Sikh Cast Ep74 - 12 Gurus Series: Guru Hargobind

July 11, 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 Hargobind who continues Guru Nanak's mission:

  • Miri - Piri
  • Akal Takhat - Akal Bunga
  • Emperor Jahangir / Shah Jahan
  • Bandi-chor
  • 1st Battle over Baaj
  • Wives controversy

 Guest: Inderpreet Singh (@jomarzii)

Host: Manpreet Singh (@mjassal)

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The Rani of Raipur – The Fragrance of Bhai Vir Singh

July 3, 2018

While trans-creating a chapter from Bhai Vir Singh’s book Kalgidhar Chamtakar, I was transported into another dimension. Prose and poetry blended effortlessly. And what I experienced was a glorious symphony, an unexpected beauty that touched the depths of my being.

This story seems to have been set around the period of the Battle of Bhangani (1688). The Hill Rajas had formed an alliance to fight Guru Gobind Singh Sahib. Suspicion and turmoil are in the air, which comes out loud and clear in this story.

However, this is not that story.

This story is about a woman – the rani of Raipur, who secretly loves the Guru in this turbulent time. Why secretly? Because her husband is not an admirer of the Guru.

Through the sensitive pen of Bhai Vir Singh, we too get to experience her anguish, her yearning, her deep love and her faith for the Guru.

This is truly a unique love-story.

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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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