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  1. Bhai Manpreet Singh Awesome Simran Hazoor Sahib Waheguru Simran Very Peaceful Bhai Manjit Singh Ji ( AKJ Style)
  2. Various Audio Kathas - Nihang Singhs

    http://www.nihangsingh.org/website/mm-santa.html By: Baba Santa Singh Giani Mehtab Singh Giani Shere Singh Baba Nihal Singh Baba Maan Singh Joga Singh Jogi Baba Tarlok Singh
  3. http://www.nihangsingh.org/website/mm-mehtabs.html Das Granthi Sri Jaap Sahib Akaal Ustat Bachittar Natak Chandi Charitar Chandi Di Vaar Shabad Hazare Patshahi Dasvi 33 Suvayie Kalaki Suvayie Baarahmaha Misar Parrat Karninaama Bhagauti Astother Barahm Kawach Khalsa Mool Mantar Khalsa Rehitnama Shastar Naam Mala Ugardanti Naseehat Nama
  4. Sadhsangat jee Vaheguru Jee Kaa Khalsaa Vaheguru Jee Kee Fateh Please take time out too read about the life of the perfect soul, 'gupt grnthee' of Sri Harmandir Sahib Jee Baba Shaam Singh Jee who served Sri Guru Raam Daas Sahib Jee for over seventy years http://www.gurmatparchar.com/#/baba-shaam-singh-jee/4575277976
  5. dum pm manmohan singh

    Ban on Turban in France issue. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh kept quiet, But Kathleen Wynn Premier of Ontario (Canada) raised this issue with Prime Minister of France in a meeting. He is on his trip to Canada. Kudos to her. ਕੈਥਲੀਨ ਵਿੱਨ ਨੇ ਫਰਾਂਸ ਦੇ ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਕੋਲ ਧਾਰਮਿਕ ਚਿੰਨ੍ਹਾਂ `ਤੇ ਪਾਬੰਦੀ ਦਾ ਮੁੱਦਾ ਉਠਾਇਆ ਓਨਟਾਰੀਓ ਦੀ ਪੀ੍ਰਮੀਅਰ ਕੈਥਲੀਨ ਵਿੱਨ ਨੇ ਫਰਾਂਸ ਦੇ ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਜੀਨ ਮਾਰਕ ਆਇਰੋਲ ਨਾਲ ਆਪਣੀ ਮੀਟਿੰਗ ਦੌਰਾਨ ਫਰਾਂਸ ਦੇ ਸਰਕਾਰੀ ਸਕੂਲਾਂ ‘ਚ ਦਸਤਾਰ ਸਮੇਤ ਧਾਰਮਿਕ ਚਿੰਨ੍ਹ ਪਹਿਨਣ ‘ਤੇ ਲੱਗੀ ਪਾਬੰਦੀ ਦਾ ਮੁੱਦਾ ਉਠਾਇਆ। ਉਹਨਾਂ ਵਲੋਂ ਇਹ ਮੁੱਦਾ ਯੁਨਾਈਟਡ ਸਿੱਖਸ ਦੇ ਡਾਇਰੈਕਟਰ ਰਣਬੀਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਨੇ ਚਿੱਠੀ ਲਿਖ ਕੇ ਮੁੱਖ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਕੈਥਰੀਨ ਵਿੱਨ ਤੋਂ ਦਸਤਾਰ ਦਾ ਮੁੱਦਾ ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਆਇਰੁਲ ਦੇ ਧਿਆਨ ਵਿੱਚ ਲਿਆਉਣ ਦੀ ਬੇਨਤੀ ਕੀਤੀ ਸੀ। from bhai jarnail singh fb page
  6. Waheguru This book is written by Baba Karam Singh Ji Bhikke Wale. Questions were asked to Baba Isher Singh Ji by different individuals and the answers given. Baba Karam Singh Ji wrote these down to help the student on Atam Marg. In the introduction it says that after reading this granth other granths will not be needed because it has all the essence of other granths in it. Couple of the questions and answers in the begaining of the book are here translated into english so Gursikhs can have a taste and will read the entire book for their benefit. My english is not so great and many mistakes probably crept in,so it is better if you read it along with the book Waheguru Here is the link for the entire book Atam Hularay Ik Oankar Satgur Prasad “Atam Hularay” by Baba Karam Singh Ji Rara Sahib Wale Question: The six Sasters(six schools of hindu philosophy) and other religions (mat) have given different methods and understanding on how liberation (mukat) is to be obtained; for instance some say that spiritual wisdom (gyan) leads to liberation (mukhti). Some say that following the eight components of yoga: Yim, Naym, dharna, dhayan etc. leads to liberation. Also some say that karama leads to liberation. Every sect (bekh) give there own view on liberation. What is the method taught in Sikhi(Gur Mat) that leads to liberation? Answer: Guru Nanak Dev Maharaj also believes spiritual wisdom (gyan) leads to liberation. For instance: “But liberation does not come from learning without understanding,” (Ang 903). Without knowledge (gyan) there is no liberation for a person(jiv). Also, Guru Gobind Singh Ji says who is ignorant of the Knowledge of the ONE LORD, how can such person ferry across the world-ocean? 1.71. Akal Ustat Sri Krishna also says that without spirtual wisdom (gyan) liberation is not possible. Riday Giaanaat nih Mukti (Gita) For as long as there is no knowledge of the soul (Jiv Atama) in the heart (hirday) there can be no liberation. Question: What is the definition of liberation (mukti)? Answer: The eradication of coming and going in reincarnation and the destruction of (Aad) suffering of the mind (Biadh) suffering of the body (Opaadh) suffering of the self and is the meaning of liberation. Question: What method or practice (saadan) taught by Guru Nanak Dev Maharaj that leads to liberation? Answer: Guru Ji teaches that these three methods (Saadna) lead to liberation: Bana manan nam liv laavan Houmai tajan panth eiho paavan This is the path of liberation. There are two more methods (saadan). 1. Sewa 2. Simran, without these two Sikhi cannot be obtained. For instance: ਗੁਰ ਸਿਖੀ ਦਾ ਸਿਖਣਾ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਸਾਧਸੰਗਤਿ ਦੀ ਸੇਵਾ। Gur Sikhee Daa Sikhanaa Guramoukhi Saadhasangati Dee Sayvaa. The way of learning the conduct of a Sikh of the Guru is that one should be the holy congregation. 1 ਵਾਰਾਂ ਭਾਈ ਗੁਰਦਾਸ : ਵਾਰ ੨੮ ਪਉੜੀ ੪ ਪੰ. ੧ Bhai Gurdas Ji Without self-less service (Sewa) and remembering God (Simran) Sikhi can’t be obtained. Like a bird cant fly in the sky without two feathers. A Sikh without self-less service (Sewa) and remembering God (Simran) cant merge into Wahguru without these two items. Question: What is the form of self-less service (sewa)? Answer: There are many different kinds of Sewa. Sewa of parents. Sewa of a country. Sewa of society. Sewa of someone in need. Sewa of animals and birds. Building schools, colleges, hospitals, religious centers are also Sewa, all these Sewas are for the society. But the most beneficial Sewa is of the Guru and Congregation (sangat) with this sewa the heart (hirda) becomes clean and the light of spiritual knowledge (gyan) grows. Guru Ji says: Fruitful is service to the True Guru, if one does so with a sincere mind (Ang 552) There