Dr Raghbir Singh Nandra was born in India in the year 1956 after which he migrated to Nairobi in Africa at only five months old with his parents. Thereafter, he returned back to India in the year 1962 when he was six years old where his early childhood begun, influenced at large by the teachings of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Upon completing his primary education at the Government High School in Nakodar he migrated to England where he joined his father in 1967. Raghbir resumed his secondary education at Thomas Telford High school from age eleven leading into further education and heading for University. Despite all geographical and environmental changes Raghbir’s heart and mind always remained focused with his passion for Sikhism inherently growing stronger.
In the year 1974 Raghbir Singh baptised as an orthodox Amritdhari Sikh having experienced various physical, emotional, and spiritual conjectures. From this point on, his mission to guide humanity became the prognostic ambition.
Raghbir's father, Sr Ajit Singh Nandra deceased in 1976 leaving him and the family in consternation. Raghbir being dutiful by nature, sacrificed his milieu academia in order to maintain and nurture family responsibilities bestowed upon him at the mere age of twenty.
Given his artistic background and talent, Raghbir manifested his skills to relay religious insights creating masterful works of art, which in turn led to the development of a thriving career in Signwriting and Printing. The first handwritten signage Raghbir produced still presents the forefront of the Palki Sahib Ji at the Ramgarhia Sikh Temple, Stoke-On-Trent. The entrepreneurial dexterity in Raghbir enabled the business to grow steadily, and hence the successful establishment of Dr Print (UK) Ltd.
Alongside daily routines Raghbir continued searching religious truths, which he felt lay amongst the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, and indeed the Gurus, ultimately epitomised within the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Given the contextualised circumstances, in 1997 his committed beliefs spiralled into setting up a trust, namely The Peace Foundation, in a vivid attempt to promote a deeper understanding of Sikhism.
Indian Festivals, a Punjabi book published in 2001 with English translations, explaining the significance of numerous auspicious Indian events was made available to all leading libraries throughout the United Kingdom. In addition, Raghbir ensured this book was delivered to Sikh Temples within Britain to capacitate Sangat awareness.
In late December 2014 a religiously propelled realisation dawned upon Raghbir to excel his mission on Sikh doctrines via electronic applications. Such an App includes the Gurbani and Shabad by Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Thus efficiently providing more readily sufficient sources of information on the Gurbani based on ongoing developmental knowledge and research to inspire and encourage forthcoming generations interested in Sikh scriptures.
Dr Raghbir Singh Nandra BSYA (Hom.), Dip HM (inst. NH) is Managing Director at Dr Print (UK) Ltd. He also practices his fervent interests in complimentary therapies since being qualified as a Homoeopathic, Nutrition, Ayurvedic & Herbal Medicine Practitioner.
In addition, as Trustee for The Peace Foundation (Promoting Gurbani Vichar) and being a member of the Education Committee of Sikh Council UK, Raghbir continues to share his dedication towards the Sikh faith.
Whilst a Foundation Course student studying towards a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Bournville School of Arts in United Kingdom, Sardar Raghbir Singh Nandra completed this oil on canvas painting of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji on 12th April 1976, at age 20, six months prior to his fathers unexpected bereavement later that year.
Inspirational original painting of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji created in 1969 by Raghbir Singh Nandra in India. Portraying his desire to develop his already established faith in Sikhism.
In April 2019, whilst sat in my office one afternoon, I suddenly felt water-like fluid drip from my left nostril. Although a nuisance, I did not pay much attention as I thought it might be hay fever or an ordinary cold of some sort. A few weeks on, it persisted so I visited my General Practitioner. He suspected a viral infection and suggested I wait a further fortnight or so before any medical examinations be considered. A further five weeks passed and symptoms remained unchanged, and I was prescribed tablets and nasal spray by the General Practitioner. Also, I requested a referral letter to see a Private Healthcare Specialist. During week six an appointment with an ENT Specialist had been arranged. A sample of the fluid dripping from the nostril was taken and a further referral for an MRI and CT Scan was administered.
