Celebrations of Aagman Purab of Sahib Sri Guru Gobind Singh Jee at Sikh Center of Gulf Coast Area

Guru Gobind Singh Sahib was born on January 5, 1666, in Patna, Bihar, India. He was the tenth and last of the ten human form Gurus of Sikhism. He became Guru on November 24, 1675 at the age of nine, following in the footsteps of his father Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib.
Before Guru Sahib left his mortal body for his heavenly abode, he nominated Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (SGGS) as the next perpetual Guru of the Sikhs. Guru Gobind Singh Sahib molded the Sikh religion into its present shape, with the formation of the Khalsa fraternity and completion of the Guru Granth Sahib as we find it today, which some will say was his greatest act.

“If we consider the work which (Guru) Gobind (Singh) accomplished, both in reforming his religion and instituting a new code of law for his followers, his personal bravery under all circumstances; his persevering endurance amidst difficulties, which would have disheartened others and overwhelmed them in inextricable distress, and lastly his final victory over his powerful enemies by the very men who had previously forsaken him, we need not be surprised that the Sikhs venerate his memory. He was undoubtedly a great man.” (W, L. McGregor)
It may not be out of context to say here that throughout the chronicles of human history, there was no other individual who could be more inspiring than Guru Gobind Singh.

Guru Gobind Singh Ji infused the spirit of both sainthood and soldier in the minds and hearts of his followers to fight oppression in order to restore justice, peace, righteousness (Dharma) and to uplift the down-trodden people in this world.
It is said that after the martyrdom of his father, Guru Tegh Bahadur, the tenth Master declared that he would create such a Panth (community/society) which would challenge the tyrant rulers in every walk of life to restore justice, equality and peace for all of mankind. As a prophet, the Guru is unique.

His teachings are very scientific and most suitable for all times. He called all people the sons of God sharing His Kingdom equally. For himself he used the word ‘slave’ or servant of God.
Extracts from Guru Gobind Singh’s writings;
“God has no marks, no colour, no caste, and no ancestors, No form, no complexion, no outline, no costume and is indescribable.
He is fearless, luminous and measureless in might. He is the king of kings, the Lord of the prophets.
He is the sovereign of the universe, gods, men and demons. The woods and dales sing the indescribable.
O Lord, none can tell Thy names. The wise count your blessings to coin your names.” (Jaap Sahib)
(Source: http://www.sikhiwiki.org)

This pious Day is being celebrated with great fervor, enthusiasm and devotion at the Sikh Center of Gulf Coast Area on Saturday January 5, 2013 the actual Gurpurab day and then on Sunday January 6, 2013.
To grace this auspicious occasion an eminent and learned Ex Hazoori Ragi Jatha of Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar, Bhai Gurmel Singh Ji is reaching Sikh Center on Friday January 4, 2013. The Jatha will perform Keertan from Friday Jan.4, 2013 evening onwards till Sunday Jan. 6, 2013.

Program details are given below:
Friday January 4, 2013:
• Start Sri Akhand Paath Sahib                                     10am (Seva by : S Jarnail Singh and family)
• Paath Rehras Sahib                                                       6:45-7pm.
• Keertan Ragi Jatha Bhai Manjit Singh Ji  7-7:30pm
• Keertan Ragi Jatha Bh. Gurmel Singh Ji 7:30- 8.:30pm
• Samapti,Ardas,Hukamnama& Sukhasan 8.30pm onwards

Saturday January 5, 2013:
• Asa Ki Vaar Keertan Bhai Gurmel Singh Ji 7-9am
• Paath Rehras Sahib                                                       6:45 – 7pm
• Keertan Ragi Jatha Bh. Manjit Singh Ji 7-7:45pm
• Keertan Ragi Jatha Bh. Gurmel Singh Ji 7:45–8:45pm
• Samapti, Ardas, Sukhasan & Langar 8:45pm onwards
Sunday January 6, 2013:
• Bhog Sri Akhand Paath Sahib                                     10am
• Tea-Break 10-10:30am
• Keertan Sangat Members                                             10:30-11:15am
• Keertan Hazoori Ragi Jatha Bh. Manjit Singh Ji 11:15-12:15pm
• Keertan Ragi Jatha Bh. Gurmel Singh Ji 12:15- 1:15pm
• Words of thanks                                                             1:15 – 1:30pm
• Samapti-Ardas-Hukamnama                                        1:30 – 1:45pm
• Guru Ka Langar                                                         1:45pm onwards
Note: Program Timings are subject to slight change if need be

For more information, call  713-466-6538.