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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 S.S. Nirvair Kaur Khalsa Anchorage, Alaska

We were accommodated so graciously that it was difficult to remember that this was a prison until we were taken to our place of rest-Bhai Fauja Singh's cell. It was there that we met more of the Bhai Randhir Singh Sikhs-men, women and children-families that had a definite and strong vibration. They were, too, the true sons and daughters of Guru Gobind Singhji, living as Khalsa with an unmistakable light in their eyes that one does not forget over time.

A strong identifiable bond was being made at this time in the minds and hearts of many Sikhs of the East and West who were at the jail. The spirit and reality of a Khalsa unity were coming even more alive as I listened to Bhai Fauja Singh's speech in which he voiced support of the Siri Singh Sahib and the Dharmic work he and we were doing in the West. Bhai Fauja's Singh's support and respect were gen­uine and deep. He realized and recog­nized the Sikhs of America as the beginning of the fulfillment of the pro­phecy of Guru Gobind Singhji. In the weeks ahead, S. Amarjit Kaur and others were to work together closely with us scheduling many and varied kirtan programs that exposed us to and allowed us to share in the energy of many of the Sangats in villages in remote and nearby places as well as larger Sangats in different cities. The Guru's word was being shared in its pure form and the form and spirit of the Khalsa is being spread.

At the jail the heat of the day was approaching its height as I and others sat in Bhai Fauja Singh's cell resting. At my side appeared a young girl of about 9 years. Her eyes were the first thing I noticed after her tur­ban. (I had not seen many turbaned women in India and noticed right away the presence of a turban on the Bhai Randhir Singh Sikhs.) Her eyes were deep brown and very bright and smil­ing. She said a few words in Pun­jabi and pointed to my daughter of 6 months and very sweetly and yet bold­ly held out her arms with the desire to take her and play with her. She had a very vibrant and graceful energy and she and my daughter cooed and played for some time. She again respectfully and sweetly returned Siri Pritam Bhagwati Kaur to me. I didn't see this young Sikh girl again until I noticed her in the open air gurdwara singing and sitting very beautifully. It was a rare treat to see such a child in her full bana and with such a graceful pre­sence at her age. She had captured my respect and my heart and the clarity and delight of her smile I have not yet forgotten.


During the visit to India in 1977, S.S. Swami Singh (center) spent a lot of time preparing himself in the act of Gatka (Indian sword fighting) and enjoy­ing the friendship of two Khalsa brothers, S. Amolak Singh and S. Kewal Singh (killed in Amrit­sar on Baisakhi Day, 1978).


At another village I saw her again and it was there that I realized the quality of her environment as I met her mother, father and brother. I saw there the art of gutka performed by her father and brother and felt the strong commitment that this family and these Sikhs of the Guru brought, taught and gave to their children and their own lives. The beauty and fun (with a dash of competition) that the father and son exhibited in their Dharmic play was wonderful. It was done with the spirit of fun but with a respectful serious­ness also. The tradition of training the children to be skilled in the use of weapons as well as the Guru's bani was never so apparent and very in­spirational to see. The spirit of the Khalsa had been awakened and was being lived in its forms and facets by these Bhai Randhir Singh Sikhs.

Brothers from opposite ends of the world unite in the oneness of Khalsa, during the Indian tour of September/October of 1977. From left: S. Bakshish Singh, a young brother, S. Maha Bir Singh, S.S. Swami Singh, S. Kirpal Singh, S. Amolak Singh, S. Siri Gurmukh Singh.


Sant Kartar Singh, who was the spiritual leader of the Bhindran wale Sikhs until he died in 1977, met with our American Sikh family and here is pictured showing one of his swords.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh my goodnesssss that's an awesome pic!! i love sant kartaar singh ji

Thursday, July 28, 2005 1:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice...there are more pictures and audio of San Kartar Singh Ji at: http://www.gurmatveechar.com/

-arvinder

Thursday, July 28, 2005 1:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why dont you show or talk about the thousands and thousands of sikh shaheeds of 1984 ? why do you refer to Sant Bhindranwale Singh Ji as just "bhindranwale's sikhs"? just curious.

all sikhs are the same..no such thing as "Bhindrnwale Sikhs" why do u seperate?

Monday, April 03, 2006 8:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Daas said...

No, it is not true, all Sikhs are not the same, not any more. Had they been, like the ones, The Tenth Master made them into, they would had never betrayed the panth in 1984. Had all the Sikhs been the same like Sant Jarnail Singh Ji Khalsa Bhinderanwale, Sikhi would had never been pushed into its dark age of today. Who is the Sikh toda? Bering the Middle name Singh or Kaur does not make one a Khalsa, to be a Khalsa or a Sikh of the Guru, it takes nothing but respect or the Guru and his word. And I can surely say that no one does this today, and I can prove it.

ਤੇਰੇ ਖੰਡੇ ਨੇਂ ਜਿੰਨਾਂ ਦੇ ਮੁੱਖ ਮੇੜੇ, ਅੱਜ ਫੇਰ ਉਹ ਸਾਨੂੰ ਲੱਲਕਾਰਦੇ ਨੇਂ, ਬਾਜਾਂ ਵਾਲੇਆ ਬਾਜ ਨੂੰ ਭੇਜ ਮੁੜ ਕੇ, ਤਿੱਤਰ ਫੇਰ ਉਡਾਰੀਆਂ ਮਾਰਦੇ ਨੇਂ...

ਵਾਹਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕਾ ਖਾਲਸਾ, ਵਾਹਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਫਤਹਿ

Sunday, April 26, 2009 10:08:00 PM  

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