Extracts of Bhai Fauja Singh's Letters
Bhai Fauja Singh wrote many letters which displayed
his true love for the Guru and the Khalsa Panth. Here are just some
extracts of the letters which he sent to American Sikhs. The "Beads
of Truth" magazine published many written by Bhai Fauja Singh,
along with people's stories concerning their personal experiences
with the Akhand Kirtani Jatha in India.
Bhai Fauja Singh, from his first contact with
American Sikhs from non-Sikh families saw the manifestation of the
prophecy of Guru Gobind Singh being fulfilled. Bhai Fauja Singh
relates to the experiences of GurSikhs coming into the Khalsa, and
tries to inspire them to spread our Guru`s beautiful message.
Some of us were not fortunate enough to
meet him in person, but we have dedicated this issue to that Khalsa
spirit which he embodied and for which he so joyfully gave his life.
Through these pages you will come to know him, as he will ever live:
a hero, a giver and a Saint.
"It is easy to understand
how God and Guru were preparing him for martyrdom, during his meditative
months in jail. Now let us offer a prayer that we should all take
full advantage of the example and the spirit he has dedicated to
the future of the entire Sikh Panth."
(Beads of Truth, Spring 1978)
Beta Soorya Kaur Ji,
WaheGuru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!
We both are Chardi Kala and pray for you to
be in the same climbing trend of life. The moment you left us we
started receiving affectionate and spiritual waves from you constantly.
We have received your second letter and we both are touched to read
it. It is representing the same love we expected from you. We are
also happy to read that you have remembered your promise of becoming
a good child. A real love is that which lasts for ages together.
I wish that you should continue to remember this noble promise throughout
your life and in next lives also. I may remind you of your promise
again in your own words, "I will become better Gursikh of Gursikh
parents. If you are working hard and honestly for ideals we congratulate
you for the same. I am also very happy that you desire less and
I hope you will work and serve the Panth headless. The aim of Guru
Gobind Singhs Khalsa is to serve the mankind headlessly. Those who
dont take rest and keep busy, they provide rest to the mankind and
to provide rest to the mankind is the real object of the Khalsa.
Life is a dream and death is coming soon to
disturb this dream. Until and unless we do not come to such a state
of mind and realise death before leaving this body we do not actually
reach our goal in life. The way of life you have adopted is a blessed
and lucky one. Man is instinctive enough to spread his personality
and ideas. A bad man living in a bad way will spread dirt to the
mankind and a lucky blessed one must impart blessing to the misguided
mankind. If the people of America are not hospitable and cosy, you
have been sent to this land by the great lord, Guru Gobind Singh
Ji, to teach these people to become cosy. If my sweet Lord kindly
returns you to India by his sweet will I will be happy and thank
Him and learn and share the Khalsa spirit prevailing in you When
the world will come to know that the Sikhs like yourselves get up
at 2.am, they will be amazed and there will be secret mouth to ear
talks and discussions about you in the streets, in homes, and in
all gatherings. I mean your true lives, practical lives, your sacrificed
lives, your devoted lives will un-earth the hidden truth. But those
who carve the way of truth on the minds, on the rocks, on the roads
and on the entrances of war fields they never desire, never hope
and never bother for leisure and pleasure in life. Their lives are
a constant struggle and they never stop and rest. Sleeps, rests,
oppositions, hindrances mean nothing for them. Their aim is to live
a holy life happily, in face of all worldly attractionsbelieve me,
Guru Gobind Singh Sahib has sent such type of lives himself to all
parts of the world and all these lives will rise in unison and the
world will see the beauty and charm of spiritualism. Only then this
planet will have a sigh of relief from its sins and problems. Further,
believe that you are amongst those specially equipped souls and
all unexpected and impossible things will be made possible by you...
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
Beta Soorya Kaur Ji,
Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh
Received your letters and we are very happy
to read that you are trying your best for self-improvement, self-realisation,
and meditation and service of Khalsa.
We are very much late in writing and in replying
your letters. On this side we were also very busy for expansion
of Sikh way of life in the villages, near our Khalsa farm. We went
to villages on foot from place to place. People took Amrit in hundreds
and promised to live a truthful life. A large number of people are
ready to take Amrit. So, this way the process is going on. The people
throughout whole of the world have got tired of intoxicants and
sins. So they are waiting for an alternative and relief from all
these troubles. Now only true and sacrificed lives are required
to become a lighthouse for all these misguided, ruined and dark-wandering
people. We are giving a dim message to the people but we are gazing
at you to carry this message of truth, message of complete light
and love to the world
Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh
Fauja Singh 6/9/77
Our dear daughter Soorya Kaur Ji,
Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh!
