Gurbani Vichaar started at my house on 8th December 2002. There were five of us. After a short Ardas, and Hukamnama, Shabad Vichaar of every Angg of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (SGGS Ji) began in earnest. Bhog of this Sahej Paath Shabad Vichaar was in 2017.
In 2014, some of the regular satsangees, ladies and men decided to have another Shabad Vichaar Satsanggat in a Gurdwara setting. After viewing several options, the satsangees decided on Parliament Gurdwara.
On 12th January 2015, the 1st Hukamnama for the 1st Sahej Paath, Shabad Vichaar was from Angg 719.
The Guru had indicated that as you go on this Path of Shabad Vichaar and sing the Lord’s Praises, you will face challenges, obstacles and even slander, but you must not lose heart, you must not give up the Gunn you have been blessed with.
“ਬੈਰਾੜੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੪ ॥
Bairaaree, Fourth Mehl:
ਹਰਿ ਜਨੁ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮ ਗੁਨ ਗਾਵੈ ॥
The Lord’s humble servant sings the Glorious Praises of the Lord’s Name.
O servant Nanak, the Lord Himself unites us with the True Guru; He Himself resolves the conflicts. ||2||3||” (SGGS Ang 719)
The 1st Shabad Vichaar of the entire Bani of SGGS Ji took almost 4 years, and Guru Ji’s Hukamnama at the Bhog of the 1st Sahej Paath was from Angg 811, Bilawal M5.
Guru Ji advised the sanggat to continue sewa of the Satguru, and keep ourselves away from maya, and to renounce those who were considered powerful because of their worldly riches. All the pomp and show of the sakats, those who chase after energies of maya, was false and poisonous. One who carried out sewa of the Guru in utter humility would be emancipated here and hereafter.
This coming together in sanggat, this Shabad Vichaar sessions, the various aspects of sewa of the Satguru, be it langgar, cleaning the premises, manning the computer to project the Bani on the screen, ardasan, degh sewa, chaur sewa and all other sewa was a blessing from the Satguru. He set the whole sewa and circumstances in motion.
“ਬਿਲਾਵਲੁ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ॥
Bilaaval, Fifth Mehl:
ਪਾਣੀ ਪਖਾ ਪੀਸੁ ਦਾਸ ਕੈ ਤਬ ਹੋਹਿ ਨਿਹਾਲੁ ॥
Carry water for the Lord’s slave, wave the fan over him, and grind his corn; then, you shall be happy.
ਰਾਜ ਮਿਲਖ ਸਿਕਦਾਰੀਆ ਅਗਨੀ ਮਹਿ ਜਾਲੁ ॥੧॥
Burn in the fire your power, property and authority. ||1||
ਸੰਤ ਜਨਾ ਕਾ ਛੋਹਰਾ ਤਿਸੁ ਚਰਣੀ ਲਾਗਿ ॥
Grasp hold of the feet of the servant of the humble Saints.
ਮਾਇਆਧਾਰੀ ਛਤ੍ਰਪਤਿ ਤਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹ ਛੋਡਉ ਤਿਆਗਿ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
Renounce and abandon the wealthy, the regal overlords and kings. ||1||Pause||
ਸੰਤਨ ਕਾ ਦਾਨਾ ਰੂਖਾ ਸੋ ਸਰਬ ਨਿਧਾਨ ॥
The dry bread of the Saints is equal to all treasures.
ਗ੍ਰਿਹਿ ਸਾਕਤ ਛਤੀਹ ਪ੍ਰਕਾਰ ਤੇ ਬਿਖੂ ਸਮਾਨ ॥੨॥
The thirty-six tasty dishes of the faithless cynic, are just like poison. ||2||
ਭਗਤ ਜਨਾ ਕਾ ਲੂਗਰਾ ਓਢਿ ਨਗਨ ਨ ਹੋਈ ॥
Wearing the old blankets of the humble devotees, one is not naked.
