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Glimpses of Greatness

According to the will of Akal Purakh

Kindly stay back, Sir, and bless the meals and partake of them, along with all of us. This request was made by the father of the bride to S. Amar Singh, who had presided over the marriage ceremony. He had punctually reached the place of marriage as was his wont and conducted the marriage ceremony in his mellifluous voice. Unlike other marriage ceremonies of the Sikhs, there was pin-drop silence at this marriage ceremony and all categories of people - men, women and children - in spite of the usual, non-serious jolly mood customary on such occasions, were deeply influenced and moved by the discourse of S. Amar Singh, given after the four "lavans around Guru Granth Sahib - had been completed. S. Amar Singh was not a professional Sikh priest but a hard working high Govt. Officer with a big family. But he was always in demand on such occasions on account of his piety and exemplary Sikh mode of living. His was not a scholarly, high flown discourse, but a heart to heart talk, bearing on the joys of marriage and responsibilities of life thereafter.

S. Amar Singh politely begged to be excused from joining the festivities, as he said, he had very urgent matter to attend to immediately. The bride's father pressed again, but sensing the urgency in the pleadings of S. Amar Singh he reluctantly acquiesced.

S. Amar Singh took a taxi and went straight to the  cremation ground where relatives and friends had gathered to collect the so called "flowers", bones and ashes, of his young son, who had died two days ago. After the death of his son, his wife had requested S. Amar Singh to cancel his engagement for the marriage ceremony. He had refused, saying that everything happened according to the will of Akal Purkh and he would not like to cast gloom over the marriage ceremony, by referring to a sad event. With the expected calm of a man, reared in the true Sikh traditions, a day before, he had himself lit the pyre of his young son and set an example to accept the inevitable, Bhana (Will of God), for his wife, his children and his daughter-in-law. Inspired by his rock like calm, there was no lamentation and crying, usual on such occasions.

On the day of the "gathering of flowers", people had again requested him to send his excuses without telling the true cause. But he remained firm in his resolve and requested his relations and friends with folded hands to go to the cremation ground straight, where he would join them soon after the marriage ceremony was over.

(Gratefully reproduced from "Glimpses of Greatness" by Dr. Gajindar Singh)


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