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  1. Amritshak?

    WJKK WJKF Hi so I'm currently in med school and I should be finishing in September 2015, i'm not going to practice picking up the degree and my parents know this part and there ok with my decision. So as being in med school I have been being more and more intrigued into sikhi and was wondering if someone can start guiding me how to start preparing for amrit of course this will take time as I want to be certain I can live that lifestyle. I mean Like to be honest I don't know punjabi or gurmukhi all to well that's one of my main issue I feel more comfortable in english but I'm willing to learn gurmukhi. I hope a singh or a kaur can guide me and put me on the right path.Hopefully like have daily talks so if I have any questions they can answer it. I'm 22 years old and I feel like its just a calling for me and just that I need help who can practically be my teacher, and if someone does respond to my message I will gladly private message them.
  2. Please check out our website, and register online! Only a few spots are remaining. http://www.wcsikhicamp.com
  3. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh West Coast Sikhi Camp (California) is just around the corner. There are only a handful of spots remaining. This is a really good retreat for amritdharis to rejuvenate, as well as for those people who are new to Sikhi. Camp is open to Sikh youth and teenagers. Please check out our website on www.wcsikhicamp.com
  4. Help About Siki Needed, Very Quickly..

    Quick question does using ridi sidi stop your spirtaul growth.. or is it still possiabable to obtain sach khand or must you wait another lifetime? Eg someone uses their ridi sidi but he or she doesn't show what he has obtained ( no ego) can this person still obtain sach khand and salvation?
  5. Wjkk Wjkf Is it true.. that specific pauris and gurubanis have specific effects and powers.. For instance it says that if you read the 25th pauri you will obtain wealth, need , virtue , estate .. or pauri 33 which supposedly elimates your karmas, or 38 gives you the knowledge and power to write your own destiny.. And jaap sahib; rouses your soul and allows you to obtain ridi sidi powers... So do specific banis and or specific pauris have such an effect, or should we just mediate on God and ask him for whatever we need? The effect of pauri and banis was written by yogis bhajan Singh.. aren't Sikhs against yogis and thier ways? So is he correct in what he says about the bani and its effects? Or is their an misconception? All help from gyanis, and other enlightened people will be very much appreciated thanks you.
  6. "winter Is Coming"

    Sorry, not the next season of Game of Thrones, but even better!!! First Annual Waterloo Sikh Youth WINTER Camp! Saturday, December 20th & Sunday, December 21st, 2014 Kitchener Gurughar Saahib 2070 Snyders Rd East, Petersburg, ON Cost: FREE (Optional Long Sleeve Camp Shirt is $15) Sign up NOW as a Camper (Ages 5-18) or a Sevadar (18+) using the same form below: SIGN UP HERE Similar structure to our annual summer camp, we now add a Winter initiative for the kids. The camp is completely FREE, however we do accept donations. This Sikh Youth Camp has been designed to bring all the Youth together to share knowledge of Sikhi and to promote Sikhi to our future. It will be run by qualified individuals from all over Ontario. Working together we shall achieve an important element in Sikhi, which is Sangat. Included in Sangat your child will have inspiring role models who are enthusiastic about instilling the Sikhi spirit within these young minds. We do encourage older youth and adults to take part in camp as well. This initiative is now a part of Toronto Singhs Camp. The youth are expected to stay at the Gurughar during the entire duration of the camp. Also, we feel very strongly about the comfort issues parents have, and would like to ensure you all that your children will be in good/safe hands. Our team consists of highly qualified and mature individuals. For optional overnight stay, the girls (Campers and Sevadaars) will be sleeping upstairs in a room that will be locked throughout the night. The boys (Campers and Sevadaars) will be sleeping downstairs and that room will also be locked. These two areas are completely separate from one another. Sevadaars will be patrolling throughout the day and night to ensure everyone’s safety and of course if any campers need to use the washroom during the night or if there are any other emergencies. The Gurudwara has security cameras which will be monitored at all times throughout the camp to ensure the safety of your child. Campers will be participating in a range of activities which may include the following: keertan darbars, workshops, lectures, arts/crafts, outdoor activities, fitness classes, and any other activities that Sevadaars may deem fit for this camp. All activities will be taking place on Gurudwara property and at no time will campers be given permission to leave Gurudwara grounds unless they are with their respective Parents/Guardians. Camp Agendas will be posted at the Gurudwara and e-mailed out closer to the camp date. For more information, please contact us at one of the links below: Facebook.com/waterloocamp Instagram.com/waterloocamp Facebook Event Email: WaterlooSikhYouthCamp@gmail.com Vaheguru ji ka khalsa, Vaheguruu ji ki fateh!
