His Holiness Baba Sawan Singh: The Charismatic Sikh Saint

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Baba Sawan Singh washing his hands in Dera Baba Jaimal Singh

Baba Sawan Singh washing his hands in Dera Baba Jaimal Singh

Dear friends around the world,

There is not one path or thought, one guru or teacher, or one religion or specific method that can bring us to divinity. People define this journey to divinity in many different ways. For some, this journey is to an outer divinity which they were created from. For others, this journey is to an inner divinity which ultimately makes them part of a whole. Therefore, the divine or divinity has great wisdom and foresight; it knows everything to be known within existence.

How divinity manifests to teach us and how divinity shows an example to live by cannot be limited to one religion, guru or path. So, to say that one religion or path is better than another, that one god is better than another god, or that a particular god or guru is not good is absolutely and definitively wrong. The reason that it is wrong is because none of us, myself included, is an enlightened being. Neither are we divine. But, we do have the potential to become divine. We have the potential to become, for the lack of a better phrase, one with the “cosmic whole”. For someone who has become one with the “cosmic whole”, or has become divinity and is divine, they will see things in their pure form and will have no criticism for others.

However, does that mean that there are no charlatans and no bad paths out there? Of course there are charlatans and bad paths, but we have to be sure of what we are practising. We have to be sure that it does not disturb our personal spiritual paths by judging others.

I am someone that likes to watch videos and read books about various spiritual paths, although I am strong in my affinity towards the practice of Buddhism. But, I do not constrain others by saying that Buddhism is the only path for them. That is totally illogical. So, we all have our paths, methods, religions and masters but what is of the utmost importance in today’s interconnected, increasingly “small world” is that we respect each other, our religions and our particular paths. We should not convert others or demean them. We should never judge another person’s practice. Instead, we should accept them with tolerance, love, and an eye of care and compassion.

I was watching a video by a great 92-year-old master by the name of Ishwar Puri and became entranced because what he talks about is so similar to what is mentioned in Buddhism. What I conclude is that the truth is the truth, even if we may approach it differently. Ishwar Puri’s guru, a saint of the Sikh religion, was His Holiness Baba Sawan Singh.

So I decided to have a blog post written about His Holiness Baba Sawan Singh, as I thought it would inspire people around the world to read about him, learn about his life and understand him. His journey was one of acceptance of all religions, paths, backgrounds and denominations. It is a journey because it has to be viewed through the eyes of love, compassion and acceptance if we wish to reach the divine, just like His Holiness Baba Sawan Singh.

Without understanding the path, the methods and other spiritual traditions, it is hard to go on that journey. My motivation for creating this post is to help people on their journey of acceptance, tolerance and love. At the same time, it is to educate people that deep down inside, we all want the same thing — happiness, peace and enlightenment. So, I ask all of you to read this blog post carefully and it is with great humility and honour that I present to you His Holiness Baba Sawan Singh.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Baba Sawan Singh

Baba Sawan Singh

Baba Sawan Singh Grewal (1858-1948), known as “The Great Master” to his followers, was a charismatic Indian saint of the Sikh faith. He was the spiritual successor to his teacher, Baba Jaimal Singh, and inherited his position as head of the Dera Baba Jaimal Singh, which is also known as Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB). Under Baba Sawan Singh’s spiritual guidance, RSSB flourished and has become a place where millions go to seek answers to the deeper meaning of life.

Baba Sawan Singh always encouraged his followers to practise compassion and religious tolerance, to respect all lifeforms, and to abstain from intoxicants. As with all great spiritual men, Baba Sawan Singh’s actions embodied the wisdom that he preached. Even during the most traumatic period in Indian history, when the creation of Pakistan led to inter-religious conflict, Baba Sawan Singh continued to practise universal compassion and religious tolerance. He led his followers in providing assistance to those who were suffering, regardless of their religious denomination and background.

Today, almost 70 years after his passing, Baba Sawan Singh’s teachings live on in the hearts of many.

“The human body is a cage. Within it is imprisoned the spirit or soul, which is like a bird in a cage. The bird is in love with the cage and is always singing songs of attachment for the earth. If, however, the covers, or bodies, are cast off from the soul, the bird begins to taste the Truth, and the cage is shattered into fragments. The bird then flies away to its home, which is in Sach Khand [the Realm of Truth] … When the veils are torn, millions of enrapturing joys which constitute the “peace that passeth understanding” are all attained.”

~ Baba Sawan Singh (1858 – 1948)

 

Early Life

Baba Sawan Singh was born into a respectable Jat Sikh family in the district of Ludhiana in Punjab, India on 27th July 1858. He was the only son of Kabul Singh Grewal, a Subedar-major (a commissioned officer rank) in the Indian Army, and his wife, Shrimati Jiwani. Kabul Singh Grewal was a deeply religious man while Shrimati Jiwani was the epitome of simplicity. She had an amiable character and was content with her existence. As the only son of his parents, Baba Sawan Singh became the focus of his parents’ aspirations and hopes.

Ludhiana in Pujab, India where Baba Sawan Singh was born

Ludhiana in Punjab, India where Baba Sawan Singh was born.

The good character of his parents played an important role in Baba Sawan Singh’s life. From a young age, he embodied the admirable qualities of forgiveness, contentment, devotion, and humility. His mind was free of narrow-mindedness and intolerance. Kabul Singh loved the company of holy men and served them with great reverence and sincerity. He would often take his son along to meet them. Baba Sawan Singh enjoyed a close relationship with his father and shared his passion for service.

After graduating from a school in Gujarwal, Baba Sawan Singh taught at a military school in Farrukhabad. In 1878, he fell very ill and was called home, where he recuperated for two years. It was during this period of recuperation that Baba Sawan Singh met a yogi named Bhoop Singh Ji. After spending some time in the company of this yogi, he developed a desire to renounce his secular life and become a sadhu (mendicant).

Baba Sawan Singh’s ancestral home in Mehman Singh Wala, Punjab, India

Baba Sawan Singh’s ancestral home in Mehman Singh Wala, Punjab, India

However, Baba Sawan Singh recognised that, as his parents’ only son, he had a duty to serve them. He decided to hide his desire for renunciation because he believed abandoning his filial duty would also prevent him from reaching perfection in spiritual practice.

In 1884, Baba Sawan Singh entered the Thomason College of Civil Engineering, which is now known as the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. He was well-liked by his fellow students and known for his intelligence and diligence.

The Thomason College of Civil Engineering

The Thomason College of Civil Engineering

Prior to his graduation, his father insisted that he join the military and so Baba Sawan Singh obtained a commission in the army after he graduated. He then accepted an offer to work as an overseer at the Military Engineering Service in Nowshera (present-day Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in Pakistan). Here too, Baba Sawan Singh was popular with both his colleagues and subordinates.

A picture of Baba Karam Singh Ji

A picture of Baba Karam Singh Ji

Baba Sawan Singh spent his free time studying spiritual books. He was fluent in the English, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Persian languages and this linguistic knowledge complemented his spiritual studies. He studied the holy books of Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, while also maintaining his focus on the Sikh spiritual texts — the Guru Granth Sahib and the Gurbani, which comprises of the writings of prominent Sikh writers and teachers. Baba Sawan Singh also immersed himself in the fundamental principles of general ethics, devotion and love.

At Nowshera, Baba Sawan Singh attended the teachings of a local Sikh teacher named Baba Karam Singh. He also visited Peshawar and met a mystic named Baba Kahan, with whom he spent many hours in discussion. It is said that Baba Kahan’s display of supernatural powers during their meetings evoked a deep sense of devotion in Baba Sawan Singh and he asked the holy man to give him initiation. However, his request was declined. Baba Kahan told him that he was destined to meet another holy man who would become his teacher.

Baba Kahan: You will certainly have a spiritual benediction from the hands of a perfect Saint but not from me.

Baba Sawan Singh: Where shall I search for such a person?

Baba Kahan: All your efforts shall be in vain, but in the fullness of time, that personage shall himself find you out.

