Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Is culture a Sikh Issue??

Well I would like to write this item in parts :

Beginning with the basics first.
What's culture?
The way a life is lived becomes the 'culture' of that very life.
A handful of people living together at a place happen to live their life's most of the occasions and happen to do most of the public, social and personal events in a 'certain way' and this 'certain way' comes to be known as culture of the place. I don't find anything wrong with this part. IF you got any different version I'll be happy to hear it.
The culture changes, it changes often. It's not human nature but an act of human behavior vides which human nature is given a form to express itself. Hence, it's bound to change. But how often??
A very volatile question probably the answer to this one if understood clearly will annihilate generation wars. But as generation wars have not been terminated yet, so it signifies - meaning is not understood. I'll try to put it in simpler words (9/24/13)
Rest In tomorrow's edit :) 

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Thanks for the below comment

the guru granth sahib says only fools argue of whether eating meat is good or bad, something you are all doing right now. Who is to say whats right or wrong. You could argue being vegitarian is wrong.. The most important thing is truthful living and spiritual enlightment. Sikhism has been very misunderstood. The gurus taught us not to follow rituals, idol worship and superstitions. but to meditate on gods name. through that your spiritual awareness will develope and you yourself will follow your own rules to help you reach god. Each persons will find god in their own ways..That is truthful living. Not arguing about whether to eat meat or not

I found this as one of the comments to one of my posts on the blog. The person has not mentioned his/her name (or blog). So couldn't reach out to him/her for saying and instead restoring to this way of 'Publicly' declaring my 'Thanks' to him/her.

The above reason is one of many reasons I left writing and posting on this blog for the past few years. Though, better understanding in these years and with some changed circumstances has given me refined reasons to come back to this blog, which was kind of deserted for long.

One mus be clear with the objectives, so cutting long stroy short my earlier objective was -
Spreading knowledge  but now it's beeen changed to
Giving out pointers to those who are in search

I've minimized the meaning, just like simply putting the name of a novel instead of reading out it completely :)

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Sikhism and Leo Tolstoy

I've been hit hard by Leo Tolstoy (Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy) famously known as 'God of Literature'. 

I've read his most famous works, namely :

But I would like to read A Confession atleast twice again and also his last materpiece Resurrection before
I put up my detailed links of my famous writer and Sikhism. Also, I consider, reading Resurrection will put me in a place that I could put up so called Gurudwara managing organizations under a better lens and would be able to write better with clearer understanding and a stronger veiw point.

Before that I would like, if any of you have any 'perspective' of either Tolstoy as an individual or in relation to any of the aspects realated wih human dealing. I would be most happy to read them. Please share your veiws in the comments. I welcome everything as 'The thinking capacity can't go beyond reality' (more on this later:))

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Back with increased boundaries !

I've been out for reading, studying and getting a decent job. Acquired all the three, though the progress bar is still running, it's altogther a different matter. I'm in a position to post some quality readable material here. I've no brick and mortar plans for this blog, however I do see to open up the limiting boundaries vide which I've put up the articles on it till date.

To put it into a platform to share my ideas and understanding of the world around with the people who, like me :) care to understand it. Happy reading !!

:) :)

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Nanak says it all...

Kabeer, those who do not know anything, pass their lives in peaceful sleep. But I have
understood the riddle; I am faced with all sorts of troubles. (SGGS 1374)

Read it, read it again, over and over and over again. Re-read it. There's immense pleasure, there's immense truth and this is the beauty of my Guru.
Read it again and again. Everytime it is new, novel and more true.

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Monday, February 28, 2011

I'm Back


This is not a post regarding the blog. To be very precise, as I'm always. This writing is just to say that you'll see new posts and better ones from now on. You'll get more content to read and fresh one.

This is meant to say that I'll again start posting on to this blog. I was away, due to unavoidable reasons; still the problems are not solved. This is life, it moves on like this. Now you'll not get material only regarding Sikh people or Sikh issues but on various aspects that deal in and around Sikhism.

I've decided to give this blog a little of personal touch

Twenty years from now, you'll be more disappointed by the things you didn't do then by the things you did do. So sail away from the harbor and find the trade winds. Move. Discover.

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Hey anyone out there knows the name of speaker of above lines.
What did you say? Mark Twain is correct, he said this.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Buy An Insight Into Navodaya Book

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At the official site it is available with a lot more information.

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

What is Sikhi/ Sikhism ?

Sikh word in itself means 'Learn'. In Sikhism you learn a way of living life. Sikhism is NOT a religion. Making it more clear, Sikhism is not only a religion. It is a lot more than that.

Religion is a part of life but Sikhism is not a part of life. It is a way of living life. In very simple words Sikhism is a way of living a life that gives you complete satisfaction, easy-going life, full of happiness and you face every situation gracefully.

The ideology of Sikhism makes you believe, better way to say is - makes you realize that by offering prayers it's not that your bad days or sufferings will come to an end. No suffering gets eliminated. If there's a day there will be night. If now is winter, there shall be summer, there shall be fall and there shall be spring. Seasons come and seasons go. So are ups and downs in life.

Some time it's high tide in the ocean and other time it is low tide, at some time it may be calm and at one time it may be full of cyclones. The only thing that happens is - You get the strength to face both gracefully. Your day and night passes satisfactorily.

The one of the greatest notion is looking for a person/godman/saint or some one similar who will come and teach you or me Sikhi/Sikhism or the Sikh way of life. Nobody will. Actually nobody can.

I have to be a Sikh for my-self and you have to be a Sikh for yourself. Things in Sikhism are already interpreted. Every thing is laid down very simple and clear.

There is God, you and Shri Guru Granth Sahib (Shabad Guru) who will make you one with the Eternal One. The unison is going to be of you and the Great God through Shri Guru Granth Sahib (Shabad Guru). So where is the need of a third party/person. No question.

There are many things that need to be told or mentioned to explain Sikhi or the Sikh Dharma. All will be put up post by post.

For this post, learn that (Sikh that) - You have to be religious for yourself, you have to do prayer or chant the God's name for yourself and I have too do the same for myself. Sikhi is very simple and already interpreted by the Sikh Gurus so no need of any interpreter. To live a Sikh life all you need is - yourself and Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

You have to sit with yourself and not with some body else. You have to find yourself in yourself. How many times does it happens that you decide something, make a firm decision and when the time comes you are not able to do it, how many times does such a thing happens while getting up in the morning?

Each time when you are not able to make it , you loose yourself to yourself. So you are not the one you are but you are pretending or tending or inclining towards becoming some one else.

This is where Sikhism comes to rescue. It makes you - yourself. You start realizing yourself. You start loving yourself. You become proud of yourself.

Sikhi is a way of living by realization. In it you realize everything. You realize yourself, you realize God and in the process of realization you become God.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Bhagat Namdev Ji

Date of Birth : October 26, 1270.
Father's Name : Dama Seth
Mother's Name : Gonai
Born into a tailor-cum-calico printer family by profession.

A large number of biographies are available in Marathi, Punjabi, Hindi and English as far as the life of Namdev Ji is concerned. The tough part is that the contents of most of these are conflicting. They do not match with each other.

The most accepted and agreeable biography of Namdev Ji has been written by R.J.Ajgaonkar in 1927. Most of the modern biographers and scholars aree with Ajgaonkar's view.

Namdev's birth place is considered to be village Narsi Bamni or Pandarpur. From the very childhood he was inclined towards religion.

As the story goes. His father, Dama Seth, used to offer milk to the idol of Vitthal daily. One day he asked his son to do the offering in his absence. Namdev was a five year old child at the time so he thought that the idol every day drank the milk offered by his father. So after placing the milk in front of the idol he thought that the idol would drink it. When the milk remained untouched by the idol. He thought there must be some 'failing in himself' that's the reason for not accepting his offering.

He shed tears and felt guilty. He made up his mind that he would not move out unless the Lord would drink his milk. It is said, at last, the idol was moved by the child's intense devotion and drank the milk offered to it.