  7. Vaheguru ji ka khalsa, Vaheguru ji ki fateh! Please subscribe/follow our updated YouTube channel. Includes videos from our annual camps, monthly Asa Ki Vaar programs and more. CLICK HERE FOR YOUTUBE Also you can Like us on FACEBOOK or follow us on TWITTER! Vaheguru ji ka khalsa, Vaheguru ji ki fateh ----- Toronto Singhs Camp Website: www.singhscamp.ca Email: contact@singhscamp.ca Facebook: www.facebook.com/torontosinghs Twitter: www.twitter.com/SinghsCampTO Instagram: www.instagram.com/torontosinghscamp YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/SinghsCampTO
  8. Monthly Amritvela Program

    (Admin - please leave in General section for a few weeks) Monthy Amritvela & Sri Asa Ki Vaar Kirtan Program Sacha Sauda Brampton 2575 Steeles Avenue East, Unit #18, Brampton, ON L6T5T1 4:00AM - Prakaash & Naam Abhyaas (Simran) 5:00AM - Nitnem Banian 6:00AM - Asa Ki Vaar & Akhand Kirtan These programs are a blessing and kirpa of Guru sahib, Please come even if its for a short bit of time. CLICK HERE FOR SEPTEMBER PROGRAM VIDEOS CLICK HERE FOR SEPTEMBER PROGRAM AUDIO CLICK HERE FOR FACEBOOK EVENT LINK - Toronto Singhs Camp Sevadaars Website: www.singhscamp.ca Email: contact@singhscamp.ca FOLLOW, LIKE, SUBSCRIBE TO US ONE BELOW LINKS!! Facebook: www.facebook.com/torontosinghs Twitter: www.twitter.com/SinghsCampTO Instagram: www.instagram.com/torontosinghscamp YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/SinghsCampTO ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Below is a great article written by a Singh from Toronto that we would like to share with everyone: -------------------------------- Siri Jap jee Sahib – Importance of Amritvela In the 4th pauri of Siri Jap jee Sahib, the following 4 pankitis are of great significance as far as Amritvela is concerned: ਫੇਰਿ, ਕਿ ਅਗੈ ਰਖੀਐ, ਜਿਤੁ ਦਿਸੈ ਦਰਬਾਰੁ ॥ From the first two pankitis (of this pauri) we find out that all that we have is from Vaheguru. Since, everything is from Vaheguru, then, what is it that we can present to Vaheguru so that we may be able to behold his Darbar (court)? ਮੁਹੌ, ਕਿ ਬੋਲਣੁ ਬੋਲੀਐ, ਜਿਤੁ ਸੁਣਿ ਧਰੇ ਪਿਆਰੁ ॥ Continuing on from the previous pankiti, Siri Guru jee asks second question, “what should be uttered from the mouth, hearing which, he may shower his love on us.” This pankiti proves that there is such a word, by the uttering of which, he showers us with love. We all know that this word is Naam-Gurmantra. ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਵੇਲਾ, ਸਚੁ ਨਾਉ, ਵਡਿਆਈ ਵੀਚਾਰੁ ॥ The response to the questions in the 2 previous pankitis is most magnificent. Siri Guru jee says that in order to view his darbaar and to get his love, one must have Amritvela, Sacha Naam (true Naam) and contemplation of his qualities (through Gurbani). In other words, one must possess Amritvela i.e. get up early in the morning and do chanting of Sach Naam and do contemplation of his qualities through Gurbani ਕਰਮੀ ਆਵੈ ਕਪੜਾ, ਨਦਰੀ ਮੋਖੁ ਦੁਆਰੁ ॥ When one does what is mentioned in the previous pankiti, then through his grace (karmi, kirpa naal) one receives the cloth or robe of honour (siropa) and by his kirpa (nadree) one receives Mokh-duaar (doorway of salvation). Some scholars have interpreted the word “ਕਪੜਾ” as the human form but the problem in doing these meanings is that the flow that is continuing from previous pankitis is lost. Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh jee, Giani Bachan Singh Faridkoti, Professor Sahib Singh and many other scholars have interpreted this word as robe of honour (siropa). From the above vichaar, it is clear that the way to achieve salvation and grace of Vaheguru is to have Amritvela Naam Abhyaas. What is Amritvela? Amritvela is the last pehar (3 hours or so) of the night, which is highly productive time for Naam Japna. The whole world is sleeping and Gursikhs find this time very peaceful to concentrate on Naam and contemplate on the qualities of Vaheguru listed in Gurbani. Gurmukhs who have reached high spiritual states say that at this time there is a shower or rainfall of Amrit. For this reason, one can effortlessly concentrate on Naam and achieve the spiritual aim much faster. The nights become long and short at different times of the year. For this reason many Gursikhs stick to one time to get up year around. If a Gursikh gets up around 2am, it is the most suitable time. Some Gursikhs get up even at 11:30 pm and get ready at 12 am to japp Naam. While one must commend this effort of these Gursikhs but reading history we find out that most Gursikhs used to get up around 2am or be ready for Simran at 2am. More References from Gurbani The effort of getting up at Amritvela has been ordained by Guru Sahib in Gurbani. Presented below are some pankitis that give us hukam to get up early morning: ਚਉਥੈ ਪਹਰਿ ਸਬਾਹ ਕੈ, ਸੁਰਤਿਆ ਉਪਜੈ ਚਾਉ॥ ਤਿਨਾ ਦਰੀਆਵਾ ਸਿਉ ਦੋਸਤੀ, ਮਨਿ ਮੁਖਿ ਸਚਾ ਨਾਉ॥ The alert ones who are seekers of Vaheguru, with great enthusiasm get up by the 4th part of the night. Their friendship is with rivers (where they take shower i.e. do ishnaan) and in their mouth and mind is the true Naam. ਫਰੀਦਾ ਪਿਛਲ ਰਾਤਿ ਨ ਜਾਗਿਓਹਿ ਜੀਵਦੜੋ ਮੁਇਓਹਿ॥ ਜੇ ਤੈ ਰਬੁ ਵਿਸਾਰਿਆ ਤ ਰਬਿ ਨ ਵਿਸਰਿਓਹਿ॥ Baba Farid jee in his baani stated above, is making it clear that ones who don’t get up at the last part of the night are spiritually dead people. ਡਖਣੇਮ:5॥ ਪਰਭਾਤੇ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪਿ ਗੁਰ ਕੇ ਚਰਣ ਧਿਆਇ॥ ਜਨਮ ਮਰਣ ਮਲੁ ਉਤਰੈ ਸਚੇ ਕੇ ਗੁਣ ਗਾਇ॥ Siri Guru Arjun Dev jee Maharaj in Maaroo Dakhne (above) state that O Gursikh, if you chant the Naam at early morning and this way contemplate on the Charan of Guru, and sing the praises of Vaheguru, your dirt of birth and death (many life forms) will be erased. ਇਕਿ ਪੜਹਿ ਸੁਣਹਿ ਗਾਵਹਿ ਪਰਭਾਤਿਹਿ ਕਰਹਿ ਇਸਨਾਨੁ ॥ ਇਸਨਾਨੁ ਕਰਹਿ ਪਰਭਾਤਿ ਸੁਧ ਮਨਿ ਗੁਰ ਪੂਜਾ ਬਿਧਿ ਸਹਿਤ ਕਰੰ ॥ ਕੰਚਨੁ ਤਨੁ ਹੋਇ ਪਰਸਿ ਪਾਰਸ ਕਉ ਜੋਤਿ ਸਰੂਪੀ ਧ੍ਹਾਨੁ ਧਰੰ ॥॥ Translation: There are fortunate ones, who at the time of early morning take shower (do Ishnaan) and then read, hear and sing Gurbani and Naam. After taking shower at early morning with pure heart they do worshipping of Vaheguru with full methodology. The body becomes gold like by touching the Paaras of Naam and by concentrating on Jyot Roopi (spirit form) Vaheguru. ਬਾਬੀਹਾ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਵੇਲੈ ਬੋਲਿਆ ਤਾਂ ਦਰਿ ਸੁਣੀ ਪੁਕਾਰ ॥ ਮੇਘੈ ਨੋ ਫੁਰਮਾਨੁ ਹੋਆ ਵਰਸਹੁ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਧਾਰਿ ॥ Babeeha is a bird that can drink water only from rainfall. Even if there is ocean full of water, this bird cannot use this water to quench its thirst. It has to rely on rain water. When this bird gets thirsty, it cries in such mercy-invoking way that it melts the heart of who ever hears it. Vaheguru too is prompted to send rainfall to quench the thirst of this bird. When the Gursikh roopi Babeeha cries out (chants Naam with love) at amritvela, only then his cries or requests are heard by Vaheguru. This pankiti makes it clear that unless we do Amritvela, our cries and requests are not heard by Vaheguru. Amritvela is important for a Gursikh because it is the hukam of Guru Sahib to get up early and engage in Naam Abhyaas. Gurbani goes as far as saying that those who don’t get up early morning are spiritually dead. Please refer to the aforementioned Gurbani Pankitis for detail on this. What to do at Amritvela? ਮ: 4 ॥ ਗੁਰ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਕਾ ਜੋ ਸਿਖੁ ਅਖਾਏ ਸੁ ਭਲਕੇ ਉਠਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਵੈ ॥ ਉਦਮੁ ਕਰੇ ਭਲਕੇ ਪਰਭਾਤੀ ਇਸਨਾਨੁ ਕਰੇ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਸਰਿ ਨਾਵੈ ॥ ਉਪਦੇਸਿ ਗੁਰੂ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਜਪੁ ਜਾਪੈ ਸਭਿ ਕਿਲਵਿਖ ਪਾਪ ਦੋਖ ਲਹਿ ਜਾਵੈ ॥ ਫਿਰਿ ਚੜੈ ਦਿਵਸੁ ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਗਾਵੈ ਬਹਦਿਆ ਉਠਦਿਆ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਵੈ ॥ ਜੋ ਸਾਸਿ ਗਿਰਾਸਿ ਧਿਆਏ ਮੇਰਾ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਸੋ ਗੁਰਸਿਖੁ ਗੁਰੂ ਮਨਿ ਭਾਵੈ ॥ ਜਿਸ ਨੋ ਦਇਆਲੁ ਹੋਵੈ ਮੇਰਾ ਸੁਆਮੀ ਤਿਸੁ ਗੁਰਸਿਖ ਗੁਰੂ ਉਪਦੇਸੁ ਸੁਣਾਵੈ ॥ ਜਨੁ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਧੂੜਿ ਮੰਗੈ ਤਿਸੁ ਗੁਰਸਿਖ ਕੀ ਜੋ ਆਪਿ ਜਪੈ ਅਵਰਹ ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪਾਵੈ ॥2॥ As per the famous salok of Siri Guru Ramdaas jee Maharaj, listed above, the following should be done at Amritvela: 1) Recitation of Naam as soon as one gets up. 2) Gurmat Ishnaan of whole of the body including the hair. While doing Ishnaan one must do paath of Gurbani, Mool Mantra or Naam Abhyaas. 3) Nitnem of 5 Baanis should begin after Ishnaan is done and not while doing Ishnaan. 4) Nitnem of 5 baanis is of utmost importance and should be done at amritvela. 5) Naam Abhyaas can be done alone too but to have maximum benefit, it should be done along with Siri Sukhmani Sahib (reference from Bhai Sahib’s writing coming later in this article). 6) After concluding Naam Abhyaas, one should go to Gurdwara Sahib or where ever one can have darshan of Siri Guru Granth Sahib jee and do kirtan of Siri Asa kee Vaar. The amritvela should conclude with Siri Asa kee Vaar and if possible with Karah Parshad. 7) Then during the day, doing all tasks, one should continue doing Naam Abhyaas. 8) Such Gursikh who does Naam Abhyaas all the time through every breath is very dear to Guru Sahib. Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh jee's views on Amritvela With reference to the above Salok, Bhai Sahib has written the following: ਵਿਆਖਿਆ ਭਾਵ: ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਦੇ ਸਚੇ ਸਿਖ ਦੀ ਬਸੇਖ ਕਿਰਿਆ ਸੰਜਮੀ ਕਾਰ ਦਾ ਨਿਤਾ ਪ੍ਰਤੀ ਬਿਬੇਕ ਕਰਮ ਨੇਮ (ਧਾਰਨਾ) ਏਹ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਨਿਤ ਸਵੇਰੇ ਉਠ ਕੇ ਬਿਧੀ ਪੂਰਬਕ ਨਾਮ ਧਿਆਵੈ। ਦੂਜੀ ਪੰਗਤੀ (ਤੁਕ) ਤੋਂ ਨਾਮ ਧਿਆਵਨ ਦੀ ਸੰਜਮ ਬਿਧੀ ਅਰੰਭ ਹੁੰਦੀ ਹੈ। ਉਦਮ ਕਰਕੇ ਵਡੇ ਤੜਕੇ ਉਠੇ (ਸਾਵਧਾਨ ਹੋਵੇ) ਅਤੇ ਇਸ਼ਨਾਨ ਕਰੇ ਅਤੇ ਇਸ਼ਨਾਨ ਸਮੇਂ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਬਾਣੀ ਦਾ ਪਾਠ ਕਰਦਾ ਹੋਇਆ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਸਰੋਵਰ ਦਾ ਮਜਨ ਕਰਨ ਹਾਰਾ ਬਣੇ। ਫੇਰ ਗੁਰੂ ਉਪਦੇਸ਼ੀ ਨਿਤਨੇਮ ਬਾਣੀ ਦਾ ਪਾਠ ਕਰਦਾ ਹੋਇਆ ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਨਾਮ ਦਾ ਜਾਪ ਕਰੇ ਜਿਸ ਦੇ ਕਰਨ ਕਰਕੇ ਕਮਾਤੇ ਪਾਪ ਦੋਖ ਸਭ ਲਹਿ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਨ। ਫੇਰ ਦਿਨ ਚੜ੍ਹੇ (ਸੂਰਜ ਉਦੇ ਹੋਣ ਸਾਰ) “ਗੁਰੂ ਦੁਆਰੈ ਹੋਇ ਕੈ ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਸੰਮਾਲੇਹੁ” ਗੁਰਵਾਕ ਦੇ ਭਾਵ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਜੀ ਦੇ ਦਰਸ਼ਨ ਦਿਦਾਰੇ ਕਰਦਾ ਹੋਇਆ ਮਧੁਰ ਸੁਰ ਨਾਲ ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਦਾ ਕੀਰਤਨ ਪਾਠ ਕਰੇ। ਫੇਰ ਕਾਰ ਬਿਹਾਰ ਕਰਦਿਆਂ ਹੋਇਆਂ ਭੀ ਉਠਦਿਆਂ ਬਹਿੰਦਆਂ ਤੁਰਦਿਆਂ ਫਿਰਦਿਆਂ ਸਾਸਿ ਗਿਰਾਸਿ ਨਾਮ ਅਭਿਆਸ ਵਿਚ ਹਰਦਮ ਜੁਟਿਆ ਰਹੇ। Loose Translation: The everyday activity of a true Bibeki Sikh of Satguru is get up in the morning and meditate on Naam according to the Gurmat methodology (Vidhi Poorbak). From the second verse of this Salok, the starting of the methodology of Naam Abhyaas is described. A Gursikh should get up very early in the morning and take shower and while taking shower, he should chant the Amrit Baani and this way do Ishnaan in the Sarovar (pond) of Amritsar. Then while doing the paath of Nitnem (prescribed 5 baanis), he should do Naam Abhyaas and as a result of this doing, all sins get washed away. Then at sunrise, as per the hukam “ਗੁਰੂ ਦੁਆਰੈ ਹੋਇ ਕੈ ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਸੰਮਾਲੇਹੁ”, while doing darshan of Siri Guru Granth Sahib jee, he should recite or sing Gurbani with sweet voice. Then while doing all works during the day, he should continue to recite Naam with every breath. Bhai Sahib writes that there comes an avastha while reciting Naam, when one’s concentration just becomes dull and one cannot derive pleasure or rass from Naam Abhyaas. To avoid this Bhai Sahib has written that, it is a good idea to do Naam Abhyaas and Gurbani Paath together. Bhai Sahib has written the following with respect to this: ਇਸ ਤੋਂ ਬਚਣ ਦਾ ਸਭ ਤੋਂ ਵਧੀਆ ਉਪਾਉ ਏਹ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਪਹਿਲੀ ਅਵਸਥਾ ਤੋਂ ਹੀ ਨਾਮ ਬਾਣੀ ਦਾ ਅਭਿਆਸ ਇਕੱਠਾ ਹੀ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਾਵੇ। ਅਤੇ ਬਾਣੀ ਖਾਸ ਕਰਿ ਸੁਖਮਨੀ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦੀ ਬਾਣੀ ਦਾ ਅਭਿਆਸ, ਨਾਮ ਅਭਿਆਸ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ ਅਤਿ ਗੁਣਕਾਰੀ ਹੈ। ਬਾਣੀ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮ (ਨਾਮੀ ਜਿਸ ਦਾ ਕਿ ਨਾਮ ਜਪੀਦਾ ਹੈ) ਦੇ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਚਾਬਕ ਮਾਰ ਕੇ ਪ੍ਰੇਮੀ (ਅਭਿਆਸੀ ਜਨ) ਨੂੰ ਨਾਮ ਅਭਿਆਸ ਵਲ ਸਾਵਧਾਨ ਰਖਦੀ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਨਾਮ ਦੀ ਮਹਿਮਾ ਦੇ ਗੁਣਾਨਵਾਦ ਕਹਿ ਕਹਿ ਕੇ ਨਾਮ ਦਾ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਪਿਆਰ ਉਪਜਾਉਂਦੀ ਹੈ, ਏਹ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਹੀ ਸਾਵਧਾਨਤਾ ਦਾ ਸੰਜਮ ਹੈ। ਏਹ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਹੀ ਸੁਰਤੀ ਬਿਰਤੀ ਦੇ ਉਚੇਰਾ ਰੱਖਣ ਦੀ ਔਖਧੀ ਹੈ!! ਅਤੇ ਏਹ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਹੀ ਸਰਬਤਰ ਫੁਰਨਿਆਂ ਕੁਫੁਰਨਿਆਂ ਦੇ ਮਾਰਨ ਦਾ ਮਾਰਣ (ਦਾਰੂ) ਹੈ। ਗਲ ਕੀ! ਏਹ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਹੀ ਨਾਮ ਅਭਿਆਸ ਦੀ ਜੁਗਤੀਆਂ ਸਿਰ ਮੁਖ ਜੁਗਤੀ ਹੈ। Loose Translation: The best way to be saved from this (avoid dull concentration) is to do Naam Abhyaas and Gurbani Paath together. And especially to do Abhyaas (recitation with love) of Siri Sukhmani Sahib along with Naam Abhyaas is extremely beneficial. Using the whip or lash of love of the beloved one (whose Naam we chant), Gurbani keeps one alert towards Naam Abhyaas and by praising the greatness of Naam again and again, it increases the love of Naam in the mind of the seeker. This love is the way to get concentration. This love alone is the medicine that takes one’s concentration high. And this love alone is the medicine to kill thoughts or bad thoughts (that keep coming in mind when one tries to concentrate). What else to say, this love alone is the greatest way to do Naam Abhyaas. Some Inspirational Stories or Sayings by Mahapurakhs Baba Sham Singh jee at a very early age of 5 years started living with a Baba Raam Singh jee. His father had died and his mother could not feed him. For this reason she came to Baba Raam Singh jee and urged him to accept Baba Sham Singh jee. Baba Sham Singh had a remarkable inclination towards doing Bhagti, at such early age. He developed so much love for sangat that he refused to go back with his mother. Once when Baba Sham Singh was only 6 or 7 years old, he became a little relaxed in getting up at Amritvela and missed Amritvela for 2 days in a row. At this Baba Raam Singh told one of his sewadaar to take Baba Sham Singh and drop him off to his mother. When Baba Sham Singh heard this, he was horrified. He could not imagine going away from sangat and this way, lose spirituality. He started crying. The sewadar lovingly told him to seek forgiveness from Sant jee. Baba Sham Singh prostrated before Sant jee and earnestly sought forgiveness for not getting up early morning. At this Sant jee forgave him and told him that if a person loses