Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Monthly Student Keertan

Last Saturday of every month is a student Keertan program at Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Park Avenue, Southall. The keertan has English Translations on projector screen and anyone can come and do keertan. Here are photos of last Sunday.

Dhan Sri Guruu Granth Sahib Jee

Sukhmani Kaur Phenjee

Phenjee doing Keertan

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Inspirational Story of Manvir Singh


Check this, Veerjees blog story i think its wiked.... you can read it all at by clicking on the link to his blog.....

I planned to go to Panjab in the summer holidays in 2000.I wanted to keep my Kesh, so I didn't have a hair cut for a long time.Before I went on holiday I was told, 'have a hair cut, you look scruffy!'But I didn't want to, because I wanted to fulfil my dream of accepting my true identity.In Panjab I was asked:"Do you want to get a haircut from the village Barber?""No!" I replied, "Not on the land where Guru Gobind Singh Jee sacrificed his four sons, and family for us!...Not on the land where Bhai Taru Singh refused to have his hair cut and instead accepted his scalp to be scraped off!...Not on the land where Singhs and Singhnian who gave their heads but not their Sikhi!"How could I cut my hair on that ground which was stained with blood of the Gurus and Shaheeds (martyrs) who died for our Sikhi?

I thought what would my family would think of my keeping Kesh.I thought what would the relatives, who have a negative image of Singhs think of me keeping Kesh.I thought what would people at my school say or do if I kept Kesh.I decided not to cut my hair and started to tie a turban in the Christmas holidays during Year 11.

My dad told me that by becoming a Singh I would possibly face numerous problems and that am I willing and prepared to face those challenges."Singh's find it difficult to get married!""Singh's struggle to get good jobs because of racism!""In a town where there aren't any turbaned Sikh children, you will be face with racism!"I replied, "The Guru's whose path I have chosen will look after me".I would find good and beautiful wife with the Guru's grace.I would rather work in a factory and be proud son of a Father, rather than work in a high flying job but with no self-respect.I would rather people swear at me than turn my back on my Beloved Guru.

"charan sharan gur eik paindaa jaae chal. satgur koht paindaa aage hoe let hai."- Take one step to the Guru, and the Guru will take millions of steps forward to welcome you.(Bhai Gurdas Ji)My Kesh is the wires of electricity which link me to my Dear Father - Guru Gobind Singh Ji!My Kesh is my Nishaan Saahib, my flag and the stamp of my Sikhi!My Dastaar (turban) is my crown; my Dastaar is my honour; my Dastaar is the image of my Beloved Father - Guru Gobind Singh Ji!With Vaheguru's grace, I received support from my family, respect from my school and love of my Guru.

"khaalsa mero roop hai khaas. khalse mai hau karo nivaas."- Khalsa ismy Special Form; In the Khalsa, I reside.' (Guru Gobind Singh Ji)May Vaheguru bless you!

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Monday, August 29, 2005

“Vaheguruu Gurmantar Hai…”

Mantar is a Sanskrit word, simply meaning "incantation". Just as the fragrance is infused in the flower, and the light of the sun is hidden in the colours, similarly, the essence of the Divine Expression resulting from Super Consciousness is summed up in the Mantar. The Akhree or the letter form of Mantar is the expression of the subtle Primal Sound, which is beyond the reach of our bodily senses and the three modes of material nature. Thus the Mantar is not an ordinary word; it's embedded with the transcendental vibratory sound that represents the Absolute Purity.
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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Northolt Nishkam Sevak Jatha Program

Yesterday I went to the Program at Northolt in a sports field organized by Guru Nanak Nishkam Sevak Jatha, GNNSJ. Its been done a few times and is good I just wish they attracted more non Sikhs ass they have a lot of good exhibitions and stuff which could educated the wider community especially in today with everything going on in London. Although saying that I did see a few non Sikh faces which was really cool. Anyway enough of me going on heres the photos.... (Oh Gatka was wiked by Baba Deep Singh Gatka Akhara)...............

