548th BIRTH ANNIVERSARY (PARKASH DIWAS) OF SHREE GURU NANAK DEV SAHIB JI, THE FOUNDER AND FIRST MASTER OF SIKH RELIGION :
HEARTY GREETINGS ON THE 548th PARKASH DIWAS (BIRTH DAY) OF SHREE GURU NANAK DEV JI ( 4th NOVEMBER), BEING CELEBRATED IN INDIA AND ALL OVER THE WORLD, WITH GREAT RESPECT AND ENTHUISIM. (ADMIN.)
KIND ATTENTION :
We would like to POINT OUT that information regarding demise of the concerned member of BHAT SIKH COMMUNITY is not given to us for coverage on our website. Kindly note that while intimating usabout the sad news, please also mention about the date/place of funeral, contact numbers, as also date and place fixed for BHOG/ANTIM ARDASS, ETC. for the information of all concerned.
We sincerely hope that such information would be given to us at the earliest, via email, by the concerned familymember of the deceased person or even by an office bearer ofthe nearest BHAT SIKH SANGAT GURDUWARA, BOTH IN INDIA AND ABROAD,for timely publication on our website.
DEVINDER SINGH (ADMIN.)
PRODUCTION OF THE COMMUNITY MAGAZINE AS ENVISAGED IN THE OBJECTIVES OF OUR WEBSITE – PRESENT POSITION :
Eversince the launching of our WEBSITE (www.bhatsikhcommunity.com), we have been paying due attention to take on hand the pending project relating to PRODUCTION OF COMMUNITY MAGAZINE, as in our humble views, there has always been dire need of it and unfortunately, we don’t think that we have any quality magazine. We would like to mention here BHAT SANGAT SANDESH, published from Cardiff, UK but then, it has very small readership in India and in UK as well, . Nevertheless, we appreciate the good efforts and huge sense of commitment of S. Jaswant Singh Jas, founder and Chief Editor of BSS, for taking good steps to make it popular and useful among its readers.
We would be failing in our duties if we don’t highlight here the most popular community magazine SANGAT SAMACHAR, published from Amritsar. Dr. Harnam Singh Talib, Chief Editor,and his ASSOCIATES, made it very popular and had large readerships and transformed it as the SAPOKESPERSON of the BHAT SIKH COMMUNITY. However, due to untimely demise of Dr. Talib in 1971, its further publication was not continued.
We regret that inspite of our sincere intention and efforts, we have not yet been able to organise the production of a QUALITY MAGAZINE for various reasoons, mainly for want of suitable and dedicated persons in the community, showing any serious interest in the image building and welfare activites of the community, for a long time. Another reason can be attributed to the bypass surgerry of the Administrator of this website in Sept, 2016. Whatever reasons, we are not happy and regret the delay.
YES, your guess it correctly,we have many able and educated persons, well informed and capable of doing any project,both in India and abroad, but sorry, most of them appears to be hesitating to come forward and offer and devote some time towards building of progressive image and welfare of the Community.HOPE INSPIRE GOOD EFFORTS. So we are pinning high hopes on the active participation of the YOUNG GENERATION, but here again, our experience is sofar, otherway round. and the outcome is practically equal to Nil.
We hardly need to ask “WAKE UP BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE FOLLOWED BY “DON’T ASK WHAT COMMUNITY HAS DONE FOR YOU, ASK WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR THE COMMUNITY.”
Last but not the least, we like to assure you that we are mindful of our mission and will continue our best efforts to produce the COMMUNITY MAGAZINE, at an early time.
DEVINDER SINGH, ADMIN :
BREAST CANCER IS THE MOST COMMON CANCER AMONG WOMEN, WORLDWIDE……
As many as 70218 Indian women died of BREAST CANCER in the year 2012 and it is now estimated that the number of such cases may reach upto 76000 by 2020.
LACK OF SUFFICIENT AWARENESS AMONG THE WOMEN:
Due to cultural and religious sentiments, most of the INDIAN women hesitate to consult male doctors and are often dependent on family members. The delay or hesitation in timely check up due to family responsibilities, can prove very damaging when breast cancer is detected at a late stage.
WHAT NEED TO BE DONE;
ALWAYS TAKE HEALTHY FOOD:
Seeds of ALSI and oil omera 3 S and fibre are good source to prevent breast cancer. It can be used mixed in curd or Samooda.
EAT two or three raw garlic daily. Vitamin D stop the growth of TUMOR. Low level of Vitamin D increases the chances of breast cancer.