ਸਾਕਤ ਸਿਰਪਾਉ ਰੇਸਮੀ ਪਹਿਰਤ ਪਤਿ ਖੋਈ ॥੩॥
But by putting on the silk clothes of the faithless cynic, one loses one’s honor. ||3||
ਸਾਕਤ ਸਿਉ ਮੁਖਿ ਜੋਰਿਐ ਅਧ ਵੀਚਹੁ ਟੂਟੈ ॥
Friendship with the faithless cynic breaks down mid-way.
ਹਰਿ ਜਨ ਕੀ ਸੇਵਾ ਜੋ ਕਰੇ ਇਤ ਊਤਹਿ ਛੂਟੈ ॥੪॥
But whoever serves the humble servants of the Lord, is emancipated here and hereafter. ||4||
ਸਭ ਕਿਛੁ ਤੁਮ੍ਹ੍ਹ ਹੀ ਤੇ ਹੋਆ ਆਪਿ ਬਣਤ ਬਣਾਈ ॥
Everything comes from You, O Lord; You Yourself created the creation.
ਦਰਸਨੁ ਭੇਟਤ ਸਾਧ ਕਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਗੁਣ ਗਾਈ ॥੫॥੧੪॥੪੪॥
Blessed with the Blessed Vision of the Darshan of the Holy, Nanak sings the Glorious Praises of the Lord. ||5||14||44||” (SGGS Ang 811)
The Guru had warned the sanggat to keep away from sakats, those who dabble in ridhi sidhis, and invoke energies of maya. Repeatedly, the Guru told us to be humble, to sing the Lord’s Praises and to continue sewa of the Satguru.
A 2nd Sahej Paath was arambh by the sanggat on 5th May 2019. The Arambh Hukamnama from the Guru told the sanggat, this is a fresh start. You have come to the Door of the Almighty, who is All Powerful and All Capable. Sing the Praises of the Shabad Guru and God and you can be blessed with the Essence of Divinity.
Recite His Name, meditate upon Him, He blesses the humble ones with Naam, and destroys all pain and suffering. His Name is full of all Treasures and He is Exalted, Inaccessible and Infinite. He cherishes all Creation. As you Unite with the Guru, He Merges you through the Shabad.
As you do sewa of His Charan (Bani), your fears and doubts are eradicated. Cleanse your mind in Satsanggat, all fruits are with the Satguru. Give up material attachments, live in humility.
He resides in every heart, and always see Him as Ever Present. The day you forget Him, you will cry in pain.
The Gift of Love for His Name is the greatest Treasure, and this destroys all attachments to maya. If it Pleases Him, He will unite the gurmukhs with Himself. His Glory is manifest and can be seen in the earth and skies. As the Guru showers you with inner contentment, and Divine Love, the tongue will find relish in His Name and attain the true purpose of life. Listen to His praises and become truly alive. Remember, the soul which does not have faith in the Lord will be scorched and burnt.
The Lord of Infinite Virtues, nurtures even the worthless and ungrateful ones, and provides nourishment to all. As one’s destiny is perfected, he Merges into the True Shabad Guru. One cannot survive even an instant without Him, and those who do not enshrine Love for Him die daily, crying out in pain.
In the final pada, Guru Ji told us of the Sikh who has been saved. The Sikh says, He gave me His Robe (Bani) to hold on to, and carried me across the world ocean.
By His Glance of Grace, He made me His own. My mind and body have been soothed, nourished by the food of Naam. Nanak says, I entered the Sanctuary of the Lord, the Destroyer of all Sins.
“ਸੋਰਠਿ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ਘਰੁ ੧ ਅਸਟਪਦੀਆ
Sorat’h, Fifth Mehl, First House, Ashtapadees:
ੴ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥
One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru:
ਸਭੁ ਜਗੁ ਜਿਨਹਿ ਉਪਾਇਆ ਭਾਈ ਕਰਣ ਕਾਰਣ ਸਮਰਥੁ ॥
The One who created the whole world, O Siblings of Destiny, is the Almighty Lord, the Cause of causes.
ਜੀਉ ਪਿੰਡੁ ਜਿਨਿ ਸਾਜਿਆ ਭਾਈ ਦੇ ਕਰਿ ਅਪਣੀ ਵਥੁ ॥
He fashioned the soul and the body, O Siblings of Destiny, by His own power.
ਕਿਨਿ ਕਹੀਐ ਕਿਉ ਦੇਖੀਐ ਭਾਈ ਕਰਤਾ ਏਕੁ ਅਕਥੁ ॥
How can He be described? How can He be seen, O Siblings of Destiny? The Creator is One; He is indescribable.
ਗੁਰੁ ਗੋਵਿੰਦੁ ਸਲਾਹੀਐ ਭਾਈ ਜਿਸ ਤੇ ਜਾਪੈ ਤਥੁ ॥੧॥
Praise the Guru, the Lord of the Universe, O Siblings of Destiny; through Him, the essence is known. ||1||
ਮੇਰੇ ਮਨ ਜਪੀਐ ਹਰਿ ਭਗਵੰਤਾ ॥
O my mind, meditate on the Lord, the Lord God.
ਨਾਮ ਦਾਨੁ ਦੇਇ ਜਨ ਅਪਨੇ ਦੂਖ ਦਰਦ ਕਾ ਹੰਤਾ ॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
He blesses His servant with the gift of the Naam; He is the Destroyer of pain and suffering. ||Pause||
ਜਾ ਕੈ ਘਰਿ ਸਭੁ ਕਿਛੁ ਹੈ ਭਾਈ ਨਉ ਨਿਧਿ ਭਰੇ ਭੰਡਾਰ ॥
Everything is in His home, O Siblings of Destiny; His warehouse is overflowing with the nine treasures.
ਤਿਸ ਕੀ ਕੀਮਤਿ ਨਾ ਪਵੈ ਭਾਈ ਊਚਾ ਅਗਮ ਅਪਾਰ ॥
His worth cannot be estimated, O Siblings of Destiny; He is lofty, inaccessible and infinite.
ਜੀਅ ਜੰਤ ਪ੍ਰਤਿਪਾਲਦਾ ਭਾਈ ਨਿਤ ਨਿਤ ਕਰਦਾ ਸਾਰ ॥
He cherishes all beings and creatures, O Siblings of Destiny; he continually takes care of them.
ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਪੂਰਾ ਭੇਟੀਐ ਭਾਈ ਸਬਦਿ ਮਿਲਾਵਣਹਾਰ ॥੨॥
So meet with the Perfect True Guru, O Siblings of Destiny, and merge in the Word of the Shabad. ||2||
ਸਚੇ ਚਰਣ ਸਰੇਵੀਅਹਿ ਭਾਈ ਭ੍ਰਮੁ ਭਉ ਹੋਵੈ ਨਾਸੁ ॥
Adoring the feet of the True Guru, O Siblings of Destiny, doubt and fear are dispelled.
ਮਿਲਿ ਸੰਤ ਸਭਾ ਮਨੁ ਮਾਂਜੀਐ ਭਾਈ ਹਰਿ ਕੈ ਨਾਮਿ ਨਿਵਾਸੁ ॥
Joining the Society of the Saints, cleanse your mind, O Siblings of Destiny, and dwell in the Name of the Lord.
ਮਿਟੈ ਅੰਧੇਰਾ ਅਗਿਆਨਤਾ ਭਾਈ ਕਮਲ ਹੋਵੈ ਪਰਗਾਸੁ ॥
The darkness of ignorance shall be dispelled, O Siblings of Destiny, and the lotus of your heart shall blossom forth.
ਗੁਰ ਬਚਨੀ ਸੁਖੁ ਊਪਜੈ ਭਾਈ ਸਭਿ ਫਲ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪਾਸਿ ॥੩॥
By the Guru’s Word, peace wells up, O Siblings of Destiny; all fruits are with the True Guru. ||3||
ਮੇਰਾ ਤੇਰਾ ਛੋਡੀਐ ਭਾਈ ਹੋਈਐ ਸਭ ਕੀ ਧੂਰਿ ॥
Give up your sense of mine and yours, O Siblings of Destiny, and become the dust of the feet of all.
