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  1. If sangat here think they can spare something like 30$ /month please join the facebook group We are also looking for people to join the core management committee.
  2. Thanks for comments SANGH and Monatosingh, Our model is a bit different (its supposed to be very personal) - its like worldvision's one on one sponsorship where you write to the kid(s) you sponsor and talk to him/her over skype etc, so your money is not ending up in a pool with no traceability. I am personally financially independent so will ensure if the project does not succeed , it goes to some organization like SOPW .
  3. Looking to start a residential school with two goals - (i)Provide underprivileged kids with a childhood and education (ii) Teach these kids gurmat, sangeet and shastart vidya with a view to prepare future parcharaks - ones who will help entire humanity (not just sikhs) unlock the peace and joy that is forever within us. I have created a facebook group , please join (https://www.facebook.com/groups/402189280239697/)- Feel free to add your friends - please spread the word , also lets start idea pooling as to how make this work at scale - my vision is at least one or more schools in every city/town/village where we have sizable sikh population. Currently our dasbandh is being wasted on lavish langars and palatial gurdwaras, we need simplicity and altruism that gurus espoused
  4. We have blind faith (anni shardha) in rituals such as akhand path, chavar, parikrama, sukhasan / parkash , rumala charana, nishan sahib, matha tekna, nagar kirtans , karah parshad but we have zero faith in knowledge imbibed in the book we call our Guru (which literally means 'guide'). In fact deep down in our hearts we firmly believe that reading SGGS and them implementing the teachings in our day to day life will not bring any special benefit and hence we are willing to study lot of self help books but overlook the timeless wisdom contained in the guru. If you do agree then rather than merely liking this post, please start studying one or two pages with full concentration (as if you were to write an exam tomorrow) and contemplate all day long on what you read. Sabsai upar gur shabad veechar ||
  5. Living life as per 28th pauri of japji sahib

    Thanks Inderjits, corrected
  6. ਮੁੰਦਾ ਸੰਤੋਖੁ ਸਰਮੁ ਪਤੁ ਝੋਲੀ ਧਿਆਨ ਕੀ ਕਰਹਿ ਬਿਭੂਤਿ ॥ मुंदा संतोखु सरमु पतु झोली धिआन की करहि बिभूति ॥ Munḏa sanṯokẖ saram paṯ jẖolī ḏẖi▫ān kī karahi bibẖūṯ. Make contentment your ear-rings, humility your begging bowl, and meditation the ashes you apply to your body. Stay contented in what you have rather than compare your physical attributes or material wealth with others . Also stay humble and keep away from any show off . Meditate every time you get some free time - even while walking or commuting. ਖਿੰਥਾ ਕਾਲੁ ਕੁਆਰੀ ਕਾਇਆ ਜੁਗਤਿ ਡੰਡਾ ਪਰਤੀਤਿ ॥ खिंथा कालु कुआरी काइआ जुगति डंडा परतीति ॥ Kẖinthā kāl ku▫ārī kā▫i▫ā jugaṯ dandā parṯīṯ. Let the remembrance of death be the patched coat you wear, let the purity of virginity be your way in the world, and let faith in the Lord be your walking stick. Remember death - everything is impermanent and hence not worth taking too seriously (eh jug dhune ka pahaar) and keep your mind and body 'virgin' i.e. free from vices such as greed, anger, lust, malice etc. Have a belief that whatever I see, hear , touch or feel is nothing but Waheguru himself. ਆਈ ਪੰਥੀ ਸਗਲ ਜਮਾਤੀ ਮਨਿ ਜੀਤੈ ਜਗੁ ਜੀਤੁ ॥ आई पंथी सगल जमाती मनि जीतै जगु जीतु ॥ Ā▫ī panthī sagal jamāṯī man jīṯai jag jīṯ. See the brotherhood of all mankind as the highest order of Yogis ; conquer your own mind, and conquer the world. Harbor no grudge against anyone - accept all as your own family . Battle with your mind day in out and out, every time the mind throws up an impulse like checking phone or buying something - take a few deep breaths and see if it subsides. https://www.facebook.com/groups/sikhint
  7. (i) Read one or more pages of SGGS and listen to as much kirtan as possible. (ii) Eat only to support the body and not for the fun of it - (oni duniya tore bandhna ann pani thora khaya), also making sure no sentient being was hurt for my taste buds. (iii) Right after waking - first thing 5 -10 minutes of simran(iv) Khalsa should be tyar bartryar - simple home workout - 3 sets of pushups, squats and leg raises - our body is a shastar too afterall (v) Not engage in meaningless gossip only use words to inspire joy in others (no fikka bolna) -Lab lob ahankar taj trishna , bahuta nahi bolna (vi) Minimize use of electronics (especially cell phone) - they steal our precious breaths like none other (vii) Give away clothes, electronics , furniture etc that I do not need and live minimally (viii) Sponsor underprivileged children and help them realize their dreams. (ix) Educate people about virtues of simple living, simple weddings (x) Drop castist surnames if you still use them and discard all baggage of this evil brahmanical practice - our gurus fought hard to bring equality to all and we blinded by our egos, have undone all their good work.