are many different kinds of Sewa for the Guru. For instance taking care of the Guru. Even if you live far sending money for the Guru’s Kitchen (langer) is Sewa. Also, spreading the teachings of the Gurus is Sewa. Thats why in the Gurus House liberation can be obtained by Sewa to the Guru and Sewa to the society. In the midst of this world, do seva and you shall be given a place of honor in the Court of the Lord. Sri Rag Guru Nanak Dev Ji Question: To live a happy life in this world what qualities (gunas) need to be applied? Answer: God rests in those hearts which have good qualities, traits (gunas). For instance: Jogi riday Nivas, bogi riday Udas Those with good qualities (gunas) have God in their heart (hirday) and those always seeking pleasures (bog) are always far from God. Guru Ji says: He dwells forever in the minds of the virtuous. He is far removed from those worthless people who lack virtue (Ang 27) God is in the heart of the virtuous and far away from those who lack virtue . This is why good qualities need to be lived (dharn). Dhora Dharm seel tap daan gun, vidya bin jo jant Mirat lok kit baar tay, nar bap mirag bichranat 14 Those people without religion (dharm) , good conducts (aacharn), good virtues (gunas), knowledge of God (brahm vidya) are a burden to this earth. Even though those people have the bodies of a human but they are like animals. That is why people need to be virtues (gunas). Religion (dharm) is the best virtue (gunas). Guru Ji says: Those who forget the Naam, the Name of the Lord, are a burden on the earth (Ang 488) Dohar Sukhi dukhi nar jagat mai, dharm karay jo koi Sukhi karay tab sukh badai, dukhi karai dukh khoe 19 Those who with pain or pleasure follow the religious teaching (dharm) will get happiness. If a happy(sukhi) person follows the teaching he gets more happy. If a miserable (dukhi) person follows the teaching his misery will be reduced. Question: What is the form of righteousness, duty, faith (dharm). By what qualities can a person follow dharm? Answer: Ahead the meaning of dharm is explained. Dhora Khima, Ahansa, daya, mird, satbachan, tap, daan Seel, Soch, Trasna bina, dham ling das jaan 10 These are the ten signs of dharm. 1. Forgiveness (khima karani) 2. Not killing a being (Jiv na marnay) 3. Having compassion on all beings (sab jivan tay daya karni) 4. Talking positive (mitha bolna) 5. Talking truth (sat bachan bolnay) 6. Following religious practice (tap karna) 7. Giving (daan karna) 8. Being modest and staying sexually pure (sharm rakhni jat vich rahna) 9. Bathing (isnaan Karna) 10. Be content (trishna ton bina hona) Meaning staying content with what you have, not always wanting more. This is the form of dharm, by following these ten signs happiness is obtained. Question: How does dharm grow (otpati)? Answer: Choupai Upjay dharm vak sat kar ait Daya daan kar dham vadai nit isthat dharm khimaa kay sangaa Dharm krodh kar hoot vivangaa 11 Meaning: Being truthful gives rise to dharm. Being truthful is a best quality (guna). Guru Ji says: Sacho oray sab ko upar sach aachar va sach shabna hoey daaru paap kadhay dhoeay. Because of this always talk truthfully. Compassion and giving everyday adds growth to your faith. If someone practices compassion dharm begins to stabilize in that person. Compassion and forgiveness gives birth to dharm. Guru Ji says: The mythical bull is Dharma, the son of compassion; this is what patiently holds the earth in its place (Ang 3) So dharm in the form of the bull is the son of compassion. It holds the earth upon itself. If dharm is destroyed then the whole earth is destroyed. Dharm is powerful, practice it with forgiveness toward everyone in your heart. Question: How is dharm destroyed (naas)? Answer: Dharm Krodh kar hot vibangaa 11 Dharm is destroyed by angar (krodh) because when a person is angry all his good virtues (gunas) get destroyed in his hear. Question: How does anger take birth? ' Answer: Anger rises from (dvash). Whoever has jealousy and hatred they will get angry. Guru Ji in Bani says anger is like fire (agni) and outcaste(Chandal). Agian krodh Chandal The fire of anger is the outcaste who burns dead bodies at the crematorium (Ang 15) For instance fire when it gets loose destroys whatever is in its way, so angry destroys the good virtues like fire. A butcher (chandal) does not have compassion in his heart, so doesn’t a person who has angry. Guru Ji says: Do not meet with, or even approach those people, whose hearts are filled with horrible anger (Ang 40) The Fifth Guru explains it: O anger, you are the root of conflict, compassion never rises up in you. You take take the corrupt, sinful beings in your power, and make them dance like monkeys. Associating with you, mortals are debased and punished by the Messenger of Death in so manys ways. O Destroyer of the pains of the poor, O Merciful God, Nanak prays for You to protect all beings from such anger. (Ang 1358) Andh Karo tharg vatan kro, Surat vatan ko batharo dar daaro dirat vatan ki su dirtharo, pun chaatar ki mat dur nivaro Anger says whoever I effect, People with eyes I make them blind. And whoever has ears I make them dumb. whoever has steadfastness I shake them The wise I make foolish and unable to differentiate between good or bad This is why anger destroys dharm, never have anger in your mind
  7. There's a new twitter page and website that started up a few days ago called @patkaspotting it's made to shame people who were patka's. The person who started this page said their intention is to promote people to wear dastaars instead of patka's. In my opinion I think this is very wrong and it can even be considered as cyber bullying because the people on this page don't give permission for their pictures to be used (a lot of them don't even know their picture is used). Does anyone else think this isn't right? The website is http://patkaspotting.com
