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‘A Spiritual Journey’ describes one individual’s struggles to achieve salvation and walk on the path of Sikhism.

 

Chalda Vaheer - A Spiritual Journey

Chalda Vaheer Jatha - A Spiritual Journey

Paperback – 2016
by Jatinder Kaur (Author)

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Paperback: 196 pages
ISBN-10: 0646964429
ISBN-13: 978-0646964423
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Bhai Sahib Rajinder Singh Ji was an enlightened soul who touched many people's lives across the world. He dedicated his life to Sikhi par char. From 1972 to 2000 Bhai Sahib kept the 'dharmic Sikh mission' and travelled across the world planting the seed of Sikhism outside Punjab (India) through self-less service niskham sewa.

Book Media release: 'Chalda Vaheer Jatha: A Spiritual Journey: A biography of Bhai Sahib Rajinder Singh and history of Sikhi parchaar across the world'

Release date: December 2016

Book Review

Chalda Vaheer Jatha A Spiritual Journey - A biography of Bhai Rajinder Singh Jee Dudley, UK and history of Sikhi Parchaar across the world by Jatinder Kaur

By Rasvinder Singh, Malaysia

I can still vividly recall the first time I set eyes upon a picture of Bhai Rajinder Singh Jee - radiant face, long flowing jet-black beard, tall stature, and that charismatic smile that speaks volumes to you. I was in awe, wondering who this Gurmukh soul is and what is his story? Growing up, I was fortunate to read the jeevan of other great Gursikh personalities, the likes of Bhai Rama Singh Jee, Baba Harnam Singh Jee Rampur Khera and many others, yet I still had the desire in me to know more regarding Bhai Sahib's life.


My joy knew no bounds when I chanced across Phenji Jatinder Kaur (the author) from Brisbane, Australia in May 2016 at a local camp in Malaysia and found out regarding her labour of love - 6 years spent in writing this book. Hence, when it was finally released in November 2016 during Bhai Sahib's barsi at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I was immediately engrossed in the book and finished it within a day.


Essentially, the book has four major parts that form the backbone of the story, beginning right from the early Sikh foundations which describes Bhai Sahib’s childhood, his family background and more importantly, his migration to England. After the initial introduction, part two of the book shows us regarding common aspects of Bhai Sahib's early life - education, marriage, children and his employment. At this part, what struck me as really interesting was the fact that Bhai Sahib kept a personal diary where he jotted down thoughts from the inner recesses of his heart, thoughts that ranged from common goals to strategies in doing parchaar - this shed light on the fact that he was a very organised individual determined to achieve his goals.


The highlight of the book is when the author goes on to describe a very pivotal, life-altering event that changed the course of Bhai Sahib's life - the 1978 Amritsar Massacre. The author then describes in detail how Bhai Sahib quits his job, his affiliation with Chalda Vaheer Jatha and starts full time parchaar sewa to sow the seeds of Gursikhi in the west where it was much needed at that time. He travelled extensively to places where no one wanted to go and rekindled the light of Sikhi in many hearts.


In the final fourth part of the book, it was truly an eye-opener to read about the challenges Bhai Sahib faced when he did parchaar from various sections, yet truly inspiring to look up to his calm demeanour and steadfastness as he strived on his goal of parchaar in high spirits. Overall, the author has definitely achieved an insurmountable feat with the grace of the Guru by penning this book down. One can only begin to ponder how many souls out there will draw inspiration, solace and guidance from this book - a must read for all Sikhs.

In December 2016 the biography book of Late Bhai Sahib Rajinder Singh was launched across 3 countries: Malaysia, UK and France. Bhai Sahib was an enlightened soul who touched many people's lives. He dedicated his life to Sikhi Parchar and travelled across the world planting the seeds of Sikhism outside of Punjab (India) through selfless service from period 1972-2000.

The biography book has been written by Bibi Jatinder Kaur (eldest daughter) of Bhai Sahib . The biography took 6 years to complete and involved a methodical approach of collating first hand interviews with family members, friends and fellow Sikh companions who had travelled with him on his world travels.

