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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Quote of The Week - Saajanra Mera Saajanra

Raamakalee mehalaa 5 shha(n)tha
Raamkalee, Fifth Mehla, Chhant
Ik oa(n)kaar sathigur prasaadh
One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru
Saajanarraa maeraa saajanarraa nikatt khaloeiarraa maeraa saajanarraa
Friend, my Friend - standing so near to me is my Friend
Jaaneearraa har jaaneearraa nain aloeiarraa har jaaneearraa
Beloved, the Lord my Beloved - with my eyes, I have seen the Lord, my Beloved
Nain aloeiaa ghatt ghatt soeiaa ath a(n)mrith pria goorraa
With my eyes I have seen Him, sleeping upon the bed within each and every heart; my Beloved is the sweetest ambrosial nectar
Naal hova(n)dhaa lehi n saka(n)dhaa suaao n jaanai moorraa
He is with all, but he cannot be found; the fool does not know His taste
Maaeiaa madh maathaa hoshhee baathaa milan n jaaee bharam dhharraa
Intoxicated with the wine of Maya, the mortal babbles on about trivial affairs; giving in to the illusion, he cannot meet the Lord.
Kahu naanak gur bin naahee soojhai har saajan sabh kai nikatt kharraa
Says Nanak, without the Guru, he cannot understand the Lord, the Friend who is standing near everyone. 1

Monday, August 14, 2006

Serving Humanity - Seva

Seva is a key part of Sikhism. Seva is selfless service done for the benifit of others without ego and no expecation of reward.

Sathigur kee saevaa safal hai jae ko karae chith laae

Fruitful is service to the True Guru, if one does so with a sincere mind
All the Gurus showed us how to do seva correctly from Guru Nanak Dev Ji to Guru Arjan Dev Ji for example feeding the hungry and Guru Amardass Jis seva of ishnaan. Guru Arjan Dev Ji writing the Shabad Guru Shri Guru Granth Sahib Maharaj this was service for the benifit of others. Guru Hargobind Ji to Guru Gobind Singh a great amount of seva was done Guru Har Rai Ji built hospitals for the sick, Guru Harkrishan Sahib Ji going through Cities and Towns healing the sick. Guru Tegh Bhadar Ji giving his head for the Hindus this was selfless service to keep the Hindu faith going so all the Hindus were not converted.

Other examples of Serving Humanity in sikhi are Bhai Khanaiya Ji is a great example; he gave water and first aid to everyone in the battle feild not creating divsions if they were low caste or high caste or if they were Muslims or Sikhs that is Serving Humanity. Another example of Seva is Bhagat Puran Singh who set up the world famous Pinglewara helping the poor, disabled young children up to old aged men and women. Seva is somehting you do by hand like Bhagat Puran Singh who founded Pingalwara by doing Seva himself of the poor and sick.

Sathagur kee saevaa gaakharree sir dheejai aap gavaae
It is very difficult to serve the True Guru. Surrender your head; give up your selfishness

I think that the Sikh panth is is not doing as much seva as it could we should try and play our part and do as much seva we could, look at our history to get more inspiration on how and where to do Seva and what Seva is. Seva in the mordern world is being done by Khalsa Aid and United Sikhs who go to the scenes of natural disasters and they supply food water and shettle and rebuild peoples homes that were demolished by the natural disasters.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Pilgrimage to Hemkunt

The shrine Shri Hemkunt Sahib stands apart from all other Sikh shrines, it is related with our tenth master Shri Guru Gobind Singh. Were Guru Ji contemplated on the one divine God in meditation. Hemkunt Sahib is connected to the previous birth of the guru when he meditated. The Guru writes in his autobiography –

“Thus I narrate the tale of my own life
How the lord sent me forth to this world
While I was busy with austerities
There I was by Hemkunt ‘Receptacle of Ice’
Amid the seven snow – clad mountain peaks
Out of my contemplation, the lord God
Summoned me to his presence
And sent me hither to his world
It wasn’t my desire to come hither”

- Bachitra Natak: 103, 28-30
The shrine is also unique in its location. It stands over 15,210 feet above sea level. No other is located at such a height nor is any other gurdwara so hard to get to as you have to walk a great deal before you reach the holy Gurdwara. When you reach the holy shrine first you have ishnan in the holy lake where pilgrims usually recite Japji Sahib whilst bathing in the holy lake. The roof is unique the roof is the shape of an inverted lotus flower. Pilgrims go and bow to Shri Guru Granth Sahib in the Darbar and then sit and there and feel peace and want to meditate in such a quiet and calm environment. Ardas is performed and then the pilgrims go to the langar and then they do their return journey back to the bottom.

Friday, August 11, 2006

The Garden of Simran - The Name

Guru Nanak is ‘the Name’ we sing as the birds sing the joy of the new dawn. Guru Nanak, Guru Nanak, we say and we pass on. We look neither to the left nor to the right, with our lips sealed with honey of the name, with our eyes enraptured by the dream of a greater, nobler universe of the Guru’s mind. We go muttering even mechanically our life – mantram and we pass undisturbed and undisturbing into the heart of men and things. We go mingling like a good thought in the blood of the universe, ‘the Name! the Name!’

