Inspiring Story from France
Bhai Joginder Singh jee Leicester emailed me a few weeks ago about his visit to France to attend the annual Akhand Keertan Smaagam there. Bhai Sahib has written up an inspirational account that took place during the Smaagam:
I was in France last weekend. On Saturday 25th August an Amrit Sanchaar took place, in which a father and his 7 year old daughter from Germany appeared seeking Amrit. The following is what the girl told one Gursikh...
The child's father married a German lady and she was born. The mother said she did not want the child and wanted to kill the child. The Panjabi father stopped her killing the child. Following this the German lady abandoned both her husband and baby.
The father brought up the child on his own. When she was four years old, she said to her father she wanted a present for New Year's day. However, the father replied, "all the shops are closed today. I can’t buy you a present today." She replied, "NO my present is in your pocket!" He said, "but I only have money in my wallet and nothing else." She replied back, "NO you have something else in your pocket!" He didn’t understand what she was talking about. She told her father, "you have a packet of cigarettes in your pocket. Please throw them outside in the bin (trash) - that would be my present." The father was astonished by this and because of his love for his daughter he did what she wanted.
Later on her father would take her to the Gurdwara Sahib and she started saying to her father, that lot of the Sikhs wear kirpans so why doesn’t he. Slowly the father adopted Sikhi rehat. Before the Amrit Sanchaar the 7 year old was saying please quickly tie a dastaar on my head and give me all the kakaars, I want to meet Baba jee! She was full of ecstatic joy.
Despite not having a (worldly) mother since birth, the child sweetly said that all the Sikh bibia (ladies) are her mothers and all Sikh children are her brothers and sisters. Vaheguru! She said after taking Amrit Baba jee will remain with her for the rest of life and she will never be alone in the house when her father is not there because Baba jee will be with her.
When I told her story to the Sangat they were all in bairaag. The sevadaars gave the father and the blessed Singhni siropas (robe of honours) and I asked all the Sangat to do Ardaas for both the father and child that their Sikhi remains in chardi kalaa for ever. May Guru jee bless us all with Pyaar and Sikhi sidk (faith).
Dhan Hai Guru, Dhan Hai Teree Sikhee!