The Sikh Cast
Whichever day comes, that day goes – Pt. 1

Whichever day comes, that day goes – Pt. 1

September 26, 2019

Whichever day comes, that day goes.

Stay is impermanent, departure is imminent.

ਜੋ ਦਿਨ ਆਵਹਿ ਸੋ ਦਿਨ ਜਾਹੀ ॥

ਕਰਨਾ ਕੂਚੁ ਰਹਨੁ ਥਿਰੁ ਨਾਹੀ ॥

– Bhagat Ravidas in Suhi Rag  | Guru Granth Sahib 793

Jasleen Kaur says "This sabad has gently nudged me forward, too many times to count — moved me in some tangible direction, reminded me that the hard days — the days when I cannot get myself to do much of anything — are transient."

O Creator: Listen – Persian voice in the Guru Granth Sahib | SikhRI

O Creator: Listen – Persian voice in the Guru Granth Sahib | SikhRI

September 25, 2019

ਯਕ ਅਰਜ ਗੁਫਤਮ ਪੇਸਿ ਤੋ ਦਰ ਗੋਸ ਕੁਨ ਕਰਤਾਰ ॥

yak araj guphatam pesi to dar gos kun kartār.

یک عرض گفتم پس تو در گوش کن کرتار .

I said one supplication so You listen, O Creator.

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In this transcreation, the original Gurmukhi is followed by an English transcription to guide pronunciation of the Sabad (Divine-Word) in its original form. Persian as written in Gurmukhi script and Perso-Arabic script often entails different spellings and pronunciations of words with the same meaning, and as such the Persian transcription is written with spellings that allow a modern-day Persian reader to understand the text.

This Sabad grounds itself in Persian and Islamic religious references. For the sabads written in fluent Persian, the Perso-Arabic script will be styled for a modern-day Persian speaker to read and understand. For the sabads infused with Persian vocabulary, the focus is transcription.

What did Guru Nanak Sahib teach us – SikhRI #Nanakshahi550

What did Guru Nanak Sahib teach us – SikhRI #Nanakshahi550

September 23, 2019

What did Guru Nanak Sahib teach us – SikhRI #Nanakshahi550

Guests:

  • Inderpreet Singh (SikhRI Board & Sidak Facilitator)
  • Pritpal Singh (SikhRI Board & Sidak Facilitator)
  • Imroze Singh (Marketing Manager – SikhRI)
Persian voice in the Guru Granth Sahib – Introduction: The Politics and Poetics of Persian in Gurbani

Persian voice in the Guru Granth Sahib – Introduction: The Politics and Poetics of Persian in Gurbani

September 17, 2019

The Politics and Poetics of Persian in Gurbani

 

Persian is one of the many languages found in the Guru Granth Sahib. Guru Nanak Sahib, Guru Arjan Sahib, and several of the bhagats revealed bani (Wisdom) in the Persian language. In commemoration of #Nanakshahi550, The Persian Voice of the Guru is being introduced with an accompanying article that addresses common understandings and illustrates the role of Persian in the Guru Granth Sahib, followed by transcreations of six sabads (excerpts from the Guru Granth Sahib) by Guru Nanak Sahib.

For the sabads written in fluent Persian, the Perso-Arabic script will be styled for a modern-day Persian speaker to read and understand. For the sabads infused with Persian vocabulary, the focus is transcription.

My Rendezvous with Silence – Inni Kaur

My Rendezvous with Silence – Inni Kaur

September 1, 2019

I have been yearning to experience a silent retreat. Not a structured one but a personal one. Being somewhat of a recluse, I just cannot see myself in a structured environment. It goes against my very core. 

 

However, it has been challenging to convince the family that I need to go into silence. “You are already so quiet,” they would say, and I have been bowing to their wishes for the past fifteen years or so.

 

But this summer, the urge to go into silence was so strong that I found a place, registered and then told the family. I was pleasantly surprised to hear them say, “You need it. Go and enjoy your silence.” 

 

So, off I went.

Chapter 5 - Being True, Inside & Out | The SikhCast by SikhRI

Chapter 5 - Being True, Inside & Out | The SikhCast by SikhRI

August 20, 2019

Chapter 5 - Being True, Inside & Out | The SikhCast by SikhRI

English – Inni Kaur

Panjabi – Arpinder Kaur

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2019 would mark the 550th Prakash Purab (Illumination Day) of Guru Nanak Sahib. To commemorate this monumental event SikhRI is launching a children’s audio story series in English and Panjabi based on the life and travels of Guru Nanak Sahib. These well-loved stories will help to initiate Sikh children into the Guru’s life and his teachings in a non-judgmental way.

Chapter 4 - Importance of Honest Living | The SikhCast by SikhRI

Chapter 4 - Importance of Honest Living | The SikhCast by SikhRI

June 21, 2019

Chapter 4 - Importance of Honest Living | The SikhCast by SikhRI

English – Inni Kaur

Panjabi – Arpinder Kaur

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2019 would mark the 550th Prakash Purab (Illumination Day) of Guru Nanak Sahib. To commemorate this monumental event SikhRI is launching a children’s audio story series in English and Panjabi based on the life and travels of Guru Nanak Sahib. These well-loved stories will help to initiate Sikh children into the Guru’s life and his teachings in a non-judgmental way.