The biography also collated information from newspaper articles, speeches and Bhai Sahib own diary notes which were written in both English and Punjabi. The biography book covers historical events which played significant impact on the Sikh Diaspora living in foreign lands. The book is divided into 4 parts with 25 chapters and covers the period from 1900 to 2000.

The book describes the first migration of Sikhs to UK and Europe and Bhai Sahib's contribution to assisting the early Sikh settlers in UK, Europe and in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia. The book’s title ‘A Spiritual Journey’ describes one individual’s struggles to achieve salvation and walk on the path of Sikhism.

On 10 November 2000 at the age of 48 years Bhai Sahib Rajinder Singh died from a heart attack. In 2004, he was given the highest honour when his portrait was installed in National Sikh Museum in Amritsar in recognition for his contribution to Sikh community across the world.

The biography book is to acknowledge his contribution to the Sikh community across the world. The book was written in English and has been translated into Punjabi and is Available in both languages.

The book is now available online from: 
www.amazon.co.uk
DTF bookstore (UK) 
www.dtfbooks.com

Author: Ms Jatinder Kaur
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A Singhni’s sacrifice, strength, seva and Sikhi.

Yesterday was the birthday of Bibi Balbir Kaur Jee Khalsa, Singhni of Bhai Sahib Bhai Rajinder Singh Jee and Jathedaarni of Chalda Vaheer Jatha. Most of us will know Bibi Balbir Kaur as Mata Jee; her get up and go nature, admirable approach to life and infectious smile are just some of the things we think of when remembering her.  Anyone who has met Mata Jee will tell you about her warm character, she is a fountain of love and gives the best hugs!

Mata Jee wasn’t born into a Gursikh family, she was blessed with Amrit di daat in 1974 before her Anand Karaj with Bhai Sahib, and it was here where she adopted the Rehat of wearing a ‘Keski’- something which is truly part of Mata Jee’s identity today.  After moving to the U.K. Mata Jee aspired to become a teacher, however she started working in a sewing factory to support her new family and husband’s studies. At the time Bhai Rajinder Singh Jee was studying Metallurgical Science in Dudley College, therefore Mata Jee was the main breadwinner and provided for the whole family.

During 1974 to 1980, Bhai Sahib Jee was very much involved with the Akhand Kirtani Jatha (UK), they would organise Keertan programs, Rehnsbais and Amrit Sanchaars, many of which would be held at their residence. As a new bride, in a new country having left all her family; Mata Jee could have felt bitter about not spending time with her husband, which many females today would, however she supported her husband in his seva. Without thinking twice, she sacrificed her own personal needs and desires to allow Bhai Sahib Jee to continue with his love to do Parchaar through Chalda Vaheer.

                                                                               

Bibi Balbir Kaur Jee started to get involved in seva, she would prepare Langar and set the home for Sangat despite having young children. When Bhai Rajinder Singh Jee would go abroad for Parchaar, she would accompany them on some trips and do Pehredaar seva and Granthi seva during Amrit Sanchaars. At Gurmat camps, Mata Jee would also teach children Gurmukhi and the basics of Sikhi.

After the 1984 Anti-Sikh genocide in India, Mata Jee had Bhai Sahib’s mother who was living alone in Punjab immigrated over to the U.K. Mata Jee looked after Bhai Sahib’s mother as her own, such is her character; she works to make sure everyone is comfortable, no matter how much she herself has to struggle.

Talking of struggles, there were many Bibi Balbir Kaur Jee faced; living in a Punjabi family she grew accustomed to hearing extended family members speak ill of Bhai Sahib travelling so much, leaving their family and Mata Jee all alone to provide for herself, their three children and their elderly mother.  In a brief conversation with Bibi Jatinder Kaur Jee (Austraila), she recalls staying at a relatives’ home in London whilst her parents were away doing seva, these relatives would try to convince the three siblings to live life through Punjabi culture, instead of by the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib Jee Maharaj.

