All Night Rensabhai Kirtan


At the end of the Summer Solstice camp there is always and all night Rensabhai Kirtan. Everyone brings their blankets and sleeping bags under the huge shelter/Gurdwara and listens/sleeps with the soothing words of Gurbani. It is definitely a highlight of the camp.

Every year in the early morning after the ransabhai kirtan there is an Amrit Ceremony which happens. I think about 18 people took Amrit this time. My parents are normally part of the Panj Piare so I hear a lot about it. My wife Arjan Kaur and brother Dharam Singh took Amrit at Summer solstice (a few years back…on different years). It was so inspiring to see them sitting next to the Guru after the Amrit ceremony was finished. I remember seeing Arjan that morning sitting there and hearing the Gurbani being played and tears streaming down my face. I can’t really explain it…but it was a strong emotion of joy and inspiration.

From the day I met Arjan she has been an inspiration to me, and loves me for who I am. I remember coming back from India after school, not having many friends, trying to fit in, and be something that I was not. When I met Arjan at Winter Solstice in Florida we had a connection right away. She had recently became a Sikh. For her the Sikhi lifestyle was what she had been looking for. She turned my life around. I was soo used to others pressuring me to be different than I was (not wear bana, cut hair, etc) and it was so refreshing to meet a women that thought it was so attractive wearing a turban and bana (kurta/pajama). For once I could just be me. I always pray that other single Sikhs meet someone who stretches them to be a better person.