Thursday, July 27, 2006

An Excellent Idea!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

SUKHMANI - The Pearl of Peace

In the Sukhmani are peace, Lord's praise and Name.
He, withing whose mind it abides becomes wealthy,
All his desires are fulfilled.

He becomes most distinguished man and gets renowned in the entire world.
He obtains the highest place of all.
He does not, again, come and go.

Nanak, the man who obtains the Sukhmani, departs after earning the wealth of God's name.

Repose, peace, wealth, nine treasures, understanding, divine knowledge, all the immediate occult powers;
Learning, penance, union with and meditation on the Master,
The exquisite divine insight, the excellent ablutions;
The four cardinal boons, the blossoming of the heart lotus;
Detachment from all things though in the midst of them all;
Beautiful, shrewd and knower of reality;
Impartial looker and the beholder, of one God,
These gifts are obtained by the man, who with his mouth recites the Sukhmani and heartily bears Guru Nanak's hymns in the praise of God's name.

Let anyone meditate heartily on this Name's treasure.
In all the ages he shall obtain salvation.
This composition is the praise of the World-Lord and the recitation of the Name about which the Simritis, Shashtras and Vedas speak.
The essence of all the religions is the God's name, alone.
It abides in the mind of Lord's devotee.
Millions of sins are effaced (pardoned) in the saints guild.
By saint's mercy, man escapes the death's courier.
They, on whose brow, the Lord has recorded such destiny, have O Nanak entered the saints sanctury.
He, within whose mind the Sukhmani abides and who listens to it with love, that mortal remembers the Lord Master.

His pangs of birth and death are destroyed.
His body (life), so difficult to obtain, is forthwith exonerated.
Spotless is his repute and sweet is his speech.
The Name alone is contained in his mind. Sorrow, sickness, dread, and doubt depart from him.
He goes by the Name of a saint and His acts are pure.
The highest of all becomes his glory.

Because of these virtues, O Nanak, this is called THE HYMN OF PEACE!

(SGGS, p.295-296)

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Repeated prayers

JAITSREE, FOURTH MEHL, FIRST HOUSE, CHAU-PADAS:
ONE UNIVERSAL CREATOR GOD. BY THE GRACE OF THE TRUE GURU:
The Jewel of the Lord's Name abides within my heart; the Guru has placed His hand on my forehead. The sins and pains of countless incarnations have been cast out. The Guru has blessed me with the Naam, the Name of the Lord, and my debt has been paid off. 1 O my mind, vibrate the Lord's Name, and all your affairs shall be resolved. The Perfect Guru has implanted the Lord's Name within me; without the Name, life is useless. Pause Without the Guru, the self-willed manmukhs are foolish and ignorant; they are forever entangled in emotional attachment to Maya. They never serve the feet of the Holy; their lives are totally useless. 2 Those who serve at the feet of the Holy, their lives are made fruitful, and they belong to the Lord. Make me the slave of the slave of the slaves of the Lord; bless me with Your Mercy, O Lord of the Universe. 3 I am blind, ignorant and totally without wisdom; how can I walk on the Path? I am blind! O Guru, please let me grasp the hem of Your robe, so that servant Nanak may walk in harmony with You. 4 1
Saturday, 7th Saawan (Samvat 538 Nanakshahi)
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Guru Harkrishan ji's Prakash Divas - July 21

Lakh lakh mubarakan :)

Guru Harkrishan Sahib was born on Sawan Vadi 10, (8 Sawan), Bikrami Samvat 1713, (July 23, 1656) at Kiratpur Sahib. He was the second son of Guru Har Rai Sahib and Mata Krishan Kaur Ji (Sulakhni Ji). Ram Rai, the elder brother of Guru Harkrishan Sahib was ex-communicated and disinherited due to his anti-Guru Ghar activities, and Sri Harkrishan Sahib Ji at the age of about five years, was declared as Eighth Guru by his father Guru Har Rai Sahib before his death in 1661.

Within a short span of time Guru Harkrishan Sahib through his fraternization with the common masses gained more and more adherents in the capital. At the time, a severe epidemic of cholera and smallpox broke out in Delhi. The young Guru began to attend the sufferers irrespective of caste and creed. Particularly, the local Muslim population was much impressed with the purely humanitarian deeds of the Guru Sahib and nicknamed him Bala Pir (child prophet). Even Aurangzeb did not try to disturb Guru Harkrishan Sahib sensing the tone of the situation but on the other hand never dismissed the claim of Ram Rai also.

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is dedicated to his holiness!

(Info gathered from Sikhpoint.com)

Friday, July 14, 2006

....but it had turned to emptiness without compassion!

