Shiva's Poison

As the mythical story goes there is poison in the throat of shiva which he can neither spit out nor swallow, as if he spits it out it would cause panic in the world and he would lose his fame, if he swallows it would kill him !
Well it seems our Maryada Purshotam Pathi's singh's have trapped themselves in a similar situation.I was at a distant relative's home where they had commissioned a "Vidhi poorvak Akhand Paath". Well now, the Pathi has respect because he does all the "Paath paraphernalia " according to the prescribed maryada . And the Prescribed methodology forbids them to stop the reading any time . Now, what happened was that , as it was a kind of a family reunion , many relatives had got together , they started talking in th other room .This was causing a lot of noise , and even the pathi could not hear his own voice. Now he was in a situation where he could neither stop the path and tell the people to be quite, nor could he continue to read the bani properly ( and for whom?).
Had our ancestors not accepted the pujari tricks of Khandit / Akahnd paths, we would not have had such situations. Had we maintained the our respect for bani and tried to learn from it , we would not have created a situation where no one listens to it , but if the recital is stopped then it is considered a disaster / Anarth.

As for those wondering what happened next ? Well some old Maryada sensitive relative asked everyone to talk in a different room! Didn't tell them to listen to the path.

Ramsethu

Bhagat Namdev ji, 600years ago, had a solution to the Ramsetu controversy. He said,

" I have heard that God's name makes even stones float. (but are those real stones? Or are they metaphorical references for our low down & dirty characters. He makes them float above the scum-ocean of our virtue-less lives.)
So oh lord why shouldn't Your humble students also float across, remembering You, O Lord? ||1||Pause||
You saved the prostitute (by changing her nature), and the ugly hunch-back; You helped the Dacoit and Ajaamal swim across as well(by changing their mind).
The hunter who shot Krishna in the foot - even he was liberated.
I am a sacrifice, a sacrifice to those who remember you, learn your teachings. ||1||
Your teachings saved Bidur, the son of the slave-girl, and Sudama; You restored Ugrasain to his throne.
Without meditation, without penance, without a good family, without great donations, Naam Dayv's Lord and Master saved them all. ||2||1||"


Here are the "Anhad" boys from bangalore with the shabad for you:



ਰਾਗੁ ਗਉੜੀ ਚੇਤੀ ਬਾਣੀ ਨਾਮਦੇਉ ਜੀਉ ਕੀ
ੴ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥
ਦੇਵਾ ਪਾਹਨ ਤਾਰੀਅਲੇ ॥
ਰਾਮ ਕਹਤ ਜਨ ਕਸ ਨ ਤਰੇ ॥1॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
ਤਾਰੀਲੇ ਗਨਿਕਾ ਬਿਨੁ ਰੂਪ ਕੁਬਿਜਾ ਬਿਆਧਿ ਅਜਾਮਲੁ ਤਾਰੀਅਲੇ ॥
ਚਰਨ ਬਧਿਕ ਜਨ ਤੇਊ ਮੁਕਤਿ ਭਏ ॥
ਹਉ ਬਲਿ ਬਲਿ ਜਿਨ ਰਾਮ ਕਹੇ ॥1॥
ਦਾਸੀ ਸੁਤ ਜਨੁ ਬਿਦਰੁ ਸੁਦਾਮਾ ਉਗ੍ਰਸੈਨ ਕਉ ਰਾਜ ਦੀਏ ॥
ਜਪ ਹੀਨ ਤਪ ਹੀਨ ਕੁਲ ਹੀਨ ਕ੍ਰਮ ਹੀਨ ਨਾਮੇ ਕੇ ਸੁਆਮੀ ਤੇਊ ਤਰੇ ॥2॥1॥


lyrics
raag gourree chaethee baanee naamudhaeo jeeo kee

dhaevaa paahun thaareealae
raam kehuth jun kus n thurae
thaareelae ganikaa bin roop kubijaa biaadh ajaamul thaareealae
churun badhik jun thaeoo mukath bheae
ho bal bal jin raam kehae
dhaasee suth jun bidhur sudhaamaa ougrusain ko raaj dheeeae
jup heen thup heen kul heen krum heen naamae kae suaamee thaeoo thurae

here is the youtube link to this video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5oyoPB8Zig
popularize it !

