Mahinder Singh Khalsa
ੴ ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਕਰਤਾ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਨਿਰਭਉ ਨਿਰਵੈਰੁ ਅਕਾਲ ਮੂਰਤਿ ਅਜੂਨੀ ਸੈਭੰ ਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥
Ik▫oaŉkār saṯ nām karṯā purakẖ nirbẖa▫o nirvair akāl mūraṯ ajūnī saibẖaŉ gur parsāḏ.
One Universal Creator God, TheName Is Truth Creative Being Personified No Fear No Hatred Image Of The Undying, Beyond Birth, Self-Existent. By Guru’s Grace~
॥ ਜਪੁ ॥
Chant And Meditate:
ਆਦਿ ਸਚੁ ਜੁਗਾਦਿ ਸਚੁ ॥
Āḏ sacẖ jugāḏ sacẖ.
True In The Primal Beginning. True Throughout The Ages.
ਹੈ ਭੀ ਸਚੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਹੋਸੀ ਭੀ ਸਚੁ ॥੧॥
Hai bẖī sacẖ Nānak hosī bẖī sacẖ. ||1||
True Here And Now. O Nanak, Forever And Ever True. ||1||
Giani Mahinder Singh Ji Khalsa, more affectionately known as “Khalsa Ji” was an institution in the corridors of Sikh Missionar y work – Sikhi Parchar in this part of the world – Singapore & Malaysia. He travelled extensively to promote the message of Sikhism to the Sikh Youth around the world. He was extremely well-versed with the sacred scriptures of the Guru Granth Sahib and had extensive knowledge on Gurbani and was admired and well-respected by many.
Khalsa Ji was born in Ipoh in 5th September 1941 to Mata Dharam Kaur Ji. His father Sardar Bhagwan Singh Ji, shared a close relationship with the revered Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji of Malacca from whom the family gained much spiritual guidance. Khalsa Ji started learning kirtan at the tender age of 12 years from Ragi Bhai Badhan Singh Ji (Head Granthi Sahib at Gurdwara Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia). Though Khalsa Ji worked in Kuala Lumpur, he never failed to visit Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji in Malacca whenever he possibly could. These visits got him closer to Sant Ji and they started doing sangats together in Malacca.
Khalsa Ji was eventually transferred to Batu Gajah Land Office in Perak, Malaysia. When Sant Ji grew gravely ill Khalsa Ji would stay with him in the hospital nightly, attending to his needs. Sant Ji found Khalsa Ji’s sewa remarkable. Sant Ji then made him promise that he would commit himself to the panth, extending out a hand of promise. This was obviously reciprocated by Khalsa Ji in the presence of Late S. Ranjit Singh and his wife who was a distant niece of Sant Ji. From that day on, Khalsa Ji kept to his promise and carried on a legacy of work.
The Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji Vidiyala was then setup in Malacca in the loving memory of Sant Ji after his passing, to promote Sikhi and Gurmat Studies. Khalsa Ji obviously volunteered himself to this noble cause. He became a parcharak and was sent to Shahid Sikh Missionary College in Amritsar Punjab (India) for training in areas of Sikhi and Gurmat. He learnt Kirtan, Katha and Parchar. Khalsa Ji returned in 1976 and once again, carried on his love of sewa. Khalsa Ji’s devotion and dedication eventually led him to take over Giani Santa Singh Ji’s duties as the Head Teacher. There were 5 students under Giani Santa Singh Ji at that time. After Khalsa Ji took over the duties from Giani Santa Singh Ji at the Vidiyala, 22 students enrolled to be trained as parcharaks.
Of these initial batch of students, 5 of then graduated in 1979 and went on to do parchar fulltime in various parts of Malaysia. Giani Dalgit Singh Ji (currently at Gurdwara Dharamsala Kuala Lumpur), Late Giani Jagjit Singh Ji (Gurdwara Pusing, Ipoh), Ranjit Singh Ji (Bentong, Pahang), Giani Gurnam Singh Ji (currently in Gurdwara Sahib Muar, Johor), Surinder Singh Ji (Giani Jagjit Singh Ji’s brother). After leaving Vidiyala in 1979, he started training parcharaks at Gurdwara Mantin in Negri where the Late Giani Jagjit Singh Ji Khalsa started his sewa after graduation from the Vidiyala.
Dedicated students from Vidiyala who were under him, followed him to the Gurdwara as well. Amongst those who join to be trained as parcharaks at Gurdwara Mantin was Giani Sukhdaiv Singh Ji (Gurpuri Foundation). At Gurdwara Mantin, Khalsa Ji encouraged youth from Singapore and Malaysia to setup a registered society known as Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji Vidiyala to promote the message and mission of Sant Ji, but this was turned down as there was already a society registered bearing that name; hence Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Khalsa Gardh was chosen. The aim of this society was to promote and educate people on Sikhi and Gurbani parchar, not just locally but in the global arena. This missionary work eventually led to the formation of the Sant Baba Sohan Singh Melaka Kirtani Sewak Jatha in 1979. In the name of parchar, the jatha toured countries like Germany, Holland, United Kingdom, Pakistan, India, Indonesia and Singapore. Since, 1980 the Jatha also conducted annual Barsi programmes in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) inviting foreign and local kirtani jathas to participate. This was done in commemoration of Sant Baba Sohan Singh Ji’s Barsi (Death Anniversary). Khalsa Ji had continually been doing Nisham Sewa for Sikhi parchar in the form of kirtan tours and programmes.
He never fails to emphasize the importance of taking the Amrit and being part of the Khalsa brotherhood. He stresses greatly on the importance of Naam Simran and the benefits of doing it as a family. Khalsa Ji never failed to offer assistance whenever needed and ensures Naam Simran was conducted every second Saturday of the month, in Gurdwara Sahib Dharamsala (Kuala Lumpur). Also, Kirtan programs are conducted at the request of the sangat in Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and the United Kingdom. Giani Mahinder Singh Ji Khalsa uttermost dedication to service was commendable. He was an ideal exemplar for every Sikh to emulate. His unconditional service to the Sikh community and the extensive knowledge he had accumulated over the years almost makes him a walking Gurbani dictionary, we pray that Khalsa Ji carry on his humble sewa and bring many into the fold of Guru Panth Khalsa.