Thursday, January 12, 2017

Drama filled journey to New Zealand... (Part 1)

Setting off from Birmingham airport, I checked-in my luggage. I took my normal size Kirpaan and put it in the suitcase in front of the check-in desk. The lady asked me to check-in my luggage in the special luggage area because she didn't want myluggage stopped anywhere because of the Kirpaan. I explained that its common for Sikhs to put their Kirpaan in their luggage and no one says anything. But the lady was insistent that I should check-in my luggage in the special luggage area (which is really for fragile and over sized luggage) because of the Kirpaan. When I went to the special luggage area to check-in, I explained that I had been sent because I have a few Kirpaans in my luggage. The man didn't seem bothered and seemed puzzled why I had come there.

The security staff at Birmingham were very nice, and I got through to the terminal. Sadly the flight got missed due to bad weather conditions in Amsterdam. My flight was to go from Birmingham to Amsterdam (Holland), then Amsterdam to Guangzhou (China), then from China to Auckland (New Zealand). As I my flight got delayed by one and a half hours at Birmingham, I missed my connection flight at Amsterdam, which was supposed to take off at 12.30pm to China.
As I got off the plane at Amsterdam airport there were big queues everywhere. I somehow got in the line for the KLM desk by avoiding the queue. I decided to check my emails whilst in the queue and found that KLM had re-booked my flight. So I called over a member of staff standing nearby and showed my email. She happily got me out of the queue and printed out my boarding pass on the ticket machine. My flight now as going to Shanghai at 7.45pm (which is a delay of 7 hours 15 minutes!). I asked her, "What happens with my luggage?" The lady from KLM said, "Your luggage will automatically go to Auckland." She didn't sound very confident saying this, so I asked her again. She repeated the same thing, and smiled saying, "Don't worry Sir. Your luggage will arrive by itself to the final destination." I thought okay. The lady printed me a voucher of 5 Euros to buy food and refreshments due to the delay. When I got the store in the airport, I realised that one bottle of water is 2.5 Euros. So I bought 2 bottles (as they would also come in handy for the flight because usually they don't give sealed bottled water). I thought, "What about if someone is hungry?" Luckily, I had taken my own food and so sat down in the waiting area.

On the journey from Amsterdam to China I was sitting in between two people who were eating meat balls and drinking alcohol, which had a very overwhelming smell! Arriving in China, we were told to go to the immigration counter. All the passengers on the transfer flight were asked to show their visa. We tried to explain that we don't have a visa because we don't want to stop off in China and we are on a transfer flight instead. The problem was that most of the Chinese staff couldn't speak English. Eventually one woman officer came who could comprehend some basic English. She realised the situation and then got the staff to give us a temporary visa (for staying within the airport!).

When we got through immigration we were told that we have to pick up our luggage. I was surprised but thought O well. Everyone on the flight with me collected their luggage and proceeded on. I was the last man standing at the luggage belt and realised my luggage hadn't arrived (a not so nice feeling!). So I went to the luggage support desk and asked the man for help as my luggage had not arrived. Guess what? The man couldn't speak English! I was trying to use a mix of speaking slowly and hand signals. He realised I couldn't find my luggage but apart from that, nothing else. He said in broken English, "You report in New Zealand... not here." 

Not satisfied with his response. I decided to find the KLM desk in the airport, in hope to get more help. However, the KLM desk was on the other side of arrivals, and meant I would have to leave the internal airport area and walk through customs into the arrival area.

To be continued...

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Khalsa Camp New Zealand 2016...

With the blessings of Guru Sahib, Khalsa Camp New Zealand was held from 19th to 23rd December 2016 at Camp Adair in Hanua. This was the first time that Khalsa Camp has taken place in New Zealand. Khalsa Camp was the first ever residential Sikh camp in the UK, which was established in 1990. It has since expanded across the world and has been providing inspiration and motivation to young and old seeking to discover the spirit within in Canada, USA, India, Australia and now New Zealand.

The camp was attended by around 80-100 people. The target audience was 16+ years, however families attended. The invited speakers for the camp included by Bhai Surjit Singh Ji Nadala (India), and Bhai Sukhwinder Singh Ji from Vismaad Productions (India). Bhai Surjit Singh talked about the purpose of life and basics of Gursikhi Jeevan, and Bhai Sukhwinder Singh talked about the responsibilities of wearing a Dastaar and what the Dastaar stands for, as well as a lecture on the power of Gurbani to transform someone. The seva given to Daas was to speak on was how we have to come to this earth to gain profit, and life after death in accordance to Gurbani.