When he grew older, he was married to Rajai. His wife was not religious at all and often complained about the meager earnings of Namdev Ji.

Namdev Ji was extremely kind and soft hearted. He was very sensitive to the pain of others. Once his mother was suffering from cough and the physician prescribed the medicine that was to be prepared from the bark of a tree. Namdev ji went out to take the bark. When he plunged the knife into the trunk of tree, he saw drops of liquid coming out of the bark. He couldn't bear the scene and returned home without the bark.

Namdev once in the temple of Nagnath. when he entered the temple he was amazed to see an old man lying with his feet on an image of Shiva. Namdev was shocked and asked the old man to take off his feet of the idol. Man said that he was too weak to do so and requested Namdev ji to lift his feet and place where God is not present.

This incident left a deep impact over Namdev's mind and he soon realized that God was omnipresent and not limited to an idol.The man is believed to be Visoba Khechar, a spiritual adept. He's known for opposing idol worship. Earlier Namdev believed in all sorts of rituals like bathing in holy tanks, pilgrimage etc but Visoba Khechar transformed him. He then said, "God, made of stone, never speaks? How can it heal the sorrows? Now I believe God is everywhere but not alone in the places of worship."

He realized God in every living creature. His poem Sant Namdev Ki Hindi Padavali,poem 22 also gives a hint to a story which goes as:
Once Namdev was travelling somewhere and on the way he sat down to take his lunch, which he carried with him. He kept the chappatis (bread) alongside and started taking out butter to apply over it. Mean while a dog came and ran away with the chappatis. Namdev Ji ran after him saying, "Don't eat dry chappatis. Let me apply butter on them."

Namdev is believed to had lived his last years in Punjab in the present Gurdaspur district. A large number of his disciples live there. His place of death is not confirmed and is believed to be either at Ghuman a village in Gurdaspur where he lived 18 years of his life. Some also believe he left his body at the famous Visoba temple.

His bani in SGGS.

One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru:
Aasaa, The Word Of The Reverend Naam Dayv Jee:
In the one and in the many, He is pervading and permeating; wherever I look, there He is.
The marvellous image of Maya is so fascinating; how few understand this. ||1||
God is everything, God is everything. Without God, there is nothing at all.
As one thread holds hundreds and thousands of beads, He is woven into His creation. ||1||Pause||
The waves of the water, the foam and bubbles, are not distinct from the water.
This manifested world is the playful game of the Supreme Lord God; reflecting upon it, we find that it is not different from Him. ||2||
False doubts and dream objects - man believes them to be true.
The Guru has instructed me to try to do good deeds, and my awakened mind has accepted this. ||3||
Says Naam Dayv, see the Creation of the Lord, and reflect upon it in your heart.
In each and every heart, and deep within the very nucleus of all, is the One Lord. ||4||1||

His bani appears 19 times in SGGS Ji.

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Friday, March 27, 2009


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The most awaited BOOK is OUT!

To all my readers, friends, navodayans, site visitors I’m really happy to tell you that my FIRST BOOK is finally out in the stores.
It took me about 11 months from my first key stroke to the first hard copy in my hand at the age of 20. These 11 months have been quite busy and full of learning.

  • Why I wrote this Book?

  • I was one of the students who were taken into the NAVODAYAN schooling system through a special lateral entry scheme that was started that very year itself. So being in the ninth class I was quite grown up to ‘feel’ the difference of ‘teaching’ and ‘receiving’ education in Navodaya and city-based schools. By the time I officially walked out of the school gates forever after completing my secondary school education, the system had injected into me a number of values, skills and abilities that I think I would have never had, had I been in a normal city school.

  • What’s there in the book?

  • Three million students have been and are related with Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas. The book describes the life of the students, teachers and all other concerned with one of the biggest and most successful schooling system of India. It’s not a story of an individual but an image of the system itself. It tells how the students are groomed in the institute, the obstacles they face, the struggle they do and the voices they raise. Book enables the reader to visualize the scenario of the schools pointing out the reasons of failure and success of the system. It’s the very first book of its kind giving out firsthand experience of growing and learning in the prestigious institutes.

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