GNNSJ, Main Darbar Tent



Baba Deep Singh Gatka Akhara

Friday, August 26, 2005

Receiving Naam

I was asked about this eventually after going in circles while the person tried to avoid the question but I got it out of them eventually. There are sop many misconceptions about receiving Naam and why the Guptness people ask. People see something at a rainsbhai and think that's what receiving naam from Panj is about. I didn't know what I could and couldn't say and then by chance I came across this today......

According to Gurmat, the Naam we get from the Panj Pyare during Amrit Sanchaar is secret, and given to us upon the condition of us giving our head to Guru Ji. Eventhough Bhai Gurdas Ji states “Waheguru Gurmanter Hai, Jap Haumai Koi”, the Gurmantar is secret, and throughout Gurbani, Maharaj uses many other names of God to describe him, such Raam, Allah, and so forth. The Gurmantar is only placed inside us by the Panj Pyares, when they put Amrit in our eyes, mouth, and on to of our head, and then place their hands on our head and infuse the Naam inside us, like an electrical current all do Naam Simran abyass together. Then Naam comes into our breath system, and hopefully we strive to remember Guru Ji with every breath from then on.

Simran isnt allowed in the Gurdwara?

Intresting article which goes from simran, naam and langar at a Gurudvara sahib......

Simran is not a “Reet” started by Bhai Randhir Singh. This is another of them silly made up stories which Punjabis pass to the next man in the Gurdwara, without ever researching to see if it is actually true. In fact, Gursikhs who were companions of Bhai sahib state he never did simran in keertan. He only did keertan of the Gurbani Shabad. Plus he only did one shabad at a time rather than a number of shabads on a specific subject, which are common now. So when he did keertan for 48 hours at a time in Main Historical Gurdwaras, he did one shabad only, but got so deep into that one shabad than he meditated on it for 48 hours, which shows his Jeevan.

Stand alone Simran - as many now do with wajas in akhand jaaps or 1hour simran programmes is a relatively new phenomenom. In fact, I believe its real pioneer was Bhai Sahib Rama Singh. If we listen to keertan at Sri Harmandar sahib, you will never hear simran, neither are people allow to sing with the kirtanees in the jatha style. It is true that Akhand kirtani Jatha has introduced a different style of keertan to the Panth, but this was after Bhai sahib Randhir Singh. Whether it is new, or something re-introduced, which was lost over time, is open to debate? This style of keertan is called “Sangatee keertan”, in which the whole sangat sings along aswell. Is this wrong? I do not see why? Surely the essence of keertan is that everyone sings and meditates, rather than sitting silently which only makes the mind wonder or makes one fall asleep. Go to any rainsbhai and you will see plenty of sangat compared any raagi darbaar that happens every week at the Gurdwara. People travel all over the country because they get Gurbani Rass from “Sangaatee keertan”. Many Gursikhs state that meditating on Naam by oneself, has certain Rass, but in sangat you benefit from everyone, so it is like a tidal wave of Rass.

Is doing Simran wrong in Sangat? Firstly is doing Simran wrong? No, it is essential part of sikhi. All Gurbani leads us to the direction of Naam Simran. If you were to do a search of Gurbani for references to Naam, you will get the whole Sahib Siri Guru Granth Sahib. Naam is Sikhi. “Raam Naam Sabh Hai Raam Nama” is Guru ji saying everything is Naam, so how can it be avoided or wrong?

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Saturday, August 20, 2005

1 Week Old

Vaheguruu Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguruu Ji Ki Fateh

One week old :D... Congrats to everyone hehe take care :)

Pivoh paul khanday tar hovai janama sahila.........

Amrit Pea Satguru deaa :)

Guruu Guruu Jaap

This Shabad is by Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Raag Gauree on Anng 190

gourree mehalaa 5
Gauree, Fifth Mehl:

raakh leeaa gur poorai aap
The Perfect Guru Himself has saved me.

manamukh ko laago sa(n)thaap 1
The self-willed manmukhs are afflicted with misfortune. 1

guroo guroo jap meeth hamaarae
Chant and meditate on the Guru, the Guru, O my friend.

