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Bhai Fauja Singh

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.

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Letter from Harikrishan Kaur Khalsa - Espanola, New Mexico

As we got off the bus in Gurdaspur, S. Amarjit Kaur told me to go on to the jail. The three o'clock sun was as blinding as the entry way was dark. I just stared at the man dressed in perfect white bana. He opened the barn like door of the prison, so I assumed he was the jailer. He was smiling at all the Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Sikhs who came in, and as it turned out he was the prisoner sentenced to life imprisonment for defending a raped wo­man.

Bhai Sahib Fauja Singh could not be contained in a prison cell. He was the host of the jail, generating 'Cherdi Kala'. The Bhai Sahib Randir Singh Sikhs were in soaring high spirits. His wife, Amarjit Kaur, led the American Sikhs on a tour of the prison. It was a tremendous relief to see that Bhai Fauja Singh was under such light security that he could organize the Gurdwara. He proudly showed us his private cell and the cell next to it for his devoted Sevadars. Such a leader of righteousness could never be put down.

He fought and fasted to attain his cell for meditation. It was a square dark room containing a huge mattress. There was a little hole in the roof but other­wise no windows. The door opened on to a private yard where he set up a stove (one rectangular oil tin) with a round steel water pot on top. This was where he prepared his own food. The walls were yellow painted adobe. It contrasted greatly to the modern red brick walls holding back short haired men ganging together at the opening of the wall to stare at us.

Bhai Sahib Fauja Singh was the light of the prison, the inspiration for the prisoners and us! The men re-converted to Sikhism were elevated from prison life. The faith in the Dharma took them beyond their situation. They were eternally grateful to their leader for their new beards. His concern for his fellow inmates was so deep that when he left the jail, they were still a major concern.

"I look to Bhai Sahib Fauja Singh as the standard of the Khalsa"

S.S. Sat Kirpal Kaur Khalsa, the Assistant Secretary General was grateful to meet dear friends at the hospital in Amritsar. Here she is pictured at the bedside of Sardar Amolak Singh.

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