Bhai Jatinder Singh Ji, Bhai Harpreet Singh Ji and all other camp Sevadaars from Khalsa Camp New Zealand team did amazing job in organising the camp! All the outside speakers and guests were amazed at how smoothly the camp ran. The organisers had arranged really good activities to ensure all campers got to know one other, and helped to create relaxed and welcoming spiritual environment. Considering it was the first ever camp, I was very impressed and it felt like the organizers had been organizing such camps for a long time. Having been to many camps, this camp left a very positive impression on my mind. Khalsa Camp New Zealand was such a success that with Guru Ji's Kirpaa 10 people went to receive Khande-Di-Pahul and join the Khalsa family the following week. I hope the camp sevadaars continue to do the good work and with Guru Sahib's blessings Khalsa Camp New Zealand grows in its success.

The camp day would begin with Amrit-vela Naam Simran and Nitnem from 3am to 6am. At 8.45am, after breakfast, the first presentation took place. After a short break, there would be different workshops, followed by lunch. After lunch, the second presentation took place, followed by workshops. Then there would be activities, followed by evening divaan and then Langar.

Some photos from Khalsa Camp Australia:

 Guru Ji's Darbaar

Amrit-Vela Simran

Lecture by Bhai Surjit Singh Ji

Lecture by Bhai Sukhwinder Singh Ji

Questions and answers session


High ropes


Activity time

Activity time

Bhai Navraj Singh (Pilot), Bhai Amritpal Singh Nihang Ji, and Bhai Gurpreet Singh (Tabla Master)

Lunchtime stroll

Gursikhs from Christchurch

Bonfire night

Gurbani and Sikh History version of Charades game

 Group photo with Sevadaars

 Last divaan. Bhai Sukhwinder Singh Ji singing: ਬਿਲਛਿ ਬਿਨੋਦ ਆਨੰਦ ਸੁਖ ਮਾਣਹੁ ਖਾਇ ਜੀਵਹੁ ਸਿਖ ਪਰਵਾਰ ||੧|| (Revel in it, delight in it, be happy and enjoy peace, and live long, O my family of Sikhs.) 

Sangat during last divaan

Camp co-ordinator, Bhai Harpreet Singh, addressing Sangat in final divaan

Young camper, Jasjot Singh, singing Kaveeshree (poetry) about Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa. It was very impressive!

Group photo before leaving camp site

Dhan Hai Guru! Dhan Hai Teree Sikhee!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Larreevaar Saroop Akhand Paath by AKJ BC Youth...

In honour of the Shaheedi of the Elder Sahibzaade, Akhand Kirtani Jatha B.C. (Canada) youth held an Akhand Paath from a Larreevaar Saroop. The Akhand Paath Sahib took place from 19th December to 21st December 2016. It was the first full Akhand Paath Sahib from a Larreevaar Saroop that was entirely undertaken by the youth.

All the Seva was done in accordance to Gurmat, and with utmost respect for Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. This is a very inspirational step taken by the youth, and hopefully this will encourage more youth to become Larreevaar Paathis! It is very encouraging to see Akhand Kirtani Jatha in the forefront for preserving the heritage and tradition of Larreevaar passed down by Guru Sahib.
Without such steps being taken, there is a danger that the original Saroop and way of writing Gurbani that Guru Arjan Dev Ji and Guru Gobind Singh Ji blessed us with, will disappear and be left as a part of history. All forms of Gurbani, whether Pad-Chhed (separated words) or Larreevaar (joint words), are worthy of respect, however we have to acknowledge that Guru Gobind Singh Ji never invented Pad-Chhed. Pad-Chhed Saroop, which you can say is a form of Gurbani used for Santhiyaa or teaching how to read Gurbani, was first printed in the mid-20th century, and today it has become the most common form of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji that is Prakaash in Gurdwaras throughout the world, with the except of the Takht Sahibs, Sri Harmandir Sahib and historical Gurdwaras in India.

In the video below Bhai Surjit Singh Ji explains the importance of Larreevaar:

Monday, December 05, 2016

Please pray for Bhai Jagraj Singh...