Source: Singh, Sant Kirpal, A Brief Life-sketch of Hazur Baba Sawan Singh with a short narrative of His Teachings.

When he was a young boy, Baba Sawan Singh had been promised to a bride of his parents’ choosing. However, the girl passed away before the Gauna ceremony (consummation ceremony common in child marriages) could be held. After 25 years of Brahmacharya, the stage of life that focuses on education and the practice of celibacy, Baba Sawan Singh was married to Shrimati Kishan Kaur. This marriage was graced with three children. One of the children passed away at a young age and the couple was left with two surviving sons, Sardar Bachint Singh and Sardar Harbans Singh.

Baba Sawan Singh’s engineering instrument

Baba Sawan Singh’s engineering instruments

 

Meeting His Teacher

Baba Sawan Singh during his service days as a military engineer

Baba Sawan Singh during his service days as a military engineer

Baba Sawan Singh’s military career brought him to Muree, a popular hill station in the Rawalpindi District. This posting gave him the opportunity to meet and converse with pilgrims on their way to Shree Amar Nath, a Hindu shrine in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India.

In 1894, Baba Kahan’s prophecy became a reality. One day, as Baba Sawan Singh was inspecting the work in progress on Kohmarie Road in his capacity as a sub-divisional officer of the Military Engineering Service, an old Sikh man and a middle-aged lady passed by. The man was Baba Jaimal Singh and the lady was his disciple, Bibi Rukko.

Baba Jaimal was one of the spiritual successors of Shiv Dayal Singh, the founder of the Radhasoami (or Radha Soami) faith. Although the faith has similarities with Sikhism, its emphasis lies strictly on the leadership of a living Satguru. Baba Sawan Singh did not pay much attention to this man who would change the course of his life because he assumed they were petitioners on their way to file an appeal with the commissioner.

Muree, a popular hill station in the Rawalpindi District

Muree, a popular hill station in the Rawalpindi District

Baba Jaimal Singh pointed in the direction of Baba Sawan Singh and engaged Bibi Rukko in a prophetic conversation:

Baba Jaimal Singh: It is for his sake we have come here.

Bibi Rukko: But he has not even greeted you.

Baba Jaimal: What does the poor fellow know yet? On the fourth day, he will come to us…

Source: Lane, David Christopher, The Enchanted Land: A Journey with the Saints of India, USA, MSAC Philosophy Group, 2008, p. 18

 

Initiation into Sikhism

Four days later, Baba Sawan Singh did indeed go to the place where Baba Jaimal Singh was staying. Several days of conversation with Baba Jaimal Singh dispelled any doubts he had in this holy man and Baba Sawan Singh regarded Baba Jaimal as “a beacon of light for his life’s journey”. On 15th October 1894, Baba Jaimal Singh initiated Baba Sawan Singh into the secrets of Surat Shabd Yoga.

After the initiation, Baba Sawan Singh stayed with his teacher for two months. Baba Jaimal Singh then left town and Baba Sawan Singh engaged in intense meditation by himself, using the techniques he had been taught.

His sense of devotion and love for his teacher increased every day and he developed an intense longing to be near him. Baba Sawan Singh would visit Baba Jaimal Singh at every available opportunity to obtain his invaluable blessings and teachings.

Baba Jaimal Singh’s diary and watches

Baba Jaimal Singh’s diary and watches

Baba Sawan Singh flourished under the guidance of Baba Jaimal Singh. Within nine years, he realised “the eternal Realm of Truth according to the Saints, which is beyond time and space” and became a master of the Radhasoami and Sant Mat traditions. David Christopher Lane touches on this in his book, The Enchanted Land:

“First by coming into contact with an authentic master; second, by explicitly following the instructions of his teacher (daily meditation, pure moral life, surrender of the body/mind/soul to the living presence of Shabd, etc.); and third, by realising experientially that his real Self is neither body nor a mind but an effulgent wave of Consciousness.”

Source: Lane, David, ‘The Enchanted Land: A Journey with the Saints of India’, USA, MSAC Philosophy Group. 2008. p. 12

As in some other religious traditions such as Buddhism, a qualified and authentic teacher is the key to obtaining spiritual attainments. This is also in accordance with what is stated in the Guru Granth Sahib and by Maulana Rumi.

“Take hold of the hand of the Master, for without Him the way is full of untold dangers and difficulties. Never for a moment get separated from the Master and never place too much confidence in thy own valour or wisdom.”

~ Maulana Rumi

“Meet the Master and get initiation from Him. Surrender thy body and mind to Him and invert within. Thou shalt find the path only through analysing the self.”

Source: Guru Granth Sahib (Holy Book of Sikhs)

 

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In 1891, Baba Jaimal Singh settled at a camp (dera) from which he conducted the affairs of the Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB). In 1902, after the foundation stone for the main satsang hall was laid, Baba Jaimal Singh told Bibi Rukko, “I will not hold a satsang in this hall.” Upon hearing this statement, Bibi Rukko started to cry. When she asked him who would be holding the satsangs after him, he asked her to go into the hall and see for herself. She went; Baba Sawan Singh was there.

Before he passed away in 1903, Baba Jaimal Singh assigned spiritual work to Baba Sawan Singh. Many devotees began to address him as “Maharaja Ji” or “Hazur Maharaj Sahib.”

Radha Soami Satsang Beas

Radha Soami Satsang Beas

 

The Satguru of Radha Soami Satsang Beas

Baba Sawan Singh in 1911

Baba Sawan Singh in 1911

Following Baba Jaimal Singh’s death, Baba Sawan Singh spent most of his time in spiritual and devotional practice but also retained his position in the Military Engineering Service. However, he felt an increasing need to devote his life exclusively to spreading the message of spirituality and serving truth seekers, and opted for early retirement in 1911.

The camp set up by Baba Jaimal Singh in 1891 was located approximately three miles from the railway station of Beas (on the Eastern Punjab Railway). Baba Sawan Singh established a beautiful settlement on the bank of the Beas River and named it “Dera Baba Jaimal Singh” in honour of his beloved teacher. An accomplished engineer himself, Baba Sawan Singh erected several large buildings to accommodate the increasing influx of truth seekers. The camp gradually grew into a satsang that included bungalows, a satsang hall, and houses.

Baba Sawan Singh during satsang

Baba Sawan Singh during satsang

Between 1934 and 1935, Satsang Ghar, a beautiful grand hall in the shape of the letter “T” was built at the cost of 200,000 rupees. It was not just the most impressive structure in the camp but in all of Northern India. The building was built to hold satsang but, due to the increasing number of seekers who came to the camp, it proved to be too small. Today, Satsang Ghar is used for initiation ceremonies.

Due to his wisdom and charisma, Baba Sawan Singh’s popularity spread like wildfire; truth seekers of various religious denominations from around the world came to solicit his advice and obtain his blessings. The following passage reveals the exceptional qualities that made him so popular amongst his devotees:

“[Baba Sawan Singh] unfolded the Divine mysteries with such an easy and facile grace that His words went home and penetrated deep down into the hearts and made an everlasting impression. This is possible only when a really competent personage with practical personal esoteric experience within expounds the Truth of the actual spiritual experiments and has the competency to infuse into the innermost recesses of the brain not only mere words but the results of His own vast spiritual experiments along with the pith of the essential principles thereof.”

Source: Singh, Sant Kirpal, The Life of Hazur Baba Sawan Singh

His following included Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and Christians not only from the region but also from the United States and European countries such as Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Germany.

 

His Charisma and Exceptional Qualities

It was difficult not to be drawn in by Baba Sawan Singh’s charisma and exceptional qualities. He was physically beautiful, well-proportioned, and was endowed with exquisite facial features, a long white beard, and a mole on his right cheek. It is said that he bore a Padam Rekha (lotus line in palmistry) on his feet.

