Good words keep us going!
Check out the latest press coverage on the 26th Annual Day Celebrations, the event that saw oneness, diversity, colourful talents, successful Akal Academy change makers and much more all in a day’s function!
Good words keep us going!
Check out the latest press coverage on the 26th Annual Day Celebrations, the event that saw oneness, diversity, colourful talents, successful Akal Academy change makers and much more all in a day’s function!
Baru Sahib, Sunday 20th Oct 2013: It was not just another day at Akal Academy, Baru Sahib, it was a step forward to help one and all experience Oneness, diversity, colourful talents and successful Akal Academy change makers and much more.
The flowers were a bloom at the ‘valley of Divine Peace’ and The Kalgidhar Trust, Baru Sahib celebrated the 26th Annual Day of its flagship school at the Baru Sahib, Himachal Pradesh with much fervour and togetherness. The landscape was blooming with colour and music mingled with the happy chatter and cacophony of young colourfully dressed kids of all ages.
The ceremony was a combination of speeches by prestigious guests, prize distributions, Shabad – Kirtans, orchestra performance, educational/historic skits and much more displaying a blend of talent, mutual love and coordination of divine little souls!
The program started with the arrival of guests, Mr. S. Sikander Singh Maluka, Educational Minister, Govt. of Punjab, Guest of Honour – Mr. Gangu Ram Musafir, Vice Chairman Planning Commission, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh and members from Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Committee.
Further, the events of Fun and Frolic started with kids from nursery to the high school participating in the most diverse and the most colourful skits. Some bring a smile, some tears and some were waved-off with a great social message. Looking at little kids all dressed in colours was a feast to the eyes.
Principal Dr. Neelam Kaur graced the occasion with a soft speech sending out the message of Guru Nanak, announcing the Akal Academy achievers, and then showed the way bright future with the upcoming IB affiliated World School and much more.
The guests as well appreciated the event with their kind words. Mr. Sikander Singh Maluka was impressed with the way kids have been trained at Akal Academy, so much so that he promised to work with the Trust and help bring forward the talent in future.
The Honourable Chief Guest handed over the prizes to the academic achievers. He said, “it is my good fortune that I have been invited for this sojourn to the ‘valley of Divine peace’. I am spell bound to see the type of value based education being imparted to the students of Akal Academies. This is how knowledge should be imparted to the students, the academic and the spiritual studies which is the need of the hour. I am amazed with the efforts of Baba Iqbal Singh ji, the way he has nurtured the Akal Academies which were bringing laurels in all the fields”.
Thereafter, beautifully written and performed skits were displayed by the kids to put forward the message on social issues of child labour, unity and fight against war, tree plantation and fight against drug abuse. The program ended with a great performance of Sikh Martial Arts that left the audience spellbound with the amazing performance – ‘Gatkha’ by the students who performed their heart out! The audience was moved to tears when young kids enacted “Bhagat Dhruv”, a skit based on historical facts from Guru Granth Sahib ji.
The annual day program ended on a Divine mood with a spiritual speech by Baba Iqbal Singh Ji, President of the Kalgidhar Trust and the divine spirit behind Rural Education Revolution. Babaji, as he is lovingly called by all, blessed the audience with pearls of Divine wisdom. He appreciated the little kids and the efforts they had put in to put forward the Sikhi Culture so well. He also thanked all guests and parents, children and volunteers for making this event a successful one and also put forward his belief that “someday, shall ultimately lead the world to permanent peace”.
It was a feast for the eyes with panoramic mountainsforming the backdrop to an open air Stage amidst great weather, wherein we witnessed hidden talent being uncovered in little flowers that bloomed in the Valley of Divine Peace!
~ Deeksha Singh
~ New Delhi, 23rd Oct 2013
One of our volunteers on his recent visit to Akal Academy village Fatehgarh in Channa, came across this little genie. He is only 4 yrs old and yet has persona so strong & influencing that he has inspired his entire Jat-Sikh family to take up complete transformation – from being a typical non-vegetarian, alcohol addict cut-surd Jats; the whole of the family pledged upon to prepare to get baptized.