  8. Guru nanak was stuanchly against pictures / idols but irony is today we have pictures of guru nanak created purely through imagination and people standing before them with folded hands - babaji solve my this problem or that , His core message was never ask for anything matereliastic and live through good and bad times with equanimity , if anything hard times are what get us closer to waheguru (dukh daroo sukh rog bhaya , ja sukh taam na hoye) Nanak bolan jhakna dukh chad m...angiye sukh || dukh sukh doye dar kapre pehre jaye manukh || Jithe bolan hariye tithe changi chup || Instead of focusing on guru ji's message we have reduced him to a mere Devta - devi deva poojiye kya mango kya dey . He did the very hard udasis risking his life, sacrificing time that he could have spent in comfort with his family to teach us how to live, but we are only interested in some miraculous favor out of his pictures - the message is too boring for us - we are too busy with facebook, tv, gossip, internet , movies etc - Mat vich ratan jawahar manik je ek gur ki sikh sunee
  9. There are two schools of spirituality - which one do you think sikhi belong to Gyaan marg vs bhakti marg (i) No Symbols of god - he is the universe vs God definitely needs a symbol For sikhs it has become Saroop of sggs and the confines of gurdwara (ii) No rituals are ever needed vs Rituals are a must In sikhi context we have started chavar, akahand paths, jot, sukhasan , prakash , expensive palkis , keep the saroop in AC / blankets (e.g I don't keep my phone in AC which also has the same SGGS in electronic format ) (iii) Meditation is the only way to find him - Pancha ka gur ek dhyan vs chanting or reciting (while mind is wandering in thorughts) or paying others to recite for you (as in outsourced akhand paths ) (iv) No miracles - only laws of nature which do not discriminate against materialistic person or favor spiritual one vs For your worldly needs beseech god - e.g cure diseases, pass exams , success in business etc. (v) No sectarianism - all humanity is absolutely one (Na ko hindu na musalmaan) vs A sect is almost always formed because our ego makes us gel with people who follow same symbolism as us , so now we have sikhi becoming a sect and not much of a way to live a full life and cut the cycle of rebirths.