Most of the Sangat will now be aware that our dear brother, Bhai Jagraj Singh, has been diagnosed with stage four advanced cancer that has spread to his liver and is inoperable, after an announcement was made last Wednesday. Veer Ji is the founder and CEO of Basics of Sikhi. The Everythings 13 team that runs Basics of Sikhi and other Sikh initiatives announced that Bhai Jagraj Singh might only have a few months to live.

With Guru Ji's Kirpaa (Grace), Basics of Sikhi has revolutionised Sikhi Parchaar, and Veer Ji's contribution to this Seva will be remembered when the history of Sikhi in the 21st century is written. Guru Ji has blessed Veer Ji with inspiring many with his style and approach to Parchaar. He showed courage and boldness in beginning street Parchaar and reaching out to the wider public in sharing Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Sikhi, engaging in debates with other religions' speakers, making Sikhi accessible on YouTube, and systematically teaching Sikhi via Sikh courses throughout the country and world. Most importantly, with Guru Ji's Grace, he has inspired others to step up to the mark to share Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Sikhi with the world. A Parchaarik course has been started, and more and more young Sikhs from the West are pursuing a life vocation of Parchaar of Sikhi.

Bhai Jagraj Singh speaking to Arise TV about the 1984 Sikh Genocide.

Bhai Jagraj Singh answering the questions of a Muslim preacher, Dawah Man.
Bhai Jagraj Singh doing street Parchaar on the streets of UK
Bhai Jagraj Singh representing Sikhs on BBC's Big Question show
Bhai Jagraj Singh and Bhai Baljit Singh doing informative shows on Anand Karaj on Akaal Channel
Bhai Jagraj Singh doing Katha on weekly English divaan at Park Avenue Gurdwara Southall
Bhai Jagraj Singh delivering the "Why Guru?" course, introducing Sikhi for beginners.

When announcing to the Sangat last week, Bhai Jagraj Singh shared the following message with the Sangat:
“Only SatGuru Ji can give or take life away and they are never wrong, only perfect. In all the Seva that Guru Ji allowed me to do of his beautiful Panth, I’ve made many mistakes and I ask forgiveness from the Sangat. If the Guru’s message has touched you and you feel it’s the truth, I urge you to follow that truth and become a GurSikh as none of us knows how long we have left. Please do Ardaas that Guru Ji gives me a place in his Charan and keeps my family and the Panth in Chardi-Kala. May the Panth flourish, even if I am finished, this is pure joy for me.” 

Bhai Jagmeet Singh and family with Bhai Jagraj Singh and his 2 children
Bhai Jagmeet Singh, who did Seva with Basics of Sikhi, made a post on the Internet that really touched my heart. He wrote that he went to visit Bhai Jagraj Singh with his wife and baby days before he got the diagnosis for cancer. When discussing possible outcomes and death, Bhai Jagmeet Singh writes that "with a beautiful smile, "Singh, don't worry. I already died 16 years ago. This has all been borrowed time." The glow on his face was incredible when he said this... Jagraj Singh bhaji's mission in this life is to help liberate others and attach them to the Charan of Guru Sahib Ji. I know many of us feel powerless at this time and wish there is something that we can do to help. There is...Pray."

Globally the Sangat has been doing Ardaas for the Chardi-Kala of Bhai Jagraj Singh and his family. On Sunday 4th December, a special programme was held at Gurdwara Singh Sabha Southall, where Sangat did Chaupai Sahib Jaap and Ardaas for Veer Ji. Thousands of Sangat gathered for taking part in the Ardaas for Veer Ji. Sangat attended from across the country, and there whole Gurdwara was fully packed out. Over the weekend, I was in Spain for Seva, and the Sangat in various Gurdwaras in Spain did Chaupai Sahib Jaap and Ardaas for Veer Ji.

On Sunday Bhai Jagraj Singh did a moving speech at the end of the Southall programme, in which he asked Sangat: "Don't do Ardaas for me to have a long life, but that I remain in Maharaj's Charan (Holy-Feet), and that my family, the Khalsa, prosper..."

I do Ardaas that Satguru Ji blesses us with more sevadaars like Bhai Jagraj Singh who can help change the world for better. Veer Ji and his family is all of our thoughts and prayers.