When Bhai Sahib Jee and Mata Jee left for Holland, it was only meant to be for a matter of weeks. They took Bibi Jatinder Kaur with them and left their youngest daughter Bibi Daljit Kaur in the care of her Masi Jee (maternal Aunt). When weeks turned into months and eventually two years, you can imagine the pain of separation for both Mata Jee and Bibi Daljit Kaur, whom at the time was very young.  Still with this pain locked in her heart, Mata Jee continued to support her husband with his seva and never looked back.

                                                                 

As a mother, Bibi Balbir Kaur Jee was the most supportive, loving and friendly person. Encouraging all three of her children to study hard, Mata Jee wanted them to have an easier life because growing up, the family didn’t have very much money. They never bought expensive Punjabi clothes or wasted money on materialistic things, but what they did have was pyar (love) and Sikhi; that too in abundance all thanks to the upbringing of Mata Jee.

Since Bhai Sahib left for their heavenly descent in 2000, Mata Jee has upheld the seva they took on as Chalda Vaheer Jatha International and has been doing Sikhi Parchaar under the CVJ banner in Europe, Asia and Australia.

Bibi Balbir Kaur Jee sacrificed her career aspirations, her dreams and desires as a new bride, she allowed Sangat into the privacy of her own home, lived without seeing her husband every day, tolerated separation from her children, put up with taunts from people who were meant to be family and still came out smiling in the most Chardi Kalla.  We salute such a strong Singhni and do Ardas that Maharaj keeps blessing Mata Jee with such fortitude and seva for the Panth. Great are those who follow the Guru’s teachings, may we all be inspired to live such high spiritual jeevans.

Shabad Ratee Sohaganee Satgur Kai Bhaa-ay Pi-aar .

The happy soul-bride is attuned to the Word of Shabad; she is in love with the True Guru.

Shaheed Bhai Fauja Singh Jee- The Chalde Phirde Parchaarak

Vaheguroo Jee Ka Khalsa Vaheguroo Jee Kee Fateh!

There are very few people in this world, whom we can say are a ‘tree of knowledge’; Shaheed Bhai Fauja Singh Jee was one such soul.  Continuing with our tribute to them, we are celebrating their selflessness by exploring their jeevan through the seva they did and the impressions they left behind.  As mentioned in part one of our blog on Bhai Sahib Jee- the Khalsa Panth was their life. Their passion to learn and share what they had learnt became more prevalent when they decided to start Chalda Vaheer Jatha, along with their Singhnee Bibi Amarjeet Kaur Jee.

Bhai Sahib Jee was blessed with Amrit di Daat in 1964, after having done Sangat with some of the Panth’s most ferocious lions; they were tyar bar tyar and remained that way until their very last breath. Shaheed Bhai Fauja Singh Jee was so imbued in Naam that sometimes they would sit up all night doing Simran and no matter where they were; they would make sure to complete their Nitnem.

Shaheed Bhai Fauja Singh Jee always had a passion for Guru Sahib’s Baana, having spent a lot of time with Nihang Dals and Baba Nihal Singh Jee of Harian Bela, Bhai Sahib adored the Khalsa Jeevan. They were immensely affected by seeing people wearing Baana and abusing it, therefore they decided to show people the true Khalsa way, bring respect for Baana once again and highlight the importance of it. Neela (blue) Baana was Bhai Sahib’s favourite; they used to say it had the most power and dreamt of a day when Amritsar would be full of blue Baana wearing Gursikhs. Many Gursikhs within the Vaheer would always wear Baana including Bhai Keval Singh Jee and Bhai Avtar Singh Jee. Bhai Sahib Jee and the Singhs would purposely speak in English when wearing Baana; in order to make people realise that Singhs and Singhniya in Baana can also be educated and professional, Bhai Sahib themselves were an Agricultural Inspector.

