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  1. I was looking through Bhai Randheer Singhs Gurmat Bibek/Vivek Books and it took me really long to get through the pages especially because he uses very high level Punjabi when writing. I was wondering if anyone knows any translations to the books or if they would like to collaborate with the Canada Sangat to have them translated? Vaheguruuuu Ji Ka Khalsaa Vaheguruuuu Ji Ki Fatehhh!
  2. Enjoy Sangat Jee! PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO OUR CHANNEL CLICK HERE!
  3. It is time to sign up for our 6th Annual Toronto Singhs Camp on June 22 to 26th! *NOTE* - this year the camp is right before the annual AKJ July Toronto MAIN Smaagam! NEW Location, speakers, activities!! Interactive Workshops, Competitive Sports (including PAINTBALLING), in depth discussions, meet new inspiring sangat and MORE! Keep engaged on our Social Media accounts of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information on our speakers and related camp info. Early Bird Fee is $180 (Fee goes up June 1st!) REGISTER NOW CLICK HERE! Vaheguru ji ka khalsa, Vaheguru ji ki fateh! FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM TWITTER
  4. great kirtan by bhai kulwant singh ji
  5. Wouldn't it be awesome if Akj Ragis and even Normal Ragis Started doing Kirtan in raags in Simple tunes
  6. New Youtube channel where kirtan will be uploaded. Just wanted to get the word out so more people get to hear amazing kirtan. There are only a few kirtan channels on youtube that upload multiple times a week so I wanted to add another. Will post mostly AKJ style kirtan of all different kirtanis around the world. Might post kavishri or dhadhi vaaran. Subscribe and share. Videos will be uploaded multiple times a week. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuzAZT8ViP0Cq_JFN1wqjdA
  7. (ADMIN PLEASE LEAVE IN GENERAL SECTION FOR APRIL) EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!! CLICK HERE LIMITED SPOTS!! 5th Annual Toronto Singhs Camp Wednesday, May 27th - Sunday, May 31st, 2015 Camp Kintail, Goderich, ON (BUS SERVICE PROVIDED WEDNESDAY, MAY 27th @ 5:30PM) PROMO VIDEO CLICK HERE FACEBOOK EVENT International Speakers Including: Bhai Manvir Singh UK Bhai Baljeet Singh UK (Sikh2Inspire) Bhai Simerneet Singh (Chicago) And ONE SURPRISE SPEAKER!! Need information about camp speakers, workshops, themes, topics and other activities? Follow one of our social media links below to stay up to date! Vaheguru ji ka khalsa, Vaheguru ji ki fateh! - Toronto Singhs Camp Sevadaars FOLLOW, LIKE, SUBSCRIBE BELOW!! Facebook: /torontosinghs Twitter: /SinghsCampTO Instagram: torontosinghscamp YouTube: /SinghsCampTO Website: www.singhscamp.ca
  8. DO NOT MAKE THIS AN AKJ ATTACK THREAD. AKJ IS A RESPECTED PART OF THE PANTH. THIS IS FOR UNDERSTANDING. Ok then, In light of the NKJ events. Can someone explain the Akj Simran method, apparently its like a hugging method or something? Or like blowing waheguru into someones mouth has been mentioned or something like that ? Simran Kirpa or something?