As the babe knows the mother and nothing beyond, we know our Name and nothing beyond. They ask a mere child what is God and where? How could the little babe talk? The baby laughs. The babe hath not yet learnt language, nor thought. Do you believe in God or do you no? What impertinent questions are these and those? Enough, under the garment of the Guru I am concealed and blessed in my garment of the Guru I am concealed and blessed in my joy that knows no answer to these questions.

So you cannot fight the battles. You are seeking the peace of the soul without a body. And what is a soul without the body. No, I have a friend divine that saves me and saves all. If I am to be I shall be of his command and he knows more than you and I. I believe he makes his servant manifest in a day, in a moment. Greatness is all his. Great men are but mediums of his inspiration. He who is filled with the will of the father is great. None else, none else. Greatness is of the service. He gives to his servant to do. The bird on the bough that chirps a nascent note of the morn is a hero to that extent. We believe that man is as powerless as the babe, as the calf, as the bird.

Extract from Spirit Born People
Puran Singh

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Quote of the day - Siri Singh Sahib Harbhajan Singh Yogi

....."Some people think if they can argue, they can win. Nobody can win with arguments. Logic and reason is not the way of life. The other person is not interested in being convinced. When you try to convince somebody, somebody tries to get out of it. This is a normal reaction. If you relay from the heart center, you will always have victory with you." Siri Singh Sahib Harbhajan Singh Yogi, March 16, 1982.....

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Gur Ka Bachan - The story of Bhai Mona

"Dhanaasaree Mehalaa 5 ghar 8 dhupadhae
Dhanaasaree, Fifth Mehla, Eighth House, Du-Paday:

Ik oa(n)kaar sathigur prasaadh
One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru:

Simaro simar simar sukh paavo saas saas samaalae
Remembering, remembering, remembering Him in meditation, I find peace; with each and
every breath, I dwell upon Him.

Eih lok paralok sa(n)g sehaaee jath kath mohi rakhavaalae
In this world, and in the world beyond, He is with me, as my help and support; wherever I go, He protects me.

Gur kaa bachan basai jeea naalae
The Guru's Word abides with my soul.

Jal nehee ddoobai thasakar nehee laevai bhaahi n saakai jaalae .rehaao
It does not sink in water; thieves cannot steal it, and fire cannot burn it. Pause

Niradhhan ko dhhan a(n)dhhulae ko ttik maath dhoodhh jaisae baalae
It is like wealth to the poor, a cane for the blind, and mother's milk for the infant

Saagar mehi bohithh paaeiou har naanak karee kirapaa kirapaalae
In the ocean of the world, I have found the boat of the Lord; the Merciful Lord has bestowed His Mercy upon Nanak."

There was a sikh called Bhai Mona who was serving in the langar of Guru Angad Dev Ji Maharaj. Mona was extremely arrogant and greedy. Some people complanied to the Guru the insulting behaviour Bhai Mona displayed whilst serving langar. The Guru called him for an explanation. Bhai Mona said that he was the servant of the Guru and would do anything for him and that he was not a servant of the others.

The Guru than asked him to go to the nearby forest, chop some wood, make a pyre and cremate himself. Without understanding the consequences of the Guru’s orders he went to the forest, cut the wood, makes a pyre and lit it. On seeing the blazing fire he became scared and was reluctant to jump in the fire. Meanwhile a thief arrived and asked Bhai Mona what he was going to do. Bhai Mona told him the whole story. The thief thought that he had an opportunity of wiping out the sins of his past life. He accordingly said to Bhai Mona that he would give him a bag of jewels if he would let him die on the pyre and get salvation. Bhai Mona happily agreed.

The thief jumped in the fire and was taken to the heavens by the Guru himself. Bhai Mona on the other hand was arrested for the theft of the jewels and was hanged. On hearing this the Guru said that a sinner could get salvation by believing in and obeying Guru’s orders no matter where he had lived; whereas the pride and vices like anger and greed would destroy the result of all the service, even if one had lived near the Guru.
If someone just clings onto the word of the Guru they will be saved, through the Guru's grace ... Gur Ka Bachan....

Quote of the Week - Dalai Lama

………“The truth of suffering is that we experience many different types of suffering. The three categories are: suffering of suffering – this refers to things such as headaches; suffering of change – this is related to the feeling of restlessness after being comfortable; and all- pervasive suffering that acts as the basis of the first two categories and is under the control of karma and the disturbing mind.”……….

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Guru Ramdas Rakho Sharnai...

ham avagun bharae eaek gun naahee a(n)mrith shhaadd bikhai bikh khaaee

I am overflowing with sins and demerits; I have no merits or virtues at all. I abandoned the Ambrosial Nectar, and I drank poison instead.

maayaa moh bharam pai bhoolae suth dhaaraa sio preeth lagaaee

I am attached to Maya, and deluded by doubt; I have fallen in love with my children and spouse.

eik outham pa(n)thh suniou gur sa(n)gath thih mila(n)th jam thraas mittaaee

I have heard that the most exalted Path of all is the Sangat, the Guru's Congregation. Joining it, the fear of death is taken away.

eik aradhaas bhaatt keerath kee gur raamadhaas raakhahu saranaaee 458

Keerat the poet offers this one prayer: O Guru Raam Daas, save me! Take me into Your Sanctuary! 458