GREEN VEGETABLES with leaves, such as SPINACH etc. contains fibre, cloropifal and many more healthy ingridients. Girls eating green vegetables right from the childhood, have less chances of breast cancer.
IT MAY BE NOTED THAT ONE APPLE, TWO SLICES OF WHEET BREAD, HALF CUP OF RAJMAH (BEANS) AND CAULIFLOWER, REDUCES THE RISK OF BREAST CANCER BY 13%.
High level of blood sugar, fats and heart related diseases may also lead to cancer detection. It is therefore very important to EAT HEALTHY FOOD,ENSURE REGULAR CHECK UP AND TIMELY MEDICAL TREATMENT.
COURTESY : JAGBANI DATED 17.08.2017
JAGJIT SINGH LOHIA OF LONDON PASSED AWAY:
SARDAR JAGJIT SINGH LOHIA, A WELL KNOWN PERSONALITY OF BHAT SIKH COMMUNITY, PASSED AWAY ON 30.06.2017 IN A LOCAL HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS ADMITTED FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT.
FUNERAL: FRIDAY. 7TH OF JULY 2017 (HARLEY GROVE GURDUWARA AT 1.30 pm):
CITY OF LONDON CEMETERY CREMATORI UM AT 3.15 pm Aldersbrook Road, Manor PARK, LONDON E12 5DQ
GRIEF STRICKEN (LOHIA FAMILY)
MIND YOUR LANGUAGE;
BHAT SIKH COMMUNITY REACTS STRONGLY AGAINST THE OBJECTIONABLE AND UNCALLED FOR
REMARKS OF AN ASSTT. SUB INSPECTOR (ASI) OF THE POLICE, POSTED AT POLICE POST, VILLAGE
JOGINDER SINGH PARMAR, AN ASI, WHO IS REPORTED TO HAVE PASSED SOME REMARKS IN A CASE DURING HIS TALK WITH THE MEDIA ABOUT SOME ASTROLOGER COMPARING HIM AS “BHATRA TYPE PANDIT”.
THERE WAS GREAT RESENTMENT AND PROTEST BY THE BHAT SIKH COMMUNITY AGAINST THE OBJECTIONABLE REMARKS OF THE SAID ASI AND WANTED SUITABLE ACTION AGAINST HIM. HOWEVER, THE ASI SOON REALIZED HIS MISTAKE AND AGREED TO APPOLOGISE AND WITHDRAW HIS REMARKS IN QUESTION.
ACCORDINGLY, THE ASI MR. JOGINDER SINGH PARMAR, TENDERED APPOLOGY AND WITHDREW HIS REMARKS, WITH THE ASSURANCE NOT TO MAKE SUCH REMARKS IN FUTURE, IN THE PRESENCE OF LARGE GATHERING OF LOCAL BHAT SIKH SANGAT, AT GURDUWARA AJIT JATHA JANJ GHAR, BEFORE THE HOLLY GURU GRANTH SAHIB.
SARDAR HARJIT SINGH LADDI, WHO REPRESENTED THE BHAT SIKH COMMUNITY, FOR REDRESSAL OF THEIR GRIEVANCES, WITH THE SUPPORT OF OTHER PROMINENT MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, EXPRESSED SATISFACTION ABOUT THE RESULT OF THEIR PROTEST.
COURTESY ; JAG BANI DATED 9.06.2017:
GURDUWARA GURU NANAK, EDINBURG – 40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS….
It is heartening to note that Management Committee of
Gurduwara Guru Nanak, Edinburg (UK) is celebrating its 40th anniversary by organising NAGAR KIRTAN on 25.03.2017 (Saturday) followed by NAAM Simran, Shabad KIRTAN, Gurbani Vichaar etc. etc. on Sunday, 26th March, 2017.
The Committee and Gurduwara Sangat request all for their participation, to mark the occasion. ADMIN.
(Courtesy Bhat Sangat Sandesh)
“Always try to work with people
who have lost money themselves, as they
will value money correctly.”
COURTESY: Randhir Singh Wahiwala
KIND ATTENTION OF
It is rather surprising if not shocking to note that despite a good length of time and our reminders from time to time, we have not received good response from our readers, including our younger generation as also from the elder members of our Community. Nevertheless, we are thankful to all those who had shown good interest in our Website and conrtributed significantly, to highlight their concerns and for boosting welfare & good image of Bhat Sikh Community.