The family took an oath to stop cutting their hair & even gave up on having alcohol, meat & other non-vegetarian intake in order to prepare to take up baptism. Little Harjot Singh’s story got popular through his village. A small episode of discussion that took place between him & his grandfather, where the latter made a pact with our mighty Khalsa, now a star of the Akal Academy.
The life changing words that brought about this sensitizing transition for the family were “Bapuji, tusi sharaab na peeya karo, sharaab peen naal mar jaandey ne”, where upon the Grandfather asked, “Tussi kive jannade ho?” to which young Harjot gave a bestirring remark by saying “Mainu pata lag janda hai Bapuji”, which enlightened the grandfather’s conscience.
Such deep was the effect of the discussion on the Grandfather, that outright to an oath himself & he also instructed his family to abide by it; together the family swore in conformity to the authorities at the Akal Academy while thanking for bestowing such virtues in the son of their family.
Did you know – Punjab, being a land of the pious, is ironically losing its ground over true Sikhi rampantly, which has lead the youth crippled at the hands of alcohol & drug abuse.
Unfortunately no one amongst the society is able to see the subtle link between the two situations. The Kalgidhar Trust, Baru Sahib has identified & strongly felt the need to awaken true Sikhism amongst the people of Punjab by restoring spirituality to built high moral character & social responsibility especially in the Rural villages of Punjab – through a network of 129 value-education based schools (& growing) across 6450 village across Northern India, wherein rural children like Harjot are nurtured with an exclusive blend of traditional moral and spiritual values alongside modern scientific education providing stark infrastructure, facilities and secure environment which is conductive for learning of such kids.
~New Delhi, 18 Oct ’13
From an inspiring soul you can learn a lesson which will last and inspire you for a life time. Souls like Sant Jee were pure perfection in the goal to join with Akal Purkh. We might not be perfect and we may never be perfect but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive for perfection. Below are some sakhia, rehat, advice and lessons from Sant Jee. A summary of the book ‘Life Story of Sant Attar Singh Jee’ can be downloaded from the Sikh Roots- Resources section.
Sant Attar Singh was an inspiring soul, whose life was solely devoted to naam. Sant Attar Singh Jee lived and breathed Sikhi, “He would utter ‘Wah’ while lifting his left foot and ‘Guru’ while lifting his right foot”. Sant Ji was so imbued in bani he wouldn’t consume food for 10 days or more at a time. With increasing devotion to naam he had no need for food as bani was the source of all the nutrients he needed for his body to function. Sant Jee had so much pyaar for maharaj that he completed an akhand patt (non stop recitation of Guru Granth Sahib Jee Maharaj) all alone. “The reading could be heard up to a distance of half a mile”.
Sant Jee saw every being as capable of praising the Lord and he emphasised the beautiful nature of amritvela. Sant Jee stated, “ You remain sleeping at this time of early morning; but even animals pray to God at this time.” Animals like tigers, snakes and dangerous spiders approached Sant Jee during his meditations. The presence of such animals scared the sangat but Sant Ji did not flinch. He always replied, “It will not cause any harm. It has come to hear divine hymns and pay respects.”
Rehat and Advice from Sant Jee
· Giving maya to Ragis: “It is better if you give whatever you desire when the kirtan is finished. The Raagis can make prayers for the welfare of the donars at the close of kirtan.”
· Importance of Amrit: “Drink Amrit prepared with the double edged sword. Get benefits of the human birth.”
· Jap Jee Sahib Bani: “Sant Jee directed each newly made Singh to repeat 100 to 500 recitation of Japji Sahib.
· Importance of Kes: “God lives in your hair….by pulling your hair you have pricked the body of Satguru.”
· Preparation of Amrit: “….while preparing the Amrit, the tenth Guru himself showers the Nectar of name. The nectar infuses bravery and love.”
· Forgiveness: “The biggest virtue is to excuse and pardon others. To tolerate harsh words is equal to the greatest penance and the biggest virtue.”
