IIGS 2011

Capt. Kanwar Harbhajan Singh

ਜਨਮ ਮਰਣ ਦੁਹਹੂ ਮਹਿ ਨਾਹੀ ਜਨ ਪਰਉਪਕਾਰੀ ਆਏ ॥
Janam maraṇ ḏuhhu mėh nāhī jan parupkārī āie.
(Those generous, humble beings are above both birth and death)

Capt. Sardar Kanwar Harbhajan Singh ji, founder of The International Institute of Gurmat Studies, passed away on January 30, 2011, while he was visiting his extended family in Mexico City.

Popularly known as “IGS Papa“, he dedicated his entire life to educating Sikh youth about Sikh values and the great Sikh heritage. He was born on September 21st 1936 to Major Jagat Singh, and Sardarni Gurcharan Kaur, a devout couple who raised him with strong Sikh sanskaars. Papa Ji often shared the memory of his visit to Keshgarh Sahib when he was nine years old. A local priest, sensing his curiosity, related several inspiring saakhis from Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s life. Papa Ji felt his whole being drawn to the great Guru Ji; an immense love welled up in his heart. That love of the Guru became the guiding light of Papa’s life which in turn made him a beacon for the Sikh youth across the world.

At the age of nineteen, he founded Young Sikh Missionaries in Lucknow, India. He led and motivated college-going youngsters to take active part in gurpurab seva and formed kirtan groups. He particularly loved to decorate gurdwaras, and take part in “shoe seva”. His peers called him “Singh ji” and followed his example by tying immaculate turbans and turning out as well-dressed, suave, saabat surat Sikhs. In 1972, he renamed his organization Institute of Gurmat Studies and pioneered the co-ed Sikh Youth camping movement. IGS became international when the 12th Sikh Youth Camp was held in Kathmundu, Nepal in 1979.

To date, 85 IIGS camps have been held in India, Nepal, U.K., U.S.A., Canada, Australia, and South East Asia. These include 72 Sikh Youth Camps and 13 family and women’s camps. Thousands of campers were inspired to take Amrit at these camps. Many kirtan groups were formed under his guidance and conducted performances in several countries. He worked passionately towards disseminating knowledge of gurbani through the written and oral word. While he moved audiences with his oratory, IIGS, under his guidance, published several nitnem books with translations, kirtan books, kirtan teacher handbooks and produced kirtan CDs. He also supervised the publication of two children’s books, Dear Takuya and the Royal Falcon that have won much acclaim not merely from Sikhs all over the world but also mainstream educators. Papa was a devoted Sikh, and an excellent orator who could hold audiences of all ages spellbound, as he brought the tales of the Gurus, their message and Sikh history alive. Thousands of Sikh youth from all over the world have attended IIGS camps and owe their love of Sikhi and Sikh swaroop to his inspiration. Founders of many Sikh advocacy and civil rights organizations have been IIGS campers and point to “Papa ji” as the mentor who ignited the spark in them.

Papa moved to the U.S. in 1985 and Southern California became the headquarters of IIGS. In 1986 he started celebrating the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh ji on December 25th in a manner so grand and unparalleled in pomp and opulence that the annual event is now widely known as the Darbar-e-Khalsa. A day long festival of kirtan, speeches and awards for exemplary Sikhs and Sikh organizations culminates each year in a grand finale of the Guru Granth Sahib being sent off in a helicopter amidst thunderous jaikaraas. Papa’s sudden death has shocked tens of thousands of Sikhs whose lives have been touched by him. Their comments on social media sites like Facebook and blog sites such as http://.iigs.wordpress.com etc. show that he will be dearly missed. The Sikh community has lost a rare gem in the passing on of Capt. Sardar Kanwar Harbhajan Singh ji. He is survived by his wife three sons, and four grandchildren.

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105 responses

  1. i miss you a lot papaji from arsh, amritpal,ravi, fateh, simran khalsa group of chehartta school

    February 19, 2011 at 8:38 pm

  2. i really felt bad when i listening the news that papa ji’s no more, we pray from amritsar that waheguru give peace to papaji soul. from chehartta school

    February 19, 2011 at 8:14 pm

  3. Missing You

    Missing you a lot papa ji…

    February 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm

  4. Baljit, Kawal. Puneet & Jasdeep

    As we are reeling from the sudden demise of our beloved friend/coch/mentor, Papaji will be dearly missed. I pray to waheguruji to bless us and give us the inspiration to continue on the mission that papaji had started.

    February 12, 2011 at 5:54 pm

  5. jaspinder singh & inderjeet kaur

    papa ji has detemined all his life for the sewa of sikhism .we are proud to call him a gursikh as he was a complete devotee of guru granth sahib ji. and true lover of god. unha de varga ban na asaan nahi hai.

    miss you papa

    February 10, 2011 at 11:05 am

  6. PARJINDER SINGH

    SAT SRI AKAAL

    February 10, 2011 at 4:21 am

  7. Harsohena Kaur

    I first met Papaji as a young kid, at a kirtan in Delhi when he brought his team of young teens to do kirtan. Those shabads and the “josh” and feeling with which they were sung are still in my heart. Years later I reconnected with Papaji when I brought my kids to the camps in the US. Papaji’s efforts to make Sikhi meaningful and real for all of us bore so much fruit. We will miss him and his enthusiasm and his strength. May Waheguruji grant him “charan-sharan” and grant all of us the strength and will to carry on his work.
    Sohena

    February 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm

  8. Nirmol

    We cant believe what has happened. He was such an inspiration to thousands of people .He changed many peoples lives and his teachings will always be with us. Although Papa is gone form here he will always be in my heart no matter what. nobody can ever replace papa. when papa spoke he had such power on the words he said . Papas teachings will always be with me.

    February 9, 2011 at 4:57 pm

  9. Bir Ishwar Singh Grewall (Los Angeles)

    Dear Baiji,
    CONGRATULATIONS, on a job well done here on earth.
    I know you will do as great of a job on your next Guruji’s assignment.
    We will give full support to those who you assigned to carry-on your mission.
    We will miss your warmth and charm, but you will always be respectfully remembered.
    So long
    Guru Bless
    Bir, Manjeet & Asees Ishwar Singh

    February 7, 2011 at 8:53 pm

  10. Karan R Singh

    Hi Dad,

    I luv you and missing you a lot.. Please pray to waheguru ji to give your family the strength to carry on..

    Your Putr
    Karan S.