  10. Finished 10 days Vipasna meditation - was the most profound spiritual experience of my life - almost reborn. Vipasna is a scientific way to live joyfully and happily regardless of your worldly circumstances and make others around you happy as well while helping you overcome the endless cycle of rebirths. Things I learnt 1. Nothing ever goes wrong - nothing has ever gone wrong and nothing ever will , therefore never regret your past or be in dilemma for the future - any choice you make will be the right choice . The forces of nature that run the planet are beyond human intelligence and nothing ever happens randomly. The fact that you are the doer/decision maker is an illusion which causes immense suffering to yourself and others around you. Hukmai andar sabko bahar hukam na koye || 2. Everything is impermanent - whatever good or bad times you are having will not last , so experience them as a witness rather than a consumer for example if you are feeling angry - say to yourself the reality of the moment is that my body is experiencing anger - watch your breath , heart rate etc .Or If you are having financial or health problems - say to yourself this will pass too , and same goes for good times , make the most of them while they are coz they would be gone too. Kis nal keejai dosti sab jag chalanhar || 3. Illusion of eternity - unfortunately we are conditioned to live our life as immortals - if I look back my 40 years of life seem like 40 seconds and I am not sure how many more 'seconds' are left , so why associate with this body and obsess with its future. Every new year take a moment to ponder about the last new year eve and it will seem like only yesterday. 4. Hate no one - Just as you are not the doer, so are not the other people which means if someone said or did something unfair to you , that action was caused by a force that is beyond this person's control so no point holding them responsible and causing yourself hatred and anger. Manda kis noo aakhiye je dooja hoye 5. Others before self - It brings way more joy to give something you cherish to someone who is in dire need than keeping it to yourself. I have decided to dedicate my life for the welfare of others. This automatically makes the 'I' in my very petty as its now just an end to a mean while before it meant the world to me. Mithya tan nahi parupkaari 6. Life obsessed with 'making it' is sure to bring misery - I am myself implicated in this as my attempts to becoming a software entrepreneur was causing me - lack of sleep , stress , excessive thinking - limit your material needs and you will find how little it takes to be happy. Kacha dhan sanchai murakh gavar Bikhyia ka dhan sada dukh hoye | Na saath jaaye na paraapat hoye. 7. Spend time in nature - watch the birds fly , feel the breeze on your body this is where you came from and what you will eventually merge into - feel the perfection in the apparent randomness . "Kudrat hai keemat nahi paaye " 8. Treat every day as your last - first thing when you get up in morning say to yourself with conviction this might very well be the last day of my life - I must make the most of it for myself and do something good for others . ਹੋਇ ਆਮਰੋ ਗ੍ਰਿਹ ਮਹਿ ਬੈਠਾ ਕਰਣ ਕਾਰਣ ਬਿਸਰੋਹੀ ॥੨॥ होइ आमरो ग्रिह महि बैठा करण कारण बिसरोही ॥२॥Ho▫e āmro garih mėh baiṯẖā karaṇ kāraṇ bisrohī. ||2|| He considers himself to be immortal; he sits in his home, and forgets the Lord, the Cause of causes. ||2|| ਅਨਿਕ ਭਾਤਿ ਕਰਿ ਮਣੀਏ ਸਾਜੇ ਕਾਚੈ ਤਾਗਿ ਪਰੋਹੀ ॥ अनिक भाति करि मणीए साजे काचै तगि परोही ॥ Anik bẖāṯ kar maṇī▫e sāje kācẖai ṯāg parohī In various ways, he fahions the beads, and strung them on a slender thread. ਤੂਟਿ ਜਾਇਗੋ ਸੂਤੁ ਬਾਪੁਰੇ ਫਿਰਿ ਪਾਛੈ ਪਛੁਤੋਹੀ ॥੩॥ तूटि जाइगो सूतु बापुरे फिरि पाछै पछुतोही ॥३॥ Ŧūt jā▫igo sūṯ bāpure fir pācẖẖai pacẖẖuṯohī. ||3| The thread shall break, O wretched man, and then, you shall repent and regret. ||3|| 9. Do not argue - Almost all arguing/debating is ego fuelled wastage of your precious breaths. You can't explain quantum physics to a Donald Trump voter. Vaad vivaad kahu seo na keejai | Rasna ram rasayan peejai and Parh akhar eho buhjiye | Murakhe naal na lujhiye || 10. Cut all electronic noise out - facebook , tv , internet forums , movies , etc are all rasas that yield zero outcome at the end , so the sooner you get yourself out of the addiction the better
  11. Should sikhs celebrate divaali (rechirstened as bandi chor divas)when there is no historical proof of Guru Hargobind jee acutally coming home on a day that coincides with hindu Diwaali ? Share your views - in my view if we have a good naam simran practise then everyday is diwali
  12. Do not ever mind the mean words which others say to you , for it is Waheguru himself who is speaking through them . ਆਪੇ ਸੁਣਿ ਸਭ ਵੇਖਦਾ ਪਿਆਰਾ ਮੁਖਿ ਬੋਲੇ ਆਪਿ ਮੁਹਾਹੁ ॥ आपे सुणि सभ वेखदा पिआरा मुखि बोले आपि मुहाहु ॥ Āpe suṇ sabẖ vekẖ▫ḏā pi▫ārā mukẖ bole āp muhāhu. The Beloved Himself sees and hears everything; He Himself speaks through the mouths of all beings.
