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The Sidak Impact: Jasleen Kaur & Simran Kaur | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

The Sidak Impact: Jasleen Kaur & Simran Kaur | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

June 24, 2022
SikhRI researcher Jasleen Kaur dives into the relevance of Sidak in today’s world with alumni Simran Kaur, who shares the personal impact of her Sidak experience.
 
What is Sidak?
Sidak is a two-week leadership program offering a unique experiential and educational experience. Sidak combines Surat (awareness) and Ruh (spirit). These two are equally important and balanced in the program as participants journey towards becoming Guru-centered.
 
Learn more about Sidak and apply today: https://sikhri.org/sidak
 
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The Sidak Impact: Jasleen Kaur & Kiran Kaur | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

The Sidak Impact: Jasleen Kaur & Kiran Kaur | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

June 10, 2022
SikhRI researcher, Jasleen Kaur discusses the value of Sidak with alumni, Kiran Kaur.
 
Sidak seeks to provide young Sikh adults with a gift of Gurmat-centered leadership learning experience to secure—and transform—the Sikh future.
 
Learn more about Sidak and apply today: https://sikhri.org/sidak
 
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Ghazal Fifty-Two, Divan-i-Goya: Damanpreet Singh & Inni Kaur | Bhai Nand Lal | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

Ghazal Fifty-Two, Divan-i-Goya: Damanpreet Singh & Inni Kaur | Bhai Nand Lal | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

May 31, 2022
Introducing Paigham-i-Goya: Expression of Love, new translations of a selection of ghazals from Bhai Nand Lal “Goya.” Today’s podcast begins with a recitation of Bhai Nand Lal’s ghazal in Persian, followed by a new English transcreation, the result of a unique collaboration between Dr. Fatima Fayyaz and Dr. Nadhra Khan of Lahore University of Management Sciences, Damanpreet Singh, writer, and graduate student, and Inni Kaur of SikhRI, followed by a discussion between Daman and Inni about the beauty of the ghazal and the transcreation process.
 
Follow Damanpreet and Inni as they discuss their learnings and challenges while engaging with the words of Bhai Nand Lal. The unique and symbolic meanings that these ghazals reveal are a treat for those who yearn to get a glimpse into the court of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib.
 
Author: Bhai Nand Lal “Goya”
Collection: Divan-i-Goya
Transcreators: Fatima Fayyaz, Inni Kaur, Nadhra Khan, and Damanpreet Singh
Persian Narrator: Gholamhossein Sajadi
English Narrator: Ryan Gillis
 
Persian

ای کمالِ تو کمال است و کمال است و کمال
ای جمالِ تو جمال است و جمال است و جمال

ای که نزدیکی تو از شه رگ و عالم حیران
یارِ ما این چه خیال است و خیال است و خیال

من ندانم که کدامم که کدامم که کدام
بندهٔ اویم و او حافظِ من در همه حال

دلِ من فارغ و در کوی تو پرواز کند
گر زِ‌ راهِ‌ کرمِ خویش  ببخشی پر و بال

صاحبِ حال به جز حرفِ خدا دم نزند
غیرِ ذکرش همه آواز  بود قیل و مقال

مرشدِ کاملِ ما بندگی ات فرماید
ای زهی فالِ مبارک که کند صاحبِ حال

بی تو یک دم و نفس هست مرا همچو سال
این وبال است و وبال است و وبال است و وبال

هر که گوید تو چه باشی و چه گوید جز تو
گشت حیران همه عالم همه در عین جمال

 
English Translation

Such is our deep connection with You,
That only with Your arrival, there is exuberance in the world.

In Your pathway, I have spread out,
My eyes and my heart—the only worthy possessions I could offer.

Have some compassion for the Divine’s faqīrs! 
So that you may find bliss in this world.

Direct your heart towards the Divine at all times,
So you can cross the bridge of Sirāṭ with ease.

No one is at ease under the ever-turning sky,
So Goya, just move through this worn perpetual caravanserai.

 
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#BhaiNandLal #Ghazal #Persian #Ghazal #Sikhism #GuruGobindSingh
 
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Jassa Singh Ahluwalia: Part 2 | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

Jassa Singh Ahluwalia: Part 2 | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

May 20, 2022
This is the story of Jassa Singh Ahluwalia (1718-1783, of the most outstanding leaders Sikhs have had. As a leader of the Dal Khalsa, he prepared the Sikh community to take control of its own destiny in the most troubled times and write a chapter on its own in the annals of history.
 
