For me Khalsa Camp 2009 has been the best in all years. The camp took place from 23rd August to 28th August at Preston. Guru Sahib showered so much kirpaa during the camp. The Sangat were blessed to have the company of three elder spiritual Gursikhs - Bhai Surjit Singh jee (from India), Bhai Jarnail Singh jee (UK), and Jathedaar Bhai Raghbir Singh jee (UK). In addition to that Giani Kulwinder Singh jee (Derby) blessed the Sangat with enlightening vichaar and sevaa during the week. The whole camp was "Naam" filled. From Amrit-velaa to evening the whole camp's focus and atmosphere was Naam - the talks, the keertan, the kathaa, the discussions, the conversations between campers etc.
The highlight of the camp as every year was the Amrit-Velaa diwaans. It is amazing how everyone wakes up early in the morning and joins in together to sing the praises of Waheguru and do Nitnem together and then be blessed to hear Sri Guru Granth Sahib jee talk to us. The talks by all the Gursikhs were great. Unfortunately I missed the first talk which was by Bhai Satnam Singh jee (Hayes). Bhai Tarsem Singh jee presented a beautiful poem he wrote himself on the need of Amrit & Rehat, followed by a talk on controlling the mind. Professor Virk (Derby) gave a great talk on Gurbani and Science, which showed that Gurbani is beyond Science and that we are blessed to have the Perfect True Guru. Bhai Surjit Singh jee (India) gave a mind blowing talk on Amrit, Naam and need of the Guru and also a talk on the importance of living a Guru-orientated life. The Q&A sessions were great. Daas learnt lots from the elder Gursikhs and the whole Sangat. It was great to have Darshan of the whole Saadh Sangat and spend a week in heaven.
Some photos (taken from Techno Singh's Flickr):
Sri Guru Granth Sahib jee Maharaaj at Amrit-Velaa.
Bhai Tarsem Singh jee doing a talk on Amrit, Rehat and the Mind.
Sangat in Lecture hall.
Professor Virk talk on Gurbani & Science.
A young Amritdhari Bhenji from Finland during Parkaash Sevaa of Sri Guru Granth Sahib jee. Campers were encouraged to do Sevaa and learn how to do things which perhaps they have never had an opportunity to do before.
Bhai Raghbir Singh jee and Bhai Jarnail Singh jee workshop.
Bhai Surjit Singh jee's workshop.
Youth & Social issues workshop with Veer Bhupinder Singh (Bass)
Bhenji Simrat Kaur jee leading workshop.
Night time discussion.
Bhai Surjeet Singh jee.
Elders and younger playing volleyball together :)
Climbing frame. I found the net on the side hard to climb! I ended up falling backwards but others went straight up like Spiderman!
Darbaar Sahib. Waheguru.
4 year-old Manmohan Singh doing Keertan. Waheguroo. "Tin Dhan Janedee Maao".
Keertan. "Mil Saadhsangat Bhaj Keval Naam".
Final Q&A session.
Final talk by Bhai Joginder Singh jee (Leicester) who went through a Pauree (stanza) written by Bhai Gurdaas jee on the life of a Gursikh and how Bhai Gurdaas Jee praises such a Gursikh who follows the Guru's Path and wins the internal battle of overcoming duality (being in two minds), doubt, fear and panj chor etc.
Sri Guru Granth Sahib jee Maharaaj leaving the camp site.
Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee Maharaaj.
Note: All the Keertan from Khalsa Camp 2009 has been kindly uploaded by Sevadaars on www.SikhSoul.com
Dhan Hai Guru, Dhan Hai Teree Sikhee!