    February 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm

  11. Sukhdev & Rupinder

    Papa

    I know you are in the blessed company of Kalgidhar Patshah Guru Gobind Singh ji, taking your rightful place in his Darbar. You will always be in our hearts and continue to inspire all of us forever..

    February 7, 2011 at 10:23 am

  12. GB Singh

    I have had singular events of meeting Papaji a few times and conversed with him on topics that truly affect the Sikhs.

    I can honestly say that he had a vision to spread the Sikhi message to those people beyond the borders of the Sikhs.

    Once he told me that when the time comes for him to depart, he envision to hold his head high and in the process be bestowed by the very hands of Guru Gobind Singh. And I believe he left us with his head HIGH.

    His memory will stay cherished as long as we stay on the path of missionary Sikh activities. It is time for us to pursue that objective.

    February 7, 2011 at 5:36 am

  13. Pradeep Singh(Raj)

    The Singh family of Santa Barabara and Durban, South Africa wish to give our condolences to Papa Ji’s entire families around the world. I was fortunate in my life time to have met Papa Ji who has changed my entire life and brought me closer to the Sikh faith. His death brings much grief to the South African community where he was preparing to have the next youth camp. Papa Ji’s message of Chardi Kala will remain with my entire family forever. God bless his soul. Rab Rakh

    February 6, 2011 at 9:30 pm

  14. Amarjeet

    Papaji was a great visionary with superb organizing skills and an inspiring orator and leader. He was above all a God loving, devout gursikh. He was on a mission to awaken our love for Waheguru. He single handedly transformed the young sikh minds by connecting them to the Gurus/nam.
    May Waheguru bless the entire IGS family to bear this immense loss and keep Papji’s mission alive.
    Guru fateh

    February 6, 2011 at 8:12 pm

  15. Manjot Singh

    The way he was able to captivate audiences, the way he was able to articulate the words of our Guru to a language we can all understand, and the extent to which his message changed lives, Papaji was a role model to thousands. He never preached anything he didn’t do himself and not many people can say that. He had a charismatic, yet commanding personality and he had a sweet heart. He was idealistic yet pragmatic, yet he somehow found the balance. He remains in our heart, mind, and soul now and forever.

    February 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm

  16. “GURMUKH JANAM SAWAR DARGHE CHALYA, SACHI DARGHE JAI SACHA PEER MALYA”

    My association with Papa was since 1968. I remember when l met him for the first time through Jassi ,he had a towering personality, he was indeed a Unique personality by himself.
    I am yet to come across anyone like him. I did attend couple of camps together worked with him. Did sail together during formation & working of IGS, went through all weathers initially.
    IGS is the Result/outcome of his ideology ,hard work, passion, knowledge & Guru’s Blessings.
    No doubt That he will Remain in our hearts as long as we will live.

    We ALL LOVE YOU PAPA

    February 6, 2011 at 7:58 am

  17. Dolly and Gurdev Singh New York

    Dear IIGS family,

    I had the opportunity to attend my only camp in Dakshai Simla in 1971 due to a lot of persuasion by my cousin brother Kuldeep
    (Deepa ) Veerji. And after that life time experience I realized what I would have missed out on, had I not gone. On the camp I immediately saw an outstanding charismatic personality in Papa ji. A unique individual blessed with an amazing powerful force that came from within had to be a divine gift. I saw exceptional leadership qualities in him with a strong will. His humble mission was to hold the finger of the youth in his hand, show them the path of Gursikhi and spread knowledge on how to be a true Gursikh.

    An orator par excellence, loved by thousands and thousands over the world, he will be missed dearly.

    Although such rare individuals blessed by the Guru and sent on Earth with a defined purpose never die. They live on forever.

    Papa ji will live in our hearts forever.

    Love you Papa ji.

    February 6, 2011 at 4:46 am

  18. Deepa and Rani Bangalore

    “GURMUKH JANAM SAWAR DARGHE CHALYA, SACHI DARGHE JAI SACHA PEER MALYA”

    My association with Papa was since 1968. I remember when l met him for the first time through Jassi ,he had a towering personality, he was indeed a Unique personality by himself.

    I am yet to come across anyone like him. I did attend couple of camps together worked with him. Did sail together during formation & working of IGS, went through all weathers initially.

    IGS is the Result/outcome of his ideology ,hard work, passion, knowledge & Guru’s Blessings.

    No doubt That he will Remain in our hearts as long as we will live.

    We ALL LOVE YOU PAPA

    Deepa & Rani

    February 6, 2011 at 4:32 am

  19. Prableen Gujral

    Papaji, you will be dearly missed by every single soul in the IIGS family. Your teachings will always remain with us. May Waheguru Ji give us the strength to pass on the message of Khalsa to the future generations. Thank you for being a part of my life. RIP.

    February 6, 2011 at 1:40 am

  20. Gagan Mohan Singh

    We met Papaji in the camp held at dehradun and were overawed by his personality. We at our home are still unable to come to terms with this news. The passion his soul had for the IIGS Gurmat camp is unparalled.

    May the IIGS camps flourish as they always did when you were around and may your Contagious Chardi Kala catch on to every camper who ever attends those camps.

    We just wish we would have met you earlier in our lives and could get to see more of you.

    Gagan Mohan Singh
    Kaval Nain Kaur
    Bhoopinder Kaur
    Manjeet Singh

    February 5, 2011 at 9:16 pm

  21. jasjit singh

    Dear all,
    “Guru Fateh” Please accept my condolences on the great loss not only to thhe IIGS family but to the entire Sikh community as well.I do not have words to express my sorrow and feel miserable that I could not come to attend the Antim Ardas at Delhi.

