Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Dundee Visit (Final Part)

On Sunday morning everyone had breakfast and then the normal Sunday Diwaan began. Bhaji Sharandeep Singh jee (Glasgow) read Sukhmani Sahib and full Anand Sahib (he actually read it twice because no one told what was the programme. Waheguru). We decided that on the last day we would offer the opportunity for people to have a Dastaar tied on them.

At first 2 young Veer jis volunteered and looked quite eager to have their Dastaars on:

Bhenji was asked whether she would like to have a Dastaar tied on her. At first she looked bit worried but by the end of it she seemed to be happy and was smiling.

Bhenji Manpreet Kaur jee crowned with a Dastaar.

Seeing Bhenji with a Dastaar, one of the elder Aunty jees asked whether we could tie a Dastaar on her. She looked excited but was surprised that she had to tie her Jooraa (hair-knot) at the top of her head, on top of her Dasam Duaar (10th spiritual opening). She happily did so and then we said that if you wear a Dastaar then earrings don't look right as your Dastaar and 5 K's are your jewellery and true beauty is of Naam that radiates out. At first she didn't look to keen but by the time Aunty jee had a Dastaar on her head she was glowing and radiating the beauty of the Khalsa. She was so confident and proud of her Dastaar. Dhan Hai Guru.

There was a domino effect. One person tied a Dastaar and gradually everyone saw how wonderful it looked and said, "Can you tie one on us." It was the first camp I have been to where ladies and mothers of children have asked to have Dastaars tied on them. Waheguru. Initially some ladies said no and didn't feel confident with the idea of a turban, however seeing one or two other Bibis having Dastaars tied and radiating the glory of the Khalsa, by the end of the class nearly all the ladies in the Langar hall were crowned with Dastaars.

More photos from the Dastaar tying session:

Group photo of Dundee's youth

Group photos of some of the Bibian

Proud mother and son

Bhaji Sidharat Singh jee tying a Dastaar on Bhai Manjeet Singh jee who did tireless seva in arranging this camp. The camp was so organised and everything well planned. Bhai Manjeet Singh jee and Bhai Rajinder Singh jee are credit to the Sangat.

Uncle jee and Aunty jee. They look so happy :) Waheguru.

After the Dastaar tying session everyone went to the Guru's Darbaar for the finishing Diwaan. There was Keertan and vichaar. It was so inspirational to look at the Sangat. The first day we arrived, the majority of the Sangat were not Keshdhari and didn't wear Dastaars. With Guru jee's Kirpaa, on the last day, you could see proud Sangat donned with the Guru's crown on both the men's and women's side in the Guru's Darbaar.

After doing Simran together and Keertan, the final Ardaas of the camp was said and a Hukamanama was taken. Guru Sahib blessed us all with the following Hukam:
ਸਭਿ ਕੁਸਲ ਖੇਮ ਪ੍ਰਭਿ ਧਾਰੇ ॥
Sabẖ kusal kẖėm prabẖ ḏẖārė.
God has blessed all with peace and pleasure.

ਸਹੀ ਸਲਾਮਤਿ ਸਭਿ ਥੋਕ ਉਬਾਰੇ ਗੁਰ ਕਾ ਸਬਦੁ ਵੀਚਾਰੇ ॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥

Sehī salāmaṯ sabẖ thok ubārė gur kā shabaḏ vīcẖārė. Rahā­o.
Everything is safe and sound, as we contemplate the Word of the Guru's Shabad. ||Pause||
(Ang 625 - Read Full Shabad)

An Uncle jee from the Sangat gave a small talk at the end.

Group photo of all the sevadaars (its slightly blurry!)

It was so sad to see leave the Sangat. I never look forward to the end moments of any camp. Although we had only spent a weekend in Dundee, it felt like we had known the Sangat for months. The Sangat's pyaar, dedication and devotion was very inspiring and is something that all the Sevadaars felt and took away with them. Initially I was a bit shocked that in the under 10's group no one knew Mool Mantar. However, one elder Bhenji from the Sangat showed me a video on her phone and said she wanted me to see it before we went back home. Waheguru. The video showed children on a Sunday diwaan before they ate Langar. They all sat in lines and all recited Mool Mantar continously with their eyes closed. Dhan Hai Guru. I thanked Bhenji for showing me the video. May Guru Sahib bless the Dundee Sangat and children and may they flourish to become Chardi Kalaa Gursikhs which spread the beauty of Sikhi in Scotland and throughout the world. Dhan Hai Guru, Dhan Hai Teri Sikhi!


Anonymous said...

This is great, to see al elder Bibis in Dastar. It is very rare to get such a domino effect. I am very happy seeing these pictures. You should keep in touch with the Dundee Sangat.

I pray that Guru Sahib blesses you with Naam da rang and Khalsa Panth dee seva.

Anonymous said...

Bhai Manvir Singh Ji and the whole Sweet Sikhi team - I'd like to say a huge thanks for coming to Dundee and taking the time and effort to run this camp - the kids enjoyed it so much but I also took so much out of your short visit and found it so inspirational. We all look forward to welcoming you all to Dundee again.