Basant Panchami Mela 2010


Basant Panchami Mela




Morning Break

6am-8.30amAssa di Waar and Paht dha Bhog (Ragi Jatha UK, & Ustaad Harbhajan Singh)
9am – 9.25 amEast Ham Jatha
9.25am – 9.30am S Surjeet Singh Jeet
9.35am – 10amS Sulakhan Singh (Kavishri)
10am – 10.25amS Harbhajan S Gahir (Diwaan)
10.30am – 10.35am S Yadhwinder Singh (Kavitha)
10.40am- 11.05amS Gurdev Singh Virdee (presentation)
11am-11.25amBibi Sarabjeet Kaur & Jatha (Geet)
11.30am ARDAS
11.30am – 1.30pmAGM

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Basant Panchmi Celebrations 2010

In India Basant Panchmi marks the coming of the Spring festival. The festival is celebrated in honour of Saraswathi, the goddess of wisdom and knowledge. The seasonal change marks the beginning of new life with yellow mustard flowers starting to bloom. The colour of the festival is yellow.

Gurbani gives great importance to the Basant season, in fact Guru Arjan Dev Ji has taken inspiration from it in his attempts to accentuate its qualities to us. As the Basant season approaches, new flowers and plants take birth, in many ways this is a new beginning not only for plant life but for us too. To take this one step further, we should take this as a time period where we look upon the period past and try to implement a new change, a change that will enable us to get closer to our beloved Satguru, a change where good qualities blossom from within us, a change where we forgo those things that keep us away spiritually from Satguruji’s charan. Gurbani teaches us a lesson :

basanth ruth aaee || parafoolathaa rehae ||1|| ab kaloo aaeiou rae || eik naam bovahu bovahu || an rooth naahee naahee ||

The season of spring has come; it blossoms forth luxuriantly. ||1|| Now, the Dark Age of Kali Yuga has come. Plant the Naam, the Name of the One Lord. It is not the season to plant other seeds.

math bharam bhoolahu bhoolahu || gur milae har paaeae || jis masathak hai laekhaa || man ruth naam rae ||

Do not wander lost in doubt and delusion. One who has such destiny written on his forehead, shall meet with the Guru and find the Lord. O mortal, this is the season of the Naam.

gun kehae naanak har harae har harae ||2||18|| Nanak utters the Glorious Praises of the Lord, Har, Har, Har, Har. ||2||18||

Basant also holds a special place in the Namdhari Sikh history as it is on Basant that we mark Sri Satguru Ram Singh ji’s parkash. Their parkash diwas was in 1816, on Magh Sudi Panchmi, during a time when India did not have complete political control of herself. Sri Satguru Ram Singh ji took birth in Village Raiyan just a few kilometres from Sri Bhani Sahib to parents Mata Sada Kaur ji and father Baba Jassa Singh ji. With the demise of Maharaj Ranjit Singh in 1839, the throne of the Sikh Kingdom was on shaky ground. The British who arrived as merchants, started occupying areas and taking control.

The Sikhs started eating meat, drinking liquor, taking drugs and carrying out infanticide killings. Only those who were under the guidance and followers of Sri Satguru Balak Singh ji were saved from the atrocities that had started to take place. It has been 194 years since Satguru Ram Singh ji’s parkash and each year we must know that we are getting closer to the day when they will return. For this reason we must consider ourselves very lucky indeed that we have the means to come together and celebrate the auspicious parkash diwas of our Satguru. Satguru Ram Singh ji spent his entire life uprooting evil and uplifting society from the dark times after Satguru Gobind Singh ji. After seeing such atrocities at the age of 29 they spent a lot of time doing simran at Akal Bunga (Sri Bhani sahib). Many people flocked to Sri Bhani Sahib to see the spiritual strength that Sri Satguru Ram Singh ji had attained.

In Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Gurind-nama he foretold Satguru Ram Singh Ji arrival and also stated that he will possess infinite powers and that there has never been any avatar like him before, he will be the actual impersonation of Akal Purakh :

Duadas purakh hai aadh sai subhan ke seermaur, shakati anaanti aaenge aadh eha
nhi aur

In 1879 Satguruji in his Hukamnama said "I maintain friendship only with those, who devote themselves, whoever they may be, to worship and prayer.” It is this reason that we must not only come to celebrate the day, but take light from the life of our Satguru and in turn use it to guide ourselves in this difficult period where we find ourselves drifting away from the charan of Satguru Ji.

Satguru Ram Singh ji achieved so much prior to them being sent to exile. The following are just a few indicators of what Satguru Ram Singh ji has given to the Sikh Community.
· Promoted re marriage of widows
· First to practice akhand path maryadha
· First to give women amrit
· Important contributor towards securing Indian Independence
· Promoted Sri Satguru Nanak Dev Jis preaching of Naam Dhaan and Ishnaan
· Re-incarnation of Sikhism – Maryadha
· Promoting abolishment of female infanticide

After Satguru Ram Singh Ji was sent to exile in 1872 his brother Sri Satguru Hari Singh ji who was holding the spiritual throne constantly cried in memory of their beloved brother. Satguru Hari Singh ji, Satguru Partap Singh ji and now Satguru Jagjit Singh ji encourage all Namdhari Sikhs to do Naam Simran for Satguru Ram Singh Ji’s return back to the Namdhari Sikh Community.

On Sunday 24th January 2010 we shall celebrate the parkash anniversary of Sri Satguru Ram Singh ji, we shall as a sangat collectively remember them. We should consider ourselves extremely lucky that we are the followers of such an inspirational Guru. Please come and join in the celebrations.

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Basant Panchmi Celebrations 2010

Name:Satguru Ram Singh Jee
Fathers Name:Sardar Jassa Singh
Date of Birth:2nd February, 1815
Place of Birth:Bhaini Sahib

Satguru Ram Singh ji Maharaj is one of the greatest social reformers, a spiritual teacher and national leader. He came in this world with a set mission of giving peace and solace to this world. Without him not only the history of Vishwakarma's is incomplete, but also the history of mankind is incomplete. He was a saint of very high order, a spiritual guide who showed the way of peace in the groping humanity. The great Satguru Ram Singh Ji born at Bhaini, a small village in District Ludhiana (Punjab) in 1815.

Sardar Jassa Singh was his father, who was carpenter by profession and Ramgarhia (Matharoo) by cast. Satguru Ji got his early education at Bhaini Sahib in Gumukhi and Gurbani. He joined Khalsa army and served for several years under Kanwar Naunihal Singh (grandson of maharaja Ranjit Singh Ji). While serving in the army he came across Baba Balak Singh Ji. The word and teaching of Baba Balak Singh Ji sank deep into his mind. One day Satguru Ram Singh Ji said goodbye to his job and started his spiritual life.

The year 1857 was not an ordinary year. It was the year of revolt, struggle and war. Satguru Ram Singh Ji was not a silent spectator. He formed “Sant Khalsa”, which later developed into great historical Kuka movements. He therefore issued a special code of discipline for his followers. Religious Satguru Ji declare” Guru Gobind Singh’s granth sahib (ADI GRANTH) only true one written by divine inspiration and is the only sacred writing extent” he was not in favour of idol worshipping. All followers of satguru are distinguished by the white dress, straight and pressed turban and a woolen rosary. Satguru Maharaj preached the message far and wide which exercised a check on the western impact.

In 1872 after the MALERKOTLA incident whole Kuka movement was outlawed, Bhaini sahib was surrounded. Satguru Ji was taken into custody and was deported first to Alahabad and then to Burma, where he remained as state prisoner Even in exile Satguru ji continued to have contact with his followers and exchange messages fore-casting the “British Raj was now on its last legs”. The Namdhari believe that Satgur ji is “AMAR” i.e. still live and showers perpetual benedictions on his followers.

After the disappearance of Satguru Ram Singh Ji the light continues to travel Satguru Hari Singh ji Maharaj, Satguru Partap Singh ji maharaj, and then Satguru Jagjit Singh Maharaj, The candle still burn and is showing the path of spiritually to the largest number of followers in the country and abroad.

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