Friday, December 26, 2008

A holiday message

Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh!
This beautiful quote ends the Sikh prayer, Ardaas, and to me reflects the essence of the Sikh faith. Best wishes to all of my brothers and sisters as the Roman calendar comes to an end.
Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh.
In the name of Guru Nanak, Waheguru, give us the strength to be positive and shower Thy blessings over all of mankind.
Jo boley so nihaal!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Shabd: Niramal naam haumai mal dhoe

Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh!

Beautiful hukamnama from p. 664 of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.


dhhanaasaree mehalaa 3

har naam dhhan niramal ath apaaraa
The wealth of the Lord’s Name is immaculate, and absolutely infinite.

gur kai sabadh bharae bha(n)ddaaraa
The Word of the Guru’s Shabad is over-flowing with treasure.

naam dhhan bin hor sabh bikh jaan
Know that, except for the wealth of the Name, all other wealth is poison.

maaeiaa mohi jalai abhimaan
The egotistical people are burning in their attachment to Maya.

guramukh har ras chaakhai koe
How rare is that Gurmukh who tastes the sublime essence of the Lord.

this sadhaa ana(n)dh hovai dhin raathee poorai bhaag paraapath hoe
He is always in bliss, day and night; through perfect good destiny, he obtains the Name.

sabadh dheepak varathai thihu loe
The Word of the Shabad is a lamp, illuminating the three worlds.

jo chaakhai so niramal hoe
One who tastes it, becomes immaculate.

niramal naam houmai mal dhhoe
The immaculate Naam, the Name of the Lord, washes off the filth of ego.

saachee bhagath sadhaa sukh hoe
True devotional worship brings lasting peace.

jin har ras chaakhiaa so har jan log
One who tastes the sublime essence of the Lord is the Lord’s humble servant.

this sadhaa harakh naahee kadhae sog
He is forever happy; he is never sad.

aap mukath avaraa mukath karaavai
He himself is liberated, and he liberates others as well.

har naam japai har thae sukh paavai
He chants the Lord’s Name, and through the Lord, he finds peace.

bin sathigur sabh muee bilalaae
Without the True Guru, everyone dies, crying out in pain.

anadhin dhaajhehi saath n paae
Night and day, they burn, and find no peace.

sathigur milai sabh thrisan bujhaaeae
But meeting the True Guru, all thirst is quenched.

naanak naam saa(n)th sukh paaeae
O Nanak, through the Naam, one finds peace and tranquility.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Miracles

I know Sikhs don't believe in miracles, but when one chooses to appreciate the beauty Waheguru has created around us, the beauty Waheguru has given us the privilege to experience with all our senses and with our soul, one realizes how insignificant and yet significant each one of us is in this master plan we have no sense of.


There are only two ways to live your life.
One is though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Shabd: Jithai Jaye Bahai Mera Satguru

A beautiful shabad that has been keeping me going, of late.
(Translation courtesy of http://fateh.sikhnet.com/)

(from Asa Di War)


jithai jaa-ay bahai mayraa satguroo so thaan suhaavaa raam raajay
Wherever my True Guru goes and sits, that place is beautiful, O Lord King.

gusikheeN so thaan bhaali-aa lai Dhoor mukh laavaa
The Guru's Sikhs seek out that place; they take the dust and apply it to their faces.

gursikhaa kee ghaal thaa-ay pa-ee jin har naam Dhi-aavaa
The works of the Guru's Sikhs, who meditate on the Lord's Name, are approved.

jinH naanak satgur pooji-aa tin har pooj karaavaa 2
Those who worship the True Guru, O Nanak - the Lord causes them to be worshipped in turn.

gursikhaa man har pareet hai har naam har tayree raam raajay
The Guru's Sikh keeps the Love of the Lord, and the Name of the Lord, in his mind. He loves You, O Lord, O Lord King.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Live Sikh Film Festival

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh!

Please check out the SikhNet Youth Online Film Festival - it is being broadcast live this year! I watched several of the videos this morning and was inspired, challenged, and overall so proud to be a Sikh and of our Sikh youth.

Check out http://www.sikhnet.com/ to view some amazing films!

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Broken Hearts

WJKK, WJKF.

I apologize sincerely for not staying on top of my "Sikh Leaders" idea. It's so difficult to a) find information, and b) put that information into my own words so as not to plagiarize! I think I will put this project off until the summer.

In the meantime, I wanted to share this vignette with you. It is particularly meaningful to me and helps me in times of hopelessness. I believe that each of us can learn from all people, all faiths, and all cultures, and I hope both Sikhs and non-Sikhs reading this too can learn something from my humble journey.

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A disciple asks the rebbe, "Why does the Torah tell us to 'place these words upon your hearts'? Why does it not tell us to place these holy words in our hearts?"


The rebbe answers, "It is because as we are, our hearts are closed, and we cannot place the holy words in our hearts. So we place them on top of our hearts. And there they stay until, one day, the heart breaks and the words fall in."


-- Parker J. Palmer, The Politics of the Brokenhearted
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PS - This story is also found in the book Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption, by William Cope Myers - an excellent read.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Sikh Youth Film Festival

Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh!

Sadh sangat,

I encourage you all to submit videos for this Film Festival and to browse through the archives - there are some very talented youth out there!

http://www.sikhnet.com/video/sikhnet-film-festival-promo-2

Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Explanation of the Five Khands

Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh!

While doing Japji Sahib this morning (still working on getting my mind to remain completely still while doing paat), I was thinking about how little I remembered regarding the progression of one's soul towards Waheguru. By some divine coincidence, I came across this article this morning - it was exactly what I was looking for. Hope it can enlighten some of you as it has me.

Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Welcome

Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh,

Welcome to back2sikhi.

I'm not quite sure why I've started this blog. It's been one of those things that boils just under the surface of your consciousness for awhile until you start to smell the burning and realize that it's time. Time to... well, I guess we'll find out.

So what's with the title?

Ever since my childhood until about seven years ago, I felt the spirit of Sikhi. In fact, I used to have my own website and e-group to educate Sikhs and non-Sikhs about the Sikh religion and to encourage Sikh youth to examine their spirituality and use it to empower themselves. Sikhi was at the essence of who I was, it was my way of life. Then, slowly, things began to unravel. And although every time things had unraveled in my life before, I had looked to Waheguru for strength, I just couldn't do it anymore. It wasn't any one event, and there wasn't any one reason that it happened... but I just no longer had faith, no longer cared. Some days I'd pick up a gutka and do a prayer, but my heart was no longer in it.

Over the past year, my heart has slowly returned. Some days are more difficult than others, but I can again feel Waheguru. I can feel Sikhi. So I guess I have started this blog to document the journey of returning to this path. And I hope you can join me and help me get back2sikhi.

Please forgive me if I make any errors at any time. As a Sikh, I will always be learning.

Waheguru ji ka khalsa, Waheguru ji ki fateh!