Yesterday at the talk on UNDERSTANDING SHABAD & MUSICAL FRAMEWORK OF GURU GRANTH SAHIB Amardeep Singh jee spoke about how he feels that Guru is a great fisherman.

In fishing, a fisherman has a Rod to which he attaches a line. To the like he attaches a Hook and on the hook he has a bait.

From his research he found that the Guru uses the 1st Stanza in a shabad to get our attention, that is the Bait. In order to Hook us on the Guru has the Rahao line. This is the most Important as this is the central theme of the shabad. So when we try to understand the message in the shabad, we should make sure we do it in context to the Rahao line.

The Guru then use the Line to pull us towards him. At times by hugging us and at times by kicking us hard! Finally, in the conclusion line the Guru pulls the rod out, he brings us closer to himself.

In order to explain the importance of Raag in Gurbani Kirtan. Amardeep Unlce used another example.

Shabad is like a bullet and Raag is the Gun and the target is the Human Soul.

For maximum effect, the bullet has to be put in the right gun. If you use a different gun, the bullet wont fire as well. Also he mentions that in Gurmat Sangeet, the Shabad is the most important. Music cannot take presedence over the shabad.

Amardeep Uncle, if I have communicated any message incorrectly please correct me.

Guru Ang Sang!

Angad Singh

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Amardeep Singh Jee with the book that got him hooked onto Gurbani Kirtan. I will ask him for the name and let everyone know. Posted by Picasa

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Amardeep Singh Jee, the person who got me hooked onto Gurmat Sangeet. Here he is with his entire collection of books on Gurmat Sangeet.  Posted by Picasa

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Harbans Singh Jee and a Pai Sahib doing kirtan in Raag Malhar just to let the audience know what Classical Kirtan is. The Pai Sahib playing the tabla played parts of the Shabad in “Khulay Bole”, a very old style of playing the tabla. Posted by Picasa

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The audience. As you can see, there are no youths present. It was very unfortunate that most of the youth could not come/ did not want to come for this talk. I felt, I learnt a lot. Posted by Picasa


(President of India Dr. Abdul Kalam greets Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh and General JJ Singh, the Chief of the Indian Army looks on.)

Arjan Singh is the only Marshal the Indian Air Force has ever had. Like Field Marshal S H F J Manekshaw, he is an officer of five star rank. India has had only three five star rank officers — the late Field Marshal K M Cariappa being the other — all legendary soldiers who never retire from service.
Even though he led the IAF during the India-Pakistan war 40 years ago next month, Marshal Arjan Singh retains his military bearing, standing tall and erect. Arjan Singh is almost 90 years old now.
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Asa Di War..

August 21, 2005


Today morning I went to Singh Sabha Gurudawara Sahib to listen to Asa Di War. Harbans Singh Jee and his son Angad Singh( not me) did the Asa Di War. They sung the Asa Di War in the correct Raags and Taals. He also sang some parts in a very ancient style of singing called Drupad.

I would encourage more and more people to come and listen to the Assa Di War. Harbans Singh Jee starts the Asa Di War at 0530 hours and finished at 0700.

Guru Ang Sang!
Angad

Siri Singh Sahib, Bhai Sahib, Bhai Harbhajan Singh Khalsa, Yogi Ji

Date: July 15 1984

Topic: Marriage.

You all have to realize what a marriage is. Marriage is not an easy path. Marriage is a life. Marriage is not a ceremony,marriage is God.

Marriage has not been understood by the Western world at all. It was understood by the Eastern world but it is forgottenthere too. So at this time, the institution of marriage is in total limbo. People do not know what to do with it; people do notknow what to do without it. So what we have found out via the media is that marriage then divorce and divorce then marriage is a continuous process.

But actually if we all understand what marriage is, then perhaps we can do better. Marriage is an institution of willingness, in which two identities want to amalgamate. It’s an amalgamation of two egos to bring out a neutral new personality.What is the advantage of it and what is the disadvantage of it ? When this amalgamation happens then divine power in thepsyche starts to function. Without that, people are individuals and they will only yell and scream at each other and goodness will never come in that home. It is a granted fact.Marriage bring happiness. It’s an amalgamation of two psyches. And when these two psyches are amalgamated, neither one is an individual. There is no question of he and she. That’s it. There is no loss, there is no gain and there is no bank account.

“This is what my husband said” does not exist. “I will ask my wife” does not exist. If there is no confidence that the husband can speak on behalf of his wife and the wife can speak on behalf of her husband, they have not yet married. If this is the commitment, that the husband cannot commit on behalf on his wife and the wife cannot commit on behalf of her husband, they do not know what commitment is.

To make an alloy, you take two elements and put them together. The alloy cannot be separated. You can boil it, you canform the alloy into a liquid, you can totally burn it, but once it becomes an alloy, it will totally keep its own quality, ownquantity, own weight, own molecules, own electrons, protons and neutrons, and own combination. Whatever made brassdoesn’t matter. Brass has its own faculty, own quality, own weight and own property.

And that is what love is, that is what marriage is, that is what life is, that is what good luck is. There are no two opinions about it; when a male and a female merge together. That’s why we do it (anand karaj) before God. That’s why we do it (anand karaj) before Guru.