We are four Khalsas in this jail, from Khalsa
farm (the name of our farm is Khalsa farm). All are, happy according
to sweet will of God. We have been involved by the police in one
murder case. The whole story you will come to know when you come
to India. The previous case of Amritsar is yet unsettled and a new
one has started. We are very happy and in Chardi Kala. Your mummy
is also in Chardi Kala. All the cases will be settled by our Lord,
and ultimately we will win as the moon wins the clouds. Clouds can
never permanently surround the moon. God has given us ample time
to improve ourselves in this jail
Time is precious. I also request you to forget
everything of this world and enlighten your soul in such a way that
you are imbued in Nam.
Before the creation of the earth there was darkness
everywhere. Ultimately light from God came to light the darkness.
Similarly our body is like darkness and to enlighten it there is
a need of light from God. This light is actual light and not merely
a light of good thoughts. This light is the beginning of our journey
to the Infinite. So always seek to be absorbed in the Eternal and
Hawalati Judicial Custody, Dist..Jail Gurdaspur
Beta Soorya Ji,
Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji Ke Fateh!
I have read your letter. Don't think we have
not tried for acquittal and made full efforts and also will in future.
But, if by the will of God I am kept here it is alright, no harm
in it. I am feeling quite blessed here. Enough regular time for
meditation and spiritual studies. The walls of the Jail cannot confine
the spirit and flow of Khalsa. Khalsa is a bodyless being, he is
a fragrance, and the fragrance cannot be stopped by the walls. I
simply pray that God should bless the fragrance to me here.
Fauja Singh 2/1/77
Dear Sister Sat Kirpal Kaur Ji,
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.
All the system of heaven and earth is going
according to grace of God and Guru. And those who get imbued in
the truth of His Name are the part of the same vast force. Firstly,
with the grace of Guru one gets knowledge of His Name in good company
of the Khalsa. He also gets inspiration in the company of Khalsa
and practices this knowledge. After a long practice, one becomes
a true Khalsa. I mean one becomes true spirit beyond the weaknesses
of body (flesh). This is a stage with the grace of the Guru that
one sacrifices to preach this true spirit further to the mankind.
If he does not feel a thrill to preach further, I can definitely
say, one has not yet got the Khalsa-ism. When he attains it, it
becomes instinctive within him to preach it.
Then he does not go out under the protection
of S.G.P.C. or police of the times. He can face loneliness, he can
face separation, hunger, tiredness, piercing sun or cold. He exclaims
this truth; he gets insulted if they insult him. He does not mind
opposition if they oppose him. He gets dragged, if they drag him.
He gets stoned, if they stone him. He can cross the mountains of
Himalayas to reach Tibet without any protection on foot to preach.
Also, he can cross the dense forests of Brazil for the same purpose,
even if he has to sacrifice his life. He does not mind death for
the true cause. It is profitable, enjoyable and pleasurable to him
to cost him his life for this end. This is really healthy, happy
and holy for him.
In the end, I want to speak clearly to you that
you should shun your fears of newness of country, people and language.
You should move through villages from one place to other continuously
for a time. People will welcome you everywhere. But you should not
mind even if you are hooted at some place due to some misunderstanding.
By a considerable patience you can remove the misunderstanding from
the minds of the people. You should keep on smiling in every tense
situation. You will see that very shortly people will realise everythingMay
God bless you with strength and energy to vitalise your fatherland.
We welcome you all to this land. I am sure if a group of 200 Khalsa,
white swans go through the villages, it will change the face of
this land towards reality.
In the end to all,
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.
Your Brother Fauja Singh
District Sudhar Ghar
Dear Sister Sat Kirpal Kaur ji,
WaheGuru Ji Ka Khalsa, WaheGuru Ji Ke Fateh.
Thanks for the visit you and S. Swami Singh
have given to us in this home (in jail). I have not been able to
discuss any important matters with you as I wanted the message I
want to convey to all my friends is like this: -
I am put into this jail neither by the opposition
nor by the Sessions Judge, Gurdaspur, but I have been put in jail
by Guru Gobind Singh only; not to be punished, but to be blessed.
