ਆਇਓ ਸੁਨਨ ਪੜਨ ਕਉ ਬਾਣੀ ॥
Aaeio sunan paṛan kau baaṇee.
The mortal came (on this earth) to hear and chant the Word of the Guru's Bani.
Last weekend the first National Youth Akhand Paatth Sahib took place in which the paatth (reading) was recited solely by the youth, in particular youth who have not done paatth seva in Sangat before! Considering it was the first time for many people doing Paatth from Sri Guru Granth Sahib jee in the Sangat, Ardaas was done for a Sehaj Paatth (slow intermittent reading), in case there were any problems, however the Paatth was done as if it was an Akhand Paatth (continuous non-intermittent reading). With Guru jee's kirpaa the event was very successful.
The event was an idea of Bhenji Daljeet Kaur and Bhaji Jaspal Singh to get youngsters more confident in reading Gurbani and develop their personal relationship with Guru jee. The seva was carried out by around 50 Amritdhari Singhs and Singhnian from different areas of the UK. Each person was allocated 20 angs (respected word for pages) with an estimated time depending on the individual's ability. Because everyone knew which 20 angs they were going to read before hand, it gave time for people to practice their paatth and get any help in pronunciation of certain words if needed.
Elder GurSikhs sat in the Sangat and listened to the Paatth to ensure that the paatth was being read correctly. It was amazing to hear respected elder Gursikhs repeat lines of Gurbani without looking at the computer or any Pothi and correcting Paatthis where they unintentially made a mistake. It just shows how much abhiyaas (practice) they must have of listening and reading Sri Guru Granth Sahib jee. Waheguru!
After the bhog (completion), a siropa was given to each and every person who took part in the Seva by Bhai Sahib Raghbir Singh jee. Youngsters were urgd to join their local Santhiyaa classes (if available) and take laahaa (benefit) of learning correct pronunciation of Paatth so that each and everyone of us can become fluent readers of Sri Guru Granth Sahib jee. May Guru jee do kirpaa on all us and bless us with pyaar for Gurbani, ability of doing correct pronunciation (shudh uchaaran) and ulitmately living the Guru's Word.
Some photos from the event (taken from www.SevaToTheMax.com):
Veer Pardip Singh (Leamington Spa)
Bhenji Darshan Kaur (Southall)
Bhaji Preetam Singh (Coventry)
Sangat listening to Paatth (translations were also projected)
Bhenji Kirat Kaur (Leamington Spa)
Bhaji Bhupinder Singh (Birmingham)
Bhai Jaspal Singh (Leicester)
Bhenji Kamalpreet Kaur (Banbury)
Bhenji Harmohan Kaur (Southall)
Bhai Sahib Raghbir Singh jee doing Ardaas on the Bhog (completion). Waheguru.
For more photos on Veer Tarnjeet Singh's Flickr.
Details of some Gurbani Santhiaa classes in Birmingham and Southall:
Guru Nanak Gurdwara, High Street, Smethwick
Bhai Baldeep Singh (Damdami Taksaal)
Every Wednesday, 6pm (for beginners)
Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Edward Street, West Brom
Every Sunday, 6pm - 8pm
Sri Guru Amardas Hall, Adelaide Road, Southall
Giani Gurdev Singh (Damdami Taksaal)
Every Sunday, 7pm - 8pm
Every Monday, 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Sikh Missionary Society, 10 Featherston Road, Southall
Giani Charanjeet Singh (Damdami Taksaal)
Every Saturday, 5pm - 8pm
Giani Thakur Singh (Damdami Taksaal)
Gurbani Santhiaa Video
Dhan Hai Guru, Dhan Hai Teree Sikhee.