ਘਟਿ ਘਟਿ ਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਪਸਾਰਿਆ ਭਾਈ ਪੇਖੈ ਸੁਣੈ ਹਜੂਰਿ ॥
In each and every heart, God is contained, O Siblings of Destiny; He sees, and hears, and is ever-present with us.
On that day when one forgets the Supreme Lord God, O Siblings of Destiny, on that day, one ought to die crying out in pain.
ਕਰਨ ਕਰਾਵਨ ਸਮਰਥੋ ਭਾਈ ਸਰਬ ਕਲਾ ਭਰਪੂਰਿ ॥੪॥
He is the all-powerful Cause of Causes, O Siblings of Destiny; he is totally filled with all powers. ||4||
ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਪਦਾਰਥੁ ਨਾਮੁ ਹੈ ਭਾਈ ਮਾਇਆ ਮੋਹ ਬਿਨਾਸੁ ॥
The Love of the Name is the greatest treasure, O Siblings of Destiny; through it, emotional attachment to Maya is dispelled.
ਤਿਸੁ ਭਾਵੈ ਤਾ ਮੇਲਿ ਲਏ ਭਾਈ ਹਿਰਦੈ ਨਾਮ ਨਿਵਾਸੁ ॥
If it is pleasing to His Will, then He unites us in His Union, O Siblings of Destiny; the Naam, the Name of the Lord, comes to abide in the mind.
ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਕਮਲੁ ਪ੍ਰਗਾਸੀਐ ਭਾਈ ਰਿਦੈ ਹੋਵੈ ਪਰਗਾਸੁ ॥
The heart-lotus of the Gurmukh blossoms forth, O Siblings of Destiny, and the heart is illumined.
ਪ੍ਰਗਟੁ ਭਇਆ ਪਰਤਾਪੁ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਭਾਈ ਮਉਲਿਆ ਧਰਤਿ ਅਕਾਸੁ ॥੫॥
The Glory of God has been revealed, O Siblings of Destiny, and the earth and sky have blossomed forth. ||5||
ਗੁਰਿ ਪੂਰੈ ਸੰਤੋਖਿਆ ਭਾਈ ਅਹਿਨਿਸਿ ਲਾਗਾ ਭਾਉ ॥
The Perfect Guru has blessed me with contentment, O Siblings of Destiny; day and night, I remain attached to the Lord’s Love.
ਰਸਨਾ ਰਾਮੁ ਰਵੈ ਸਦਾ ਭਾਈ ਸਾਚਾ ਸਾਦੁ ਸੁਆਉ ॥
My tongue continually chants the Lord’s Name, O Siblings of Destiny; this is the true taste, and the object of human life.
ਕਰਨੀ ਸੁਣਿ ਸੁਣਿ ਜੀਵਿਆ ਭਾਈ ਨਿਹਚਲੁ ਪਾਇਆ ਥਾਉ ॥
Listening with my ears, I hear and so I live, O Siblings of Destiny; I have obtained the unchanging, unmoving state.
ਜਿਸੁ ਪਰਤੀਤਿ ਨ ਆਵਈ ਭਾਈ ਸੋ ਜੀਅੜਾ ਜਲਿ ਜਾਉ ॥੬॥
That soul, which does not place its faith in the Lord shall burn, O Siblings of Destiny. ||6||
ਬਹੁ ਗੁਣ ਮੇਰੇ ਸਾਹਿਬੈ ਭਾਈ ਹਉ ਤਿਸ ਕੈ ਬਲਿ ਜਾਉ ॥
My Lord and Master has so many virtues, O Siblings of Destiny; I am a sacrifice to Him.
ਓਹੁ ਨਿਰਗੁਣੀਆਰੇ ਪਾਲਦਾ ਭਾਈ ਦੇਇ ਨਿਥਾਵੇ ਥਾਉ ॥
He nurtures even the most worthless, O Siblings of Destiny, and gives home to the homeless.