Baba Sawan Singh initiated children in Kalabagh

Baba Sawan Singh initiated children in Kalabagh

Everywhere he went, he was the subject of many yearning eyes. There is a Persian verse that perfectly describes the physical appearance of this holy man:

Husne Yusuf, dame Isa, yad-i-baiza dari
Anche hama khuban darand to tanha dari

Thou hast beauty of Joseph, healing power of Jesus Christ, and brilliant hand of Moses. In short, thou alone possesseth all these qualities of loveliness that constitute physical assemblage of graces.

Source: Singh, Sant Kirpal, A Brief Life-sketch of Hazur Baba Sawan Singh with a short narrative of His Teachings

Compared to his physical features, his mind was even more impressive. Baba Sawan Singh was a fountain of wisdom, knowledge, compassion, peace, truth and brotherhood.

He had no known negative qualities, and never discriminated based on creed, caste or skin colour. Baba Sawan Singh’s presence alone was sufficient to lighten the mood of individuals bogged down by their myriad earthly problems. His hands were free from viciousness, malice and materialism. Baba Sawan Singh never accepted personal gifts from anyone, including his disciples, and depended on the pension from his career as an officer.

Another picture of Baba Sawan Singh holding satsang in front of his followers

Baba Sawan Singh holding satsang in front of his followers

In addition to his exceptional charisma, Baba Sawan Singh lived up to the humanitarian ideals he preached. He was a dependable friend to those who were suffering, regardless of their religious denomination. Baba Sawan Singh used to say, “All religions and all countries are mine and I love them equally.”

In conveying the teachings, Baba Sawan Singh’s speech and methods were very clear. His wisdom penetrated into the minds of listeners, no matter their background or level of intelligence. Sant Kirpal Singh described how Baba Sawan Singh spoke:

“[The] simple and illuminative words and phrases uttered forth by Him to unravel the problems of Reality were peculiarly sweet and intoxicating. Ordinary pulpit-preachers when they deliver their addresses on the basis of intellect and reasoning simply betray that it is only imitative art as if it is scattering scentless flowers, distributing wine un-intoxicating, beauty without attraction and body without soul.”

Source: Singh, Sant Kirpal, A Brief Life-sketch of Hazur Baba Sawan Singh with a short narrative of His Teachings

With his exceptional knowledge, wisdom, compassion and charismatic presence, Baba Sawan Singh became the perfect vessel to relay the teachings of the holy saints of the past such as Guru Nanak, Tulsi Sahib, Kabir Sahib, Soami Shiv Dayal Singh, Paltu Sahib and Maulana Rumi.

Baba Sawan Singh and his students

Baba Sawan Singh and his students

 

His Message of Spirituality

Baba Sawan Singh advised his followers to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle, respect all forms of life and acknowledge that unnecessarily taking a life results in a debt that will have to be repaid in the future. He also encouraged them to abstain from intoxicants so they would attain a calm mind which would help them concentrate during meditation.

Another picture of Baba Sawan Singh with his students

Baba Sawan Singh with his students

After 1911, Baba Sawan Singh devoted his life exclusively to spreading his spiritual message. His devotees could be found in large numbers in villages across Punjab but he travelled all over India and his enigmatic presence and personality attracted myriad followers everywhere he went.

In India alone, over 30 satsang halls were built for the purpose of imparting spiritual knowledge to his congregation. At the monthly congregation at RSSB, 60,000 to 80,000 truth seekers would come to satisfy their spiritual thirst.

Truth seekers at RSSB

Truth seekers at RSSB

Manmade concepts of status, position, faith, belief and even nationality were no barriers to his fame. During his lifetime, Baba Sawan Singh had approximately 200,000 followers from various religions, castes, backgrounds and social status. Spiritual aspirants from as far away as Europe and America travelled to India to attend his teachings. Among the thousands of his Western followers were the Governor-General and Viceroy of India, Colonel Saunders (the Secretary to His Excellency Lord Irwin), Dr. Julian P. Johnson (an American surgeon and the author of several books on Eastern spirituality) and Pierre Schmidt (a physician from Switzerland).

 

A Beacon of Humanity

The 1940s saw terrible turbulence and communal strife that culminated in the Partition of India, the division of the colonial British province of Punjab between Pakistan and India. The majority-Muslim western Punjab became Pakistan’s Punjab Province while eastern Punjab with its larger Sikh and Hindu population became India’s Punjab state. During this period, there was hatred and inter-communal violence that resulted in untold misery, loss of life and material damage on both sides. The situation was not favourable for anyone.

This picture was taken in September 1947. Muslim refugees were fighting for a space in an overcrowded train to flee India during the Partition of India

This picture was taken in September 1947. Muslim refugees were fighting for space in an overcrowded train to flee India during the Partition of India

According to Prof. Istiaq Ahmed, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Stockholm University:

“In March 1947, the Muslims started large-scale violence, mainly against Sikhs but also against Hindus, in the Muslim-majority districts of northern Punjab. Yet, at the end of that year, more Muslims had been killed in East Punjab than Hindus and Sikhs together in West Punjab.”

Source: Ahmed, Istiaq, ‘The Punjab Bloodied, Partitioned and Cleansed’, Fair Observer, 2012.

In the midst of this inter-religious violence and hatred, Baba Sawan Singh became a beacon of humanity and once again proved his universal compassion. He provided safe refuge for 100 Muslims who lived near Dera Baba Jaimal Singh and arranged for them to be escorted safely to Pakistan.

 

Later Life and Death

Baba Sawan Singh continued to work tirelessly into his old age, spending long hours to satisfy the millions of truth seekers who came to him for guidance. When he was 90 years old, Baba Sawan Singh still worked an average of 18 hours a day. This taxing schedule had an adverse impact on his increasingly frail physical frame. His students pleaded with him to seek treatment.

Baba Sawan Singh with his students at Beas Railway station

Baba Sawan Singh with his students at Beas Railway station

In September 1947, after establishing a managing committee to handle the day-to-day affairs of his centres, he went to Amritsar to seek medical advice. There, he was told that there was a tumour in his bladder. After he returned, his physical condition fluctuated.

His students made every effort to search for an effective medical remedy but it was fruitless. It is believed that when a holy man such as Baba Sawan Singh suffers from a chronic medical condition, it is actually the result of absorbing the negative karma of his followers.

Baba Sawan Singh with his secretary, Lala Har Narayan

Baba Sawan Singh with his secretary, Lala Har Narayan

Even during his illness, Baba Sawan Singh continued to participate actively in the management of the Dera (camp) and gave instructions to his students about what to do after his passing.

In February 1948, Baba Sawan Singh was confined to bed due to his illness. By the end of the same month, he enquired about the number of people that he had initiated. After checking the records, his students told him, “Up till now, about one hundred and fifty thousand souls have been awakened by Hazur.” Hazur was the nickname of Baba Sawan Singh. In the evening of the same day, Baba Sawan Singh called one of his main students, Kirpal Singh and said, “I have done half of your work and have given Naam (initiation) to over one and a half lakh persons, and the rest you have to accomplish.” On another occasion, Baba Sawan Singh also advised Kirpal Singh to build his own satsang.

Baba Sawan Singh’s room in his residence

Baba Sawan Singh’s room in his residence

On 29th March 1948, Baba Sawan Singh’s condition worsened. This situation was testing on those who loved and waited on him. On 1st April 1948, Kirpal Singh made a humble request to Baba Sawan Singh to remove the illness from his holy body:

“Master, thou art above body and bodily influences, unconcerned as to comforts and discomforts, but we humble and helpless beings are afflicted hard and cannot endure the sight of Hazur thus suffering bodily. Thou hast all powers. We should be extremely grateful if Hazur very graciously removes this indication of disease on His body.”

Source: Singh, Sant Kirpal, The Life of Hazur Baba Sawan Singh

Out of his compassion, Baba Sawan Singh fulfilled Kirpal Singh’s prayer:

“After the prayer, when I opened my eyes, Hazur’s body was in a state of perfect repose. Hazur’s forehead was shining resplendently. He opened His mercy-showering lovely eyes intoxicated with God’s divine love and cast a glance at my humble self, both eyes gleaming with radiance like a lion’s. I bowed my head in solemn and silent adoration and said, ‘It is all Hazur’s benignity!’”

