the Sikh. The free availability of iron makes it easy to afford and therefore everyone can wear it. It symbolizes the Sikh brotherhood.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Guru Gobind Singh Ji and the Guards

Once there were 4 Sikh Guards outside Guru Gobind Singh Sahib jee Maharaaj's tent. They heard of a dancer who had come to a near by town and they wanted to go watch her dance. But, how to ask the Guru's permission? As it was the last night of her performance, so the guards decided between themselves that at least two of them could go and watch the dancer while other two can stand Guard at Guru's tent.

So after sunset, in the darkness of night two Guards left to see the dancer's dance. They reached there and all thru the dance they were worried what if Guru will come to know of what they did. They regretted very much coming to watch the dance and said to each other that they should have been with their Guru instead.

On the other side, the two that remained behind standing guard for the Guru, were repenting that they should have gone instead of staying here and let the other two stand guard for the Guru…

Next morning, in the Guru Gobind Singh Sahib jee Maharaaj's darbar, Guru jee said

"Hazar Gher Hazar, Gher Hazar Hazar"

Then Guru ji asked for the two who went to see the dance. They were so ashamed of what they did. But as the Guru knows all, he also knew that the two guard who went to see the dance were at all time thinking about him (the Guru) and the guards who were at guard, were at all time thinking about the dance… So Guru said to them… the ones who were present were not present mentally here, but those who were not here physically, had all times their mind in Guru, even if they were at the dance, but they did not enjoy as they were at all time thinking about me (the Guru).