All is emptiness and all is compassion.
~ Buddha

The aphorism attributed to the Buddha sums up the teaching of Buddhist Dharma. It is the realization of everyone who awakens, no matter the tradition to which they belong and the language in which it is expressed. Before one can understand through intense awareness that compassion is the point of life in our relationships with all beings, one must first understand the nature of reality: emptiness. With the exception of the eternal foundation of consciousness, everything is impermanent, passing away, in constant flux. Because everythnig is constantly changing, nothing actually exists on its own. Each one of us is dependent on others and nature to be. Everything is interdependent. When we grasp inwardly the truth of impermanence, then we also understand that all is compassion, for then we know that we are intrinsically and fundamentally related to everyone and everything else.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Healing Seeds

I took this article from Manjit singh's blog: SinghsRUs (sorry I'm horrible with html links). But this is one of the best articles that I've read in a very very long time and I bet everyone and anyone can benefit from this article. I don't want to lose it, so it will be saved in my blog here :) Please take te time to let some healing occur :) SatNaam WaheGuru!

Seeds of Healing - Twenty Years Later Milestones on the Path to PeaceJune 6, 2004.

Twenty years after 1984 – the world has changed.In this post September 11th environment, Sikhs around the world are trapped in issues of mistaken identity. Whether it is hate crimes in the streets of New York or France passing legislation to bar religious minorities, including Sikh youth, from wearing their turbans to school – the Sikh identity has become a global issue. We are once again being challenged – this time to become known and respected on a global scale. Ultimately, this challenge is about the Sikhs getting to know themselves, and helping others understand and overcome misconceptions about who Sikhs are. This is the fight we face today. This is our 1984. To face what is happening in our world now, we must let go of the past.Forgiveness and The Promise of DemocracyOftentimes, our remembrances make it difficult to move. The hurt, the pain, the betrayal are very real. Yet, these components can hold us back. We need to develop an ability to move on. Do not mistake forgiveness with forgetting. The noble Sikh is always one who forgives as it is so written and commanded to be practiced. We remember the past in order to learn the lessons, but not wallow in the pain or grief forever. However, if we focus only on the remembering and not the forgiveness, then we doom ourselves to ignorance. And clearly, ignorance is not what the whole Sikh ethos is about.It is time to learn the lessons of democracy. Democracy is power in action – not of a few, but of all. It gives every constituent a chance to use their voice, to use their power. In the United States, in England, in Canada, in France, in Germany – the rights of the Sikhs will be protected to the extent that the Sikhs become actively involved in the political process. The rights of Sikhs will be upheld in proportion to Sikh participation in governance. So it is with India, and this is why we are saying - 20 years after 1984 - it is a very different world. Twenty years after 1984, there is a Sikh man, Dr. Manmohan Singh, who is known worldwide as the economic savior of India and he has just become Prime Minister of a country with over one billion people. A Sikh now leads the world’s largest democracy.Democracy is by no means perfect and there are always tensions playing out between different parties. But it does work. History has shown us that, in the long run, democracy works as a method of peaceful self-governance for diverse groups of people. Democracy is actually Sikhism in practice. Just look at the rule of Maharajah Ranjit Singh. Can one believe the diversity he sought? Can one see his tolerance of all peoples, not just Sikhs? Can one see his egalitarian view towards women? It took the West another 100 years to implement the kind of democracy he practiced while being a monarch. We Sikhs are no strangers to democracy and we understand that it demands absolute integrity to succeed. That kind of democracy has most often rewarded people with prosperity and peace.What are the lessons of democracy? We can look to our own history for answers. Democracy is in our history, traditions, wisdom, and group knowledge. And forgiveness is part of this.The Sikh Youth Need to Face the FutureAnother change that has occurred during the last 20 years is that there is a generation of Sikhs growing up outside of India - the Sikh Diaspora. Who are these children? Well, some are Sikhs who are children of the early immigrants. Some are children of the post 1984 immigrants. Others are new Sikhs of different roots all together. Each of these communities was affected by 1984 differently, and have subsequently dealt with it differently. Many of us who came here before 1984 were deeply hurt. We vowed that 1984 would not hold us back. The post-1984 immigrants have a more visceral reaction given their personal memories of the actions that happened at the time. Their children, however, who are growing up outside of India have a different response to 1984 . Many have forgotten about it, or do not understand how it affects them or do not know how to go forward. Finally, we have the new Sikhs. Many have committed themselves to making sure that this event will not repeat itself and to work for peace.Mostly I see that all of these communities need to be heard. Heard, NOT with a lament, but with the hope that we will create something better as we move forward. This Diaspora really needs a voice. We need to give ourselves a vision of the future, of what we can be in today’s world, and not condemn ourselves to living in the past. We Sikhs can become a really great force if we organize and recognize each other and stop the fight amongst ourselves. Pride and the