· Kachera: Never completely remove the kachera from the body. If this sin is committed one must clean the shoes of the sangat for 25 days.
· Sewa : “Without sewa the I-am-ness of the man does not vanish, although he may devote as much time as he likes in the Religious Meditation etc. Without sewa, transmigration does not come to an end.”
· Naam: “Nama (Bhagat Nam Dev) says O Tarclochen (Bhagat)! Repeat and keep in your mouth the name (of the Supreme Being). Then go on doing your daily duties works with your hands and feet, but always keep God (the Lord of Mammon) in your heart.”
· Kirtan Sohila: “The Religious mandates (maryada) for the shaheed Singhs is very strict. They do not utter even a single word after Kirtan Sohila.”
· Langar: Never talk ill of langar. “One and a quarter maund of ghee is secretly supplied by the supernatural Power in the langar, everyday.”
· Ardas: “Ardas should not be long. When Ardas is performed, all the ten Satgurus come there and stand on their toes till the Ardas is finished. If Ardas is long, this causes unnecessary discomfort to them.”
· Kirtan: “It is the religious duty of a Sikh that he must not detract his mind from kirtan, although a bullet may peirce his body. If death comes during kirtan, it is a very fortunate event. He, who allows, during kirtan any part of his body to move is an accursed person.”
Sant Jee stated that Sikhs would advance by following this maryada:
Sant Jee explains to become a Saint we must:
Sant Jee always said “Please do remember that to become a true Khalsa, one has to travel a very difficult path.”
Do all business in Gurmukhi lettersThe path is full of challenges, ups and downs and numerous tests but the support of naam, seva, simran and sangat can help you overcome any obstacles. Sant Jee himself says “No sincere Sikh of Satguru Nanak can ever face any shortage of anything.” Remember Kaurageous is here to unite Kaurs so please feel free to contact us with any queries or speak to us at events.
Please forgive the writer for any mistakes. This short piece does not do enough justice to the beautiful Gursikh- Sant Attar Singh Jee.
Dhan Dhan Sant Attar Singh Jee.
Sixty FREE surgeries & over 200 provided Medical Care at AKAL CHARITABLE HOSPITAL!
The faces of the patients reveal and Doctors say it is TRUE – The magic is YOU, your LOVE & SUPPORT!
Doctors strongly believe that besides medical treatment, it is the support of volunteers & generous donors, in terms of both service srendered & the finance for this noble cause of charity.
“It’s a force so great, so noble…It can strike a magical thunder of healing upon the patient’s heart even before & more effectively after the surgeries, especially in critical cases”, told a psychology expert, who was also present during the medical camp to observe a case.
He also explained that donating for someone’s health & treatment is the simplest yet most effective of all gestures because it is this great gesture of “Love & Compassion towards humanity” that actually acts as a natural magical force that helps and supports the psychology of the patient the most, with a sense of care& support that sets his psychology carefree.This in turn, plays the most important part in the healing process that may begin or get triggered well before the actual medical treatment has started.
Amongst volunteers from Jalandhar, the team of doctors present on the panel for the camp included Dr. G.P. Singh, Dr. Gautam S. Sikand, Dr. Col. Rajinder Singh and Dr. Surjit Singh, who performed medical check-up & identified cases for Free Surgeries/Operations & also distributed free medicines; and several other specialized surgeons who later performed operations over the 2 days during the camp.
Dr. Davinder Singh, Principal of Akal Academies (runby Kalgidhar Trust), from Baru Sahib, reveals, “We are located in a very remote part of Uttar Pradesh, where medical services are practically non-existent, our hospital, Akal Charitable hospital, is providing mainly the medical services; around 4 times a year we organize Free Medical Camps, we advertise well all over the place & people from as far as 300 kms travel here, undergo surgeries & get their smiles back.”
The patients are counseled by Doctors with a lot of love, personal touch & care. They are encouraged to fully share their pains & sufferings before the doctors, added a local volunteer who serves alongside the paramedic team & actively helps spread the awareness about the camp before & during the drive.