  8. http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/8973919/fauja-singh-runner The Runner Fauja Singh ran his first marathon at age 89 and became an international sensation. Now 101 years old, he will run his final race on Sunday in Hong Kong -- and try to find peace with a Guinness World Records slight. ESPN The Magazineby Jordan ConnPORTRAITS BY LEVON BISS 02/22/13 THE PARTY WOULD BEGIN just as soon as the race ended. And the race would end just after Fauja Singh crossed the line in 3,851st place. By finishing then -- by finishing at all -- Fauja would do what no man before him had ever done. Amid the bundled and cheering crowd in Toronto, underneath a distended but gracious sky, he would complete a marathon. And he would do so at 100 years old. Was it pain he felt as he approached the end, just footsteps away from redefining the limits of human endurance? No, this wasn't pain. Fauja knew pain. Pain was death -- you see plenty of that when you live 100 years. Pain was bloody limbs and overtaxed joints -- you get too much of that when you insist on completing every race you ever start. This wasn't pain but exhaustion. And Fauja could handle exhaustion, because exhaustion foreshadowed euphoria. When Fauja got tired, it often meant a record would soon fall. Fauja Singh crosses the finish line in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in Toronto on Oct. 16, 2011. David Cooper/The Toronto Star/Zuma Press He'd already broken a few. Fastest to run a marathon (male, over age 90), fastest to run 5,000 meters (male, over age 100), fastest to run 3,000 meters (male, over age 100), and on and on they went. But those records didn't roll off the tongue the way this one would. Oldest person to complete a marathon (male): Fauja Singh. The other feats had earned him recognition from the Masters Federation websites. This one would put him in the Guinness World Records. An official with the company had contacted Fauja's coach, Harmander Singh (no relation) several weeks earlier. Harmander told Fauja that Guinness would send representatives to watch Fauja run in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, and as soon as he finished, they would award him the recognition he deserved. So Fauja ran in Toronto, arms swinging, yellow turban bobbing, chest-length Zeusian beard swaying in the wind. He was joined by other runners with roots in the Indian region of Punjab, their appearance in keeping with the traditions of their Sikh faith. Fauja trotted for the first three miles, until his coach encouraged him to slow to a jog. Speed was fleeting, the enemy of endurance. By mile 6, he'd downshifted to a toddle. After a break for a rubdown and some tea at mile 18, he settled into a walk. The exhaustion took hold sometime around mile 20, but Harmander kept Fauja upbeat with white lies about the remaining distance. He'd tell Fauja there were four miles left when there were actually six, then two miles left when there were actually three, making Fauja believe he'd covered more ground than he actually had, until finally Fauja saw the only mile-marker he understood: the finish line. What had been silence between footsteps was now music and cheers. The slog to the finish reminded Fauja of his wedding day, of the joy that awaited at the end of the long aisle. He waved to the crowd as he walked across the line, then lifted his arms and accepted a medal. He'd finished in 8 hours, 25 minutes. There were smiles and handshakes and photos with friends and strangers, then a rambling news conference for Fauja to reflect on his record. Amid the chaos and congratulations, however, Fauja and Harmander never noticed the absence of one celebrant they'd expected. They didn't realize that Guinness was nowhere to be found. Harmander Singh runs with Fauja in Valentines Park in Redbridge, London. Levon Biss for ESPN The Magazine THE VILLAGE OF BEAS PIND sits in northeastern India, not too far from the Pakistani border, right along the Jalandhar Pathankhot road. It is quiet and nondescript, a place for farmers and their families, their daily routines dictated by the whims of the weather and the yield of the land. On one spring morning in Beas Pind, Bhago Kaur gave birth to a son. The women of the family decided to call him Fauja, meaning "army general," or "soldier." The year was 1911. At least, that is, if you believe Fauja Singh. The man has no birth certificate, because at that time, in that part of the world, there were no birth certificates. The British ruled India until 1947 and, according to Michelle Ercanbrack of Ancestry.com, the country did not begin registering births until 1964. There is no record when this family photo was taken, but it is at Fauja's ancestral home in Punjab, India. Courtesy Khushwant Singh But none of that would matter for another century or so. In 1911, it mattered only that the boy was healthy and happy and loved. By his second birthday, however, Fauja's parents had cause for concern: He couldn't walk. The way Fauja tells it, his legs were short and spindly, capable of movement but too weak to support his body. He turned 3. No steps yet. Then 4. Still crawling. Children called him danda, Punjabi for "stick." Family members worried he might be crippled for life, so they consulted village doctors. Generally unfamiliar with Western medicine, the local health care providers were likely to concoct an herbal remedy for illness or prescribe human urine for injuries, but in Fauja's case, they saw nothing wrong. The boy was just weak, they said. Nothing could be done. Finally, at age 5, he developed enough strength to hobble. Proper walking didn't come until around age 10. In the Punjab, schools were scarce and attended only by the upper classes, so as he grew, Fauja joined the village's other men on the farm. He fed the cattle. He worked the land, growing maize and wheat. When monsoon season brought rain and rain turned dirt to mud, Fauja returned home each day with his clothes soiled, ready to rest with a hot cup of tea. He subsisted on milk and yogurt and conversations that stretched from afternoon to night. It was a simple life, each day's monotonous pleasures carrying over to the next. Years passed. Fauja married. His wife, Gian Kaur, had three boys and three girls. Years more passed. The children grew. By the 1960s, most had married and moved, one by one, to the West. One settled in Canada, the others in England. One stayed at home -- Kuldip, Fauja's fifth child and second son. In 1992, his wife died. Fauja grieved but felt thankful, celebrating a long life well lived. He was 81 now, surely approaching death himself, and he was happy to live out his remaining days at home with Kuldip. "I have always loved my children the same," he says, but there in the village, he could see and touch and smell only Kuldip every day. In the mornings, they worked the fields. In the afternoons, they laughed over tea. In the evenings, they retired to their roadside home. There was no favoritism, he'd say, only the intimacy of a life shared. In Punjab, the monsoons came each July. Hot air rose. Air pressure dropped. Rain fell and crops grew and farmers celebrated their windfall while seeking shelter from the spewing and malevolent sky. One night in 1994, Kuldip and Fauja walked outside to make some repairs to an irrigation channel that ran next to the site of their newest business venture, a roadside restaurant. Wind and rain whipped across the village, ripping a sheet of corrugated metal off the roof of the restaurant. This was typical in Punjab, where the violence of the weather patterns often overpowered the infrastructure of the villages. Everything that would come later in life -- the records, the travel, the fame -- all of it was in response to that night. But when Fauja is asked to recount it, he lets his translator tell most of the story. He'd rather not say that he watched the sheet of metal fly at his son's skull, watched iron collide with flesh and his son's head fly off his body. He'd rather not remember the rain falling as Fauja screamed, looking on as his son lay on the ground, dead. Decapitated. He will, however, mention the thoughts the came next. "Why, God? Why him? Why not me?" Fauja Singh at the Gurdwara Singh Sabha Seven Kings, a Sikh Temple, in London. Levon Biss for ESPN The Magazine THE MONOTONOUS DAYS, once so benign, now trudged forward underneath the weight of loss. Fauja sat in his home or under the nearby trees, stone faced, waiting for each day to end. He picked fights. He lost friends. He wandered around the village, alone and aimless. He walked to the spot where his son's head had once rolled, and he stared and mumbled and cried. The villagers worried. They called Fauja's other children in London and told them, Your father's gone crazy. The children decided Fauja needed to be near them, so they asked him to move to England. He boarded a plane, leaving most of his possessions behind. He'd visited London over the years and found it "fantastic and different." But this time: "I was going only to forget." At first, the new setting was no better. Too old to work and illiterate besides, Fauja felt no purpose or responsibility. "My mind," he says, "was still in India." Yet his depression had come to London. At 101, Fauja Singh is believed to be the world's oldest marathon runner. Looking to get out of the house, Fauja began running with fellow Punjabi expats at Sikh community gatherings. "I needed something to distract myself," he says. Nearly 85 years after Fauja had been too weak to walk, he found himself in decent physical shape. While his new expat friends had spent much of their lives enjoying London's conveniences, Fauja had spent his days laboring on the farm. He challenged fellow seniors to sprints. He won. When there was no one available to race, Fauja set off running by himself, and he built up his distance over time. When running, Fauja realized he thought only of his next step. After enough steps, his mind went blank, and with his feet pounding the pavement, Fauja says, "I felt connected to God." The anger evaporated. For at least a few moments, Fauja escaped his grief. Fauja lived with his son, Sukhjinder, and his children took care of his expenses. He still collected a pension from the government, however (as do many of the UK's elderly residents), so he allowed himself to indulge in expensive clothing. After a lifetime in functional Punjabi garb, he took quickly to London's high-fashion aesthete. He couldn't speak the language or follow the customs, and his beard and his turban marked him clearly as a foreigner, but from the neck down, Fauja looked the part of a Londoner. He had another indulgence, too: television. Fauja hadn't owned one in India, so now he passed hours flipping channels on the couch, and one afternoon, he saw a mass of people crowded together on the road, running along in T-shirts and shorts. Curious, Fauja asked around, What were they doing? Soon he found out it was an organized race. A marathon, they called it. Fauja decided that if the people on TV could run a marathon, then surely he could run one, too. Fauja Singh ran his first marathon at age 89. Levon Biss for ESPN The Magazine THROUGH A MUTUAL ACQUAINTANCE, Fauja met Harmander Singh, an amateur marathoner who trained others in his spare time. Fauja told Harmander he wanted to run the London Marathon and needed a coach. It was February of 2000. The