His leadership helped the Sikh community through multiple genocidal campaigns and turned out sovereigns in Panjab, a North-Western region in South Asia.
 
What lessons can we learn from this figure in Sikh history from birth to death?
 
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Sean Holden
 
About Sikh Research Institute: We connect people with the teachings of Sikhi and work to strengthen the bonds of the Sikh community around the world by offering content and live experiences in a variety of mediums.
 
Jassa Singh Ahluwalia: Part 1 | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

Jassa Singh Ahluwalia: Part 1 | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

May 20, 2022
This is the story of Jassa Singh Ahluwalia (1718-1783, of the most outstanding leaders Sikhs have had. As a leader of the Dal Khalsa, he prepared the Sikh community to take control of its own destiny in the most troubled times and write a chapter on its own in the annals of history.
 
His leadership helped the Sikh community through multiple genocidal campaigns and turned out sovereigns in Panjab, a North-Western region in South Asia.
 
What lessons can we learn from this figure in Sikh history from birth to death?
 
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Sean Holden
 
About Sikh Research Institute: We connect people with the teachings of Sikhi and work to strengthen the bonds of the Sikh community around the world by offering content and live experiences in a variety of mediums.
 
The Journey of Acceptance: A Conversation on Hukam | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

The Journey of Acceptance: A Conversation on Hukam | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

May 19, 2022
Join Inni Kaur and Kiranjot Kaur as they share their understanding of Hukam (Command.) 
 
What is Hukam?
What does it mean to give your head to the Guru?
Can one live in constant flow and surrender to Hukam while remaining detached from the world?
 
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About Sikh Research Institute: We connect people with the teachings of Sikhi and work to strengthen the bonds of the Sikh community around the world by offering content and live experiences in a variety of mediums.
 
Vaisakhi: Reviving Panthic Leadership | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

Vaisakhi: Reviving Panthic Leadership | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

May 12, 2022
The Khalsa inauguration on Vaisakhi day in 1699  infused the Sikhs and gave them a structure of ideas and institutions that continue to shape their lives both individually and collectively. We will discuss Panthic leadership through Sikhi ideals and historical models. We will also explore the current deficits in leadership and their code of conduct. How can Love-drenched & Wisdom-centered impetus revive organic leadership in the vicinity of ideals! 
 
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About Sikh Research Institute: We connect people with the teachings of Sikhi and work to strengthen the bonds of the Sikh community around the world by offering content and live experiences in a variety of mediums.  
 
Beadbi: Distortions, Transgressions, Responses | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

Beadbi: Distortions, Transgressions, Responses | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

February 22, 2022
Join Harinder Singh and Jasleen Kaur as they discuss the larger Sikh context around beadbi as a political problem in need of a political solution.
 
What is beadbi? How has it been dealt with historically? What are its Panthic and legal understandings? How does it relate to the reverence Sikhs collectively show to the Guru Granth Sahib? And how, given recent cases in the news, can we understand individual and collective responses given the current realities on the ground?
 
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About Sikh Research Institute: We connect people with the teachings of Sikhi and work to strengthen the bonds of the Sikh community around the world by offering content and live experiences in a variety of mediums.
 
Love, Devotion & I | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

Love, Devotion & I | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

February 18, 2022
Love is understood as an intense feeling or emotion of deep affection, attachment, commitment, and sacrifice.
 
What is devotion?
Is it just love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for the object of our love?
Can there be love without score-keeping? Are they two separate entities?
 
Dr. Jaswant Singh and Inni Kaur share their wonderings about love and devotion..
 
About Sikh Research Institute: We connect people with the teachings of Sikhi and work to strengthen the bonds of the Sikh community around the world by offering content and live experiences in a variety of mediums.
The Indomitable Spirit of Banda Singh: Kiranjot Kaur | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

The Indomitable Spirit of Banda Singh: Kiranjot Kaur | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

February 15, 2022
Follow Kiranjot Kaur as she explores the intimate connections that can be drawn from the history and legacy of Banda Singh Bahadar. Learning from the prominent Sikh scholar Dr. Ganda Singh’s work, Kiranjot delves into the meaningful resonances between today’s faith and yesterday’s history as it permeates the psyches of Sikh consciousness.
 
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#Sikhism #Sikhi #BandaSinghBahadar #DrGandaSingh #Psyche #Sikh #History
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