    I do not know where I would be standing in life today, had it not been for dear BHAPA’s influence ,right from the first camp I attended in 1977 at Manali,followed by others at Kashmir , Kathmandu,Delhi ,Dehradun etc.I was just out of school in 1977 ,when I went for the camp and was greatful to my family that they forced me to go at that time.At that impressionable age , it was great listening to Bhapa’s talk’s and we always got our “batteries Charged” as he used to say, after every talk of his. So great was his oration ,that the words are crystal clear in my mind even to this day.Thanks to his talks explaining the GURU’s Teachings and Practicality of the Sikh religion ,I feel proud to be a sikh. I am sure there would be others who feel the same way.
    Its a pity ,having shifted to Jaipur,I could not give much time to the camp activities,but the memories of the camp and Bhapa’s influential talks can always be seen as we try to lead our lives in a Gursikh way,to the best of our ability

    Once again my condolences to the bereaved family

    love

    Jasjit Singh (jassi)

    February 5, 2011 at 8:54 pm

  22. Dolly and Gurdev Singh New York

    I had the opportunity to attend my only camp in Dakshai Simla in 1971 due to a lot of persuasion by my cousin brother Kuldeep Veerji. After that life time experience I realized what I would have missed out on had I not gone. On the camp I immediately saw an outstanding charismatic personality in Papa ji. A unique individual Blessed with an amazing powerful force that came from within had to be a divine gift. I saw leadership in him and a strong will to hold the finger of the youth in his hand and show them the path of Gursikhi and spread knowledge of how to be a true Gursikh. An orator par excellence, loved by thousands and thousands over the world, he will be missed dearly. Although such rare individuals Blessed by the Guru and sent to the Earth for a defined purpose never die. They live forever. And Papa ji will live in our hearts forever. Love you Papa ji.

    February 5, 2011 at 7:54 pm

  23. Simarjeev Singh

    I am still uncapable of making myself believe that this incident had occured all of a sudden. To me, not only was Vade Papa an extraordinary person, but he was also one of my greatest inspirations and he will always have a very big spot in my heart. Even though I was not able to see him very often he was able to enlighten my mind with so many lessons and so many sakhis about life and I will never forget them and him. I dearly hope that even though his soul is with Babaji now, all of the teachings that he spent his whole life spreading remain and that we let him rest in peace knowing that we are continuing to use his teachings in our lives and we continue to spread these teachings by finishing what he started.

    February 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm

  24. I am still uncapable of making myself believe that this incident occured all of a sudden.To me, Vade Papa was not just an extraordinary man who was capable of so much, but he was also one of my greatest inspirations and he will always have a very big spot in my heart. Even though I was not able to see him very often, he was still able to enlighten my mind with so many lessons and so many sakhis of life, and I will never forget those and him. He has truly changed my life, and I dearly hope that even though his soul is with Babaji now, his teachings remain and we have him rest in peace, knowing that we are spreading his teachings and finishing what he started.

    February 5, 2011 at 11:02 am

  25. Simarjeev Singh

    I am still uncapable of making myself believe that this incident had occured all of a sudden. To me, Vade Papa was not just an extraordiary man who was capable of so much, but he was one of my gretest inspirations, and he will always have a very big spot in my heart. Even though I was not able to see him very often, he was able to give me so many lessons and tell me so many sakhis about life, and I will never forget those and him. He has truly changed the lives of everyone and I hope that even though his soul is with Babaji now his teachings remain and we let him rest in peace knowing that we continue to spread his teachings.

    February 5, 2011 at 10:51 am

  26. prableen singh

    LONG LIVE PAAPAJI…………………….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 5, 2011 at 6:44 am

  27. prableen singh

    I STILL REMEMBER THOSE THOSE FIRST WORDS OF PAPAJI ON MY FIRST CAMP “A SIKH IS A SAINT AND A SOLDIER….!!!”
    A MAN BEAUTIFULLY DRESSED IN HIS BLAC KURTA AND HIS WHITE PAG WHO WAS HIMSELF A “SAINT” AND CONVERTED MANY SPECIFICALLY IN A PURE “AMRIT DHAARI SINGH”
    PAAPAJI I WISH I COULD HAVE GOT ONE MORE CHANCE TO BE WITH YOU AND ONCE AGAIN IMPROVE MY LIFE FOR MY BETTER FUTURE
    “””LONG LIVE PAAAPPPAAJIIIIIII…………..”””

    HIS BODY MAY HAD TAKEN THIS DEPARTURE BUT HIS IDEALS AND PURITY WILL ALWAYS BE ENLIGHTENED IN OUR HEARTS…..!!!
    LOVE U PAAPAJI
    MISSSIN U ALOOOT…..!!!

    February 5, 2011 at 6:38 am

  28. ranjodh singh

    papa ji i still cannot digest the fact that he has gone………miss papa ji

    February 5, 2011 at 1:17 am

  29. angad jit singh uberoi

    I ATTENDED THE LAST CAMP HELD IN JUNE 2010 AT GRD ACADEMY, DEHRADUN, INDIA, AND IT WAS HERE THAT MY PARENTS AND I CAME TO KNOW ABOUT PAPAJI, AS HE WAS FONDLY CALLED BY ONE AND ALL AND DURING THAT CAMP ALSO HE WAS NOT KEEPING WELL BUT HE MADE IT A POINT TO ATTEND AS MANY PROGRAMMES/LECTURES AS POSSIBLE AND HE WAS SUCH AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US ESPECIALLY CHILDREN LIKE ME AS I AM JUST 10 YEARS OLD WHO CELEBRATED MY 10th BIRTHDAY IN THE CAMP, AND IT WAS HIS MOTIVATION ONLY THAT I WAS ABLE TO PREPARE MYSELF FOR ‘AMRIT SANCHAR’ AND THUS I BECAME THE YOUNGEST MEMBER OF THE CAMP TO BE BAPTISED. MERI ARDAS HAI KE AKALPURAKH WAHEGURU ‘PAPAJI’ NUN APNE CHARNA WICH NIWAS BAKSHAN TE SARE IIGS PARIVAR NUN AE VICHORA SEHAN KARAN DI HIMMAT BAKSHAN TE SARA IIGS PARIVAR SADA CHARDIKALA WICH RAHE

    February 4, 2011 at 7:02 am

  30. ANGAD JIT SINGH UBEROI

    I ATTENDED THE LAST CAMP HELD IN JUNE 2010 AT GRD ACADEMY, DEHRADUN, INDIA, AND IT WAS THERE THAT MY PARENTS AND I CAME TO KNOW ABOUT ‘PAPAJI’ AS HE WAS FONDLY CALLED BY ONE AND ALL AND DURING THAT CAMP ALSO HE WAS NOT KEEPING WELL BUT HE MADE IT A POINT TO ATTEND AS MANY PROGRAMMES/LECTURES AS POSSIBLE AND HE WAS SUCH AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US ESPECIALLY CHILDREN LIKE ME AS I AM JUST 10 YEARS OLD WHO CELEBRATED MY 10th BIRTHDAY IN THE CAMP ONLY, AND IT WAS HIS MOTIVATION ONLY THAT I WAS ABLE TO PREPARE MYSELF FOR ‘AMRIT SANCHAR’ AND THUS I BECAME THE YOUNGEST MEMBER OF THE CAMP TO BE BAPTISED. MERI ARDAS HAI KE AKALPURAKH WAHEGURU ‘PAPAJI’ NUN APNE CHARNA WICH NIWAS BAKSHAN TE SARE IIGS PARIVAR NUN AE VICHORA SEHAN KARAN DI HIMMAT BAKSHAN TE SARA IIGS PARIVAR SADA CHARDIKALA WICH RAHE, WAHEGURU JI KA KHALSA WAHEGURU JI KI FATEH – ANGAD JIT SINGH UBEROI