race was in April. Fauja had 10 weeks. On the first day of training, Fauja arrived limber and energetic and dressed, as he believed was perfectly appropriate, in a dazzling three-piece suit. Harmander told him he needed a wardrobe change. After adamant protests, Fauja relented, ditched the suit and bought running gear. He showed up every day after that, building his routine around his training schedule. His mileage increased as the weeks passed. Race day arrived. After 6 hours and 54 minutes, 4:48 behind winner Antonio Pinto, Fauja crossed the finish line. At age 89, he was a marathoner. Soon, he would be a star. ... FAUJA ENTERED THE LONDON MARATHON again the next year, 2001, this time with a record at stake. He needed to beat 7:52 to be the fastest marathoner alive over age 90. He broke it by 57 minutes. Now came the interviews, the photo ops and the requests for public appearances. Fauja became a staple at events held by the Punjabi diaspora, showing up to weddings and parties and school festivals, giving hugs and shaking hands. Fauja kept running, and his time kept dropping, and in 2004 adidas called, eager to include a turbaned nonagenarian marathoner in its "Impossible is Nothing" ad campaign. Fauja was featured alongside David Beckham, and his image was used in magazine ads, along with the tagline: 6:54 at age 89. 5:40 at age 92. The Kenyans better watch out for him when he hits 100. Fauja Singh, at age 93, begins the 2004 London Marathon in Greenwich. AP Photo/PA/Chris Young According to Harmander, Fauja gave all the money he received to charity. Many races paid for his travel expenses, but at home, he could live off his children and his pension. He raced in Scotland and Canada and all over England. "I had a new focus," he says. The more he ran and gave, the more he pushed back his grief. As he traveled, Fauja barely knew where he was from one day to the next. If you asked him about "adidas," he'd have no clue who you were talking about. He knew it only as the company that sponsored him, who brought him in for photo-shoots and events. The attention -- that's what Fauja loved. He may have donated the money, but the smiles and handshakes from friends and strangers alike, the hugs from blondes and the questions from reporters -- all of that was for Fauja and Fauja alone. He almost never turned down requests for appearances or photos, always eager to step into any room whose attention he could command. So when Fauja came to the United States for the New York City Marathon in 2003, he wanted all eyes on him. Specifically, on his head. Post-9/11 America had become a difficult place for turban wearers. It mattered little that turbans were most common among Sikhs, and that Sikhs -- whose monotheistic faith originated in India in the 15th century -- played no role in the attacks on the twin towers. Sikhs wore turbans. And in 2003, turbans were bad. Dozens of hate crimes against Sikhs had been reported across the country. In Phoenix, a Sikh truck driver was shot twice by men in a pickup truck, unprovoked. In Maryland, a Sikh family received threatening letters and had its home vandalized. In New York, a Sikh police officer resigned after his supervisors ordered him to shave his beard and remove his turban. For Sikhs, the turban is worn as a marker of never-ending accountability. Everywhere he goes, a Sikh man is marked by his religion. This is by design. It's a constant reminder -- a man doesn't represent only himself; he represents all who share his beliefs. So Fauja arrived in New York, dying to spark conversation over his turban and his faith. If he could run a good race, perhaps even break a record or two, that would help. By this point, however, Fauja was on his third marathon in less than seven months. The miles had taken a toll. He showed up for the race with the flu, jet lag and a bum ankle. Once he got going, he had to listen to cries of "Osama!" and "Saddam!" from the crowd. The pack pulled away, and Fauja slipped behind, stopping every so often for rest and medical treatment. Blisters formed, and soon they burst, the blood filling Fauja's sock. His run became a walk; his walk became a hobble. With his foot throbbing, Fauja shouted in Punjabi to whoever could hear, "Just chop it off!" Paramedics trailed close behind, but whenever they asked whether he needed help, Fauja just waved them away. He would finish, and would show Americans what kind of men wore turbans atop their heads. After 7 hours and 34 minutes, more than half an hour slower than his previous slowest time, Fauja crossed the finish line. After he finished answering questions from reporters, he collapsed. Within moments, he was surrounded by paramedics and lifted into an ambulance. Cameras clicked, capturing the old man, frail and slow, with a turban wrapped tight around his head, looking closer to death than to ever finishing another marathon. He felt certain he'd failed to convince anyone of a Sikh man's strength and kindness. Never mind that cheers had far outweighed slurs, or that the next morning's papers would make only passing reference to his injuries. In Fauja's mind, he'd become a symbol of weakness, deserving of pity, not respect. He made a vow: He'd never run again. ... Harmander Singh would not let his student quit. Levon Biss for ESPN The Magazine ONE PROBLEM: Harmander wouldn't let him quit. "I was terrified," Harmander says. "He'd used running to pull himself out of the depression he fell into after his son died. What was he going to do without it?" Harmander convinced Fauja to run one more race. New York had been too difficult, he said. Three marathons in six-and-a-half months is remarkable for a 30-year-old. At 92 it's insane. "So give it some time," Harmander told Fauja. "Let your body