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  1. Hi guys, I'm going to India later this month, and would really like to go to a Gurudwara and have langar. I've got a few questions though. I know that it is meant for needy people that cannot afford a meal. I'm a western man and could afford to pay for a meal. Is it culturally insensitive for me to come along? That's the opposite of what I want to do as I thought it would be a great cultural experience. Is there somewhere that I can donate in the Gurudwara to help? Thanks for any advice, Toby
  2. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki fateh The purpose of human existence has been to merge and be one with God. One of the ways to reach God is Gurbani Kirtan. Sikhism , is the only religion that stresses completely on kirtan, as the banis of Gurus, Bhagats and Bhatts have been recorded in the holy book, Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji. Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji, the sikh Holy scripture describe the characteristics of God (almighty) throughout 1430 pages (Ang), and tell us about the description of God " GOD IS ONE, HE THE SUPREME TRUTH. He is Creator of world, without any fear and without any hate. He is neither born and neither die. He has no body, He is the greatest spirit of all and our soul is a part of Him. The Guru has pronounced that Kirtan is the magical formula to keep the human soul afloat in the dark era of Kaljug provided the devotee sings the pure melodies with his or her heart closely focused on the meaning and true spirit of the Gurbani. http://www.amritbani.info
  3. ੴ ਸਤਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਸਾਦ। ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕਾ ਖਾਲਸਾ। ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਫ਼ਤਿਹ। ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਚੋਣਾਂ ! ਗੁਰੂ ਘਰ ਦੀ ਸੇਵਾ ਜਾਂ ਮਹਾਂ ਪਾਪ? ਖਾਲਸਾ ਜੀ! ਫੈਸਲਾ ਆਪਕੇ ਹਾਥ। ਕਈਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਸ਼ੰਕਾ ਹੋਵੇਗੀ ਕਿ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਿਆਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਚੋਣਾਂ ਪਾਪ ਕਿਉਂ ਹਨ? ਉੱਤਰ: ਹਰ ਉਹ ਕੰਮ ਜਿਸ ਨੂੰ ਕਰਨ ਕਰਕੇ ਸਿੱਖ ਪੰਥ ਦਾ ਨੁਕਸਾਨ ਹੋਵੇ, ਉਹ ਪਾਪ ਹੈ। ਜੋ ਕੰਮ ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਵਿੱਰੁਧ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਾਵੇ ਉਹ ਮਹਾਂ ਪਾਪ ਹੈ। ਚੋਣਾਂ; ਸਿੱਖ ਪੰਥ ਨੂੰ ਕੈਂਸਰ ਵਾਂਗੂੰ ਅੰਦਰਂੋ-ਅੰਦਰ ਖਾ ਰਹੀਆਂ ਹਨ, ਧੜੇਬੰਦੀ ਬਣਾ ਕੇ ਪਾਟਕ ਪਾਉਂਦੀਆਂ ਹਨ। ਹੋਰ ਕਿਸੇ ਪੰਥ ਵਿਚ ਚੋਣਾਂ ਨਹੀਂ ਕੇਵਲ ਅਸਾਡੇ ਪੰਥ ਵਿੱਚ ਹੀ ਹਨ। ਜਿੱਥੇ ਚੋਣਾਂ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੁੰਦੀਆਂ ਉਹ ਅਸਾਡੇ ਤੋਂ ਸੁਖੀ ਵੱਸਦੇ ਹਨ। ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਜੀਵਨ ਜਿਉਣਾ ਚਾਹੀਦਾ ਹੈ। ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਤਾਂ ਆਪਸ ਵਿੱਚ ਮਿਲ਼ਨ ਦੀ ਸੋਭਾ ਲਿਖੀ ਗਈ ਹੈ। ਭਾਵ: ਆਪਸ ਵਿੱਚ ਮਿਲ਼ ਕੇ ਰਹਿਣ ਦਾ ਹੁਕਮ ਹੈ:- "ਮਿਲਬੇ ਕੀ ਮਹਿਮਾ ਬਰਨਿ ਨ ਸਾਕਉ ਨਾਨਕ ਪਰੈ ਪਰੀਲਾ॥" (ਅੰਗ:- ੪੯੮) ਲੜਬੇ ਕੀ ਮਹਿਮਾ ਤਾਂ ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਕਿਤੇ ਵੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਲਿਖਿਆ? ਕੀ ਚੋਣਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਿੱਖ ਆਪਸ ਵਿੱਚ ਲੜਦੇ ਹਨ ਜਾਂ ਮਿਲਦੇ ਹਨ, ਸੋਚਣ ਦੀ ਲੋੜ ਹੈ। ਕੀ ਆਪਸ ਵਿਚ ਲੜਨਾ ਅਤੇ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਲੜਾਉਣਾ ਮਹਾਂ ਪਾਪ ਨਹੀਂ? ਜੇ ਆਪਸ ਵਿਚ ਲੜਨਾ ਅਤੇ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਲੜਾਉਣਾ ਪਾਪ ਨਹੀਂ ਤਾਂ ਫਿਰ ਹੋਰ ਕਿਹੜਾ ਕੰਮ ਪਾਪ ਹੈ? ਅੱਜ ਸਿੱਖ ਪੰਥ ਨੂੰ ਲੋੜ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਪ੍ਰਬੰਧ ਲਈ ਚੋਣਾਂ ਦੀ ਥਾਂ ਤੇ ਸਰਬ ਸੰਮਤੀ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾਵੇ। ਚੋਣਾਂ ਕਾਰਨ ਸਿੱਖ ਪੰਥ ਦਾ ਬਹੁਤ ਵੱਡਾ ਨੁਕਸਾਨ ਹੋ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ। ਆਪਸੀ ਵਿਰੋਧ ਵੱਧ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ, ਜਿਸ ਕਾਰਨ ਸੰਗਤ ਦੀ ਸ਼ਰਧਾ ਦਿਨੋ ਦਿਨ ਘੱਟ ਕੇ ਪੰਥ ਘਟ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ। ਦਿਲੀ ਵਿਚ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਚੋਣਾ ਸ਼ੁਰੂ ਹੋ ਚੁਕੀਆਂ ਹਨ, ਕੀ ਇਹ ਚੋਣਾ ਜਿਤਣ ਵਾਲਾ ਧੜਾ ਹੀ ਸਚੇ ਸੇਵਾਦਾਰ ਹੋਣਗੇ? ਹਾਰੇ ਹੋਏ ਧੜੇ ਦੇ ਸਿਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਜੇਤੂ ਧੜਾ ਕੀ ਵਤੀਰਾ ਕਰੇਗਾ? ਕੀ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਚੋਣਾ ਲੜਨਾ ਗੁਰਮਤ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ ਹਨ? ਜੇਹੜੇ ਸਜਣ ਚੋਣਾਂ ਜਿਤਕੇ ਗੁਰਮਤ ਦੀ ਨਿਯਮਾਵਲੀ ਬਣਾਉਣਗੇ, ਮੈ ਉਨਾ ਸਜਨਾ ਨੂੰ ਨਿਮਰਤਾ ਸਹਿਤ ਪੁਛਦਾ ਹਾਂ : ਕੀ ਆਪਸ ਵਿਚ ਲੜਨਾ ਗੁਰਮਤ ਹੈ? ਜੇ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਿਆਂ ਦੀ ਸੇਵਾ ਕਰਨੀ ਹੈ ਤਾਂ ਨਿਰਲਾਲਚ ਹੋਕੇ, ਸਹਿਮਤ ਹੋਕੇ ਕਰੀਏ, ਜਿਸ ਸੇਵਾ ਨਾਲ ਪੰਥ ਵਿੱਚ ਵਾਧਾ ਹੋਵੇ। ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਿਆਂ ਦੀ ਸੇਵਾ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਚੋਣਾਂ ਲੜਨ ਦੀ ਕੀ ਲੋੜ ਹੈ? ਜੇ ਕਿਸੇ ਸਮੇਂ, ਕਿਸੇ ਕਾਰਨ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਪ੍ਰਬੰਧ ਲਈ ਚੋਣਾਂ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਭਾਰਤੀ ਸੰਵਿਧਾਨ ਵਿੱਚ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਜਾ ਚੁੱਕਿਆ ਹੈ ਤਾਂ ਇਸਦਾ ਇਹ ਅਰਥ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਿ ਅਸੀਂ ਆਪਸ ਵਿੱਚ ਇੱਕਠੇ ਹੋਕੇ ਸਰਬ ਸੰਮਤੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੇ। ਸੰਵਿਧਾਨ ਜਾਂ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਸਾਨੂੰ ਮਜਬੂਰ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੀ ਕਿ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਜ਼ਰੂਰ ਹੀ ਚੋਣਾਂ ਲੜੋ। ਸਰਬ ਸੰਮਤੀ ਕਰਨ ਨਾਲ ਤਾਂ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਪ੍ਰਸੰਨ ਹੋਵੇਗੀ, ਸੰਗਤ ਵੀ ਪ੍ਰਸੰਨ ਹੋਵੇਗੀ। ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦੀ ਖਪਾਈ ਅਤੇ ਪੈਸਾ ਬਚੇਗਾ। ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਚੋਣਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਦਿੱਤੇ ਹੁਕਮਾਂ ਉਲਟ ਬਹੁਤ ਸਾਰੇ ਕੰਮ ਕੀਤੇ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਨ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਗੁਰੂ ਕੇ ਹੁਕਮਾਂ ਵਿੱਰੁਧ ਚੱਲਣਾ ਪਾਪ ਹੈ, ਜਿਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਵਿੱਚੋਂ ਕੁੱਝ ਹੇਠ ਲਿਖੇ ਹਨ:- ਪਾਪ ਨੰਬਰ ੧.- ਵਿਚਾਰ ਰਹਿਤ ਹੋਣਾ: ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਹੈ ਵਿਚਾਰਵਾਨ ਬਣੋ: "ਬਿਬੇਕ ਬੁਧਿ ਸਭ ਜਗ ਮਹਿ ਨਿਰਮਲ ਬਿਚਰਿ ਬਿਚਰਿ ਰਸੁ ਪੀਜੈ।" (ਅੰਗ: ੧੩੨੫) ਪਰ, ਆਪਾਂ ਜਦੋਂ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਚੋਣਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਲੜਦੇ ਹਾਂ ਉਦੋਂ ਆਪਾਂ ਵਿਚਾਰ ਰਹਿਤ ਹੋ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਾਂ। ਕੀ ਆਪਾਂ ਗੁਰੂ ਦਾ ਹੁਕਮ ਉਲਟਾ ਕੇ ਇਹ ