Saturday, December 31, 2005

New Blog

Vaahiguroo Jee Kaa Khaalsaa! Vaahiguroo Jee Kee Fateh!

Considering all the Shabads that seem to catch my attention these days, rather than randomly post them on this blog {which I kind of liked, and may continue to do.. a Shabad pop on here randomly once in a while}, I will devote a separate blog to it. So whenever I feel the need to share certain BaaNee.. it will go there.

I'm still considering it - I'm not sure how much time I will even be able to devote to this blog {which hasn't been much, anyway}, seeing as how so many things are cropping up in the near future. But that just may be the thing to keep me going.. every once in a while, when I've a spare moment, post a Shabad. It takes a lot less time than writing up a murakh post, anyway.

OK well.. Raensabaaee's going for a couple of more hours - well, an hour and fifteen minutes. Rakhiaa de Shabad - III will come later on today..

: )

Kirpaa karke bhull chuk maaf karnee Maharaj

Vaahiguroo Jee Kaa Khaalsaa! Vaahiguroo Jee Kee Fateh!

Friday, December 30, 2005

Thau Mai Aaiaa - Sarnee Aaiaa

Vaahiguroo Jee Kaa Khaalsaa Vaahiguroo Jee Kee Fateh

I had to share this with everyone. Sorry to interrupt the Rakhiaa de Shabad series {although that may even be a good thing, but more on that later}

A lot of things have muchhh more effect on me than they do others, and a lot of things have much less effect on me than they do others. This is most likely one of the former. I begged to received a HukamNaama earlier this morning - no question, no reason, I just wanted to receive furmaan from Guroo Jee.

This gift hit me hard



This Shabad is by Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Raag Soohee on Ang 746

soohee mehalaa 5 ||
Soohee, Fifth Mehl:

tho mai aaeiaa saranee aaeiaa ||
I have come to You. I have come to Your Sanctuary.

bharosai aaeiaa kirapaa aaeiaa ||
I have come to place my faith in You. I have come seeking Mercy.

jio bhaavai thio raakhahu suaamee maarag gurehi pat(h)aaeiaa ||1|| rehaao ||
If it pleases You, save me, O my Lord and Master. The Guru has placed me upon the Path. ||1||Pause||

mehaa dhuthar maaeiaa || jaisae pavan jhulaaeiaa ||1||
Maya is very treacherous and difficult to pass through. It is like a violent wind-storm. ||1||

sun sun hee ddaraaeiaa ||
I am so afraid to hear

kararo dhhramaraaeiaa ||2||
that the Righteous Judge of Dharma is so strict and stern. ||2||

grih a(n)dhh koopaaeiaa ||
The world is a deep, dark pit;

paavak sagaraaeiaa ||3||
it is all on fire. ||3||

gehee outt saadhhaaeiaa ||
I have grasped the Support of the Holy Saints.

naanak har dhhiaaeiaa ||
Nanak meditates on the Lord.

ab mai pooraa paaeiaa ||4||3||46||
Now, I have found the Perfect Lord. ||4||3||46||



If you can, please follow the link and read it in the Gurmukhi font here.

bhull chuk maaf

vaahiguroo jee kaa khaalsaa vaahiguroo jee kee fateh

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Rakhiaa de Shabad - II

Vaahiguroo Jee Kaa Khaalsaa! Vaahiguroo Jee Kee Fateh!

Second Shabad read before Keertan Sohilaa Saahib.

This Shabad is by Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Raag Bilaaval on Ang 819

Bilaaval Mehalaa 5 ||
Bilaaval, Fifth Mehl:

Thaathee Vaao N Lagee Paarabreham Saranaaee ||
The hot wind does not even touch one who is under the Protection of the Supreme Lord God.

Chougiradh Hamaarai Raam Kaar Dhukh Lagai N Bhaaee ||1||
On all four sides I am surrounded by the Lord's Circle of Protection; pain does not afflict me, O Siblings of Destiny. ||1||

Sathigur Pooraa Bhaettiaa Jin BaNath BaNaaee ||
I have met the Perfect True Guru, who has done this deed.

Raam Naam Aoukhadhh Dheeaa Eaekaa Liv Laaee ||1|| rehaao ||
He has given me the medicine of the Lord's Name, and I enshrine love for the One Lord. ||1||Pause||

Raakh Leeeae Thin Rakhanehaar Sabh Biaadhh Mittaaee ||
The Savior Lord has saved me, and eradicated all my sickness.