Chicago Sangat II


I have been really lucky to have got the company of really inspired gursikhs here at Chicago ... the above is a pic from our "dunkin' donut raensabhai"..we were sitting there almost up to 2 am on a Thursday night (and Friday night too) discussing gurbani & gurmat issues... it is in the company of this kind of sangat that one feels he/she can openly discuss whatever in ones heart and get gurmat feedback on it ...because everyone there was in a mood to learn, not in a mood to teach (maybe sometimes I was the spoilsport who jumped the gun assuming I know a lot ..but guru sahib has his ways of breaking "ego") ...



for anyone else in Chicago or around here is their discussion group : http://groups.google.com/group/sikhsofchicago?hl=en

..And this is just one part of the sangat at chicago , there were many more gursikh families who showered their love on me in these 4 weeks ... am going back with a heavy heart ... made heavy by everyone’s love.

Chicago Sangat


I have been in chicago for 3 weeks now ( another week to go) ..
the sangat at Palatine & Scaumburg have made a big gurdwara at Palatine ..it also has its own website :http://www.srschicago.com/
I met some cool sangat here >>Sarabjeet Singh, Gaurav Singh , Surrinder & Narrinder Twins ...and lo I ran into GP phaji from Bangalore !!
here are a few pics of the gurdwara and from the sept 1rst raensabhai .


Cutie "Sahibnoor " caught napping on camera !


Complete album at : http://picasaweb.google.com/gaganpreet.singh/ChicagoSangatRaensabhai

Real Ass

We always read bani putting other people in it ...actually we ourselves should be the actors ! then it really hurts !
Here is a wallpaper that hurts ..everytime I logon my PC .
Who is the real ass ...

chal re baikunth tuthey lai taroon (wallpaper)

Our "mind"(maan) is the horse, gurmat is the rider giving the directions ....




page 329
Gauree, Kabeer Jee:
I have grasped the reins and attached the bridle;
abandoning everything, I now ride through the skies. ||1||
I made self-reflection my mount,
and in the stirrups of intuitive poise, I placed my feet. ||1||Pause||
Come, and let me ride you to heaven.
If you hold back, then I shall strike you with the whip of spiritual love. ||2||
Says Kabeer, those who remain detached from the false scriptural traps are the best riders. ||3||31||

Kids take on "Pakhandi Sadhs"

Nice video by kids ...posted on U-Tube by R Singh

What are these people looking for ?

here is an audio program by atheists:
http://podcast.seti.org/media/AWA_07-06-11.wma

These so called atheists & christens, both are running to find the end of God or proof of God ( or Christan god , or whatever they call it ).

The way we Sikhs are heading also seems to be the same. Rigidity to stories & mythical concepts . Rather than understanding Guru Nanak (Guru Granth Sahib) and moving in the right direction.

I think this allegiance to a religion in order to find some "nirvana" "heaven" "liberation" "Vaikunth" in the end is the biggest disease we humans are suffering from.This is probabally why Guru Arjun (not Kabeerji ! Page 1136) said :


naa hum hindhoo n musulumaan
aleh raam kae pindd puraan
kuhu kubeer eihu keeaa vukhaanaa
gur peer mil khudh khusum pushaanaa

I am not a Hindu, nor am I a Muslim.
My body and breath of life belong to- Allah,Raam ||4||
Says Kabeer, this is what I say:
meeting with the Guru, my Spiritual Teacher, I realize my Lord and Master. ||5||3||


The understanding given by the guru guides us to be a "Sachiar manukh". Now neither these Atheists nor Religious bigots talk about what makes a person 100% "sachiyar". They don't seem to know what to do about that. For them it is taken for granted . ( that is why they romp Iraq and take it for granted , That is why their kids gun-down everyone in the university and take it for granted).

What they are stuck in is trying to find an end !

govidh gunee nidhaan hai anth n paaeiaa jaae
kuthunee budhunee n paaeeai houmai vichuhu jaae
suthugur miliai sudh bhai ruchai aap vusai man aae
bhaaee rae gurumukh boojhai koe
bin boojhae kurum kumaavunae junum pudhaaruth khoe

The Lord of the Universe is the Treasure of Excellence; His limits cannot be found.
He is not obtained by mouthing mere words, but by rooting out ego from within.
Meeting the True Guru, one is permeated forever with the true Fear, he Himself comes to dwell within the mind. ||1||
O Siblings of Destiny, one who becomes Gurmukh and understands this is very rare
To act without understanding is to lose the treasure of this human life. ||1||Pause||


That is why my friend Dr.Balbir Singh says " Know science and you will understand Guru Nanak better".