ਰਿਜਕੁ ਸੰਬਾਹੇ ਸਾਸਿ ਸਾਸਿ ਭਾਈ ਗੂੜਾ ਜਾ ਕਾ ਨਾਉ ॥
He gives us nourishment with each and every breath, O Siblings of Destiny; His Name is everlasting.
ਜਿਸੁ ਗੁਰੁ ਸਾਚਾ ਭੇਟੀਐ ਭਾਈ ਪੂਰਾ ਤਿਸੁ ਕਰਮਾਉ ॥੭॥
One who meets with the True Guru, O Siblings of Destiny, does so only by perfect destiny. ||7||
ਤਿਸੁ ਬਿਨੁ ਘੜੀ ਨ ਜੀਵੀਐ ਭਾਈ ਸਰਬ ਕਲਾ ਭਰਪੂਰਿ ॥
Without Him, I cannot live, even for an instant, O Siblings of Destiny; He is totally filled with all powers.
ਸਾਸਿ ਗਿਰਾਸਿ ਨ ਵਿਸਰੈ ਭਾਈ ਪੇਖਉ ਸਦਾ ਹਜੂਰਿ ॥
With every breath and morsel of food, I will not forget Him, O Siblings of Destiny; I behold Him ever-present.
ਸਾਧੂ ਸੰਗਿ ਮਿਲਾਇਆ ਭਾਈ ਸਰਬ ਰਹਿਆ ਭਰਪੂਰਿ ॥
In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, I meet Him, O Siblings of Destiny; He is totally pervading and permeating everywhere.
ਜਿਨਾ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਿ ਨ ਲਗੀਆ ਭਾਈ ਸੇ ਨਿਤ ਨਿਤ ਮਰਦੇ ਝੂਰਿ ॥੮॥
Those who do not embrace love for the Lord, O Siblings of Destiny, always die crying out in pain. ||8||
ਅੰਚਲਿ ਲਾਇ ਤਰਾਇਆ ਭਾਈ ਭਉਜਲੁ ਦੁਖੁ ਸੰਸਾਰੁ ॥
Grasping hold of the hem of His robe, O Siblings of Destiny, we are carried across the world-ocean of fear and pain.
ਕਰਿ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਨਦਰਿ ਨਿਹਾਲਿਆ ਭਾਈ ਕੀਤੋਨੁ ਅੰਗੁ ਅਪਾਰੁ ॥
By His Glance of Grace, He has blessed us, O Siblings of Destiny; He shall be with us until the very end.
ਮਨੁ ਤਨੁ ਸੀਤਲੁ ਹੋਇਆ ਭਾਈ ਭੋਜਨੁ ਨਾਮ ਅਧਾਰੁ ॥
My mind and body are soothed and calmed, O Siblings of Destiny, nourished by the food of the Naam.
ਨਾਨਕ ਤਿਸੁ ਸਰਣਾਗਤੀ ਭਾਈ ਜਿ ਕਿਲਬਿਖ ਕਾਟਣਹਾਰੁ ॥੯॥੧॥
Nanak has entered His Sanctuary, O Siblings of Destiny; the Lord is the Destroyer of sins. ||9||1||” (SGGS Ang 639)
After this Hukamnama, the Shabad Vichaar of every Angg of SGGS Ji began for the second time.
I was blessed to do this sewa till Angg 548. Due to my ill health, Bhai Jasswant Singh Ji took over. This was also the very trying period of Covid-19 for many months, and many satsang sessions were suspended.
With Guru Ji’s Grace, I was able to totter back into sewa from Angg 876 onwards. It has been an amazing journey for all the satsangees and sewaks of the Monday Shabad Vichaar sessions at Parliament Gurdwara. To my observations all satsangees and sewaks tried their best to do their sewa in compliance with Satguru Ji’s Divine views on sewa.
ਸੇਵ ਕੀਤੀ ਸੰਤੋਖੀਈ ਜਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹੀ ਸਚੋ ਸਚੁ ਧਿਆਇਆ ॥
Those who serve are content. They meditate on the Truest of the True.