27th Aug 2005 (Saturday) from 5:30 pm – 7:00pm at
7th Floor Auditorium, Sikh Centre, Silat Road Gurudwara, Singapore


Keertan is the medium used by our Gurus to convey the message of Shabad. It is the life force of Sikhism and yet remains to be one of the lesser understood subjects.

This seminar aims to cover the following areas :

ØHow Shabad message changes with incorrect usage of Keertan principles?
ØCore message of a Shabad. (Understand Hook-Line-Sinker concept of Shabad)
ØWhy numbers are associated with Shabads and their link with Keertan?
ØWhat does Guru Granth Sahib Ji command us on the subject of Keertan?
ØWhat is the relation between Shabad/Raag?
ØWhat is Keertan Maryada?
ØWhat impact will modern experimentation have on the future of Keertan?

Dear All,

Sat Nam

I attended this seminar by Mr. Amardeep Singh and it was an eye opener. I strongly suggest that everyone who can should attened this seminar. Those of us who are overseas and are unable to attened please email me at angad.s.sodhi@gmail.com and I will email the presentation to you.

Guru Ang Sang!

Angad Singh

Sat Nam Jee,

Today I spent my evening in the company of my friends at Guru Ram Das Place which is located in Bukit Panjang in Singapore.

The vibrations at the home of Guru Ram Das at just amazing.

To know more about Guru Ram Das Place and Yoga East please visit http://raviandjay.blogspot.com

Here are some pictures that I took.

Guru Ang Sang!

Angad Singh

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Renuka and Ash chilling at Guru Ram Das Place. Ash was so tired that he was almost dozing off. Posted by Picasa

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Jay and ..oops i forgot her name.. Posted by Picasa

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Guru Jaswant aka Jay doing the phanday..the food was amazing.. Posted by Picasa

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Simar, Kawal and Mel chilling out at Guru Ram Das Place Posted by Picasa

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Sadha Room at Guru Ram Das Place Posted by Picasa

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The office of Yoga East, Singapore at Guru Ram Das Place  Posted by Picasa

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This is the Anthem of the Khalsa.

Every Day we fight with no one other than ourselves.
I too fight with myself, I fight with my mind and I pray
to my father, in my ardas I tell him to give me the courage
to face the enmies he has put in front of me.

Guru Ang Sang!

Angad Singh

Sat Nam!

There was once a family who were in Europe, and they needed to drive 3 days continuously, day and night, to get to Germany. So, they all got into the car — the man, his wife, and his 3 year old daughter. His little daughter has never traveled at night before. She was scared the first night in the car, with deep darkness outside.

“Where are we going, Daddy?”
“To your uncle’s house, in Germany.”
“Have you been to his house before?”
“No.”
“Then, do you know the way?” “Maybe, we can read the map.”
Short pause. “Do you know how to read the map?”
“Yes, we will get there safely.” Another pause.
“Where are we going to eat if we get hungry before arriving?”
“We can stop by restuarants if we are hungry.”
“Do you know if there are restaurants on the way?”
“Yes, there are.”
“Do you know where?”
“No, but we will be able to find some.”

The same dialogue repeated a few times within the first night, and also the second night. But on the third night, his daughter was quiet. The speaker thought that she might have fallen asleep, but when he looked into the mirror, he saw that she was awake and was just looking around calmly. He couldn’t help wondering why she was not asking the questions anymore —

“Dear, do you know where we are going?”
“Germany, Uncle’s house.”
“Do you know how we are getting there?”
“No.”
“Then why aren’t you asking anymore?”
“Because Daddy is driving.” Because Daddy is drivingBecause Daddy is driving

So I guess what Im getting at is that, YES PITHA JI IS DRIVING We may know the destination (and sometimes we may just know it like the little girl — “Germany”, without understanding where or what it really is). We do not know the way, we do not know how to read the map, we do not know if we can find restaurants along the way. But the little girl knew the most important thing — Daddy is driving — and so she is safe and secure. She knows that her Daddy will provide all that she needs.

So what if you have to walk through fire, SatGuru Sri Guru Gobind Singh Jee is carrying you in his arms, theres no safer place….

Guru Ang SanG!
Angad

University of Life,

August 12, 2005

You will receive a body.
You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period.
You will learn lessons.

You are enrolled in a full-time, informal school called life.
There are no mistakes, only lessons.
Growth is a process of trial, error and experimentation.
The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately “work”.

Lessons are repeated until they are learned.
A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it.
When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.

Learning lessons does not end.
There is no part of life that doesn’t contain it’s lessons.
If you’re alive, there are still lessons to be learned.

“There” is no better than “here”.
When your “there” has become “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will again look better than “here”.

Other people are merely mirrors of you.
You can not love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.

What you make of your life is up to you.
You have all the tools and resources you need.
What you do with them is up to you.
The choice is yours.

by: Dr. Cherie Carter-Scott

Guru Ang Sang!

Angad Singh

Baba Nihal Singh Jee

August 12, 2005

http://www.panthkhalsa.org/BabaNihalSinghJi/index.php