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Articles, Stories and Letters remembering the life of Bhai Fauja Singh and others. All material on this website came from the 1978 Spring issue of the "Beads of Truth" Magazine.
Beta Soorya Kaur Ji,
Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa Wahe Guru .1 i Ke Faeh
Received your letters and we are very happy to read that you are trying your best for self-improvement, self realization, and meditation and service of Khalsa.
We are very much late in writing and in replying your letters. On this side we were also very busy for expansion of Sikh way of life in the villages near our Khalsa farm. We went to villages on foot from place to place. People took Amrit in hundreds and promised to live a truthful life. A large number of people are ready to take Amrit. So, this way the process is going on. The people throughout whole of the world have got tired from intoxications and sins. So they are waiting for an alternative and relief from all these troubles. Now only true and sacrificed lives are required to become a light house for all these misguided ruined and dark-wandering people. We are giving a dim message to the people but we are gazing at you American Sikhs to carry this message of truth, message of complete light and love to the world.
Our life is going well; holy, happy, and healthy here. You have asked about the Sikh community, I may assure you that it will also go in Chardi Kala, for the reason that it has got some real and devoted persons like Yogiji and American Sikhs and Soorya Kaur. Pay our heartiest bravo to Yogiji and all engaged companions. I am very sure that capable Guru Gobind Singh will honor his every labor for spreading truth and uplifting many hopeless lives in the world. I feel that Yogiji is the best spiritual worker of Guru Akal Purakh. There are very rare drawbacks in him but these will be ignored in heaven and he will enjoy the warm love of Guru Gobind Singh in the final accounts. All honest and inspired Sikhs in India like him and respect him. I also send my respect to him and his 3H0 family. Say my Fateh to Sardar and Sardarni Yogi.
"It is not that these martyrs have died. Actually, it is that WORK HAS BEGUN NOW. Not only has this thing happened in Amritsar, but in New York today, people pretendingly wearing the bana of the Khalsa, tried to pass a resolution that the Khalsa in the Western World are not even Sikhs! So, don't live in any misunderstanding. It is God's will and it is Guru's task. Work has begun now. The history of the Khalsa is before you. Alert yourself and stop flirting yourself. Time has come to repeat every page of the history; you sing a song of the Khalsa, and in India they have proved it. They 'died before they fell'. When 'things were down and darkest,' they 'walked tallest'- by Siri Singh Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji
Beta Soorya J i,
Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh!
I have read your letter. Don't think we have not tried for acquittal and made full efforts and also will in future. But, if by the will of God I am kept here it is alright, no harm in it. I am feeling quite blessed here. Enough regular time for meditation and spiritual studies. The walls of the jail cannot confine the spirit and flow of Khalsa. Khalsa is a bodyless being, he is a fragrance and the fragrance cannot be stopped by the walls. I simply pray that God should bless the fragrance to me here.
Dear Sister Sat Kirpal Kaur ji,
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh.
Thanks for the visit you and S. Swami Singh ji have given to us in this home (in jail). I have not been able to discuss any important matters with you as I wanted.
The message I want to convey to all my friends is like:I am put into this jail neither by the opposition nor by the Sessions Judge, Gurdas Pur, but I have been put in jail by Guru Gobind Singh only; not to be punished, but to be blessed. It is a period of complete rest, the like of, one always wants. Simply one has to understand the will of the Father. I feel we should go a righteous way and not stop. The harassment caused by those who become our enemies initially and ultimately both are the results of the Supreme planning. We cannot avoid, may we try any harder, any battle in life, any imprisonment, any death sentence. If we stop, we are not Sikhs, and if we continue the truthful way, positively we will come across all these occurrences, like harassments, fights, battles, imprisonments or death sentences. All these are the duties of a Sikh. The sooner he performs the better he feels. Don't feel that struggle is the way to trouble, rather, struggle is the way to a secret peace.
When you give a bugle call it means you are ready. This readiness is the pure spirit but it should be a spirit not a talk. When you talk a thing some people who agree with you will stand by you and those who don't understand you will stand against you. It has always happened and it will happen always. Right will stand by you and devil against you, provided you are righteous. Game starts. You will gather strength day by day. Weaker right on your side will leave you to make you still more pure. Weaker devil on the devil side will leave the devil to make the devil more weak, and ultimately the devil will vanish, leaving you victorious in the play field (battlefield) provided you continue to make extreme sacrifice, i.e. righteous death-a permanent peace.
The aim of life is to see God through Guru. Our Guru is Nanak, Gobind Singh, Guru Granth Ji, Akal Purakh, Ultimate consciousness. This aim can be realized through sacrifice and understanding the will of our Father. So to go a righteous way and self-sacrifice is the media of achievement. So why to save, why not consume our lives for a righteous end? Our Guru Gobind Singh sacrificed his parents, children, beloveds and all belongings for Truth, and where are those now who did not allow their children to die for the Guru? All dead. This is to be understood that time passes with its usual speed. Realize the time. How it is. Don't delay, start honestly. We should sacrifice ourselves, otherwise after some time we will have to repent for our slackness and duality. Let us be lions, the Singh Sahibs, to kill the lambs in our own personalities. The moment the lamb is killed in our personality we will blossom in all troubles and in all happinesses; a constant joy will prevail in all our motor and sensory nerves.
We have been put into this jail by our own Guru to gain energy and develop potential. Now we are going in a dormancy, safe, peaceful and a most profitable period. The moment He feels that we have been sufficiently blessed and a proper potential developed, we will be released to act and live His own designs and supreme plans for the truth. I may assure you that He Himself sends energy in all odd periods like struggles, troubles, battles, wars, imprisonments, or death-sentences provided we are patient, positive, faithful and heaven-lookers. If He intends, He develops such a peace in the devotee that can never be shaken in any odd circumstances mentioned above. I have not mentioned disease and poverty anywhere as odds because these mean nothing for a Sikh. These are very minor tests for a Sikh, a Singh Sahib, provided His love is with the Singh Sahib.
The journey is successful for those who have met the pure ones, pure Khalsas; they never perish, become pure light, become pure souls and never reincarnate; and ultimately live in God-a constant Amrit peace.
In the end I bow to all of you; I welcome all of you; I wish you for yet more purity, and with tears of love I meet and depart from you and again see you in supreme peace-an extremely still, heavenly peace.
With love and concern to all, Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
A weak Khalsa
District Jail Gurdas pur
At this time, he also assured us that we need not worry about the safety of the Siri Singh Sahib when he came to Amritsar for the 400th anniversary celebration. He gave Bibi Amarjit Kaur a list of Singhs who could be counted upon to come at a moment's notice and who would die to protect the Siri Singh Sahib. Ultimately, it was their jatha which was called early one morning to offer the Siri Singh Sahib safe passage from India to Pakistan. They were the only group that openly and unreservedly came to our aid. At that time, Bibi Amarjit Kaur greeted the Siri Singh Sahib and presented him with an arrow, and he in turn took the dust of the feet of her and Bhai Joginder Singh, another member of their jatha.
When our group left Amritsar for New Delhi and our return to the United States, the Bhai Sahib Bhai Randhir Singh Jatha met us at the railway station loaded with baskets of fruit. They were the only Indian Sikhs to see us off. This was a change from the S.G.P.C. participation of the past. `Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa and Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh' rang back and forth among us. There were tender hugs between Singhs. It was about to end, and then Bibi Amarjit Kaur suggested they ride with us to the next train station about an hour and a half away. We enthusiastically voiced our approval Many of them boarded with us. As our train pulled away, some of those remaining ran beside the train, giving us kirpans and iron karas. We spent the next 11/z hours in Gurbani Kirtan. That ride none of us will ever forget. There was one really amusing thing. Bhai Joginder Singh was playing tabla and someone put the stereo headphones of their tape recorder over his ears. He was totally delighted as his surroundings were nothing but the sounds of Gurbani Kirtan. People had one of two appearances at that time: either eyes closed and meditating and singing or eyes open, singing and smiling. Then at the city of Jullundar, we shared our last `Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa and Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fatehs'; and now history has shown that for some, it was a final parting on this plane and our last voiced farewells.
Within a month, Bhai Fauja Singh had won the right to appeal his sentence of life imprisonment and was released until the courts would consider his case. He immediately resumed his missionary endeavors, especially working to lay a foundation to unite some of the Sikh factions into a common Khalsa Panth and teaching about the meaning of Gurbani.
In the end, Bhai Fauja Singh led a group of Singhs on Baisakhi Day to peacefully protest against those Sant Nirankaris who were slandering the Sikh Gurus and insulting the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. Though they went with no attitude of aggression toward any people, each also went with the attitude that it is the Guru's blessing to give one's head in defense of the honor, dignity and purity of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib and its teaching as manifest in the Sikh Gurus and the Khalsa.
In April of 1978, when I returned to Amritsar, it was to pay respect to the Thirteen Martyrs of Amritsar on behalf of the Khalsa of the Western Hemisphere. I shall never forget the experience of seeing those dear brothers of the Bhai Sahib Bhai Randhir Singh Jatha in the Sadh Sangat of Manji Sahib and Bibi Amarjit Kaur sitting near the Guru. Visiting those wounded Singhs in the Guru Teg Bahadur hospital, seeing their physical state and their soaring spirits, taught me once again what Khalsa spirit is, what a saint-soldier is, and what it means when we say "When things are down and darkest, that is when we stand tallest." God and Guru know Their ways.
At our last kirtan before leaving Amritsar, I sang the shabd that Bhai Fauja Singh sang when we visited the home of the parents of the young girl who first brought us together. He had his arm around her father and both were shedding tears of joy.
Sri Rag, First Channel of Light (17-18)
Come my sisters and dear comrades,
clasp me in thine embrace. Meeting together, let us tell tales of
our Omnipotent Spouse.
In the True Lord are all merits; in us
O my Creator, all are in Thy power. I contemplate over the One Name,
when thou are mine, 0 Lord, What more do I require then?
Just as we are attracted to and pick the most beautiful and perfect flowers in a garden and bring them into our homes, so God took Bhai Fauja Singh and those other great Singhs and let them lay their heads at His lotus feet in service to their dharma.
Yet God does not want the garden to go untended. For each Gursikh that was plucked that day, hundreds should blossom forth in full beauty to carry on the mission of the Khalsa that others may experience the divine fragrance of the Nam.
Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh!
Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh!
Last summer I was blessed with a sight and dip in the nectar tank of the Siri Harimandir Sahib. I had traveled to Amritsar alone and spent most of the first part of my stay there very much alone except for the growing friendship with my only True Friend. When things were down and darkest and my body and soul were crying out for help, a man in a black turban appeared and in his company my spirits soared. We had been doing seva together for weeks, and when I asked him, a shy and very humble man, why he had come to me, he said that he had told his mother of me, and she said, "Go and serve him." He later told me when the Guru sees one of his Sikhs in trouble he always sends another to help. It's the Truth.
The Siri Singh Sahib inspired me to become a Sikh of the True Guru; this man in the black turban showed me by his love and devotion how to live as one. We traveled to Anandpur Sahib together and he taught me what it meant to wear the kirpan of Guru Gobind Singh. We wore the kirpan by day and by night and he showed me how to change my kurta without removing my kirpan and how to tie my kirpan onto my turban while taking an early morning dip. He would not compromise his Guru. Once I asked him, "If we carry this kirpan to defend the Dharma, why not carry a 44 magnum?"
He said, "You must have faith." Before I left Amritsar, I told him that they wouldn't let me take my kirpan on the plane. He said, "But you have to try." He is right, we must try.
It was only after I had returned to the U.S.A. that I learned of the Bhai Randhir Sikhs, and each day I feel so blessed to have been touched so lightly yet so deeply by a man and his family who are the humblest servants of God I have ever had the privilege of meeting. I pray every morning to my Guru that I may be a fraction of the Sikh that he and his family are.