Needless to say, there is a great need of doing something concrete for the better image & bright future of our younger generation. Let us come forward to understand better the reasons responsible for our slow progress and lack of sufficient awareness. Hope we need to do self introspection and will rise to the occasion.
SEHAJDHARI SIKH :
A Sehajdhari Sikh, in our society is believed to be the one who believes and has faith in Shri Guru Granth Sahib, the eleventh & the perpetual Guru of Sikhs, but is not bapatized i.e. he or she is not bound to follow the code of conduct laid down for the baptized Sikhs in the matter of reading or reciting or listening to the five prescribed Gurbanis in the morning, one in the evening and one at night; and also for keeping unshorn Kesh (hair) & wearing Kirpan (dagger), Kara (bangle), Kachhehra 9underwear) & Kanga (comb)…popularly known as 5 K’s.
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committe (SGPC) is a body of elected members under the Sikh Gurduwara Act 1925. It has denied the Sahajdhari Sikhs the voting rights in the SGPC elections. In this connection, Sehajdhari Sikhs filed and won the case in the Punjab & Haryana Court, vide Judgement of December,2011, which was subsequently challenged by the SGPC in the Apex Court.
Govt. of India in the meantime got the 1925 Act amended in the Parliament and notified the new law on May 05,2016, denying the Sehajdhari Sikhs the right to vote. The Apex Court, consequently, in the hearing of the petition on 15th Sept, 2016, held that the petition before them had become irrelevent following the new central law taking away the voting rights of the Sehajdhari Sikhs.The Sehajdhari Sikhs are now contemplating to challenge the amendment of the 1925 Act by the Parliament.
My humble submission to all the Sehajdhari Sikhs (some of whom are held by me in high esteem), is that they should humbly submit to and respect the present status, if they call themselves Sikhs. After all, the code of inner and outer conduct for the Sikhs was laid down by Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, 10th and the last Guru of the Sikhs in flesh and blood, who passed on GURGADI to the Shabad Guru – SHRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB. It is meaningless to say or think that one has reverence for the words enshrined and not for what Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji wished or ordained.
(COURTESY S. AMARJIT SINGH, .”ATAM PARMATAM” OCT-DEC/2016)
BACK HOME WITH SWEET & SOUR MEMORIES….
It was a great pleasure meeting old and young generation of Bhat Sikh Community, in London, Birmingham, Bristol,South Hall, Nottingham, Dancaster, Middles Borough etc. so as to have first hand feedback relating to their outstanding achievements and other concerns, for the true picture of the business and social status., in the United Kingdom. It is heartening to note that Bhat Sikh Sangat in UK have done exceedingly well, over the past decades and made great strides both in business and social circle. It is a well known fact that ever since their arrival in UK, Bhat Sikh Sangat have contributed significantly, in promoting sikhism, which is evident from the fact that it has management of over 30 Sikh Temples (Gurduwaras) in England. It is equally satisfying to observe that our younger generation is alive to the role they need to play so that Bhat Sikh Community remains among the most progressive and innovative communities.
We arrived back home on 30th of April, with so many good and bad memories.DEVINDER SINGH (ADMIN.)
We have recently published a couple of profiles , especially of THE SINGH TWINS, CHAZ SINGH , and SUKHI WAHIWALA,under “Success Stories ” pages of our website. We are proud of their works and achievements and are sure of its great image-boosting & inspiring impact on the younger generation of Bhat Sikh Community. We hope, our enlightened viewers will ensure that their wards read the contents of our “success Stories” pages, rather regularly.
DEVINDER SINGH, (ADMIN.)
Gurduwara Sri Guru Nanak Parkash Singh Sabha, Fishponds road, Bristol(UK)…..
It was nice to visit the above named Gurduwara on Sunday, 8th February, 2016 to attend WEEKLY LANGAR SEWA performed by Digpal Family , in the loving memory of late Mata Gurdev Kaur Digpal wife of Sardar Karnail Singh Pardesi.
It was a matter of great satsfaction to observe that the Gurduwara management committee was paying due attention towards the smooth conduct of various programmes, organised from time to time. It may be stated here that the Lift Service provided in the Gurduwara premises for the convenience of the old and disabled visitors, was not presently in Working Oder, being old and beyond repair. Sardar Mohinderjit Singh Bhatti, Secretaryof the Gurduwara Management Committee, brought into the notice of the Sangat and requested for help so that new LIFT could be installed at the earliest. Within minutes,the Sangat responded well and started contributing funds, for the Guru Ghar new Lift. This surely is indicative of the fact that Gurduwara Sangat is highly alive to the concept of Guru Ghar SEWA, Naam Simran , Shabad Kirtan, etc. Last but not the least, the Gurduwara Sahib Management Committee also deserves huge appreciations for rendering Guru Ghar Sewa, with so much devotion and dedication.
