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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Fakiri Surat – The Fragrance of Bhai Vir Singh

August 30, 2018

In 1958, the Bhai Vir Singh Sahitya Sadan was established in Delhi, India. They made a concerted effort to collect his letters, thereby preserving them in three books: Hamdardi Pattar of Bhai Sahib, Vir Pattravali, and Vir Sunehare. These letters written in Panjabi have a unique relevance and enhance the genre of modern Panjabi literature. 

 

While reading Vir Pattravali, I was drawn to a particular letter, for it spoke to me. In my twenties, I met a Fakir whose simple words made me focus inwards, and the cleansing began. Not a day goes by, when I do not think of him. His magnetic energy and fragrance lingers. Will he ever know the profound effect he had on my life?

 

Being a wordsmith, I delve into the etymology of fakir. Fakir is derived from the Arabic word ‘faqir,’ – a poor man. In the Hindu context, fakir is an ascetic (i.e. guru, sadhu, swami, yogi).

 

I pause.

 

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Words of Faith - Har

August 28, 2018

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

 

Did you know that "Har" is the most used word in Guru Granth Sahib?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsH-01YTxe4

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Words of Faith - Ik Oankar

August 28, 2018

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

 

Ik Oankar

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lU-1NEUe7Y

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Sikh Cast Ep76 - 12 Gurus Series: Guru Harkrishan

August 27, 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 Harkrishan who continues Guru Nanak's mission:

  • Family tree and important personalities
  • Father's last wishes - never submit to Aurangzeb
  • Breaking the Brahmin's pride (recitation of Gita by a shudra)
  • Clinics for smallpox
  • His illness was a protest

 Guest: Inderpreet Singh (@jomarzii)

Host: Manpreet Singh (@mjassal)

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