Wednesday, November 30, 2005

411

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Well, computer's all fixed now *YAY* it runs so fast and clean and smooth and *YAYYY*. Papa Ji had to reformat it a second time because it was all weirdo when he did it the first time. But now it's fine.. one thing that really got to me.. I HAVE TO REINSTALL THE GURMUKHI FONTS lol.. and my trial version is gone. *tear, tear*

Anyway, I'm just trying to put my stuff in order, because deadlines are approaching.. ooh and I've got three more projects, these should be fun.. I need Windows Movie Maker again.. I have to re-do entirely one of the old vids, it got messed up in saving it to the flash drive. oh well, funfun.

And yeah, I don't know about posting yet - I just want to get everything back in order again.

Hope all is well with all of you {like four people? : ) say, I should get a tracker.. ah but all the good ones cost money and I can't do any of that yet.. oh well too bad.}

bhull chuk maaf

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

p.s. eDit..

Sikhs harassed in California prisons

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Gatka Pix !!

More pictures up - I think the set is now complete.

Antar Pyaas Har Naam Ki

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

I didn't realize that when I began to tie a Dastaar, I became a member of the AKJ.

quite amusing.

Anyway - what this post was supposed to be about.. found this track I've fallen in love with and been listening to for the past two hours.. it's an Aasa di Vaar track, and the first time it played, one Shabad in it caught my attention - probably because it was the only part I paid any sort of attention to.


This Shabad is by Guru Raam Daas Ji in Siree Raag on Ang 40


Sireeraag Mehalaa 4 ||
Siree Raag, Fourth Mehl:


Gun Gaavaa Gun Vithharaa Gun Bolee Maeree Maae ||
I sing His Glories, I describe His Glories, I speak of His Glories, O my mother.

Guramukh Sajan Gunakaareeaa Mil Sajan Har Gun Gaae ||
The Gurmukhs, my spiritual friends, bestow virtue. Meeting with my spiritual friends, I sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord.

Heerai Heer Mil Baedhhiaa Ra(n)g Chaloolai Naae ||1||
The Diamond of the Guru has pierced the diamond of my mind, which is now dyed in the deep crimson color of the Name. ||1||

Maerae Govi(n)Dhaa Gun Gaavaa Thripath Man Hoe ||
O my Lord of the Universe, singing Your Glorious Praises, my mind is satisfied.

A(n)thar Piaas Har Naam Kee Gur Thus Milaavai Soe ||1|| rehaao ||
Within me is the thirst for the Lord's Name; may the Guru, in His Pleasure, grant it to me. ||1||Pause||

Man Ra(n)gahu Vaddabhaageeho Gur Thut(h)aa Karae Pasaao ||
Let your minds be imbued with His Love, O blessed and fortunate ones. By His Pleasure, the Guru bestows His Gifts.

Gur Naam Dhrirraaeae Ra(n)g Sio Ho Sathigur Kai Bal Jaao ||
The Guru has lovingly implanted the Naam, the Name of the Lord, within me; I am a sacrifice to the True Guru.

Bin Sathigur Har Naam N Labhee Lakh Kottee Karam Kamaao ||2||
Without the True Guru, the Name of the Lord is not found, even though people may perform hundreds of thousands, even millions of rituals. ||2||

Bin Bhaagaa Sathigur Naa Milai Ghar Bait(h)iaa Nikatt Nith Paas ||
Without destiny, the True Guru is not found, even though He sits within the home of our own inner being, always near and close at hand.

A(n)thar Agiaan Dhukh Bharam Hai Vich Parradhaa Dhoor Peeaas ||
There is ignorance within, and the pain of doubt, like a separating screen.

Bin Sathigur Bhaettae Ka(n)chan Naa Thheeai Manamukh Lohu Booddaa Baerree Paas ||3||
Without meeting with the True Guru, no one is transformed into gold. The self-willed manmukh sinks like iron, while the boat is very close. ||3||

Sathigur Bohithh Har Naav Hai Kith Bidhh Charriaa Jaae ||
The Boat of the True Guru is the Name of the Lord. How can we climb on board?

Sathigur Kai Bhaanai Jo Chalai Vich Bohithh Bait(h)aa Aae ||
One who walks in harmony with the True Guru's Will comes to sit in this Boat.

Dhha(n)n Dhha(n)n Vaddabhaagee Naanakaa Jinaa Sathigur Leae Milaae ||4||3||67||
Blessed, blessed are those very fortunate ones, O Nanak, who are united with the Lord through the True Guru. ||4||3||67||


Going to reformat the computer today or tomorrow, so I most likely will not be posting anything for a couple of weeks - at most. Not like it matters much, though - I've got one reader :). *YAY*. Oh but when I do get back, someone remind me to do some follow-up posts..

Goodbyee.

bhull chuk maaf

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Wahegruu Ji Ki Fateh!

Friday, November 25, 2005

betrayed.

i feel so betrayed.

i cant believe i could have been so blind guru ji and to think

tears huh. well..

what a waste of water.

life's most significant battles are waged within.

there must be countless more things i am still blind to

guru ji i'm

screw it

guru ji.

Guru Ji and Destiny

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!


One summer when Satguru Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj was travelling, he reached a garden where he camped for the day. It so happened that the king's pir (spiritual advisor), was also camping at the same place.

Thus the Pir had a chance to Satguru Ji. The pir called on Maharaj, who seated him with due courtesy by his side. There was a town nearby where a number of Sikhs of Guru Ji lived. When they heard of Maharaj's arrival at the garden, they all flocked to see the king of kings and the saint of saints with offerings of clothes, arms and money, besides food. The offerings were formally dedicated to Guru Ji by his attendants, who also prayed in their behalf for his blessings, success in temporal pursuits, protection from evil, and the boon of Naam.

The pir watched the proceedings for the whole day, and then put this question to Satguru Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, "In our scriptures it is said that whatever is destined, is bound to happen. Something else can happen, only if what has been done previously is wrong. Since what has been done, cannot be wrong, there is no scope for anything else happening. So, when the Sikhs pray before you for success in their endeavours, what do they pray for, since nothing else can happen except what is destined?"

After hearing the pir's question Maharaj took out his seal. He applied ink to the seal and stamped it on a piece of paper.

"Pir ji, this is the answer to your question," replied Guru Ji. "Kindly explain this to me," said the pir.

"The letters on the seal were already there. These have not been written now. But the writer knew that when the seal bows its head to touch the paper, the reverse letters will become straight and get stamped on it. Similarly, the Creator has made this provision in one's destiny, so that when one appear before the Guru in humility and performs service, his adverse destiny is corrected. All his problems are solved. This reversal is as per destiny, and not otherwise. Thus, whatever has been said in your scriptures is correct. Nothing less and nothing more." At this answer the pir was very happy.


Taken from SikhSangat Sikh Sakhian Forum. Contributed by Rajinder Singh {thanksss Brain!!}

bhull chuk maaf

Waheguru Ji Ka KHalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Giving Thanks - for Shaheedi, for 'Guruship'.. for everything...

Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Today was such a hectic day..

Soo, rather than do what I usually do and write out each and every single thing that I'm grateful for, I'm going to do something very different in much, much shorter amount of time.

Today is Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji Maharaj da Shaheedi Purb, as well as the Sikhs who became immortal in their sacrifice alongside Him- Bhat Mati Das Ji, Bhai Sati Das Ji, attae Bhai Daeaala Ji. It is also Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj da Gurgaddi Divas. The following is an e-mail from a veer who I haven't talked to in quite some time.. this is a good way to start again : )

Dhan Dhan Sahib Siri Guru Tegh Bahadar Ji Maharaj Sachhay Patshah!!!!!

330 years ago today-
SatGuru Ji took Shaheedi (gave His Head) so that others could practice their religion freely.


Teg bahaadar see kri-aa
Karee na kinahoo(n) aan

No one else had ever done such a noble deed,
as the self sacrifice of Guru Tegh Bahadar

Theekar for dilees sir
Prabh pur keeyaa payaan

He broke his earthly vessel on the head of Aurangzeb
and showed the path to the Abode of WaheGuru.

Teg Bahaadar ke chalat
Bhayo Jagat Ko Sok

When Guru Tegh Bahadar left the body,
a great sadness welled up in the world.

Hai hai hai sabh jag bhayo
Jai jai jai sur lok

"Alas, Alas" rose the cries from the whole world,
while "Glory, Glory" cried the saintly beings.


Shaheedi Divas-
Bhai Mati Daas Jee, Bhai Sati Daas Jee, Bhai Dyala Jee, at Chandni Chauk Delhi.


An article about Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji Maharaj: http://www.sskhalsa.com/?p=75

Look at all the things we've to be thankful for. I mean, honestly, it's so GORA to pick one day out of the year to be reaaally grateful, so that you don't feel guilty on the other 364 (or 365, depending). haha Gorae are adorable.

