From Friday 11th to Sunday 13th July, a Gurmat Naam Kamaaee Camp was organised at Bradford Singh Sabha Gurdwara by the local youngsters. The idea of doing the camp was inspired by the Gurmat Naam Kamaaee Camps that used to be held by the late Baba Harnam Singh jee at Rampur Khera in India. Bhaji Harbir Singh (Southall) took the train up to where I live and then we went together in the car to Bradford. It took about 2hrs 30mins. You know that you have arrived in Bradford because there is a very large Pakistani Muslim population. In addition to that Bradford and Yorkshire on a whole has wonderful stone built buildings. The stone houses look really nice.
The camp time table was as follows:
3am - Parkaash of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji followed by Naam SimranThe local Giani Ji, Bhai Tarlochan Singh jee, does beautiful paatth. He recites Gurbani with a mellow melody filled with love. Very soothing to hear!
5am - Nitnem Banian
6am - Aasa Kee Vaar Keertan (Ardaas & Hukamnama)Bhai Santokh Singh jee (Damdami Taksaal) were doing keertan duty at the Gurdwara for the week. They have such an angelic voice and did beautiful keertan. Waheguru.
8am - BreakfastThe breakfast as suspected was Parothay!! Aunty jees and bhenjis put in a lot of effort into the Langar.
9am - RestAfter eating all those Parothay you need 2 hours of sleep! hehe. (Sounds really unhealthy! I am sure its not good. Chalo! I am sure all the Simran and paath cancels out the health concerns).
11am - Sukhmani SahibGiani Tarlochan Singh jee did the paatth. English translation was shown on the projector. It was very peaceful hearing the paath.
12.30pm - LangarThe langar was quite "full on". Waheguru. There was curry (when I say "curry" I mean the Panjabi sabjee. I don't mean "Indian curry" like Gore say. Just needed to clarify), chowl ("rice" if you didn't know!), daal, and semee'aa (ermm, I don't know the English for semee'aa - perhaps "hot sweet noodles"?). The Langar was very heavy!
1.30pm - Silent Naam Simran.After eating all that heavy food what do you expect to do next? Go for a jog, walk, or do some physical activities? Well, it was sitting cross legged and doing Simran in silence. Waheguru. As you can imagine, I felt extremely tired and drowsy! I really think that doing "silent" simran after eating so much was a bad idea! I think I fell asleep on the first day (I didn't think anyone knew! But apparently it was obvious! Waheguru). Thankfully the next day the quiet simran was mixed with some mellow Simran on the vaaja, which helped with concentration and focus.
2.30pm - RestWaheguru. Well I suppose I got my rest through the silent simran. Seems like a lot of sleeping! (Joking! hehe).
Bhai Satnam Singh jee (Damdami Taksaal) did Kathaa on Naam Simran and Gurmantar on Friday. Daas did seva of sharing a few Sikhi stories on Saturday and Sunday.
4pm - Gurmat Vichaar (Talk/ discussion)
Everyone in Bradford does really nice keertan. I hope that someone can make some recordings and forward them on. Or perhaps if someone can upload them on to the Internet. Really chardi kalaa keertanis!
5pm - Naam Simran through Keertan, followed by Rehraas
6.30pm - Langar (Keertan)Waheguru. Again, very chardi kalaa (and heavy) langar. I am sure that in addition of adding some extra kamaaee to the spiritual account, it's easy to add some extra calories and pounds on the physical side! hehe. Really, the aunty jees and sevadaars did a lot of seva. May Guru Sahib keep them all in Chardi kalaa!
7.30pm - KathaaBhai Satnam Singh jee (Damdami Taksaal) did Kathaa every day. He kept the theme of Simran, Waheguru, and Bhagti. He has a lot of knowledge on different religions and provided good comparisons when doing Kathaa.
8.30pm - Samaaptee & Sukhaasan
During the trip I visited three other Gurdware (as part of my research). All the Gurdware people were really nice! Met some really chardi kalaa and pyaar wale Gurmukhs. May Waheguru keep everyone in chardi kalaa and bless us all with eternal love for Him and Gursikhi Jeevan. We left Bradford at about 5.30pm on Sunday. The aunty jees were more than generous of given loads of Pasta, a few cartons of tropical juice to drink on the way (although drinking and driving is illegal. hehe), and some sandwiches.
Dhan Hai Guru, Dhan Hai Teree Sikhee.