John Morgen to Jeewan Singh
John Morgen was a son of high priest Rev. Bran Morgen of Barrowford, England. Young John served in the British Army and on the police force for some time but he always felt impatient. As he wanted to satisfy his spiritual hunger, he studied many religions but to no avail. Ultimately he came in contact with Giani Bharpoor Singh of Southampton who gave him basic understanding of the Sikh faith.
Morgen’s interest in the Sikh faith increased every time he had some discussions with Giani Ji. He came nearer to him and saw very intimately the way Giani Bharpoor Singh himself lived and prayed. His soul was touched and he began to feel satisfaction. He started visiting Gurdwara and was delighted to see the proceedings and gladly participated in religious activities and ceremonies.
Guru’s kirpaa totally transformed him and he decided to adopt the beautiful Sikh faith. He discussed his plan with his father who was a Cayholic priest and who, after seeing the favourable change in his life of his only son, gladly allowed him to do as he wished.
John and his parents visited a local Gurdwara and his father spoke in the Sangat about his son’s desire to become a Sikh. He said: “I would first like to thank you all for making me and my wife feel so welcome today. I really feel that I am among friends. When John told me that he had decided to become a Sikh, my first reaction was one of great relief. Over the last eight years John has been on a long and difficult spiritual journey but by becoming a Sikh that journey has become much easier for him. I have also begun reading about the Sikh faith and I have come to realize just how great God is, and that he is not only in one place or in one church. He is all-embracing. There is one God and we are all together, hand-in-hand. I wish to thank you for showing John a way of better understanding of God, as far as any human can.
The Head Granthi performed Ardas for John and the whole sangat congratulated him. John became John Singh and he immediately travelled to Keshgarh Sahib, Anandpur Sahib along with Giani Bharpoor Singh for receiving Amrit and joining the Khalsa Panth. He then got his new name Jiwan Singh. He visited many historic Gurdwaras in the Panjab and Delhi and was overcome with his first glimpse of Darbar Sahib, Amritsar (Harimandir Sahib). While in Panjab he never missed his early hour Nitnem in the ambrosial hours of the morning and visiting Gurdwaras for couple of hours daily. He became a darling of the sangat on the very next day and was fondly remembered for a long time.
After returning to England, he became a male nurse because he felt that this profession provideed him ample opportunities to freely serve the needy (sewa). Besides his other activities, he is preparing himself to become a preacher to enlighten the hearts of misguided youths to embrace to universal philosophy of the Sikh faith to make the life wholesome physically, socially, economically, mentally and spiritually.
The Lord is the Giver of all peace and comfort. There is no other at all.
— ਸਭ ਸੁਖ ਦਾਤਾ ਰਾਮੁ ਹੈ ਦੂਸਰ ਨਾਹਿਨ ਕੋਇ ॥
Happy Gurpurab Friends
Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Ramdas Ji
Noora Mahi telling Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji of the Chotte Sahibzade Shaheedi.