It is a period of complete rest, the like of one always wants. Simply
one has to understand the will of the Father. I feel we should go
a righteous way and not stop. The harassment caused by those who
become our enemies initially and ultimately both are the results
of the Supreme planning. We cannot avoid, may we try any harder,
any battle in life, any imprisonment, any death sentence. If we
stop, we are not Sikhs, and if we continue the truthful way, positively
we will come across all these occurrences, like harassments, fights,
battles, imprisonments or death sentences. All these are the duties
of a Sikh. The sooner he performs the better he feels. Don't feel
that struggle is the way to trouble, rather, struggle is the way
to a secret peace.
When you give a bugle call it means you are
ready. This readiness is the pure spirit but it should be a spirit
not a talk. When you talk a thing some people who agree with you
will stand by you and those who don't understand you will stand
against you. It has always happened and it will happen always. Right
will stand by you and devil against you, provided you are righteous.
Game starts. You will gather strength day by day. Weaker right on
your side will leave you to make you still more pure. Weaker devil
on the devil side will leave the devil to make the devil more weak,
and ultimately the devil will vanish, leaving you victorious in
the play field (battlefield) provided you continue to make extreme
sacrifice, i.e. righteous death - a permanent peace.
The aim of life is to see God through Guru.
Our Guru is Nanak, Gobind Singh, Guru Granth Ji, Akal Purakh, Ultimate
consciousness. This aim can be realised through sacrifice and understanding
the will of our Father. So to go a righteous way and self-sacrifice
is the media of achievement. So why to save, why not consume our
lives for a righteous end? Our Guru Gobind Singh sacrificed his
parents, children, beloveds and all belongings for Truth, and where
are those now who did not allow their children to die for the Guru?
All dead. This is to be understood that time passes with its usual
speed. Realise the time. How it is. Don't delay, start honestly.
We should sacrifice ourselves, otherwise after some time we will
have to repent for our slackness and duality. Let us be lions, the
Singh Sahibs, to kill the lambs in our own personalities. The moment
the lamb is killed in our personality we will blossom in all troubles
and in all happiness; a constant joy will prevail in all our motor
and sensory nerves.
We have been put into this jail by our own Guru
to gain energy and develop potential. Now we are going in a dormancy,
safe, peaceful and a most profitable period. The moment He feels
that we have been sufficiently blessed and a proper potential developed,
we will be released to act and live His own designs and supreme
plans for the truth. I may assure you that He Himself sends energy
in all odd periods like struggles, troubles, battles, wars, imprisonments,
or death-sentences provided we are patient, positive, faithful and
heaven-lookers. If He intends, He develops such a peace in the devotee
that can never be shaken in any odd circumstances mentioned above.
I have not mentioned disease and poverty anywhere as odds because
these mean nothing for a Sikh. These are very minor tests for a
Sikh, a Singh Sahib, provided His love is with the Singh Sahib.
The journey is successful for those who have
met the pure ones, pure Khalsas; they never perish, become pure
light, become pure souls and never reincarnate; and ultimately live
in God - a constant Amrit peace.
In the end I bow to all of you; I welcome all
of you; I wish you for yet more purity, and with tears of love.
I meet and depart from you and again see you in supreme peace -
an extremely still, heavenly peace.
With love and concern to all,
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh
A weak Khalsa
District Jail Gurdas pur
TO: M.S.S. Sardarni Premka Kaur Khalsa, S.S. Gurubanda Singh Khalsa,
M.S.S. Ram Das Singh Khalsa and all others
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh!
We are happy to note that you are taking great
pains in extending the truth over the world. You have written me
that I am released on bail and out to serve for a while; please
forget it. I was, never in jail. Kindly, ensure in mind that Khalsa
is not a body, it is Spirit. He works and vibrates equally in jail
and outside. 1 never felt hampered there. Even the big dacoits in
the jail were diverted into Khalsa and they made pledges to serve
the Khalsa Panth and those who commit like this are mostly released
and this way a stream of good persons from jail to outside is continuing.
Don't feel that I will go again in the jail. I was never in the
jail and will be never in the jail. I am always in the jail of my
dear father Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj. If He wills no force
can stop the function of the Khalsa.
Secondly I want to assure you that don't feel
that you are segregated or may be segregated from Khalsa Panth.
You are a part of Khalsa Panth, Hari Mandir Sahib and Sri Akal Takhat
Sahib. You have been accepted by the Guru and no force can take
you away from the Guru.