    February 4, 2011 at 6:42 am

  31. Jasjit, Gurinder, Sudjeev and Sahiba

    It still seems so unbelievable to think that papa is no more. But his love and his teachings will always guide us. He made our faith stronger in sikhi and inspired us to live like gursikh. Thank you Papa for your words of enlightenment and for your love and encouragement whenever we needed it. You will always be missed.

    February 3, 2011 at 6:40 pm

  32. PARAMJEET SINGH KHURANA

    GURMUKH JANAM SWAR DARGAY CHALIYA
    SACHI DARGAY JAYE SACHHA PIR MALIYA
    SANT MUYAY KAYA ROYIYAY JOO APNE GRAY JAYE
    I HAVE NO OTHER WORDS FOR HIS PRIASE i HAVE A GREAT LOSS IY LIFE i WAS WITH HIM SINCE 6TH CAMP IN 1975 IN SRI NAGAR PHELGAM TO 1983 DELHI CAMP IN DEER PARK.HE HELPED ME TO GET A JOB IN PUNJAB & SIND BANK IN 1978.NOW I M US CITIZEN.
    AKALPURAKH WAHEGURU PAPA JEE NUU APNE CHARAN KAMLA WICH NIWAS BAKSEY.TAU IIGS SADA CHARDIYA KALA WICH RAHE.

    February 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    • Kuljeet Arora

      Hello Paramjeet, I read your post, I was there in the same camp in 1975 Sri Nagar Phelgam, migrated to U.S. in 1979. I also worked in Punjab & Sind Bank from 1977-1979 in Green Park branch and then moved to C.Place (CP). Kuljeet Arora.

      February 4, 2011 at 9:11 am

      • PARAMJEET SINGH KHURANA

        Dea Kuljeet,
        Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
        Waheguru ji ki Fateh

        We miss Papa now for all the time but he is with us what he teach us in all the camps. I pray to Akalpurakh Waheguru that Papa ‘s Soul should merge with Akalpurakh Waheguru’s Charankamals. Janam Maran dou may nahi Jan Paropkari aye jee daan de Bhakti layan jan har sou nain Milaye.

        I did not recognise you I was in PSB 2 years in Jayebdra Ganj Gwalior, 2 years HOFEX Deptt 4 yearsDefence Colony, 2 years Staff Training College Sunder Nagar New Delhi 1 year HO Premises deptt 11 yars B/O Janpath New Delhi & rest of time HO Industrial & Finance deppt .In 2001 I took volutry Retirement. Now I am also getting Pension from PSB started this year 2011 with 1 year arrears. I am on facebook pleade EMail me your photo so I can recognise you.I remember KD Singh who was in Green Park Branch.
        Cuckoo Harvinder Chadha was also in bank.
        my e mail address for facebook is pskhurana52@hotmail.com. please do reply what are u doing now.

        February 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm

  33. Sepi

    To my dear friend Karan, and his family,
    There is no word to describe how sorry and sad I am since I heard Papa ji passed away.
    I worked with Karan for 8 months and I had an honer to get to know Singhs family, unfortunately I never meet Papa Ji but it’s look like I know home for years, Karan was talking about Papa Ji almost everyday and he was telling what great person he is, even though I haven’t meet this beautiful person but he is very especial to me.
    I know he is resting in peace , and he is safe with God. I hope God help Papa Ji’s family to be strong. We love u Papa Ji.

    Sepi

    February 3, 2011 at 10:15 am

  34. Mr.& Mrs.Sawran Singh Sethi

    Our heartfelt condolence for such a great loss. May Waheguru rest his soul in peace.

    From

    Sethi Family Bangkok

    February 3, 2011 at 8:28 am

  35. Mr.& Mrs.Sawran Singh Sethi

    Please accept our hearfelt condolence for a great loss.May Waheguru Rest his soul in peace.

    From,
    Sethi Parivar – Bangkok

    February 3, 2011 at 8:24 am

  36. harshmeet kaur

    may your soul rest in peace….papa we will miss u !

    February 3, 2011 at 7:43 am

  37. Jasinder Pal Singh (JP Singh)

    Papa Ji was a true Sikh. As Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji said, “Khalsa Mero Roop Hai Khaas”, he was one of his special Saint Soldier.

    February 3, 2011 at 7:26 am

  38. Avleen Kaur

    Papaji your memories with us will be deeply cherished.
    I attended the camp only once, it is 1 experience of my life which i will NEVER forget. Powerful voice and the beautiful aura you had, enlightened so many souls.
    Will miss u a lot. Condolence to the immediate family and IIGS family.

    May Waheguruji Bless papaji’s soul.

    February 3, 2011 at 5:53 am

  39. Avleen

    Papaji your memories with us will be deeply cherished.
    I attended the camp only one, it is 1 experience of my life which i will NEVER forget. Powerful voice and the beautiful aura you had, enlightened so many souls.
    Will miss u a lot. Condolence to the immediate family and IIGS family.

    May Waheguruji Bless papaji’s soul.

    February 3, 2011 at 5:51 am

  40. It war very shocking news for me. Because he was ideal for me. He was great person.
    MAY GOD BLESS HIS SOUL.

    February 3, 2011 at 2:26 am

  41. Bhupinder Singh, New Delhi

    It was 30th jan mid night, I received this sad message through Ranjit, my brother at LA, that PAPA Ji is no more with us, it so happened that complete picture of his life time dedication to SIKH panth came in front of eyes and sleep went off for the night. Unbelievable, no substitute of his personality, no words to say.
    What to talk about our experiences with him, every moment spent with him is memorable and some thing to learn, may it be dedication, discipline in life, guru’s messages delivered by him, Camps movement and organisation. I must say that true “Shrandajali” to departed soul would be to keep IIGS movement live and in more CHARHDIKALA.

