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 eposide 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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Rana Bhabor – The Fragrance of Bhai Vir Singh

October 1, 2018

Bhai Vir Singh (1872-1957) was once asked by an admirer, of the thousand or so tracts he had written, which one, in his opinion, was the best.

In an instant he replied, “Rana Bhabor.”

And I am not surprised. For the personality of Rana Uday Singh is similar to that of Bhai Vir Singh’s. Rana Bhabor is part of his book, Kalgidhar Chamatkar, but this story has also been published separately. 

Rana Bhabor is a story of a small hill chieftain who came in contact with Guru Gobind Singh Sahib during the days of his struggle with the Hill Rajas. Although the story relates to the great love the Rana and his Rani had for the Guru, the way Bhai Vir Singh has shaped the personality of the Rana and the beauty of the dialogue between the Rana and his Rani is quite astounding.

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Sikh Cast Ep84 - 12 Gurus Series: Guru Tegh Bahadur

October 1, 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 Tegh Bahadur who continues Guru Nanak's mission:

  • From Tiāg Mal to Teghbahādar
  • Bairāg in his writings
    - Fear Not, Frighten Not
    - Jo nar dukh mai dukh nahin mane
  • Karamnash river, Peace Treaty, Peace Mound (Assam)
  • Freedom to choose (Hind di chadr, Dharam di chadr, Shrist di Chadr)
  • Founded Anandpur

Guest: Inderpreet Singh (@jomarzii)

Host: Manpreet Singh (@mjassal)

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Words of Faith - Sabad

September 18, 2018

Words of Faith: a new series explaining the recurring words in Guru Granth Sahib

Sabad is vast. It is infinite wisdom.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xrdpd9FRRug

 

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Words of Faith - Guru

September 11, 2018

Words of Faith: a new series explaining the recurring words in Guru Granth Sahib

Is Guru perfection?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nnx400HuVxU&t=25s

 

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Sidak Explained w/ Arpinder Kaur

September 6, 2018

Arpinder Kaur has been involved with SikhRI since the inception of Sidak. She is also the first female Amritdhari commercial pilot in North America. In this podcast, she talks about how Sidak (a distinctive leadership development program) came into shape and how it helped her overcome the hurdles in her professional life. 

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Words of Faith - Nam

September 4, 2018

Words of Faith: a new series explaining the recurring words in Guru Granth Sahib.

Nam is Identity. Nam is the culture of Sikhs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1O_rtTswxyM

 

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