Today we are leaving Tanah Rata for Georegown, Penang. We attended Simran, Nitnem and then after breakfast, there was IPS (inspiration sessions) with Sant Baba Sohan Kirtan Sewak Jatha. Afterwards our veerji (brother) gave a talk and asked us both to come on stage to share some words. Sangeet gave a great speech, I was next and just said a few words.
Goodbyes are always difficult, in this case they were very difficult. The love shown to us from this sangat has been amazing. We have not seen this much love anywhere else!
We left Tanah Rata at 11:30am when we were supposed to leave at 9am! The drive to Georegtown was firstly through winding roads then via a motorway
Stall on the side of the road
They knew I was coming!
Bridge crossing to Pinang island
After arriving into Georgetown we checked into
Traders Hotel Penang
T: +60 4 2622 622
F: +60 4 2626 526
After checking in we went to grab some food
Life Style Veggie
50 Macalister Road
T: +60 1 3398 8933
The food tasted amazing, this restaurant is definitely worth a second visit.
Coordinates: 05°25′N 100°19′E George Town (less commonly also spelt Georgetown,) is the capital of the state of Penang in Malaysia. Named after Britain’s King George III, George Town is located on the north-east corner of Penang Island. The inner city has a population of 720,202 and the metropolitan area population are 2,500,000 making second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia
Formerly a municipality and then a city in its own right, since 1976 George Town has been part of the Municipality of Penang Island, though the area formerly governed by the City Council of George Town is still commonly referred to as a city. George Town is also known as Tanjung (“The Cape”) in Malay, 乔治市 (Qiáozhì Shì) in Chinese and ஜோர்ஜ் டவுன் (Georgetown) in Tamil.
The inner city of George Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
George Town was founded on 11 August 1786 by Captain Francis Light, a trader for the British East India Company, as base for the company in the Malay States. He obtained the island of Penang from the Sultan of Kedah and built Fort Cornwallis on the north-eastern corner of the island. The fort became the nexus of a growing trading post and the island’s population reached 12,000 by 1804.
The town was built on swampy land that had to be cleared of vegetation, levelled and filled. The original commercial town was laid out between Light Street, Beach Street (then running close to the seashore), Malabar Street (subsequently called Chulia Street) and Pitt Street (now called Masjid Kapitan Keling Street).
The warehouses and godowns extended from Beach Street to the sea. By the 1880s, there were ghauts leading from Beach Street to the wharf and jetties as Beach Street receded inland due to land reclamation. A new waterfront was created at Weld Quay, where commercial buildings sprang up.
The historic commercial centre was segmented into the banking and trading areas related to port activities which included shipping companies, the import and export trade, and the wholesalers who dominate the southern section of Beach Street until now. It has been listed as a World Heritage site since July 2008.
At the turn of the 19th century, the northern section of Beach Street and the adjacent Bishop Street were the ‘high street’ where the ‘modern’ European emporium and stores selling imported merchandise were situated.
Among the early foreign companies that located their offices on Beach Street were the Netherlands Trading Society, the Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC), the Chartered Bank, Boustead & Co., Guthne & Co., Caldbeck & Macgregor, Behn Meyer, Sandilands & Buttery, G.H. Slot and the stores of Pritchard & Co., Whiteaway, Laidlaw & Co., and others. Among the local businesses that were established here during this period were H.M. Nooradin, Tiang Lee & Co., Guan Lee Hin Steamship, Tye Sin Tat, Pinang Sales Room, Koe Guan and others. Penang’s first petroleum lamps were installed on this section of Beach Street by Huttenbach & Co..
Today is the amazing race. The children have to visit various posts around the town solving problems and hopefully having fun on the way. Sangeet was with the Bhai Mati Das Ji team. I was with three other guys looking after two stations the first where the children had to answer Sikhi related questions. The second was where the children had to take photos of the group from various distances 21 feet, 14 feet and 7 feet. So the children would stand only in one area as the camera angle was decreasing they had to use their imagination to get in the picture.
Got the T-shirt now part of the team!
In the evening there was a slide show on Giani Mahinder Singh Ji Khalsa, Giani Mahinder Singh Ji Khalsa – Khalsa Ji (1941 – 2012)
Giani Mahinder Singh Ji Khalsa, more affectionately known as “Khalsa Ji” is recognised as an institution in the corridors of Sikh Missionary work – Sikhi Parchar in this part of the world – Singapore & Malaysia. He travelled extensively to promote the message of Sikhism to the Sikh Youth around the world.
He was well-versed with the sacred scriptures of the Guru Granth Sahib and was extremely knowledgable on Gurbani and is admired and well-respected by many.
Khalsa Ji was born in Ipoh in 5th September 1941 to Mata Dharam Kaur Ji. His father Sardar Bhagwan Singh Ji, shared a close relationship with the revered Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji of Malacca from whom tthe family gained much spiritual guidance. Khalsa Ji started learning kirtan at the tender age of 12 years from Ragi Bhai Badhan Singh Ji (Head Granthi Sahib at Gurdwara Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia).