                                             

Seeing the lack of Sikhi in villages and the rapidly increasing drug and alcohol addiction across Punjab, Bhai Fauja Singh Jee decided to try tackle the problem and so the ‘Chalda Vaheer’-a group of Singhs and Singhniya that would travel village to village spreading Sikhi was formed. There wasn’t always a rush of people prepared to sacrifice their time for this Seva, so sometimes it would just be Bhai Sahib and Bibi Jee travelling. Other Gursikhs that would do Parchaar in the Jatha were Master Niranjan Singh Jee Gurdaspur, Shaheed Bhai Keval Singh Jee, Shaheed Bhai Avtar Singh Jee, Giani Hazara Singh Jee, Bhai Hazura Singh Jee, Bhai Baksheesh Singh Jee, Bhai Kulwant Singh Babbar (aka Mengha Singh), in addition to many other Gursikhs whom would take it in turns to attend the Parchaar. 

The Singhs would make great effort to travel, the Vaheer started on bicycles. Bhai Fauja Singh Jee would have a vaja on the front of their cycle, with Bibi Jee sat behind, Master Niranjan Singh Jee would have his tabla in a bag over his shoulder and ride his cycle with a Singh sat on the back and other Singhs would take their own bicycles. As Chalda Vaheer Jatha became more apparent, they started travelling by borrowing tractors with a cart attached and then using the train services for longer journeys. Soon Bhai Sahib realised they needed a fund for the Chalda Vaheer  to carry on, so they implemented a rule; the transport would only move whilst everyone was awake and reading Baani or doing Gurmat Veechar, if anyone fell asleep Bhai Sahib would take five rupees from them as a penalty, the same rule applied to Bibi Amarjeet Kaur only her penalty was ten rupees. Bhai Sahib’s sense of humour was inspiring, even through such rules their love for Guru Sahib and Gur Shabad was reflected.

When travelling to villages, people were not very welcoming seeing a group of Nihangs randomly set up camp and so the Chalda Vaheer Jatha would prepare their own food. The Singhs would have Langar and wander around the village familiarising themselves with the residents,  why they were visiting the Pind and why they were building relationship with the locals. The next day they would have Amritvela Simran, Nitnem and Asa Di Vaar but not much Sangat would attend as people were not accustomed to this. In the day they would again try and meet villagers, Bhai Sahib would inspect the local’s fields and give them advice on what they could do to have better farms, crops and soil etc. He would tell all the farmers and their families to come to the Gurdwara in the evening, where he would give farming advice. Once the locals had all gathered, they would then do Simran, Keertan, lectures on Gurmat and inspire the Sangat. Bhai Keval Singh would teach Shastar Vidiya to the local youth and build their interest, he would show them Shastar that he had handmade himself. Bibi Amarjeet Kaur inspired the women and girls with stories about Sikh women and showing them how blissful it was to live in Rehat.

Shaheed Bhai Fauja Singh Jee was a unique Gursikh, for them Parchaar was through their actions. People started to build relationships with the Gursikhs and would call them to stay in their homes, by watching their lifestyle these people would become inspired with a thirst for Amrit and so Amrit Sanchaars would be held in the villages. Bhai Sahib Jee encouraged children to do Keertan and learn Baani, they would set targets for children to learn certain Baani such as Japji Sahib and Chaupai Sahib, then rewarded them with prizes if they remembered it by the next time they met.                                                         

                                                                 

Bhai Sahib Jee took virtues from all Gursikhs, there is not one Jathebandee with whom Bhai Sahib Jee did not do Sangat with. Bhai Fauja Singh Jee revolutionised the way in which Gurmat was taught. Today we attend many Khalsa camps and Sikhi camps; however it was Bhai Sahib Jee who introduced Parchaar to be done in such a way.

Bhai Sahib Jee’s family had a farm- which today is better known as Khalsa Farm, here Singhs and Singhniya would stay and train- sometimes for durations of fifteen days, there would be Keertan smagams and Rehansbais, they would learn Gurbani Santhiya, Gurmukhi, Gurmat Vidiya Shastar Vidiya, Shooting, Gatka and Keertan . These camps trained Sikhs to become tyar bar tyar, Sant Sipahis. There were many Gursikhs that attended camps hosted by Bhai Fauja Singh Jee including; Shaheed Bhai Surinder Singh Jee Sodhi, Bhai Dharamvir Singh Jee, Bhai Keval Singh Jee, Bhai Harbhajan Singh Jee, Bhai Pyaara Singh Jee, Bhai Raghbir Singh Jee, Bhai Tejinderpal Singh Jee Dulla, Bhai Amolak Singh Jee, Bhai Sukhdev Singh Jee Babbar and Bhai Mehnga Singh Jee and Bhai Harbhajan Singh Jee Yogi to name a handful.