Some might have just read this post and said what crap , where does he think that sikhs are stuck with hangover concepts , so here is a list of teasers : avagaman (from where to whwre , who? ) , dharamraj (who? what? where? when? ), Ridhi Sidhi(when will i get it ? they say it comes automatically ? ) manter Jaap ( which one? & then there is mala manter , beej mander , jap manter ,maha manter ! )
The biggest problem is , if these mythical constructs are removed (or understood non mythically) then these so called believers feel lost and start questioning the purpose of existence.

any ways stay chardi kala (even this term needs to understood)!
this bantering will never end.

Why are Sikhs becoming followers of these kinds of fraud babas - like Sacha Sauda

Just some thoughts after sacha sauda incident of may13th ... even in 1978 the fauja singh incident happened on may 13 (correction April 13)...........

Why are Sikhs becoming followers of these kinds of fraud babas - like Sacha Sauda


GURU : Teacher , leading us to “Gyan”

(this word again comes from Punjabi/Hindi word: “gur” i.e. technique , secret or special methodology . SO a GURU is someone who knows the “gur”. Therefore, the “Complete Guru” is one who can give “complete Gyan” , hence Guru Granth Sahib ( also called Nanak no. 11) )

bhurum andhaer binaas giaan gur anjunaa

The darkness of doubt is removed by the healing ointment of the Guru's spiritual wisdom.

Everyone in this world is in need of a someone who has a “gyan” or “gur” (technique) to live in a correct way.

Some people are in the search of small “gurs” (techniques ,answers) like “how do I leave my alcoholism etc.” They are accosted by these “So called Gurus” and told to not drink any longer and repeat a magic mantra which they give. They also give some generally socially accepted sermons etc (all of which they rip-off from Guru Granth Sahib).


Now the question is why don’t people come to Guru Granth sahib for such problems?

The answer is manifold:

1)We (with years of propaganda) have started believing in Guru Granth Sahib as a “Var-Data morrti” ( Boon giving Idol) …Whereas Guru Granth Sahib is actually “Gyan data Guru” ( Gyan giving Teacher) .All a lay gursikh knows is that we have to go to the gurdwara bow our head and all wishes are fulfilled , if not , then we can try another gurdwara or better still some sant/fake-baba’s dera. We all have lost the understanding that Guru Granth Sahib is there for guiding us . Unless this point is clear to us and unless we make an effort to make it clear to everyone these fraud shops will carry on. ( Infact these shops have been there since guru nanak’s time ! for example Siri chand opened his own Udasi dera. Prithi chand opened his own dera with govt support in Lahore. Ram Rai opened his own dera , again with govt support in Dehradoon ( fact dehra doon gets it name from “dera at doon”) .
| We (with years of propaganda) have started believing in Guru Granth Sahib as an “Var-Data morrti” ( Boon giving Idol) …Where as Guru Granth Sahib is actually “Gyan data Guru” ( Gyan giving Teacher) .


giaan heenun agiaan poojaa

Without wisdom, the ignorant worship.

andh vuruthaavaa bhaao dhoojaa

It is like groping in the darkness, in the love of duality. ||22||





saevuk sikh poojun sabh aavehi sabh gaavehi har har oothum baanee

All the Sikhs and servants come to worship; they sing the sublime Bani of the Lord, Har, Har.

gaaviaa suniaa thin kaa har thaae paavai jin sathigur kee aagiaa sath sath kar maanee
Their singing and listening is approved if & only if; they accept the Order of the True Guru as True, totally True. ||1||




2)These people have govt funds & support , so they have lots of publicity. They can get things done through the govt so even educated people go to them get their dirty work done. We cant do anything about it , but yes if we organize ourselves … If the nos. of “gyanwan” sangat increases , these false shops wont take 2days to vanish.