warriors spirit in the Sikhs has lead in the past to internal conflict. All we have to do is break the pattern and develop cooperative behavior. I know one thing – create division and conflict and the Sikhs are easily manipulated by others. I want to challenge this by calling on all Sikhs to come together.We, the new Sikhs Diaspora, understand democracy and we are often participants in it. As we come of age, we will be heard. We will demand of the elders in our society to explain the messes they have made. Why does the world not know of us and our values? In this information age, why are we so far behind in creating mechanisms for people to discover us? Why are not more people groomed for leadership? Why is the leadership full of conflict? Why are we so visible and yet so very invisible? We really do not care as much about the tribal and destructive use of caste that divides us. Why do people not recognize that casteism is a cancer that eats through the fabric of our unity? We want equality – not just in talk, but also in action. We want intelligent dialogue and not political rhetoric laced with the venom of divisiveness. We want answers. We have begun to ask the questions. We are awakening.What we Sikhs have in front of us is a unique opportunity. We don’t even have to ask Dr. Manmohan Singh to say anything. We just need to emulate his ethics and values. We don’t even have to believe in the Congress Party. We have to clean our own house and ask ourselves are we worthy of our turban. Do we give it the respect it deserves? We have seen the Akal Takhat destroyed so that we may recognize our role. Personally, I believe that it was necessary for us to awaken and feel and make sure that we are in touch with our faith. We need to claim our faith back from those that distort it or deny us its full measure. Too many times we have played the victim and as a result, we seem to have begun to believe we are the victim. As a result, we Sikhs have lost our ways.I say this and at the same time caution that I do not mean we should become fanatics. Sikhism decries fanaticism. We need to be active, THINKING Sikhs. We need to be able to create dialogue and help the world solve major problems. We can bring our seva and compassion to teach the world to deal with community issues such as poverty and AIDS. We can use our Dasvandh to educate more children in schools in modern technologies so they are ready to be called upon as leaders five, ten, or twenty years from now. I ask that we do not lower our standards of being a Sikh, but that we raise the bar even higher. I ask that we demand of ourselves a deep commitment. One where commit to becoming the noble ideal of a Sikh. Then we will not be warriors alone but peace makers as well. To do this we must heal and look to the future. Yes, we must also forgive and come through cleansed so that we can go forward with a clear view of our role in the world, ready to face the challenges that are confronting us today.Sharing Sikh Values and Sikh AccomplishmentsToday’s battles are not won with guns. Rather, they are battles of information and perception. The CNN sound-bite carries as much weight as a nuclear weapon. The effect of what the media does today is far reaching and can last many generations. In the backdrop of all the noise the media creates, few voices have the clarity and experience to lead with compassion. Our Sikh values give us a unique opportunity to become that voice on a global level. We have that capacity. Educating the world about the Sikh identity is not just an issue of "turban and beard." Nor is it one of bhangra and a fun loving people image. Nonetheless, these images are a component of our identity and are an avenue to build a bridge between Sikhs and the wider community. What we really need to do is help the world's people make the connection that the Sikh turban and beard represent the type of values that the world needs more than ever. It is our values that are needed - embracing religious diversity; honoring and respecting women; earning through honest labor and sharing the fruits of that labor with others. These values are universal and, when shared with others in a universal way, offer a light of hope in the world. Now is the time for Sikhs to stand for their identity publicly – not only to be known for who we are, but rather to help humanity face the current global challenges.Sikhs around the world are making tremendous contributions to their communities and to society. We need to take the time to recognize and raise the awareness in our communities about all that we are doing. We need to speak and appreciate the positive accomplishments that Sikhs make in all walks of life. It is important to celebrate each one and talk about it. This will help the world to understand the continuing contributions being made by Sikhs. This will encourage us to do more and allow us to be known by our values and actions.I believe in the development of the 21st century Sikh warrior. This warrior is still the embodiment of Guru Gobind Singh’s Khalsa. He or she is an intellectual, philosopher, artist, lawyer, doctor, poet, politician, peacemaker – anything that one can dream of becoming. Most of all this person is a believer, as I am, that there is no compromise in the modern world for a Sikh…for a Sikh has been modern for 500 years. We just need to live our values.Peace and prosperity are boons to those who look to the future to create a world that is civilized. Acceptance and commerce are its gifts and for Sikhs that is the path they must seek and choose. Where do you want to be great – tomorrow in the future or yesterday in the past? I choose the future. Are you coming with me?Supreet Singh Manchanda is a Sikh executive from Texas and Silicon Valley. He has been a Global Partner in KPMG and various other corporations (IBM, SGI) and also been active in the Republican Party and The White House leadership. He, along with others, is also a founder of Sikh Communications Council post 9-11. If you would like to send an email to Supreet Singh, you may email him at s2@khalsa.com.

