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Everything posted by MisterrSingh

  1. Sikh and Hindus Build mosque

    Our (as in non-Islamic populations) survival instincts have been dulled by a combination of selectively interpreting religious doctrine so that it's as inoffensive and watered-down as to make it irrelevant to the day-to-day human experience (and in some cases, a complete denial of the existence of divinity), and a naive social pacifism that will ultimately work against us in the long-term, minus the short-term basking in the glow of our arrogant, self-congratulatory benevolence. Turning the other cheek as all paths lead to God will not be of any purpose to those who want to survive the gradual intrusion of Islam on this mortal plane! Ironically, our Islamic friends have doubled down and are being encouraged to be unapologetic about their ways and their beliefs, whilst everyone else of a non-Islamic hue is subtly chastised and dissuaded from wishing to preserve their own ways and beliefs. How does anyone not see where this is all heading?
  2. Sikh and Hindus Build mosque

    Wonderful, heartwarming news... if we lived in Satyug. Unfortunately, Kalyug is where we reside, and this magnanimous act of interfaith warmth and solidarity has laid the foundations for an act that will bear bitter fruit for these Hindus and Sikhs decades into the future. Survival of the fittest. If you refuse to learn the countless lessons of history, then perhaps you deserve to be erased from existence.
  3. The fate of empires

    The Indian mainstream is scrambling around for an identity that resonates beyond their borders on an international level. They truly believe India is a sleeping giant, and should be dining at the top table. This kind of ambition does count for something, and I'm sure it will inch them forward over the next few decades, but overall the poverty, the corruption, and general sense of third-worldness won't be shaken off anytime soon. Funnily enough, I think the sheer size of the place and the maddening diversity of languages, cultures, and faiths (albeit all of an Eastern flavour) mean an organic, gradual, and "natural" collapse isn't on the cards, unlike England which is happily and obliviously marching towards its fall. I believe Europe the continent -- and by extension the civilisation that grew from as far back as the impact of the Enlightenment -- is in its death throes. We are embarking on the journey into Decadence and decline. Europe will end before India does if things are allowed to run their natural course. If we factor a devastating regional war, perhaps nuclear, into the mix, then there's no saying what will happen.
  4. The fate of empires

    India and Indians (the sort residing in places like Delhi, Gujarat, Mumbai, etc) would strongly argue they're somewhere between the Commerce and Affluence stages, lol. I never realised it until recently, but most of these countries that declared their independence from their colonialist masters in the previous century, are being ruled via proxy by western agents, business interests, and intelligence assets, even if the public front in these countries seems to be one of bluster and bravado. It's just very, very convincing P.R. It's like a condescending parent placating an unruly and boisterous child. "Yes, you are a strong boy, yes you are!"
  5. Encouraging family life

    I've always suspected that beyond the obvious spiritual justifications about soul brides and what have you, the pragmatic social and moral reasons for encouraging the lifestyle of a householder are important for the growth of any healthy and successful society or group of people with a common set of beliefs. Tell the flock they'll suffer spiritual consequences for adultery or sowing wild oats outside the structure of a monogamous marriage, and most of them will tow the line. As much of the teachings of Sikh scripture are timeless, I find myself looking at the era and social mores of the time of them being established to understand some of the reasons for what's being imparted to us.
  6. First language of the Guru's

    Could the compositional and grammatical styles of Gurbani be used as an accurate indicator to gauge the spoken form of Punjabi from those times? Or is that as silly as suggesting everyone in Tudor England spoke in the way that Shakespeare used to write his various works? I never really gave it much thought until OP started this topic, but now I'm fascinated.
  7. First language of the Guru's

    I wonder what the Punjabi of the 13th to 18th century sounded like compared to what we know it to be in contemporary times? Was it as different in style as English of the medieval times is compared to present-day English?
  8. Slough Gurdwara Racial

  9. I believe the opposite. Knowing human nature and the way our minds function, I think it's a good thing that we don't have specific recollections of our past deeds, in as much as we won't be tempted to behave cynically in order to "do good" if we were to know the specific details for determining the reasons for erasing those previous misdeeds, and I feel this is a deliberate act on the part of our Creator. In essence, we are currently acting without vested interests on a karmic level. Yes, on some instinctive level most people realise that goodness is preferable to bad, and we somehow feel that if we follow this rule even in the most crudest of forms, we will be closer to God than if our life erred towards the other, darker end of the spectrum. Basically, what I'm trying to say is this: if we were somehow aware of everything from our previous existences -- and therefore aware of what exactly we needed to do in order to pay off those debts -- we wouldn't do good by battling with our conscience and weighing up our choices (which is the way we function currently), but instead all our goodness wouldn't be selfless and would instead be automated; it'd be driven by a desire to do good for the sake of progression, and not because it's something we truly feel to be the correct course of action as a decision and something's that's arrived upon organically through using our budhi. The Creator is absolutely spot-on with how much he's given us non-Brahmgyanis to work with. It's all part of the plan. It is very, very difficult, though.
  10. I'm fascinated by the karmic debt theory. The idea that we have to pay off our karams to people over the course of lifetimes, is an intriguing idea. I also wonder why our memories are wiped before each birth. Well, I kind of suspect it's done so that we can begin with a clean slate each time, so that we aren't unequivocally aware of any mistakes or paaps that we may have committed previously (which would then weigh on our conscience and seriously mess with our heads), but as I mentioned in another thread I believe any serious psychological hangups or problems that plague us in our current lifetime originate from previous experiences, so in that respect the memory wipe works on a basic level as long as we don't get serious about scratching the mental itch, as it were, but the underlying issues don't disappear just because we aren't consciously aware of the true reasons for why we are the way we are. Sometimes it seems to me as if we're almost toyed with. We're kind of on the back-foot from the very beginning. Is too much expected of us?
  11. Reincarnation books