 “A Nagara (war drum) would play at Amritvela and we would have to throw our blankets off and run to have ishnaan (bath) in the river, everyone would gather once they were dressed to do Simran. Bhai Sahib would do Simran like a lion- very loud and sing lines of Gurbani to fuel the concentration of Gursikhs. After Simran, everyone would do Nitnem, including Sukhmani Sahib and Asa Di Vaar Keertan. We would then have breakfast and exercise and have Gatka training. During the day we would learn the correct pronunciation of Gurbani, Dulla Veer Jee would teach Keertan and tabla and there would be Panthic Veechaar during the day with the elders, who would talk about spirituality along with politics and the future of the Panth. In the evening there would be Simran, Rehras Sahib, Keertan and Sukhasan , everyone would eat langar together then rest. People didn’t want to leave this place, it was heaven. I remember one Singh who came to stay, he stayed so long his Uncle came to get him, then his Uncle enjoyed it so much he stayed, so the Singh’s Father had to come to get them both in the end, this was the magic of Khalsa Farm”-Interview with a Singh who attended Khalsa Farm, 2006.

                                                           

In a recent interview with Bibi Amarjeet Kaur Jee (wife of Bhai Fauja Singh Jee), she told us that when Bhai Sahib Jee was taken to Gurdaspur prison for protecting the honour of a SInghni, she went in to see the Superintendent and when seeing her in Sikhi saroop he said “you look like such an honourable lady, what must Fauja Singh be like?” under the impression that Bhai Sahib was a random uneducated Nihang from a village. Bibi Jee replied “He is a Nihang Singh, who is professional and probably earns more than you.” Overtime the Superintendent was so inspired by Bhai Sahib’s character that they became good friends. The Superintendent told Bibi Jee that he fears Bhai Sahib when they are in their blue Baana. In prison Bhai Fauja Singh Jee refused to stop wearing blue Baana at first, but Bibi Jee later convinced them that the other inmates will become closer with them, if they would wear a white Chola and so they agreed.

Whilst in prison Bhai Sahib ensured he kept up his seva of Parchaar, inspiring many within the jail; Bhai Sahib would spend much of their time in deep meditation and would organise weekly divaans in the prison. In prison Bhai Fauja Singh Jee also organised a smagam, in which Akhand Keertanee Jatha and the American Sikhs all came to do Keertan, Bhai Sahib Jee gave a lecture in both English and Punjabi and with grace of Vaheguroo an Amrit Sanchaar was also organised, with many of the prisoners inspired to take Amrit.

With Bhai sahib carrying on Parchaar inside prison, Chalda Vaheer Jatha continued travelling from village to village to do Parchaar. The American Sikhs also joined the Jatha and helped with the Parchaar, many Punjabi’s became enthused to see how people from another culture had adopted the Sikh Dharam (Faith) and were in Baana and could read Baani.

Always ready to give their life for the Khalsa, the shaheedi of those thirteen Singh Soorme who died on Vaisakhi 1978 brought an awakening in the Panth; today we remember Shaheed Baba Avtar Singh Jee, Shaheed Baba Darshan Singh Jee, Shaheed Bhai Dharamvir Singh Jee, Shaheed Bhai Gurcharan Singh Jee, Shaheed Bhai Gurdial Singh Jee, Shaheed Bhai Harbhajan Singh Jee, Shaheed Bhai Keval Singh Jee, Shaheed Bhai Pyaara Singh Jee, Shaheed Bhai Raghbir Singh Jee, Shaheed Giani Hari Singh Jee, Shaheed Jathedaar Amreek Singh Jee, Shaheed Jathedaar Ranbir Singh Jee and Shaheed Bhai Fauja Singh Jee, as some of the Khalsa Panth’s most ankhi, courageous, inspirational and loving Gursikhs.

