Thursday, February 8, 2007

Bana For A Day

Waheguroo Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguroo Ji Ki Fateh!

Bana is a Sikh uniform. Common colors of Bana are blue, black, white and yellow or orange. There are other colors which are also worn but above are the most popular colors.

I always wanted to wear a Bana, and I got the inspiration from Gursikhs who wear them. The BIG difference between me and those Gursikhs are their Banis and Rehat. I’m still new and still have a long way go until I think Bana is ready for me .I used to feel comfortable in Bana as its loose and it really looks beautiful on any one who wears it.

I want to share this story with everyone .Its about me wearing Bana for the whole day.I used to think that I could and can do it, wearing Bana in public .This attempt was not planed, but happened unexpectedly.

On the Amritwela day, I wore the Bana (Nihung one) , which was white in color with a churidar pajama and blue kamarkasa .I wore a blue dumalla, with a Khanda and white Gatra with a chained Kirpan. I was not hesitant to wear it to Gurdwara, as we are used to it.After the program, there was another Keertan Darbar in Penang and I thought, why not just and do sat sangat.So we went there.

After the program, we planned to visit our Mata Ji, Mata Harjinder Kaur, which is our beloved Jasbir Singh Veerjis mother. Mata Ji was not feeling well, so we thought right LETS GO!!

I was excited to go cause I didn’t meet Mata Ji and was really looking forward to surprise her.. ahaha. Well everything was fine, UNTILLL...I realized I was wearing Bana .LOL.I was really petrified as I didn’t know what to do .I had a blue kamarkasa around me. Tying my gatra around it would still be the same .I also brought my Hazooriya along. So, just hide my Kirpan with the hazoriya. I was really still shy, because I was wearing a Khanda on the Dumalla. I was telling Phenji Rajvin how I was feeling, and think I should take it off. She was like,no..just leave it looks fine. SO I took her words and kept the Khanda on.

As I walked into the hospital corridors, Waheguroo, I was the attention. Everyone walking pass was looking at me, thinking what the hack he’s wearing .AHAHA!! Then the phenjis were like look people are looking at you and I was like leave them alone .I was busy asking Guroo Ji to be Ang Sang, I was really really shy.I didn’t like people looking at me.

God . It was hysterics. People looking at you, as you’ve done some crime .Bare in mind, in our place here, there hasn’t been anyone who wears Bana full time or in public .So you can imagine what it would be like.

Well, after this day, I was really stunt to know how Gursikhs leaving abroad who wear Bana full time go thru all this. It was really an experience and I wouldn’t forget this day .It has made my confidence more stronger and Maharaj Kirpa Karan, Bana Di Dat Bakshey.

That’s all, thought would like to share this with everyone .BUT! One thing iv learned that is, wearing Bana means your hauling Guroo Jis image and your insight should be strong .More Baniyia , Amritwela , Sewa and humbleness is required.

I hope my experience would be some eye opener to some who wana wear Bana .I really wana wear it, but for now, Guroo Sahib knows its not the right time. Hope some day, before I leave this world, I would get the chance to wear Bana.

Bhul Chuk Maaf Ji
Waheguroo Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguroo Ji Ki Fateh!
P.S.The pictures are example of a few people I know that wear Bana full time.First picture is Bhai Swaran Singh Ji,Bhai Raghbir Singh Ji , Bhai Jarnail Singh Ji at the Irish Airport.Second picture is Bhai Pritipal Singh Ji.


Manvir Singh Khalsa said...

Waheguru Jee Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Jee Kee Fateh!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Bhai Sahib.

It's really uplifting to see the photos of the Chardikalaa Singhs.

What I have learnt from personal experience is that "people will reflect how you perceive yourself." If you feel "abnormal", "out of place" etc, then you will naturally project this in the way you carry yourself across. However, if you see yourself "as normal" then generally people will not see you as abnormal.

Keep in chardikala.

Palvin said...

Thanks veerji for the comment.Its true how people reflect on how you perceive yourself.

Hope next time,Ill have courage and be normal!

Anonymous said...

Vaaheguroo Jee Kaa Khaalsaa Vaaheguroo Jee Kee Fateh Jee! Veerjee how come you have pictures of our Irish Sikh Sangat on your blog? Sorta confused:)
Thanx for sharing ur experiences!

Palvin said...



I got those pic from our veerji from Irish's blog.Actually all of these gursikhs are from UK.

Anonymous said...

I know mostly UK Sangat all sooo Chardee Kalaa Vaaheguroo..........
But still the 2 singhs on right hand side are from Ireland:-)
Neway stay Chardee Kalaa!

Palvin said...

LOL ok veerji/phenji

I totally forgot LOL! Its really good seeing Gurmukh Pyarey doing parchar.Hope Guroo GObind Singh Jis Panth grows bigger!

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