Those who believe that serving Mankind is serving God, may come forward to support this noble mission of the Kalgidhar Society.
Bring a change in somebody’s life here
~ Ramandeep Singh
~ New Delhi, 11th Sep ’13
AKAL College of Nursing conducted an International Conference on “Innovative trends in Community Health nursing” in a two day conference held on October 5th & 6th, 2013. Eternal University is located in a scenic large campus, 110 kms from Shimla in the Himalaya foothills at Baru Sahib. Besides the University, the Baru Sahib campus has an International Akal Academy, multi-specialty Charitable Hospital and Gurdwara. A research driven model has been adopted to achieve excellence in various fields including Bio Technology, Public health, Applied Sciences, Engineering & Technology, Renewable Energy.
The theme of the conference was Innovative Trends in Community Health Nursing and the sub themes were Community Health nursing in context of Globalization, Innovative Community Health Nursing and Research, Partnership to expand community based initiatives and Significant challenges and issues in Community Health Nursing. This theme was selected because of the impact it can have on Public Health programs and to reduce inequalities in health while ensuring the best health for the greatest numbers.
The Chief Guest of the conference was Ms Meera Mohanty (IAS), Director of Town and Country Planning . Eminent Indian Nursing Professionals like Dr. Inderjit Walia, Dr. Satwant Baltej and Dr Sandhya Ghai and the International dignitaries Dr. Jill Derstine, Professor, Drexel University, USA and her team of legends in Nursing Dr. Mary Lou Mchugh, Prof. Sandra Friedman, Dr. Donna Sabella and Dr. Mimie Avance are the main participants who gave their contributions to this 3rd International Conference.
More than 300 enthusiastic delegates participated in professional deliberations from various parts of India including Gwalior Madhya Pradesh, DMC Ludhiana, PGI Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Patiala in Punjab and New Delhi. Honorable Baba Iqbal Singh ji, President, Kalgidhar Trust who is also the chancellor of Eternal University blessed the Conference with his esteemed presence.
~ Deeksha Singh
~ New Delhi, 8th Oct ’13
Baru Sahib, October 5th 2013 – An international conference on “Innovative trends in community health nursing” commenced today at AKAL college of nursing , Eternal University, Baru Sahib. The two day conference is being held on October 5th & 6th, 2013. Eternal University is located in a 450 acre campus, 110 km from Shimla in the Himalayas at Baru Sahib. Besides the University, the Baru Sahib campus has an international Akal Academy, multi-specialty charitable Hospital and Gurudwara. A Research driven model has been adopted to achieve excellence in various fields including Bio Technology, Public health, Applied Sciences, Engineering & Technology, Renewable Energy.
The Akal College of Nursing established in 2008, is the first Nursing College in the state. The College strives to provide scientific education for achieving the highest level of professional competence as per the needs of modern hospitals and Nursing Education all over the world. The college also strives hard to blend modern scientific education with the spiritual rejuvenation of the human mind thus creating angels of healing (spiritual Nursing). Akal College of Nursing Baru sahib has a collaborative relationship with Drexel University Philadelphia, USA. The faculty visits and teaches three times in a year.
The theme of the conference is Innovative Trends in Community Health Nursing and the sub themes are Community health nursing in context of Globalization, Innovative Community Health Nursing and Research, Partnership to expand community based initiatives and Significant challenges and issues in Community Health Nursing. This theme was selected because of the impact it can have on Public Health programme and to reduce inequalities in health while ensuring the best health for the greatest numbers.
The chief guest of the conference was Ms Meera Mohanty (IAS), Director of town and country planning . Eminent Indian Nursing Professionals like Dr. Inderjit Walia, Dr. Satwant Baltej and Dr Sandhya Ghai and the international dignitaries Dr. Jill Derstine, Professor, Drexel University, USA and her team of legends in Nursing Dr. Mary Lou Mchugh, Prof. Sandra Friedman, Dr. Donna Sabella and Dr. Mimie Avance are the main participants who would be giving their contributions to this 3rd international conference. More than 300 enthusiastic delegates are participating in professional deliberation from various parts of India including Gwalior Madhya Pradesh, DMC Ludhiana, PGI Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Patiala in Punjab and New Delhi. Honorable Baba Iqbal Singh ji, President, Kalgidhar Trust who is also the chancellor of Eternal University will be blessing the conference with his esteemed presence.