Bhai Jagraj Singh and his family

Friday, December 02, 2016


…what would happen if Guru Ji really turned up at a venue to find Sikhs dancing, drinking alcohol, eating meat and listening to vulgar music? | 
ਅਰਦਾਸ ਤਾਂ ਕਰ ਲਈ ਪਰ ਜੇ ਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਸੱਚਮੁਚ ਆ ਗਏ ਫਿਰ ਕੀ ਬਣੂ ? | 
26.11.16, Ambala Diwaan | Dhadrianwale | MUST WATCH and READ… 

The Anand Karaj (or ‘Ceremony of Bliss’) is the actual and only matrimonial rite for the Sikhs. However, either out of ignorance in thinking it is wrongly ‘Sabhyachar’ (culture), or simply due to influence in imitating the modern west, many misguided Sikhs are more focussed on the so-called ‘after wedding’ parties. The majority of such parties go against Gurmat by their very nature and activity, and set dangerous examples for youngsters and future generations. 

In India, the guests assemble from morning at the “wedding palace” whilst only a handful of family members go to the Gurdwara Sahib for the Anand Karaj. In other countries, for example Canada/USA, they have the so-called “wedding reception” on either the evening of or the day after the Anand Karaj. In the UK, it is the afternoon party immediately following the Anand Karaj in what they refer to as the “banqueting hall”…and so forth. 

What’s concerning is the trend of the Granthi Singh doing an Ardaas for the family after the Anand Karaj requesting Guru Ji to give their blessings for the remaining activities to follow. “Maharaj Ji the Anand Karaj has taken place, please bless the newly married couple, and now by being present with your Sevaks give your blessings for the completion of the remaining activities” – this is often heard during the Ardaas at the Gurdwara Sahib after the Anand Karaj is complete. These so-called “remaining activities” they often refer to are the anti-Gurmat after-party functions. In fact, there are now said to be many instances where before these so-called wedding parties commence, they actually ask for blessings from the venue stages before the dancing and partying gets going. 

The question that needs to be asked from those who foolishly do such an Ardaas is whether they want Guru Sahib Ji to actually come and dance with them? They ask for Guru Ji to be present with them, but IF Guru Ji were to really be present with them at these parties, what would Guru Ji think? What would our father Guru Gobind Singh Ji think looking at a venue full of Sikhs partaking in anti-Gurmat activities? Are the disgraceful activities of dancing, eating meat, drinking alcohol, watching singers and listening to vulgar music the actions of the Guru’s Sikhs? Are such actions what the great revolutionary Guru Gobind Singh Ji had taught? 

The Guru’s teachings were for the betterment of society – regardless of race, creed or religion. Sikhs were wise, intellectuals and fighters for righteousness, but they were certainly not Bhangra and Gidda dancers nor were they alcoholics. Why are we joking with our Guru? We are we cheating and practising hypocrisy. In effect, why are we doing Pakhand with Ardaas? The anti-Panthic agencies are undoubtedly at play in employing their deep-rooted schemes to damage the nation. However, the agencies are not the ones forcing us to go and book banqueting hall palaces, dancers, singers or DJ’s. This part of our spiritual and social downfall is a result of our own misguided decisions and lack of intellect in accordance to Gurmat – perhaps at least this much is something we as Sikhs need to control ourselves. 

Let’s start bringing awareness to our own and wider families and friends circles. 

ਕਰਮ ਧਰਮ ਪਾਖੰਡ ਜੋ ਦੀਸਹਿ ਤਿਨ ਜਮੁ ਜਾਗਾਤੀ ਲੂਟੈ ||
Karam Dharam Paakhandd Jo Deesehi Tin Jam Jaagaatee Loottai || 
"The religious rites, rituals and hypocrisies which are seen, are plundered by the Messenger of Death, the ultimate tax collector."
(Soohee M:5, 747)

The following clip of Bhai Ranjit Singh Khalsa Dhadrianwale is taken from the 26 November 2016 Diwaan that took place in the city of Ambala (Haryana).

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Can a Gursikh use bad language and slang?...