Article originally taken from: http://www.sikhnet.com/s/HealingSeeds

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

we beg Your pardon Satguru.

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Brandishing swords and other traditional weapons, politico-religious groups yesterday clashed inside the Golden Temple complex in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar, creating panic among devotees.

Radical supporters of Akali leader Simranjit Singh Mann virtually took over the stage of a religious event organised inside the complex to mark the 400th anniversary of Akal Takht - the highest religious seat of Sikh religion.

The clash took place in the presence of the holy book of the Sikhs - Guru Granth Sahib.

The Akal Takht is located just 50 metres from the Sikh sanctum sanctorum - the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

The clash took place when the group led by former chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Parkash Singh Badal did not allow Mann to speak from the dais.

This upset Mann’s supporters who violently rushed to the stage, brandishing swords and other weapons, and forced Badal, Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee president Avtar Singh Makkar and other top Sikh leaders to run for cover. Mann’s supporters broke the microphone also and manhandled Sikh leaders.

Following the incident, Akal Takht head priest J S Vedanti issued a religious proclamation holding Mann and his followers responsible for the unsavoury incident and directed all Sikhs not to invite Mann and others to any religious events.

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http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=95295&version=1&template_id=40&parent_id=22

As long as...

As long as he thinks that he does something, till then he has absolutely no peace.
As long as this man deems that he is the doer of something, until then he wanders in the womb of existences.
As long as he deems one man an enemy and another a friend, so long his mind is not at rest.
So long as the man is intoxicated with the love of mammon, till then the Lord of law inflicts punishment on him.
By Lord's grace, mortal's shackles are shattered.
By Guru's kindness, O Nanak egotism is effaced!

~ Sri Guru Granth Sahib (p278)

Sunday, July 02, 2006

“Creating the world, God has made it a place to practice spirituality.” —Guru Granth Sahib (1035)


larger than life, originally uploaded by Dew Drop.

(Almost) Every inch of the 235 million acres of land of British Columbia resonates with God's vibrance in it. The landscape is breathtaking and the their is a unique divinity in this place. God really must be smiling heartily while composing all the lakes, rivers, mountains and valleys of this place :)

Hukamnama July 2, 2006

SORATH, THIRD MEHL, FIRST HOUSE, TI-TUKAS:
ONE UNIVERSAL CREATOR GOD. BY THE GRACE OF THE TRUE GURU:
You always preserve the honor of Your devotees, O Dear Lord; You have protected them from the very beginning of time. You protected Your servant Prahlaad, O Dear Lord, and annihilated Harnaakhash. The Gurmukhs place their faith in the Dear Lord, but the self-willed manmukhs are deluded by doubt. 1 O Dear Lord, this is Your Glory. You preserve the honor of Your devotees, O Lord Master; Your devotees seek Your Sanctuary. Pause The Messenger of Death cannot touch Your devotees; death cannot even approach them. The Name of the Lord alone abides in their minds; through the Naam, the Name of the Lord, they find liberation. Wealth and all the spiritual powers of the Siddhis fall at the feet of the Lords devotees; they obtain peace and poise from the Guru. 2 The self-willed manmukhs have no faith; they are filled with greed and self-interest. They are not Gurmukh  they do not understand the Word of the Shabad in their hearts; they do not love the Naam, the Name of the Lord. Their masks of falsehood and hypocrisy shall fall off; the self-willed manmukhs speak with insipid words. 3 You are pervading through Your devotees, O Dear God; through Your devotees, You are known.All the people are enticed by Maya; they are Yours, Lord  You alone are the Architect of Destiny. Overcoming my egotism and quieting the desires within my mind, I have come to realize the Word of the Guru's Shabad. 4 God automatically does the work of those who love the Name of the Lord. By Guru's Grace, he ever dwells in their minds, and He resolves all their affairs. Whoever challenges them is destroyed; they have the Lord God as their Savior. 5 Without serving the True Guru, no one finds the Lord; the self-willed manmukhs die crying out in pain. They come and go, and find no place of rest; in pain and suffering, they perish. But one who becomes Gurmukh drinks in the Ambrosial Nectar, and is easily absorbed in the True Name. 6 Without serving the True Guru, one cannot escape reincarnation, even by performing numerous rituals. Those who read the Vedas, and argue and debate without the Lord, lose their honor. True is the True Guru, and True is the Word of His Bani; in the Guru's Sanctuary, one is saved. 7 Those whose minds are filled with the Lord are judged as true in the Court of the Lord; they are hailed as true in the True Court. Their praises echo throughout the ages, and no one can erase them. Nanak is forever a sacrifice to those who enshrine the Lord within their hearts. 8 1
Sunday, 18th Aasaarh (Samvat 538 Nanakshahi)
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