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. (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
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  14. Recently I heard Bhai Jasbir Singh talking to a couple of Singhs at the Bay Are AKJ Smagam in California about a few interesting incidents that took place in his life. For those of you that don’t know who Bhai Jasbir Singh is, he is a very famous Keertani in the AKJ and has spent his entire life doing Keertan all over the world at the biggest and smallest AKJ Smagams. He is an old Keertani and was alive during the times of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh. He is well respected for his seva within the Jatha. He told a few stories which I had the pleasure of over hearing. The stories are quite small but are beautiful. One time the Jatha was doing Keertan and Sant Gurbachan Singh and the Taksal were also present. This was later on in Sant Gurbachan Singh’s life. He was quite old and ill at this time, as many people who reach old age are. Those that know Sant Gurbachan Singh know that he had some parts of his body that had become paralyzed so it became hard for him to walk and move around, yet still in this state he insisted on doing Katha and would still travel to do Parchar. At this particular Smagam he had finished his Seva and now the AKJ were doing Keertan. As everyone knows in India there is no reliability on the electricity. It may go out at any time. This Smagam was going on in July so it was very hot and the electricity went out turning off the fans. It became very hot very fast. The Sangat and the Keertanis were sitting in sweltering heat doing Keertan. Sant Gurbachan Singh motioned towards his Gurvaee (personal assistant) to help him up. Sant Jee stood up grabbed a fan and with his only arm that was functional started fanning the Akhand Keertani Jatha Singhs that were doing Keertan. Bhai Jasbir Singh said at this point a man dressed up in western clothes with a suit and tie came and matha teked and went straight to Sant Jee and said that you are in such a terrible state, one of your arms is paralyzed and the one that does work you are using to fan the Keertanis, here let me do this Seva. Sant Jee replied and said: please let me do this Seva, these are Guru Sahib’s Keertanis; please let me do this Seva. Hearing this the Sardar sat down in Sangat. The Second story is during the Barsi of Sant Sunder Singh at Bhindree. The Akhand Keertani Jatha had been called by Sant Gurbachan Singh to do Keertan at the Barsi. When the Jatha arrived they realized that in the Darbar there was an Akhand Paat Sahib going on and according to the Jatha’s Maryada they do not do Keertan when another Paat is going on. So Bhai Jasbir Singh asked one of the older Singhs in the Jatha what they were supposed to do, they told him to keep quiet (Bhai Jasbir Singh was very young at this time). Bhai Jasbir Singh says he does not how Sant Jee found out what he had said perhaps someone had told him or Sant Jee just knew but right away he sent for a car to go to Moga and bring back tents. A Darbar Sahib was set up outside on the land belonging to the Gurdwara Sahib and Sant Jee said here you will do Keertan here today. Hearing these stories especially the last one brings a lot of emotions. Sant Jee who was a very strong believer in his own beliefs and opinions and Maryada still made some compromises where his Rehat wasn’t infringed and the Jatha’s Maryada wasn’t infringed either. We can bring this to our contemporary times where we fight over these things. One example I can think of is the length of Rehras. If someone does a shorter version than you, what’s the big problem? After they are done you can just do Rehras again more Bani the better right? Same goes for someone who does a longer version so what? At least you got your Nitnem done and more Bani the better right? We have 99.99% similarities and although the differences appear to be big and important we can always find compromises without fighting each other. ਹਮ ਹੋਵਹ ਲਾਲੇ ਗੋਲੇ ਗੁਰਸਿਖਾ ਕੇ I am the slave, the servant of the Guru's Sikhs, When you learn that it is God who abides in everyone's heart, it should become your principal purpose in life to be respectful to everyone. - Zindaginâmâ, Bhai Nand Lal
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  16. Special Sangat Samagam 25-28 Dec 2013 http://sikhsinuae.com/2013/12/18/special-sangat-samagam-25-28-dec-2013/
