Sikh Cast Ep95 - Sabad of the Month Series: The Ungraceful Bride

February 15, 2019

The Ungraceful Bride

 

1 Reality realized by Eternal Perfection’s Grace!

 

O’ Life of life! O’ Breath of breath!

I am an unvirtuous-bride, and have a myriad of flaws.

How can I expect a pleasure-union from Husband1?

I did not sit alongside my Husband.

 

O’ Life of life! O’ Breath of breath!

Dark cranes have flown away.

White herons are in the sky.

 

O’ Life of life! O’ Breath of breath!

The bride is leaving for her in-laws3.

What face will she reveal upon reaching there?

 

O’ Life of life! O’ Breath of breath!

I slept and slept, it turned into late morning,

I forgot The Path.

 

O’ Life of life! O’ Breath of breath!

Then I was separated from You, my Husband.

I put myself in grief.

 

O’ Life of life! O’ Breath of breath!

You have all virtues; I all faults.

Nanak’s one prayer:

 

O’ Life of life! O’ Breath of breath!

Virtuous bride-lovers enjoy all nights.

Spare a night, for this unvirtuous one.

 

Guru Nanak Sahib in Rag Suhi | Guru Granth Sahib 762

 

  1. Divine
  2. Fellow-travelers. Beings that set an example.
  3. The life that we are living in this world is considered as temporary (peka - parental home). Eternal (sauhra –husband’s home) is merging with Divine existence, which is often used as an analogy for after death

 

ਰਾਗੁ ਸੂਹੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੧ ਕੁਚਜੀ

 

ੴ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥

ਮੰਞੁ ਕੁਚਜੀ ਅੰਮਾਵਣਿ ਡੋਸੜੇ ਹਉ ਕਿਉ ਸਹੁ ਰਾਵਣਿ ਜਾਉ ਜੀਉ ॥

ਇਕ ਦੂ ਇਕਿ ਚੜੰਦੀਆ ਕਉਣੁ ਜਾਣੈ ਮੇਰਾ ਨਾਉ ਜੀਉ ॥

ਜਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹੀ ਸਖੀ ਸਹੁ ਰਾਵਿਆ ਸੇ ਅੰਬੀ ਛਾਵੜੀਏਹਿ ਜੀਉ ॥

ਸੇ ਗੁਣ ਮੰਞੁ ਨ ਆਵਨੀ ਹਉ ਕੈ ਜੀ ਦੋਸ ਧਰੇਉ ਜੀਉ ॥

ਕਿਆ ਗੁਣ ਤੇਰੇ ਵਿਥਰਾ ਹਉ ਕਿਆ ਕਿਆ ਘਿਨਾ ਤੇਰਾ ਨਾਉ ਜੀਉ ॥

ਇਕਤੁ ਟੋਲਿ ਨ ਅੰਬੜਾ ਹਉ ਸਦ ਕੁਰਬਾਣੈ ਤੇਰੈ ਜਾਉ ਜੀਉ ॥

ਸੁਇਨਾ ਰੁਪਾ ਰੰਗੁਲਾ ਮੋਤੀ ਤੈ ਮਾਣਿਕੁ ਜੀਉ ॥

ਸੇ ਵਸਤੂ ਸਹਿ ਦਿਤੀਆ ਮੈ ਤਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹ ਸਿਉ ਲਾਇਆ ਚਿਤੁ ਜੀਉ ॥