    February 3, 2011 at 1:14 am

  42. Gurpreet Singh

    Its really very sad thing and may god gives a open door to at his places…Waheguru gives all the support to his family and to all the IIGS members.

    February 2, 2011 at 9:35 pm

  43. Charanpreet

    Its a shocking news for me.Few days back , I visited IIGS site and saw Papaji snaps in Dec 25 kirtan darbar.

    He was really a saint and a soldier.He is the one whose words and learnings changed my lifestyle upto much extent.

    It is a great loss to IIGS Family as well as whole Sikh Community.

    May God bless his soul.

    February 2, 2011 at 9:30 pm

  44. Arminder Singh

    It is a great loss to our community. I will always be thankful to “Papa Ji” and IIGS camp. IIGS camp has changed my whole life as in IIGS I BECOME A AMRIT DHARI SINGH.. they showed me a true SIKH life and encouraged me to take AMRIT.
    I still remember papa ji’s lectures in camp as they tought us basic teachings,fundamentals and some crucial points of SIKHISM. I had a great memories in IIGS. WE ALL SURELY MISS U PAPA JI.
    WAHEGURU JI KA KHALSA WAHE GURU JI KI FATEH…..

    February 2, 2011 at 8:52 pm

  45. Kuljeet Arora

    It is a great loss to our community, I hope he has someone who will carry the flag of IIGS further. I admire his dedication as a missionary to IIGS and I have lots of good memories with him, learned a lot from his mission about our religion and if IGS was not formed in my childhood. I do not know how I would be connected with our gurus. I joined Papaji in 1971 and attended the first IGS camp in Shahdara Dehli, spent time with him on his scooter, from city to city to arrange for camps and donations. I left New Delhi in 1978 and then re-joined Papaji in 1985 in Vermont Gurdwara Los Angeles. I will miss him a lot. May he rest in peace.

    February 2, 2011 at 7:53 pm

  46. Rani Deol

    I am very sad to hear the news that pap ji is no more with us. He has done so much for sikh Panth which is difficult to express.
    Great loss for sikh panth. He will be missed and may waheguru bless his soul.

    Rani

    February 2, 2011 at 6:56 pm

  47. Nirmol

    this loss is a very big loss .he will always be in our hearts and i hope for the camps to go on .papa ji is irreplaceable. nobody is as sweet religeous wonderful as he was.i am very lucky to be part of his family .he will dearly be missed WAHEGURU JI KA KHALSA WHAEGURU JI KE FATE

    February 2, 2011 at 3:34 pm

  48. Harpreet Cheema

    We are so deeply saddened by the loss. He was such an inspirational and larger than life personality. His passion to lead the younger Sikh youth to the Guru’s way of life is what will make us love him forever.
    Thank you Papa ji for making us part of the IIGS family and enable Navie and Simar to understand the true meaning of being a sikh.

    February 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm

  49. Aneel Singh

    “Papa ji,” as he was known to family and friends, lived the life of the Sikh ideal – the “Saint-Soldier.”

    February 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm

  50. Papa Ji lived his life on his terms. His passing should evoke a question among people whom he touched and who love and miss him until today, What are you doing with your lives on this earth?

    If each of us answer to this question, which our heart feels and tell us, it to be right, then Papa’s passing has transformed in to our lives as he always envisioned.

    Guru will always be with him.

    February 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm

  51. Ranju and Gurcharan Bawa

    A tremendous loss for the Sikh community but his legacy will continue to beacon generations to come. We always drew inspiration from his “ChardiKala” attitude. He dedicated his life teaching Guru’s way of life to Sikh youth and families across the world. He was not only a great spiritual leader but also a true friend to every one.

    May Waheguru bless Papa Ji’s soul and give strength to Khalsa panth to live guru’s path, so Papa ji can look upon us with pride he instilled in us.

    February 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm

  52. Raindeep kaur

    papaji was someone who’s greatness cannot be expressed in words..
    Words said in his praise are less.. He was such a dignity
    M lucky to have met him in my life…
    His views, his teachings, his talks, his lectures & even his mere presence taught us so much…
    The loss is irreparable, but what he has us n the whole sikhism is priceless & is to be treasured…
    Love u papa ji..!

    February 2, 2011 at 11:52 am

  53. Raindeep kaur

    papa ji was someone who’s greatness cannot be expressed in words..
    Words said in his praise are less, he was such a dignity…
    M lucky 2 hv met him in my life,…
    His views, his teachings, his talks, his lectures, even his mere presence taught us so much…
    The loss is irreparable but what he has given us n d whole sikhisim is priceless n has to be treasured…
    Love u papa ji..!

    February 2, 2011 at 11:42 am

  54. harbir hayreh

    Today, the Sikh community all over the world is much poorer. We have lost a jewel that touched innumerable lives with his glow. A true mark of a great man is not how he lived but how he helped others live. Papaji had the distinct honor of helping thousands of us understand who we are. The torch he lit will always guide our future generations.

    February 2, 2011 at 11:37 am

  55. Supreet Kaur Ahluwalia

    its shocking and unbelievable news about Papaji.Its rare to find such a personality who render selfless & tireless sewa of the Sikh Pant. I have been with IGS camp twice. Papaji’s sweet memories will forever be a part of our lives

    February 2, 2011 at 10:23 am

  56. Kuljeet Arora

    It is a great lose to our community, I hope he has someone who will carry the flag of IIGS further. I admire his dedication as a missionary to IIGS and I have lots of good memories with him, learned a lot from his mission about our religion and if IGS was not formed in my childhood. I do not know how I would be connected with our gurus. I joined Papaji in 1971 and attended the first IGS camp in Shahdara Dehli, spent time with him on his scooter, from city to city to arrange for camps and donations. I left New Delhi in 1978 and then re-joined Papaji in 1985 in Vermont Gurdwara Los Angeles. I will miss him a lot. May he rest in piece.

    February 2, 2011 at 9:58 am

  57. Kuljeet Arora

    It is a great lose to our community, I hope he has someone who will carry the flag of IIGS further. I admire his dedication as a missionary to IIGS and I have lots of good memories with him, learned a lot from his mission about our religion and if IGS was not formed in my childhood. I joinged Papaji in 1971 and attended the first IGS camp in Shahdara Dehli, spent time with him on his scooter from city to city to arrange for camps and donations. I left New Delhi in 1978 and then re-joined Papaji in 1985 in Vermont Gurdwara Los Angeles. I do not know how I would be connected with our gurus. May he rest in piece.