recover, then see how you feel." Fauja agreed to run the London Marathon again the next spring. He ran his third-fastest time ever, 6:07. He was back. Now Haramander approached Fauja with another proposal. "You've already set every marathon record you possibly can. There's only one left to break, the record for the oldest marathoner ever." At the time, that record was held by Dimitrion Yordanidis, who ran the original marathon course, from Marathon, Greece, to Athens, in 1976. Yordanidis had been 98. Fauja was 93. "You can't break that record now," Harmander said. "All you can do is wait." So Fauja waited, running shorter races to fill his time. Then, in April 2011, his 100th birthday arrived, and with it, an opportunity to break the record. Soon he received an invitation from the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, where years ago Fauja had run his fastest time. He accepted. The race was set for October. In September, Harmander received an email from Vin Sharma, a London-based Global Talent Manager at Guinness. "What would be great," Sharma wrote, "is to start by acknowledging 'Oldest Marathon Runner' title which rightfully belongs to Fauja-ji." (Ji is an honorific suffix used in Indian languages.) “He'd used running to pull himself out of the depression he fell into after his son died. What was he going to do without it? ” - Harmander Singh The email from Sharma continued: "Birth certificate or passport to verify his age would also be useful." Fauja, of course, did not have a birth certificate. But he did have a passport. He'd gotten his first when he visited his children abroad, decades prior. On that passport, and on each one he'd received since, there was listed the same date of birth: April 1, 1911. Sharma attached a document with official guidelines for the record. "Where a birth certificate is not available," it said, "a copy of a relevant ID should be submitted." They submitted the documents, and weeks later they flew to Toronto. Fauja finished in 8:25. In his mind, and in the minds of everyone present at the race, Fauja had done what no man had done before. ... "100-YEAR-OLD MARATHON RUNNER not recognised by Guinness," read the BBC News headline after the event. In an interview with the network, Guinness editor-in-chief Craig Glenday said, "We would love to give him the record. We'd love to say this is a true Guinness World Record, but the problem is there is just no evidence." By no evidence, Glenday meant that there was no birth certificate. "We can only accept official birth documents created in the year of the birth," Glenday told the BBC. "Anything else is really not very useful to us." In September, a Guinness representative had sent guidelines suggesting a passport would be sufficient. Now in October, the company said only a birth certificate would do. It didn't matter that Fauja had received his first passport before he began running, negating any significant possibility of a plot to break the record. Nor did it matter what the Guinness official had told Harmander. Cara Kilbey, Fauja Singh, Billi Mucklow and their friend Lulu pose for a photo during the London Marathon in April 2012. Christopher Lee/Getty Images "This is a case of institutional racism," Harmander said, after learning of the news. The thinking was simple. Guinness had decided its age records could be held only by people with birth certificates. The vast majority of people with birth certificates in the early 20th century came from Europe or North America. Fauja could not have the record. And for that matter, neither could most anyone else from Asia or Africa or other parts of the developing world. Now came the follow-up stories. "Marathon man Fauja Singh runs into racism row," said the headline in London's conservative paper, The Daily Telegraph. Members of the Sikh community, both at home in Punjab and across the diaspora, signed a petition and set the Internet aflame with angry comments. "BROWN PEOPLE OF TUMBLR," one person wrote on the popular blogging platform about Singh, "I SUMMON YOU TO RIGHT THE WRONGS. TO BRING JUSTICE TO THE INJUSTICES." Yet it would do no good. Guinness remained firm. "Passports may be used as proof of identification, NOT of birth. …" Guinness spokeswoman Jamie Panas wrote to ESPN The Magazine in an email. " … Passports and other mid-to-late-life representations of age are notoriously unreliable when unaccompanied by original proofs of birth." Panas emphasized that Guinness never guaranteed that a passport would be sufficient. She also said that Sharma, the Guinness talent manager who advised Harmander, is no longer with the company. Sharma could not be reached for comment. His personal website says he left Guinness at some point last year. Fauja Singh wanted the world to watch him run. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images JULY, 2012. It's late on a Monday morning, one of those London summer days that barely feel like summer at all -- the sky dark, a cold drizzle just moments away. At Valentines Park in the outer borough of Redbridge, there are joggers and dog-walkers and morning strollers, all walking past ponds and trees and cricket grounds before returning to their nearby homes. GALLERY The Runner: Fauja Singh Up the path walks Fauja Singh, his yellow turban matching his yellow sneakers and accented by the yellow in his black adidas shirt. He is, Fauja will have you know, the oldest man to ever run a marathon. He doesn't care what Guinness says, barely knows who Guinness is. He and Harmander have taken to minimizing the slight. "They're in the business of trivia," Harmander says. "What does it matter if Fauja's name is in the same book as the lady with the longest fingernails in the world?" Fauja insists the book means nothing, but