Meeting Bhai Jeevan Singh jee
Yesterday (March 30, 2011) again by the Apaar Kirpa of Guru Sahib we had the big fortune of doing Darshan Ishnaan of Siri Darbar Sahib, Amritsar Sahib. After doing Darshan of Harmandir Sahib, Siri Akal Takhat Sahib and Gurdwara Patshahi 9, we all went to have Darshan of Bhai Sahib Jeevan Singh jee. Bhai Sahib resides just behind Siri Akal Takhat Sahib. When we reached his house, he was lying on the bed and totally absorbed in listening to live Kirtan from Siri Darbar Sahib.
I moved forward and while touching Bhai Sahib’s knees said Fateh. Bhai Sahib’s face remained motionless but he lifted his hand upwards. I moved my head forward and he placed his hand on my head. I informed him who I was but his face was still motionless and emotionless. Then I said that I was that Kulbir Singh of Toronto whose Anand Karaj he had performed. At this there was a slight movement in his eyes. Then I said that I was that Kulbir Singh who was with Bhai Jagtar Singh of Toronto. I knew that Bhai Jeevan Singh knew Bhai Jagtar Singh very well and for long time. Still Bhai Sahib’s eyes and countenance remained motionless. Then I said, “Bhai Sahib taa chale gaye” (Bhai Sahib (Bhai Jagtar Singh) has gone). Right away there was a sharp movement in Bhai Sahib’s eyes and he lifted his eyebrows and eyes and looked at me with questioning eyes. I think I heard (and another Gursikh confirmed this) Bhai Sahib saying “Kithay” (where). I replied, “Bhai Sahib chadaaee kar gaye ne” ( Bhai Sahib risen above this world i.e. left this world). Bhai Sahib’s expression remained of surprise for few moments and then he went back into his usual mystical trance.
I requested Bhai Sahib to place his hand on my younger bhujangi’s head so that he may become Guru Sahib’s Kirtaniya. Bhai Sahib lifted his hand and Gurjant Singh immediately moved his head beneath his hand. Bhai Sahib gave his Ashirvaad. He did the same thing to our older Bhujangi.
Seeing Bhai Sahib lying there, triggered old memories from 80s and 90s when Bhai Sahib was in his prime. What a personality he was to behold. Dressed in perfect Gurmukhi Baana and adorning Chakra and Mala on his Gurmukhi Dastaara, he used to look like Gosaee da Pehalvaanda. Bhai Sahib’s presence was such amazing that it never used to fail to impress his beholders. Anyway, soon we took leave from Bhai Sahib.
Cricket Fever and Gurmukhs
Yesterday there was semi final cricket match between archrivals India and Pakistan and the total population here was crazy and everyone was talking only about this match. It would be fine if general people did that but even Tyaar bar Tyaar Gurmukhs were totally coloured in this colour. We went to a place where few of our Gurmukhs were seated and totally engrossed in watching the cricket match. India was losing a bit and for this reason some of these Singhs were doing Paath so that India may win. We were surprised beyond belief thinking what had happened to our Singhs. A lot of other Singhs we know were doing Paath so that India may win. They were doing Paath in such manner as if it was a question of life and death.
Around 8 pm yesterday we went to Jathedar Bhai Sahib Bakshish Singh to to get Samundar (milk). Jathedar jee has been very kind and has been providing us abundant supply of Samundar. When we went to his residence to pick up Samundar, people living in houses around that house were going wild while watching the match. Jathedar jee was visibly upset, not at his neighbours or normal people going wild but at Gursikhs who under the spell of Manmatt were drowning themselves in this Manmatt. He expressed his displeasure at the behaviour of Gursikhs who were imitating Manmukhs and said that what kind of Sarblohis and Bibekis were these people who are going crazy over a simple match.
Daas totally concurred with Jathedar jee and was wondering why were our Gursikh brothers doing Paath to let India win and Pakistan lose. Is there more Parmatma in India and less in Pakistan? Does Pakistan lack Vaheguru jee’s Jyot and does India have more of Vaheguru jee's Jyot? In whole of Gurbani there is no mention of nationalism and the whole world and the whole universe is our country. Vaheguru is evenly present in whole of his universe. Kaun Bhale Ko Mande????
Some sports fans are going to get upset at the above writing but Daas still feels that to go crazy over a game, like normal people, does not befit Tyaar bar Tyaar Khalsa of Guru Sahib. We were very much disappointed at the conduct of our Tyaar bar Tyaar Gurmukhs. Daas is not talking about young Gursikhs but of senior Gursikhs here. People were glued to the televisions even in Deras and Gurdwara Sahibaans. Guru Sahib Bhali kare.
Bhul Chuk dee Maafi jee