Kahu Naanak Kirapaa Bhee Prabh Bheae Sehaaee ||2||15||79||
Says Nanak, God has showered me with His Mercy; He has become my help and support. ||2||15||79||


Vaahigurooo.. Aman.. thanks for getting me started on this.. wheeeeeeee =D

Kirpaa Karke bhull chuk maaf karnee Maharaj.

Vaahiguroo Jee Kaa Khaalsaa! Vaahiguroo Jee Kee Fateh!

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Rakhiaa de Shabad

Vaahiguroo Jee Kaa Khaalsaa! Vaahiguroo Jee Kee Fateh!


Baanee of Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji Maharaj
Raag Sorath
Ang 626


Sorat(h) Mehalaa 5 ||
Sorat'h, Fifth Mehl:

Gur Kaa Sabadh Rakhavaarae ||
The Word of the Guru's Shabad is my Saving Grace.

Choukee Chougiradh Hamaarae ||
It is a guardian posted on all four sides around me.

Raam Naam Man Laagaa ||
My mind is attached to the Lord's Name.

Jam Lajaae Kar Bhaagaa ||1||
The Messenger of Death has run away in shame. ||1||

Prabh Jee Thoo Maero Sukhadhaathaa ||
O Dear Lord, You are my Giver of peace.

Ba(n)dhhan Kaatt Karae Man Niramal Pooran Purakh Bidhhaathaa || Rahaao ||
The Perfect Lord, the Architect of Destiny, has shattered my bonds, and made my mind immaculately pure. ||Pause||

Naanak Prabh Abinaasee ||
O Nanak, God is eternal and imperishable.

Thaa Kee Saev N Birathhee Jaasee ||
Service to Him shall never go unrewarded.

Anadh Karehi Thaerae Dhaasaa ||
Your slaves are in bliss;

Jap Pooran Hoee Aasaa ||2||4||68||
chanting and meditating, their desires are fulfilled. ||2||4||68||


Another lovely reminder from Aman Veerji.

To be continued.

Kirpaaakeeejaaii Maharajjj.. bhull chuk maaf karan di kirpaalta bakshni Thakur.. Gurrooo

Vaahiguroo Jee Kaa Khaalsaa Vaahiguroo Jee Kee Fateh

Monday, December 26, 2005

Fixed

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Earlier on, some links had been disabled, or would take visitors to incorrectly linked pages.

The problem has been fixed, and to my knowledge, all the links are working properly. I had added 17 or so links last night, but due to not having the time to test them all yet {more like too lazy to bother checking 17 links in addition to the orginal links already up}, I've hidden these links. Hopefully, they will be up soon.

If anyone can recommend some amazing Bairaag Keertan, my benthee is, please do so. I have been searching for some time, but it is kind of difficult with limited time when the tracks are not named by Shabad or Raag, but only by date, place the Keertan was done, and/or Keertani.

I got a few random comments from people, and I have no idea whatsoever who they are. I think I deleted them before anyone could have seen them.. but if anyone did see them, I am sorry for the potentially offensive profanity. I considered posting a response to them, but I'd rather not - at least not yet. If they bother to comment again, I will put comments under moderation, as well as post a filtered version of their comments along with a rebuttal {haha ok, I just wanted an excuse to say that extremely fun word}. I'm on the edge of sounding verbose, perhaps I should stop. Too late. Anyway, the only reason I'm even bothering to consider responding to their comments is because the questions they so insultingly posted here, with no intention of actually engaging in an intellectual discussion, or even receiving an answer, were quite relevant.

Also - I need help in changing my blog's main post font. Due to my very selective memory, I can't recall how I changed it in the first place. Any help is more than welcome lol.

: ) So.. how is everyone?

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Sunday, December 25, 2005

The Post That Restarted It All Again

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Posted on November 8, 2005, at Xeno-Sikhs.

hahaha comments still made me smile.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

There is so much krodh in this world. Right when you feel as if you’re close to ridding yourself of the pest, it comes flying back in with a few ugly bogey friends. It pops up in the most unexpected places, not even justified. The mind is soothed by allowing anger to escape in the form of profanity, or physical violence. People throw meaningless taunts at each other, driven to hatred by jealousy and greed. Kaljug is cruel, and - excuse me for the metaphor - in its teenage years. It can only get worse.. as Kaljug is destined to be. Then comes Satyug, the relief.. However, we are trapped in Kaljug - for now. Who knows whether Satyug arrives in our lifetime or not? Not me, that’s for sure.. Kaljug Mein Eko Naam Udhaar.. Waheguruu right when I feel as though my krodh is close to defeat, my love for Guru Ji has finally fought its way to victory over the damning vikaar, it comes back. The feeling of anger itself, however, is so quickly gone, as suddenly as it came, and it leaves me in pain, in despair.

