- Published: Saturday, 22 March 2014 11:00
The following story is about my (author) chance meeting with Bhai Shiv Charan Singh (Anglo-British) Sikh in 2012, who had stayed at our house in Dudley for 6 months. I remember he would do kirtan, teach us yoga and about Sikhi. I had asked my cousin to locate his contact details, as we knew he had moved to Portugal. In November 2012,I called the number believing that he was in Portugal, he answered and told me he was in Melbourne teaching level 2 Kundalini Yoga, and I just happened to be travelling to Melbourne the same day he was flying back to Portugal. So we were able to meet for dinner before his flight. It was amazing, I feel that Guru ji and my fathers spirit helped in allowing that opportunity to meet! I had not seen him in over 20 years.
Wahe Gur Ji Ka Khalsa Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh
dear Jatinder Kaur
I agree that the Guru has revealed a magic to us in the opportunity of this meeting. It must surely also be linked to the Grace of your father soul. after we spoke I wrote down the following.It may be of some help and you are welcome to ask me other questions
I believe a meeting has been arranged after your conference
I look forward to seeing you there .
My recollection with Bhai Sahib Rajinder Singh, I first met him, in 1983 when I was living in an ashram in Copenhagen. He travelled there with Bhai Jeewan Singh.There was an all night simran at the house of one Singh , maybe Jit Singh.
In 1984 I moved to Birmingham because I wanted to be nearer the Sikh community.And do not remember how it came to be that I was blessed to move into his home.I was made most welcome by his whole family. There I was nourished in mind body and soul. I recall regular Kirtan at Dudley Gurdwara. an old pub that, I believe, the local community had bought. On several occasions I had the privilege to travel with him along with several other Great Sikhs like Bhai Rama Singh. We went to Norway [Oslo] to Stockholm in Sweden, and to Amsterdam, Holland.
It was on these trips that I found out that he had a wonderfully soft sense of humour, but also I came to realize how deep was his love of the Guru. I remember reciting Rehraas one evening while still driving on the way to a destination. After that we had lost all appetite for dinner. When truly recited with total love, the Shabd Guru becomes material sustenance itself. This is not easy to recreate in our own hearts.
For me it was always very moving when Bhai Sahib Rajinder Singh would play Kirtan. often the sangat and himself would be crying during the kirtan. I remember one night I awoke with a distinct feeling that I did not want to die without having taken Amrit. So in the morning I called Bhai Sahib and he said that he was going, with a Jatha to Amsterdam on the coming weekend and I could go with them. Though he could not promise that I would receive the Amrit. I did not hesitate to take the invitation, and finally it was my privilege to receive Amrit direct from his hand along with Bhai Rama Singh and others.
After having taken Amrit I was honoured to be a sevadar at several Amrit Parchar occasions.Sitting nearby, in the all night Kirtan programs, I felt that I could merge into his understanding of the Shabd Guru, without needing it explained, or needing to analyze it.In May 1987 I was further blessed to have Bhai Sahib as the Granthi at my wedding. This was in Rookery rd. Gurdwara, Handsworth, Birmingham UK. I always remember him as very Human, gentle very understanding, like he had an ear for every one. he was an extremely sensitive man, perhaps even too sensitive for this world. I appreciated that he was not fanatical, but embracing of all, and that gave me permission to feel that I could still have a relation with the Guru even though I was not anywhere near perfect.It seems to me that he understood not just the message of Gurbani but also the experience of Shabd Guru. I liked the way that he did not preach, but would also receive my questions. I would still wish to ask him more questions even today. To me he was, and still is, an inspiration and an example of how to be relaxed yet dedicated, trusting yet doing ones best, forgiving yet asking for better. He taught me to have the confidence to get close to the Guru and not to use the excuse of ones imperfections; It seems to me that his life was an example of how Bhakti is more powerful than Shakti. From this I would also add that his life was a great example of how to give your head and not mind what other people think of you.
[ I had the impression that his more liberal approach disturbed some people in the community. but I would say his liberal nature came from a true and deep love of the Guru, and never from a disrespect. ]
Of the pictures in the document you sent me, the first one must be Amsterdam or one of the Scandavian trips. I have pictures from our wedding, but these are at my home [currently Portugal]. if you wish me to scan send some to you, I will try to do this when I return.
Thank you for this opportunity to contribute, to acknowledge that I had the blessings to keep the company of a great Saint and GurMukh, and to celebrate his life and seva.
Shiv Charan Singh
compassion; in life and in death, ever the same.