                                                       

Bhai Fauja Singh Jee’s shaheedi is one that has and will continue to inspire many people, generations both old and young and still to come. It is their shaheedi and way of thinking that inspired another Panth Premi- Bhai Sahib Bhai Rajinder Singh Jee to dedicate their life to Parchaar seva and continue Chalda Vaheer outside of India, as Chalda Vaheer Jatha International.

Bhai Rajinder Singh Jee contacted Bibi Amarjeet Kaur through letters and continued spreading Sikhi with their guidance on a larger scale, in countries that needed a reconnection with Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee Maharaj.

The biggest lesson to learn from everything Shaheed Bhai Fauja Singh Jee stood for is that; Parchaar is not bound to being something that is taught, it is not throwing bits of information about Sikhi around. YOU are Parchaar, as Sikhs of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Jee Maharaj WE are Parchaar. Our everyday actions, the language we use, the facial and bodily expressions we wear, the moods we adorn ourselves with, the interactions we have; EVERYTHING we do and say is and should be a form of Parchaar- especially for those Singh and Singhniya whom carry Maharaj’s Gursikhi saroop. When people look at Gursikhs as individuals who have Guru Sahib Jee living inside of them, they will expect nothing short of love. Therefore it is this love we must implement into each aspect of our physical being; so that we are able to connect with others and with this love, people may be able to connect with The True Guru.

Vaheguroo Jee Ka Khalsa Vaheguroo Jee Ki Fateh!!

 

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Gursikh Brothers

During an interview with Bhai Prithvipal Singh Ji, he told us that he first met Bhai Rajinder Singh in 1973 when he was doing Asa Di Vaar Keertan at Gurdwara Singh Sabha Southall. Bhai Sahib was wearing all of their shastar, they used to wear chakkar around their dastaar, this inspired Bhai Bhai Prithvipal Singh Ji to also start wearing shastar and baana. 

From that time onwards Bhai Prithvipal Singh Ji became very close to Bhai Rajinder Singh Ji and their younger brothers, Bhai Ajaib Singh and Bhai Kuldeep Singh. Bhai Prithvipal Singh Ji would spend his winter holidays in Dudley with Bhai Sahib and family and became very interested in the idea of doing travelling Parchaar through CVJ. He told me that he observed one time Bhai Rajinder Singh Ji had spent the whole night doing Simran and was engrossed in meditation of VAHEGUROO. 

Over the years Bhai Prithvipal Singh accompanied Bhai Sahib on Sikhi parchaar trips with Chalda Vaheer Jatha International to Holland, Norway and the first world tour of Australia, New Zealand and Singapore in 1986-87. In the interview Bhai Prithvipal Singh said "...a candle can only be lit by another candle which has the true light", this is how he saw Bhai Sahib's impact on the Sikh Sangat during those travels and in Amrit Sanchaar seva. 

Great are those who follow the Guru's teaching, may we all be inspired to live such high spiritual jeevan.

Shaheed Bhai Fauja Singh Ji - Panth Premi

Dhan Dhan Soh Gursikh Kaheeai Jin Satgur Seva Kar Har Naam Laaeiaa

 Blessed, blessed is that Sikh of the Guru, who serves The True Guru, and so obtains the Lord’s Name.

This Gursikh Ko Ho Sadh Namaskaaree Joh Gur Kai Bhaanae Gursikh Chaliaa 

I bow forever in deepest respect to that Sikh of the Guru, who walks in the way of the Guru. ||18||

 

Vaheguroo Jee Ka Khalsa Vaheguroo Jee Kee Fateh!

As the Sikh community rejoices and celebrates the birth of the Khalsa Panth, many Gursikhs around the world will also take the opportunity to remember the Shaheeds of Vaisakhi 1978. One such Gurmukh pyaara is Shaheed Bhai Fauja Singh Jee, born on 17th May 1936. Bhai Sahib most certainly lived up to the meaning of their name ‘Army General’ through their jeevan and seva for the Khalsa Panth.

