Saturday, April 29, 2006


At Vaisakhi, it seems appropriate to remember the 13 Gursikh Shaheeds of 1978. Most people are now familiar with Great Shaheed Bhai Fauja Singh Ji. So we thought we should look at some of the other Gursikhs. Each Gursikh was special in their way. This month we have chosen Jathedar Bhai Amrik Singh. He became a martyr at a very young age. He did so much seva and parchaar that he was honored at Siri Akaal Thakht Sahib Ji for his seva. Let’s remember this special soul.

Shaheed Jathedar Amrik Singh Ji
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Shaheed Jathedar Amrik Singh Ji was born in 1957 to Harbhajan Kaur Ji and Kundan Singh Ji in the village of Kajala in Amritsar. He has one older and four younger brothers.

Though only a young man, he was honored with the title of Jathedar by Sri Akaal Takht Sahib because he persuaded many people to go there and take Amrit. He himself took Amrit from Sri Akaal Takht Sahib six years earlier.
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After completing his primary education, he was not interested in studying any more. He had a great love for Gurbani and Sikh History.

He was a very compassionate soul and felt distressed at the sight of needy people. Without hesitation, he helped them by giving money and things from his house and even the clothes he was wearing. Once when he was doing Seva for the Guru’s Sangat, he could not get the money he needed so he sold a golden ring from his home.

He had a daily routine of reciting Naam-Bani at Amrit Vela. No matter how late he was in Satsang the night before, he would always be awake for Amrit Vela. At Rehraas time, he would stop his work no matter how important it was, and be present for the Rehraas Divaan and bring others with him. This was a part of his Nitnem. As for the morning Nitnem he would not eat any food before doing Darshan of Guru Sahib Ji.

Bhai Amrik Singh was always in the Sangat of Gurmukhs or Sangat at the Guru’s house. He kept a strict rehat according to Gurmat Bibek. He also acquired a love for Sarbloh Rehni (eating in iron utensils) and kept his Baata (iron utensil) shining. He would not let those who had not taken Amrit use it.

He persuaded the workers who helped his mother and father with the farming work, and many other people, to tread the Guru’s path. Even though his family was well off, he still wore simple Gursikhi clothes. He would never tolerate anybody who showed disrespect towards Guru Sahib.

On Vaisakhi day, Bhai Amrik Singh woke up at Amrit Vela and did his Ishnaan and Nitnem. He went to Gurudwara Saheb and then went to meet Jathedar Kala Singh who was staying at room number five at Guru Nanak Niwas. He left his shoes there and bathed at the Holy Amritsar Sarowar. He walked around Akal Takht Sahib, did Darshan of the Shastars, thought about the Shaheeds and did Ardaas that he may also be able to give Kurbani for his Guru and Panth. He then walked around the Nishaan Sahib reading parts of the Hukamnama:

ਕਾਇਆ ਕਾਗਦੁ ਮਨੁ ਪਰਵਾਣਾ ॥
Kaya Kagad Mun Parwana ||
The body is the paper, and the mind is the inscription written upon it.

ਸਿਰ ਕੇ ਲੇਖ ਨ ਪੜੈ ਇਆਣਾ ॥
Sir Ke Lek Na Parey Iana ||
The ignorant fool does not read what is written on his forehead.
(Dhunaasari Mahalla 1, Angg 662)

He met a Gurmukh on his way and that Gurmukh said to him: “Singh of the Guru, today is the time for Kurbani, Guru Ji is in need of a head. The Singhs are preparing to go and stop the insults being shouted against our Guru, you should also be present”. Hearing this, Bhai Amrik Singh walked towards the Guru’s Army. As he was walking he was about to drink water to quench his thirst when some other Gursikh took the glass he reached out for. He did not care for water or Langar, or even about wearing his shoes; he went forward to offer Shaheedi. As he received bullets, he shouted out Fateh and died a Shaheed.
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Dhan Gursikhs!!


Blogger Otpreka Singh said...

thanks for sharing

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 6:33:00 PM  

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