it's clear that recognition matters. "Look at this," he'll say, showing off his certificates and awards. Then he'll ask someone to read them aloud. He may be illiterate, but he understands the weight carried by words written down. He will retire soon. His last race will be a 10K in Hong Kong on Feb. 24, just before his 102nd birthday. This, he will admit, is difficult to accept. Yet he is tired; the racing and travel have taken their toll. He will still run, though. "The day I stop running," he says, "will be the day that I die." What began as a means of distraction from that stormy night in his village so long ago is now a joy unto itself, a path toward God. So each day he comes here, or he goes to other nearby parks or to a route that winds through town, and he ties his sneakers and begins to stretch. He rolls his head and his arms, then leans forward to touch his toes. In a moment he is off, the wrinkles in his face contorting into something between a grimace and a smile. There is no crowd, no finish line, no record at stake. There is only the shuffling sound of his feet, one moving in front of the other, then again, and then again and again until he rounds the bend and he's gone.
  9. Does anyone have any info about this book available online to download?
  10. Here is a valuable book by Dr. Ganda Singh "Guru Gobind Singh's Death at Nanded--Examination of Succession Theories" Many topics that are covered in this book are important like: 1 the last days of Guru Gobind Singh Ji 2 the myth making of the namdharis that some how Guru Ji give gurgaddi to their guru is proved wrong. 3 the myth making by namdharis that Bhai Kahn Singh Ji Nabha Wale supported the theory that baba ajapal singh was in fact Guru Gobind Singh Ji 4 the myth by namdharis that Guru Granth Sahib was not given Gurgaddi there are many more importand topics covered in this book, I hope people will read it and share it with the Sangat Waheguru Guru Gobind Singh's Death at Nanded--Examination of Succession Theories
  11. You all must have noticed this disturbing trend amongst Sikhs of not using Singh and Kaur as their last name but using their casteist surnames as their last names. How can we fight this divisive menace amongst us? Our father, Guru Gobind Singh Ji blessed us with a common last name Singh and Kaur to free us from the shackles of casteism but lots of Sikhs have gone backward and are ashamed to use Singh and Kaur as their last name. Sangats' views and sugggestions to reverse this trend will be welcomed.
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zR91D2QNRsU
  13. What type of dastaar do you wear? And what part of the world are you from? I'm just curious and I want to know what styles, people wear in different parts of the world.
  14. (Admin jee - can this be a sticky? Want max sangat to know about amrit sanchaar!) Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh University of Waterloo’s Sikh Student Association Cordially invites all of you to join us for the 20th anniversary of Waterloo's Youth Keertan Darbars on March 15 – 17th, 2013 Programme: Friday (evening) Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm Program type: Akhand Keertan Location: Cambridge Gurughar (1401 Roseville Road) Saturday (morning) Time: 6:00am – 10:00am Program type: Asa Di Vaar Location: Local House (TBD) Saturday (evening) Time: 6:00pm – 2:00am Youth Keertan Darbar Location: Kitchener Gurughar (2070 Snyder’s Road) *Amrit Sanchar STARTS at 6:00pm* (Contact us if you wish to take Amrit) Sunday (morning) Time: 1:00pm Event type: Gatka Location: Kitchener Gurughar (2070 Snyder’s Road) For those who do not have rides, there will be a FREE BUS leaving from Dixie Gurughar (7080 Dixie Road, Mississauga, Ontario) at 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 16th, 2013 in time for the YKD @Kitchener Gurughar. Please contact us if you would like to be on the bus. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via: Email – uofwssa@gmail.com Phone: 647 460 1882
  15. I'm reading Life stories of great sikh saints by Dr.Hakam Singh. I wanted to share this with the sangat because I normally think of the only right way being Sikhi and everything else being false (including other religions) but then I read this: While at Baagh a Muslim Pir, Murad Shah Kukara, who was a big landlord of this area also, came to see Baba Nand Singh Ji. When Baba Ji heard of his arrival he came out of his room to meet him. The shah bowed and then took his sash (which he always carried around his neck), spread it before Baba ji and said "I have come to a perfect fakir today and am not ready to go back empty handed". Baba ji stayed quiet for a moment and then said " Do you know shah ji! That what you are asking for comes at a price, and I hope you know that price?" The pir replied " Yes sir, i know the price for what I am requesting is my head." Baba ji then said, "Think and tell me whether or not you have already given your head to someone else?" The shah stayed quiet for some time and then picked up his sash and said " thank you sir, you have already filled my sash because you have restored my faith in my preceptor." pg 172 What I gather from this is that Baba ji and other mahapurakh not only help sikhs stay attached to god but also help other people stay on their own paths. I think this also shows the power/bonds formed when we offer ourselves to someone/something in this world. We must be careful because the price of betraying ones religion in favour of another, even though they lead to the same source, seems to be a dangerous. Obviously the on true lord is the creator of all, but maybe there are temporal consequences? Forces that act in the world/powers that surround religions? Anybody else wanna add in their 2 cents?