SURNAMES (GOTRAS) :
Bains, Bhatti, Bhaker, Digpal/Digwah, Gola, Jogi, Kasbia,Landa/Lakhanpal, Loya, Larh, Potiwal, Suwahli, Rathour,Roudh,Sheri, Taak, Wahiwala…..
Mool Mantras….Initially used for chanting followed by ” SATNAAM SRI WAHEGURU ” and finally leading to GUR MANTRA ” WAHEGURU ”
THE MORAL DIMENSIONS OF FIVE KAKAARS (FIVE K’S) IN SIKHISM :
Five K’s have significant role to play and are Articles of Faith, a SIKH is obliged to wear, according to SIKH REHAT MARYADA. 5 k’S are as mentioned below :- 1)
KESH (HAIR UNSHORN) 2) KIRPAN 3) KACHH 4) KARHA 5) KANGA (COMB)
Kesh (Unshorn hairs) for a SIKH is the most important K of the 5 K’s. Jesus Christ, Mohammad Sahib and many sages and spirtually enlightened persons, kept long hairs. All the 10 Sikh Guru Sehabans from Guru Nanak Devji to Guru Gobind Singh ji, kept long hairs.Guru Gobind Singh ji, when he estabished the Khalsa Order in 1699, said “INTACT HAIR IS MY SEAL and decreed that KESH is one of the 5 K’s for a SIKH. KIRPAN: The sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Sahib ji, wore two swords – one for spirtuality (PIRI) and the other for Temporal Authority (MIRI). KACHHAIRA: It is intended to protect modesty and help self control. He who regards another man’s wife as his mother or sister, has physical relationship with his own wife alone, is a TRULY DISCIPLINED SIKH OF THE GURU. KARHA (STEEL BRACELET OR BANGLE) : The circular shape of Karha signify the one-ness of humanity and eternity of God.
The Karha is normally worn in the right hand. KANGA (COMB): Keeping unshorn hair is the basic duty for a SIKH and is designed to keep the hair clean and healthy. Matted hair (JATTAN) are barred as many ascetics kept their hair tangled KANGA , therefore, reminds a SIKH to live a clean and disciplined life and be never shy of hard work.
It is pertinent to mention here that the purpose of 5 K;s is not simply for physical identification but stands for inspiration and demand serious conviction and responsibility , from a devotee, to maintain certain moral and ethical standard in everyday life. Sikhs are living all over the world so it may not always be easy to wear the 5 K’s all the time. SO THE TERM SIKH HERE HAS BEEN USED TO MEAN AN AMRITDHARI SIKH. Nonetheless, a true SIKH abides by their moral, ethical and spirtual meanings and lives life accordingly.
Courtesy (SIKH REVIEW/ATAM PARMATAM)
SIKHISM AS A GLOBAL RELIGION:
Prof. Mark Juergensmeyer, US based Sikh expert, has studied sikhism for the past over 40 years and presently serves as Director, Orfalea Centre for Global and International Studies, University of California, USA. According to him, Sikh religion is becoming a global religion which was a forgotten religion some 35 years ago. But things have changed now. There are more sikhs than jews in the world and as of now, over 30 per cent of sikhs resided outside Punjab. He is of the views that Sikh Religion now faces three immediate challenges; cultural adaptation in new lands, transformation & participation in society globally. According to Prof. Juergensmeyer, the time had come when there would be a debate on WHAT WERE THE CORE VALUES AND WHAT WERE THE CULTURAL VALUES OF THE RELIGION. He was here to deliver the 13th Bhai Chanan Singh Memorial Lecture, held at Bhai Vir Singh Sahitya Sadan, in November, 2013. Speaking on the occasion, he informed that most of the sikh gurduwaras in USA, “Langar” (community meal) is served on the tables for people seated on the chairs instead of sitting on the floor, as in India. Similarly, five Ks are essential to wear in the sikh religion. Whether these represents core values or cultrual value issues of the sikh religion, he asked. He further said that the challenge ahead was assimilation with the global order and participation in global society. Prof.Juergensmeyer wanted to see the Sikhs as a larger part of the global cultural tapestry as the Religion that assimilated without diluting its own identity or compromising on the CORE VALUES. Courtesy: Tribune News Services/Atam Parmatam .