Source: Singh, Sant Kirpal, The Life of Hazur Baba Sawan Singh

Baba Sawan Singh visiting Pisawa Fort

Baba Sawan Singh visiting Pisawa Fort

Baba Sawan Singh passed away the following day, 2nd April 1948, at 8:30 a.m. at Dera Baba Jaimal Singh. His students believed that although Baba Sawan Singh’s mortal body had left them, his soul was not far away.

After Baba Sawan Singh’s passing, his spiritual successors continued to spread his teachings around the world and quench the thirst of those seeking the truth. Before he passed away, Baba Sawan Singh appointed his disciple, Baba Jagat Singh, to be his spiritual successor. Although some of Baba Sawan Singh’s disciples like Kirpal Singh and Mastana Balochistani would later move on and establish their own successful spiritual missions, they remained devoted to the memory and teachings of their Satguru.

Baba Sawan Singh’s watches and spectacles

Baba Sawan Singh’s watches and spectacles

Baba Sawan Singh's clock

Baba Sawan Singh’s clock

 

Notable Students

 

Baba Jagat Singh (1884-1951)

Baba Jagat Singh (1884-1951)

Baba Jagat Singh (1884-1951)

Baba Jagat Singh was Baba Sawan Singh’s spiritual successor. Prior to dedicating his life to full-time spiritual practice, Baba Jagat Singh was a professor of Chemistry at Punjab Agricultural College. He received initiation into the practice of Surat Shabd Yoga from Baba Sawan Singh.

After becoming his disciple, Baba Jagat Singh spent most of his weekends with his teacher at Dera Baba Jaimal Singh. In 1943, he retired from secular work and devoted his life to spiritual practice. Upon the passing of his teacher, Baba Jagat Singh became the third master of RSSB until his death on 23rd October 1951.

 

Kirpal Singh (1894 – 1974)

Kirpal Singh (1894 – 1974)

Kirpal Singh (1894 – 1974)

Kirpal Singh was one of Baba Sawan Singh’s closest disciples. Prior to meeting Baba Sawan Singh, Kirpal Singh had been a government official. After the passing of his beloved master, Kirpal Singh established his own spiritual mission, Ruhani Satsang, in accordance with Baba Sawan Singh’s wishes.

Kirpal Singh has authored a number of books and had the opportunity to serve as the President of the World Fellowship of Religions for a period of time.

 

Mastana Balochistani (1891-1960)

Mastana Balochistani (1891-1960)

Mastana Balochistani (1891-1960)

Mastana Balochistani was originally from Balochistan. He had always been inclined toward spiritual practice, even at a young age. When he was 14 years old, Balochistani left his home to search for a spiritual teacher, and his efforts bore fruit nine years later when he met Baba Sawan Singh.

Balochistani established Dera Sacha Sauda on 29th April 1948 following his teacher’s advice to teach meditation and conduct spiritual discourses for the residents of Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan.

 

A Brief Introduction to Sikhism

Sikhism was established in the 16th century by Guru Nanak (1469-1538)

Sikhism was established in the 16th century by Guru Nanak (1469-1538)

Sikhism was established in the 16th century by Guru Nanak (1469-1538) and the nine teachers who followed him:

  1. Guru Angad (1504-1552)
  2. Guru Amar Das (1479-1574)
  3. Guru Ram Das (1534-1581)
  4. Guru Arjun (1563-1606)
  5. Guru Gargobind (1595-1644)
  6. Guru Har Rai (1630-1661)
  7. Guru Har Krishan (1656-1663)
  8. Guru Tegh Bahadur (1621-1675)
  9. Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708)

Sikhism is a monotheistic religion that emphasises the belief in one god. Sikhs are devoted to God, whom they keep in their hearts and minds, and believe in the importance of doing good deeds rather than just focusing on rituals. Sikhism believes in treating every individual equally, and in honesty, hard work, generosity, and serving others.

Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru

Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru

Before his passing, Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru declared that the holy book, Guru Granth Sahib would have the status of a living guru, and that the followers of Sikhism should revere it as they would a human teacher. He also advised that if they could not find the answer in the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh community should make the decision in accordance with the principles of their holy scriptures. Currently, there are approximately 27 million Sikh followers in the world.

 

About Radha Soami Satsang Beas

The Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB), also known as Dera Baba Jaimal Singh, is a non-profit philosophical organisation that emphasises inner development under a spiritual teacher’s guidance. It was founded by Baba Jaimal Singh in 1891 and has since developed into an international organisation. Currently, RSSB holds congressional meetings in over 90 countries around the world and is not affiliated to any commercial or political organisation.

Radha Soami Satsang Beas

Radha Soami Satsang Beas

The name ‘Radha Soami’ is a Hindi term which literally means “Lord of the Soul”. Satsang refers to a group of truth seekers, and Beas is the town in Northern India where the original centre was located. The present Satguru of RSSB is Baba Gurinder Singh who resides at the organisation’s main centre in Beas, northern India. Members of RSSB are free to adhere to any religion, and the organisation does not involve itself in the personal lives of its members. However, RSSB members are advised to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle and to abstain from recreational drugs, tobacco and alcohol. They are expected to live their lives in accordance with high moral values and encouraged to support themselves financially.

 

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The Spiritual and Karmic Aspects of the Vegetarian Diet (Click to download PDF)

Hazur Baba Sawan Singh: Pictures and Quotes (Click to download PDF)

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Addendum

As mentioned in the introduction, His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche came across Baba Sawan Singh when watching a video of Ishwar Puri, who is a student of Baba Sawan Singh. The video, titled “Attachments are Mistaken to be Love“, caught Rinpoche’s attention. In the video, Ishwar Puri explains that the outer guru, which he calls the ‘perfect living master’ or Satguru in Hindi, is actually your own true self (or inner divinity) appearing as a human being to guide you. You can watch this powerful video below:

 

VIDEO: Attachments are Mistaken to be Love – Ishwar Puri

Or view the video on the server at:
https://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/AttachmentsAreMistakenToBeLoveIshwarPuri.mp4

 

The Path of the Masters

The Path of the Masters by Dr. Julian Johnson, an American student of Baba Sawan Singh

The Path of the Masters by Dr. Julian Johnson, an American student of Baba Sawan Singh

One of the most famous books on the teachings of Baba Sawan Singh was written by his American student, Dr. Julian Johnson. Dr. Johnson was both a theologian and surgeon, but above all is remembered as a man in search of the truth. It was at the height of his worldly success that he abandoned his position and moved to India to study with Baba Sawan Singh. He spent his time learning at the feet of the great master and practised diligently. In fact, it is said that he was rewarded with a vision of reality beyond all forms. Dr. Johnson’s love for his master was unbounded, his faith was implicit and his devotion was unyielding. After moving to India, he never once returned to the United States where he was born.

Dr. Johnson wrote The Path of the Masters under the specific instructions and guidance of Baba Sawan Singh, in order to transmit his timeless teachings to the West. In this work, he not only shares the teachings but infuses them with his own personal experiences, providing readers with a glimpse of what it is like to work towards divinity.
 

Bhajans

Bhajans are the generic name given to Indian devotional songs. The Radhasoami tradition of Baba Sawan Singh has many such songs that express the devotional attitude of its practitioners towards divinity and their guru. Below are two such beautiful songs sung by Mary Fewel Tulin.

Mere Vich Na Guruji Gun Koi

By Mary Fewel Tulin

      Mere Vich Na Guru Ji Gun Koi.mp3

 

Lyrics

Mere vich na guru ji gun koi auguna da mai bharya
Mere vich na guru ji gun koi auguna da mai bharya

Translation: 0 Guru Ji, there is no good quality in me, I am full of bad qualities.
0 Guru Ji, there is no good quality in me, I am full of bad qualities.

Sab avgun mai gun nahi koi, kyo kar kant milava hoi
Kyo kat kant milava hoi, auguna da mai bharya

Translation: You have all good qualities – I have none.
How could the meeting with the Beloved happen?

