Sunday, June 18, 2006

Guru Arjan Dev Gurupurab!

"All the sources of creation, and all languages meditate on Him, forever and ever." (Guru Arjan Dev, Asa, pg. 456)

A very happy and enlightening Gurupurab to everyone!!!

This day is definitely special to me, for I have recieved a priceless gift of all the volumes of Sri Guru Granth Sahib now, which carry all the translations. Hopefully I can fulfil my duty as a learner and be able to enrich my life with the goal that Guru Arjan compiled Sri Guru Granth Sahib with :)

Chardi Kala to everyone. Satnam Waheguru.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

gentle men, great fathers

"She was born in the autumn and was a late fall in my life, and lay purple and dented like a little bruised plum, as though she'd been lightly trodden in the grass and forgotten.

Then the nurse lifted her up and she came suddenly alive, her bent legs kicking crabwise, and her first living gesture was a thin wringing of the hands accompanied by a far-out Hebridean lament.

This moment of meeting seemed to be a birthtime for both of us; her first and my second life. Nothing, I knew, would be the same again, and I think I was reasonably shaken. I peered intently at her, looking for familiar signs, but she was convulsed as an Aztec idol. Was this really my daughter, this purple concentration of anguish, this blind and protesting dwarf?

Then they handed her to me, stiff and howling, and I held her for the first time and kissed her, and she went still and quiet as though by instinctive guile, and I was instantly enslaved by her flattery of my powers"

- Laurie Lee, I can't stay Long, 1975

Dear fathers who make lives of their children secure, loving, confident, happy and rightly educated are the gentlemen who are kind in their heart and realize their emotions fairly.

A very very happy and fulfilling Happy Father's day to my father, my angelic grandfathers, to Ik Singh veer, to Manjeet Singh jis (singhsrus and msingh), and to all those who are proud fathers and to the wonderful fathers of all those who read this :):):)

May we as daughters and son make them very proud and happy, today and forever!

Sikh struggles in Kashmir - a new Blog!

This is to share with everyone that one mr. Harbail Singh is creating a new blog which will focus on the current issues in Kashmir from a Sikh perspective. I for one was not aware of the big Sikh populations in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Please kindly do pay a visit and educate yourself on the many budding issues of this state.

The link for his blog is:

http://harbailsingh.blogspot.com/

Satnam Waheguru!

To the world's greatest mother...

May your every dream come true

May life be beautiful and you never be blue

You are the greatest human being

For all your kindness, a hearty thank you!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

the beard query

Last night at the Gurudara, I saw a bhai sa'ab with the Most Amazing beard that I have ever come across. It was the perfect blend of greys, black and white hair very well distributed evenly - untangled uptil the waist length. First of all I've never seen such a long beard. But it was not just the length, it was so neat, it seemed like he recently combed it or something. The man looked like an angel in his chola and with that beard.

While I was thinking of his charismatic Godly appearance today, a question came to my mind about why Gursikhs are expected to keep their beards untied? We keep long hair to maintain the appearance that Waheguru intended us to have. To appreciate this gift and to maintain it well, we wash our hair daily and tie them in graceful dastaars. If the main purpose of dastaar, alongwith provision of unique identity, is to protect our hair, then why do we not pack the beards in a neat roll under the chin, how many Sikhs do (which however is not allowed/encouraged to the initiated ones)?

So if someone can shed some light on this, it'll be highly appreciated!

Monday, June 05, 2006

forever...

BLUE star

Things I didn't know about the Operation Blue Star of 1984:

- Operation Blue star is also called "Ghallughara". The unmistakable allusion is to the killing in Punjab of tens of thousands of Sikhs by the Afgan raider, Ahmed Shah Abdali in 1762, after which the word "Ghallughara" was coined to become an integral part of the Punjabi folklore. (allaboutsikhs.com)

- On the 3rd of June, a 36 hour curfew was imposed on the state of Punjab. The period coincided with the anniversary of the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev, who built the Harimandir Sahib and compiled the Sikh's Holy book. As a result of this, when the curfew was imposed the temple was filled with worshippers. (wikipedia)

- To make matter worse, Indian army simultaneously attacked 40 other historical Gurdwaras all over Punjab (Sikh-history.com)

- The Harmindar Sahib [the sanctum sanctorum where the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, is kept during the day] received many bullet holes. The book itself was hit by a bullet. (wikipedia)

- For five days the Punjab has been cut off from the rest of the world. All telephone and telex links are cut. No foreigners are permitted entry and on Tuesday, all Indian journalists were expelled. There are no newspapers, no trains, no buses- not even a bullock cart can move." (wikipedia)

- History of Sikh Reference Library (Destroyed on June 7, 84) (allaboutsikhs.com)

- Later on numerous Kar Sevaks volunteered to rebuild the Harmandir Sahib, turning down an offer to do so by the government. (wikipedia)

- Operation Bluestar is regarded by some military observers in India and the international community as a military embarrassment, poorly conducted and managed. Many of the leaders of the military action were either assassinated or are as in the case of Major General Brar, in hiding for fear or being assassinated. (wikipedia)