Sikh Cast Ep72 - 12 Gurus Series: Guru Arjan

May 29, 2018

In a new podcast series The 12 Gurus: From 1469 to Infinity, SikhRI sheds light on the lives and meaning of Gurus in Sikhi. Were they spiritualists and reformers or Divine and Revolutionaries? What lessons can we draw from them? How do they teach us to think?

The series introduces Gurus as masters of fine arts, builders of cities, deliverers of justice, coordinators of Seva and an overarching gateway to freedom and equality. It touches on the singular and harmonized Jot and Jugat as well as varied and diverse physical and temporal forms to provide a holistic understanding of the Gurus’ fundamental nature.

In this eposide we dive into the world of Guru Arjan who continues Guru Nanak's mission:

  • Compiled Ādi Granth (Bhāī Gurdās)
  • Established Darbār Sāhib – Sikh Center
    (SāīM MiāM Mīr, Bābā BuDhā)
  • Social causes protest
    • Famine in Panjab, Challenge unfair taxation
  • Founded Taran Tāran
  • Embraced Martyrdom

 

Guest: Inderpreet Singh (@jomarzii)

Host: Manpreet Singh (@mjassal)

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Sikh Cast Ep71 - State of the Panth: Who is a Sikh?

May 7, 2018

The State of the Panth series is a report on Sikh matters presented by the Sikh Research Institute to the global Sikh community.

The series reports on matters affecting either a large section of the Sikh Nation or a perspective on critical issues facing the human race at large. It surveys the self-identified Sikhs on their stances.

It outlines a Sikh perspective based on Gurmat (the Guru’s Way) traditions of Bani (wisdom), Tavarikh (history), and Rahit (lifestyle). It outlines a recommendation for the individual Sikhs and Sikh institutions in “best practices” approach to strengthen the bonds within the community.

Download report: https://www.sikhri.org/who_is_a_sikh_report

Guest: Harinder Singh (@1force)

Host: Manpreet Singh (@mjassal)

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Sikh Cast Ep70 - 12 Gurus Series: Guru Ramdas

April 30, 2018

In a new podcast series The 12 Gurus: From 1469 to Infinity, SikhRI sheds light on the lives and meaning of Gurus in Sikhi. Were they spiritualists and reformers or Divine and Revolutionaries? What lessons can we draw from them? How do they teach us to think?

The series introduces Gurus as masters of fine arts, builders of cities, deliverers of justice, coordinators of Seva and an overarching gateway to freedom and equality. It touches on the singular and harmonized Jot and Jugat as well as varied and diverse physical and temporal forms to provide a holistic understanding of the Gurus’ fundamental nature.

In this eposide we dive into the world of Guru Ramdas who continues Guru Nanak's mission:

  • From JeThā to Rāmdās
  • Sold ghuOgaOīā at Bāsarke
  • Response to Sirī Chand
  • Musical revolution - invention of Partal
  • Founded Ammritsar/Chak Rāmdās/Ramdaspur
  • Economic ingenuity – Bazaars of Ammritsar

Guest: Inderpreet Singh (@jomarzii)

Host: Manpreet Singh (@mjassal)

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Sikh Cast Ep69 - 12 Gurus Series: Guru Amardas

March 29, 2018

In a new podcast series The 12 Gurus: From 1469 to Infinity, SikhRI sheds light on the lives and meaning of Gurus in Sikhi. Were they spiritualists and reformers or Divine and Revolutionaries? What lessons can we draw from them? How do they teach us to think?

The series introduces Gurus as masters of fine arts, builders of cities, deliverers of justice, coordinators of Seva and an overarching gateway to freedom and equality. It touches on the singular and harmonized Jot and Jugat as well as varied and diverse physical and temporal forms to provide a holistic understanding of the Gurus’ fundamental nature.

In this eposide we dive into the world of Guru Amardas who continues Guru Nanak's mission:

  • Need of the Gurū (Bībī Amro)
  • Rejection of Satī and Pardāh
  • Widow remarriage
  • Established Mañjīs - parallel to 22 subahs of Akbar
  • Founded Goindvāl - important Sikh Center
  • Transcends relationship & age - meat in langar

Guest: Inderpreet Singh (@jomarzii)

Host: Manpreet Singh (@mjassal)

 
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Sikh Cast Ep68 - What is Hola Mahalla and why is it important?

