I didn’t know Jagraj Singh personally, I only knew of him through Basics of Sikhi and spoke to him briefly once.
Since his departure I wanted to go through the positive impact he has had to me.
I first knew of Jagraj Singh from a talk he did on Basics of Sikhi at a Kundalini Yoga festival in Essex 2016, other than reading from flyers this was the first time I was learning about Sikhi and it was a lot to take in. Interesting though and familiar too as I had been practising Kundalini yoga and chanting Gurmuki mantras on my own for just a few months. He had a strong presence, was serious but you could tell he had a sense of humour too.
Fast forward to the months and year afterwards I watched Basics of Sikhi videos online, learning new things all the time. In fact it wasn’t till recently that I learnt his name as I was so often calling him ‘Bascis of Sikhi guy’. He had a unique and practical way of getting information across to people with metaphors, humour and real life examples. He spoke both English and Punjabi (as well as other languages too) and did a combination in videos that made them easy, entertaining and inspiring. I think his way of bringing spirituality to real life in an informative way and not a pushy one was wonderful and what it’s all about too.
The street parchar he set up, one of my favourite videos featuring a British man, short talks on Sikhi basics gave information, answered questions and made me more curious to learn and embrace more. His talk on relationships really stood out to me and I’m still doing the Why Guru course with an estimated finish of August. Though I really need to keep up with that!
The last time I saw Jagraj in person was at Vaisakhi at Trafalgar Square London, he surprised the audience by coming out while his son was talking to the crowd. He looked pale and frail but spoke powerfully and with passion, talking of compassion and humility to feed those who are hungry. I spoke to him briefly afterwards, with a fleeting moment chance to say ‘Thank you for all your works on Basics of Sikhi’, his replied ‘It’s my pleasure’ was extraordinary, I had never heard someone say that with such honesty and meaning. A moment of grace.
There have been some wonderful journal pages, art works such as this from @inkquisitive and videos in remembrance, one on instagram post that really stood out from @navreetsinghkhalsa was about how he discussed the organisation more fully for hours with someone while doing all the house hold tasks.
Wahe Guru Ji Ka Kalsa, Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh