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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.

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

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)

Transcendent Love – Inni Kaur | The SikhCast by SikhRI

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.

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

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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