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Kaur Ji

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Embracing Sikhi...

I grew up in traditional Punjabi family. Dad was a mona, mom was very religious but had little say of anything in the household, and brothers were just plain clueless. I spent most of my life singing, dancing, acting and modeling. those were my dreams-I wanted to become famous. I was also one of the most popular girls in school everyone liked me. I was living the typical kalyug life.

I had no clue what so ever what a Sikh was supposed to be like. my parents never taught me anything about Sikhi. everything I knew about Sikhi came from books that my nana Ji would send me from the UK.

One such thing that I had learned from one of the books was that Sikhs aren't supposed to eat meat-reading this I had the biggest fit with my parents. I couldn't believe that my family ate meat knowing that Sikhs aren't supposed to. I gave the stuff up that very day. no regrets.

My first darshan of Gursikhs was at the local Gurdwara that we started to attend regularly. ok maybe they weren't Gursikhs-just Punjabi people that went for a free meal including my parents that would do the same. There were no amritdhari people there except the granthi and rumor had it that even he liked a good bukhra and glassie once in a while.

One day in 1991 or 1992 can't remember while doing seva at guru ghar, my dad (yeah hard to believe that he would do seva) bumped into a Singh. the Singh had just moved to the states and my dad became good friends with him. what an odd bunch-my dad the drunken mona who never wore a Kara until he married my mom and this full bana chardhi kala Singh. the Singh had such a positive influence on my dad. my dad packed up his bindrakhia and gurdass mann tapes and started to listen to keertan.

The Singh gave me keertan tapes. I had become addicted to akhand keertan. I had an auto reverse stereo in my room that would play bhai harpreet Singh tapes over and over 24 hrs a day. he was very young at the time and I was just so over whelmed with emotions thinking that how could someone at such a young age sing keertan with their whole heart like that. I decided to learn keertan. there was no one to teach so I would just sing shabads way off tune on my keyboard-didn't have a vaja either.

Bhai Hapreet Singh Ji inspired me to learn keertan-the only reason I’m mentioning this is because on various akj forums people argue that it isn't important which keertanee is at the samagam-keertan is keertan. but jee let me say that there is a big difference, listening to keertan coming from someone that puts their whole heart into it is a lot sweeter than listening to someone that can't wait to collect the maya when they are done. and there are a lot of jatha keertanees that have changed so may people's lives.

Ok I’m making this way too long-there was an Amrit sanchar that the jatha had prepared at our local guru ghar. the night before we all decided that we should take Amrit-need to say that my dad was still mona-ish and didn't really do anything to prepare for it-he decided to do it for us.

Meeting one chardhi kala Singh had changed mine and my family's lives significantly. from going to parties on weekends we started to have youth keertans. no more getting up at 11 or 12 in the morning. my family started getting up at 2:30 to do simran and trust me nothing brings a family together better than that.

We as Sikhs fear that being different will get us harassed, laughed at, etc. but jee let me tell ya once you get on this path with your heart no one can harm you. we-my brothers and I have always been the only Sikhs in our schools and we get so much respect it's unbelievable. people crowd around us like we're celebrities and everyone wants to be friends with us. I know it sounds kind of corny. Guru Gobind Singh Jee gave us an identity to stand out from all the joe shmoes. why do Sikhs choose to hide it? partly because today's parents don’t teach their children anything about religion like mine didn't.

well enough said. Waheguru Rakha. Raj Karega Khalsa.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh