Pachtaehga Mun, Ram Simar

October 30, 2006

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Over the last 10 days or so I have been listening to a recording that was done at a kirtan durbar in the UK . Prof Surinder Singh ji (Raj Academy) and his students very beautifully rendered three shabads. I particually liked the first one. The shabad is as below:

kbIru ] mwrU ]

rwmu ismru pCuqwihgw mn ]
pwpI jIArw loBu krqu hY Awju kwil auiT jwihgw ]1] rhwau ]

wlc lwgy jnmu gvwieAw mwieAw Brm Bulwihgw ]
Dn jobn kw grbu n kIjY kwgd ijau gil jwihgw ]1]

jau jmu Awie kys gih ptkY qw idn ikCu n bswihgw ]
ismrnu Bjnu dieAw nhI kInI qau muiK cotw Kwihgw ]2]

Drm rwie jb lyKw mwgY ikAw muKu lY kY jwihgw ]
khqu kbIru sunhu ry sMqhu swDsMgiq qir jWihgw ]3]1]

This shabad in found on Ang 1106

The shabad is very simple and its easy to understand.

Basically Kabir Ji tells us that if you dont to sewa and simran and just waste yr time building materialist things you are going to go back empty handed and this life, the gift from god would go waste. He concludes by saying it is the Sadh Sangat that will help you do sewa and simran.

I am not sure if its just me but I have found a lot of Kabir Ji’s shabads very easy to understand in terms of the language. The message no doubt is profound.

Click here to download the shabads.

The other two shabads in this recording are very well rendered as well. They are Gur Ka Bachan Basay Jee Naa Lay in Raag Dhanasri and Ghol Ghumaee Lalna in Raag Thukari.

Have a blessed week ahead!
Guru Ang Sang!

Angad

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Experiencing Sikhism!

October 24, 2006

Ramala for the Guru, originally uploaded by Gurumustuk Singh.

On 22’nd October was the Guru Gaddi Day of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Most of us did not even know this!!

Most of the Sikhi’s went around wishing each other Happy Diwali/ Bandi Chor and doing the Bandi Chor Sakhi with the kids.  And the Guru Gaddi Day was just a passing event.However,the scene at Espanola, New Mexio was very very different..

Read on to see what they did.

The children of the Sangat have been working on a gift for the Guru all month. First they learned the story of the orphan Jetha (Guru Ram Das’ name as a child – means “first born”) and how he sold wheat berries in the streets of Goindwal to provide for his grandmother and himself. They then took packages of wheat berries around to the offices here and sold them for $1 each, explaining their project to everyone. With the money collected material was purchased for a Ramala designed by the children. Each child decorated a square and these were put together by Guru Nam Kaur. This creative Ramala, blessed with the innocence of our children, will be presented to the Guru Sunday, Guru Gaddee Day, with each child taking part.

Uploaded by Gurumustuk Singh on 23 Oct ’06, 11.03am MYT.
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This is truly experiencing Sikhism!

Thanks to Gurumustuk Singh Ji for sharing this with us.

Guru Ang Sang!

Angad

Because Daddy is Driving

October 15, 2006

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

I was going through my blog archives and I realized there are some interesting stories I had posted earlier on. Today I intend on sharing with you a wonderful story that I came across some time last year.

A lot of us at different points in time go through rough phases, times where we dont know what we are doing or why? we dont know where we are heading and why? everything seems to be going wrong and just when you think it can’t get any worse, you get hit from another direction…read this story and hopefully you get the answer..

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.”

The small girl asks a lot of questions initially and she does not get all answers and is still quite uncertian about where she is headed etc. However, she has faith in her dad, she trusts he will be take care of her throughout the journey. Similarly when things don’t quite go as we want them to we ask questions and when we dont get answers we get frustrated with ourselves, guru sahib. Our lives will be amazingly stress free if we have complete faith that Guru sahib is with us and wont let any harm come our way. We will then just do are job and leave the rest to guru sahib.

However, this does not mean that tough times wont come your way. Your faith will be tested..the key here is to remember no matter what happens ..even if you have to walk on fire..don’t ever forget Guru sahib is with you ..remember Daddy is driving…

Have a great week ahead!

Guru Rakaha

Angad Singh

Bhai Santa Singh Ji

October 9, 2006

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

I am sorry for the lack of updates, I have had a very hectic term so far. I don’t think the work load will be any lesser for the next 8 weeks or so. This week is term break so I will be able to get a day or two to just sit and read or do what I really want to – sit for hours at a stretch with my dilruba.

As the title of the post suggests, today I intend to share with you about ragi who was a legend. Bhai Santa Singh Ji. I do not have much information on Bhai Sahib other than the fact that he passed away in the early 1960’s . However, thanks to Veer Nampreet Singh Ji from Canada I have a lot of kirtan to share with all of you.

Click here to download the kirtan done by Bhai Santa Singh Ji

Do download the kirtan and enjoy listening to it.

Have a great week ahead

Guru Ang Sang!

Angad Singh