ਮੰਦਰ ਮਿਟੀ ਸੰਦੜੇ ਪਥਰ ਕੀਤੇ ਰਾਸਿ ਜੀਉ ॥

ਹਉ ਏਨੀ ਟੋਲੀ ਭੁਲੀਅਸੁ ਤਿਸੁ ਕੰਤ ਨ ਬੈਠੀ ਪਾਸਿ ਜੀਉ ॥

ਅੰਬਰਿ ਕੂੰਜਾ ਕੁਰਲੀਆ ਬਗ ਬਹਿਠੇ ਆਇ ਜੀਉ ॥

ਸਾ ਧਨ ਚਲੀ ਸਾਹੁਰੈ ਕਿਆ ਮੁਹੁ ਦੇਸੀ ਅਗੈ ਜਾਇ ਜੀਉ ॥

ਸੁਤੀ ਸੁਤੀ ਝਾਲੁ ਥੀਆ ਭੁਲੀ ਵਾਟੜੀਆਸੁ ਜੀਉ ॥

ਤੈ ਸਹ ਨਾਲਹੁ ਮੁਤੀਅਸੁ ਦੁਖਾ ਕੂੰ ਧਰੀਆਸੁ ਜੀਉ ॥

ਤੁਧੁ ਗੁਣ ਮੈ ਸਭਿ ਅਵਗਣਾ ਇਕ ਨਾਨਕ ਕੀ ਅਰਦਾਸਿ ਜੀਉ ॥

ਸਭਿ ਰਾਤੀ ਸੋਹਾਗਣੀ ਮੈ ਡੋਹਾਗਣਿ ਕਾਈ ਰਾਤਿ ਜੀਉ ॥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.

Guest: Inni Kaur (@innikaur)

Host: Manpreet Singh (@mjassal)

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Transcendent Love – Inni Kaur | The SikhCast by SikhRI

February 14, 2019

Valentine’s Day Special:

Love is not a transaction.

Love does not measure, it just flows.

Love does not compare, love just loves.

Love is…

In this special Valentine’s Day podcast, Inni Kaur explores the epic Panjabi love stories mentioned in the Varan of Bhai Gurdas. These epic romances give us a glimpse into a transcendent love that Bhai Gurdas points to as an example of the relationship between the Sikh and the Guru -- a relationship between the lover and the Beloved that exists without transactions, that teaches us about surrender and devotion and shows us how to rise in love.

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Chapter 1- When Guru Nanak was Little | The SikhCast by SikhRI

February 6, 2019

Chapter 1- When Guru Nanak was Little | Children Audio Stories

English – Inni Kaur

Panjabi – Arpinder Kaur

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Immortal Companionship – Inni Kaur | Fragrance of Bhai Vir Singh

January 25, 2019

Immortal Companionship

It is Nanakshahi 550.

And I ask myself a question:

“What are you doing

to honor the Guru

who transformed you

from a dry twig into a blossoming tree?”

 

There is silence.

There is an emptiness.

 

So, I ask myself another question:

“If you could ask Guru Nanak Sahib

for anything, what would it be?”

 

Instantly words roll out: “May I walk with you?”

 

And there is my answer.

So, I pick up the book titled

“Bhai Mardana” penned by Bhai Vir Singh.

 

Chapter one, paragraph one captivates me.

“O’ Mind! Where does the water in the well come from?”

“O’ Mind! This is not the water that falls like rain from the sky,

that walks on the earth without caring and fills the well.”

Nay, this is not that water.

This well-water lies deep within the ground,

visible only when dug with a shovel

or when there is an upheaval in the earth.

 

This water flows silently.

Silent like the love-water that flows

deep within the human heart.

One does not even realize that this love-water exists,

penetrating deeper and deeper within.

It is only when the separation hits the heart

when this love-water rises.

 

I sat with him.

I sang with him.

I laughed with him.

 

It felt good to be with him.

I met him every day and suffered the days

I did not meet him. But it never occurred to me

that I had developed such a deep love for him.

But now, that this separation has occurred,

it has revealed the depth of my love.

This is that type of love that Rai has for him.

 

“O’ Mind! Let’s go! Let’s go to him!”

“O’ Mind! I can no longer bear to be away from him.”

“O’ Mind! Will he happy to see me?”

“O’ Mind! Does it even matter? I am going for my happiness.”

“O’ Mind! Can it be that I am burning for him

yet he has forgotten me?

No, that cannot be. He loves me.”

 

For days, Bhai Mardana debates the pros

and cons of leaving Talwandi.

 

But wait!

When does love weigh pros and cons?

If it does, it is not love, it is a transaction.

So, is my love a transaction?

 

I pause.

I cannot read anymore.

Tears are flowing.

The heart is breaking.

Yet, I am compelled to pick up my pen

to write what I am hearing:

 

Sleepless nights, sunken eyes,

And unspoken grief are now my companions.