In week nine, after an additional three weeks, with all medical tests collated the ENT Specialist confirmed his hypothesis as a CSF leak. With this diagnosis, I was immediately referred to another leading surgeon specialising in the particular field. The Consultant Surgeon reviewed all test results and affirmed the extent of the Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) leak. He explained it was a very serious health issue and if left untreated could lead to other severe medical complications, including meningitis and possibly death. The following week, a preventative injection against possible infections was given and a further two medical tests were proposed, as in my case there was still no apparent evidence of the actual cause of the CSF leak. I was due to see the Consultant Surgeon in a further six weeks. That night I was unable to sleep with the fear of what might happen to my future. Various thoughts kept circling my mind; questioning how my family will cope without me, I felt my responsibilities weighing even heavier, worrying about my wife and my two sons still to be married. I faced the picture of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji hung upon my bedroom wall, and prayed to be righteously directed. In thought, I vowed to myself, regardless of what may happen, I am going to the Gurudwara first thing in the morning before going into work. The following morning I went to the Gurudwara as planned, and have been doing so since that day for everyday of the week. It has now become a daily ritual for me which I intend to continue.
At almost sixteen weeks from the offset, I attended my follow up appointment with the Consultant Surgeon to discuss Endoscopic surgery required to seal the CSF leakage. It had been understood that as part of the surgery, membrane tissue would be removed from behind my ear and taken through my nose into the brain where it would be planted to seal the damaged area. Surgery was scheduled for three weeks following this appointment. After seeing the Consultant Surgeon, I made a conscious decision to continue my faith in Waheguru Ji, and as a strong believer of the Gurbani, I was adamant Waheguru Ji could treat me without any surgery. A week after the appointment, I sat alone in my bedroom listening to some religious videos on YouTube by Giani Sant Singh Ji Maskeen and Bhai Pinderpal Singh Ji. In one of the videos there was a mention of how Guru Nanak Devi Ji and Guru Angad Dev Ji treated their disciples of serious illnesses through Ardaas and Gurbani. I got up in awe and in front of the same picture I started reciting the Ardaas whilst in tears including my plea, ‘….Almighty Lord you have cured serious illnesses of your disciples and my illness is very minor in comparison, you have the power to cure it without any medication or surgical invasion…' As I was doing the Ardaas, I felt a very powerful extraordinary and quite unexplainable vibe going through my entire body causing goosebumps. Furthermore, following my Ardaas I went to the local Gurudwara to again offer my prayers to the Almighty. You may call it the 'Miracle of Ardaas' or the 'Power of Ardaas' but since that very day, my condition started to improve. That very night, I noticed a significant difference. By the end of the week I was feeling seventy-five percent better and as each day passed, my symptoms recuperated.
During the period of my illness, an Akhand Paath had been planned for November to celebrate the 550th Birthday of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Also, a video for the Mool Mantar was uploaded on all my social media sites including our website and the Gurbani Vichaar Mobile App which has been running to promote the Gurbani since May 2016. There is a lot of power in the Mool Mantar and I would like forthcoming generations to understand this power and benefit from it.
Now it has been three weeks since my Ardaas and almost twenty weeks since I developed the initial symptoms of CSF, I truly feel I have completely recovered. There is absolutely no leakage and all surgical procedures have been cancelled. The Consultant Surgeon acknowledged the reversal of my CSF symptoms and confirmed that in some rare cases CSF can cure naturally. I believe my case is rare, and this has only been possible through the Power of Ardaas.
I wish to share my conclusive experience that God works in miraculous ways to connect with us. Difficulties in life lead us to the Gurbani, through which we should have faith in God regardless of all situations in life. We prioritise our life around family, leisure and materialism but overlook our main priority to establish a connection with God. God will always look after us and has a solution to all our problems, all we need to do is keep faith.Raghbir Singh Nandra "Khaksar"
"The Gurbani Vichar App is progressively
anticipated at radiating words of the Gurus.