Guru is great, seek help from Him. It is written
in the Holy Granth that to seek any help from others is not the
way of Khalsa. Khalsa always looks for heaven and heaven is the
pool for all energy to Khalsa. This energy has always been coming
to Khalsa for centuries and this flow will continue in future. Khalsa
never means any conclusion, Khalsa's gait is like an elephant. A
large number of dogs bark at him, but he always goes his way undaunted
and never hints any attack to them because he feels that they can
do nothing to him. Khalsa means a figure of complete confidence
and this can never be shattered.
I request you simply to become Khalsa in pure
sense. There is written in Gurbani that large forces of the proud
kings can be dashed and finished very shortly by the smallest creatures,
provided they are blessed by the God and Guru. You simply bother
for blessings from Guru and remain very peaceful, God will do all
things in your favour. Khalsa knows no defeat. But this stage comes
when he wants to happily sacrifice his life. A fully dedicated person
will do such things in the world that it will be difficult for the
generations to believe. It is difficult to believe that a young
man of 25 years can live alive for 21 days without skull. It is
also difficult to believe that a person can fight without head.
We need not bother much about the organisation we are already very
much organised as a part of the army of Akal Purkh. Our eyes are
always towards the sky and we are receiving all help at all wanted
times in much more amounts than expected. So we are feeling that
same will continue in future also.
I am devoting much of my time in meditation
and I am feeling and experiencing a big wonder that the needed organisation
and all other needed items are coming in the rush, around me.And
I am very much sure that the power, organisations, money, command,
authority are in the NAM. If we will bear NAM in our heart all these
things will come to you and you may use these above points to spread
your ego and personality in the world, or you may use all these
powers to benefit the earth. Those who will use these powers for
personal ends these powers will prove disastrous to them and they
will become the 'RAKSHAWA' (GUNDAS i.e. murdering thieves) and those
who use for development of Khalsa these powers will become the saints
and stars of the earth. So don't worry they are making their way
to hell; you make your way to heaven. If they don't become gundas,
who will call you saints? If they don't become bad, who will call
you good? You are very lucky to become a good and saint. Saints
through all the ages have been defended by the heaven.
Is it in our knowledge in any way that the Guru
had any news agencies, or press reporters? The whole of the Mughal
empires spread over 3 thousand miles kept on a war against the Guru
and Khalsa. The Khalsa always kept silent but their personality
and spirituality attracted a certain number of headless people.
This number at a time reduced to 20 thousand living in jungles and
from that number they multiplied by giving tough defeats to the
states and capitals of India and also to the invaders of India.
As long as the Sikhs stuck to the instructions
of the Guru about spirit, mind, body, they did not see the face
of defeats. But when they left the way of Guru, they saw bad waters.
Again after realising the real trouble about forgetting the way
of Guru, they practised the teachings of the Guru and became strong
enough to survive as a complete nation. So I stress the point to
live a Khalsa life full of love of God.
I may humbly inform you that God is very much
fed up with the Gurudom personality cult systems. He wants direct
continuous and affectionate prayers of the human beings. Resultantly
I request that Nam is the key of all organisation. I want to write
one story about the 10th Master. When in his last war he was stopped
by Sarsa Nai (river) there was a bloody battle on the bank of this
river. Early in the morning Guru ordered to start the morning prayers
and ordered a portion of Sikhs to continue the defense.
Such a risk proves that our Guru came on this
earth to give Nam to the poor and needy persons of this country.
It is not that he was against the organisation, his forces were
the result of the organisation, but this organisation was made by
the will of God. So, the fundamental point is to absorb Nam 24 hours.
This Nam into the hearts of the brave persons will create a large
number of saint soldiers, which is the personal job of the Almighty.
In the end I may assure you that with the Grace
of God we will sacrifice our lives for this cause. Every drop of
our blood will be shed before you are segregated from the Khalsa
Panth. We will bear all troubles very happily and calmly before
any harm comes to you in India.
Next you have written about the removal of patits
from the Takhats. But at this time there are mainly patits on the
Takhats. Sure a time will come that these Takhats will be cleared
from the patits but such clarities need pure blood to wash. We are
preparing the nations just in the tone of NAM; very peacefully in
all rush, and very slowly in all hurry, and affectionately in all
oppositions. We are doing in undoing, we are running in rest and
organising in all weaknesses of the nationIt is all in the hands
of Guru about the place where He keeps us but at this stage we are
not intending to come to America. We have got full confidence in
your mission there. May God help you to progress there...
Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji Ki
Fauja Singh/Amarjit Kaur