Saturday, April 29, 2006
Gurbani Gaveh Bhai
The great event started yesterday. I could spot Angad in the front row nearest to the stage.He will cover the entire event in all the details.I am just giving you the preview. I can not do justice if I try to write more about it.

Singh Bandhu-Surinder Singh
Dewakar Sharma, visually impaired, fourteen year old had a very powerful voice.When he sang Madhwe tum nahe toro.... It just pierced thruogh one's heart.Dr Jaspal Singh is seen on the mike.It was the first time I heard flute being played for Gurbani kirtan. It was lovely.

Bhai Gurmeet Singh Shant from Jalandhar

Ashiq Ali Bhai Lal from Lahore is descendent of Bhai Mardana.

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Thursday, April 27, 2006
Gulmohar trees in Delhi
In this city of dust,smoke and pollution there is some relief
Flowers are blooming on Gulmohar trees
So many of them its like.......... every where but a cool one
But....This big Gulmohar tree has no flowers
And this one has only a few
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Monday, April 24, 2006
Chamkaur Di Garhi
Gurudwara Chamkaur Sahib

Garhi of Chamkaur is in the background, gurudwara seen in front is place where Baba Ajit Singh, the eldest son of Guru Gobind Singh attained martyrdom. Read in detail the entire history.

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Thursday, April 20, 2006
Sunset At The Satluj

As the earth moved on and sun was hidden behind the hill we prepared to do Rehras Sahib and my thoughts wandered to the other side of the globe where sikhs at Amrit vela must be doing Japu ji Sahib. The entire globe seemed to be wrapped in Guru Nanak's bani and God's Love.
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Vaisakh Bhalaa Saakhaa Vays Karay
Last weekend I visited punjab and got some photographs.More photos in the next post.
The Golden Crop Is Ready For Harvesting

The Sunflower Crop

The Wild Flowers

The Satluj River

vYswKu Blw swKw vys kry ] (1108-3, quKwrI, mÚ 1)
vaisaakh bhalaa saakhaa vays karay.
Baisakh is so pleasant; the branches blossom with new leaves.

Dn dyKY hir duAwir Awvhu dieAw kry ]
Dhan daykhai har du-aar aavhu da-i-aa karay.
The soul-bride yearns to see the Lord at her door. Come, O Lord, and take pity on me!

Gir Awau ipAwry duqr qwry quDu ibnu AFu n molo ]
ghar aa-o pi-aaray dutar taaray tuDh bin adh na molo.
Please come home, O my Beloved; carry me across the treacherous world-ocean.
Without You, I am not worth even a shell.

kImiq kaux kry quDu BwvW dyiK idKwvY Folo ]
keemat ka-un karay tuDh bhaavaaN daykh dikhaavai dholo.
Who can estimate my worth, if I am pleasing to You? I see You, and inspire others to see You, O my Love.

dUir n jwnw AMqir mwnw hir kw mhlu pCwnw ]
door na jaanaa antar maanaa har kaa mahal pachhaanaa.
I know that You are not far away; I believe that You are deep within me, and I realize Your Presence.

nwnk vYswKIN pRBu pwvY suriq sbid mnu mwnw ]6]
naanak vaisaakheeN parabh paavai surat sabad man maanaa.
O Nanak, finding God in Baisakhi, the consciousness is filled with the Word of the
Shabad, and the mind comes to believe.

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Saturday, April 15, 2006
Vaisakhi at Majnu Ka Tila
Gurdwara Majnu Ka Tila
Vaisakhi is celebrated every year at this Gurudwara in Delhi.Why they celebrate at this particular gurudwara I really don't know.All other Gurpurabs are celebrated at Lakhi Shah Vanjara hall at Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib.There is plenty of space and the hall built for purpose of diwans is really spacious there. Here as you can see shamiyanas are specially put up for the fuction. This year it was very comfortable but most of the times it becomes very warm and uncomfortable.

Gurdwara Majnu-ka-Tila is positioned on a hillock on the right bank of river Yamuna in Delhi. It is said that in the times of Sultan Sikander Shah Lodhi, a Muslim hermit used to live a secluded life here and helped people cross the river in his boat free-of-charge. His wish to see the glimpse of God was so great that he was always lost in his own thoughts. Thus, the people nicknamed him as 'Majnu', the well-renowned Persian lover. He attained enlightenment with the blessings of Guru Nanak. Guru Nanak blessed him that his name will be preserved along with his hermitage. Guru Sahib named this place as Majnu-ka-Tila (the hilllock of Majnu).
Shri Guru Hargobind Sahib ji, the sixth Guru also stayed at this place when he was invited by Jahangir, the mughal emperor, to Agra.

Sangat in the Diwan
Bhai Balbir Singh Ji's Kirtan at the stage

This is the place(at Gurudwara Majnu ka Tila) where saskar of birdh swaroops of Guru Granth Sahib, Gutkas and other damaged gurmat literature is performed on every first Sunday of the month.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Khalsa Sajana Diwas

Thus Spake Guru Nanak
jau qau pRym Kylx kw cwau ] (1412-2, slok vwrW qy vDIk, mÚ 1)
ja-o ta-o paraym khaylan kaa chaa-o.
If you desire to play this game of love with Me,

isru Dir qlI glI myrI Awau ]
sir Dhar talee galee mayree aa-o.
then step onto My Path with your head in hand.

iequ mwrig pYru DrIjY ]
it maarag pair Dhareejai.
When you place your feet on this Path,

isru dIjY kwix n kIjY ]20]
sir deejai kaan na keejai.
give Me your head, and do not pay any attention to public opinion.

Guru Gobind Singh Made it Practical when the Punj Piaras actually gave thier heads for His LOVE

Khalsa Sajana Diwas Di Lakh Lakh Vadhai Hove Ji

peeou paahul kha(n)ddadhhaar hoe janam suhaelaa

sa(n)gath keenee khaalasaa manamukhee dhuhaelaa

vaah vaah gobi(n)dh si(n)gh aapae gur chaelaa a

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Thursday, April 06, 2006
Akal Takhat

Hitorical Shasters are shown to Sangat every day after Rehras at Akal Takhat

I am so happy that so many of you listen to gurbani in Nirdharit ragas.
Right Click with save target option to download the file

Listen to this one by Bhai Balbir Singh Ji
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Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Fort Of Sin

koaU ibKm gwr qorY ] (408-16, Awsw, mÚ 5)
ko-oo bikham gaar torai.
Who can destroy the fortress of sin,

Aws ipAws Doh moh Brm hI qy horY ]1] rhwau ]
aas pi-aas Dhoh moh bharam hee tay horai. 1 rahaa-o.
and release me from hope, thirst, deception, attachment and doubt? 1Pause

kwm k®oD loB mwn ieh ibAwiD CorY ]1]
kaam kroDh lobh maan ih bi-aaDh chhorai. 1
How can I escape the afflictions of lust, anger, greed and pride? 1

sMqsMig nwm rMig gun goivMd gwvau ]
satsang naam rang gun govind gaava-o.
In the Society of the Saints, love the Naam, and sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord of the Universe.

Anidno pRB iDAwvau ]
andino parabh Dhi-aava-o.
Night and day, meditate on God.

BRm BIiq jIiq imtwvau ]
bharam bheet jeet mitaava-o.
I have captured and demolished the walls of doubt.

iniD nwmu nwnk morY ]2]3]154]
niDh naam naanak morai.
O Nanak, the Naam is my only treasure.

Listen To Shabad sung by Bhai Avtar Singh Ji
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