Friday, June 27, 2008
The holy places of worship in the world are polluted, and so the world is drowning.

Guru Nanak during his visit to JaganNath Puri in Orissa came across a fake Sadhu pretending to see three worlds with his eyes shut and nostrils closed between the thumb and fingers as he sat in lotus pose (padmaassan). He promised his devotees to show the Three worlds (swarag, mirat and patal lok) if they sat there in meditation with him. He had kept a lota (bowl) in front of him meant for donations. Guru Sahib and Mardana also sat there along with other people. As everybody sat with their eyes closed, Mardana, under the direction of Guru Sahib, picked up the lota and kept it behind the sadhu. When he opened his eyes and saw the money gone, he started screaming in a fit of rage. Guru Sahib smiled and asked him, “If you were claiming to visualize all the three worlds, then how come you didn't see your lota?" Then Mardana picked up the bowl and showed it to him. He admitted that he could not see anything with closed eyes and simply fooled innocent people. The following Shabad of Guru Nanak in Raag Dhanasiri explains the whole incident.

ਧਨਾਸਰੀ ਮਹਲਾ 1 ਘਰੁ 3 ੴ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥
ਕਾਲੁ ਨਾਹੀ ਜੋਗੁ ਨਾਹੀ ਨਾਹੀ ਸਤ ਕਾ ਢਬੁ ॥ ਥਾਨਸਟ ਜਗ ਭਰਿਸਟ ਹੋਏ ਡੂਬਤਾ ਇਵ ਜਗੁ ॥1॥ ਕਲ ਮਹਿ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮੁ ਸਾਰੁ ॥ ਅਖੀ ਤ ਮੀਟਹਿ ਨਾਕ ਪਕੜਹਿ ਠਗਣ ਕਉ ਸੰਸਾਰੁ ॥1॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ ਆਂਟ ਸੇਤੀ ਨਾਕੁ ਪਕੜਹਿ ਸੂਝਤੇ ਤਿਨਿ ਲੋਅ ॥ ਮਗਰ ਪਾਛੈ ਕਛੁ ਨ ਸੂਝੈ ਏਹੁ ਪਦਮੁ ਅਲੋਅ ॥2॥ ਖਤ੍ਰੀਆ ਤ ਧਰਮੁ ਛੋਡਿਆ ਮਲੇਛ ਭਾਖਿਆ ਗਹੀ ॥ ਸ੍ਰਿਸਟਿ ਸਭ ਇਕ ਵਰਨ ਹੋਈ ਧਰਮ ਕੀ ਗਤਿ ਰਹੀ ॥3॥ ਅਸਟ ਸਾਜ ਸਾਜਿ ਪੁਰਾਣ ਸੋਧਹਿ ਕਰਹਿ ਬੇਦ ਅਭਿਆਸੁ ॥ ਬਿਨੁ ਨਾਮ ਹਰਿ ਕੇ ਮੁਕਤਿ ਨਾਹੀ ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਦਾਸੁ ॥4॥1॥6॥8॥

No, no, this is not the time, when people know the way to Yoga and Truth.

The holy places of worship in the world are polluted, and so the world is drowning. ||1||

In this Dark Age of Kali Yuga, the Lord's Name is the most sublime.

Some people try to deceive the world by closing their eyes and holding their nostrils closed. ||1||Pause||

They close off their nostrils with their fingers, and claim to see the three worlds.

But they cannot even see what is behind them. What a strange lotus pose this is! ||2||

The K'shatriyas have abandoned their religion, and have adopted a foreign language.

The whole world has been reduced to the same social status; the state of
righteousness and Dharma has been lost. ||3|| They analyze eight chapters of (Panini's) grammar and the Puraanas. They study the Vedas, but without the Lord's Name, no one is liberated; so says Nanak, the Lord's slave. ||4||1||6||8||

The shabad which follows this in Guru Granth Sahib on Ang 663 is Aarti, which we all know was also sung by Guru Nanak at Puri.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Mobiles and Group SMS
About 10 years ago it was impossible for me to even think of using a mobile phone. Today each and every member of my family owns a mobile. As I walk on street I notice very often that almost every one around holds a cell phone . With such a boom in cell phone industry SMS has become an important way to communicate. Its wonderful to receive my daily hukamnama from Darbar Sahib on my cell. This sms group 'SIKHI' sends you daily hukamnama along with one word from Gurbani with its meaning and example. Without much effort you get to learn one word every day.
Here is an example:

EHNIS - day and night

RAAVE - enjoys


Day and night he (gurmukh) enjoys the devotional worship.
Synonyms of EHNIS : NISDIN.