I had a companion once.

But then he left.

I wonder why I did not go with him.

 

We would laugh, talk and sing for hours.

My rabab strummed his Song,

while he strummed the love-strings of my heart.

His love silently entering the deep recesses of my heart,

permeating me unbeknownst to me.

 

What did I know of love?

Nothing.

For I was dead.

His love revived me, and is now flowing from my eyes.

 

This separation is agony.

My being is on fire.

I am plummeting into the black hole.

I need to see him.

I need to be with him.

 

But wait! Will he remember me?

I hear he is singing in Sultanpur.

I wonder, who is strumming with him?

Has he found someone else?

Does it even matter?

 

I long for him.

I need him.

I need to go to him.

I need to be with him.

 

 

Exhausted and emotionally drained, I continue to read...

 

“O’ Mind! Now that you have discovered this love in you,

know that it is because of him. It was his rain of love

that kept dripping and permeating through you without your knowledge.

You had no love within you. This love that you are now able to feel,

to see, is because of this separation.”

 

“O’ Mind! Don’t get confused

and think that this love

that has arisen within you is

because you had something to do with it.

This is his Grace.”

 

With a heart immersed in love

and a Song on his lips

Bhai Mardana leaves for Sultanpur.

 

He walks the land.

He crosses the rivers.

His love has become his pilgrimage.

He reaches Sultanpur.

Waiting for him is his Love.

Embraced, his longing is fulfilled.

The fire within him dissipates.

He is home.

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Sikh Cast Ep91 - Sabad of the Month Series: O’ My mother! Mind pierced by the Compassionate

January 13, 2019

Mind the temple, body the ascetic cloth,

bathe within the heart pilgrim-shrine.

One Sabad lives on my breath,

no longer entering birth-cycle.  1.

 

O’ My mother! Mind pierced by the Compassionate.

Who knows the pain of others?

I worry not about others.  1. Reflect.

 

O’ Unreachable! O’ Unperceivable! O’ Indescribable!

O’ Immeasurable, worry about me.

Totally pervading on land, water and sky,

Your Light is in each and every one.  2.

 

All teaching, knowing, understanding is Yours,

body-temple shade is Yours.

I know no other except You.

O’ My Sovereign! I forever sing and praise You.  3.

 

All beings, creatures in Your sanctuary.

All cares are Yours.

Nanak’s one prayer:

Whatever pleases You, that is good.  4.

Guru Nanak Sahib in Rag Bilaval  |  Guru Granth Sahib 795

 