  13. ਨੀਲ ਵਸਤ੍ਰ ਪਹਿਰਿ ਹੋਵਹਿ ਪਰਵਾਣੁ ॥ नील वसत्र पहिरि होवहि परवाणु ॥ Nīl vasṯar pahir hovėh parvāṇ. Wearing blue robes, they seek the approval of the Muslim rulers. ਮਲੇਛ ਧਾਨੁ ਲੇ ਪੂਜਹਿ ਪੁਰਾਣੁ ॥ मलेछ धानु ले पूजहि पुराणु ॥ Malecẖẖ ḏẖān le pūjėh purāṇ. Accepting bread from the Muslim rulers, they still worship the Puraanas. ਅਭਾਖਿਆ ਕਾ ਕੁਠਾ ਬਕਰਾ ਖਾਣਾ ॥ अभाखिआ का कुठा बकरा खाणा ॥ Abẖākẖi▫ā kā kuṯẖā bakrā kẖāṇā. They eat the meat of the goats, killed after the Muslim prayers are read over them, ਚਉਕੇ ਉਪਰਿ ਕਿਸੈ ਨ ਜਾਣਾ ॥ चउके उपरि किसै न जाणा ॥ Cẖa▫uke upar kisai na jāṇā. but they do not allow anyone else to enter their kitchen areas. ਦੇ ਕੈ ਚਉਕਾ ਕਢੀ ਕਾਰ ॥ दे कै चउका कढी कार ॥ Ḏe kai cẖa▫ukā kadẖī kār. They draw lines around them, plastering the ground with cow-dung. ਉਪਰਿ ਆਇ ਬੈਠੇ ਕੂੜਿਆਰ ॥ उपरि आइ बैठे कूड़िआर ॥ Upar ā▫e baiṯẖe kūṛi▫ār. The false come and sit within them. ਮਤੁ ਭਿਟੈ ਵੇ ਮਤੁ ਭਿਟੈ ॥ मतु भिटै वे मतु भिटै ॥ Maṯ bẖitai ve maṯ bẖitai. They cry out, "Do not touch our food, ਇਹੁ ਅੰਨੁ ਅਸਾਡਾ ਫਿਟੈ ॥ इहु अंनु असाडा फिटै ॥ Ih ann asādā fitai. this food of ours will be polluted! ਤਨਿ ਫਿਟੈ ਫੇੜ ਕਰੇਨਿ ॥ तनि फिटै फेड़ करेनि ॥ Ŧan fitai feṛ karen. But with their polluted bodies, they commit evil deeds. ਮਨਿ ਜੂਠੈ ਚੁਲੀ ਭਰੇਨਿ ॥ मनि जूठै चुली भरेनि ॥ Man jūṯẖai cẖulī bẖaren. With filthy minds, they try to cleanse their mouths. ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਸਚੁ ਧਿਆਈਐ ॥ कहु नानक सचु धिआईऐ ॥ Kaho Nānak sacẖ ḏẖi▫ā▫ī▫ai. Says Nanak, meditate on the True Lord. ਸੁਚਿ ਹੋਵੈ ਤਾ ਸਚੁ ਪਾਈਐ ॥੨॥ सुचि होवै ता सचु पाईऐ ॥२॥ Sucẖ hovai ṯā sacẖ pā▫ī▫ai. ||2|| People like Tohra , Longowal etc were amritdharis too , who threw their hands up in air when guru needed them and encouraged young sikhs to make shahadat while they sat on the sidelines, If you are pure, you will obtain the True Lord. ||2||
  14. beloved sister were the growers of grains all amritdhari too ? How about the porters, the hired cooks in most guruhars ..... where do we draw the line ? Understand that these overly strict maryadas were created by mere mortals who were no more free from their egos than you and I are. Other than making us feel Holier than thou what purpose does this venomous talk serve ?