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Report by Sharanpreet Kaur, 16
Student & Samelan Participant

"The samelan at Sri Guru Singh Sabha (Singapore) attracted more than 240 participants. It was held from the 27th – 30th May 2000. Participants enjoyed every single day in the samelan and will not hesitate to come back next year. But with all this enjoyment, participants went home with more knowledge about Sikhism and our Gurus. The day’s programmes were simple and relaxing, that meant we learnt more through lecture sessions. Breakfast was served after Japji Sahib and Nishan Sahib di Seelami. Where discipline was concerned, everything went well as participants were in the Darbar Sahib at 6.15am sharp for simran (meditation).

Lecture sessions then started, which were held by visiting jathas from Malaysia. Inspirational lectures were held by Giani Mahinder Singh Ji Khalsa of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Khalsa Garh Malaysia, who the sangat affectionately calls ‘Khalsa Ji’. Khalsa Ji conducted sessions with various age groups, and would bring his message across to the audience in a simple and understandable level. The sessions were usually held in the Darbar Sahib and at every session, participants learnt something new about Sikhism and the Sikh way of life.

There were also intense Simran sessions with Khalsa Ji where participants sang with their hearts and soul. Even our younger participants sat attentively and sang along. Participants heard various sakhis about our Gurus during these sessions and it’s guaranteed that our kids go home with knowledge about our Gurus.

As in every samelan, Khalsa Ji would have open sessions with the teenagers about their problems in society. He answered questions on matters which they were unsure about. He sure spread light on Sikhism-related questions coming from the teenagers. Such as being with our original form with a turban and long beautiful hair. Khalsa Ji also touched on other aspects of Sikhism that were related to the theme of the Samelan ‘Khalsa Mero Roop Hai Khas’ or ‘Khalsa is My Special Form’.

Khalsa Ji, Khalsa Garh and the Sant Sohan Singh Ji Kirtani Sewak Jatha has been instrumental in the success of samelans in Singapore, having participated as visiting parcharaks and workshop facilitators in samelans dating back to the 1980s. The jatha makes every effort to visit Singapore in promoting Sikhi to our youths through evening satsangs held in Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha monthly or bimonthly. Truly said, Khalsa Ji has indeed become an icon in Singapore samelans and naujawan satsangs."

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