    February 2, 2011 at 9:04 am

  58. Kavita

    Papaji was a blessing to the Sikh community. This is a huge loss for us. Papaji had the leadership skills to command and bring people together. He made Sikhism more accessible and understandable for the youth. We would come out of camps fueled with pride and inspired to follow the Guru’s teachings. There will be great void without Papaji however we will continue to benefit from the spark he lit in all of us. Thank you Papaji for your contributions to the Sikh community.

    February 2, 2011 at 8:50 am

  59. Unkown

    U will be missed. I have been doing Ardas since i attended the first camp way back in 2003 and have always prayed to baba ji for ur health and success of camps. IIGS really changed my life for good.
    May baba ji keep your soul in peace and Sikhi movement alive.
    Guru Rakha

    Love

    February 2, 2011 at 6:32 am

  60. jasmeet singh patiala

    PAPA G PLEASE COME BACK…..
    I AM FEELING SO UNLUCKY THAT I HAVEN’T ATTENDED LAST TWO CAMPS AND UNABLE TO MEET PAPA G….
    BUT LAST NIGHT WHE I COME TO KNOW ABOUT PAPA G FROM THE ANEEL SINGH’S FACEBOOK ID,
    I JUST SHOCKED TO KNOW THIS….
    PAPA G WAS A GREAT MAN
    HE IS LIKE NO ONE
    HE JUST SAY EVERYTHING ON THE FACE
    WHETHER ITS GOOD OR BAD ABOUT SOMEONE…
    NOTHIN IS HIDDEN IN PAPA’G HEART

    BUT THIS IS A GREAT LOSS NOT ONLY IN WORDS BT ALSO IN REALITY……

    GURU TEG BAHADR SAHIB G PAPA G NU APNE CHARNA WICH JAGA DEN……

    T J HO SAKE TA BABA G KOI KARISHMA DIHAN T PAPA G NU WAPAS BHEJ DEN

    PLZ BABA G DO THIS FOR ALL THE HUMANITY SPECIALLY FOR THE SIKHS TO WHOM PAPA SHOWED THE RIGHT WAY OF GURU PLZ BABA G PLZ

    WAHEGURU G KA KHALSA
    WAHEGURU G KI FATEH…

    February 2, 2011 at 12:59 am

  61. Harpreet

    I haven’t met anyone else like Papa Ji. He lit the spark of Sikhi in me and so many others. There is no doubt in my mind that his legacy will remain alive and well for years to come. I give him credit for helping me i my career as a teacher when he wrote a letter of recommendation for me to enter the credential program 20 plus years ago.My last conversation with him was right before Darbar-E-Khalsa 2011 when I told him that we need him for many years to come to continue leading us in the right direction. His reply, “It is your responsiblity now.God Bless you.” His last words to me hold a great meaning for me on a personal level. What an amazing man! Stay well and keep smiling Papa with the one you love the most.

    February 1, 2011 at 9:40 pm

  62. Harneet Kaur

    Papa ji was one of the very few people who had the ability to influence the youth of the community. His love for Sikhi was contagious and transformed and influenced many lives, including mine. I feel honored to have known him and will miss him very much.

    February 1, 2011 at 9:20 pm

  63. gagan deep singh

    Papa ji I MISS U A LOT. Waheguru ji please keep him with you, he is like a god to the earth.

    February 1, 2011 at 6:46 pm

  64. Jasmit Singh

    May Waheguru Ji bless everyone with strength and love to fill this huge void; and to accept His hukam.

    It is wonderful to read the posts. May we all find comfort in remembering the beautiful memories that we have of Papa Ji and celebrating his wonderful life. We shall all miss you.

    In prayer and acceptance,

    Jasmit Singh

    February 1, 2011 at 6:14 pm

  65. Harnoor

    When I first attended IIGS camp and heard one of Papa’s speeches, I thought that he was a very inspiring man. I wanted to be like him, to change someone’s life like he changed mine. Papa motivated me to love and cherish my religion. I cannot believe that he is gone. But his spirit still lives on inside us.

    February 1, 2011 at 5:45 pm

  66. Ranjit & Satinder Bhatia

    This is a tremendous loss for our community.Papa’s legacy will be seen in the positive impact he has had on numerous Sikh youth and their families.

    February 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm

  67. Bahaar Cheema

    I met papaji when I was a child confused in this world. My parents did alot to teach me about sikhism as a child but I realized the true meaning of being sikh when I went to my first IIGS camp. It was actually a conversation with papaji that lit a fire in me. I have not seen him in years but as I look back I realize what huge part he played in my life in becoming the person I am today.Papaji was a great influence for everyone and is 1 in a billion people who was pure of heart. We will miss you papaji.

    February 1, 2011 at 4:58 pm

  68. Kuljeet Arora

    It is a great lose to our community, I hope he has someone who will carry the flag of IIGS further. I admire his dedication as a missionary to IIGS and I have lots of good memories with him, learned a lot from his mission about our religion and if IGS was not formed in my childhood, I do not know how I would be connected with our gurus. May he rest in piece.

    February 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm

  69. J S Sabherwal

    Dear Cyber Sadh Sangat,

    The rays of light merge with the sun, and water merges with water.
    One’s light blends with the Light, and one becomes totally perfect.
    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Kee Fateh

    We are bereaved by the passing away of Capt. Kanwar Harbhajan Singh Jee (Papa ji). His leadership strength and spirit for the Sikh Community were inspiring and his legacy and wisdom will live on through the lives of the thousands of graduates of IIGS camps and learning forums.

    The Gurmukhs reap their profits and leave….
    Waheguru!
    Sabherwal Family

    February 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm

  70. Yogi & Bal

    Don’t really know how to express our state of mind… We just can’t imagine this place without you Vadde Papa…

    We are blessed that you knew us and loved us. We are blessed that we and our little kids got this great chance to be the campers…because of you we are here today…

    Babaji please give us strength that we can pass Papa’s message to are future generation…it’s going to be really hard to do this without his guidance..

