August 14, 2006 at 4:01 pm (GurSikh Jeevans)
By Bhai Jagjit Singh
Information sourced from Bhai Surinder Singh and Bhai Jaswinder Singh, beloved sons of Giani Ji.
Giani Amolak singh was born in the village Dhaat, Ludhiana, Punjab. His father’s name was Sardar Bogha Singh, and his mothers name was Mata Dhan Kaur. After studying his Metric, Amolak Singh went on to Punjab University, where he did the Giani course. Hence, he became affectionately known as Giani Amolak Singh ji.
Gianiji’s interest in Sikhism began from his parents. His father was a devout soul. Everyday at Amritvela, he would take milk to the Gurdwara sahib, and sweep the floor. However, the biggest influence in these early years was his mamaji (maternal uncle), Master Joginder Singh, a well known Gursikh and a close associate of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh.
From the age of 5 years, Amolak Singh was in the sangat of these blessed souls such as Masterji, Bhai Sahib and the Akhand Kirtani Jatha. In 1936, Master Joginder Singh ji did seva at Tarn Tarn Sahib. Gianiji regularly stayed there and was inspired to learn kirtan. Such was the blessed soul of Gianiji, that by the age of 8 years, he realised his path in life, and partook Amrit. Read the rest of this entry »
July 6, 2006 at 1:41 pm (GurSikh Jeevans)
By Bhai Sahib Bhai Randhir Singh Ji
It was during my absence of imprisonment, that young Dr. Basant Singh got himself baptized by the Jatha members, of the newly colonized region between rivers Beas and Ravi of Punjab. He started observing all the principles of Gurmat living, Rehat, strictly. Mostly he stayed in district Lyallpur. He developed great brotherly affection with Jatha members. He became deeply engrossed in love for me even without seeing me. His fondness grew just by hearing about me. This love for my unseen self became an obsession with him, occupying his thoughts at all times. He kept praying for an early meeting in person.
In June 1923 volunteer service started for the holy tank, Amrit Sarovar, when I was in jail. A large number of Jatha members, in the hundreds, volunteered for this service at Amritsar and held a prayer meeting for my well-being. I am told by those who participated in the service, my dear Gurmukh Bhai Mal Singh Ji and my wife Srimati Kartar Kaur in particular, that the Lyallpur Jatha also participated in large numbers. The Ardas was performed by Gurmukh Vir, Bhai Atma Singh Ji from Moga. During this prayer just with the mention of my name, this young Vir, Dr. Basant Singh fell unconscious. He was in a love-lorn state. He was brought back to consciousness after the Ardas. Ever since then, his love for me got strengthened beyond measure. It was neither breakable nor forgettable even for a moment. In all the Akhand Pathh Samagams to pray for my safe return from prison and my well-being, this loving Vir participated. He was ever praying for our early meeting. All this is inscribed deeply in my heart, as yearnings of pure spiritual love.
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June 30, 2006 at 4:25 pm (GurSikh Jeevans)
Sant Sohan Singh, who left his mortal body in 1972 in Kuala Lampur, was a common man like any other Sikh hailing from a remote village in the Punjab. Over the years he so developed himself spiritually and so endeared himself to the Sikhs in Malaya and Singapore, that he became an institution by himself. He was head and shoulders above the average Sikh not only in matters spiritual but also in physical stature. Yet he moved about among them unassumingly, claiming no better place than the commonest of them and using no high sounding language to impress them with the spiritual stature he had attained.
Sant Sohan Singh exercised influence in the religious and social activities of the Sikh community of these regions. He performed the naming ceremonies of numerous children born in Sikh homes. He blessed innumerable newly wedded Sikh couples. He performed the last rites of many Sikhs. He addressed unaccounted congregations in different towns on Sikh festivals or other occasions. He visited Sikhs settled in remote areas whenever and wherever he was requested to do so.
He maintained these visits right into the eve of his life, notwithstanding poor health and difficulty in walking. Perhaps he was doing his best to follow:
“Every day and night that passes lessens your remaining hours; so fulfill your mission in accordance with the will of the Guru.”
Sant Sohan Singh was on one such tour when he was taken seriously ill and was admitted to the Ipoh General Hospital. After a brief period he passed on to Sachkhand whither everyone must proceed. Read the rest of this entry »
June 28, 2006 at 6:10 pm (GurSikh Jeevans)
Any visitor to the city of Amritsar who keeps his eyes open, cannot fail to notice black wooden boxes, bearing crude writings in white in Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and English, placed in crossings and public thoroughfares, reminding him of the duty he owes to his brethren, the sick and suffering, the aged and the infirm. At some places he may come across large wooden black-boards bearing extensive writings of a similar type seeking to strike a sympathetic chord in him or containing a homily on civics and morality, religion and philosophy. If he were to pause and read, he would surely find that these are the insignia of Pingalwara (literally a home of the cripple) – a unique institution founded by an equally unique person.
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June 26, 2006 at 2:30 pm (GurSikh Jeevans)
Extracted from an article by Rupinderpal Singh Bhandher
It is as difficult and beyond imagination to express and narrate the spiritual spheres and virtues of a true saint, as if to capture the ocean in a bowl. The latter might be accomplished one day but the spiritual sphere of a saint will never be brought under limitation. Rare are the Divines who descend on this earth duly empowered and equipped with Divine Grace to shower the fragrance of the Holy Name. Invested with the Eternal Glory of Sri Guru Nanak Sahib, Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji was born in 1905, in the village of Alowal, to Baba Ram Singh Ji and Mata Rattan Kaur. His influence on the world had been predicted on two occasions prior to his birth. Firstly as a young girl Mata Rattan Kaur, while serving food to visiting holy men, was told that she would be the mother to a very special child and secondly, after their marriage, Baba Ram Singh was told by another holy man that he would have a son whose influence would spread across the world like the scent from a rose, hence the name Gulab Singh.
Sant Isher Singh Ji’s special qualities started coming to light at a young age. When three years old he used to tell the local kids to sit down cross-legged and recite ” Waheguru, Waheguru “, whilst he gave “parshad”. On another occasion Baba Ram Singh Ji and Mata Rattan Kaur were on their way to visit a local holy man “Vidoshe Wale Sant”, and Maharaj Ji, then four years old, insisted on going along. After bowing both Baba Ram Singh Ji and Mata Rattan Kaur, sat a respectful distance away, however Maharaj Ji went and sat next to the holy man in the same manner. On doing so he asked several times whose son this was, eventually and a little fearfully Baba Ram Singh and Mata Rattan Kaur owned up. The holy man laughed and told them they did not realize their son’s qualities, he told them that he would be a very holy person and people, many very influential, would come to him for advise and to be in his presence. Read the rest of this entry »