Bhai Vir Singh

Bhai Vir Singh

December 5 marks the 150th birth anniversary of Bhai Vir Singh (1872-1957), and we commemorate “The Sixth River of Panjab.” In his versatile and prolific creative life, Bhai Vir Singh was a mystic, poet, novelist, essayist, exegete, historian, editor, publisher, and journalist. He drew inspiration from diverse classical and contemporary languages to publish pivotal editions of old Sikh texts. Bhai Vir Singh’s literary innovations were fundamentally connected to Sikhi’s significant concerns. He became a leading figure in the Singh Sabha Movement – the Sikh renaissance in the late 19th – early 20th century. As “The Sixth River,” Bhai Vir Singh’s poetic heart currents run steady across Sikh history to the present to offer us wisdom and beauty.

Videos

Monday
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7
December
2020

Bhai Vir Singh: Master Musician?

Surinder Singh explains Bhai Vir Singh's musical genius which gets lost in his vast amount of work.

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Monday
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7
December
2020

Bhai Vir Singh: What is life?

Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh beautifully explains how she interprets one of Bhai Vir Singh's works called "what is life?"

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Sunday
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6
December
2020

Bhai Vir Singh: His Fragrance Travels Through Centuries

Scholar Dr. Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh, author, poet, and artist, Inni Kaur, and educator, Surinder Singh discuss the poetry, Gurbani, and the inspiration of Bhai Vir Singh.

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Saturday
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5
December
2020

Bhai Vir Singh: Consciousness Streams Beyond Eras

Watch Harinder Singh's tribute to Bhai Sahib Bhai Vir Singh Ji on his 148th Birth Anniversary in collaboration with Bhai Vir Singh Sahitya Sadan

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Wednesday
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14
March
2018

Kant Maheli (Panjabi) - The Fragrance of Bhai Vir Singh

Kant Maheli unveils the love-feelings of a maheli. Multiple words expressing the degrees of intensity, amplification and subtle elevations of love flow throughout this piece.

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Wednesday
,
14
March
2018

Kant Maheli (English) - The Fragrance of Bhai Vir Singh

Kant Maheli unveils the love-feelings of a maheli. Multiple words expressing the degrees of intensity, amplification and subtle elevations of love flow throughout this piece.

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Articles

Tuesday
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8
November
2022

The Fragrance of Bhai Vir Singh

Guru Nanak Sahib and the Jogi narrative is from Bhai Sahib Bhai Vir Singh’s book, "Guru Nanak Chamatkar". The dialogue occurs at the hermitage of an ascetic sect residing in South India's Kanji Forest. Bhai Sahib lovingly explains to Bharthari Jogi (yogi) that the intoxication from liquor is short-lived while the intoxication of Nam (Divine Identification) is eternal. 

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Monday
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30
November
2020

The Lover & The Beloved

Through the pen of Bhai Vir Singh, we get a glimpse into a profound relationship. The tug of separation. The mystery of longing. The faith in relationships. The yearning for union.

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Thursday
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30
August
2018

Fakiri Surat – The Fragrance of Bhai Vir Singh

Bhai Vir Singh (1872-1957) is known as “The Sixth River of Panjab.” He was a poet, novelist, editor, exegete, historian, and a journalist. He was the leading figure in the Singh Sabha, the dynamic Sikh renaissance movement in early 20th-century Panjab.

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Thursday
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31
May
2018

Rana Bhabor – The Fragrance of Bhai Vir Singh

The story of Rana Bhabor is set during the life of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib. It is a story of a tough, wise and just king and his passionate Rani.

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Thursday
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31
May
2018

Fragrance of Bhai Vir Singh

“Kiüṁ mire kalgīāṁ vāle dāte!

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Wednesday
,
14
March
2018

Kant Maheli - The Fragrance of Bhai Vir Singh

This poem is from a lived experience of the one who is drenched with love. Nature and its seasons become a mere reflection of that love. The yearning, the anguish, the abandonment, the devotion, the surrender, the ego-annihilation and the union are all unveiled in this exquisite piece.

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Podcasts

Saturday
,
9
January
2021

Bhai Vir Singh: His Fragrance Travels Through Centuries

In this conversation, we are joined by scholar Dr. Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh, author, poet, and artist, Inni Kaur, and educator, Surinder Singh as they discuss the poetry, Gurbani, and the inspiration of Bhai Vir Singh.

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Sunday
,
29
November
2020

The Lover & The Beloved: Inni Kaur — The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

Separation is perhaps the most difficult human emotion that one experiences. Does separation turn into a “longing?” Does “longing” guide us to an awareness? An awareness that love is eternal, so there can never be a separation in love.

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Wednesday
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29
July
2020

The Redemption: Jamuna's Journey Pt.3 - Bhai Vir Singh — The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

We enter the world of Northern India in the 1920s through the eyes of a young Jain widow — Jamuna, as she struggles with loss, exploitation, and her own life.

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Friday
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25
January
2019

Immortal Companionship – Inni Kaur | Fragrance of Bhai Vir Singh

Inni Kaur recites a translation from the original writings of Bhai Vir Singh.

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Wednesday
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5
December
2018

The Nightingale & The Traveler: Love & Wisdom – Fragrance of Bhai Vir Singh

Inni Kaur recites translations from the original works of renowned Sikh author and poet Bhai Vir Singh. In this episode, we explore the story of "The Nightingale & The Traveler".

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Monday
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1
October
2018

Rana Bhabor – The Fragrance of Bhai Vir Singh

Rana Bhabor is a story of a small hill chieftain who came in contact with Guru Gobind Singh Sahib during the days of his struggle with the Hill Rajas.

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