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August 8, 2006

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Today I intend to share with you 2 books. Bandagi Nama and Sundri. I was able to find softcopies of both these books so you can print then and read if you do not have access to the hard copies.

Bandagi Nama – communion with the devine is an amazing book that talks about the various stages of our spiritual growth. The author Raghu Bir Singh Bir shares his expirences and that is why when you read the book it feels like he is talking to you. Its a must read for everyone.
Sundari – well i have posted about this book so I shall not say much here. click here to get the details

Do read through the books and feel free to share your views

Guru Ang Sang

Angad Singh

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

As mentioned in my earlier posts I would like to share with you about another novel that was written by Bhai Vir Singh Ji.


This novel, like Sundri is based around the late 1800 and its about this girl who is kidnapped and is taken away by the afghans to Kabul, how she lives there and returns home and brings fellow sikhs back with her.

I would like to share some of the instances narrated by Bhai Sahib which highlight the character of the Sikhs. Since this book is rather detailed I will talk about it in 2 posts. In this particular post I will narrate some instances that show how united the Sikhs amongst themselves and how much they loved and cared for their dear ones.

An afghan once saw a group of Sikhs sitting and discussing. He asked them what they were upto. They explained that two Sikh brothers had a difference of opinion and they were helping them sort it out. The afghan said thats their issue let them settle it why leave do you want to interfere. The Sikhs added saying that is how we are we ensure that all issues are sorted out so that we remain strong as one and dont get divided amongst ourselves. This shows how the love and concern the Sikhs back then had for each other. Today..the lesser said the better it is..


Another instance which shows how united the Sikhs back then were: Gurmatta – There were numerous times when important decisions had to be made like deciding whom to attack, when to attack, how to protect ourselves etc. Even though the Sikhs were divided into small groups and lived independently. However, they were a united lot. When the time to make an important decision came, all the important people were called and the met at a place sat down and discussed after which aardas was done. Hukamnama was taken and then the decision was announced to the others. All groups came together as one and stayed united. Today forget taking decisions, people refuse to talk to other Sikhs saying that the other aint good enough and it could be cause of the color of their turban and shape of their turban or where they sit while eating langar?

Finally in this book Bhai Sahib narrates how sikhs never give up looking for their lost ones and always pray for their safety. Bhai Vir Singh Ji goes on to explain and narrate the meeting of Satwant Kaur with her parents who have been hunting high and low for their daughter of whom they had not heard about for a decade now. The had total faith that if their daughter is alive she will remain a Sikh and will come back to them and if she is not alive she would have died a Sikh.

In a seperate post I shall speak about how the Sikh’s helped and supported each other emotionally during the tough times in the late 1800s. This book is rather detailed in its narration of various events. What really captures my attention is that like Sundri, the it highlights what a Khalsa ought to be like. Like Sundri, this too is a must read.

You can get a copy from www.singhbrothers.com or from Bhai Vir Singh Sadan in Delhi.

Guru Fateh!

Angad Singh

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