If we take a look at this Thanksgiving day, and think about the Sikh aspect of it, specifically we can find a couple of things to be grateful for. Guru Ji gave His head for the right of all to practice their beliefs. We - NOT just Sikhs - should be grateful for such an amazing 'Grandfather', who did this for us, we should be grateful for His sacrifice. We should be grateful to Bhai Mati Das Ji, jinna nu aari te chiraaia gaiaa si, Bhai Sati Das Ji, jo jandaa naal bann ke saarhae gae san, attae Bhai Daeaala Ji, jo degh vich ubaalae gae san {I think that's how you say it?..}. We should be grateful for such an amazing Father, who blessed us with the Divine Nectar, Ambrosia of ambrosias, AMRIT. Sweeeeet, puuuure Amrittttt.

We should be grateful for EVERYTHING. Every single, little, unnoticed, forgotten, ignored, misunderstood, hated, bleahh thing. All of them. You know why? Let me tell you why: because it's all from God, that's why. We are so blessed to receive all this from our Almighty Father.. but we'd rather complain than be grateful.

I'm so happy I started doing my own Ardaas before my meals when I did. There was always a two-second stretch of closed eyes, folded hands, Waheguru-saying, but I'm so glad that now I do my Ardaas the way I do. It reminds me of so much I'd have otherwise forgotten. And it's hilarious how much a part of me it's become. If I get caught up in talking when I sit down to eat Langar.. if I begin to take a bite, I automatically stop, say excuse me, and get right into it. I love it! Or if I'm particularly manmat one day, and in a foul mood, I just don't feel right until I do Ardaas.. no matter how childish I'm being in any other sense lol.. I dono.. it's just such a lovely feeling.. to thank Guru Ji at random times throughout the day.. to be reminded of Guru Ji by the simplest things around me.. I've this to be thankful to Guru Ji for..

haha okay, it's like 12:09.. I like my previous post better than this one.. anyway.. good night all.. or good morning. I'm off to isnaan.. : ) thanks for Nitnem Guru Ji!!

I can only say

thank You - there's simply nothing else to say. I can't say it enough, it can't ever possibly mean enough - I guess it just wasn't meant to. The phrase has been so overused, for the smallest of things, it just doesn't mean enough anymore.. par Guru Ji, You know.. You always know, what's in my heart.. and although I should say this all the time, not just today, and even if I have begun to say it everyday, I still cannot help myself and just say once again, ki Guru Ji Maharaj, mere sundar, pyaarae, Pita Ji..

Thank You.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

...

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

hahaha I had no idea what to title this..

I've kind of given up on that other post for now.. it's one of those things that's been interrupted so much that, now that I've finally gotten time, I'll just get up randomly and look for something else to do lol. Anyway.. lately, I've had plenty of time to think about anything while trying to fall asleep. I recall thinking about A LOT of things night before last {haha it took me three hours to fall asleep}.. thought after thought would come whooshing in, and I just couldn't stop them.. one thing leading to another, and I thought, some of these are things I should really think about.. and then I was like ooh blog post :) {ahh I need smilies loll}.. so I wake up next morning, and can't remember a single thing I had been thinking about.

Last night however, it only took me an hour to fall asleep, and I thought of only one thing that I hadn't thought about yet, ie, I felt was important..

At the Raensabai on Saturday, before entering Guru Ji's Darbar, bhaenji had to go to the bathroom, and asked me to go with her.. so we go in, and I decided, let's wash our hands, considering all the things I had been messing around with in the car, lol. They were out of napkin/tissue/paper towels, so we use dthe little drying thingies which make you so warm :D.. and I looked up, and saw a sign on the wall which said something to the extent of 'Please keep the bathroom clean.' I'm like wow, yay, that's so cool lol - the sign, besides having those words written in English and Punjabi, had four Khandas on it, one in each corner of the paper.

I automatically said "They shouldn't have that in here." I don't know what I was thinking, but as soon as I said it, I questioned myself, 'wait, why exactly is it a problem?'

Jasmeen Bhaenji also happened to be there, and she said why not, and I said, well just to respect it.. it's like bringing a Gutka in here.. and right away I was like no waitt, yeah it's different because that's Baani. And she's like yeah, if it was an IkOnkar, say, it'd be different.

That bugged me for a while. I mean.. I unknowingly gave something more respect.. no, no, that's not the right word.. but I elevated something to a level at which it does not reside. So I start to think, you know, there are so many times when we don't give someone/something the respect they/it deserve, but here's a case where we do more than we should..

This got me thinking about ritualism {Diwali is still fresh on my mind - post on that in detail later.. *hopefully* :) } and how we do things without understanding them, or having any reason to do them.. but sometimes, a bit of 'ritualism' is needed.. like, for me, I do Prakarma of the Nishaan Sahib, as well as Pakarma of Guru Ji once I enter His Darbaar and move forward to Mathha Tekk. Why? What is the reason behind this?

To me, doing Prakarma symbolises that I have given up everything to Guru Ji. It is my way of telling Guru Ji that He is my everything, and that I swear myself to Him. But no, that can't be right, because Guru Ji knows what's in my heart, and He knows that I love Him, and that I want to give myself up to Him. So I still haven't answered the question.

and uhm wil have to ansewr it some other tiem got to go very depressing telephone call will tty all later bhull chuk maaf karni waheguru ji ka khalsa waheguru ji ki fateh

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

"Ik Baba Akaal Roop..."

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fatehh!!
Guruuuu !!
Paatsaahaan de Paatsaah Dhan Dhan Sahib Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj Ji de Prakash Utsav diaan jagg nu DHAN VADHAAEEAAN!!
IT IS - I CANNOT BELIEVE IT TOOK ME FIFTEEN + YEARS TO REALIZE THIS - THE BIRTH OF SIKHI !!
Waheguruu !!
May Guru Ji bless all the world with forgiveness, and the gift of gratitide towards Him for all He has blessed us with, and we have ignored. Guru Ji is perfect, so great, so amazing, so wondrous, so endless, so indescribable !!
I LOVE YOU GURU JEEEE !!
May Waheguru Ji bless you all, each and every single one
Baani says what I never, ever could. There are beant Saakhis which I could post to give even an iota of understanding of the greatness of Guru Sahib to whoever is reading this, but that could never be enough.. the following is a Shabad I fell asleep in the middle of this morning at the Aasa di Vaar (yeah, I'm evil.. I dozed off sitting straight up, and woke up sitting straight up, only to realize TWO minutes had gone by. That's right, I slept TWO MINUTES in the past 24 + hours.), and it's the first time I've ever heard it. IT's not one most Raagis do - I wonder why?

This Shabad is by Bhai Gurdaas Ji in Vaars Bhai Gurdaas on Pannaa 1

baabaa giaa bagadhaadh noo(n) baahar jaae keeaa asathhaanaa
From Mecca Baba went to Baghdad and stayed outside the city.

eik baabaa akaal roop dhoojaa rabaabee maradhaanaa
Firstly, Baba himself was in the form of Timeless and secondly, he had his companion Mardana, the rebeck player.

dhithee baa(n)g nimaaz kar su(n)n samaan hoyaa jehaanaa
For namaz (in his own style), Baba gave call, listening to which the whole world went into absolute silence.

su(n)n mu(n)n nagaree bhee dhaekh peer bhaeiaa hairaanaa
The whole city became quiet and lo! to behold it, the pir (of the town) also got wonderstruck.

vaekhai dhhiaan lagaae kar eik fakeer vaddaa masathaanaa
Observing minutely he found (in the form of Baba Nanak) an exhilerated faquir.

pushhiaa firakae dhasathageer kaan fakeer kis kaa gharaanaa
Pir Dastegir asked him, which category of faquir you belong to and what is your parentage.

naanak kal vich aaeiaa rab fakeer eik pehichaanaa
(Mardana told) He is Nanak, who has come into kaliyug, and, he recognises God and His faquirs as one.

dhharath akaash chehoo(n) dhis jaanaa aa
He is known in all the directions besides earth and sky.

Waheguru Ji..
See also:

This Shabad is by Bhai Gurdaas Ji in Vaars Bhai Gurdaas on Pannaa 1

sathigur naanak pragattiaa mittee dhhu(n)dhh jag chaanan hoaa
With the emergence of the true Guru Nanak, the mist cleared and the light scattered all around.

jiou(n) kar sooraj nikaliaa thaarae shhapae a(n)dhhaer paloaa
As if at the sun rise the stars disappeared and the darkness dispelled.

si(n)gh bukae miragaavalee bha(n)nee jaaeae n dhheer dhharoaa
With the roar of the lion in the forest the flocks of escaping deer now cannot have endurance.

jithhai baabaa pair dhharai poojaa aasan thhaapan soaa
Wherever Baba put his feet, a religious place was erected and established.

sidhh aasan sabh jagath dhae naanak aadh mathae jae koaa
All the siddh-places now have been renamed on the name of Nanak.

ghar ghar a(n)dhar dhharamasaal hovai keerathan sadhaa visoaa
Everyhome has become a place of dharma where singing.

baabae thaarae chaar chak na kha(n)dd prithhamee sachaa dtoaa
Baba liberated all four directions and nine divisions of earth.

guramukh kal vich paragatt hoaa aa
Gurmukh (Guru Nanak) has emerged in this kaliyug, the dark age.