The conference started with the recitation of Divine hymns on Indian classical stringed music by students of Akal College of Divine Music and spirituality Baru Sahib. Later the chief guest Ms Meera Mohanty (IAS) along with Dr. Inderjit Walia, Dr. Satwant Baltej and the visiting international faculty dignitary Dr. Jill Derstine lit the lamp. Ms Mohanty in her inaugural speech stressed on the need to work for the community which is prime. Dr Davinder Singh, Secreatry Kalgidhar Trust gave a glimpse of mission and vision of the Trust. Dr Neelam Kaur , Dean Faculty of Health Sciences, Eternal University gave a welcome speech. Ms Shanti Chouhan, Registrar HPNRC, spoke on the role of community Health Nursing in the present society. She stressed that adaption of community and continuous awareness by approaching the same would definitely bring about awareness and change as regards to health consciousness. The keynote address was given by Dr Jill Derstine , clinical professor , Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA and Dr mala, Professor and dean of Manipal College of Nursing Bangalore. After tea break the conference went into Plenary session i.e. Community Health Nursing in context of Globalisation and free paper presentation (concurrently).
The other topics to be deliberated are Need for Community Health improvement by Dr. Sushma K. 1. Saini (Lecturer, NINE, PGIMER, Chandigarh)
Promoting utilization of Community resources by Dr. Jane (Drexel University)
Socio-economic disparities across the globe by Dr. Rekha Ogle (Principal, Sinhagad College of Nursing, Pune)
A wide coverage and dissemination of information will be a great benefit to the society at large.
(Dr. Neelam Kaur)
Dean Faculty of Health Sciences
Eternal University Baru Sahib
Here’s a call for One and All; the flowers are abloom at the valley of Divine Peace and we at The Kalgidhar Trust, Baru Sahib will be celebrating our 26th Annual Day at the Baru Sahib, Himachal Pradesh on Sunday 20th October, 2013.
Come, be a part of the versatility you would have never experienced before.Experience oneness, colourful talents, successful Akal Academy change makers and much more all in a day’s function. Get a chance to hear from the chief guest Mr. Sikander Singh Maluka, the Education Minister of Punjab.
Inform all and be a part if this grand spectacle.
~New Delhi,4th Oct’13
Behind the tainted picture of society, lie secret faces of hidden serenity, requiring just one right push to bring forth the bright side of humans, for these men of steel having deep courage, enormous potential & with an unmatched will power have all powers to push human limits & stand-up tall to life, again.
Similar is the story of our today’s unusual hero from village Cheema’s Rehabilitation Centre, Charanjeet Singh a.k.a Channi (sitting in front-middle of the pic from Drug De-addiction Centre run by The Kalgidhar Trust, Baru Sahib) as his friends (sitting around him) know him. Channi’s life saw the most cruel of the crisis, a crash that broke-robbed him off of his own self, his own life; lapsing his entire teenage & career – Drug Addiction.
As a young child, Channi had misfortunately learnt to be independent at a very early age as his farmer father passed away while he was just 11, leaving little Channi behind with mother, a younger sister & his elderly loving Daadi.
The family’s only reprise was little fortune & a significant amount of cropped land that his father had tilled-grown with all his heart & sweat throughout his life; the money & yield from the fields was just enough to support the family until young Charanjeet would grow up into a responsible & mature young man to support his family, taking on his Father’s legacy, his fields; able enough to maintain the family’s living & getting his younger sister married.
As a child, young Channi received a chance to attend a govt. school at the district, not only was this fortunate, but also a blessing as reserved child Channi turned out to be a curious brilliant personality in his primary & secondary years of schooling, he was immaculate with numbers & always topped in almost all subjects till his matriculate, but destiny had stored a deadly sharp turn for him ahead of his otherwise prospering life until one of Channi’s closest friends i.e. Rocky (sitting on his right), was introduced to addictives during a post-examinationcelebration party.