March 6, 2018

"Hola Mahalla" was established by Guru Gobind Singh and is now celebrated annually. We talk with Harinder Singh on its significance, historical context, references in Guru Granth Sahib and what it means for Sikhs today. We know the date can be March 1st or the 14th but we don't give any importance to the dates on the podcast and mainly focus on Hola Mahalla's importance.

Host: Manpreet Singh (@mjassal)

Guest: Harinder Singh (@1force)

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Sikh Cast Ep67 - 12 Gurus Series: Guru Angad

February 27, 2018

What is the significance of Gurus? Though all of us know them, their exact contributions raise questions in the students of Sikhi on a daily basis.

In a new podcast series The 12 Gurus: From 1469 to Infinity, SikhRI sheds light on the lives and meaning of Gurus in Sikhi. Were they spiritualists and reformers or Divine and Revolutionaries? What lessons can we draw from them? How do they teach us to think?

The series introduces Gurus as masters of fine arts, builders of cities, deliverers of justice, coordinators of Seva and an overarching gateway to freedom and equality. It touches on the singular and harmonized Jot and Jugat as well as varied and diverse physical and temporal forms to provide a holistic understanding of the Gurus’ fundamental nature.

In this eposide we dive into the world of Guru Angad who continues Guru Nanak's mission:

  • Served the 1st Nānak
  • Formalized the Gurmukhī script
  • Instructed HamāyūM
  • Institutionalized LaOgar
  • Founded KhaDūr
  • Started AkhāRās

 

Guest: Inderpreet Singh (@jomarzii)

Host: Manpreet Singh (@mjassal)

 
 
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Sikh Cast Ep66 - 12 Gurus Series: Guru Nanak

January 31, 2018

What is the significance of Gurus? Though all of us know them, their exact contributions raise questions in the students of Sikhi on a daily basis.

In a new podcast series The 12 Gurus: From 1469 to Infinity, SikhRI sheds light on the lives and meaning of Gurus in Sikhi. Were they spiritualists and reformers or Divine and Revolutionaries? What lessons can we draw from them? How do they teach us to think?

The series introduces Gurus as masters of fine arts, builders of cities, deliverers of justice, coordinators of Seva and an overarching gateway to freedom and equality. It touches on the singular and harmonized Jot and Jugat as well as varied and diverse physical and temporal forms to provide a holistic understanding of the Gurus’ fundamental nature.

In this eposide we dive into the world of Guru Nanak who started the Sikh revolution. 

Guest: Inderpreet Singh (@jomarzii)

Host: Manpreet Singh (@mjassal)

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Sikh Cast Ep65 - “On the platter are placed three things…” (Sabad of the week)

December 26, 2017

On the platter are placed three things,
reflect on the Truth and the Contentment.

Ruler’s Immortal Nam1 is also placed on it,
it is the support of all. 

If someone eats it, if someone savors it,
that one is emancipated.

This thing cannot be forsaken,
daily, daily, keep it in the heart.

Nanak: Cross the dark-ignorant world-ocean in feet-surrender, 
all is the Supreme Cosmic’s expanse.

  1. Divine Identification

Guru Arjan Sahib Mundavani  |  Guru Granth Sahib 1429

 

ਮੁੰਦਾਵਣੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ॥

ਥਾਲ ਵਿਚਿ ਤਿੰਨਿ ਵਸਤੂ ਪਈਓ ਸਤੁ ਸੰਤੋਖੁ ਵੀਚਾਰੋ ॥

ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਨਾਮੁ ਠਾਕੁਰ ਕਾ ਪਇਓ ਜਿਸ ਕਾ ਸਭਸੁ ਅਧਾਰੋ ॥

ਜੇ ਕੋ ਖਾਵੈ ਜੇ ਕੋ ਭੁੰਚੈ ਤਿਸ ਕਾ ਹੋਇ ਉਧਾਰੋ ॥

ਏਹ ਵਸਤੁ ਤਜੀ ਨਹ ਜਾਈ ਨਿਤ ਨਿਤ ਰਖੁ ਉਰਿ ਧਾਰੋ ॥

ਤਮ ਸੰਸਾਰੁ ਚਰਨ ਲਗਿ ਤਰੀਐ ਸਭੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਪਸਾਰੋ ॥੧॥

 


Sabad is Infinite; we are very finite. This is our understanding at the moment, which was different yesterday and may evolve tomorrow, as we deepen our relationship with the Sabad. In this trans-creation, we have chosen to keep the repeating words in the Sabad same. We aspire to learn and retain the Divine attribute as used in the original Sabad and avoid terms like God or Lord.

http://www.sikhri.org/guru_granth_sahib_1429

Guest: Inni Kaur (@innikaur)

Guest: Harinder Singh (@1force)

Host: Manpreet Singh (@mjassal)

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Sikh Cast Ep64 - “My life is the Beloved– Perfect, Supreme, Light, Supreme-Divine” (Sabad of the week)

December 19, 2017

I am the maiden-slave of my Ruler.
Grasped feet of Divine World-Life,
killed and ended ego. 1. Reflect.