Amritvela, then there is nothing left in that person. He said if he (Baba Sham Singh) was not going to keep Amritvela in his sangat, he (Baba Raam Singh) too will have some burden of the sin incurred with this, since he is responsible for him. After this, Baba Sham Singh jee never lost Amritvela. He lived for 115 more years, after this incident. Another Singh while describing the importance of Amritvela used to say that Siri Guru Kalgidhar jee himself takes attendance of who get up at Amritvela. If a person misses Amritvela, he marks them absent but if a person regularly misses Amritvela, Guru Sahib just strikes off his name from the list. This is a very scary thought. If Guru Sahib was to strike off our name from his list of Gursikhs he monitors, what would happen of us? We would just die. Some Tips for getting up at Amritvela 1) Let’s face it. We are not Brahmgyanis. So we should not try to imitate them either. Brahmgyanis may sleep (in so called sleep too they japp Naam) at midnight and still get up an hour or two hours later. But we are mortal beings. We must sleep early if we want to get up early. 2) One may sleep late and still get up early for 1 day, 2 days, 3 days or even a week but eventually he will be fatigued and sooner or later will lose or miss Amritvela. 3) A normal person needs at least 5-6 hours of sleep. If one wants to get up at 2am, then one must strive to sleep at 8pm. 4) Another thing to note is that if we sleep well at night, there is much more energy to japp Naam at Amritvela and concentration is much deeper. 5) If one is to sleep at 8pm, one must eat dinner by 6pm and then walk a little after eating. If one takes dinner at 9pm and sleep at 10-11, it is much harder to get up at Amritvela. As per experience of many Gursikhs heavy dinner, late at night, is an impediment in getting up early. 6) Do Kirtan Sohila with full concentration and do ardaas before Guru Sahib for Amritvela. 7) Before sleeping, one should try to concentrate on Naam Abhyaas or repeatedly do short Gurbani paaths like Ramkali kee Vaar and Basant kee Vaar. 8) At Amritvela, one should strive to do Ishnaan with cold water. This helps in concentration. Despite all the efforts and tricks, we must realize that Amritvela after all is a gift of Vaheguru. For this reason, the foremost thing to do is to supplicate and beg before Guru Sahib for this gift. If Guru Sahib beholds us with the eye of grace, then Amritvela is done effortlessly. Daas, Kulbir Singh Source: http://gurmatbibek.com/forum/read.php?3,160,244
  9. My father-in-law passed in a tragic accident involving an 18-wheeler. He was dropping passenger(s) off at Newark airport when he slid on black ice from a previous sleet/snow storm. After the car came to a stop, my father in law checked on the passengers to make sure everyone was okay. After that he proceeded to exit the vehicle to put proper flags, caution lights, etc. out to warn any oncoming traffic. Keep in mind he lost control on an exit ramp leading to the airport. Within minutes, an 18-wheeler came barreling up and around the ramp. Losing control because of speed and other unknown reasons, the truck spun out of control. After the sheriffs arrived to the scene and began to check on everyone involved in the accident, they realized the driver (my father in law) was missing. An officer then went to investigate the surroundings in search of my Parminder. A bit later, he was discovered under the truck. He was covered in snow. After removing the snow, it was obvious he passed of blunt force trauma to the head, neck and body. He was pronounced dead at the scene. My father in law loved to give. He would give you the turban off of his head, the shirt off of his back or the very last dollar in his pocket. He was very involved in the Sikh community here in NYC and loved to make a difference. He loved everyone he met and never stopped laughing. He helped anyone and everyone he possibly could. Pleas visit the page below and donate or show your support by helping us spread the word. www.gofundme.com/SupportTheSinghs
  10. Simran at woolwich gurdwara's every second saturday of the month. Details for rest of the yeat attached. Please attend with family. Upcoming days: Saturday 16th August Calderwood street gurudwara Saturday 13th September Masons hill Woolwich Gurudwara simran.bmp
  11. Waheguru Hope everyone watches this video of Giani Thakur Singh Ji talking about the power of Gurbani and Simran and how people have benefited from it. Also Giani Ji tells how we can benefit our self. Waheguru
  12. does anyone know of anyone or anything of an actual voice recording or video long or short, anything of baba nand singh ji? or any videos of sant sujaan singh where baba nand singh ji is shaamal (present)? if so, please please inbox me or post here. there are fotos of them ive seen. and what amazing fotos they are. if there's a recording, the world will be indebted to it. thanks gurfateh