Reconcile oneself by comprehending
the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
God’s benediction has incarnated this ingenious information to the modern world."
I, being the youngest sibling, can intransigently confirm that my eldest brother Dr Raghbir Singh Nandra has remained a loyal devote disciple of the Sikh faith since my childhood. He has always respected forgathered senior religious acquaintances during his explorative journey to self-realization.
Raghbir has tenaciously supported and encouraged every family member during disincentive unforeseeable times with the unprecedented reassurance and guidance of prayer. Furthermore, I have witnessed Raghbir renounce his prerogatives to provide sustentation for others in need. A true delight to see him wholeheartedly persevering the desired path with an optimistic approach, which I do believe will aid humanity and reciprocate dividends.
Clearly being an expeditious, intelligent, and conscientious man, Raghbir bases actions upon religious beliefs gained through righteous understandings of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. The fundamentals of Sikh principles, as he acknowledges, have been apparent since his early youthful years as a result of maternal religious nurturing. In my opinion, Raghbir has set a prodigious example of how a true Amritdhari Sikh ought to act. Mirthfully, his somewhat prudent humble approach to Sikhism is distinctively outstanding. A rare trait possessed in mankind exists within his character; a promise remains a promise, and has a personality ennobled by true generosity, sincerity, and trust in God.
Mr Nandra has known me since the last eight years. Unfortunately, I went through a difficult phase in my life approximately two years ago and was diagnosed with severe depression. Feeling suicidal, I and was recommended medication and various other therapies which I turned down at the time. I can confirm that the way in which Mr Nandra has helped turn around my life in the last year and half or so, just by speaking with me is unexplainable. Being a firm believer in God, I truly believe Mr Nandra was a Godsend, who came into my life to guide me out of the toughest of times. In fact this was something I had never discussed directly with Mr Nandra up until just recently. He had never known I had depression but looking back at the route he took, everything he saw, and the knowledge he shared to bring me back to life, was pretty amazing. It feels like all along he knew my troubles without me uttering a word and provided me with solutions. I feel as though God has answered my prayers. I can only be thankful to Mr Nandra and his expertise as he is the reason I see life in different way now.
In addition to the above, I was particularly impressed to learn that Mr Nandra recently developed an App available on smart phone platforms called the ‘Gurbani Vichar.’ I strongly feel this is an indispensible apparatus for increasing my knowledge with regards to the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
I have known Mr Raghbir Singh Nandra for the last 11 years. Before meeting him, I was in a position not knowing where I stood in life and what to do in life. It seemed as if life was coming to an end. There did not seem to be any sort of support anywhere and there was no one to guide me. By getting to know him, alongside working for him, I learnt a lot. As time passed, I noticed my life had started to change, because in difficult times he encouraged and supported me. Also, I learnt from Mr Nandra how prayer can become ones strength, and how Waheguru (God) answers prayers.Bhai Sahib is honest and helps those in need through his clean-hearted advice. It may not be possible to talk a lot about a self-realised person; however, a person who is great in your life is essential to praise. In my opinion Mr Nandra is a soul graced by God. He is like no other person I have met. Mr Nandra is a firm believer in the Gurbani. With his presence in my life I have seen many miracles. I am very grateful for his encouragement, teachings and respect, may God bless him.
Futhermore, I have found Mr Nandra’s newly released Gurbani Vichar App to be an invaluable asset as it provides me with comfort knowing that I can readily access it at anytime and anywhere.
I have known Mr Nandra personally for just over 40 years. Yes 40 years. That's a long time to get to grips with the basics, the essence of ones personality. For some years I would see him on a daily basis even just for a few moments. Other years I would see him perhaps weekly, monthly or even just yearly. I even worked for him and saw him 8-10 hours every day for weeks on end! The quality and quantity has varied over the decades but what hasn't changed is my opinion. That remains the same. I have seen a man accustomed to honesty, hard work and discipline but not without due care and consideration where necessary. I value Mr Nandra's opinions and morals and most of all have come to respect his methodical and tactful approach to life. However, what underpins the man, the string that ties all his bows together is his faith. He is an upstanding member of the Sikh community and I have no doubt of his efforts to follow in the coming decades.
