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May 4, 2006

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

I got back home on the 2nd of May and I will be posting about the various kirtaneeas and their kirtan as well in the coming 2 weeks.

I have just finished posting all the pictures on my photoblog. So do go take a look.

Guru Fateh!
Angad Singh

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2 Responses to “Back Home”

  1. Amardeep Singh Says:

    Angad, Over the 2+ years I have seen you develop the passion for Gurmat Keertan. I still can’t forget the first time we met at my seminar and how confused you were due to different views. Well I am glad the seminar series served the purpose of being a catalyst of change for at least one individual. The question I have for you is now where do you go from here? Well as I have said to you at my place, you need to maintain prime focus on academics and continue pursuing the passion for Gurmat Keertan in the spare time. At the same time you need to now start moving from “Kan Ras” to a deeper understanding of Gurbani philosophy. You know I am very passionate about Nirdharit Raag based Keertan but I also view this only as a stepping stone to build love for Gurbani and to help open its mysteries. Ultimately that’s where you need to move over the next few years. What you need to show to the world is that a Gursikh excels in academic, career and Gurus Word. It’s the totality that matters. Amardeep Singh

  2. Angad Singh Says:

    Dear Amardeep uncle ji,

    fateh!

    I completely agree with you on the point that kirtan and other such activities should not be done at the cost of our work/studies. In addition like you mentioned I am passionate about Nirdharit Raag Kirtan. I firmly believe what you have taught me Nirdharit Raag Kirtan is just the beginning not the end.

    Sikhism and life is multi dimensional and kirtan is just one of the dimensions. The other main ones being excelling in ones career/academics , understanding and doing our best to follow the teachings of our gurus.

    As for the state of Kan Raas. I believe that I am in that stage right now and I am making small attempts to go beyond that by reading a lot more than before. I know it will take time. But as you said Sunye come before Maneeye in Japji Sahib for a reason.

    Be rest assured that while I am passionate about Nirdharit Raag Kirtan I do not neglect any of my other responsibilities in the various roles I play nor have I lost focus of the ultimate goal of walking on the path laid down by our gurus.

    The blog may give you feeling that today Angad is all about Nirdharit Raag Kirtan. That is not completely true. So far I have only shared about Kirtan as for quite some time I have been trying to study and understand the various aspects of kirtan from a view point of history lover and a sikh.

    I was fortunate to have met you and had a chance to attended your lecture. However, the information you shared with me is not readily available to a person who knows almost nothing about kirtan. This is the other reason why I blog about this subject. On my blog, he can read and have a basic understanding of what kirtan is all about.In addition I add in the shabads so that one can download so that they have a better understanding of what is written. I say this cause I see the kind of searches people who end up on my blog do. Some examples are: What does Rahao Mean? How is kirtan to be done? How do we sing a shabad? Meanig of XYZ shabad?why are raags important?what is the realtion between raag and gurbani? why must me do kirtan on tanti saaz? shabad notations?

    In the last few months other than my school work learning to sing kirtan was my focus and with God’s grace it will continue to be. I know all this is life long learning so I am not in any big rush to learn as many shabads or to read as many books. I took a good 4 or 5 months to read Bandagi Nama, I can tell you that I have a better understanding of what Raghubir Singh ji, I have an idea of wht the path is going to be like so I can prepare myself as I keep taking tiny steps ahead.I rather be slow and steady so that at the end of the day what ever I do it is done properly.

    I have started to read once again about the other aspects of sikhism, more specifically trying to understand the key messages of the Guru’s Bani, and in order to do that I have started reading about the Guru Sahibs once again. In addition, I have also started to work on my punjabi.

    Thanks a lot for reminding me once again that I better be focusing on life and that I get moving from the Kan Ras stage.

    Looking forward to meeting you over the weekend, I have lots to discuss with you about working as an Intern in India and about Dault Rai.

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

    Angad


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