Stupid krodh. It takes advantage of you, it enjoys itself. It causes so many problems, and continues to ravage the soul, nearly each and every single panj-tatted soul on this earth.

It’s funny. I came straight here with my anger. It wasn’t completely random, either. I could have posted it on my own blog, but didn’t. There’s a reason.. but it’s stupid lol. As soon as I got here, though, the krodh was gone. I wasn’t even mad throughout the process of actually dignifying his comments with a response. I think I’m getting there.

After an extensive introduction, the point of (as well as the conclusion to) this post:

This Shabad is by Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Salok Sehshritee on [Ang] 1357

neh seethala(n) cha(n)dhr dheveh neh seethala(n) baavan cha(n)dhaneh ||
The moon-god is not cool and calm, nor is the white sandalwood tree.

neh seethala(n) seeth ruthaen naanak seethala(n) saadhh svajaneh ||39||
The winter season is not cool; O Nanak, only the Holy friends, the Saints, are cool and calm. ||39||


Naam is the best cure for anything and everything. Do not ever doubt its power! The beauty of Naam, the power, its lovely healing touch - Naam is everything, and is indescribable. Naam is ALL.

Waheguru Ji maharaj apnae bachiaan te mehar karan.

bhull chuk maaf

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!


Kirpaa karke bhull chuk maaf karni Maharaj

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Friday, December 16, 2005

Vacation

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Sadly enough, Winter break has officially begun.. so we are off to L.A. for about one week.. I wanted to leave everyone with a thought.. but I got lazy, I should have posted earlier, so there'd be a full post.. I may have time tomorrow morning to update before I leave.. we'll see.

Soo, for quite some time.. and I mean quite some time lol.. I've been thinking about the role/status of women in the Panth. Yes, yes, we all know, males and females are equal, we also know we are all female, etc.

This was always in the back of my mind, but some time back {quite a bit of time}, Vikram Singh Veerji made this picture:



It wasn't until about five days later that I seriously started considering the fact that there aren't any well-known female Gursikhs out there - to the extent of my knowledge, at least, which isn't much.

I'm not some feminist hahaha {not hating on the 'girl power!' women}- I wasn't going crazy over the recent issues in the Panth, like female Panj, Darbar Sahib Sevaa, Darbar Sahib Kirtan, etc.

But isn't it kind of weird? All the Sikhs in this picture are males. All the 'Sant'/'Mahapursh'/'Brahmgyaanee' are male. Recently, this question has been put to me as well as others I know very frequently: "Why were all the Guru Sahibaan male?"

There are several 'logical' reasons - but those don't matter, do they? There was that argument that no woman gave her head then, that's why all the Panj are male.. but I'm not talking about why women can't do certain things.. from what I know, there's no rule saying a woman can't be a Sant/Mahapursh/Brahmgyaanee. So what's up?

Just thinking.. I haven't really come up with any significant reasoning behind this.. well, actually, none at all. Just something I've been thinking about.

Well.. time to take my leave.. I guess I don't need to return tomorrow.. this is a goodly length.

Waheguru Ji Maharaj Kirpaa karan

bhull chuk maaf

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Poverty

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Waheguru Jeee completely ignore the post from a few minutes or so ago, and look at this:



I'm pretty sure at least some of you have seen this photograph of a child in Sudan, who is trying to crawl to a UN food camp about a mile away. The photographer who took this picture didn't wait to see what happened to the child (the picture was taken in 1994 I believe), and the world doesn't know. The photographer also committed suicide three months later, due to depression.

You can see the vulture in the background, looking as if it is just waiting for the child to die..

I was immediately reminded of Baani.. I am such a tremendous murakh that I know there is a Pangtee relating to this, but my limited knowledge of anything related to Sikhi prevents me from posting it here.. will look into it.. it seems as though we are just like this vulture - waiting for an oppurtunity that benefits us, at the expense of another poor soul.

Waheguru Ji Maharaj.. Kirpaa karo..

bhull chuk maaf..

waheguru ji ka khalsa waheguru ji ki fateh

Stepping Forward

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An article in The Argus concerning the luncheon organized by James Logan High School's Punjabi Club, Punjabi Sports Club, and Sikh Forum for the school staff.

I found this highly amusing, as well as somewhat interesting. Of course, I don't know how to explain why.. I guess you just kind of had to be there. haha I can't believe my picture got put up.. worst person to pick to put in the newspaper hehe.