Chapter 3- Lasting Friendship | The SikhCast by SikhRI

Chapter 3- Lasting Friendship | The SikhCast by SikhRI

May 7, 2019

Chapter 3- Lasting Friendship | Children Audio Stories

English – Inni Kaur

Panjabi – Arpinder Kaur

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2019 would mark the 550th Prakash Purab (Illumination Day) of Guru Nanak Sahib. To commemorate this monumental event SikhRI is launching a children’s audio story series in English and Panjabi based on the life and travels of Guru Nanak Sahib. These well-loved stories will help to initiate Sikh children into the Guru’s life and his teachings in a non-judgmental way.

Sikh Cast Ep97 - Sabad of the Month Series: The Graceful Bride

Sikh Cast Ep97 - Sabad of the Month Series: The Graceful Bride

April 11, 2019

The Graceful Bride

 

O’ Life of life! O’ Breath of breath!

When You are with me,

I have all wealth.

 

O’ Life of life! O’ Breath of breath!

When You are within me,

comfort, grandeur exists within me.

 

O’ Life of life! O’ Breath of breath!

In Your Will, I sit on a majestic throne.

In Your Will, I wander begging.

 

O’ Life of life! O’ Breath of breath!

In Your Will, water flows in drylands.

In Your Will, lotus blooms in the sky.

 

O’ Life of life! O’ Breath of breath!

In Your Will, I cross the world-ocean.

In Your Will, I drown.

 

O’ Life of life! O’ Breath of breath!

In Your Will, I get colored by Husband.

I am absorbed in the treasure-house of virtues.

 

 

O’ Life of life! O’ Breath of breath!

In Your Will, Husband seems fearful, hence ­-

I go through birth-death-cycles.

 

O’ Life of life! O’ Breath of breath!

In Your Will, Husband is unweighable, unreachable.

I fall down acknowledging.

 

O’ Life of life! O’ Breath of breath!

What to ask, what to say, what to listen?

I hunger and thirst for Your vision.

 

O’ Life of life! O’ Breath of breath!

In Gur Sabad1 I met Husband.

This is Nanak’s true prayer.  2.

 

1. The wisdom learnt from the Guru. Popularly refers to the hymns in the Guru Granth Sahib.

Guru Nanak Sahib in Rag Suhi | Guru Granth Sahib 762
 

ਸੂਹੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੧ ਸੁਚਜੀ ॥

ਜਾ ਤੂ ਤਾ ਮੈ ਸਭੁ ਕੋ ਤੂ ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਮੇਰੀ ਰਾਸਿ ਜੀਉ ॥

ਤੁਧੁ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਹਉ ਸੁਖਿ ਵਸਾ ਤੂੰ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਸਾਬਾਸਿ ਜੀਉ ॥

ਭਾਣੈ ਤਖਤਿ ਵਡਾਈਆ ਭਾਣੈ ਭੀਖ ਉਦਾਸਿ ਜੀਉ ॥

ਭਾਣੈ ਥਲ ਸਿਰਿ ਸਰੁ ਵਹੈ ਕਮਲੁ ਫੁਲੈ ਆਕਾਸਿ ਜੀਉ ॥

ਭਾਣੈ ਭਵਜਲੁ ਲੰਘੀਐ ਭਾਣੈ ਮੰਝਿ ਭਰੀਆਸਿ ਜੀਉ ॥

ਭਾਣੈ ਸੋ ਸਹੁ ਰੰਗੁਲਾ ਸਿਫਤਿ ਰਤਾ ਗੁਣਤਾਸਿ ਜੀਉ

ਭਾਣੈ ਸਹੁ ਭੀਹਾਵਲਾ ਹਉ ਆਵਣਿ ਜਾਣਿ ਮੁਈਆਸਿ ਜੀਉ ॥

ਤੂ ਸਹੁ ਅਗਮੁ ਅਤੋਲਵਾ ਹਉ ਕਹਿ ਕਹਿ ਢਹਿ ਪਈਆਸਿ ਜੀਉ ॥

ਕਿਆ ਮਾਗਉ ਕਿਆ ਕਹਿ ਸੁਣੀ ਮੈ ਦਰਸਨ ਭੂਖ ਪਿਆਸਿ ਜੀਉ ॥

ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੀ ਸਹੁ ਪਾਇਆ ਸਚੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਕੀ ਅਰਦਾਸਿ ਜੀਉ ॥੨॥

 

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.

Guest: Inni Kaur (@innikaur)

Host: Manpreet Singh (@mjassal)

Chapter 2- Lessons in Equality | The SikhCast by SikhRI

Chapter 2- Lessons in Equality | The SikhCast by SikhRI

March 27, 2019

Chapter 2- Lessons in Equality | Children Audio Stories

English – Inni Kaur

Panjabi – Arpinder Kaur

 

2019 would mark the 550th Prakash Purab (Illumination Day) of Guru Nanak Sahib. To commemorate this monumental event SikhRI is launching a children’s audio story series in English and Panjabi based on the life and travels of Guru Nanak Sahib. These well-loved stories will help to initiate Sikh children into the Guru’s life and his teachings in a non-judgmental way.