My life is the Beloved–
Perfect, Supreme, Light, Supreme-Divine.
Enticer enticed my mind,
which understands and reflects on Sabad1.  1.

Self-centered is weak, with little and false understanding,
Mind, torso and body are in pain.
When dyed in the Colorful Charmer-Divine,
mind became serene contemplating Charmer-Divine.  2.

Ego abandoned, became bairagani, 2
then Eternal consciousness remained. Mind accepts Self-Existent Immaculate,
Worldly honor, forgotten.

None like You in the past,
nor in the future.
My Beloved is the life support.

Bride-lover is imbued with All-Pervasive’s Nam3.
Nanak: Charmer-Divine is Husband of the bride-lover
who is dyed in All-Pervasive’s Nam.  4.

 

1. Literally “The Word.” Popularly refers to the hymns in the Guru Granth Sahib.

2. Divinely-passionate: Colored with Love in intense longing.

3. Divine Identification.

 

Guru Nanak Sahib in Rag Sarang  |  Guru Granth Sahib 1197

 

ਰਾਗੁ ਸਾਰਗ ਚਉਪਦੇ ਮਹਲਾ ੧ ਘਰੁ ੧

ੴ ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਕਰਤਾ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਨਿਰਭਉ ਨਿਰਵੈਰੁ ਅਕਾਲ ਮੂਰਤਿ ਅਜੂਨੀ ਸੈਭੰ ਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥
ਅਪੁਨੇ ਠਾਕੁਰ ਕੀ ਹਉ ਚੇਰੀ ॥
ਚਰਨ ਗਹੇ ਜਗਜੀਵਨ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਕੇ ਹਉਮੈ ਮਾਰਿ ਨਿਬੇਰੀ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥

ਪੂਰਨ ਪਰਮ ਜੋਤਿ ਪਰਮੇਸਰ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮ ਪ੍ਰਾਨ ਹਮਾਰੇ ॥
ਮੋਹਨ ਮੋਹਿ ਲੀਆ ਮਨੁ ਮੇਰਾ ਸਮਝਸਿ ਸਬਦੁ ਬੀਚਾਰੇ ॥੧॥

ਮਨਮੁਖ ਹੀਨ ਹੋਛੀ ਮਤਿ ਝੂਠੀ ਮਨਿ ਤਨਿ ਪੀਰ ਸਰੀਰੇ ॥
ਜਬ ਕੀ ਰਾਮ ਰੰਗੀਲੈ ਰਾਤੀ ਰਾਮ ਜਪਤ ਮਨ ਧੀਰੇ ॥੨॥

ਹਉਮੈ ਛੋਡਿ ਭਈ ਬੈਰਾਗਨਿ ਤਬ ਸਾਚੀ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਸਮਾਨੀ ॥
ਅਕੁਲ ਨਿਰੰਜਨ ਸਿਉ ਮਨੁ ਮਾਨਿਆ ਬਿਸਰੀ ਲਾਜ ਲੋੁਕਾਨੀ ॥੩॥

ਭੂਰ ਭਵਿਖ ਨਾਹੀ ਤੁਮ ਜੈਸੇ ਮੇਰੇ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮ ਪ੍ਰਾਨ ਅਧਾਰਾ ॥
ਹਰਿ ਕੈ ਨਾਮਿ ਰਤੀ ਸੋਹਾਗਨਿ ਨਾਨਕ ਰਾਮ ਭਤਾਰਾ ॥੪॥੧॥

 


Sabad is Infinite; we are very finite. This is our understanding at the moment, which was different yesterday and may evolve tomorrow, as we deepen our relationship with the Sabad. In this trans-creation, we have chosen to keep the repeating words in the Sabad same. We aspire to learn and retain the Divine attribute as used in the original Sabad and avoid terms like God or Lord.

http://www.sikhri.org/guru_granth_sahib_1197

Guest: Harinder Singh (@1force)

Host: Manpreet Singh (@mjassal)

 

 

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Sikh Cast Ep63 - “Ignorance-era is the carafe” (Sabad of the week)

December 12, 2017

Salok Mardana 1

Ignorance-era is the carafe,
In it is liquor of lust,
Mind drinks.