Na mai rup na banke naina, na kul dhang na mithe bena
Na kul dhang na mithe bena, auguna da mai bharya

Translation: I have neither beauty nor attractive eyes.
I have neither good ways nor sweet words.

Mere vich na guru ji gun koi auguna da mai bharya
Mere vich na guru ji gun koi auguna da mai bharya

Translation: 0 Guru Ji, there is no good quality in me, I am full of bad qualities.
0 Guru Ji, there is no good quality in me, I am full of bad qualities.

Asi papi ha augun hare, aake dig pe tere dvare
Tere bina kite mildi na dhoi, auguna da mai bharya

Translation: We are sinners – we are full of bad qualities. We have fallen at your door.
Except for You we find no refuge at any place.

Yatima samaj ke chaudali layo, ger chaurasi da phir na payo
Piche sade nal hoi jo hoi, auguna da mai bharya

Translation: Understanding us as orphans, attach us to your feet. Do not involve us in the cycle of 84 lakhs again.
Whatever has happened with us in the past has happened.

Mere vich na guru ji gun koi auguna da mai bharya
Mere vich na guru ji gun koi auguna da mai bharya

Translation: 0 Guru Ji, there is no good quality in me, I am full of bad qualities.
0 Guru Ji, there is no good quality in me, I am full of bad qualities.

Tere bina sab chadte sahare, dil sade viche vasaja piyare
Hath ban karda arjoi, auguna da mai bharya

Translation: We have given up all support except you. Beloved One, dwell in our hearts.
Folding our hands we make this request.

Mai papi mai auguna hara Garib Ajaiba das tumara
Kirpal Guru bina aasra na koi, auguna da mai bharya

Translation: I am the sinner, full of bad qualities. Poor Ajaib is your slave.
Without Kirpal there is no shelter.

Mere vich na guru ji gun koi auguna da mai bharya
Mere vich na guru ji gun koi auguna da mai bharya

Translation: 0 Guru Ji, there is no good quality in me, I am full of bad qualities.
0 Guru Ji, there is no good quality in me, I am full of bad qualities.

Likhan Valya Tu Hoke

By Mary Fewel Tulin

      Likhan Valya Tu Hoke.mp3.mp3

 

Lyrics

Likhana vali ya tu hoke, dayala likh de,
Mere hirade vich gura da, pyar likh de.
Likhana vali ya tu hoke, dayala likh de,
Mere hirade vich gura da, pyar likh de.

Translation: O Writer of Fortunes,
Graciously write on my heart, love for the Master.
O Writer of Fortunes,
Graciously write on my heart, love for the Master.

Hatha vich likh de, seva guru ji di
Hatha vich likh de, seva guru ji di

Translation: In my hands, write the service of the Guru,
In my hands, write the service of the Guru.

Mera tana mana Guru ute, var likh de,
Mere hirade vich gura da, pyar likh de.

Translation: Write the sacrifice of my body and mind for the Guru

Likhana vali ya tu hoke, dayala likh de,
Mere hirade vich gura da, pyar likh de.

Translation: O Writer of Fortunes,
Graciously write on my heart, love for the Master.

Jiba te likh de, Nama Guru ji da
Jiba te likh de, Nama Guru ji da

On my tongue, write the name of the Guru
On my tongue, write the name of the Guru

Mere kana vich dhun di, avaz likh de,
Mere hirade vich gura da, pyar likh de

Translation: On my tongue, write the name of the Guru
For my ears, write the voice of the Sound Current.

Likhana vali ya tu hoke, dayala likh de,
Mere hirade vich gura da, pyar likh de.

Translation: O Writer of Fortunes,
Graciously write on my heart, love for the Master.

Mathe te likh de, jot Guru ji di
Mathe te likh de, jot Guru ji di

Translation: On my forehead, write the Light of the Guru
On my forehead, write the Light of the Guru

Men ankh vich guru da, didar likh de,
Mere hirade vich gura da, pyar likh de.

Translation: For my eyes, write the darshan of my Guru
Graciously write on my heart, love for the Master.

Likhana vali ya tu hoke, dayala likh de,
Mere hirade vich gura da, pyar likh de.

Translation: O Writer of Fortunes,
Graciously write on my heart, love for the Master.

Ek na likhi mere, Satguru da vichora
Ek na likhi mere, Satguru da vichora

Translation: Don’t write one thing: separation from the Guru
Don’t write one thing: separation from the Guru

Bhave chut jae sara, sansar likh de,
Mere hirade vich gura da, pyar likh de.

Translation: It doesn’t matter if separation from the whole world is written
Graciously write on my heart, love for the Master.

Likhana vali ya tu hoke, dayala likh de,
Mere hirade vich gura da, pyar likh de.

Translation: O Writer of Fortunes,
Graciously write on my heart, love for the Master.

Likhana vali ya tu hoke, dayala likh de,
Mere hirade vich gura da, pyar likh de.

Translation: O Writer of Fortunes,
Graciously write on my heart, love for the Master.

 

Glossary of Terms

Brahmacharya

The brahmacharya (bachelor student) stage of life – from childhood up to 25 years of age – is focused on education and includes the practice of celibacy.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmacharya

Gauna

Gauna is a north Indian term that refers to both a custom and a ceremony associated with the consummation of a marriage. It is usually linked to the archaic practice of child marriage, where the bride remains at her natal home after the marriage ceremony since it is only considered a ritual union. When she comes of age, she goes to her husband’s home where a gauna ceremony is conducted, after which they begin their conjugal life.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gauna

Gurbani

Gurbani, also called Gun Bani, is a term used to refer to various compositions by Sikh Gurus and other writers of the Guru Granth Sahib. In general, hymns in the Guru Granth Sahib are referred to as Gurbani. Amritdhari Sikhs consider some texts from Dasam Granth which are read as Nitnem (daily hymns) as Gurbani as well.

The Adi Granth explains that Gurbani is the written form of a sound which comes directly from the Supreme. By understanding the qualities of the Primal Lord and Soul in Gurbani, a Sikh can attain the Supreme State.

Historical Sikh writings, unauthentic writings and apocryphal compositions written under the names of Sikh Gurus, and other writings by Sikhs are not considered Gurbani and are referred to as Kachi Bani.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gurbani

Gurdwara

A Gurdwara is where Sikhs come together for congregational worship.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/sikhism/ritesrituals/gurdwara_1.shtml

Guru Granth Sahib

The Guru Granth Sahib is a book that Sikhs consider a living Guru. The tenth and last Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708) decreed that the spiritual guide of the Sikhs after his death would be the teachings it contained. Sikhs show the Guru Granth Sahib the respect they would to a human Guru.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/sikhism/ataglance/glance.shtml

Guru Nanak Ji Dev

Guru Nanak (15 April 1469 – 22 September 1539) was the founder of Sikhism and the first of its ten Gurus. He preached a message of one God who dwells in each of His creations and constitutes the eternal Truth. This was the basis of the spiritual, social, and political platform he created based on equality, fraternal love, goodness, and virtue.

Guru Nanak’s words make up the 974 poetic hymns in the Guru Granth Sahib, Sikhism’s holy text. Guru Nanak’s sanctity, divinity and religious authority are believed by Sikhs to have passed successively to the nine subsequent Gurus who followed him, and then into the Guru Granth Sahib.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guru_Nanak

Jat Sikh

Jat Sikhs are a sub-group of the Jat people in the Sikh community. They account for between 21% and 25% of the population of the Punjab State, India.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jat_Sikh

Khalsa

This term refers collectively to men and women who have been initiated into the Sikh faith.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/sikhism/ataglance/glance.shtml

Radhasoami Faith

The Radhasoami faith is similar to the Religion of Saints or Sant Mat, as taught by Guru Nanak, Kabir Sahab and the Sufi Saints.

Adherents of Radhasoami believe:

  • in the existence of God
  • that the essence of God is the same as the soul in human beings
  • in the Afterlife

The faith stresses the existence of one True Supreme Being who is the Creator of the universe. It teaches that the human soul is simply an emanation of the Supreme Being.