A description of Guru Ji and what occurred with His physical birth on this earth.. SatBachann.. I wonder if there is any significance behind the fact that both of these are Bhai Gurdaas Ji diaan vaaraan? There are 2-3 more Shabads that nearly every Raagi Jatha does on this Divas, but I've run out of time, so my murakh thoughts are cut short until my next update - whenever that is.
Until then, everyone who reads this, take a moment to remember Guru Ji, to simmar Waheguru Ji. This is my benti to everyone out there - just say Waheguru once, even, but please do say it. And if not that, at least think of what difference Guru Ji has made in your own life, what daily happenings you accredit to Him, anything.
He deserves it.
bhull chuk maaf !!
WAHEGURUU JEEE!!
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!
p.s. LOL my niece just called to say "Happy Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Birthday, didi!!"
Kids are adorable - soo innocent.. Waheguru.
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Back from the dentist's - had to post this before I left for Guruduara Sahib. Thank You Vikram Singh Ji for sending me the following Pangtees:

Guru Arjan Dev Ji Svaiyay Mehl 5 1386

Pragat Bhaee Saglay Jugh Antar Gur Nanak Kee Vadiaee!
The glorious greatness of Guru Nanak is manifest, throughout all the ages.

har gur naanak jin parasiao s janam maran dhuh thhae rehiou 5
Whoever meets with the Lord through Guru Nanak is rid of both birth and death. 5

har gur naanak jinh parasiou thinh sabh kul keeou oudhhaar 6
Whoever meets with the Lord through Guru Nanak, saves all his generations. 6

har gur naanak jinh parasiou thae bahurr fir jon n aaeae 7
Those who touch the Feet of the Lord through Guru Nanak, do not have to enter the cycle of reincarnation ever again. 7

har gur naanak jinh parasiou thae eith outh sadhaa mukathae 8
Those who meet with the Lord through Guru Nanak are liberated forever, here and hereafter.8

Waheguru Ji..

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

This is probably my 10th or 11th blog - without exaggeration. My very first blog ever was my best, and it seems after I lost it, I am unable to settle down with any one blog. Hopefully, that will not be the case with this one. So far, I've got some links, and a few ideas on posts. More links will definitely come later, I just haven't time to add them all at the moment. Right now, I have three blogs lol. This one, of course. My attempt-at-a-site one, and my SS one. This is to shut sskhalsa up {just kidding!}. Hopefully you're happy now, though, lol.

And now I am off to Guruduara Sahib, so posts will come later.
Oh, but before I go, I want to do an Ardaas to Guru Ji, lol.. yeah TeraRoop11=stupid.

Guru Ji Maharaj, Tuhaada beant shukkar hai, Tusi saanu ki ki nehi ditta. Asi murakh haan, asi paapi haan, Tuhaadae Naam binna lekin asi jee nehi sakdae. Jo Tusi saanu bakshiaa hai, asi udha karj te kadhi nehi utaar sakdae. Jo Tusi ditta, asi uddhae naal khush nehi hundae, hor da hor mangdae rehndae haan. Hun saadi inni Ardaas hai, ki Tusi saanu maaf karo, attae saanu inni avastha baksho Guru Ji, ki jo vi Tuhaada Hukam hai, asi uhnu mann sakkiyae - bless all Your children that we may accept Your sweet bhaaNa, and not desire false things. All Your children are lovely, Guru Sahib Maharaj - bless us that we may live with one another in peace, in love, in Naam. Jo saadae ton galt hunda, saanu uddhae lei maaf karna Pitha Ji. Saanu bass Apnae Naam di daat bakshan di kripaalta karni.

Thank You Guru Ji, I can never say that enough.. that Ardaas is so.. so worthless, it's nothing, You deserve much more.

uh-oh Mummy Ji getting gussae lol

bhull chuk maaf

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Noteworthy

fill.

Panthic endeavours

The following are some Panthic endeavours undertaken by various groups, organizations, even individuals, in the form of Sevadars. Unfortunately, this world is run by maya, and not every type of Sevaa can be done by only implementing one's own resources.

I therefore humbly request that if you have happened upon this page somehow, please consider donating to any of the following Sevaas however you can, whether it is with time, money, or any other type of resource that could be helpful to the Sevadars _/\_

This is what Dasvandh is for ;)


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