  13. The Annual Southall Sikhi Camp hosted by Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall is back !!! :yay: The camp will consist of a variety of activities ranging from Sports, Games, Talks relating to Sikhi by National Speakers, Discussions and Interactive workshops. It will be an amazing experience for all campers with lots of exciting things in place for everyone!l The Camp age is strictly 7 - 15+ whereby the groups will be determined by age. Camp will be held from the 11th - 15th August 2014 starting at 9:00AM and finishing 3:30PM, Please aim to arrive for 8:45am each morning There will be a Induction day on 9th August 2014 which will be compulsory for a successful applicants to attend The camp & Induction day will take place at Khalsa Primary School, Norwood Green, Middlesex, UB2 5QP. To apply please fill out the application form at the Sikhi Camp Desk located at Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall, PARK AVENUE ONLY ON Sundays from 12PM - 4PM. (Please note there are limited spaces available, we will be taking the forms on a first come first serve basis only). For more information or Seva opportunities call 07984714808 or Facebook Us: Southall Sikhi Camp Spread the word and let your friends know! Phone: 07984714808 Facebook: www.facebook.com/SouthallSikhiCamp Twitter: @SouthallCamp14
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  15. Waheguru Baba Ji answers deep Gurmat questions, these will help the spiritual seekers. Below are some of the questions asked Questions taken from: Sikhawareness.com Gurfateh Sadh Sangat Ji, What a blissful week is been for me and others who spent time with Sant Jagjit Singh Ji Harkhowale. Sant Ji is loving great soul/ maha atma and always eager to clear any doubts anyone may have on various subjects on sikh theology, gurmat sidhant and social life/diet issues. There were many questions youth on this forum and others had for sant jagjit singh ji harkhowale. Unfortunately, due to time constraints not all questions were answered, but most of underlining deep theological questions were covered either in the past recording or in this recording. Anyway here are the list of questions which were answered and covered (Not in any particular order). ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ~Discussion with Sant Jagjit Singh Ji Harkhowale at trip to toronto 2010~ Download link: http://www.gurmatvee...ons_and_Answers - Are there any methods Sant Ji can share with us on how to reduce / defeat sleep? - Is naam nirgun vahiguroo? Or naam has lashkhans of nirgun? Is nirgun is only naam or sargun saroop? - What is bhaguati? What is chandi? What is shakta and shakti? Does gurmat believe in existence of shakta and shakti? Is gurmat acknowledges shakti concept which is shared by hindu dharams? - A child 18 months old dies of a cot death , why ? why take such a life at a very young age? .... an earth/sunami quake kills thousands of innocent people , why ? If god exists and our ultimate aim is to be one with waheguru, why didnt GOD protect the innocent ? - If there is one GOD , why cant a person meditate /pray as they are i.e. could be amritdari , white , black , skin head , short hair ... why make a physical change ? - Do we feel the effects of Gurbani more when it is sung in traditional way than recited? - There are many Vidiya (Sciences) to learn, ranging from spiritual to worldly to warfare, for Singhs of Guru Gobind Singh Ji what are their order of importance and how do they relate to each other? - Shabad Guru, Mahpursh, Ustaad/Gurdev, Shastars, etc how does one show satkaar in order to receive the most blessings? - How is a sikh living in the west supposed to integrate in sorrounding society. Is it a religious duty to involve himself in local/state politics etc or should involvement mostly be centered around gurdwara and sikh parchaar? - Can you also ask him if the effect of getting up at 12 AM and staying awake from 11 AM- 4 AM is the same, especially for students who are staying up until 4 am ? - In Gurbani, vak comes- Sat Guru Bina Hor Kachi Hae Bani. From Sikh maryada point of view(pakh) without question without gurbani everything else can be consider kachi bani. But from sikh adhyatam point of view, what constitutes as kachi bani? Ie- Can poetry/one’s anubhav of nirgun, dharna parchar of vahiguroo ji by bhramgyani mahapursh can be consider “kachi bani” ? Can you give me more vichar on athanka of – sat guru bina hor kachi hai bani? - is that panj kakkari rehat is usually a significance to saint/soldier lifestyle of the Khalsa. How would Gurmat occupy those that do not want to be soldiers but what to just focus on sainthood? Is kakkar rehat still important to keep for them? - If Raag is the hukam of the Guru, what are Sant Ji's views on Kirtan sung in filmy tunes? - What if an Amritdhari does not know or is unsure they have committed a kurehit (e.g. accidently/unknowingly eaten meat, for arguments sake playing with scissors and it has come really close to their beard and they realise afterwards but are unsure if any rom has been cut, possibly drank coke and not sure if there was a hint of alcohol etc.)