  16. Gurmat Martand Online

    Gurmat Martand Part 1 By Bhai Kahn Singh Ji Nabha Wale
  17. Nihung Singh.

    Can any Nihung Singh please check this and tell me whether I am wrong or right? http://tisarpanth.blogspot.com/b/post-preview?token=uTaaUjwBAAA.K_yfxuB2Yr87QAvAWBAIgQ.rAN2fk0rWmY-1TXcACJGuA&postId=7062767969032621260&type=POST
  18. Giani Maan Singh Ji Jour Pdf book

    Here is a book by Panth Rattan Giani Maan Singh Ji Jour called "Maan Aas Ghnayri" hope this book benefits the Sangat. Giani Maan Singh Ji book
  19. I am not personally involved in this but I think it is a wonderful endeavor and everyone should know about it. Also checkout this link always good to have something positive... Worlds first Sikh Professional Mixed Martial Arts referee and Judge -------------------------------- Lions MMA are proud to present – ‘OPENING DAY’ Lions MMA CAPE HILL will be holding an official Martial Arts opening session on Saturday 2nd February 2013 1pm-3pm , you will have the chance to meet & train with our special guests on the day. • Lak Sekhon - Professional MMA Fighter who has competed on India's largest MMA promotion 'Super Fight League' • Indi Singh - Professional MMA Fighter who currently holds a British Lightweight Title • Bass Singh - The first Sikh MMA Referee who has refereed on India's largest MMA promotion 'Super Fight League' & a Official judge on the worlds largest MMA organisation 'UFC' • Lions MMA - Fight Team • MMA Factory Age Groups: 6-14 Years Old & over 14 Years old Feel free to visit and have a browse of the Opening Day, all are welcome to watch and participate. Time: 1pm-3pm Date: Saturday 2nd February 2013 Venue: Gurdwara Nanaksar, Waterloo Road, Cape Hill, Smethwick, Birmingham, B66 4JS Participants & observers will be taught the Martial Art of Muay Thai, Wrestling, Brazilian Jui Jitsu and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). Instructions will include learning basic techniques, forms, fighting, and self-defense. Classes work on improving your physical and mental strength. If you want your child or yourself to gain confidence, discipline, and self-esteem then LIONS MMA is your answer. This is accomplished while enjoying a good workout, traditional training, and a family atmosphere. Students at LIONS MMA follow these criteria; spirit, dedication, loyalty, open mind, and willingness to train. Learning Martial Arts is something everyone can do, so see what separates LIONS MMA from everyone else. Facebook: Lions MMA Cape Hill Twitter: @Lions_MMA Youtube: Lions MMA For further information please contact via Facebook or email lionsmmacapehill@hotmail.co.uk
  20. https://www.lynxapollo.com/en_GB/44484/hardeep-singh/ Just click the link, let it load and click vote and enter your email address. It's that simple! Pass it on via all social media outlets!
  21. 13 books pdf online

    Here are some books that i have gathered overtime and hope the sangat is interested in reading them. Some of them you might have seen before so forgive me. Waheguru Gubani Healing Guide in English (sarb rog ka Aukhad Nam book) how to do simran and what causes ailment and their remediesNaam Seva tai Hukam by Balbir Singh A must read for anyone who wants to do Naam Simran Dasam Granth Da Mahatav by Guru Nanak Dev MissionArticle on Rana Surat Singh Great Humanist Guru Nanak Dev Ji By Sir Jogendra Singh & Raja Sir Daljit Singh Ranjit Singh: Maharaj of Punjab by Khushwant Singh The Sikh Way of Life by Ranbir-singh Glimpses of the Divine Masters by Ranbir-singh November 1984 Pogroms of Sikhs in IndiaHistory of the Punjab and of the Rise,Progress, & Present Condition of the Sect and Nation of The Sikhs 1846 Gobind GIta A Critical study of the life and teachings of Sri Guru Nanak Dev by Sewaram Singh Thapar Sources on the Life & Teachings of Guru Nanak Sikhs by A.H. Bingley 1899
  22. http://www.mysmsbook.com/insulting_sms/full-form-singh/ this is the website link and a screen shot of that website.watch this full form of singh.eh sade guruan di v insult hai.....can you please take action against this....please.... :angry2: