Shabad in Nanak, Nanak in Shabad

This is a beautiful depiction of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, composed of the words of his JapJi Sahib. It gives the impression of how Nanak is made of Shabad – like we sometimes refer to Guru Nanak as ‘Dhan Guru Nanak, Tuhi Nirankaar’.

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We will meet again . . .

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WaheguruJi Ka Khalsa. WaheguruJi Ki Fateh.

It has been a dream to live through it to have my own blog where I could share my journey as a Sikh with those close to me and those beyond my boundaries and in the course of the blogging, I have realised just how saturated the internet is with all kinds of blogs which I find it challenging to keep up with, including my own blog. Ever since I started this blog, I have come to also realise that I simply know nothing that I can be of any help to anyone. Most of the times, I have discovered, that there are so many ways each one of us thinks and when I post my own views, they often clash with the others. I wouldn’t want to defend my views or challenge anothers because I am an extremely unworthy one to try and lay claims on what I believe. In the process of the blog, I have come to a screeching halt as I cannot seem to go on and need to recover my energy and then, as the Guru so wills, will be able to share more of what I have been blessed with by my Akaal Purakh.

I guess maybe I either need the break, or to close down this blog all together and in due time, await for what the Guru further instructs. At this point, I feel unworthy, and devoid of any wisdom and now seek to fall at the Feet of my Guru (Guru Granth Sahib Ji) and beseech His Mercy, Love and Divine Guidance. Your prayers for your unworthy brother would ever treasured as a debt that I hope I can pay in this life and the one beyond.

Thank you all for your support and may the Grace of the True shower upon you all, always.

WaheguruJi Ka Khalsa. WaheguruJi Ki Fateh.

How we poison our lives

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eikanaa hukamee bakhasees eik hukamee sadhaa bhavaaeeahi
Some, by His Command, are blessed and forgiven; others, by His Command, wander aimlessly forever.
-Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 1

By MPK Kutty

An unwillingness to forgive others for the real or imaginary wrongs they have done us is a poison that affects our health: physical, emotional and spiritual. If your inner thoughts are dominated by “gripe” and “groan”, if you are a consistent bellyacher or worrier, you are shortening the years of your life just as surely as you are growing older by the day. Spiritual teachers and saints of the past have written a lot on the powerful influence of love on health and well-being. According to Gary Zukav, American best selling author, people need to understand that “love heals everything, and love is all there is”. Without love, our mental and physical vitality is impaired, our resistance to sickness is lowered and we cheat ourselves of new, joyous possibilities.

Sir William Osler, the Canadian physician and medical historian, said that the outcome of tuberculosis had more to do with what went on in the patient’s mind than in his lungs. He was echoing Hippocrates, who said he would rather know ‘what sort of person has a disease than what sort of disease a person has’.

Scientific research and clinical experiences of great physicians of the past go to show that the state of the mind changes the state of the body by working through the central nervous system, the endocrine system and the immune system.
A positive attitude favourably stimulates the immune system and a negative attitude depresses it. Emotions create chemical alterations in the brain. Negative emotional traits such as low self-esteem, feelings of envy, hatred, hostility, guilt and anger depress the immune system.

Positive emotional attitudes like love, happiness, peace and spiritual exercises improve the process of healing. Contentment used to be considered a prerequisite for health. So too an attitude of thankfulness to God and fellow beings and a firm faith in the power of the Creator to intervene even in an impossible situation aid the healing process. When we turn within and transform our thinking, God will heal our sickness and refresh our live.

A True Son of Guru Gobind Singh Ji

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By Bhai Jagjit Singh
Information sourced from Bhai Surinder Singh and Bhai Jaswinder Singh, beloved sons of Giani Ji.

CHILDHOOD
Giani Amolak singh was born in the village Dhaat, Ludhiana, Punjab. His father’s name was Sardar Bogha Singh, and his mothers name was Mata Dhan Kaur. After studying his Metric, Amolak Singh went on to Punjab University, where he did the Giani course. Hence, he became affectionately known as Giani Amolak Singh ji.

Gianiji’s interest in Sikhism began from his parents. His father was a devout soul. Everyday at Amritvela, he would take milk to the Gurdwara sahib, and sweep the floor. However, the biggest influence in these early years was his mamaji (maternal uncle), Master Joginder Singh, a well known Gursikh and a close associate of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh.

From the age of 5 years, Amolak Singh was in the sangat of these blessed souls such as Masterji, Bhai Sahib and the Akhand Kirtani Jatha. In 1936, Master Joginder Singh ji did seva at Tarn Tarn Sahib. Gianiji regularly stayed there and was inspired to learn kirtan. Such was the blessed soul of Gianiji, that by the age of 8 years, he realised his path in life, and partook Amrit. Read the rest of this entry »

Karam and Dharam in Sikhi

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‘It is the maryada of the House of Nanak that he who places people on the path of Truth can surely expect to get a beating from the world.’ – Yogi Bhajan

By Bhai Sahib Bhai Harbhajan Singh Ji Khalsa

This is a humble attempt in translating the lecture on Karam and Dharam, posted on MrSikhnet. I do not claim precise translation, but it is only to help those that are not too familiar with Punjabi, so that they may be able to derive benefit from the core message of the lecture.

This morning, we will contemplate on the status of karam (worldly duty) and dharam (religious duty) in Sikhi. The truth is that no matter what we do, it is nothing less than what animals already do. Those that are filled with the pride of having earned themselves (worldly or spiritual) things have in essence all that amounting to nil – for they have only reaped what was due for deeds done in their past lives. No one can earn even a dime for himself in this life. The scientists are solely mistaken in believing that one can change the frequency of his magnetic psyche. Whatever life, and the strength in life, is granted by Akaal Purakh, and we have no right of owning any of it.

The folly of man is that all he seeks is self-praise for all that he has no right over – he grooms himself and compliments himself over how he looks like when he sees his reflection in the mirror; expects his wife and children to regard him as good; yearns to be honoured when he’s at the Gurudwara – what a tragedy, that even at the Door of the Guru, he does not seek to Praise the Guru, but wants his own. Man is so endlessly greedy for respect, honour and love that he forgets the purpose of his life is to make it worthy [in contemplating on God) and get going after the life is over. What’s of worth in this world? Are we going to take the bed covers of this hotel when we check out of it? All you do is pack up what’s your’s and leave – and even when we are to leave this world, pack up your sack of deeds and leave.

We are so concerned about the nitty-gritties of the foundations of the homes we build, we forget that we are to leave them behind to crumble away. We worry over the home and not the one who lives in it. Where we have come from and with whom we are are related to, we give no thought to Him. These days, we all read the five five pauris of Anand Sahib and conclude it with the fourtieth one and then offer an Ardas before the Guru for Anand Sahib! What a farce! It’s like reading the first five pages of Guru Granth Sahib and then jumping all the way to the end to Raag Mala and then offer an Ardas before the Guru for having completed an ‘Akhand Paath’! Then we are the same people who complain that our children speak lies and they do not listen to us and are not interested in the Guru . . . what a great karam of lies! Read the rest of this entry »

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