? Would this person need to retake amrit? Would they die a bemukh? - Baba Ji mentioned yesterday that during the incident at Baghdad when Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji took Pir Dastgir's son with him to show the existance fo the lakh patals and Akash they brought backa abata of Karah Parashad. Baba Ji mentioned this 'Dargahi Bata' is still in existence and has been passed to the continue lineage of Pirs as the sakhi is retold. Can Baba Ji tell us which samparda/pir its with today and the location? - what should we as individuals do to prepare for whats coming?? (ie potential world war, famines etc) ask him for details beyond just an answer of 'more abhyaas and learn shastervidya' - How important is shastar vidya? At times during practise, many singhs take off your kara or kirpan so it does not hit others? is that kurahit? - Also, are the 5 khands in JapJi sahib ji actual places, a state of mind (avasthha), or both? - Srimaan 108 Naabh Kanwal Raja Sahib Ji (Sant Baba Bhagwan Das Ji) and their successor Sant Baba Preetam Das Ji? Is their any successor now? Did either of them ever take Khande Di Pahul? And can they also tell us a little something on Bhagwan Bilaas? Also, why were they referred to as "Nabh Kanwal" Raja Sahib Ji? -If someone has done nindiya of a sant, but regrets it afterwards will they still go to hell (as per Bhagat Ravidas Ji Baani in Raag Gond)? -In the diary of Sant Isher Singh Ji Rara Sahib, he talks of the 4 types of tyag, the 3rd being Sargun Saroop Hari da tyag. However, Nanaksar is based on Sargun Upaasnaa. Please can Sant Ji clarify this? - Normally its consider anandmaykosh is always an sheat in the mind and obstacle, how can we come across with that obstacle when guru maharaj ji talks about anand in anand sahib? - Many beleive 5 elements, sub elements, 5 koshas, gyan of atma, three layers of body is hinduvaad? - Many beleive puratan samparda's interprets gurbani via advaita vedanta of adi sankarcharya? What is your view? - Many beleive, after mukhti of an sikh, sikh still maintains its own vajood(consciousness) yet still be in sachkhand? If there was no vajood, atma would be annihalated in vahiguroo which is contary to gurmat.?? - Is Braham Kavach bani? - Is it true that Shaheed Baba Deep Singh did sawa lakh of this bani and havan before departing to protect Harimandir Sahib? - Why was Sri Sarbloh Granth written? What is the unique phul of this Granth? Is it all Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji's bani? -Did Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji do havan of Devi before creating the Khalsa Panth to aid them as it says in puratan granths? -what does Sant Ji think about "Sanatan Sikhi", i.e., the attempt by some to Hindufy Sikh? -How should one do shastar puja? -What bania should one recite for power to fight in jang? -Can Sant Ji suggest some sort of tapasya like the Sharda Pooran sadhanas (i.e., recite x bani y times for z number of days) to increase and develop the kshatriya side of Sikhi? -What is the full maryada to do a chalisa? -Some people have suggested that the world will end in 2012 or so. What does Sant Ji believe will happen in the world in the next decade or so? -When will kaljug end? - On average how long is charci lakh joon? -Some people say that Guru Gobind singh ji was not the sargun saroop of waheguru they say that guru gobind singh said if you call me god you will fall in the pit of hell. How can guru ji throw you in hell by calling him god? In gurbani it says this below, can santji please do veechar of this ."mau ko parmeswar jo uchare te sab narak kund main jaaye” (Can't seem to find the gurbani for this) Those who call me God, will fall into the deep pit of hell. -Is raagmala true or kachi bani? - Bhagat dhanna did bhagti of a stone that a brahmin pandit gave him. He observed the stone as god but isn't worshipping a stone against gurmat and how did he meet god by this anti gurmat practice? -Sant ji told us in the past recording that says a person who doesn't meet waheguru in this life will get another chance of human life in the next as long as they did bhagti and kept rehit. Anyway the question is how long does one have to wait to get a chance of human life again? - Can we get detailed description of deit of sikh who is behingum and sikh who is gristhi? - To the path to bhramgyan- are there different stages of jaigaso or sadhu going towards bhramgyani? - what is dastar bandi ceremony? How does it get performed? Please tell us about more about this ceremony? - Nanak Satguru Bhetiya Pooraie Hovaie Jugat, Hasandaie Khelendaiya Pehendiya