13 Dec 2014: Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji – Aisae Gur Ko Bal Bal Jaaeeai
On Saturday 13 Dec 2014 a notable gathering took place in Southall for the celebration of the life of Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji. The extraordinary day of 13 Dec 2012 was recollected by the sadh sangat in three different sessions. As per the decree of Sri Satguru Uday Singh Ji, in between these sessions the sangat observed the 10 Minute Naam Simran at 12.58pm (UK) for their beloved Satguru’s memory.
In the morning session the kirtan of Asa di Var was performed in resonant notes by Raagi Satvinder Singh. His companions were Sarabjit Singh on tabla and supported by Suba Kuldip Singh Chana, Harbhajan Kaur (Bibi Sukhi) and Bibi Kuldeep Kaur and Ajeet Singh. Session 2 in the evening began with customary practice of one hour of Naam-simran. During this period the sangat devoted to a audio CD of musical tributes in form of shabads and geets. Towards the end of Naam Simran, two Paath de Bhog were performed to conclude the readings of Adi Guru Granth Sahib. These were specially done in memory of Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji. This was followed by gurmat kirtan by Ustad Harbhajan Singh, Ustad Kiranpal Singh, Raagi Satvinder Singh, Narinderpal Singh and Sarabjit Singh.
Ustad Harbjajan Singh opened the proceeding with in a Drupat of Guru Arjan Dev’s hymn: Sakhee Nal Vasa Apunae Nah Piarae Maera Man Than Har Sang Hilia. (ਸਖੀ ਨਾਲਿ ਵਸਾ ਅਪੁਨੇ ਨਾਹ ਪਿਆਰੇ ਮੇਰਾ ਮਨੁ ਤਨੁ ਹਰਿ ਸੰਗਿ ਹਿਲਿਆ ॥). This was followed by the shabad Aisae Gur Ko Bal Bal Jaaeeai Aap Mukath Mohi Thaatrai (ਐਸੇ ਗੁਰ ਕਉ ਬਲਿ ਬਲਿ ਜਾਈਐ ਆਪਿ ਮੁਕਤੁ ਮੋਹਿ ਤਾਰੈ ॥). Session 3 went on well past mid-night. Starting after a short break for langar, it was made up of a photo presentation and collation of historic real-life experiences of Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji, shared by members of the sadh sangat. One after another members spoke of their unforgettable stories to the sangat. Running in the background, the slide show was a collection of photographs snapped during Satguru Ji’s many tours of the UK.
Apart from the sounds from the performers, the calmness and silence of the sangat echoed the deep meaning and great significance of Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji – indeed Aisae Gur Ko Bal Bal Jaaeeai.
Namdhari Sikh Sangat Southall