Though Khalsa Ji worked in Kuala Lumpur, he never failed to visit Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji in Malacca whenever he possibly could. These visits got him closer to Sant Ji and they started doing sangats together in Malacca. Khalsa Ji was eventually transferred to Batu Gajah Land Office in Perak, Malaysia.
When Sant Ji grew gravely ill Khalsa Ji would stay with him in the hospital nightly, attending to his needs. Sant Ji found Khalsa Ji’s sewa remarkable. Sant Ji then made him promise that he would commit himself to the panth, extending out a hand of promise. This was obviously reciprocated by Khalsa Ji in the presence of Late S. Ranjit Singh and his wife who was a distant niece of Sant Ji. From that day on, Khalsa Ji kept to his promise and carried on a legacy of work.
The Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji Vidiyala was then setup in Malacca in the loving memory of Sant Ji after his passing, to promote Sikhi and Gurmat Studies. Khalsa Ji obviously volunteered himself to this noble cause. He became a parcharak and was sent to Shahid Sikh Missionary College in Amritsar Punjab (India) for training in areas of Sikhi and Gurmat. He learnt Kirtan, Katha and Parchar. Khalsa Ji returned in 1976 and once again, carried on his love of sewa.
Khalsa Ji’s devotion and dedication eventually led him to take over Giani Santa Singh Ji’s duties as the Head Teacher. There were 5 students under Giani Santa Singh Ji at that time. After Khalsa Ji took over the duties from Giani Santa Singh Ji at the Vidiyala, 22 students enrolled to be trained as parcharaks. Of these initial batch of students, 5 of then graduated in 1979 and went on to do parchar fulltime in various parts of Malaysia. Giani Dalgit Singh Ji (currently at Gurdwara Dharamsala Kuala Lumpur), Late Giani Jagjit Singh Ji (Gurdwara Pusing, Ipoh), Ranjit Singh Ji (Bentong, Pahang), Giani Gurnam Singh Ji (currently in Gurdwara Sahib Muar, Johor), Surinder Singh Ji (Giani Jagjit Singh Ji’s brother).
After leaving Vidiyala in 1979, he started training parcharaks at Gurdwara Mantin in Negri where the Late Giani Jagjit Singh Ji Khalsa started his sewa after graduation from the Vidiyala. Dedicated students from Vidiyala who were under him, followed him to the Gurdwara as well. Amongst those who join to be trained as parcharaks at Gurdwara Mantin was Giani Sukhdaiv Singh Ji (Gurpuri Foundation).
At Gurdwara Mantin, Khalsa Ji encouraged youth from Singapore and Malaysia to setup a registered society known as Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji Vidiyala to promote the message and mission of Sant Ji, but this was turned down as there was already a society registered bearing that name; hence Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Khalsa Gardh was chosen. The aim of this society was to promote and educate people on Sikhi and Gurbani parchar, not just locally but in the global arena.
This missionary work eventually led to the formation of the Sant Baba Sohan Singh Melaka Kirtani Sewak Jatha in 1979.
In the name of parchar, the jatha toured countries like Germany, Holland, United Kingdom, Pakistan, India, Indonesia and Singapore. Since, 1980 the Jatha also conducted annual Barsi programmes in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) inviting foreign and local kirtani jathas to participate. This was done in commemoration of Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji’s Barsi (Death Anniversary).
Khalsa Ji has continually been doing Nisham Sewa for Sikhi parchar in the form of kirtan tours and programmes. He never fails to emphasize the importance of taking the Amrit and being part of the Khalsa brotherhood. He stresses greatly on the importance of Naam Simran and the benefits of doing it as a family.
Khalsa Ji never fails to offer assistance whenever needed and ensures Naam Simran is conducted every second Saturday of the month, in Gurdwara Sahib Dharamsala (Kuala Lumpur). Also, Kirtan programmes are conducted at the request of the sangat in Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Giani Mahinder Singh Ji Khalsa uttermost dedication to service is commendable. He is an ideal exemplar for every Sikh to emulate. His unconditional service to the Sikh community and the extensive knowledge he has accumulated over the years almost makes him a walking Gurbani dictionary.
Khalsa Ji carried on selfless service of the Sikh Panth through kirtan tours till he was called to be with the Almighty Lord Waheguru on 2 Sept 2012 (Sunday) at his residence in Shah Alam, Malaysia. Cremation of the physical body was done with respect the next day on 3 Sept at Jalan Loke Yew Crematorium at 3pm.
The Sikh community has indeed lost a dedicated Spiritual Mentor, we pray and hope that Khalsa Ji’s mission for the Sikh panth and message to us all will be permanently instilled in us, to make us good Gursikhs.
Afterwards there was Kirtan being sung by Giani Daljeet Singhji
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