"Veerji" - Bhai Jasbir Singh Ji Khalsa (Khannewale)

Bhai Sahib Bhai Jasbir Singh Ji Khalsa Khannewale, who was affectionately called "VEERJI" by all,

was the founder of the Pioneer Eye Institute of Northern India, which is located at Sohana near Chandigarh.




Bhai Sahib Bhai Jasbir Singh Ji Khalsa Khannewale was born in Chakri Village in Pakistan. He was born in a simple family. His father Sardar Inder Singh was a custodian. His mother Sardarni Parvati Kaur, the housewife was pious and religious lady and the source of inspiration for putting Bhai Sahib on this religious cause since his childhood. He was two and half year old when his parents shifted to Amritsar during the partition of the country. After that the family shifted to Sangrur where Bhai sahib had his academic qualification. He used to take keen interest in religious study and usually had discussion on religious matters by giving all aspects of Gurbani while putting his point of view in each discussion/smagam. Then at the early age, suddenly he lost his father and the family as Hukam of Akal Purakh took this tragedy.

From his early age Bhai Sahib Bhai Jasbir Singh Ji Khalsa was generous in making friends and was force to stand against all odds on truth, He is very inquisitive about the meaning of life and has inculcative belief in the unity of God and practice the philosophy/thought/of Gurbani in his real life. From the very early age, he was an unusually gifted child who learned quickly to all fields of life including academic/social/ religious and used to go deep to the route of all aspects. Later on he shifted to khanna and settled his business. As a young man Bhai Sahib used to spend, long hours absorbed in meditation and in a religious discussions with holy men who used to come into his contact. Bhai Sahib though worked during the day but in the ambrosial hours of the fragmant dawn he used to meditate and recite Kirtan and make all Sangat to pray the God Almighty as envisaged in Gurbani.

As a Gur Sikh he is always humble and keeps himself to be the servent of guru and sangat. As a true sikh and follower of sikh religion, he does not believe in caste and have strong belief in the basic principles of Gurbani He always preaches the basic principles of Shabad Guru and all the illustrations in kathas always carries the authenticity of gurbani as envisaged in Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji in its true spirit. He has traveled extensively throughout the country to spread the message of Sikh Gurus.Veerji chosen this medium to preach the message of Shri Guru Granth Sahib while giving the practical illustrations because it is easily understood by the population of the time. Wherever he went he always asks the people to follow the basic principles of Shabad Guru as Gurbani of Shri Guru Granth Sahib speaks on this line. He has also set up local cells at different stations to recite Kirtan where Sangat could gather to recite Gurbani for spiritual enlightenment of mankind. He has also opened various platforms for the service of humanity. He always inspires people to help the needy people irrespective of caste and creed. Always he recites Kirtan and Kathas in the praise of God Almighty strictly on the lines of Gurbani and only Gurbani of Shri Granth Sahib Ji.

With the blessing of God Almighty VEERJI started to build Gurudwara with the help of Sangat at Sohana near Chandigarh. He has always been performing Nishkam Kirtan Sewa throughout the Country for Sikhi Parchar and social welfare. Also with the inspiration and blessing of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji he has also been instrument in providing Ambulance facility for accident cases, trauma cases/first aid facility at different highways. All his actions/works are always been as per philosophy of Gurbani/Sikh Religion. He has also been awarded the award the award of Nishkam Kirtan on 24.04.1996 by Akal Takhat Sahib, the highest temporal seat of Sikhs. During his preaches he also talks about the drug de-addiction and always inspired the people for de-addiction, aids control, eye donation, environmental pollution etc. He is also instruments is spreading the message of 10th Guru Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji for Amrit sanchar and undertook various preaches for Amrit Sanchar and thousand of people has been baptized. On the occasion of 300 years Anniversary of Sikh Religion, with the blessing of Guru Granth Sahib he inspired more than 12000 people for Amrit and got them baptized at Shri Anand Pur Sahib, District Ropar, and the birthplace of Sikh religion.

As we approach the new millennium, there is increasing demand for enhancement quality of life through quality of vision. In India over 2 million people, majority of whom are children below 12, suffer from corneal blindness and every year around 25,000 more are added. To combat such a serious problem Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Charitable Eye Hospital, an ultra modern and well-equipped hospital provides eye care to general public. It gives us immense pleasure and satisfaction to thank Bhai Sahib Bhai Jasbir Singh Khalsa, Khannewale (Chairman of the Hospital Trust) for establishing this trust. Bhai Sahib Ji got inspiration from the life style and philosophy of Sant Attar Singh Ji Mastuana Sahib and Sant Niranjan Singh Ji of Patiala to serve the people without any discrimination.

With the above said objectives and noble concept of "Pay If You Can" and "To Serve The Poor", the Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Charitable Eye Hospital Trust, Sohana District, Ropar was constituted on 27.07.93 with the noble object of establishing a most modern and sophisticated eye hospital at Sohana near Mohali, to serve millions of eye patients of the country irrespective of their caste, creed or religion and thereby remove the miseries of million of poor eye patients. No patient rich or poor, whether he can pay or not, leaves hospital without proper treatment.







Bhai Jasbir Singh Ji