Wednesday, December 06, 2006
In loving memory of Bhai Avtar Singh ji
from the left- bhai Kultar Singh ji, Bhai Gurcharan Singh ji and Bhai swaran Singh ji
Bhai Baldeep Singh ji leaving the stage after kirtan with his taus

As the sun went down lights were put on and Guru Maharaj's palki glowed

Bhai Baldeep Singh Singing Ram kali Sadd

Saturday 2nd December 2006 a kirtan darbar was held at gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib in loving memory of Bhai Avtar Singh ji.
Every one had some thing to share. But what I found most touching were words of Bhai Gurcharan Singh ji. This is what he said," Avtar Singh was 10 yrs younger to me.Till date I remember his first cry when he came in this world.That day when I returned home after playing I had to wait outside as my mother was inside and after a while a heard a loud cry... ( here he also immitated the cry)... That was my new born younger brother. It was most painful to bid him good bye but I am happy he went laughing and saw that last smile on his face. so now in my memory I'll have his first cry and last smile."
Many remebered his kirtan at Gurdwara Sis ganj Sahib. He did kirtan at this Shahidi asthan for 52 years and left the world on this shahidi dewas.
Nothing can fill the gap he has left but such souls should never be mourned for...
ਗੁਰਮੁਖ ਜਨਮ ਸਵਾਰ ਦਰਗਹ ਚਲਿਆ॥ਸਚੀ ਦਰਗਹ ਜਾਇ ਸਚਾ ਪਿੜ ਮਲਿਆ॥
guramukh janam savaar dharageh chaliaasachee dharageh jaae sachaa pirr maliaa
Spending this life fruitfully gurmukh goes to the other world.There in the true court (of lord) he gets his true place.

posted by upinder kaur at 12/06/2006 02:55:00 PM | Permalink |


  • At 7 December 2006 at 5:17 PM, Anonymous satvinder

    "so now in my memory I'll have his first cry and last smile"

    The sign of true gurmukh. They cry upon departing with Him and smile upon anticipating their reunion with Him.

  • At 7 December 2006 at 5:20 PM, Anonymous satvinder

    reminds me again of

    "Kabeer, jis marnay te(h) jagg darray, mere(h) mann anand.
    Marnay hee te(h) paeeye(h) pooran Parmanand.

  • At 7 December 2006 at 5:59 PM, Blogger upinder kaur

    Yes Satvinder!
    He said so that we all come in this world crying and we are the winners if we leave this world laughing!
    He quoted shiekh saadi for this...
    Duniyan vich aande haan te assi ronde haan te jag hasda hai
    jindagi es terah bita ke jao ke jan vele tusi haso te jag rove...
    But more than any thing it was a brother's love that touched my heart

  • At 8 December 2006 at 12:50 AM, Blogger Prabhu Singh

    WaheGuru Ji Ka Khalsa, WaheGuru Ji Ki Fateh!
    Upinder Kaur Ji, thank you so much for sharing! You have really honored the sangat by sharing this. You are doing a great seva with your blog by sharing touching photographs and words and kirtan.
    WaheGuru Ji Ka Khalsa, WaheGuru Ji Ki Fateh!

  • At 9 December 2006 at 6:13 AM, Blogger Inderpreet Singh

    Vahiguru Ji Ka Khalsa
    Vahiguru Ji Ki Phatah!

    Wow. Very touching and inspirational. Bhai Baldeep Singh sang Ramkali Sadu which, among other things, is a bani that explains how a Sikh is to act upon someone's death. In that bani Baba Sundar, while explaining the departure of Guru Amardas Sahib from earthly body, writes that Guru Amardas said - "mat mai pichai koi rovasi, so mai muli na bhaia...". "don't cry after my departure, the Guru does not relish that behavior..."

  • At 9 December 2006 at 7:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

    didnt bhai gurcharan singh, pass away? is this the same bhai gurcharan singh (elder brother of bhai avter singh?)

    do you have the recordings for this prog bhenji?

    thank u

  • At 12 December 2006 at 9:15 AM, Blogger upinder kaur

    Dear Anonymous,
    Bhai Gurcharan Singh ji did kirtan that day(may he live long!) and He is same Bhai Gurcharan Singh who used to do kirtan with him at Gurdwara Sisganj Sahib. The Jatha was known as Bhai Avtar Singh Gurcharan Singh ji's Jatha.They did kirtan for 52 years. Now Bhai Gurcharan Singh ji probably lives in USA( i am not sure) He is indeed elder brother of Bhai Avtar Singh ji and according to him there was an age difference of 10yrs.
    I couldn't record anything that day!
    But I have some video clips of Bhai Baldeep Singh's kirtan which i will post as soon as i get time to upload them.
    There was a live telecast from etc punjabi and i am sure someone will have the recordings! please wait till they are posted on some blog.