Jugat Guru Singh Khalsa, school Principal, along with the other members of the Cherdi Kalaa Jetha and alumni Gurprakash Singh Khalsa and Harimandir Singh Khalsa traveled to Malaysia to teach at Camp Miri Piri from the 8th to 13th of June. Some of our students from Thailand and Singapore couldn’t get enough of MPA during the school year and came to camp too!
We just found a great online photogallery and Rajveer Singh and Kawalpal Singh of Sikh Sewaks Singapore, the camp organizers, sent us their report.
“Waheguru ji ka Khalsa,Waheguru ji ke Fateh. Greetings in the name of God, the Light of every Soul and in the name of Guru, the
life of every Sikh. By the Grace of God and Blessing of Guru Hargobind Ji, master of Miri and Piri ,we truly believe and had the experience that this was the best Camp Miri Piri we had in Singapore since its birth in 2004.
Camp Miri Piri Asia 2010 from June the 8th to the 13th actually held in Johore Bahru at Gurtaj Camp Site, was deeply powerful, meditative and experiential in every way. World renowned Cherdi Kala Jetha from Espanola and ambassadors of Miri Piri Academy in Amritsar, the potent Shanti Kaur Khalsa,the lion Gurutej Singh Khalsa, the honourable Dr Jasbir Singh known as Scotland and the joyful Dharamjot Kaur Khalsa from Melbourne taught, taught, taught, inspired and really reached out to the 140 participants.
Morning 5 banis started at 4 a.m sharp which ended with Guru’s Hukamnama at about 5.15 a.m. and then about 40 mins of yoga and stretching followed by Simran and Meditation till 6:30AM. This time the morning practice was really strong and we felt the camp was done by the end of the morning!
Oh yes we also had Harimandir Singh Khalsa, a Miri Piri Academy alumni from Espanola, who did the pre-camp work with the set-up team and led energizing physical training in the Morning at 7 a.m. on the dirt field. Harimandir Singh made the participants march. No one was allowed to cheat. If someone did, every young man and women had to do push-ups! For the first time everyone loved the tough PT sessions.
After that breakfast and one and half hours of rest and showers and then straight to Body,Mind and Soul Sessions filled with exercise, Kundalini Yoga, and deep meditations on Shabad Guru. Cherdi Kala Jetha would lead the guys and Shanti and Dharamjot Kaur, the ladies. There was straight talk about issues each gender had, their challenges were discussed openly
with out boundary as the Camp was for 13 and above. The talks were open, inspiring and the participants this time had deep thought provoking questions. They were really interested to have a direct experience of Sikhi and Simran on Shabad Guru, and have a living experince with our living Guru, Siri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
Afternoon was sometimes Sikh History, or a lecture on the 5 Kakaars by Cherdi Kala Jetha, but it was a sharing session on
the experience of the 5 k’s rather than lecture bound. On one day Shanti Kaur and Dharamjot led a combined session on the Power of Prayer. The participants chanted Shabad Hazare in the presence of Siri Guru Granth Sahib Ji for nearly 40 minutes and the participants were really chanting with their hearts and lungs!
Another highlight of this Camp that we never did before was nearly 2 hours of Simran. Just pure simran chanting in Guru’s Darbar. One of the meditations was Mul Mantra and the participants and the Sangat chanted it for 62 minutes, and then there was a break for 15 minutes of silence and the third meditation was Guru Guru Whaheguru Guru Ram Das Guru for 11 minutes and everyone chanted loudly, but in a deep and inspiring tone. During the breaks of this morning Simran, silence was required, but we did not have to coax and tell anyone. Everyone, even the most rowdy participants, was silent. In the whole campsite there was a silence and you could hear the birds and the sound of the wind. I can’t explain it to you, but the experince, feeling and inspiration of this camp was different and really powerful.
Jasbir Singh Scotland led a 2 hour workshop and it was highly interactive,informative and he effortlessly led the participants to have a self experience in sections of his workshop,whereby they had to do group actvity and go through a process of
learning. Cherdi Kala Jetha also led a workshop on Sant Sipahi of our times and Shanti taught a workshop on Facing our Fears. In short, they were Superb. Gurutej Singh Khalsa, founder of Akal Security, one the the largest security companies in America, also came on the last 2 days of the camp and had a session called Straight Talk with Gurutej. The discussion was honest, straight up and simple. The participants asked him qustions on how he lived with a turban and untied full beard in America and how he started and now built up the company with an inspiring team into a billion US dollar company. His answer was that he worked hard and meditated in the Amrit vela. He described how he is deeply inspired that we have a Living Guru in every way, Siri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
Last but not least the night Kirtan and Sharing Sessions in the presence of Siri Guru Granth Sahib ji by Cherdi Kala Jetha, Shanti Kaur Khalsa, Gurutej Singh Khalsa, Siri Akal Jetha and Bhai Sahib Bhai Tejpal Singh Khalsa from Mata Kaulan Amritsar were mesmerizing. Stories of Gurus and Bhagats and Saints of God were just gold. Cherdi Kala Jetha is the best that I have heard them from all the years of coming here, and today they do not sing Gurbani Kirtan just in India and America, but everywhere in the world. To tie them down for a program is not that easy anymore! They are busy.
Shanti Kaur Khalsa shared about the mother of the Khalsa, Mata Sahib Kaur Ji. Who she was,what was her experience and how she became Mother of the Khalsa. It moved many to tears. To have Shanti Kaur Khalsa at every Camp Miri Piri at least for the next few years is a must. This is the request of the participants and Sangat of Camp Miri Piri! Gurutej Singh Khalsa’s session was also straight but poetic. He shared about his experience, how he became a Sikh and also about the Guru’s Warriors and Guru Hargobind Ji. Immaculate.
The team at Sikh Sewaks Singapore went through alot, worked hard, kept up and we would like to thank and are at the feet of Sangat here whom helped us, sponsored this Camp and never said no to any help we needed. Waheguru! We also like to thank Datuk Harjit and Family for allowing us and helping us in the venue. Last but not least Bhai Sahib Bhai Tejpal Singh and Jetha from Mata Kaulan whom visited us and inspired us in a session of moving Kirtan and Katha about the times of Guru Ram Das Ji. Akaal!
Many many served Camp Miri Piri in many many ways.Harimandar Singh Khalsa from Espanola inspired us to keep up and served with the Sikh Sewaks team every step of the way at the Camp. That’s it and see you for the next camp now in Malaysia 2011 and then 2012 Singapore. Pictures and participants experiences and clips of night kirtan with the seva of Sharonjeet Kaur and Sikh Sewak crew are on the website.www.campmiripiri.com Sat Nam. Humbly Yours,Sikh Sewaks Singapore.
House of Guru Ram Das ji. “If you can’t see God in all, you can’t see God at all.”