Enjoy..

Sikh community, James Logan form bond
By Grace Rauh, STAFF WRITER

UNION CITY — When two boys at James Logan High School fought on campus this fall, Principal Don Montoya asked a teacher to call the students' parents in for a meeting. Then he asked the teacher to translate.

Harpaul Singh Rana made the call and sat in on the meeting, switching between Punjabi and English to explain to the boys' parents what happened at school.

"They were able to resolve it," said Rana, who teaches Punjabi classes at the school. If he hadn't been at the meeting to translate, however, there might have been a misunderstanding between the school and the parents, he said. And then, "the problem doesn't get resolved."

On a high school campus where students speak dozens of languages, communication between parents and school staff is key — and often challenging. But according to Rana and other Sikh parents, the linguistic and cultural gulf between Punjabi-speaking families and the school is starting to shrink, a phenomenon many credit to the school's Punjabi classes, offered for the first time this fall.

About 95 students are enrolled in Rana's classes, and he anticipates that figure will swell next year. Most of his students are from Punjabi-speaking families, but others are Latino or from southern India, he said.

The Bay Area is considered the heart of Sikh America, with about 500,000

Sikhs living here and an estimated 250 Sikh students at Logan. Sikhs speak Punjabi and most live in northwest India and Pakistan. The Sikh religion is considered the fifth-largest in the world.

Each day at Logan, Rana teaches three periods of Punjabi, and he stays on campus until 6 p.m., tutoring and counseling students, especially recent Sikh immigrants struggling to learn English and navigate a new school and country.

"It helps the students see they have a home," he said. "They are able to join the mainstream more quickly."

Adding the classes to Logan's course offerings, however, was not an immediate success.

In 2004, parent Sarabjit Cheema led the charge, but the course was dropped because not enough students signed up.

This year, when students again were given the option to sign up, Cheema invited Montoya to the gurdwara, or Sikh temple, in Fremont, to talk to parents about the program.

Montoya visited the temple twice, once on a Sunday afternoon, and spoke from the podium. At least three Punjabi-language newspapers in the United States covered his visit, running photographs from the meeting, Cheema said.

"(We) established, I think, some rapport that wouldn't have been established otherwise," Montoya said.

For Cheema, the meetings led directly to a shift in the relationship between members of the temple and the school. Last month, as a thank you to the school for adding Punjabi, student members of Logan's Punjabi Club, Sikh Forum and Punjabi Sports Club served a free lunch to Logan teachers. Students talked to the faculty about Sikh

But for Cheema, a former mathematics and science teacher in India, the work is just beginning. She already is looking to next year, when she plans to establish a Punjabi-speaking parent group at the school.

She knows Sikh students who skip school and fight occasionally and said she spoke recently with a devastated mother who discovered her son ditched class regularly. The parent didn't know what to do, Cheema said.

There appears to be sincere interest in establishing such a group. When the New Haven school district recommended that a Sikh student at Logan be expelled after fighting with another boy, 25 members of Fremont's Sikh temple attended the meeting to urge the board to reconsider, saying the student earned top grades, was a recent immigrant and had no prior offenses.

The board dropped the expulsion.

"We should, as parents and a community, have some kind of voice in the school system," Cheema said. "When (parents) feel they have a stake in the system it makes them more responsible."


Sarabjit Aunti Ji is so cute.. my next post will be about politics.. whoopeee.. *pbfftt*.. of course that will be in about a week or so, when I return from Los Angeles. Until then.. : )

bhull chuk maaf

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Health Issues

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

After much thought, I have decided to post about something that happened recently, although I will refrain from going into much detail.. haha it's a bad time to start this post, but at least this first version will stand as a reminder to me to continue in this vein until a thorough post/series of posts is up.

For now, a quick warning to all my Gursikh Bhaenjis out there - and you know what, Veerjis, too:

Take care of yourselves. Due to the vegetarian diet that most Amritdhaaris follow, we do not consume certain foods which give other non-vegetarians certain vitamins, or other things essential to a human's health. Just because we are vegetarian does not mean we must be weak, or unhealthy - in fact, it should be quite the opposite.

For now, all I've the time to say is, make sure you eat enough. Following a balanced diet is highly essential, especially for vegetarians, and even more importantly for females {I will get to this later, I promise lol - I'm not trying to say girls are weaker haha}. Be sure to eat at least one type of fruit everyday - I suggest apples or bananas. Be sure to eat at least three meals spaced out throughout the day with equal lengths of time in between, and make sure that this 'schedule' is followed as closely as possible daily. It is also important to keep oneself energized and nourished in-between times - I would suggest a small snack in between meals. A yogurt, granola bar, some kind of fruit, etc etc - I'm pretty sure everyone here knows what is healthy, and what isn't.