At Rehabilitation Centre, Channi & his group of drug-abused friends shared with us their gruesome tale of fantasy that took away all good from their individual healthy life, like a silent killer in disguise, that could not be seen by its victim.
Channi told us how Rocky was introduced to the most simplest & amateurish form of addiction to ingesting IODEX ( a popular pain relief ointment ); he tells us that this is mostly the first & the foremost addiction methods subscribed by the beginners, the aforesaid gel is ingested either on bread or mixed with cola drink to get a kick.
Rocky, who was introduced to this simple sounding yet the deadliest of addictions that directly ruins the liver & the kidney in an extreme way (even caused death in some cases), revealed that for all addicts, it always starts as a one-time-perceivably-no-harm-
Channi, who was previously hospitalized in emergency due to liver failure caused by excessive abuse of narcotics in the form of weed & other highly addictive & dangerous substances, revealed that addiction works in a chained pattern, one substance leads to another. When your body has abused one drug & had reached its saturation point, your kicks will get lighter & eventually the highs will not be effective anymore & it’s then when your mind craves & starves for them at the worst levels possible & you get insanely looking for an alternate that can restore the same of even higher levels of perceived ecstasy that in reality is empty, hollow & temporary in nature – and if there is one thing that remains permanent, it’s the Damage it does to your life.
Charanjeet’s addiction got so fierce & extreme, that he crossed all limits & exhausted everything external that existed around him… loss wasn’t confined to health, but included all that was connected to him, he crashed at academic, couldn’t even clear his 12th, best of his childhood friends parted ways, almost whole of his family’s fortune got either wasted on drugs or paying his medical expenses, including a liver transplant; the father’s field had to be mortgaged, there were no yields for years & the land fell into the hands of other contractors who lent them money to pay off the bank loan.
“It all is like a one bad prolonged nightmare that sucked everything from my life, including my own-self & no different is story of anybody you see sitting here next to me, we all were friends for addiction, our real friends left us way back while we were careless, helpless, unaware, living unconscious like the walking deads”, expresses now recovered Channi with a serene face.
Channi was first brought to rehabilitation centre by his best childhood friend Ratan, who met Charanjeet almost an year ago & was shocked & grieved to learn about his ordeal & his family’s suffering.
Channi, Rocky & the group has now devotedly learnt the value of this precious life; they were given countless counseling sessions alongside spiritual guidance & knowledge that helped them gain control of their senses & get back to their normal lives –
“Our lives are transformed for good, through spirituality we learnt the importance of pain & suffering, we now feel fortunate & blessed that it all was a part of our repentance that we suffered such extremes, had this all not happened, had we not been brought here, we would have lived our lives in hell, we are thankful to The Kalgidhar Trust, Baru Sahib, the volunteers, the preachers & other professional doctors who gave the best of all they had to save & pulled us out from the burning flames that smothered us each day, each moment. We now believe in God, not because other say so, but because we have seen Him; he resides within the compassionate & the generous ones we comes across in our lives”, spoke Rocky on behalf of his group.
~New Delhi, 4th Oct ’13
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Sant Baba Iqbal Singh Ji, in one of his recent speech at Baru Sahib on 11th Aug addressed young innocent kids as little ‘Demi-Gods’; indeed, no one but only souls so pure, so pious & young as these students can devotedly, selflessly commit to a Deed so generous.
Young students of Akal Academy Cheema, in reverence to the Almighty, seeking blessings & welfare for humanity, undertook the noble task of doing 371 Sehaj Paths & with blessings & grace of Almighty & wishes of all you supporters, their Paths are scheduled for Samapti Bhog tomorrow i.e. 4th October 2013 from 8 am to 11 am at Cheema Sahib.
Post Bhog, the event will observe Sadh Bachan from Baba Iqbal Singh Ji for the holy congregation.
~New Delhi, 3rd Oct’13