Anger is the cup,
Brims with attachment,
Pride serves.

Trash-lie’s greed is the party,
Drinks and drinks,
Winds up frustrating.

Make great-deeds the carafe,
Put in molasses of the Eternal,
Brew real liquor.

Make virtues the bread,
Honesty the clarified butter,
Humility the meat diet.

O’ Nanak!
Realize this by becoming Guru-oriented,
Vices depart by consuming this.  1.

 

Mardana 1

Body, the carafe,
Pride, the liquor,
Desires’ drive the party.

Intention, the cup,
filled with trash-lies,
Death-Messenger serves.

O’ Nanak! 
By drinking this liquor,
many vices are earned.

Make wisdom the molasses,
Glory the bread,
Reverence the meat diet.

O’ Nanak! 
This food is eternal,
Its support is eternal Nam.  2.

Make the body the carafe,
Self-realization, the liquor,
Its stream is Immortal.

Eternal-congregation, the meeting,
Connection, the cup brimmed with Immortality,
Drink and drink…discard vices.  3. 

Guru Nanak Sahib, Rag Bihagare ki Var  |  Guru Granth Sahib 553

 

ਸਲੋਕੁ ਮਰਦਾਨਾ ੧ ॥

ਕਲਿ ਕਲਵਾਲੀ ਕਾਮੁ ਮਦੁ ਮਨੂਆ ਪੀਵਣਹਾਰੁ ॥
ਕ੍ਰੋਧ ਕਟੋਰੀ ਮੋਹਿ ਭਰੀ ਪੀਲਾਵਾ ਅਹੰਕਾਰੁ ॥
ਮਜਲਸ ਕੂੜੇ ਲਬ ਕੀ ਪੀ ਪੀ ਹੋਇ ਖੁਆਰੁ ॥
ਕਰਣੀ ਲਾਹਣਿ ਸਤੁ ਗੁੜੁ ਸਚੁ ਸਰਾਕਰਿ ਸਾਰੁ ॥
ਗੁਣ ਮੰਡੇ ਕਰਿ ਸੀਲੁ ਘਿਉ ਸਰਮੁ ਮਾਸੁ ਆਹਾਰੁ ॥
ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਪਾਈਐ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਖਾਧੈ ਜਾਹਿ ਬਿਕਾਰ ॥੧॥ 

ਮਰਦਾਨਾ ੧ ॥

ਕਾਇਆ ਲਾਹਣਿ ਆਪੁ ਮਦੁ ਮਜਲਸ ਤ੍ਰਿਸਨਾ ਧਾਤੁ ॥
ਮਨਸਾ ਕਟੋਰੀ ਕੂੜਿ ਭਰੀ ਪੀਲਾਏ ਜਮਕਾਲੁ
ਇਤੁ ਮਦਿ ਪੀਤੈ ਨਾਨਕਾ ਬਹੁਤੇ ਖਟੀਅਹਿ ਬਿਕਾਰ ॥
ਗਿਆਨੁ ਗੁੜੁ ਸਾਲਾਹ ਮੰਡੇ ਭਉ ਮਾਸੁ ਆਹਾਰੁ ॥
ਨਾਨਕ ਇਹੁ ਭੋਜਨੁ ਸਚੁ ਹੈ ਸਚੁ ਨਾਮੁ ਆਧਾਰੁ ॥੨॥
ਕਾਂਯਾਂ ਲਾਹਣਿ ਆਪੁ ਮਦੁ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਤਿਸਕੀ ਧਾਰ ॥
ਸਤਸੰਗਤਿ ਸਿਉ ਮੇਲਾਪੁ ਹੋਇ ਲਿਵ ਕਟੋਰੀ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਭਰੀ ਪੀ ਪੀ ਕਟਹਿ ਬਿਕਾਰ ॥੩॥

 


Sabad is Infinite; we are very finite. This is our understanding at the moment, which was different yesterday and may evolve tomorrow, as we deepen our relationship with the Sabad. In this trans-creation, we have chosen to keep the repeating words in the Sabad same. We aspire to learn and retain the Divine attribute as used in the original Sabad and avoid terms like God or Lord.

http://www.sikhri.org/guru_granth_sahib_553

Guest: Harinder Singh (@1force)

Host: Manpreet Singh (@mjassal)

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