  17. ANNUAL LOS ANGELES AKHAND KIRTAN SMAGAM November 27, 6:00 pm November 30, 5:00 am Various Guruduara Sahibs Across Greater LA In reverence to Shri Guru Nanak Dev Jee Parkaash Utsav and Shaheedee Purab Shri Guru Tegh Bahaadur Sahib Jee Gurdwara Buena Park: 7122 Orangethrope Ave Buena Park, 90621 Wednesday 27th November - Akhand Keertan 6:00 pm - 8:30pm Gurdwara Walnut: 20001 E Walnut Drive Walnut, CA 91789 Thursday 28th November - Asa-di-Vaar 6:00am -10:00am Gurdwara Alhambra: 101 S. Chapel Avenue, Alhambra CA 91801 Thursday 28th November - Akhand Keertan 6:00 pm - 8:30pm Gurdwara Walnut: 20001 E Walnut Drive Walnut, CA 91789 Friday 29th November - Asa-di-Vaar 6:00am -10:00am Gurdwara Riverside: 7940 Mission Blvd Riverside, CA 92509 Friday 29th November - Akhand Keertan 6:00pm -8:30 pm Gurdwara Walnut: 20001 E Walnut Drive Walnut, CA 91789 Saturday 30th November Asa-di-Vaar 6:00am -11:00am Gurdwara Walnut: 20001 E Walnut Drive Walnut, CA 91789 Saturday 30th November - AMRIT SANCHAAR Morning Time Gurdwara Walnut: 20001 E Walnut Drive Walnut, CA 91789 Saturday 30th - November Raensabayee Keertan 7:00pm - 5:00am Gatka Demo Saturday 30th November after Gurmat Vichar at Gurdwara Walnut: 20001 E Walnut Drive Walnut, CA 91789 Amrit Vela Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th November 3:00am-6:00am Gurdwara Walnut: 20001 E Walnut Drive Walnut, CA 91789 Gurmat Vichar Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th November After Asa di waar kirtan Gurdwara Walnut: 20001 E Walnut Drive Walnut, CA 91789 Contact Name: JASPREET Contact Email: jaspreetkaur677@yahoo.com Event Website: http://akj.org/skins/one/ Source - http://www.sikhnet.com/events/2013/annual-los-angeles-akhand-kirtan-smagam
  18. NEW DELHI: The Union Home Ministry has decided to send a team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to London to get leads from the Scotland Yard in an ongoing probe against the banned Sikh extremist group, Babbar Khalsa International (BKI). A senior ministry official told ET that NIA had last week proposed sending a team to the UK for further probe and permission has been granted by the Ministry after there has been some information that the banned outfit was receiving funds from elements in the UK. The step has also been taken after the NIA got some "positive signals" from the UK authorities of co-operation in acting against two UK-based alleged Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) operatives, Balbir Singh Bains and Joga Singh. According to an NIA FIR registered on August 28 last year, the agency has evidence to show that certain UK-based operatives of BKI and a BKI front organization based in the UK, Akhand Kirtnee Jatha, have been transferring money running into crores to BKI sleeper cells in Punjab o revive terrorism in Punjab. The FIR had said Bains, who is said to be running an NGOSikh Organisation for Prisoners Welfare in the UK, and Singh, had transferred huge amounts of money to BKI operatives in India. http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-11-04/news/43658853_1_nia-team-nia-fir-uk-authorities
  19. Akhand Kirtani Bhai Tarsem Singh Ji is doing simran at the 13 Day Jaap at Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick on 9 November 2013. Bhai Manvir Singh follows in 10 November. Time: 7 - 8 pm. Exclusive coverage on akaal channel. ADMIN NOTE: kindly do not move post as this fits under whats happening. Maximum coverage here. Thanks.
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  21. VaahegurooJeeKaaKhaalsaa, VaahegurooJeeKeeFaateh! With the blessings of Satguru Guru Nanak Dev Jee an Amrit Sanchar and Akhand Kirtan Darbar has been organised for the Pehla Parkash Divas of Guroo Granth Jee by the Akhand Keertani Jatha UK (AKJUK) Date - Saturday 7th September 2013 Location: Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwhara Coventry, 49 Cross Road, Coventry, West Midlands CV6 5GR The monthly youth Keertan darbar will be starting from 7pm - 12am. The Amrit Sanchar will be starting at 8pm Can all ablakhyees contact Bhai Taranjeet Singh Coventry (07877888874) to provide their names for the Amrit sanchaar. If you have questions, you can contact Jathedar Raghbir Singh 01926 740160 or Bhai Jarnail Singh 01926 771944 If any persons do not have full kakaars, then Akhand Kirtani Jatha UK will provide them as part of the seva. VaahegurooJeeKaaKhaalsaa, VaahegurooJeeKeeFaateh!