Also, if you lack iron, or other vitamins or minerals already, be sure to take action now, before things get highly serious.. lack or iron/calcium etc can lead to serious issues like anemia {which in turn can lead to anorexia, if completely ignored and allowed to worsen} and other health problems. Especially during teenage years, it is essential to pay attention to one's health.. at this tender time of our lives, our health can be good, and carry on in this way for the rest of our lives, or it can be ruined, and last in this way throughout our lifetimes..

I say this urgently, and it is a call to my Gursikh brothers and sisters, who on top of so many other problems, face the issue of having to worry about and check everything they consider buying in a store.. but I am speaking seriously, and from the heart..

take care of yourselves.

more later, bhull chuk maaf, Guru Ji Maharaj Kirpaa karan..

bhull chuk maaf
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

'Baani Art' - Koorh !!

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

So I found the picture a while back on a very interesting photoblog which I will post the link for if I can find the blog again. I DL'd a few pictures form this blog that will be perfect in my project - when I get to it.

Anyway I had this in mind for quite some time, and finally did it today.



I'm still thinking about the last line - I might change the font and move it down a bit. The only reason I had it so close, is because the tops of the letters "l", "h", and "b" were cut off, and had holes. We'll see.

Interesting couple of days.

I love my Guru Ji. :D {I still need smilies}

bhull chuk maaf.. may Guru Ji Maharaj have Kirpaa on all

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Waheguru

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Nothing wholly true can be said about our Father.
Im listening to the Manchester broadcast.
Talking to one of the people who did something special for me.
And thinking..

Guru Ji Maharaj
was-is-will be.. amazing.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Indians Love Bush?

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

haha ok I had to post this - I ran across it while looking for pictures for my project.



X ]p

hahahhaa bhull chuk maaf

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Monopoly = )

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

"The Men who Turned the Tide"

Soo with all the tension my computer's caused me, I'm taking a HUMONGOUS break from schoolwork and trying to get it all in order..

Yesterday, my family and I spent some quality time together, playing Monopoly and Khalsa snakes and ladders.. hehehe of all the things. It was good, though.


My entire family in jail - except me X ]p. haha we have some crazy pictures of all of us laughing very hard.. I don't think they want me putting them up, though lol


We're all so rich; haha all we ended up doing the ENTIRE game, was collecting rent from one another - my parents didn't like the idea of trading/buying/selling properties from the other players, so no one had any monopolies except for Mumma Ji, who had Baltic and Mediterranean. I only had three properties, and I still did really well. I was so engrossed in trying to get my homework done, I didn't even try to build up a monopoly haha. lol we had so much fun though.. Papa Ji sat in jail for like 50 turns, glad that he didn't have to pay any rent.. then he got bored and bailed himself out hehe..


Starting out.. red = Mumma Ji, blue = Gurpartap Singh {my brother}, green = me, yellow = Papa Ji. there's Papa Ji in the background.. =)


I got Nitnem to go up, Seva-Simran to go up, NiGuraa to go back down, then Bakshish to go uppp, but Papa Ji got Bakshish first haha - before that, though, he got Nitnem, and he got Prem to go up, but he also got Keshaa(n) di Beabdi to go down LOL.. my brother got.. haha I have no idea what he got to go up, but he got Chaudhar di Bhukh to go down.. BUT! The funniest part of ALL.. Mumma Ji got Nashae FIVE TIMES hehehehe.. addictionnn we had so much fun teasing her.. oh dearr..


I got to 99 in my turn that came after Papa Ji got there.. then my brother got there.. my brother won first, though, then me, then Papa Ji.. poor Mumma Ji was still addicted.. hehe we gave her the support she needed to get out of the drugs while she rolled like fifty times.. amd then gave up again!

I took a LOT of pictures.. but it's taking too long to put them up hahaha..

The whole time we were playing Monopoly, though, I was thinking what a waste of time this is.. I don't know, Monopoly throws me off.. I've played it wayyy too much throughout my lifetime haha. I wish we had been sitting togetehr doing Kirtan or Simran or something.. but you know what? I'm glad we spent time together - really glad. We haven't done anything together in a very very long time..

OK I have to go.. I spent too much time trying to get these pix up..

haha what a stupid post.

bhull chuk maaf

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa! Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!