Baba Siri Chand ji's birthday celebrations 2017

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On September 30, 2017, Gobind Sadan’s celebrations of Baba Siri Chand’s birthday began with a gathering in Gobind Sadan’s historic gurdwara in Sector 39, Chandigarh—Nanak Sagar Gurdwara, where Baba Siri Chand had spent a long time in meditation, and where Guru Nanak and Guru Gobind Singh had also visited.  The gurdwara’s entrance and lovely domes had recently been painted in gold, and many people joined the celebrations there. Several kirtan jathas sang heavenly music.

Celebrated ragi Bhai Arvinder Singh (“Kittu Veer-ji”) said, “At certain gurdwaras people do so much worship of the cholas and shoes of the Gurus, but here we offer lakhs and lakhs of praises to Baba Siri Chand himself, who was born son of Guru Nanak.” Bhai Gurpreet Singh touchingly told the entire history of Baba Siri Chand in song, with many incidences of the respect paid to him by the Sikh Gurus. Afterward, he commented, “This is the first time I have had the chance to talk about Baba Siri Chand. It really seems like Baba Siri Chand was sitting here himself and speaking.” Mary Fisher of Gobind Sadan, Delhi, urged the sangat to recite the Nam given to Baba Virsa Singh Ji by Baba Siri Chand, Guru Nanak, and Guru Gobind Singh, to clear away the rubbish in the mind so that the Light of God can appear there. Dr. Rai Singh, President of Baba Virsa Singh Ji Maharaj Memorial Trust, explained that long ago, Baba Virsa Singh had seen in vision that there was a place in Chandigarh where Baba Siri Chand had done tapasya. He said, “This place is so special because Baba Siri Chand has been here, and havan is going on here.”

At Gobind Sadan in Delhi, celebration of Baba Siri Chand’s birthday began with a first Akhand Paath on August 30th, the actual birthdate, and then continued with more Akhand Paaths beginning on 1st September. September 2 was also Eid-ul-Bakra, which was attended by hundreds of Muslims, Sikhs, and Hindus in Gobind Sadan’s mosque Nur-ih-Illahi. Gobind Sadan staff members prepared a vat of semian and the varied congregation enjoyed it together after the Namaz.

Gurdaspur sangat offered their loving kirtan in honour of Baba Siri Chand during the middle of the day on 2 September, followed in the evening by a special havan at Angeetha Sahib and a children’s programme. Children from Baba Virsa Singh Ji Maharaj Public School recited the history of Baba Siri Chand, sang songs, and danced in his honour, and children from the weekly interfaith education class sang a familiar shabd by Maharaj Ji about his love for Baba Siri Chand.

Sri Akhand Paath bhog was held on Sunday, 3 September, with kirtan and talks afterward in the diwan hall. Bhagat Singh from the Shiv Sadan sangat encouraged the congregation to have great respect for Baba Siri Chand and to keep his photo in every home: “Where Baba Siri Chand resides, fields will flourish, everything will flourish. Maharaj Ji used to tell us that he has both spiritual as well as material wealth because of Baba Siri Chand’s grace. Do tapasya all the time; forget your worries. Baba Siri Chand is eternal, immortal, never coming nor going.”

Dr. Surjit Kaur Jolly spoke of Baba Siri Chand as “Avtari Purush, who came at the time when people had lost faith and strength. We have not come here just to see a mela. We have come here to receive something, to cancel some karma. In reality, Maharaj is present here.” She praised the spiritual seva of Baba Hardip Singh, who prays and makes offerings into the havan around the clock. She said, “Witout Maharaj Ji’s grace, no path can be done, no task can be undertaken and executed. Every member of the sangat is a trustee, meaning someone who can be trusted with responsibility. Let us contribute as much as we can toward the mission.”

Naamdari leader Baba Sulakhan Singh said, “I am feeling fortunate that I have been given the hukam to have darshan of Baba Siri Chand here. As Maharaj Ji used to say, he loves all humanity, and God resides in each heart.”

Gurdev Singh, one of the Trustees of Baba Virsa Singh Ji Maharaj Memorial Trust, which organized the celebrations, said, “Baba Siri Chand gave darshan to Maharaj Ji. He gave him the same teachings which were given to him by Guru Nanak Sahib. The new generation should try to learn more about Baba Siri Chand through the cds, books, and articles available here, and through people who have been here for a long time. “ He also recited his original  poem about Baba Siri Chand.

Giani Jaswinder Singh, kadha vachak from Ludhiana, told the sangat, “Today no one is complying with the training that was imparted by the Udasis. Today as we celebrate Baba Siri Chand’s birthday, the real purpose is that we obey his commandments. We have missed his philosophy. There is no renunciate like him. He has no restrictions, no worldly attachments. Gurbani says we have to sever our attachments. Holding on to things gives sorrows and miseries of many kinds. Things that don’t pinch us are not effective. In order to heal the wound, the medicine has to be applied. That medicine can be bitter or painful, but it heals. The real person is one who can do introspection, taking the blow of truth to see whether there is a shortcoming in him. Nam simran purifies the tongue, purifies the environment. Therefore, recite Nam every day. Keep reciting Ik Onkar Sat Nam Siri Wahe Guru and keeping checking yourself.”

Joginder Singh, Jathedar of Gurdaspur sangat, said, “Baba Siri Chand did not get the glory and credit which he should have been given. Maharaj Ji worked hard to spread the message that there is no one like Baba Siri Chand. Now people have realized that they committed a mistake by not giving proper reverence to him. Gobind Sadan is the onlyh place that is giving the right message of Baba Siri Chand to the entire world. Within the next five years, there will not be a single dera where Baba Siri Chand will not be known and regarded. We should have the courage and strength to express the truth.”

Baba Hardip Singh said, “Maharaj Ji used to say, ‘I have not taken the gaddi (successor-shi) from anyone and neither will I give it to anyone. This is all Baba Siri Chand’s—everything is His alone.’ To be a sevadar in a holy place like this is in itself a big thing. Baba Siri Chand is a great power. Whoever comes here and obeys the order ‘Kirat karo, Naam japo, Seva karo, does not go back empty-handed.”

Several other dignitaries also graced the occasion, including Shri Omkar Singh (Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandak Committee member), Shri Ramesh Bidhuri (Member of Parliament from South Delhi), and Shri Jagdish Lohia (Vice President of Kissan Morcha of Delhi), who said, “All of us should learn from the teachings of Guru Nanak Sahib and His son who stood for dharma, social justice, and equality. The whole nation bows to them. Let us walk on the path of their teachings. Let us take the blessings of all Gurus to serve the nation, for the betterment and upliftment of the people.”

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