Page 1288

First Mehl:

hurunaa baajaa thai sikudhaaraa eaenuaa parraiaa naao

Deer, falcons and government officials are known to be trained and clever.


faadhee lugee jaath fehaaein agai naahee thaao

When the trap is set, they trap their own kind; hereafter they will find no place of rest.


so parriaa so punddith beenaa jinuee kumaanaa naao

He alone is learned and wise, and he alone is a scholar, who practices the Name.

pehilo dhae jurr andhar junmai thaa oupar hovai shaao

First, the tree puts down its roots, and then it spreads out its shade above.

raajae seeh mukudhum kuthae

The kings are tigers, and their officials are dogs;

jaae jugaaein ibaithae suthae

they go out and awaken the sleeping people to harass them.

chaakur nehudhaa paaein ighaao

The public servants inflict wounds with their nails.

ruth pith kuthiho chatt jaahu

The dogs lick up the blood that is spilled.

jithai jeeaa hosee saar

where all beings will be judged.

nukukhuee vutukhuee laaeithubaar

will be disgraced Roam with cut noses - Those who have violated the people's trust; ||2||




3) Our own structure of authority has become defunct. Firstly, we all have forgotten that our true leader is Guru Granth Sahib. We have started believing that Our leader is the “Jathedar “ even “that s also ok” …but the issue is jhathedars have just become figure heads …Politicians hand pick “pujaris” as jathedars and Moreover the Jathedars have no written down ruls about tenure and Powers . they are al at the mercy of who owns SGPC…. Even this problem is solvable of we all in the sangat wake up. Get good people to represent us at smaller leves like our own gurdwara. …. That brings me to another point , guru nanak is not for the gurdwara , he is for the whole world. Lets widen our focus from the gurdwara to every aspect of life. Lets propagate Nanak Guru’s message to everyone everywhere…Then people will have no doubt about who is the true leader & Guru .



nwnk gurU gurU hY pUrw imil siqgur nwmu iDAwieAw ]4]5]

naanuk guroo guroo hai pooraa mil sathigur naam dhiaaeiaa

O Nanak, perfect is the Guru, the Guru. Meeting the True Guru, I meditate on the Naam. ||4||5||



In a nut shell , all we can see these days is bigger Keertan programs , bigger Nagar keertans , bigger fund collections , bigger gurdwaras, biggar kar sevas etc .. But lesser & lesser knowledge from the Guru. So the only solution is Jumping into the Ocean of Guru Granth Sahib & then Beating the drum to tell everyone about the true guru ..like Makhan Shah Lubahna did once “Guru ladho re Guru Ladho Re”.

Basically is Supply & demand ! Demand for "Guru" is there , it isour mistake that we have kept Guru Nanak hidden behind "Rumalas"...that is why these duplicate "gurus" are looting the public.

Koi nau na jane mera

Impromptu keertan by simar veerji , on the day when he was leaving for Delhi for his new job. He was the backbone of the sangat at bangalore, everyone will miss him here . Anyways , "ujjar jao" is guru Nanak's blessing for such gursikhs.

Koi nau na jane mera

Prabhjot veerji's Guitar Keertan

The sunday after the raensabhai (2 weekends ago) , we had prabjot veerji (simars elder brother)playing shabads on the guitar at home trying to wake up the sleepy singhs (after a long raensabhai) .

Raam Raam Karta Sab jag fire

Naam Niranjan

Uudo na kaga


Waheguru waheguru

Program for the coming weekend @ Bangalore (21,22 April)

Program for the coming weekend (21,22 April):

21st Saturday evening 5pm : Gurbani Veechar at Ulsoor Gurdwara . ( this will be followed by the regular program at Ulsoor Gurdwara from 7pm onwards)

21st Saturday Night 9:30 pm to 5:30am : Raensabhai Keertan at Marthahalli Gurdwara .*( bus will leave from Ulsoor Gurdwara at 9:30pm)

22nd Sunday afternoon 3pm: Gurbani veechar at Ulsoor Gurdwara ( this might be followed by the proposed gatka class depending upon the no of interested people )

Raensabhai video

Reincarnation will take a break for 2-3days , will restart later :)! Till then here is another video from simar jeet singh , from t his weekends raensabhai .( sorry still have not cut the mp3s) ...


also some pics from the raensabhai:



Reincarnation

Vaheguru Vaheguru Vaheguru Vahe jio !
Guru Sahib works in absolutely mysterious ways !

