ਹੋਇ ਇਕਤ੍ਰ ਮਿਲਹੁ ਮੇਰੇ ਭਾਈ ਦੁਬਿਧਾ ਦੂਰਿ ਕਰਹੁ ਲਿਵ ਲਾਇ ॥Hoė ikaṯar milhu mėrė bẖāī ḏubiḏẖā ḏūr karahu liv lāė.
Come and join together, my brethren; dispel your sense of duality and let yourselves be lovingly absorbed in the Lord.ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੈ ਕੇ ਹੋਵਹੁ ਜੋੜੀ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਬੈਸਹੁ ਸਫਾ ਵਿਛਾਇ ॥੧॥Har nāmai kė hovhu joṛī gurmukẖ baishu safā vicẖẖāė. ||1||
Associate yourselves with the God's Name; become Gurmukh, spread out your mat, and sit down. ||1||
Last Saturday the annual Saanjha Akhand Keertan Rainasbaaee (keertan throughout the night) took place for Panthic Ekta commemorating the 300th Anniversary of Sri Guru Granth Sahib jee's Gurgaddi Divas falling in oct 2008. This year the Smaagam took place at Nishkam Educational & Cultural Centre (NECC) in Hockley.
Waheguru. I drove down to Birmingham. From Soho Road Gurdwara Sahib I switched on the Sat Nav to take me to the Great King Street. Waheguru! I put in the post "B19 3AS" and then the Sat Nav calculated the journey. I was driving along and the Sat Nav came off its bracket so I had to place it in my lap and try to listen to the Sat Nav lady give directions.
As I was driving I realised that I was going towards the City Centre and then I went past a sign that said "Edgbaston"! I thought "Hai? I thought the Centre was near Soho Road but this is taking me to the other side." I kept my faith in the Sat Nav and then it said "You have arrived at your destination." I looked around I was in a dark gloomy side street in Edgbaston next to the "Children's Day Care Centre". Sat Naam, Waheguru. I couldn't believe it. So I decided to ring a Singh and confirm the post code. He gave me the same post code that I used but I re-typed it into the Sat Nav. Then the Sat Nav Bibi gives new directions and I am apparently 13 minutes away. Waheguru.
I had to go through the City Centre and then I got near the Jewellary Quarter, where the Indian Embassy is. I got to a road which was "Great King Street" but it was a dead end and factories. By this point I had an headache and did Ardaas that please get me out of here! I decided to randomly drive around hoping to see an Apnaa person on the road and ask directions. As I was driving around I got to "Jassa Singh Ahluwalia Gurdwara" I parked up and thought, "Ermm, this doesn't look like a Rainabai Keertan turnout." So I had ring another Bhaajee who gave me "live" direction. hehehe. Thanks to Bhaajee he kept on the phone and guided me back to near Soho Road Gurdwara from where it was less than 5 minutes drive up the road. Waheguru! A journey that should have taken 5 minutes from Soho Road took me ONE HOUR!
The NECC is a new building purchased by the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ). It is a huge complex! I was surprised to see so much parking and space! It would be great if such a building could become a Khalsa School! Maharaaj Kirpaa Karan.
The Rainasbaaee Keertan was Chardi Kalaa. The Keertan was so angelic and beautiful! Below are photos from the Smaagam that were kindly posted by Bhajee Satpal Singh on a forum:
Satguru Sri Guru Granth Sahib jee's Saroop going from Soho Road Gurdwara.
Satguru Sri Guru Granth Sahib jee's Saroop arriving to the complex.
GurSikhs doing Keertan awaiting Guru Sahib's arrival.
Bhai Harjinder Singh Lallie with Jatha
GurSikhs from Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (mind blowing Raag Keertan!)
Bhai Manjeet Singh jee from Glasgow (AKJ UK) and Bhai Gurcharan Singh jee (Damdami Taksal). Waheguru! Breath taking Keertan!
Giani Gurbachan Singh jee, Head Granthi of Sri Darbaar Sahib (Amritsar), with Bhai Mohinder Singh jee.
Bebe Nanaki Jatha
Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha
Bhai Mohinder Singh jee with Jatha
Satguru Sri Guru Granth Sahib jee going back to the Gurdwara Sahib.
Dhan Guru, Dhan Guru Ke Pyaare!