ਤੈਸੇ ਮੁਖ ਮਧ ਬਾਣੀ ਬਸਤ ਨ ਕੋਊ ਲਖੈ, ਬੋਲੀਐ ਬਿਚਾਰ, ਗੁਰਮਤਿ, ਗੁਨ ਗਾਥ ਜੀ ॥630॥
taisse mukh madh baannee basth na ko-oo lakhai
boleeai bichaar, gurmat, gun gaathh jee ||630||
"So long as our thoughts remain within our mind or mouth, they are fine but once our thoughts come out in form of words, they cant be controlled, so speak after thinking, speak according to Gurmat and speak only good qualities (of others)."
(Bhai Gurdas Ji)

Everybody wants to hang up photos or posters of great Gursikhs, listen to songs of their glorious sacrifices, and share their photos on social media, but when it comes to looking carefully at our lifestyles we sometimes fall short. It is easy to tie a Dastaar, wear a large Kirpan or same style cholaa as the great Gursikhs we hold as role models in our hearts, but the greater challenge is earn Sikhi like they have and make Gurmat a part of every single aspect of our life, including the way we speak and the words we choose to say.

Growing up, most people are surrounded by people at school who swear, use bad language and use slang. Even though some may try to avoid speaking such profanity, the words their ears are exposed to sadly stick in one's mind. From a young age I have always found swear words as disgusting, and swearing with Guru's kirpaa was not part of my daily language.

When I was younger and not yet an Amritdhari, I thought it was unthinkable for an Amritdhari to swear or use bad language. Why? Because they love Guru Ji and those that love Guru Ji try to behave in the way Guru Ji showed and expects from us. However, alarmingly I am seeing more and more Amritdharis use very lowly language like "sh*t", "f**k", "p*ss", "tw*t" etc.  It makes you wonder, does this reflect the language and speech of a Sikh of Guru Gobind Singh Ji?

Bad language, regardless of the level of rudeness or insult,  is a product of Maya. A lack of patience, poor coping skills, constant complaining, not thinking before speaking, attachments to dialogue in movies or dramas, and copying negative behaviour of friends or people on the streets can make people swear. People can use bad language either in anger (krodh) or ego (hankaar). Gurbani says:
ਸਲੋਕ ਮ: ੩ ॥ ਮਨਮੁਖ ਬੋਲਿ ਨ ਜਾਣਨ੍‍ੀ ਓਨਾ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਕਾਮੁ ਕ੍ਰੋਧੁ ਅਹੰਕਾਰੁ ॥
ਥਾਉ ਕੁਥਾਉ ਨ ਜਾਣਨੀ ਸਦਾ ਚਿਤਵਹਿ ਬਿਕਾਰ ॥
ਦਰਗਹ ਲੇਖਾ ਮੰਗੀਐ ਓਥੈ ਹੋਹਿ ਕੂੜਿਆਰ ॥
ਆਪੇ ਸ੍ਰਿਸਟਿ ਉਪਾਈਅਨੁ ਆਪਿ ਕਰੇ ਬੀਚਾਰੁ ॥
ਨਾਨਕ ਕਿਸ ਨੋ ਆਖੀਐ ਸਭੁ ਵਰਤੈ ਆਪਿ ਸਚਿਆਰੁ ॥

"Salok, Third Nanak: The self-willed manmukhs do not even know how to speak. They are filled with sexual desire, anger and egotism. They do not know the difference between good and bad; they constantly think of corruption. In the Vaheguru's Court, they are called to account, and they are judged to be false. He Himself creates the Universe. He Himself contemplates it. O Nanak, whom should we tell? The True Lord is permeating and pervading all. ||1||"
(Saarang M:3, 1248)

Gurbani clearly states that speaking foul language and negatively, will have an effect on one's mind and body. When we speak, we let out vibrations. According to the words we speak and the tone we speak we let out negative or positive vibrations. It is a fact that those who swear, use bad language or speak negatively let out negative vibrations in the environment surrounding them. The negativity and anger they speak effects the tranquillity and harmony of their mind, which then entails negative effects caused on the physical body as a result of stress and tension.
ਅਸੀ ਬੋਲਵਿਗਾੜ ਵਿਗਾੜਹ ਬੋਲ ||
asee bolvigaarr vigaarreh bol ||
"We are foul-mouthed; we spoil everything with our foul words."
(Siree M:1, 25)

ਕੂੜੁ ਬੋਲਿ ਬਿਖੁ ਖਾਵਣੀ ਬਹੁ ਵਧਹਿ ਵਿਕਾਰਾ ਰਾਮ ||
koorr bol bikh khaavanee bahu vadhhehi vikaaraa raam ||
"Speaking falsehood, one eats poison, and the evil within increases greatly."
(Vaddhans M:3, 570)

ਨਾਨਕ ਫਿਕੈ ਬੋਲਿਐ ਤਨੁ ਮਨੁ ਫਿਕਾ ਹੋਇ ||
ਫਿਕੋ ਫਿਕਾ ਸਦੀਐ ਫਿਕੇ ਫਿਕੀ ਸੋਇ ||
ਫਿਕਾ ਦਰਗਹ ਸਟੀਐ ਮੁਹਿ ਥੁਕਾ ਫਿਕੇ ਪਾਇ ||
ਫਿਕਾ ਮੂਰਖੁ ਆਖੀਐ ਪਾਣਾ ਲਹੈ ਸਜਾਇ ||੧||
naanak fikkai boliai than man fikkaa hoe ||
fikko fikkaa sadheeai fikke fikkee soe ||
fikaa dargeh satteeai muhi thhukaa fikke paae ||
fikaa moorakh aakheeai paanaa lehai sajaae ||1|| 
"O Nanak, speaking insipid words, the body and mind become insipid. He is called the most insipid of the insipid; the most insipid of the insipid is his reputation. The insipid person is discarded in the Court of the Lord, and the insipid one's face is spat upon. The insipid one is called a fool; he is beaten with shoes in punishment. ||1||"
(Aasa M:1, 473)
As a Sikh we aim to base our behaviour and actions on the perfect role model behaviour shown by the Gurus. If we take the example of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, his two elder sons were martyred in the battlefield fighting against the Mughal tyranny, and his two younger sons were cold-heartedly bricked alive by the Mughal regime. However, Guru Ji didn't swear or curse Aurangzeb. Guru Gobind Singh Ji didn't get angry or hot-headed. Instead of cursing, swearing and getting angry, Guru Ji wrote the 'Zafarnaama', literally meaning, the 'Letter of Victory'. Guru Ji expressed the truth of the situation in the letter and the horrific crimes that Aurangzeb had committed, however the letter had a tone of triumph, truth, and honour. For this reason, when Aurangzeb heard the letter, he died of shock. 

Our language reflects our mind. If we want to change our foul language and vulgar use of words, then in accordance to Gurbani, we have to connect back to the Guru. When we give the Guru space in ourselves, then those words will come out that are willed by the Guru. Gurbani says:
ਸਚੁ ਬਾਣੀ ਸਚੁ ਸਬਦੁ ਹੈ ਜਾ ਸਚਿ ਧਰੇ ਪਿਆਰੁ ||
sach baanee sach shabad hai jaa sach dhharre piaar ||
"When you love the Truth, your words are true; they reflect the True Word of the Shabad."
(Siree Raag M:3, 33)

Gurbani says that words are so powerful. Words have the power to make or break relationships. The Word (Shabad) can take us to Sachkhand, and words (spoken in ego) can take us to Hell (separated from Vaheguru). By beginning to speak like Guru Ji would speak, will surely build love between us and Guru Ji, and hopefully change our mind to become Guru-centred. Gurbani says:
ਗੰਢੁ ਪਰੀਤੀ ਮਿਠੇ ਬੋਲ||
gandd(h) pareethee mitthe bol ||
"There is a bond between love and words of sweetness."
(Maajh M:1, 143)

ਬਈਅਰਿ ਬੋਲੈ ਮੀਠੁਲੀ ਭਾਈ ਸਾਚੁ ਕਹੈ ਪਿਰ ਭਾਇ ||
be-eear bolai meet(h)ulee bhaaee saach kehai pir bhaae ||
"O brothers! That soul-bride, who talks sweetly and speaks the Truth, becomes pleasing to her Lord-Husband."
(Soratth M:1, 637)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

BBC Documentary: The Selfless Sikh Faith on the Frontline

BBC documentary following Bhai Ravi Singh, a Sikh charity worker who, inspired by his Sikhi principles, puts his life on the line to help people in need. The programme follows Bhai Ravi Singh's journey to northern Iraq, where he provides aid to Yazidi families who have fled their homes to escape the brutality of Islamic State. The film reveals the teachings of selfless service at the heart of his Sikh faith.