Just yesterday at the weekly Gurbani veechar session (Sunday 11am; for those in bangalore) at the gurdwara we had a long discussion about reincarnation and what are it effects on our understanding of sikhi.

And today morning I got this presentation email from a Gursikh piyara, affirming our discussions with the message from Guru Granth Sahib.

Its absolutlely cear & beautiful. Thanks Baldev singh ji.

you can download this presentation from here.

Jathedar's paintings on flickr


Combing Hair, originally uploaded by jathedar.

have a look at this painting by "Jthedar" ... and many more on flickr...

Raensabhai & long weekend

Last weekend , Ravinder Singh and Sumeet Kaur ji were here at bangalore . So a raensabhai keertan was also arranged on saturday night.
Here is the full video of simarjeet singh's keertan from the Raensabhai.



The whole sunday was spent talking to Ravinder and Sumeet about their "newly married" life. here are some pics from the day ( more pics from the raensabhai & weekend are at flickr) :




more pics from the raensabhai & weekend are at flickr i.e. http://www.flickr.com/photos/niyarakhalsa/

Annand Karaj of Sumeet Kaur & Ravinder SIngh

I will forever regret not being able to be there at Ravinder & Sumeet bhenji's annand Karaj. Gurmukhs like them are an inspiration to every one they touch in the course of their lives. //////Formal speech over //// Rumor has it that "ye chakkar purana hai ! " /////// I didnt say anything . My lips are sealed !!!

Here are some pic from their annand karaj -








For more pics from the annand karaj goto Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/niyarakhalsa/

Guru sahibs kirpa in Jakarta !

subh nuguree mehi eaeko raajaa subhae pavith hehi thaavaa
In the entie creation, there is only One King; all places are sacred. ||1||


As guru sahib has guided us in Asa kee vaar to go in search of gursikhs and you will find the satguru ...
Well I cant claim that but yes I surely witnessed guur sahibs kirpa "karamat" working in jakarta. I had met Amardeep Singh ji at the pasar baru gurdwara where he had told me about the event the youth at jakarta were arranging fr kids. I was lucky enough to witness the event :Someone would say whats the big deal in organizing a games event for kids?
Well , first listen to the background info: Sikhs came to Jakarta in early 1920's (to medan , some came via malasia) . Over a period of time they lost the sikhi swaroop . But inthe last 7-8 years there hasbeen a "karamat" some of the youth have come back to sikhi ! THe credit of which can be given to the youth camps at malasia & the Giyani ji at Jakarta . This is the kind of generation Gap that should take place in punjab now !! Have a look at the 2 generationsin 1 pic :
But credit must be given to the parents also who give full support to their children in all the quest . They very supportive and are in fact the ones who urge their children in the sikhi direction.
Here are the oranizers of the samagam : ( dont know all the names those seated in the middle row are (right to left) Jimmy , Amardeep singh(sunny) , Amrit kaur ..dont know other names except Jagjeevan Kaur (blue suit)


Youth doing asa kee vaar keertan ( all because of the training gien by the granthi singh ji of jakarta ; he personally is a very rich person but is doing all this as seva .) :


All the above is even more facinating in the context that most kids have Bahasa astheir first language (english & Punjabi are far off second languages).SO all gurmat concepts has to be explained in bahasa !

Here is the final group Pic :



you can visit all the pics of the various games etc at flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/niyarakhalsa/

Gurus Faces from jakarta








Jakarta !

I am in jakarta for 2 week official trip .Today I went to the Gurdwrara at Pasar Baru (also known as little india )... There was a big gathering as it was someones marriage .
Here are somepics from the jakarta Gurdwra :

(notice the Indonesian features of the panj piyare ; must have been an indonesian painter )





















AT the gurdwara I met up with Amardeep SIngh ... we had good discussion. I will upload the video in the next post ... he has a very inspirational story to tell about Wadhbhag SIngh the indonesian sikh !

the two "peaks"/ "chunjs" of thepanth


The forward chunj and the backward bunga ...together in one pick balancing out each other !

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