Source: http://www.dayalbagh.org.in/radhasoami-faith/basic-concepts.htm

Sadhu

A holy man, mendicant, sage, or ascetic.

Source: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/sadhu

Satguru

Satguru is a Sanskrit term that means ‘true guru’. Sikhs use it to refer to both God and to a Guru. A satguru can lead his flock to moksha – enlightenment or inner peace.

Source: http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Satguru

Satsang

Satsang is a Sanskrit term that means ‘(the) company of true people’. In Sikhism, it more accurately translates as ‘the assembly of true believers’. Sikh satsangs date back to its first Guru, Guru Nanak.

Satsangs are common to all religions from the Indian subcontinent but have a unique context in Sikhism. The convention of gathering at a gurdwara to sing the Guru’s religious compositions is seen as a sign of loyalty to the Guru as well as a means of participating in the power of the divine Word. There are no restrictions on who can attend a satsang.

Source: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Satsang

Sikh Gurus

Sikhism is a religion of teachers, who are known as Gurus by the Sikhs. The first Guru was Guru Nanak, who established the faith in 1469. He was followed by nine human Gurus, each of whom used the name ‘Nanak’ when writing spiritual verses.

These ten human Gurus were succeeded by the current Guru, the holy text of Sikhism known as the Guru Granth Sahib. The Guru Granth Sahib will forevermore remain the Guru of the Sikh religion.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikh_gurus

The 5 Ks

The 5 Ks of Sikhism are the five things that a true Sikh is to have on him at all times. These items identify a member of the Khalsa to others and are a symbol of devotion and submission to the Guru.

The five Ks are:

  • Kesh (uncut hair)
  • Kara (steel bracelet)
  • Kirpan (steel dagger)
  • Kanga (wooden comb)
  • Kaccha (cotton undergarment)

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/sikhism/customs/fiveks.shtml

 

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  3. Jacinta on Jul 24, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    I’ve not heard about Master Baba Sawan Singh before but I was amazed by the talks given by one of His very devoted students, Ishwar Puri. His talks was kindly shared by Rinpoche previously and I was totally taken away by the talks given by Ishwar Puri.

    The teachings are simple and yet he can speak in great length with such a great detail in each of the subjects and he can connect everything in that instance without a prepared script! The things that he described are very much similar to those teachings that I’ve read before (jaw dropped). Although I have not reached that level and yet he can actually bring my “mind” to that level through my own visualisation plus some dramatic scene created by my mind 🤣.

    Another thing that captured my attention that time was how he mentioned repeatedly of his “Great Master”. It’s just a simple word and yet he can uttered it with great reverence throughout the talks and this shows how great and devoted he is to his own Master. This led me to think how great his Master was and wanted to read more about Him. The video about him and the great devotional song sang by Mary Fewel Tulin is superb🌟

    P/s: I couldn’t remember clearly but if I’m not mistaken Rinpoche once spoke about how one monk, who because of his great demeanour have led to the conversion of a whole tribe into Buddhism due to this monk where the person eventually wanted to meet the Guru of his.
    Hence, we should carry ourselves well as we represent the image of our Guru!

  4. Stella Cheang on Jul 21, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    It is truly inspiring to read about Baba Sawan Singh who embodies compassion, wisdom, brotherhood and charisma. He is a living example of Sikhism, a teaching started by Guru Nanak. Baba Sawan Singh promoted vegetarianism and abstain from intoxicant, including alcohol, to preserve a clear, spiritual mind. He never ceased to teach and give guidance to truth seekers well into his old age, benefiting many many people. Thank you for this sharing.

  5. wan wai meng on Jul 11, 2018 at 6:30 am

    Very interesting to read about the life of His Holinesss Baba Sawan Singh and all that he has done to serve the people and his spiritual community. I felt he lived his life with a lot of devotion to his beliefs and convictions. The black and white picture of him are striking, and gives an impression of this is a man who is devoted to spiritual development, and who possesses spiritual power.

  6. Anne Ong on Jul 7, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Interesting and very inspiring life story about Baba Sawan Singn. And a very meaningful quote on Guru Devotion. “Take hold of the hand of the Master, for without Him the way is full of untold dangers and difficulties. Never for a moment get separated from the Master and never place too much confidence in thy own valour or wisdom.”
    Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for another inspiring article on spirituality.🙏😘💛

  7. Tsem Rinpoche on Jun 19, 2018 at 7:19 am

    Dear friends,

    May I invite you to listen to these two songs which bring us to another level of inspiration:

    1. Mere Vich Na Guruji Gun Koi
    https://vimeo.com/274281986

    2. Likhan Valya Tu Hoke
    https://vimeo.com/274281836

    The person who inspired these songs is considered a saint.

    May your spiritual journey reach fruition no matter what path you choose, Tsem Rinpoche

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  8. Meghna on Jun 7, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Simply beautiful, you Eminence.

    No matter what spiritual path one follows, a beautiful soul will always shine the brightest.
    It almost seems as if he was born to aid the masses during the highly, highly volatile part of history – during the Partition.
    ‘Absorbing the negative karma of his followers’ – mindblown.

  9. Samfoonheei on Jun 7, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Very inspiring article of His Holiness Baba Sawan Singh, a man of truly admirable qualities of forgiveness, contentment, devotion, and humility. He relinquish his secular life and become a sadhu. He was an Indian Saint ,and also known as “The Great Master” to many. He was well known throughout and every where he went , thousands will be there to attend his spiritual teachings. Amazing all those hundred thousands followers were from different faith too as he once said that the essentials of all religions are the same. Those following includes Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, thousands from abroad and so forth. He left a legacy of no regrets. i do enjoyed reading this article of such an inspiring Sikh master and Saint.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this sharing

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    முற்றிலும் உன்மை.பாபா சாவான் சிங் எப்பொழுதும் தனது சிஷ்யர்களுக்கு கருணை மற்றும் மத சகிப்புத்தன்மை, அனைத்து உயிரினங்களையும் மதித்தல் மற்றும் போதை தருபவற்றைத் தவிர்க்குமாறும் வலியுறுத்துவார்.அனைத்து மகா ஆன்மீக மனிதர்களைப் போல், தான் போதிக்கும் ஞானம், பாபா சாவான் சிங்கின் செயல்களில் உள்ளடக்கி இருக்கும். அதிலும், இந்திய வரலாற்றில் மிகவும் பேரதிர்ச்சி காலமான‌ பாகிஸ்தானின் உருவாக்கம் பல்வேறு மத சண்டைகளை ஏற்படுத்திய‌ காலக்கட்டத்திலும் பாபா சாவான் சிங் தொடர்ந்து பிரபஞ்ச அளவிலான கருணையையும் மத சகிப்புத்தன்மையையும் தொடர்ந்து செயல்படுத்தி வந்தார்.
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 04:51 PM
    Many temple was built and the 10 most famous Buddhist temple in the world was ranked. Each temple has its own history in its remarkable up today.One of the famous templeThe Mahabodhi (Great Enlightenment) Temple is a Buddhist stupa located in Bodhgaya, India. The main complex contains a descendant of the original Bodhi Tree under which Gautama Buddha gained enlightenment, and is the most sacred place in Buddhism.
    Thank you very much for sharing this article with the beautiful view of 10 famous Buddhist temples.

    Read more : https://bit.ly/2KkCr2K
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 03:36 PM
    Generally stupas are the physical representations of a Buddha’s mind. They come in 8 main shapes. Each shape is equal to the representation of Buddha’s mind.

    They can contain:

    Relics of Buddha
    Relics of High monks
    Relics of attained masters
    Sutras
    Mantras
    Multiple images of Buddhas such as statues/tsatsas/pictures/paintings/precious items
    Wealth vases
    Blessed items like from sand mandalas
    Even consecrated bones/nail/hair of ordinary beings/animals can be placed inside… this would generate great merits for the deceased in their future rebirths. And stupas can come in all sizes from one inch to one story or anything
    Stupas are built to purify karma, sanctify an area, calm an area with many natural disasters, bring good energy/luck to a region, enshrine the remains of holy beings, bless the environment and animals in the region and also they can be built as an act of spiritual devotion to commemorate a special event eg. Buddha’s birthday.

