Monday, August 13, 2007

Edinburgh Trip

Last week Bhaji Dharamveer Singh from Edinburgh invited Daas to Edinburgh Gurdwara. On Saturday evening there was a Diwaan aimed at the young English speaking Sangat, and on Sunday afternoon there was a programme aimed at non-Sikh visitors who had come to the Gurdwara Sahib as part of the Edinburgh "Festival of Spirituality & Peace".

It was very inspiring to meet the Singhs from Edinburgh. A lot of people have taking steps towards Guru jee and made big changes in their Jeevans. It's amazing to see how Guru Sahib's Kirpaa manifests. In place where you wouldn't think there would be little or no Sikhs you find Chardi Kalaa Guru ke Pyaare.

Here are some photos:

This is Bhaji Dharmveer Singh with his nephew Sooraj Singh. Both of them always wear Baana (the Khalsa attire) to the Gurdwara Sahib and both very Chardi Kalaa.

Young Sooraj Singh only turned 10 years old in August. His parents asked him what present or gift he would like for his birthday. He could've asked for a computer console, games, trip to a theme park or something else. But, instead he asked, "For my birthday I would like to have a Rainsbayee Keertan." I was taken aback by the pyaar this child has for Sikhi. May Waheguru continue to keep him in Chardi Kalaa and bless him with Gursikhi Jeevan.

This is Bhaji Siddharat Singh who is from Delhi but studies in Aberdeen University. It took him 3 hours to come to the Edinburgh Gurdwara. He has no Sangat where he lives. It's makes one appreciate the Sangat and nearby Keertan programmes and events that Guru Sahib has blessed us with.

Saturday afternoon trip to the Edinburgh sea-side:



Saturday evening Keertan and a talk in English:



Sunday Edinburgh Peace Festival Sikh talk:





I thought I was bad when travelling and do everything last minute. However, I found somewhere who is even more "LastMinute.com" than me - Bhaji Siddharat Singh! Poor Bhaji missed his bus firstly. He thought it was 6.30pm when it was 5.30pm. Then he couldn't find his ticket. He needed to print off an e-ticket, so he used the Internet at the bus station. But he forgot his email password so he couldn't access his emails! Waheguru. (It was like something in a film! lol). To top it off there were no more free buses going to Aberdeen at that time. Waheguru. Irrespective of all the drama of the day Bhaji was still in Chardi Kalaa and smiling :)

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe in the future you could let sangat know throw your blog you will be attending edinburgh/glasgow etc because i would have showed up. Hmm bit angry I never knew.

Manvir Singh Khalsa said...

Gurmukho apologese. In future I will keep that in mind.

Daas' next trip to Scotland is next month in September. There is a weekend camp at Dundee Gurdwara Sahib on Saturday 15th September to 16th September.

Please come along.

Guru Raakhaa.

Dharmveer Singh said...

Fateh-Ji

It was a pleasure to have such a Chardi Kala Sikh in Edinburgh, hope to have your dharshan again soon.

Anonymous said...

Yeah it will be appreciated next time your in scotland to let the sangat here know. Thanks. Nway what do you think of edinburgh not many Sikh's here like gravesend were I'm from.

mandeep

g_singh said...

Is there a lot of sangat in Edinburgh then virji?

looked a bit cold and wet at the seaside!

Manvir Singh Khalsa said...

Edinburgh was very nice. I loved the buildings. Very old, traditional and grand. Would be nice if the building of Panjab were preserved so well. Waheguru.

G_Singh jee - Yes it was wet that weekend! I thought it would be sunny and hot, but that weekend it was mostly raining! Waheguru.

I don't know how many Sikhs live in Edinburgh but there is only one Gurdwara Sahib and on Gurpurbs the Gurdwara is full with Sangat. I think more Sikhs live in Glasgow than Edinburgh.

Guru Raakhaa.

Manvir Singh Khalsa said...

Congratulations to Bhaji Harvinder Singh jee from Edinburgh who was blessed with a baby son today.

Bhaji is like the Media expert in Edinburgh. He takes the photos, records keertan and makes videos of programmes. Very Chardi Kalaa family. He also has a wonderful collection of puraatan (old) photos of Sri Harimandar Sahib from early 1900s and Sikhs serving in World War I, also coins from Maharaja Ranjit Singh's time.

May Waheguru keep Bhaji and his family in Chardi Kalaa and bless the child with Naam Daaan Gursikhi Jeevan.

Raj said...

Great to see such activities in that part of the world. If you happen to travel further west, do check out Gurdwaras in North America too

Anonymous said...

whageuru ji ka khalsa
waheguru ji ki fateh

Nice to see such activities going on.

I know UK is great for sangat in some areas but others are not so good.I am stuck in liverpool where there is almost no sangat.Can you please suggest some ways of getting while being in liverpool?

You blog is great and good source for sikhi material.

waheguru ji ka khalsa
waheguru ji ki fateh

Harminder Singh

Paman said...

Gurmukho no one in Glasgow knew about this or else i would hve come over!!

chullo koi naa obviously Gurus Bhannaa is something we cannot begin to understand