    Ruth Montgomery "A World Beyond." A decent start, but bear in mind some of it doesn't perfectly gel with the eastern dharmic traditions. Generally, it's very interesting. From an academic viewpoint, I recall a book by an American psychology professor who stumbled upon past life experiences bearing on our current life psychology, and how much of the issues that plague us as individuals, actually span various lifetimes and aren't - as contemporary academic thought has us believe - completely random events that can be treated by medicine. Unfortunately, I can't remember the author or the title, but I'll check my shelves to see if I still have it.
  12. Amrit and Rehit

    Sounds like you're shopping for a Dulux Paint tester rather than a potential spiritual awakening, lol. Start with the basics: nitnem. Then see how you feel after a while.
  13. +1. Some common sense. Although, bigger picture, in terms of representation, we should take a leaf out of the Islamic book (no, not that one), and be prepared to support "our" guy. This is a very difficult thing for me to admit, because I believed the opposite for most of my life until very recently. It's a numbers game. This world is not one where honesty, honour, and integrity will be reciprocated. Fighting fire with fire seems to be the only way to make any headway. I guess it depends where one draws the line.
  14. This is the often cruel nature of politics, when the seemingly central issue at hand - in this case Canadian Sikhs - is a smokescreen for the true conflict, i.e. Trudeau's enemies finding any feasible reason to criticise and undermine him. It's not personal, it's politics. As a Sikh born in Britain, it is a stark reminder of how different Canadian Sikhs are viewed in their adopted country by other groups. At times the hostility from certain quarters isn't too far off from the perception of Pakistanis in Britain. Generally, Canada is undergoing it's own particular awakening amongst its white majority. The stereotype of Canadians being amenable and easy going has taken a hit in recent years. There are prominent Canadian voices amongst the Right who are beginning to speak out against the policies they foresee as signalling trouble for the future of their country. The cult of Trudeau seems to have magnified and accelerated some of the deeply held negativity and hostility towards minority groups that Trudeau keeps close to him for political purposes. This hit piece by Rebel Media is an example of Sikhs being caught in the crossfire between the battle of liberals and conservatives. Canadian Sikhs need to smarten up, because sooner rather than later the Indian government will put the squeeze on Canadian Sikhs, and they'll achieve this by allying with the Canadian Right.
  15. Does the media understand Khalistan?

    It doesn't matter if the media understands what Khalistan is or not. The question is does the rationale behind the proposed existence of a separate Sikh state, i.e. Sikh reasons for wanting autonomy, follow the current narrative of globalism and neo-liberalism that's become the desired template for what a country should aspire to be, and unfortunately it doesn't. Look at Brexit and the Catalonia issue to discover where the wind is blowing. Things will change in the future, I have no doubt about that. But now? It's nearly unthinkable. Our best shot was between 84 and 90. Some consistency and statesmanship might have worked wonders. Sadly, there was nobody to play the game.
  16. what is love

    "... Baba don't hurt me, don't hurt me, no more." Seriously, most of us struggle to comprehend what love truly is. The majority mistake attachment and / or lust for love, but it's not.
  17. India's Guilty Secret

    It's not just Indians who play these games, sometimes it's our own people and others, such as the British and Americans, who've been conditioned to believe these lies. They point to the United Nations hearing when Manmohan Singh was directly asked whether India had purposefully targeted Sikhs for elimination during the 80's and 90's, and his reply in the negative apparently settles all arguments, because "one of our own" categorically denied such a thing took place, therefore it must be true(!). When going toe to toe with such people for whom facts and truths can conveniently assume many forms dependent on the time of the day, lol, you've got to be prepared with as many direct and easily relatable comparisons that they simply cannot refute. The Nazi and Jew collaboration angle is perhaps one of the most suitable, because of the West's continued obsession with Hitler and his regime. It's a language they understand, because it's the only one they speak. Same with the previously identified Obama example. "Did racism suddenly evaporate in the United States when the Obamas made the White House their home?" Too many are all too eager to defend that which should never be defended for their own vested interests. The facts are alien to such people. Ideology and politics are the only things that matter to these people. The only weapon that's effective in such moments is the truth.
  18. India's Guilty Secret

    This is the kind of activism that works in this day and age. Now expect various Indian sympathisers - or paid agents - in the western press to inexplicably push a few anti-Sikh stories into the foreground to counter any potential good this work might do. There's one line that's trotted out whenever there's a conversation of India's mistreatment of Sikhs, and it's, "If India was anti-Sikh, why was a Sikh elected as Prime Minister?" It's a completely reductive argument that conveniently bypasses countless instances in history where a few select ambitious individuals (who lack any wider sense of affinity for the plight of their brethren) from within a "troublesome" minority community are purposefully selected and elevated to key positions in the majority's administration in order to muddy the waters and give the impression to outsiders that there is no systemic discrimination. There were Jews in Germany who collaborated with the Nazis for business reasons and for their own selfish purposes, and that's arguably the most concise and striking example to offer someone who's peddling Indian propaganda about Manmohan Singh. This is before we even get into the argument of the turban not signifying religious adherence, as much as being white doesn't denote a devotion for Christianity.
  19. Justin Trudeau visit to India

    It seems some Indians see through Ms. Trudeau's act: Maybe it's just salty right-wing Indians?