    When the stupas are built, many will make prostrations, offerings of butterlamps and circumambulation around them. It is believed these acts will purify the negative karma associated strongly with the mind also body and speech. Negative karma blocks spiritual realization and higher states of existences.

    You will see stupas in all Buddhist countries in their unique styles.

    Here’s an aerial view of the Bodhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal…You must visit by hook or crook once in your life..and Nepalese culture is beautiful also…so much to see and learn in Bodha… You can call this the Bodhanath stupa or simply the Bodha stupa. As you fly into the Kathmandu International airport, you will see this amazing stupa through your window…

    The Bodha stupa contains the relics of Lord Buddha. Thousands make worship each day and hundreds of thousands visit per year. I have gone many times. I thought to share this picture with everyone for a blessing.

    Check out the beautiful pictures at http://bit.ly/3546Bzx
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 03:28 PM
    The Baodingshan cave is located 20km northeast of Dazu. The site is about 500m long from west to east in the shape of a hairpin, with about one kilometer total length of sculptures. The carved areas which are between three and 15 meters tall are believed to have been carved under the direction of monk Zhao Zhifeng during the Southern Song Dynasty, between 1179 and 1249 AD. However, Some Daoist images date the carvings to the Qing Dynasty and later.

    These reliefs and sculptures reflect a diverse school of Esoteric Buddhism that highlighted the faction of Liu Benzun (855 – 907), a pious layman of Sichuan province who became venerated for his asceticism and spiritual perfection. The three traditions Huayun, Pure Land and Zen are represented, blended with Confucianism. Shakyamuni’s birth and death, the Wheel of Reincarnation, Hell Punishments, and popular deities are also featured.

    The reliefs are like illustrated sermons in stone, being interspersed with copious quotations from the sutras, which show that the intention of these reliefs is variously devotional, sermonic and in the pursuit of transcendence. As expressed by Zhao’s signature text:

    “Even if one spins a burning hot iron wheel on top of my head,
    No matter how excruciating the pain is,
    I will not relapse from the mind of enlightenment.”

    Many of the reliefs are lively, realistic and of high artistic quality. The reliefs were parables or teaching devices for the common people and elite persons of the time by depicting scenes of ordinary people and situations. For the monks who trained at the site, the reliefs illustrated Zhao’s spiritual doctrine in a concrete and memorable way, and remains so for visitors today.

    The sequence of reliefs effectively amounts to a manual on ultimate liberation. Zhao promotes the Mahayana ideal that everyone can be saved through various means i.e. reflections on Shakyamuni’s life (the Parinirvana and Birth reliefs) and the doctrine of Karma (the Wheel of Reincarnation), encouraging good acts (reliefs of Parental and Filial Kindness), discouraging evil acts (Hell reliefs), promoting various kinds of worship (Huayun, Pure Land, and Esoteric reliefs) and contemplation (Oxherding Parable).

    Check out some featured carvings and statues in Baodingshan caves at http://bit.ly/2qWhswn
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 03:16 PM
    The Mogao Caves of Dunhuang, China has been a treasure house of art, spanning over 1,000 years. In each and every one of its 492 Buddhist cave chapels, you will find floor-to-ceiling paintings and clay sculptures as it was previously used for devotions and meditation. The art inside here covers more than ten major genres, such as architecture, stucco sculpture, wall paintings, silk paintings, calligraphy, woodblock printing, embroidery, literature, music and dance, and popular entertainment. But all these only existed because of one man’s vision.

    The legend is that in 366 AD, a monk named Le Zun looked across the river at dawn and saw a thousand Buddhas appear on the golden cliff face of Mingsha mountain along the old Silk Road. The caves were then built by monks and mostly sponsored by patrons such as wealthy merchants, foreign dignitaries, as well as Chinese emperors.

    But when trade in the Silk Road stopped, Dunhuang was soon forgotten and eventually, the Mogao caves were abandoned. The site however was still a place of pilgrimage and was used as a place of worship by the local people of the 20th century when there was renewed awareness in its presence once more.

    Check out some featured carvings and statues in Mogao Caves at http://bit.ly/2Oh155U
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 02:54 PM
    On the 21 of January 2007, a 5 ft 3in shark was caught in Japanese waters. This may seem quite uninteresting, but the shark that was spotted is one of the very few unique species of shark that have survived without evolving at all.

    Called the frilled shark (because of how it flares its gills), this shark has not changed for a HUNDRED MILLION years. Scientists do not know why it hasn’t evolved, and for a while it was even thought to be extinct. When it was discovered to be extant (i.e. still existing) many people called it the “living fossil”. This is because it is the only species in the shark family that completely avoided evolution!

    We don’t see frilled sharks as regularly as those sharks from the Jaws movie, because the frilled shark can live as far as 5,150 ft below sea level.

    Although they are rarely seen, they have been spotted in certain areas around the world… from northern Norway to France, Morocco, West Africa (where they have the 2nd kind of frilled shark, called the Southern African frilled shark, which only lives in the regions of South-Africa), New Zealand, Hawaii, Chile and other places…

    Check out the video http://bit.ly/33MoS42 shows you the frilled shark that was spotted by a fisherman in Japan.
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 02:45 PM
    In June 2010, Wayne Giroux, a lawn mower shop owner, was in a car accident and was killed by a drunk driver. He had lived in Texas with his son, Paul and dog, Spot, and was 61 when he died…

    Also in June 2010, I had written about a dog in Japan, named Hachiko who taught and still teaches people the meaning of friendship and loyalty. Every day, Hachiko would go to the same spot at the train station to wait for his owner… until one day, his owner died whilst at work and did not return.

    Hachiko still continued going to the same spot every day for the next 9 years! This happened in 1925. 85 years later, the same example of friendship and loyalty can be seen in Spot. For the past few months, Spot still sits on the main road waiting for Wayne to drive back home. Whenever Paul sees him there, he gets saddened because he knows what Spot is doing. He says, “I have no doubt that’s what that dog is waiting for. It breaks my heart every time I go out there.”

    We can teach our dogs to sit, stay, roll over and not to bite on the wires etc… but the dog is clearly better at teaching us about friendship and loyalty…

    Do watch the video at http://bit.ly/34Yz3m9 about the American Hachiko, Spot. It’s very heartbreaking to watch her so lost…

  • nicholas
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 02:34 PM
    The awareness of the importance of protecting life and the living environment has been increasing in recent times. However, people still continue to misuse their power, and have selfishly destroyed many species of animals and their habitats. We are definitely destroying ourselves on environmental and karmic levels.

    Limiting one’s selfishness through the spirit of contentment would curb the need to satisfy excessive and unnecessary demands, and thus living in harmony with nature without harming the environment. Lessening our greed towards animal products would have a profound positive impact on our world.

    Check out the animals that are hunted to extinction for meat, sport or due to fear… except for the T-rex! at http://bit.ly/2qUdfJW
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 02:25 PM
    Whenever we think about the octopus, we don’t feel very threatened. We are fascinated by how exotic they are… by their flexibility and their intelligence. If we see them swimming in the ocean, we would probably watch from a distance.

    Whenever we think about a shark, our first reaction is usually fear. We fear for our lives…we fear for ourselves. We may be fascinated but we feel sheer fear. If we were to see them swimming in the ocean, we would watch from a distance BUT unlike looking at an octopus, we fear that the shark may find and attack us.

    Can an soft spineless octopus really kill an aggressive shark?

    Shared by Tsem Rinpoche

    Watch the video at http://bit.ly/34XCidF
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 02:17 PM
    Here is another one of those stories that opens your heart. This is about a cat and a deer’s close companionship. The amazing thing here is the cat accepts the deer and likewise, the deer accepts the cat.