Kavandaiya viche hovaie Mukht || Please give us visthar vichar on this above tuk? How does jaigaso be nirlaip from maya and consider this duniya mithiya yet still be happy- hasandaie khelendiya, pehendiya, kavandaie? - Please explain in visthar different types of karam? Like meaning- sanchit, kariman, and paralabdh karam? - How does surat merge with shabad? Surat jog with shabad kivaie? - How can one control our mind with prana? -What is difference between Tibetan Buddhism and Gurmat? - Some people have doubts that sargun is nirgun, they think its just mere pasara of nirgun, sargun is not nirgun? Can you explain little more in depth with gurbani quotes, how does nirgun relate to sargun? In gurmat sidhant, both upasana of nirgun and sargun are parvan ? or only nirgun di upasana? -what is nirgun upasana? And what is sargun upasana? - Why do we stand up in ardas...what is the reason for standing? - What is the essence of sikhi? simple and plain - Also some penji believe that before taking amrit they should have laser hair treatment on the face and then take amrit as they believe guruji will forgive them for it since they have taken it before amrit. Is this right and allowed? - If one does penance in this age while combined with bhagti will it be worth more value than just doing bhagti on it's own? - How can you conquer/completely or control the panj chor?
  16. Why are the youths of today cutting their beards and kesh ??? Please explain openly ! Really wanna hear your thoughts.
  17. so i was looking at fotos of maharaja ranjeet singh, and i came accross this foto. I thought, mm.. it looks like an old foto.. it must be a greater chance that this is what maharaja ranjeet singh looked like.. then i notices the eye.. it looks like half of their face was droopy, aka palsy'd. could it be that they had it? may seem like a silly question, but any thoughts on this topic would be appreciated. or even why was the foto painted with there eye like that!>! akaal ! gurfateh
  18. Amritdhari Sikh attacked, brutally beaten up by miscreants in Amritsar, while police remained mute spectator Amritsar, Punjab (March 15, 2014): As per media reports a Sikh youth was brutally thrashed on Saturday (March 15) by demonstrators in Amritsar for no apparent reason after he asked for a way to reach to his shop near Bhandari Bridge. Activists of various Dalit organizations were protesting at Bhandari Bridge in support of their demands, including construction of a temple at Ram Teerath. Amritdhari Sikh beaten up badly at Amritsar As per media reports [t]he victim, Jasbir Singh, an Amritdhari Sikh youth, said that he had requested the protesters to let him go to his shop, and without any provocation, he was beaten by some of the Dalit youths. He alleged that they removed his turban off his head and fist cuffed him. They also pulled his hair in the presence of some senior police officials. He rued that none of the policemen came forward to rescue him. He said police should book the culprits and also demanded justice. Notably, police officials, who later reached the spot, misbehaved with the media. Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh said the incident was brought to his knowledge, and added that he is also aware of the reports of police officials misbehaving with the media. He said that he has instructed the DCP to look into the matter, and assured strict action against the culprits, who had thrashed Jasbir Singh, and the policemen for their negligence, if any. Credits: Sikhsiyasat.net Pictures of Attackers https://m.facebook.com/PunjabSpectrumCom/albums/835216873161574/?_e_pi_=7%2CPAGE_ID10%2C3264412382
  19. Sikhvibes.com Re-Launch!

    (Request for STICKY and left in General Section) We are re-launching new design for SikhVibes.com Come check it out! Check daily for Kirtan, Katha, Video updates and more! Website: www.sikhvibes.com YouTube: SikhVibes Facebook: /SikhVibesDOTcom Twitter: /sikhvibes Email: sikhvibes@gmail.com Vaheguru ji ka Khalsa, Vaheguru ji ki Fateh!!
  20. Beautiful Aad Waheguru Jugaad Waheguru.mp3 Hao Tumri Karao Nit Aas.mp3 Kya Jana Kya Hoega Ree Maayi.mp3
  21. Bhai Guriqbal Singh Ji answering the concerns of people on spiritual journey. The book is in the form of questions and answers. Jeevan Sedhan.pdf.pdf
  22. Waheguru Here is a great book on operation blue star by Jathedar of Akal Takht Giani Kirpal Singh Ji. This is a detailed book and an eye witness account of what happened during 1984. Akhi Dhatta Saka Neela Tara
  23. Waheguru Here is a great viakhia of Shastar Naam Mala by Giani Thakur Singh Ji, it is not the whole Bani but only the begaining Shabads. Giani Ji expliens the deep meanings of the Shabads and Bani. Must Listen.
  24. Simran Mehima--Raghbir Singh Bir

    Waheguru Here is a great book by Sardar Raghbir Singh Ji on Simran Simran Mehima [scribd][/scribd]
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