The Rainsbaaee Keertan was advertised in the newspaper and my two Bhua Jees (paternal aunts) said "that sounds like a nice programme. We have never been to a Rainsbaaee Keertan in this country perhaps we should go." So they asked me to come along. The three of us went to Southall in the car.
SAT NAAM, WAHEGURU. We arrived and the Gurdwara was PACKED with Singhs and Singhnees, young and old, adorned with beautiful Dastaars and Bana (Sikh attire). It was the first time I was fortunate to have the pleasure of having darshan of so many Gursikhs.
I sat down near the front where the Keertan was happening. One word to describe it was "WAHEGURU". Everyone was singing along and it helped that the Shabad being sung was being displayed on a projector screen. This was the first time I had ever seen Sikhi To The Max or a projector screen in a Gurdwara. I sang along with the Shabads. Everyone was singing really loudly like when someone is in love and shouts "I LOVE YOU!!" the loudest they can from their heart.
Here some photos from the Southall Rainsabaaee Keertan April 2001 (You may spot me in the Sangat in a few photos!):
Bhai Harsevak Singh Ji (UK) doing Keertan.
Bhai Niranjan Singh (Jawadi Kala Wale) doing Keertan.
Dhan Satguru Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee. You can also see the projector screen near Guru Sahib. I was amazed at seeing Sikhi To The Max.
Bhai Apardeep Singh Ji (Derby) doing Keertan.
You can hear some of the Keertan from that night here.
My Bhua Jees also enjoyed the Rainsbaaee and were pleasantly surprised at seeing so many Gursikhs (as they had not even had experience of so many Amritdharis). The RAS (taste) of AMRIT BAANI (spiritual-life giving Word of God) was UNBELIEVABLE. I realised here that Gurbaani was not just for reading but to EXPERIENCE!
I remember that night there was an Amrit Sanchaar. My Bhua Jees couldn't find me and when they found me and got ready to go home, they said, "We thought you may have gone to take Amrit - we were worried where you were." I wished I had taken Amrit there! It was amazing.
The next day I wished to experience the same experience. I could still feel the vibration of "WAAHE-GUROO" and Baani inside me. I wished I could be like the Gursikhs in the Rainsbaaee and enjoy the blessings of Guru Sahib.
I recommend that if you haven't been to a Rainsbaaee Keertan before, try going to one and sit there and allow yourself to become ONE with the Sangat and SING ALONG with the Keertan and allow your soul to enjoy the bliss of Amrit Baani :)
Find out about future Rainsabaaee and other Keertan programmes here.