ਬਿਲਾਵਲੁ ਮਹਲਾ ੧ ॥

ਮਨੁ ਮੰਦਰੁ ਤਨੁ ਵੇਸ ਕਲੰਦਰੁ ਘਟ ਹੀ ਤੀਰਥਿ ਨਾਵਾ ॥

ਏਕੁ ਸਬਦੁ ਮੇਰੈ ਪ੍ਰਾਨਿ ਬਸਤੁ ਹੈ ਬਾਹੁੜਿ ਜਨਮਿ ਨ ਆਵਾ ॥੧॥

ਮਨੁ ਬੇਧਿਆ ਦਇਆਲ ਸੇਤੀ ਮੇਰੀ ਮਾਈ ॥

ਕਉਣੁ ਜਾਣੈ ਪੀਰ ਪਰਾਈ ॥

ਹਮ ਨਾਹੀ ਚਿੰਤ ਪਰਾਈ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥

ਅਗਮ ਅਗੋਚਰ ਅਲਖ ਅਪਾਰਾ ਚਿੰਤਾ ਕਰਹੁ ਹਮਾਰੀ ॥

ਜਲਿ ਥਲਿ ਮਹੀਅਲਿ ਭਰਿਪੁਰਿ ਲੀਣਾ ਘਟਿ ਘਟਿ ਜੋਤਿ ਤੁਮ੍ਹਾਰੀ ॥੨॥

ਸਿਖ ਮਤਿ ਸਭ ਬੁਧਿ ਤੁਮ੍ਹਾਰੀ ਮੰਦਿਰ ਛਾਵਾ ਤੇਰੇ ॥

ਤੁਝ ਬਿਨੁ ਅਵਰੁ ਨ ਜਾਣਾ ਮੇਰੇ ਸਾਹਿਬਾ ਗੁਣ ਗਾਵਾ ਨਿਤ ਤੇਰੇ ॥੩॥

ਜੀਅ ਜੰਤ ਸਭਿ ਸਰਣਿ ਤੁਮ੍ਹਾਰੀ ਸਰਬ ਚਿੰਤ ਤੁਧੁ ਪਾਸੇ ॥

ਜੋ ਤੁਧੁ ਭਾਵੈ ਸੋਈ ਚੰਗਾ ਇਕ ਨਾਨਕ ਕੀ ਅਰਦਾਸੇ ॥੪॥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)

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Sikh Cast Ep90 - 12 Gurus Series: Guru Khalsa Panth

December 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 last episode of the series we dive into the world of Guru Khalsa Panth:

  • Sovereignty of the Khalsa
  • Rahit Mariada
  • Guru Khalsa maniye pargat Guru ki deh?
  • 10 core values of the Guru 
    • Humility
    • Submission
    • Equality
    • Service
    • Self-sacrifice
    • Justice
    • Compassion
    • Clarity
    • Composure
    • Courage
      - Adapted from Bhāī Nandlāl’s Ganjnāmā

Guest: Inderpreet Singh (@jomarzii)

Host: Manpreet Singh (@mjassal)

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The Nightingale & The Traveler: Love & Wisdom – Fragrance of Bhai Vir Singh

December 5, 2018

Many have come into my life and have barely left a trace. Less than a handful have entered my cautious heart. These amazing beings have lifted my consciousness, enabling me to rise. It is as if fate had a hand in bringing us together. My life is richer because of them, I cherish their friendship.

 

And then there are relationships that defy time, space and logic. Such is my relationship with Bhai Vir Singh (1872-1957). I have never met him, yet there is a nearness so intense that I address him as “my Pita ji.” How did that happen? Well, it was through his writings. He enabled me to see Guru Nanak Sahib and I fell in love. 

Pita ji now ebbs and flows in my consciousness. His writings open vistas within me, transporting me to another realm. What transpires while translating his works cannot be put into words. Some things are best left unsaid.

 

In translating his poem “The Nightingale and The Traveler,” I have taken many liberties. The purists will scream: “She has sinned. She must be excommunicated.” The lovers will say: “She has loved. We embrace her.”

 

I leave it in your hands to judge: Have I sinned or have I loved?

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Sikh Cast Ep88 - 12 Gurus Series: Guru Granth Sahib

November 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 Granth Sahib:

  • 10 Gurus, Jot and Jugat
  • Shabad Guru – 1469 -> 1604 ->1708
    • Two Hukams 
  • Facts and figures of the GGS compilation 
  • Respect and Protocols 

Guest: Inderpreet Singh (@jomarzii)

Host: Manpreet Singh (@mjassal)

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Sikh Cast Ep87 - 12 Gurus Series: Guru Gobind Singh

October 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 episode we dive into the world of Guru Gobind Singh who continues Guru Nanak's mission:

  • Gurpurabs from Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha
  • Birth and Patna - Sakhi of bangles, moved to Anandpur
  • Paunta for 9 months - 52 poets, training exercises, gardens, meeting with Ram Rai (Dehradun)
  • Vaisakhi 1699 - Inauguration of Guru Khalsa Panth
  • Inauguration of Guru Granth Sahib

Guest: Inderpreet Singh (@jomarzii)

Host: Manpreet Singh (@mjassal)

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Sikh Cast Ep86 - State of the Panth Report: Gurduara

October 23, 2018

What’s the relationship between the Gurduara governance and the local sangat worldwide? We traced Gurduara’s history throughout the ages and surveyed the opinions of 1,172 self-identified Sikhs from 22 countries.

Read and listen to our commentary on the results in our new State of the Panth series report: Gurduara: A Sikh Place of Learning.

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

Youtube: Harinder Singh - Reviving the Gurdwaras

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLlPPZqvMPo

Guest: Harinder Singh (@1force)

Host: Manpreet Singh (@mjassal)

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