mukh oojal hovehi dharabaarae 1 rehaao
Your face shall be radiant in the Court of the Lord. 1Pause

gur kae charan hiradhai vasaae
Enshrine the Feet of the Guru within your heart;

dhukh dhusaman thaeree hathai balaae 2
your pains, enemies and bad luck shall be destroyed. 2

gur kaa sabadh thaerai sa(n)g sehaaee
The Word of the Guru's Shabad is your Companion and Helper.

dhaeiaal bheae sagalae jeea bhaaee 3
O Siblings of Destiny, all beings shall be kind to you. 3

gur poorai jab kirapaa karee
When the Perfect Guru granted His Grace,

bhanath naanak maeree pooree paree 454123
says Nanak, I was totally, completely fulfilled. 454123

Shabad, Gurmukhi

Friday, August 19, 2005

You shall obtain all the fruits of your mind's desires....

This Shabad is by Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Raag Sorath on Anng 623

sorat(h) mehalaa 5
Sorat'h, Fifth Mehl:

gur poorai charanee laaeiaa
The Perfect Guru has attached me to His feet.

har sa(n)g sehaaee paaeiaa
I have obtained the Lord as my companion, my support, my best friend.

jeh jaaeeai thehaa suhaelae
Wherever I go, I am happy there.

kar kirapaa prabh maelae 1
By His Kind Mercy, God united me with Himself. 1

har gun gaavahu sadhaa subhaaee
So sing forever the Glorious Praises of the Lord with loving devotion.

man chi(n)dhae sagalae fal paavahu jeea kai sa(n)g sehaaee 1 rehaao
You shall obtain all the fruits of your mind's desires, and the Lord shall become the companion and the support of your soul. 1Pause

naaraaein praan adhhaaraa
The Lord is the support of the breath of life.

ham sa(n)th janaa(n) raenaaraa
I am the dust of the feet of the Holy people.

pathith puneeth kar leenae
I am a sinner, but the Lord made me pure.

kar kirapaa har jas dheenae 2
By His Kind Mercy, the Lord blessed me with His Praises. 2

paarabreham karae prathipaalaa
The Supreme Lord God cherishes and nurtures me.

sadh jeea sa(n)g rakhavaalaa
He is always with me, the Protector of my soul.

har dhin rain keerathan gaaeeai
Singing the Kirtan of the Lord's Praises day and night,

bahurr n jonee paaeeai 3
I shall not be consigned to reincarnation again. 3

jis dhaevai purakh bidhhaathaa
One who is blessed by the Primal Lord, the Architect of Destiny,

har ras thin hee jaathaa
realizes the subtle essence of the Lord.

jamaka(n)kar naerr n aaeiaa
The Messenger of Death does not come near him.

sukh naanak saranee paaeiaa 4959
In the Lord's Sanctuary, Nanak has found peace. 4959

Gurmukhi Version
Gurmukhi Version (forums)

Be kind to me, Lord, that I might chant the Word of Your Bani.

This Shabad is by Guru Amar Daas Ji in Raag Sorath on Anng 652


har har apanee dhaeiaa kar har bolee bainee
Be kind to me, Lord, that I might chant the Word of Your Bani.

har naam dhhiaaee har oucharaa har laahaa lainee
May I meditate on the Lord's Name, chant the Lord's Name, and obtain the profit of the Lord's Name.

jo japadhae har har dhinas raath thin ho kurabainee
I am a sacrifice to those who chant the Name of the Lord, Har, Har, day and night.

jinaa sathigur maeraa piaaraa araadhhiaa thin jan dhaekhaa nainee
May I behold with my eyes those who worship and adore my Beloved True Guru.

ho vaariaa apanae guroo ko jin maeraa har sajan maeliaa sainee 24
I am a sacrifice to my Guru, who has united me with my Lord, my friend, my very best friend. 24

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He alone, whom You have forgiven, O my Beloved, sings Your Praises...

