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1 UPCOMING PROGRAMMES & SIGNIFICANT DATES: Kirtan Darbar Daily From 6.00pm 7.45pm Rehraas (6.00pm-6.30pm) Langgar Sewa on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Wednesdays Sukhmani Sahib 4.00pm -5.30pm Break 5.30pm- 6.00pm Rehraas 6.00pm- 6.30pm Sangat Kirtan 6.30pm-7.00pm Jatha Kirtan & Ardaas 7.00pm-7.45pm Sunday 10:00am pm Sangrand 13 Feb 2019 Punjabi Class Enrolments for 2019 have begun for all levels. Sundays 10.30am pm February 2019 President s Message Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh It is with pleasure that we bring you the 1 st newsletter for passed quickly and we look forward to seeking blessings from Guruji in Our sangat is increasing as witnessed on the successful New Years Day programmes and we aim this year to be focused on the maintenance of the Gurdwara as well as Gurdwara Contacts increasing programmes to serve the needs of our congregation such as the recent visit by Veer Manpreet Singh, an event arranged with the Sikh Youth Australia. We, as a sangat, also lost some respected pioneers who over the years had contributed significantly to Gurdwara Glen Osmond and I on behalf of the MC would like to take this oppurtunity to remember Shindo Kaur Dhillon (beloved mother of Ramesh, Suresh & Parvin Dhillon) & Bebe Ji Harminder Kaur (beloved mother of Baldev Singh, Dya Singh and Gurmukh Singh).Our heartfelt condolences go out to their familes. I thank you all for your ongoing support and we as a MC will continue to do our best in serving you. May 2019 be a blessed year for all. S. Balwant Singh The following members are the point of contact in raising any issues or providing continuous improvement ideas. They have volunteered to lead the respective areas in the operations of the Gurdwara. - Kiranjit Singh (Langgar); mobile: Balbir Kaur (Darbar Sahib) & Manjeet Singh (Facilities) can be contacted via to Langgar Sewa times: from 2:30pm on Wednesdays & from 8:00am on Sundays.

2 Baba Deep Singh ( ) ` apr) Early Life Baba Deep Singh was born in 1682 to his father Bhagta, and his mother Jioni. He lived in the village of Pahuwind in Amritsar district. He went to Anandpur Sahib on the day of Vaisakhi in 1699, where he was baptised into Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh, through the Khande di Pahul or Amrit Sanchar(ceremonial initiation into Khalsa). As a youth, he spent considerable time in close companionship of Guru Gobind Singh, learning weaponry, riding and other martial skills. From Bhai Mani Singh, he learnt reading and writing Gurmukhi and the interpretation of the Gurus' words. After spending two years at Anandpur, he returned to his village in 1702, before he was summoned by Guru Gobind Singh at Talwandi Sabo in 1705, where he helped Bhai Mani Singh in making copies of the scripture Guru Granth Sahib. The Demolition of Harmandir Sahib In April 1757, Ahmad Shah Durrani raided Northern India for the fourth time. While he was on his way back to Kabul from Delhi with young men and women as captives, the Sikhs made a plan to relieve him of the valuables and free the captives. The squad of Baba Deep Singh was deployed near Kurukshetra. His squad freed a large number of prisoners and raided Durrani's considerable treasury. On his arrival in Lahore, Durrani, embittered by his loss, ordered the demolition of the Harimandir Sahib(the "Golden Temple"). The shrine was blown up and the sacred pool filled with the entrails of slaughtered animals. Durrani assigned the Punjab region to his son, Prince Timur Shah, and left him a force of ten thousand men under General Jahan Khan. Baba Deep Singh, 75 years old, felt that it was up to him to atone for the sin of having let the Afghans desecrate the shrine. He emerged from scholastic retirement and declared to a congregation at Damdama Sahib that he intended to rebuild the temple. Five hundred men came forward to go with him. Deep Singh offered prayers before starting for Amritsar: "May my head fall at the Darbar Sahib." As he went from hamlet to hamlet, many villagers joined him. By the time baba Deep Singh reached Tarn Taran Sahib, ten miles from Amritsar, over five thousand Sikhs armed with hatchets, swords, and spears accompanied him. Martyrdom Baba Deep Singh had vowed to avenge the desecration of the Golden Temple by the Afghan army. In 1757, he led an army to defend the Golden Temple. The Sikhs and the Afghans clashed in the Battle of Amritsar (1757) on 13 November 1757, and in the ensuing conflict Baba Deep Singh was decapitated. There are two accounts of Baba Deep Singh's death. According to one popular version, Baba Deep Singh continued to fight after having been completely decapitated, slaying his enemies with his head in one hand and his sword in the other. In this version, only upon reaching the sacred city of Amritsar did he stop and finally die. According to the second version, he was mortally wounded with a blow to the neck, but not completely decapitated. After receiving this blow, a Sikh reminded Baba Deep Singh, "You had resolved to reach the periphery of the pool." On hearing the talk of the Sikh, he held his head with his left hand and removing the enemies from his way with the strokes of his 15 kg Khanda "with his right hand, reached the periphery of Harmandir Sahib where he breathed his last. The Singhs celebrated the Bandhi- Sor Divas of 1757 A.D. in Harmandir Sahib". The Sikhs recovered their prestige by defeating the Afghan army and the latter were forced to flee. The spot where Baba Deep Singh's head fell is marked in the Golden Temple complex, and Sikhs from around the world pay their respects there. Baba Deep Singh's Khanda (doubleedged sword), which he used in his final battle, is still preserved at Akal Takht, first of the five centers of temporal Sikh authority. (source: ki/baba_deep_singh )

