Monday, October 29, 2007

The Energy We Use… From the book Spiritual Quest

Taken from:

Let us always remember the 'destination' of our journey (Sikhi)...let us not
conform to the standards of other people. Let us always conform to the bare
Truth. What is the Truth....?

Well, the truth for me is that there is a need for something in my life. I
could have all the people I love sitting around me, I could have all the things I
ever wanted in my possession...but still, there is something missing....are we
brave enough to explore our spirits and ask ourselves why we do the things
we do? Or why we feel the way we do? I ask myself what it is that I 'miss.'
The self evident truth of my soul is that 'I miss God.' Only He can complete
me. This is why I want to be a Sikh.

Do we know how much Kirpa has been bestowed upon us to have the tools to
build the 'ship' we need to take us back to Him, on our doorstep? Many of us
entered this earth born into 'Sikh' or 'Punjabi' families...we have the gift of
knowing the language and therefore the 'tool' to know Guru Jee. But we have
beautiful souls coming from all races drinking from this Amrit Baani and
gaining 'REAL' knowledge which leads them to love...they have the Udam
(Himmat or effort) to know the Creator...thank God for such souls...
Guru Jee says that He notices two animals who have alot of 'Udam' (forgive
me, I cannot remember the Tuk), they are the mouse and the ant. Whenever
you look at these creatures they are always very busy. The ant is running this
way and that, just as the mouse is always running around! Both animals have
so much 'Udam.' But there is a difference in their 'Udam.'
You will see the ant busy carrying things to and fro. They say the ant is wise
as it knows when the rains are coming. So in preparation the ant gathers food
to keep it's colony well 'stocked up' so that they will not run out of food. The
ant is always doing something to 'get things done!'

The mouse is also very busy, it never sits still! But what does it do? You
will see the mouse running back and forth. Sometimes you will see it
amongst the books...cutting them with its teeth. Then you may see it amongst
old clothes, knawing them to bits....but what for? It doesn't eat the books nor
does it eat the is of no good to the owner of the clothes/books or to
itself. In effect, it's 'Udam' is of no will do these pointless things all
night and have nothing to show for it. Whereas the ant, will have ensured that
it's family survives through bad times...
The question is, are we like the ant or the mouse? Guru Jee gives us

Refrain from doing such acts, that make you regret when you die
Guru Jee, let us not waste our energy on things that do not help us...let us ask
ourselves that if what we are about to do is going to 'help' or 'hinder' us on our
journey to you....may we always listen to your advice...
Listen to the Guru's advice, as He is with you
(Ant & Mouse example taken from Professor Darshan Singh Jee Kirtan tape)
Remember the reason/feeling that led you to this can help you
'ground' yourself....remember the innocence of the can help you
remember your 'Mother'

Saturday, October 27, 2007

London Sikhi Month 2007

This year instead of the usual Sikhi Week which take place every semester we have a whole month.

London B.O.S.S. proudly presents...
"…A month of talks and discussions centred around being a Sikh and the Sikh way of life."


Thursday 1st November 2007
King's College, 6-8pm

Daya (compassion) is the foundation for living a truthful life. Daya along with Truth (Sat), Contentment (Santokh), Humility (Nimrata) and Love (Pyaar) are essential to a Sikh and being a better human being. Do you show compassion to your mind and body? How can we attain a true spiritual balance where we can find happiness?

Thursday 8th November 2007
City University, 6-8pm

For Sikhs, the word "Dharma" means the "Path of righteousness". What is the "righteous path"? That is the question that the Gurbani (the Sikh Scriptures) answer. Why did Guru Nanak Sahib Ji come on earth? What is the need finding the 'Sat Guru' (True Guru)? Why choose to walk the Path of Sikhi?

Thursday 15th November 2007
Queen Mary's Uni, 6-8pm

What does it take to walk the Path of Truth? How can one walk the walk, talk the talk and step on the Path of Truth in a world of Falsehood? A walk through time looking at the courage of Sikh men and women in history.

Thursday 22nd November 2007
UCL, 6-8pm

A look at social, spiritual, and Panthic issues that affect our personal development. Addressing issues of how we can remain strong in our faith whilst at university & staying away from home, and examining the challenges we all face in our day to day lives from society and from within.

Thursday 29th November 2007
Imperial College, 6-8pm

A look at the accomplishments of the sovereign Sikh community through Sikh history and how the Guru has bestowed his Sikhs as masters. What does it mean today to be a Sikh and find the Sikh path? Looking at Sikhs of the past, present and future. How will Sikhs from western hemisphere affect the Panth and lead the Sikhs into future?

"Take one step towards the Guru, and the True Guru will take millions of steps forward towards you."

Friday, October 19, 2007

Picture Of The Day: Sikhs Shower Flowers On Muslims On Eid

Found this on another blog, the pyaar the Sikhs have shown is in the true spirit of Sikhi. :)

The flowers were raining outside the Eidgah in Bhopal. The beauty of this picture lies in the fact that Sikh boys are welcoming the Muslims coming out of Eidgah after offering the Namaz with flowers.

The Sikh community welcomes the Muslims after Namaz in Bhopal, as a goodwill gesture. For decades the office-bearers of local Sikh organisations have been greeting Muslims ‘Eid Mubarak’ in this manner.

Naturally, such a gesture overwhelms the other community. Reaching out to the other community is the need of the hour. We must celebrate the festivals of the other community and spread the message of harmony.

Such photographs are rare as people are getting narrow-minded and don’t prefer interacting with other communities and groups. Working relationships are okay but family ties are not as strong as they used to be in the past.

In this case there is no political platform but the ordinary Sikhs meeting ordinary Muslims. And this is the spirit of Hindustaniat. Kudos to the Sikh organisations who take this extra step towards reaching to the other community. This photo has a lesson for everybody among us to learn. Will we?

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Russian schools move to Linux

wow this is a great step forward I think England really needs to do same.

Russian schools move to Linux

Schoolchildren in Russia are to be taught using the free, open-source Linux software in an effort to cut the cost of teaching information technology.

By 2009, all computers in Russian schools are to be run on Linux - which means they will not have to pay for a licence for software, such as Microsoft's Windows.