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My pitaji passed a few weeks ago, I wish to tell the sangat of his Jeevan: My previous karam must have been amazing as my pita ji was a true gursikh. My father was an abhiyaasi gursikh. No bias but he was the best gursikh i ever known lol. He would get up at 12am have full ishnaan (inc kesh) do naam simran for 3 hours and read panj granthi kanth everyday. He could read panj granthi kanth in around an hour and 10mins! Then have a rest for an hour and go to work as a chemical engineer. He kept his rehat to himself and never told anyone. He would only sleep for around 4-5 hours. He proved to me that you can balance sikhi and worldly life together and still reach a very high avastha. He would keep his naam avastha to himself but we could tell when he had experienced something because when he would come downstairs, his face would be so bright and red and in extreme chardikala. And he would start to talk about how beautiful Guru Nanak dev ji is. He never really watched tv, when we were together as a family he would always insist on reading sukhmani sahib together or do kirtan. My favourite memory as a kid was when we would sit together my father would sometimes go into bairag and when asked what’s wrong he would say “guru ji has given us so much, an amazing house, money and a beautiful family, but I want partakh darshan of my guru Nanak paatshah, that’s the only thing that matters”. Then he would go upstairs and do naam simran. For that whole week pitaji would speak, talk and eat very little and then at the end of week I remember coming downstairs and pita ji was very happy making degh. I didn’t ask him if he had darshan, I just looked and him and saw a beautiful smile. As we got older we realised that pitaji had darshan many times as their avastha increased. My father passed away recently at the age of 56. My mum told me they read kirtan sohila together and before going to bed he did jaap of “nanak gurmukh mill rahai, fir vichora kade na hovai” which was probably a hint. Then at amritvela pita ji didn’t awake as they went into guru sahib charan. pitaji loved kirtan and they would never miss any rainsabhai no matter where in the UK. Many gursikhs that are prominent in akj respected pita ji very much. I remember the singhs asking for pita ji to do Seva as one of the panj singhs in amrit sanchar, but they would fold their hands and say “I don’t have the Jeevan or the avashtha to take such an important Seva ji, I’m only worthy at the feet of the sangat”. today I was missing pita ji more than before, which is why I made this post. I hope one day I can live up to their image. Naam japo!