3 Announcements apr) Alternative Access to Darbar Sahib Everyone is reminded that there is a ramp at the side of the Gurdwara building. The side gate will be opened every Sunday morning and closed after the Sunday program. People with family members who are unable to climb the stairs to the Darbar Sahib are encouraged to drive to the back entrance of the Gurdwara to drop them and then drive their car down the ramp and into the car park. One can then drive out of the car park and up the side of the Gurdwara to pick up the person and drive down the ramp again and back into the car park so the person can access the langgar hall. Darbar Sahib & Supervision of Children Turn off mobile phones before entering the Darbar Sahib. Maintain silence in the Darbar Sahib. Parents are requested to supervise their children and take them out of the Darbar Sahib if they are unsettled, to maintain silence in the Darbar Sahib. This includes the foyer outside the darbar Sahib. Wait outside of the Darbar Sahib when the Ardas and the Hukam-nama is being read. To assist with this, the MC will place barriers at the entrance during this time. Parents are also reminded to ensure they keep an eye on their children at all times. Children have been found to be playing upstairs in the Darbar Sahib and the foyer area outside the Darbar Sahib whilst their family is having langgar downstairs. Please help us to respect and maintain the sanctity of the Darbar Sahib and the foyer upstairs. The Gurdwara is not a playground and children should be supervised at all times. Parents to ensure their children are not running / playing in the foyer area outside the Darbar Sahib even after the program is finished. GURU-KA-LANGGAR & Food Wastage Guru-ka-langgar should not be wasted - only take the amount you are able to eat. Parents are asked to supervise their children during langgar to avoid wastage and spillage. Sangat can take home leftover langgar but only after ALL have eaten please consider that there may be Sewadaars involved in cleaning / washing the dishes, counting the Golak monies or attending a meeting after the prayers.

4 Announcements (cont d) apr) Car Park Do not block any cars in the car park. If the car park is full, please seek parking in the side streets. Multicultural Communities Council of SA Inc. (MCCSA) MCCSA) will be running a 3 year program from 2018/19 to 2020/21 to help families of preschool children access the information which they need to help provide a successful start for their children. The program aims to help families of preschool children access theinformation they need to help provide a successful start for their children.it also aims to improve the social and economic participation of vulnerableand disadvantaged individuals and families within their communities. Term 1, 2019 we will be working with Hindi, Gujarati and Punjabi speakingfamilies on Tuesdays, in the Kilburn Community Centre. It is an 8 weekprogram. Free of charge. Both parents and grandparents are welcome to join and bring along theirchild/ren or grandchild/ren under 5. There will be playgroup available. Snacks will be provided for parents. Hindi and speaking interpreters will be available. (See poster on next page for further information) SAVE THE DATE Saturday 27th April Annual Dinner

5 KICK-START YOUR CHILD S SUCCESS PROGRAM Better understand the challenges of childhood! 8 weeks program includes: Children s health and safety Activities for children and socialisation Bringing up a child speaking two languages Kindergarten, primary school and childcare Learn what financial help is available. For parents or grandparents of a child under 5. (Hindi interpreter will be available.) Playgroup and light snacks will be provided. Free of charge If you are interested please contact Lena on or (08) Held at the Kilburn Community Centre 59 Gladstone Ave, Kilburn SA 5084 Tuesday 12 February, 10am-12.30pm Tuesday 19 February, 10am-12pm Tuesday 26 February, 10am-12pm Tuesday 5 March, 10am-12pm Tuesday 12 March, 10am-12pm Tuesday 19 March, 10am-12pm Tuesday 26 March, 10am-12pm Tuesday 2 April, 10am-12.30pm Every week we will cover different topics. Supported by the Australian Government Department of Social Services through the Strong and Resilient Communities Program.

6 Gurbani Class Book For Sale Most of the material posted on the Gurbani Class Notice Board for the last 18 years has now been collected in this book. The printing cost of the book is $ Those interested in Gurbani are able to purchase it for $10.00 from the Gurbani Class

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