    February 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm

  71. Arvinder & Amrit

    A pen starts to crumble when you want to put a few thoughts of a person larger than life itself, an extraordinary personality who has touched the hearts of many across the continents. Pappaji was a devout Gursikh who had an immense and unflinching love for his guru. A true Gursikh to the core who was a mentor, a teacher, a leader, a captivating orator, a thinker, an organizer and above all had a deep passion for his faith. His tireless organizational skills be it at the sikh camps or at the Darbar-E- Khalsa were examples of his extraordinary zeal and devotion. Pappaji, we will miss your warm smile, your affectionate hugs and your state of chardhikala which was an inspiration to us all. We are honored to have known you.
    Pappa, Arvinder, Amrit, Jasleen and Manjot

    February 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm

  72. Geetinder Singh

    Will miss our Captain! Have known him since the early IGS camps of ’72.
    Respected him. Loved him. Admired him. Trusted him. Believed him. Looked up to him.
    And now…
    MISS HIM!!!

    February 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm

  73. harinderjit singh

    Let us follow his foot steps in spreading the message of Gurus _ the best way of remembering our beloved Papa ji

    February 1, 2011 at 1:41 pm

  74. A great man who dedicated his life to truly promote Sikhism, who did so much good, I cannot describe the impact you have had on my life and the lives of so many others. I am proud of my religion and my heritage and so much of that was because of the inspiring (sometimes tough!) and loving guidance you provided. You will truly be missed and I know your legacy will live on. Thank you for all you have done for me and the world. He is not gone HE STAYS IN OUR HEART FOREVER & EVER…. WAHEGURU.

    February 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm

  75. Gurpreet Kaur

    How all our lives have been touched by this strong and gentle man! Papa will be remembered for his love for Sikhi and his desire to share that with youth all over the world. What I try to do at our local Gurdwara in the Midwest, I attribute to the teachings from my youth at camps and time spent at the IIGS House. I treasure those memories . Thank you Papa!

    February 1, 2011 at 12:16 pm

  76. sukhpal

    He is one of the few people I have come across that has been such a positive influence on so many of us.

    We have lost a great person that cannot be replaced.

    February 1, 2011 at 11:20 am

  77. raven kaur

    Papa ji.. I will miss you greatly….

    February 1, 2011 at 5:50 pm

  78. Gurjit Kaur

    Its hard to believe that Papa is not with us now..he just had this Midas touch which changed many lives. I was lucky enough to know him n have his love.. will miss all those 7 a.m calls that you gave me Papa n the delicious namkeen n mathhi that we used to have in Lajpat Nagar.. u will never b forgotten Papa..hv always loved u n thanx for all th lov u gave me, ur care for me and Aman… its just like missing Dad once again… May your soul rest in peace… LOVE YOU A LOT PAPA!!!!

    February 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm

  79. Pradeep and Aarti Khurana-Putlur

    To a wonderful example of a beautiful human being, we love you,Papaji, always. Thank you for bringing a community together, building memories that to this day i know we all remember fondly, and teaching us the discipline to be good human beings and having faith in God.

    February 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

  80. Gita and Harpal Singh

    The magic of Papa is one that will extend long beyond his earthly days. He was a maverick – an amazing, inspiring and energizing leader and yet such a devoted, simple and humble servant of the Guru. We all must take comfort in that we knew such an extraordinary person – a once in a life time leader, an orator supreme, a devoted missionary and a relentless visionary.
    Guru Ang Sang, Guru Raakha Papa!!

    February 1, 2011 at 4:50 am

  81. Jagjit and Guninder

    A true Sewadar who inspired us to remember the teachings of our Guru’s. He taught us to look within and see how we, individually, can make a difference. We thank Waheguru for the time we were able to interact, learn and grow with Papa in our lives.

    February 1, 2011 at 1:42 am

  82. Anoop Singh Khalsa

    This is not a Justice by the GOD to us. There is need of PAPA JI on Earth, but GOD did wrong. We always thank to PAPA JI for his teaching and “Unquestionable believe in GOD”

    We realy miss our *****”PAPA JI”******

    God blessed his soul.

    February 1, 2011 at 7:53 am

  83. Jag Ishwar Singh Grewall

    What a humble man. Papa jee’s sweet voice full of LOVE, smile and humbleness was infectious. He was always in ‘CHARDI KALA’ and his thinking of ‘Naa ko beiri nee hei begaana’ will always stay with us. He changed the thinking and lives of thousands of Sikh childrens all around the world.
    He will be missed and may WAHEGURU bless his soul.
    Waheguru jee kaa Khalsa waheguru jee ki FATEH.

    January 31, 2011 at 11:48 pm

  84. Jaspal Singh Makkerr

    It is hard to believe that Papa is not with us anymore.It is a great loss which cannot be compensated.His entire life, which he devoted to spread message of the Guru,his selfless conduct,his unflinching faith in Waheguru is his lesson for all of us.I m fortunate to have been associated with Papa and IIGS.May his great soul rest in eternal peace in Gurus lap.We love U Papa,our very own pied piper.

    February 1, 2011 at 7:42 am

  85. kashmir kaur

    I am at a loss of word and can’t express how I miss Papa Ji Today. Papa ji was a humble servant of the Guru Ji and worked tirelessly to spread the Guru ji’s word. Although he has departured, he will always live in my heart, mind, and soul. For the past 25 years PapaJi helped many souls like mine to answer the tough qestions about religion, faith, and tradition. Like thousands before me and after, you guided us by your examples and led us to the Guru Granth Sahib Ji for answers. Thank you for giving us the encouragement and faith and the necessary tools to pursue the Truth.
    It is true that our world is now void of your smile, great wisdom, and inspiration. However, your teachings, love, and humility lives in the thousands of souls you touched. The words you have spoken will always be remembered by us.
    Thank you for all the wonderful memories and showing me the Guru Ji’s ways. May you rest in peace. May Wahe Guru Ji give us the courage and guidance to carry your mission forward.
    Kashmir Kaur and Ravi Bains

    February 1, 2011 at 7:21 am

  86. Sahib

    I’ve been attending IIGS camp for many years now, and each year papa has always been a dominating presence. He has led the camp each year to its fullest potential, and I’ve realized that a feat like that requires an incredible amount of effort from an extraordinary man. Where ever his soul goes, I hope it finds the peace that it deserves.

    February 1, 2011 at 6:49 am

  87. prem kaur

    papa ji you were a amazing ,inspiring,and most devoted guru leader and a such extraordinary person in our lives. we will allways will remember you for what you have taught us in camps about the 10 gurus.papa ji rest in peace we loved you.guru ang sang, guru raakha papa ji.

    February 1, 2011 at 6:40 am

  88. Pammi Grewall

    It is indeed a great loss for all. Although, it has been a while since I have attended any IIGS events, my initial involvement will forever be very close to my heart……. children’s camps, Mothers’ camps and other functions…… It is my sincere wish and prayer that we will still be guided by Papa ji’s principles and teachings and continue to follow his direction. He is with us in spirit.

    January 31, 2011 at 9:09 pm

  89. Rajvir Grewall

    I haven’t seen Papa Ji in years, but never forgot him. He was such an inspiration and treated my sisters and I like his own family when we were young at the IGS camps. Personally for me, if it wasn’t for him, I don’t think I would have known much about Sikhism.

    Rest in Peace, Papa Ji… your legacy will live on

    January 31, 2011 at 8:53 pm

  90. Deepinder & Anu

    A great man who dedicated his life to truely promote Sikhism.
    I will miss his bear hugs that I got from him every December 25th.
    RIP.

    February 1, 2011 at 3:46 am

  91. prem kaur sandhu

    would like know his funeral.

    February 1, 2011 at 3:14 am

    • Cremation Services:
      Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011: 10 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
      at Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary
      1702 Fairhaven Avenue
      Santa Ana, CA 92705
      Tel: (714) 633-1442

      Bhog and Ardaas:
      Saturday, February 5, 2011: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
      at The Guru Nanak Sikh Temple Buena Park
      7122 Orangethorpe Ave
      Buena Park, CA 90621
      Phone: (714) 670-8843

      February 1, 2011 at 9:26 pm

  92. Bawa Preet ranjan Singh

    I have been closely associated with Papa and the IIGS since the last 35 years. He was the true miracle man.
    In practically every camp we have had instances of totally atheist or agnostic kids coming to the camp and going back transformed and charged enough to lead the Sikh Panth single handed. In fact in 1975, a boy from south Delhi went back after the camp and in his new found zeal destroyed his father’s well stocked liquor cabinet and bar !!

    But what really comes to my mind right now (and it showed the true grit of this man) was the preparatory camp held in Dec 1979 at Tughlakabad forest in Delhi. It was a small but intensive camp for about 30 kids out of which 18 would be chosen to help organize and run the first major camp abroad – in England in the summer of 1980.

    One morning the Langar incharge went off to the bank to withdraw cash for provisions. He came back shortly afterwards and took Papaji (he was much younger then and we called him Papa – elder brother) aside and said there wasn’t enough money in the bank. Papaji kept quiet. Here was a young organization nurtured by him, with aspirations of spreading the word of the Guru across the world, and shockingly the group did not have the wherewithal to feed its own members.

    But miracles do happen. That evening Sardar Hukam Singh (ex-speaker of the Lok Sabha and later on, the co-founder of Guru Granth Sahib Vidya Kendra at Mehrauli) came to attend the evening Dewan at the camp. He said “It has been my earnest desire to donate something to the IGS (Incidentally, the second ‘I’ was added at the camp in UK, when the IGS truly went international). Unfortunately I could not spare time to come earlier. Please accept my humble apologies and accept this token amount.” That largesse not only carried us through the camp but helped defray other incidental expenses for the UK camp.

    Did Papaji do a silent Ardaas that afternoon or would you call it a mere coincidence? It is for you to judge, but I know it was a miracle, just like others which I would love to share with you another time.

    January 31, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    • Kuljeet Arora

      I have been with IGS and Papa since 1971, I remember the first camp at Shahdra Delhi in 1971, ever since I was with him till 1978, and then migrated to U.S.A., I met again papa in Los Angeles Vermont gurdwara in 1984, and he wanted me to join IIGS again as a pioneer of IGS. I will miss him a lot.

      February 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    • Dolly and Gurdev Singh New York

      Amazingly Beautiful to go through your email Bawa ji. Thank you for sharing the experience.

      February 6, 2011 at 4:11 am

  93. Ruby and Inderpal

    We are devastated by the news! Papa touched every person he met with his love, high spirit and dedication for his mission. Papa’s sweet memories will forever be a part of our lives.

    January 31, 2011 at 1:59 pm

  94. Manjit Kaur KBS

    Papa, Our Papa! Waheguru ji have called you in His court to give you the highest honor; but you will live in our hearts and in our lives forever. You have taught me life like a father; loved me like a brother; made me laugh like a friend and showed me Guru’s path like a fellow Gursikh. It is because of you that today I can be proud of being Guru Gobind Singh ji’s daughter. You taught me faith in Guru by handing (my first) Sukhmani Sahib Gutka when I came to seek help. If it was not for you, I don’t know where I would be. You taught us all by example.
    May Waheguru ji give us the strength, courage and fortitude to carry on your Sewa!!
    We love you Papa!!

    January 31, 2011 at 8:29 pm

  95. Gurbux Singh

    It is hard to imagine that Papa is no more. That infectious smile and his loving way will always be missed by all. He taught us all how to be humble and good Gursikhs. I am at a loss of words.
    Gurbux Singh

    January 31, 2011 at 6:31 pm

  96. Reba

    For someone who did so much good, you are gone much too soon. I cannot describe the impact you have had on my life and the lives of so many others. I am proud of my religion and my heritage and so much of that was because of the inspiring (sometimes tough!) and loving guidance you provided. You will truly be missed and I know your legacy will live on. Thank you for all you have done for me and the world.

    January 31, 2011 at 4:34 pm

  97. Jaskiran and Harsimran

    Words do an injustice in explaining how much we will miss Papa. You will remain very alive in our memories and admiration. You’ve touched the lives of thousands around the world. An awesome teacher, mentor, father, and friend who put the Guru above everything else.

    We are so fortunate to have known you.

    January 31, 2011 at 5:32 am

  98. Deepjot and Monty

    Just one camp and or just one meeting with Papa is all it took….and our lives are forever changed and his message is emblazened in our soul. So many people have been brought together by IIGS. Thank You Papa always for your tough and genuine love with never asking for anything in return. You will forever be in our hearts and the spirit of our children.

    January 31, 2011 at 5:05 am

  99. Harmala Kaur Uberai

    This is a very sad day for us all. Bhapa’s tireless sewa of the Sikh Panth over the course of his life was truly his mission. We cannot imagine our lives without you.
    May Waheguru ji give us the strength, courage and fortitude to carry on your mission.R.I.P.

    January 31, 2011 at 3:36 am

  100. Ranjit & Payal

    We cannot believe that Papa is gone; this void can never be filled.

    We thank God that we had the good fortune of having Papa in our lives.
    His teachings and “Chardi Kala” will remain with us always.

    January 31, 2011 at 2:22 am

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