Sunday, December 31, 2006

Silent New Beginnings

This blog has been an unmatched journey - I met some extraordinary people around the globe, learned so much about Sikhi, practised some of it, gained much more respect for differences in opinions - even the most sacred ones, and most of all, got that so desired opportunity to share religious conscious experience.

I thank Satguru for all those privileges!

But I shall end this journey here - not of appreciation for this beauty in this world, but the recording of it online. Please consider it my last post.

I'd like to thank every person who's visited this blog and shared their wisdom in this process - you all are blessed people. I thank you for inspiring me in your unique ways.

I wish everyone the most blessed, happy, healthy and fulfilling new year 2007!

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh!!!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

So children get their expected Sikh heroes

Do you know a Sikh doctor who excelled through medical school and landed a great position at the local hospital? She/He works 20 hour shifts most of the days?

Do you know any Sikh teachers who have worked hard in their fields and moulded millions of tender lives for good?

Do you know of any great Sikh scholars who have spent their lives researching on the subject and helping educate the world of the rich history?

...and the series of those questions can run on for every field that there is in this world. And the answer is that we all know enough of Sikhs in every single field who've contributed in an unmatched and significant way! Yet, they are not the heroes that our children aspire to become like when they grow up. They are not the models of motivation whose posters hang in their rooms and lockers!

I always found it a little sad. But that is reality. Our dreams are always larger than life and somewhere the unreachable makes to the top of the list. The lack of those modern Sikh heroes were one of the strong missing links in inspiring its children to keep the faith and be proud of it - but finally we seem to be getting closer!

I'm sure like other heroes, Monty Panesar does not need introductions! He is the first turbaned Sikh Cricket player for the team of England. This is a modern day Sikh hero. I learnt about him on TV and when I opened my ears, he happened to be the talk of many Sikh children whether or not they were interested in Cricket.

It is such a delight to offer kids someone they'd like to be like when they grow up - offering them that larger than life dream of being someone invaluable to the nation that they belong to and bring grace to their entire global community!

May God bless our new Sikh heroes :)

A common dream

Did you ever wish as a child to be a Rhodes Scholar?? I know we all don't share such geeky dreams...but it is quite an honour that an individual can achieve at a young age.

Meet Parvinder Singh, 21, who has been granted that honour! He was inspired by his grandfather's death which was caused by infectious diarrhea. He has taken up the grand goal to help provide the world ample supply of clean water.

I share pride in his success and his goals. I wish him the very best and hope that he will be an inspiration for all children out there, who lack motivation and ambitions!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Pursuit of Kundalini Yoga

After the wonderful suggestion of Prabhu veerji, I thought that I owe myself this combination of Guru-dhyaan and relaxation. So I looked up for training sessions in this. It turns out that there is a Kundalini yoga Teachers Association in Toronto. That was delightful - it meant lots and lots of classes all around. But it turns out that they are quite expensive - at least for a poor student like me.

So, if any of you wonderful people know of Kundalini yoga classes in or around Brampton being offered at a more reasonable rate, please do let me know :)