Birmingham, UK donated Rs 60 lakh to clean the Bein river in Punjab
London, Aug. 15, 2007
NRI, Bhai Mahinder Singh of Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak
Jatha, UK, had donated Rs 60 lakh for purchasing a big crane machine
to clean the Bein.
Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, who has taken up the
task of cleaning Bein river. He conducted meetings with NRIs in
UK during his 20-day visit over the issue.
The villagers want to construct a gurdwara at the
place and they are maintaining that the place is associated with
the first Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Nanak Dev.
Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh
Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh is the mukhi-Sewadar
(the main volunteer) of the Sikh organisation called Guru Nanak
Nishkam Sewak Jatha, which has its head office in Birmingham, UK.
He has been linked to this organisation since 1974 when he met the
founder and spiritual inspiration of the organisation, Sant Baba
Puran Singh, Kericho-wala in Kenya. Bhai sahib is a graduate of
a UK university and professionally recognised as an excellent civil
engineer. He has undertaken many large scale projects involving
the construction of petroleum refineries in the 70's and 80's and
then large-scale housing project in Africa and in particular Zambia.
Bhai sahib was living in Zambia when he first met Baba Puran Singh
ji and so Bhai sahib ji was fondly known as "Zambia-wala Bhai
Sahib" in the 80's and early 90's by members of the Sangat.
In 1995 that Bhai Sahib was called to take on the
responsibilities of this Jatha (organisation) when Bhai Norang Singh
passed away suddenly in early 1995. His first main task was to successfully
complete the UK sangat's project of re-gilding the Sri Harimandir
Sahib. Since those times, with Bhai sahibs energy and dedication
and Waheguru's kirpa, the Sangat and Jatha have completed many important
projects of the Panth.
One of Bhai sahib recent developments has been the involvement
of the Sangat in further Interfaith dialogue. In this respect, the
Jatha has been involved with CPWR , Religions for Peace, UN NGO
Programmes, etc. In 2004, the efforts of Bhai sahib resulted in
a first for Sikhi when on the occasion of the 400th celebration
of the first prakash (installation) of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the
Jatha took part in the Forum 2004 in Barcelona. The legacy of the
event was the serving of Langar to the many thousand who attended
the Interfaith Conference. This was a most gratifying undertaking
and all who took part remember it with fond memory and utter praise
on the Guru for blessing of such Sewa.
Sant Balbir Singh Ji Seechewal has taken up the task of
cleaning Bein river:
Religous procession on the bank of bein
To restore purity of natural resources of water,
rivers, streams, beins, etc. To stop the inlet of polluted waters
of sewerages and factories into the rivers. To prepare paths on
the banks of the rivers, and beautify them with flowers plants.
- Sant Balbir Singh Ji Seechewal
believes that man is the supreme creation of God. God has
made man in His own image. What is even more important is that
God has given to man a freewill and capacity to decide for himself
and thus has made him a responsible being. Here lies the uniqueness
of man's being. But man should not try to assert his separation
form God (i.e., his ego) in opposition to his unity with Him
Man can be called man only if he rises above his narrow self and
works for the welfare of the whole humanity, remembers God the Almighty
and does the naam simran, helps the needy and recognizes One God
in all......Sant Balbir Singh