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Bhai Trilochan Singh Panesar

(known as Veerji or elder brother, 18 November 1937 – 19 March 2010) devoted his life to sewa (service to community and God) and simran (remembrance of God), the two tenets of sikh life.

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Bhai Trilochan Singh Panesar

(known as Veerji or elder brother, 18 November 1937 – 19 March 2010) devoted his life to sewa (service to community and God) and simran (remembrance of God), the two tenets of sikh life.

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Bhai Trilochan Singh Panesar

(known as Veerji or elder brother, 18 November 1937 – 19 March 2010) devoted his life to sewa (service to community and God) and simran (remembrance of God), the two tenets of sikh life.

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Bhai Trilochan Singh Panesar

(known as Veerji or elder brother, 18 November 1937 – 19 March 2010) devoted his life to sewa (service to community and God) and simran (remembrance of God), the two tenets of sikh life.

Bhai Trilochan Singh Panesar

(known as Veerji or elder brother, 18 November 1937 – 19 March 2010) devoted his life to sewa (service to community and God) and simran (remembrance of God), the two tenets of sikh life.

Bhai Trilochan Singh Panesar

(known as Veerji or elder brother, 18 November 1937 – 19 March 2010) devoted his life to sewa (service to community and God) and simran (remembrance of God), the two tenets of sikh life.

Bhai Trilochan Singh Panesar

(known as Veerji or elder brother, 18 November 1937 – 19 March 2010) devoted his life to sewa (service to community and God) and simran (remembrance of God), the two tenets of sikh life.

 

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Bhai Trilochan Singh Veerji was born in Mandalay in Burma on 18 November 1937. His father Sardar Sadhoo Singh served in the Indian Army during World War II and later in the Indian Railways. Veerji got his inspiration from Sikh Gurus, Bhai Kanhaiya (1648–1718), and Mother Teresa (1910–1997) to serve everyone without any discrimination.

He retired as a technical officer with the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, New Delhi. Bhai Trilochan Singh died on 19 March 2010. He had instructed his team members to continue the work he had started. His works continue and are increasing. Thousands of volunteers from all over the world contribute their energies in running the mission he started.

He was married to Sardarni Dalip Kaur (Mataji). She was the eldest daughter of Sardar Bakhshish Singh Bhoi of Patiala, Punjab. Mataji died on 5 Mar 2008. Veerji and Mataji have two sons, Premjit Singh Panesar and Kamaljeet Singh (Sanju). Together they continue the Mission started by Veerji and Mataji with the support of thousands of others from around the world. Equally important, he organised his team of sewadars (volunteers) to prepare food whole day and feed thousands of people through Guru-ka-Langar (community kitchen) every morning, in front of Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk, Delhi. He could be seen early morning along with his team in the Gurudwaras of Delhi, cleaning them.

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Guru ka Langar

Every day, his team feeds around 4,000 people in front of Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib in New Delhi. Mother Teresa was one of his greatest inspirations. His ashram at Santgarh (Sant's fortress) near Tilak Nagar (Delhi) is called 'Veerji da Dera', where cooking goes on non-stop to feed the hungry and homeless. His advice to all is to seek out the hungriest of the hungry, the neediest of the needy, and the poorest of the poor and care for them.

Medical Services

His team runs a daily free clinic for the poor at the footpath of Chandni Chowk, Delhi, where his team of volunteers bandage and provide medicines to around 150 people. During his lifetime, Bhai Trilochan Singh ji personally supervised these works of service every day. There are six more places in Delhi where medicines are given free of cost to around 1000 people in the city of Delhi. Taking care of families of patients outside hospitals was also his priority. His teams offer tea to those who wait outside AIIMS hospital in New Delhi daily.

Cleaning Gurudwaras

He cleaned many mandirs, masjids and gurdwaras. Veerji also cleaned sarovars (gurudwara ponds). One of his greatest contributions is rejuvenating biologically dying river Yamuna in Delhi by releasing tons of fish annually into it. He also organized tree plantation at many places. He himself has been a source of inspiration to so many people, who were fortunate to come in his contact. He used to feed monkeys every day with channa and chapatis. During summer, Veerji distributed thousands of matkaas (clay pots for drinking water) and placed water tanks filled with cold water in many parts of the city for the thirsty.

Prayers and Praise of Almighty

His greatest contribution has been to present before all a true way of living as a Sikh, by being a good human being, being compassionate to all creatures, singing praise of God, service by selfless devotion. He started a mission of having Akhand Paths (non stop recitation of Guru Granth Sahib, Holy and Living Guru) in which common people read and followed the holy scriptures directly on their own.

Highlighting Sikhism

Simple living is an important principle of Sikhism. Veerji encouraged marriages without dowry. He organized hundreds of marriages, and always asked the couple to stay simple and avoid wasteful expenditure on pomp and show. He opposed abortion and urged people instead to give such children to him, so that he could care for orphans. He helped many orphans by settling them in good families.

The organizations today

The organizations started by Bhai Trilochan Singh Veerji are all nonprofit, voluntary, seek no donations in cash, and are only for the benefit of society, humankind and nature. The central theme is to increase brotherhood among all sections of society irrespective of caste, colour or creed. All faiths are based on compassion, and Compassion is the bedrock of every charitable activity.