  22. VaahegurooJeeKaaKhaalsaa, VaahegurooJeeKeeFaateh! With the blessings of Satguru Guru Nanak Dev Jee an Amrit Sanchar and Akhand Kirtan Darbar has been organised for the Shaaheedi Gurprub of Dhan Dhan Guroo Arjan Dev Jee by the Akhand Keertani Jatha UK (AKJUK) Date - Saturday 6th July 2013 Location: Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwhara Coventry, 49 Cross Road, Coventry, West Midlands CV6 5GR The monthly youth Keertan darbar will be starting from 7pm - 12am. The Amrit Sanchar will be starting at 8pm Can all ablakhyees contact Bhai Taranjeet Singh Coventry (07877888874) to provide their names for the Amrit sanchaar. If you have questions, you can contact Jathedar Raghbir Singh 01926 740160 or Bhai Jarnail Singh 01926 771944 If any persons do not have full kakaars, then Akhand Kirtani Jatha UK will provide them as part of the seva. VaahegurooJeeKaaKhaalsaa, VaahegurooJeeKeeFaateh!
  23. Edited: The article I posted had way too many irresponsible and misleading errors, therefore I think it's best that it's removed.
  24. Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa!! Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!! Akhand Kirtani Jatha UKs Annual INTERNATIONAL AKHAND KIRTAN SMAGAM 2013 will commemorate via the essence of Shabad Guru, Vaisakhi and 100th Anniversary of the Start of The Ghadar Movement (1913-2013) & The Vaisakhi Massacre of 1978 in Amritsar from Monday 25th March - Sunday 31st March 2013 Akhand Kirtani Jatha UK invites you to join sangat from all over the world for the 18th Annual International Akhand Kirtan Event. Many kirtani jathas and sevadaars from around the world will be taking part in kirtan seva. Gursikh Kirtanis have been invited from India, France, Australia, USA, Canada and throughout the Guru Khalsa Panth Advert Smagam Breakdown The programme details listed below will take place at Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Derby : - Monday 25th March - Wednesday 27th March 2013 Sri Akhand Patth Sahib: 10am Arambh - 6pm Bhog followed by: Rehras Sahib 6pm then Gurbani Veechar & Akhand Kirtan: 6-9pm Thursday 28th March 2013: Asa Di Vaar Kirtan: 5.30-9am Rehras Sahib 6pm then Gurbani Veechar & Akhand Kirtan: 6-10pm Friday 29th March 2013: Asa Di Vaar Kirtan: 5.30-10am Rehras Sahib 6pm then Gurbani Veechar & Akhand Kirtan: 6-10pm Saturday 30th March 2013: Asa Di Vaar Kirtan: 5.30-10am Rehras Sahib 6pm then Gurbani Veechar & Akhand Kirtan: 6pm-12am Sunday 31st March 2013: Panthic Seminar: 10.30am-1pm Raensbhai Kirtan MAIN INTERNATIONAL RAENSBHAI KIRTAN ON Sunday 31st March 2013 from 7pm-5am at Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Princes Street, Derby, DE23 8NT. Tel : 01332 773010 For further details contact Gen Sec Bhai Rajinder Singh (07966 974505), email sevaa@akj.org Amrit Sanchaar AMRIT SANCHAAR: Sunday 31st March at 5pm at Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Derby Can all ablakhyees contact Bhai Taranjeet Singh (07877 888874) to provide their names for the Amrit sanchaar. If you have questions, you can contact Jathedar Raghbir Singh on 01926 741 944 or Bhai Jarnail Singh on 01926 771 944 If any persons do not have full kakaars, then AKJ UK will provide them as part of the seva. Live Broadcast The whole Smagam & Raensbhai will be broadcast live on www.akj.org, Sangat TV (SKY 847) and Sikh Channel (SKY 840) Additional Programmes Special PANTH TIME on