Sundri – A Novel by Bhai Veer Singh Ji

July 6, 2006

Whaeguru Ji Ka Khalsa Whaeguru Ji Ki Fateh

As I mentioned in my earlier post I was reading Sundri on my way back to Delhi from Hariminder Sahib.

Today I plan to share about Sundri with all of you. This book, the 1st of Bhai Vir Singh ji work was written at the time when Sikhs were at the lowest ebb of their moral after the fall of their empire ad the aexation of the Punjab by the British.

The reason why he wrote Sundri was to remind the Sikhs of their glorious past and to capture the divine spirit of the Khalsa – spiritually elevated people who are blissfully cheerful, fearless invincible but non-aggressive.

This story highlights the glorious manner in which the Khalsa remained stead fast to its high principles even when faced with the greatest odds.

The novel is based on a girl by the name of of Surasti who was kidnapped by a Moghual on the day of her Muklawa. As she was already married she pleaded. Her father and husband came as well and offered to give the moghual lot of jewls instead. When the moghual threatened to arrest them both the men ran away.

Her brother who was now a Sikh came to know and he rushed to save his sister who was on the verge of burning her alive. After she was saved. She refused to go to her parents house or her husband’s house as they had left her at her fate and ran away to save themselves. She told her Sikh brothers that she would want to serve them in whatever way she could. Soon afterwards Surasti became Sukhmani Kaur and was called Sundri out of affection.

Sundri not only served in the kitchen, she also fought along side with her brothers. Mean while the search for Sulkahni continued and numerous attempts were made to kidnap her. At times moghuals whom she looked after when they were injured in battle were the ones who would come looking for her. At times they were successful in kidnapping her and for a number of days her brothers would be unable to find her. However, each time they would find her and she would only be waiting to get back to her sangat.

Once she saw a Khatri sitting and wailing outside his house. She went up to him asked him what was wrong. He told her his wife had been kidnapped by the moughals and he did not know what to do so he wanted to commit suicide. She told him that she was a Kaur and her brother’s would help him in recovering his wife. She blind folded him and brought him to the hide out of the Sikh’s. She did this as those were troubled times and the Sikhs had to play safe.

Soon afterwards the Sikhs were successful in helping the kharti get his wife back. The Khatri and his wife knew that going back to the village would be impossible thus they requested the Sikhs that they would want to stay with them and serve them in what ever way they could. The Sikhs agreed and the Khatri and his wife were blessed with amrit and they too became part of the Khalsa.

Sundri continued her brave ways. Even after her Sikh brothers told her not to help any wounded Moghal. She just went on and on relentlessly. The last time she was at battle and was coming back with her brothers she heard a man screaming in pain. She got down to attend to his needs. And after she dress his wounds he asked her if she too was a pathan. She said she was a Kaur. That very moment he stabbed her with his sword and went away.

Her brothers found her and then nursed her but Sundri new her end was near she asked her brothers to have akhand path to be held so that she could listen to bani before her soul leaves her body. After the paath was over and aardas was done she bowed down before Guru Granth Sahib and that is when her soul left her body.

All the instances narrated in the 100 page book highlight the spirit and values of the Khlasa. The Khalsa never says no to anyone in need of help. Nor does the Khalsa tolerate any sort of injustice. The Khlasa respects women and does not believe that they in any manner are inferior to men. They constantly remember Waheguru . They truly are Aakal Purakh Ki Fauj – The Knights of God.

In the next post I intend to share about Satwant Kaur – another novel written by Bhai Vir Singh Ji.If anyone of you has access to a soft copy of this book please pass it to me so that I can upload it. This book is available from Bhai Vir Sigh Sahitya Sadan at New Delhi or http://www.singhbrothers.com

Guru Fateh!

Angad Singh

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10 Responses to “Sundri – A Novel by Bhai Veer Singh Ji”

  1. upinder kaur Says:

    very good short presentation of this beautiful book

  2. satvinder Says:

    Alot of what you wrote went over my head. Not that I didn’t understand it but that I almost didn’t relate to it. You know why because people that are both as independant and brave and as compassionate as this just don’t come our way so often.

    Beautful story. Thank you for sharing veer ji.

  3. Angad Singh Says:

    Guru fateh Phenji

    I am sure you know one person who matches this description!!

    =)

    guru ang sang!

  4. Prabhu Singh Says:

    I need to learn Punjabi so I can read such beautiful stories.
    WaheGuru Ji Ka Khalsa, WaheGuru Ji Ki Fateh!

  5. Anonymous Says:

    FAteh Veerji
    I previously missed the oppurtunity to download Bhai AShique ali Bhai lal’s keertan..I was wondering if you could put it up to download again as i have been looking for his keertan a while now…It would be greatly appreciated virji.
    Thanks alot for the great posts!

  6. upinder kaur Says:

    Gurfateh Anonymous
    Angad Singh is in Delhi and cannot fulfil your request presently.He shall be able to upload the requested file around 3rd week of July after returning to Singapore.

  7. Angad Singh Says:

    Thanks Upinder Ji.

    Anon ji please send me an email I shall send the links to you.

    You can email me by clicking on the Contact Me link on the left hand side bar menu table.

    fateh

  8. satvinder Says:

    “I am sure you know one person who matches this description!!”

    ———————————
    You’re right veer ji. I now know of a handful of people who come very close to this description (“,)

  9. Sukhjeet Says:

    Hi Angad

    So glad you’ll be back soon. PLs lend me the book when you’re back – it sounds rivetting. Reminds me of my nani ma.

    Know of any more books along the same lines?–>


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