Saturday, March 10, 2007

An excerpt from Sikhism, by Eleanor Nesbitt

I just read this "short introduction" on Sikhism and found it to be very informative and well written. Here is an excerpt from the book, about Bhagat Puran Singh.

"Bhagat Puran Singh (1904-92) dedicated his life to caring for the destitute and disabled and the Pingalwara (home for the 'handicapped'), a complex situated near Amritsar's bus terminus, carries on his mission of compassionate seva, under its Patron President, Dr Indarjit Kaur. The All-India Pingalwara Charitable Society, employing over 400 people, resulted from Bhagat Puran Singh's decades of tirless effort for the abandoned, terminally ill, and mentally challenged. This began with his devotion to the helpless Piara Singh, whom he found as abandoned, dumb four-year-old, physicially deformed and mentally impaired. Puran Singh washed and tended him, gave him the name 'Piara', meaning beloved, and for years carried him on his back as a 'garland round my neck'." - page 83


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