Bhai Sahib was a pillar of selflessness; they dedicated their life to the Panth as a sevadar, parchaarak and sant sipahi. Today’s blog is a tiny effort and tribute to Bhai Sahib’s immense kamai. We will be honouring Bhai Sahib- the Premi.

It was Bhai Fauja Singh whom originally started Chalda Vaheer  Jatha in Punjab along with their Singhni- Bibi Amarjeet Kaur Jee, to promote ekta and parchaar. The Chalda Vaheer was and still is a platform for Gursikhs to carry forward Guru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj’s message of parchaar. There were many sevadars affiliated with the Vaheer, upon starting Gurmukhs such as Master Niranjan Singh Jee, Bhai Avtar Singh Jee Khudha-kurala, Baba Nihal Singh Jee Harian Bela and Sant Kartar Singh Jee Bhindranwale did seva with Bhai Sahib Jee and Bibi Jee.  Bhai Sahib was very close with Sant Jee and often travelled with the Taksal Jatha village to village doing Parchaar.

A little unknown fact for you; the concept of Chalda Vaheer came when Bhai Fauja Singh Jee met Nihang Singhs from Chakravarti Dal Panth, these Singhs would go from Pind to Pind promoting Sikhi through Baana and Baani. Bhai Sahib was very inspired by the way these Singhs would do travelling Parchaar, and decided to uphold the traditional Sikh values by wearing Baana all the time.

Bibi Amarjeet Kaur once shared a story describing the respect, love and pride Bhai Sahib and these Singhs had for Guru Jee’s Baana. One evening after a Keertan Divaan in a pind the Singhs got dressed up in full Baana with huge dumalle, chand toreh, shastar and maalas and came out of their room; when Bibi Jee asked where they were going, Bhai Sahib responded by saying “we’re just going to walk around the village.” Bibi Jee asked why they got dressed up, Bhai Sahib told them that by seeing Singhs in Sikhi saroop, who knows someone may come and talk to them or want to look like them too. This sakhi tells us how much of a Guru Pyaara Bhai Sahib was, they kept Guru Nanak Dev Jee’s concept of every Sikh being a walking talking parchaarik alive, just by the outwardly get up.

Bha Fauja Singh Ji & Bibi Amarjeet Kaur

Bhai Sahib Jee’s jeevan was a exemplar of Parchaar, they were a model Gursikh. Never missing Amritvela, Bhai Fauja Singh Jee would sleep sitting down with their legs crossed, doing Simran until they’d fall asleep for a few hours and then rise again, have a cold bath and continue doing Simran, sometimes outside by the river in the months of December and January. Bhai Sahib was very strict with their Nitnem and would start their Baani whether travelling or sitting in the office; they also kept Sarbloh Bibek and would prepare their own food, even whilst in jail. 

With a deeply embedded love for Parchaar, the panth was Bhai Fauja Singh Jee’s life and once they had given their head to the Panj Pyaarai, they ensured that everything they had or would do was for the benefit of the Panth.

When it came to pyaar, Bhai Sahib Jee ensured that they had the biggest heart and gave as much love as they could. Whenever going to somebody’s house, Bhai Sahib Jee would take gifts for the children and play with them even before greeting the adults. They would set targets for the children and say “I will come back to visit in one month, memorise Japji Sahib and I will bring back any gift you desire.” Whatever money Bhai Sahib earned through their job and even the money Bibi Ji earned, would get spend on buying gifts for children and sangat who memorised Baani, stopped eating meat or drinking alcohol and started to grow their kes. Bhai Sahib would sometimes spend his whole month’s wages on gifts for children who had memorized Baani or kept strict Amritvela.  This said, Bhai Sahib never forced anyone to take Amrit: their love was such a valuable token that whomever felt it, wanted to be immersed in it and understood a love so pure could only come from a heart in which Vaheguroo resides.

