Remembering Capt. Kanwar Harbhajan Singh

papa.jpgRare are those sevadars that give their entire life to the Qaum. They are our jewels. Earlier this week, we lost one.

Captain Kanwar Harbhajan Singh, popularly known as Papa Ji, was the tour de force behind the International Institute of Gurmat Studies (IIGS). His family, friends, and network taught a generation of Sikhs how to connect with their Guru. They held camps throughout the world – from India, to Punjab, to California, to Canada, and many other countries in between.

He had his detractors; he had his critics. Yet, no one ever questioned his nishkam seva and dedication to his community. He inspired so many and we hope that through them his spirit will live on. A website has gone up allowing people to share their memories. It can be visited here.

It also gives some summary of his incredible journey

With great sorrow in our hearts, we inform you that our dear Papa Ji, Captain Kanwar Harbhajan Singh, has completed his worldly journey. He passed away on January 30, 2011. He will be greatly missed by the entire IGS family around the world. Papa ji dedicated his life to spreading the message of the Gurus, constantly motivating the future generations to maintain their Sikh identity. We will miss him dearly and pray that Waheguru ji give us all the strength to carry on his message.

Click below the fold for information on his bhog and ardas that will be held on February 5, 2011.

Details of the Cremation Services and Bhog are as follows:

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


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3 Responses to “Remembering Capt. Kanwar Harbhajan Singh”

  1. Balmeet Singh says:

    His legacy lives on. Thank you for the inspiration Papa ji!

  2. Papa ji has inspired thousands of people young and old…..one of a kind truely…a rare jewel! We hope and pray that Waheguru ji give us all the strength to carry on his dream and mission. Guru Angsang, Guru Raakha…all the IIGS campers around the world must join hands and do it together.

  3. Shyla says:

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