A Decent step to convey the wholly message of GURBANI for welfare of Mankind. Also having pleasure to have such kind person in my contact who dedicated for mankind. Great regards
Mr Nandra and I have known each other for over 10 years now, during this period my respect for him has only grown greater day by day. I can genuinely say I have learnt many things about all aspects of life from Mr Nandra, over time. He is a great inspiration to me with his honest nature, and his profound faith in God is encouraging, setting an example of a quality way of life. I have seen and witnessed his dedication towards the Sikh faith and motivation in learning the deeper meaning behind everything. Mr Nandra has taught me the importance of understanding and the depth to which it can take you if practiced correctly.
The new Gurbani Vichar App by Mr Nandra is proving to be significant as part of my ongoing general knowledge about pray. The fact that it is just a touch away, being such a user-friendly application, on both iPhone and Android phones, is noteworthy. I believe this will be a thriving life long project and I wish him all the very best.
The Gurbani Vichar App by Consultant Raghbir Singh Nandra is an excellent tool to understand Gurbani from the Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Dhan Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji,' means, 'The Highest, Holiest, and The Supreme Authority in Sikh Faith.' The word 'Guru, Shabad Guru,' is the Perfect Guru, and is the everlasting Guru since 1708 till eternity. The King of Kings. 'Bani Guru Guru Ha Bani wich Bani Amritsare Gur Bani Kahe Sewak Jan mane Partakh Guru Nistare,' means, 'Bani is Guru and Guru is Bani, and Bani is embodiment of Gurbani and if devotees follow the Gurbani the Guru will surely protect at all times.’ My Ardaas to Waheguru is to Shower his Blessings for this Gurbani Vichar App.
Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick was established in 1961 and is one of the largest and most prominent Sikh places of worship in the United Kingdom. I was appointed president of the Gurdwara in 2016. However, I have known Raghbir as part of the Gurdwara congregation for many years and via his business. In my opinion he is a steadfast, honest and innovative person. The recently released Gurbani Vichar App on both Apple and Android phones has been developed out of his own will, to help spread the message of the Gurbani. In this day and age, I feel it is necessary to have access to the Gurbani on this level at all times. The steps taken by Raghbir Singh Nandra are commendable. I wish him all the best and pray for prosperity in this project. Humble servant of the Panth.
Mr Raghbir Singh Nandra is an open-minded, genuine and level-headed individual. He can always be counted on to listen and provide advice or moral support whenever needed. He has the ability to see positivity in any situation. Having known Raghbir for all of my life I have seen his ambition to encourage a deeper understanding of the Sikh faith. His continuous efforts to contribute to the Sikh community have been evident and highly appreciated. The Gurbani Vichar application, his latest project, is a perfect way of bridging the younger generation with Sikh scriptures and provides an excellent platform to learn and understand the Gurbani. I wish Raghbir all the very best.
The Gurbani Vichar App is an excellent platform on which one can readily access the Guru's Bani, not just that but also learn and understand the meaning of each and every word. Having the option to read the Gurbani in Punjabi and English just makes this application more preferable. The thought and effort put into the project by Raghbir Singh Nandra and his team is commendable. Each and every aspect of the application has been carefully designed for a user-friendly experience. I would like to congratulate Raghbir Singh Nandra on this great initiative. May the blessings of Waheguru be with Raghbir and he continue to serve the Sikh community.”
I have found the Gurbani Vichar App to be very helpful and knowledgeable to myself and I am sure this will help not just other Sikh brothers and sisters but also the community at large to gain an understanding of Gurbani. You can clearly see the time and effort put into this project by Raghbir Singh Nandra as each element is carefully mastered together to create an all over platform where anyone can connect with Guru's Bani. It's truly commendable!.
Excellent App!!! Very inspiring to the Sikh community. Easy to use and well laid out. I appreciate the makers.