Saturday 30th March from 3pm - 5pm by Sikh Channel · Panthic SEMINAR AZAADEE Dedicated to Ghadar Movement on Sunday 31st March, 10.30am - 1pm · Special Q&A on Sunday 31st March, 4 - 5.30pm by Sangat TV · Gurbani Kantth Competition on Saturday 30th March, 2 - 6pm Contact: Giani Kulvinder Singh for details 07891 837208 · Special exhibitions will be on display in National Sikh Museum covering history from the Guru Khalsa Panths, the 1978 Shaheedi Saka and Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Accommodation Accommodation has been arranged for the whole Smagam. Bibian accommodation has been specially arranged. For further details, contact Bhai Bhupinder Singh on 07719225401 Airport Pickups Transport will be arranged for all Gursikhs arriving from abroad at Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham, and all other UK Airports. Please contact Bhai Onkar Singh (07737749556). Coach Transport Coaches/Mini-buses will leave from the following towns for the Raensbhai Keertan in Derby on Sun 31st March. Please reserve your seats with your town reps ASAP. * Southall - Singh Sabha Havelock Rd at 5pm, Sevadaar Bhai Japsimran Singh 07400896809 * Slough - Khalsa School Wexham Rd at 5.30 pm, Sevadaar Bhai Onkar Singh 07737 749556 * Ilford - Singh Sabha High Rd, at 5pm. Sevadaar Bhai Upkar Singh 07747 770156 * Coventry - Singh Sabha Cross Rd at 6.30pm, Sevadaar Bhai Kulwant Singh 07854136413 * Woolwich - Ramgharia Gurdwara, Mason Hill, at 5pm, Sevadaar Bibi Navrup Kaur 07747 534502 * Croydon - Singh Sabha at 5pm. Sevadaar Bhai Harvinder Singh 07979 515849 * Tooting - Khalsa Centre Upper Tooting Rd at 4.30pm. Sevadaar Bhai Harvinder Singh 07979515849 * Gravesend - New Guru Nanak Gurdwara at 5pm, Sevadaar Bhai Seva Singh 07831 712430 * Manchester - Guru Harkrishan Gurdwara 6pm, Sevadaar Bhai Gurdip Singh / Bhai Jaskirat Singh 07723 921414 * Hitchin - Gurdwara, Wilbury Way at 5.30pm, Sevadaar Bhai Harkamal Singh 07816361811 * Leamington - New Gurdwara at 6.30pm, Sevadaar Bhai Joginder Singh 07723 367871 * South Shields - Khalsa Mero Roop Hai Kaas, at 5pm, Sevadaar Bhai Karnail Singh 07801 431855 * Reading - Singh Sabha, Cumberland Rd at 5pm, Sevadaar Bhai Parminder Singh 07984451061 * Bradford - Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Wakefield Road at 6pm, Sevadaar Bhai Maadho Singh 07850 947723 * Glasgow - Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Berkley Street, at 2pm, Sevadaar Bhai Manjit Singh 07769 354507 All other UK gurdwara's are requested to provide transport for their local sangat. Please ring the designated area sevadaar to book your places on the coaches. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This Month, Akhand Kirtani Jatha will be doing in addition to the above UK smagam, other smagams in Anandpur Sahib, Amritsar & Bathinda (India), Stockholm & Barcelona (Europe), Maryland, Boston, Bay Area (USA), Vancouver (Canada) and Melbourne (Australia). Many of these will be broadcast live on www.akj.org. Recordings of smagams from Vancouver ( Canada ), California-Bay , New Jersey ( USA ), Seattle (USA), Bathinda ( India ) are now available to download on www.akj.org. Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa!! Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh!! Das Akhand Kirtani Jatha UK Jathedar Raghbir Singh For Smagam Details : Bhai Jaspal Singh 07788597073 / Bhai Bhupinder Singh 07719225401