Song of the Khalsa

Tonight I wanted to share a story which was written by Shanti Kaur (of Espanola) about one particular day at the end of the Vishav Sikh Samelan in Amritsar. It relates to the song “Song of the Khalsa” written by M.S.S Livtar Singh Khalsa. This is an inspirational song which we sing during every Gurdwara before Anand Sahib. For us it holds much meaning and gives a lot of inspiration.

To animate the story more than just reading it, I recorded myself reading the story and then added some beautiful music by Balvinder Singh (Australia) who has just created an awesome new CD (I’ll be feature it on the blog soon).

 

 

A Story by Shanti Kaur
Song of the Khalsa

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Song Of The Khalsa
By M.S.S Livtar Singh Khalsa

“Many speak of courage. Speaking cannot give it. It’s in the face of death that we must live it.
When things are down and darkest, that’s when we stand tallest. Until the last star falls, we won’t give an inch at all!

Stand as the Khalsa, strong as steel, steady as stone. Give our lives to God and Guru, mind and soul, breath and bone.

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 any time, just by giving in. His Strength a solid wall, He never gave an inch at all!

Sons of the Khalsa, remember those who died. Stood their ground until their last breath, so we who live now, might live free lives.

A princess is not royal, by her birth or blood inside. But if her family’s home is Anandpur Sahib, She’ll walk with such a grace and strength, the world will bow in awe. Until the mountains fall, she’ll never give an inch at all!

Daughters of the Khalsa, in your strength our future lies. Give our children fearless minds, to see the world through the Guru’s Eyes.

Baisakhi we were thousands, but only five had the courage for dying. Then one brave man, one flashing sword, turned us all to lions. And now we live His Legacy, to die before we fall. And like the five who answered the call, we can’t turn back at all.

Stand as the Khalsa, strong as steel, steady as stone.
Give our lives to God and Guru, mind and soul, breath and bone.

The Tenth Guru gave even His Sons, to give the Khalsa life.
His Words stand like mountains, against the winds of time,
That Khalsa will rule the world, all will be safe in its fold.
But if the Khalsa falls, there won’t be a world at all!

Stand as the Khalsa, strong as steel, steady as stone.
Give our lives to God and Guru, mind and soul, breath and bone.

Many speak of courage. Speaking cannot give it.
It’s in the face of death that we must live it.
When things are down and darkest, that’s when we stand tallest.
Until the last star falls, we won’t give an inch at all!

Stand as the Khalsa, strong as steel, steady as stone.
Gives our lives to God and Guru, mind and soul, breath and bone.

Sons of the Khalsa, remember those who died.
Stood their ground until their last breath, so we who live now, might live free lives.

Daughters of the Khalsa, in your strength our future lies.
Give our children fearless minds, to see the world through the Guru’s Eyes.

Stand as the Khalsa, strong as steel, steady as stone.
Give our lives to God and Guru, mind and soul, breath and bone.

Mind and soul are His alone. ”

Download as PDF with Punjabi translation

Here are the Guitar Chords if you want to play it

Hear the full “Song of the Khalsa” played by Livtar Singh at a Gurdwara in Los Angeles during Baisakhi a long while back.

Song of the Khalsa (Original) – Livtar Singh Khalsa

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Here is a unique “Blues” version of the Song of the Khalsa by Avtar Singh, who is the father of Lakhmi Chand and Siri Chand Singh

Song of the Khalsa (Blues) – Avtar Singh

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Song of the Khalsa (Spanish) – by Mahaband

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Song of the Khalsa (alternate tune) – Matamandir Singh

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11 Responses to “Song of the Khalsa”

  1. Kiren says:

    Dear Gurumustuk,

    my dad used to sing this song when i was younger, and i remember a time when we knew all the words by heart. but it’s been so long since i last heard it.

    it’s truly a beautiful piece, thank you for bringing back good memories!

    Satnam,
    Kiren

  2. Hari Singh says:

    A wonderful decription of a beautiful event and a most marvellous song. A great summary of the values that the Khalsa hold very dear.

    Waheguru Ji da Khalsa, Waheguru Ki di Fateh!

  3. I love this inspirational song! Reading Shanti Kaur Ji’s story, especially the part where Yogi Ji translated, and the sangat’s reaction gave me goosebumps.

    Waheguru!

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Fateh Ji
    I loveeeeeeeed the Blues version by avtar singh…does he have a site or anything where i can listen to more of his stuff? thanks alot for posting. Your blog is very inspirational.
    Wahe guru ji ka Khalsa
    Wahe guru ji ki Fateh!!!!

  5. I posted a download link to the blues version.

  6. Anonymous says:

    WAHEGURU JI KAA KHAALSAA WAHEGURU JI KI FATEH

    writers(Livtar Singh & Shanti Kaur) have been able to retain true sikh spirit in their writings

    in 2nd post the person writes:
    ‘Waheguru Ji da Khalsa, Waheguru Ki di Fateh!’

    Fateh should be in its original version

    “Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh”

  7. pk says:

    i second! i LOVE the BLUES version by bhai sahib avtar singh! i could feel the undertones of the af am spirituals from which the blues tradition stems and it was a refreshing way to hear sikh philosophy presented, almost like a cultural translation. i like, i like!

  8. B.S.Khalsa says:

    I love this song; it just brings the Khalsa out of me. If I sang this song at the Gurdwara I would not need a microphone. Late Night when I go for my walk, people ask your not scared. I say no, because while I walk I sing The Song of the Khalsa.

  9. jjoy says:

    wow! insperations song. thanks

  10. simardhindsa says:

    Thanks to miss Shelbi who make me to listen this song

  11. red says:

    here's another good/fun version:


    sat nam!