This Shabad is by Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Raag Sorath on Anng 629

sorat(h) mehalaa 5
Sorat'h, Fifth Mehl:

har man than vasiaa soee
The Lord abides in my mind and body.

jai jai kaar karae sabh koee
Everyone congratulates me on my victory.

gur poorae kee vaddiaaee
This is the glorious greatness of the Perfect Guru.

thaa kee keemath kehee n jaaee 1
His value cannot be described. 1

ho kurabaan jaaee thaerae naavai
I am a sacrifice to Your Name.

jis no bakhas laihi maerae piaarae so jas thaeraa gaavai 1 rehaao
He alone, whom You have forgiven, O my Beloved, sings Your Praises. 1Pause

thoo(n) bhaaro suaamee maeraa
You are my Great Lord and Master.

sa(n)thaa(n) bharavaasaa thaeraa
You are the support of the Saints.

naanak prabh saranaaee
Nanak has entered God's Sanctuary.

mukh ni(n)dhak kai shhaaee 22286
The faces of the slanderers are blackened with ashes. 22286

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The Lord is like sugar, spilled onto the sand.........

Vaheguruu Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguruu Ji Ki Fateh

This Shabad is by Bhagat Kabeer Ji in Raag Raamkalee on Anng 972

dhuneeaa huseeaar baedhaar jaagath museeath ho rae bhaaee
People of the world, remain awake and aware. Even though you are awake, you are being robbed, O Siblings of Destiny.

nigam huseeaar peharooaa dhaekhath jam lae jaaee 1 rehaao
While the Vedas stand guard watching, the Messenger of Death carries you away. 1Pause

na(n)eeb bhaeiou aaa(n)b aaa(n)b bhaeiou na(n)eebaa kaelaa paakaa jhaar
He thinks that the bitter nimm fruit is a mango, and the mango is a bitter nimm. He imagines the ripe banana on the thorny bush.

naaleeeaer fal saebar paakaa moorakh mugadhh gavaar 1
He thinks that the ripe coconut hangs on the barren simmal tree; what a stupid, idiotic fool he is! 1

har bhaeiou khaa(n)dd raeth mehi bikhariou hasatha(n)ee chuniou n jaaee
The Lord is like sugar, spilled onto the sand; the elephant cannot pick it up.

kehi kameer kul jaath paa(n)th thaj cheettee hoe chun khaaee 2312
Says Kabeer, give up your ancestry, social status and honor; be like the tiny ant - pick up and eat the sugar. 2312

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Vaheguruu Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguruu Ji Ki Fateh

What have you done in this world.....

Vaheguruu Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguruu Ji Ki Fateh

This Shabad is by Guru Amar Daas Ji in Raag Raamkalee on Anng 917
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eae sareeraa maeriaa eis jag mehi aae kai kiaa thudhh karam kamaaeiaa
O my body, why have you come into this world? What actions have you committed?

k karam kamaaeiaa thudhh sareeraa jaa thoo jag mehi aaeiaa
And what actions have you committed, O my body, since you came into this world?

jin har thaeraa rachan rachiaa so har man n vasaaeiaa
The Lord who formed your form - you have not enshrined that Lord in your mind.

gur parasaadhee har ma(n)n vasiaa poorab likhiaa paaeiaa
By Guru's Grace, the Lord abides within the mind, and one's pre-ordained destiny is fulfilled.

kehai naanak eaehu sareer paravaan hoaa jin sathigur sio chith laaeiaa 35
Says Nanak, this body is adorned and honored, when one's consciousness is focused on the True Guru. 35

eae naethrahu maeriho har thum mehi joth dhharee har bin avar n dhaekhahu koee
O my eyes, the Lord has infused His Light into you; do not look upon any other than the Lord.

har bin avar n dhaekhahu koee nadharee har nihaaliaa
Do not look upon any other than the Lord; the Lord alone is worthy of beholding.

eaehu vis sa(n)saar thum dhaekhadhae eaehu har kaa roop hai har roop nadharee aaeiaa
This whole world which you see is the image of the Lord; only the image of the Lord is seen.

gur parasaadhee bujhiaa jaa vaekhaa har eik hai har bin avar n koee
By Guru's Grace, I understand, and I see only the One Lord; there is no one except the Lord.

kehai naanak eaehi naethr a(n)dhh sae sathigur miliai dhib dhrisatt hoee 36
Says Nanak, these eyes were blind; but meeting the True Guru, they became all-seeing. 36

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