One even gets a Recap at the end of the week to recapitulate whatever we could learn.

BISAARI: forget

PEHER: 3hours


SAAS SAAS: each breath


BISMAAD: wonders

KAT: why,where


KAARAJ: work

To learn more and subscribe to this group please see the following links:


Another group is about daughters of Guru Gobind Singh --'KAURZ'
to know more about this group CLICK HERE

There are more group sms services
One provides with information of various kirtan programmes in Delhi ( GaavoSachiBani)and even kirtan download of these samagams is available on the site. Click Here .

Another group of youngters are arranging gurmat camps for kids and are also active in group sms.
Sikhi Sidak
I got an opportunity to attend one such camp and was really impressed by sewa of these youngters. May Waheguru Bless them and keep them in Chardi Kala.
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Saturday, June 14, 2008
Gurbani Santhaya
The celebrations of the 300 years of Guru Granth Sahib Gur Gaddi Divas are in full swing. In my local gurudwara I found these celebrations to be most unique.There is a Larivar Gurbani Santhaya everyday.Though there are not many people but still its heartening to see some very young participants. I think instead of spending huge amount of funds on Lavish Nagar kirtans and fire works we should motivate more youngsters to participate in gurbani Santhaya and understand Guru's hukum.Unless and until we understand the Gurbani , all other celebrations are a waste .Guru Sahib makes it very clear

ਸਲੋਕੁ ਮਃ 3 ॥
ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਨੋ ਸਭੁ ਕੋ ਵੇਖਦਾ ਜੇਤਾ ਜਗਤੁ ਸੰਸਾਰੁ ॥
ਡਿਠੈ ਮੁਕਤਿ ਨ ਹੋਵਈ ਜਿਚਰੁ ਸਬਦਿ ਨ ਕਰੇ ਵੀਚਾਰੁ ॥
ਹਉਮੈ ਮੈਲੁ ਨ ਚੁਕਈ ਨਾਮਿ ਨ ਲਗੈ ਪਿਆਰੁ ॥
ਇਕਿ ਆਪੇ ਬਖਸਿ ਮਿਲਾਇਅਨੁ ਦੁਬਿਧਾ ਤਜਿ ਵਿਕਾਰ ॥
ਨਾਨਕ ਇਕਿ ਦਰਸਨੁ ਦੇਖਿ ਮਰਿ ਮਿਲੇ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਹੇਤਿ ਪਿਆਰਿ ॥1॥

salok ma 3 |
sathigur no sabh ko vaekhadhaa jaethaa jagath sansaar |
ddithai mukath n hovee jichar sabadh n karae veechaar |
houmai mail n chukee naam n lagai piaar |
eik aapae bakhas milaaeian dhubidhaa thaj vikaar |
naanak eik dharasan dhaekh mar milae sathigur haeth piaar |1|

Shalok, Third Mehl:
All the living beings of the world behold the True Guru.
One is not liberated by merely seeing Him, unless one contemplates the Word of His Shabad.
The filth of ego is not removed, and he does not enshrine love for the Naam.
The Lord forgives some, and unites them with Himself; they forsake their duality and sinful ways.
O Nanak, some behold the Blessed Vision of the True Guru's Darshan, with love and affection; conquering their ego, they meet with the Lord. ||1||

Sangat participating in the larivar Gurbani Santhaya


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Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Jagriti Yatra in Delhi
I had been really busy and couldn't update my blog for some time. Here are the glimpses of visit of Jagriti Yatra to Delhi.
Historical Shastars of Guru Gobind Singh ji and the Sikhs

300 year old Handwritten swaroop of Guru Sahib

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