    Grooming is usually how one cat bonds with another cat that it loves. When cats groom each other, it is a sign of great affection. They use this time to bond with each other and show how much they care. Plus, it is relaxing. Being groomed by another cat feels good, like a calming massage.

    I love to see things like this so much!!

    How beautiful it is, that every day these two meet each other in the morning for their bonding session. It is a part of their daily routine.

    Shared by Tsem Rinpoche

    Check out the pictures at http://bit.ly/351bUja
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 02:11 PM
    There is a special relationship that can be forged between man and dog, seen so many times in cases such as “Spot” in America, and “Hachiko” in Japan.

    In Afghanistan today, there are many Military Working Dogs on “duty” to protect and serve, such as by detecting the roadside bombs planted by opposing forces to maim and kill. Where technology fails, canines fill the gap by providing the skill and safety needed in the critical field of bomb detection.

    Termed Military Working Dogs, one such dog is Eli, a black labrador, who stood guard over his partner, Private First Class (Pfc.) Colton Rusk, when he was shot in Afghanistan by a Taliban sniper. Even Marines who rushed to Rusk’s side were initially kept at bay by the snarling Labrador, who had been Rusk’s inseparable companion through training and then deployment to this dangerous place.

    Most Military Working Dogs do not make it back from duty, and when the conflict is over they are euthanized. For Eli though, there is a happy ending. Out of gratitude for his loyalty to their son, Darell and Kathy Rusk, Pfc. Rusk’s parents, with the support of Marine brass arranged to adopt Eli and take him to their ranch in Orange Grove, Texas, near Corpus Chirsti.

    This story reminds me of my Mumu, who protects my assistants while they sleep. Mumu is not a fierce dog, but while Monlam or Kb are sleeping, he watches over them. While they are sleeping, never shake or push Monlam or KB when Mumu is nearby. He will growl and bark if he thinks you are trying to hurt them. Mumu is a very sensitive and smart, I love my Mumu.

    Watch the clip on YouTube where Eli is adopted by Pfc. Colton Rusk’s family at http://bit.ly/2NJxAu8

    Shared by Tsem Rinpoche
  • nicholas
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 02:04 PM
    Fact: About 4 pigs are slaughtered every second in the USA.

    Fact: In Malaysia, the pig population numbers up to 1.8 million.

    What do these numbers indicate?

    It means many animals are SUFFERING. It means many animals are being slaughtered. And it means even more animals are about to be slaughtered.

    Watch the two videos at http://bit.ly/352IiSe, recorded in a pig farm in the Philippines. Pigs are highly intelligent animals, even more so than dogs and certainly even more than any 3 year old child. It is extremely sad to watch these animals suffer such a horrible death…
  • Teoh
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 12:55 PM
    According to Buddhist belief, we can take rebirth in the animal realms. Therefore, it is possible that we were an animal in our previous life. If we look at some people, their behaviours are very animal-like, this might be an indication that they were an animal in their previous life and they bring these behaviours with them into this life.

    This is a proof that while we cannot bring the wealth we have accumulated with us when we die but we will bring our karmas, our habits with us when we die. Since this is the case, we shoould get rid of our bad habituation while we can and cultivate good qualities to create the cause to take rebirth in a better place.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/do-animals-reincarnate-back-as-humans.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 11:55 AM
    Thank you Pastor Jean Ai for this beautiful , heartfelt sharing. Rinpoche’s love for Oser is unconditional. The thought of Oser dog is the only thing on earth that loves Rinpoche more than Oser love herself. Animals have come to mean so much in our lives. In our eyes, dogs always win as the sweetest, cutest, and most lovable pets we have. Well from what I read from the post Oser hold a special place in Rinpoche’s heart and well taken care of, having all the love, care.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/growing-up-with-rinpoche-it-was-from-this-view
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Nov 14. 2019 11:54 AM
    Thank you Pastor David for sharing the simplicity of Rinpoche’s room which I am sure many of us would like to know more. Rinpoche had choose to live an abundant life through self- simplicity. Rinpoche cares for others more than himself and always lightens the burdens of another. Rinpoche ‘s kindness and compassion will transform someone’s dark moment with a blaze of light. Rinpoche will not waste a minute in his life, bringing benefits to those around him and others. Whatever Rinpoche did was never for himself.
    Recently when I was at the DA I saw those large collections of English Dharma books of Rinpoche. Amazing collections…..from books shelves, gifts shelves, to Rinpoche’s two Schnauzers shelves which is full of snacks and toys.
    From what I read in this post tells all how facilitate Rinpoche’s room is.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/tales-with-my-lama-a-snapshot-of-rinpoches-room

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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
6 months ago
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
6 months ago
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
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Rei Kawakubo – Grand Dame of ‘Hiroshima Chic’- https://bit.ly/2Vz4N06
Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
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Owen Liew offered incense to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas on behalf of KISG. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Owen Liew offered incense to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas on behalf of KISG. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Steve from Ipoh offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas prior to our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Steve from Ipoh offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and all Buddhas prior to our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has completed our weekly Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Throwback - Parent and children stayed together to do breathing meditation ~ 2018 Pilgrimage cum Camp, Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS
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Throwback - Parent and children stayed together to do breathing meditation ~ 2018 Pilgrimage cum Camp, Kechara Forest Retreat. Alice, KSDS
Throwback - KSDS parent and student visited Kechara Forest Retreat ~ Wesak Day for virtuous deeds and have fun together. Alice, KSDS
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Throwback - KSDS parent and student visited Kechara Forest Retreat ~ Wesak Day for virtuous deeds and have fun together. Alice, KSDS
Wonderful to see these 2 siblings learn dharma together and pray to Manjushri before the class start. Alice, KSDS
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Wonderful to see these 2 siblings learn dharma together and pray to Manjushri before the class start. Alice, KSDS
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The youngest in the class of only 3 years ago learned how to do full lotus pose for breathing meditation session. Alice, KSDS
The youngest group of KSDS are very helpful in arranging the seats before the class. Alice, KSDS
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The youngest group of KSDS are very helpful in arranging the seats before the class. Alice, KSDS
Kechara Ipoh Study Group carried out Mother Tara's prayer recitations on Sunday morning. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group carried out Mother Tara's prayer recitations on Sunday morning. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Throwback- Group work activities during camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Group work activities during camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Ice breaking session. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Ice breaking session. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - Decorating Kechara Oasis, artwork dedication from Sunday class kids. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Chinese New Year activity during dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- WOAH Camp 2017 , Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - KSDS camp in KFR, Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Grace led the teenage class on a blog chat article. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Grace led the teenage class on a blog chat article. Lin Mun KSDS
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Students and teachers were so excited with the performance hat. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Asyley and teacher Alice shared the biography of HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche to student. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Asyley and teacher Alice shared the biography of HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche to student. Lin Mun KSDS
Class age 10-12 is lead by teacher Jayce. Lin Mun KSDS
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Class age 10-12 is lead by teacher Jayce. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Kien is teacher for class age 7-9 years old. Lin Mun KSDS
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Glad to have Chef Anis and Iswan for joining us last night for the food distribution :) ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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The generous support from sponsors and volunteers have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thanks to Add Hope Malaysia and students from First City University College! #Kechara #foodbank #hungerknowsnobarriers #volunteer ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to Rasa Sayang AEON Club team for assisting us with surplus food collection and also distribution last Saturday. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you very much to Rasa Sayang AEON Club team for assisting us with surplus food collection and also distribution last Saturday. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to James and Jien Howe for conducting the safety briefing to the new volunteers last night. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thankful to James and Jien Howe for conducting the safety briefing to the new volunteers last night. ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Special thanks to Calvin who came as early as 12.30 p.m. He helped us to spring-clean the chapel before today's events; Bird Liberation and Dorje Shugden puja @ KPSG, Jacinta
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Special thanks to Calvin who came as early as 12.30 p.m. He helped us to spring-clean the chapel before today's events; Bird Liberation and Dorje Shugden puja @ KPSG, Jacinta
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