In an interview with Bibi Amarjeet Kaur Jee’s niece- Bibi Harjinder Kaur Jee, she mentioned that every time she met Bhai Sahib he would give her a gift of some sort, whether that was fruits, sweets or toys. The last memory she has of Bhai Sahib was a few months before their Shaheedi, when they gifted her, their watch.

Every action of Bhai Fauja Singh Jee’s was based on pyaar, they didn’t differentiate between jathabandees, Gursikhs/ Non-Gursikhs, Amritdhari, Sehajdhari, Kesdhari. For Bhai Fauja Singh Ji it was all about giving love, they had no emotional attachment to anything materialistic from the roof over their head, to the clothes on their back.  Bhai Sahib Jee was such a giving soul that once Bibi Ji had sewn them a new chola and a poor Gursikh who had just recently taken Amrit came to visit, Bhai Sahib immediately took that chola off and gave it to the Gursikh and went to put on a old tattered chola. Seeing this Bibi Jee was furious, she stopped all the Singhs from speaking to Bhai Sahib as a punishment and threatened to hit anyone that she saw speaking to Bhai Sahib. The Singhs and Singhniya had a lot of pyaar for Bhai Sahib but were equally scared of Bibi Jee, this tickled Bhai Sahib and he said to Bibi Ji “one day when I give you my last darshan, I will be wearing a tattered chola just like this!” As as always Bhai Sahib lived up to their words; even after their Shaheedi , Bhai Fauja Singh Jee gave darshan to Bibi Amarjeet Kaur Jee at Harmandir Sahib from across the Parkarma and waved their tattered chola towards her, this left Bibi Jee so surprised but beaming at the playfulness of Bhai Sahib’s character.

Sangat Ji, our next blog will pay respect to the seva carried out by Shaheed Bhai Fauja Singh Jee and the sacrifices made by the thirteen Singhs that were Shaheed on Vaisakhi 1978. Please be sure to check it out and share. 


Vaheguroo Jee Ka Khalsa Vaheguroo Jee Kee Fateh!

Stepping into 2015 with Chalda Vaheer

Vaheguroo Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguroo Ji Ki Fateh!

With Maharaj’s kirpa the Chalda Vaheer Jatha have been extremely busy attending Camps and Smagams world over, hence we haven’t posted anything on social media in a while. That said, it gives us great pleasure in telling you that the CVJ sevadars team has grown, and we will be continuing to follow in the footsteps of Shaheed Bhai Fauja Singh Ji, Bibi Amarjeet Kaur and Bhai Rajinder Singh Ji to do Parchaar and Keertan, updating you- the Sangat  along the way through social media.

As you may remember with Guru Sahib’s apaar bakshish, we drew 2014 to a close after having a rass-filled Keertan program in the loving memory of Bhai Rajinder Singh Ji in November; divans were held both in the UK and in Malaysia. We also confirmed the release of Bhai Rajinder Singh Ji’s biography, which has been put together by their eldest daughter- Bibi Jatinder Kaur of Australia. The biography can be expected later this year and features a collection of memories, experiences and interactions of Gursikhs with Bhai Saab and discovers their journey and seva through Chalda Vaheer Jatha International

The year 2014 saw the CVJ team travelling to countries such as Canada, France, Holland, Sweden and Germany with one mission- to join the sangat with Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj. After focusing on European countries last year; with guidance of Bibi Balbir Kaur (Singhni of Bhai Rajinder Singh Ji) we have decided to reignite Bhai Saab’s vision of doing Parchaar in countries that have none, or very little Sikhi. So far Bibi Balbir Kaur, Bhai Navreet Singh Ji and Bibi Satnam Kaur Ji have visited Singapore and Australia to take part in Camp and Keertan seva, where they met up with Bibi Jatinder Kaur too. (You can read about their Australian adventure in upcoming blogs!)

With a mission to carry on the seva started by Shaheed Bhai Fauja Singh Ji, our sevadars will be working hard to keep you updated on Chalda Vaheer Jatha history, programs, events and camps through our Facebook page and weekly blogs. We’re also now on Instagram, you can follow us on @chaldavaheerjathainternational!

 Until then, Vaheguroo Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguroo Ji Ki Fateh!