They do not place their feet in sin, but do good deeds and live righteously in Dharma.
ਓਨ੍ਹ੍ਹੀ ਦੁਨੀਆ ਤੋੜੇ ਬੰਧਨਾ ਅੰਨੁ ਪਾਣੀ ਥੋੜਾ ਖਾਇਆ ॥
They burn away the bonds of the world, and eat a simple diet of grain and water.
ਤੂੰ ਬਖਸੀਸੀ ਅਗਲਾ ਨਿਤ ਦੇਵਹਿ ਚੜਹਿ ਸਵਾਇਆ ॥
You are the Great Forgiver; You give continually, more and more each day.
ਵਡਿਆਈ ਵਡਾ ਪਾਇਆ ॥੭॥
By His greatness, the Great Lord is obtained. ||7||” (SGGS Ang 466)
In the long span of time from 2014 till 2023, we lost some beloved satsangees to God’s Will, Bhai Sangat Singh Ji, Bhai Surinderpal Singh Ji, Gyani Jaswant Singh Ji, Dr. Mehar Singh and many more. All their blessed time spent in satsanggat is surely known to the Satguru. To put proper closure to all matters it is necessary to speak of some mundane matters too.
As a sanggat, we were funded by money collected from the sanggat themselves. We have a balance of about RM15,000.00 (Ringgit Fifteen Thousand) or so. As a token of appreciation to SikhInside, we give them RM1000.00 (Ringgit One Thousand). A sum of RM500.00 (Ringgit five hundred) is hereby given by the sanggat to the young man Bhai Amanjoth Singh who diligently manned the camera for SikhInside every Monday, rain or shine.
On 16th November, 2023 a sum of RM13,000.00 (Ringgit Thirteen Thousand) was sent by Bank Transfer to the Parliament Gurdwara Account. A sum of RM500.00 (Ringgit five hundred) is hereby given by the sanggat to Gyanan Karamjit Kaur Ji, who sincerely co-operated with the sanggat in all aspects of sewa.
The balance sum is hereby put into the golak of Parliament Gurdwara. Throughout the years, the Gurdwara Committee has been very cooperative and we had every satsang session without any obstacles.
Sanggat Ji, that concludes my address to all of you. I am grateful to Satguru Ji, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji for allowing me to do sewa. The Satguru certainly knows my lowly worthless state.
In conclusion, I urge all Sikhs and satsangees to always be in the sharan of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and recite, practice and immerse themselves in the Infinite Shabad Guru Ji as stated by Guru Arjun Sahib Ji.
“ਤਿਚਰੁ ਮੂਲਿ ਨ ਥੁੜੀਦੋ ਜਿਚਰੁ ਆਪਿ ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾਲੁ ॥
ਸਬਦੁ ਅਖੁਟੁ ਬਾਬਾ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਖਾਹਿ ਖਰਚਿ ਧਨੁ ਮਾਲੁ ॥੨੦|| (SGGS Ji Ang 1426 – Slok Vaaran Tay Vadheek).
The mortal does not run out of capital, as long as Waheguru Ji Himself is merciful. The Word of the Shabad is Guru Nanak’s inexhaustible treasure; this wealth and capital never runs out, no matter how much it is spent and consumed. ||20||”
The Guru has kindly blessed the sanggat with a Bhog Hukamnama at Ang 725:
“ਤਿਲੰਗ ਮਹਲਾ ੪ ॥
Tilang, Fourth Mehl:
ਹਰਿ ਕੀਆ ਕਥਾ ਕਹਾਣੀਆ ਗੁਰਿ ਮੀਤਿ ਸੁਣਾਈਆ ॥
The Guru, my friend, has told me the stories and the sermon of the Lord.
ਬਲਿਹਾਰੀ ਗੁਰ ਆਪਣੇ ਗੁਰ ਕਉ ਬਲਿ ਜਾਈਆ ॥੧॥
I am a sacrifice to my Guru; to the Guru, I am a sacrifice. ||1||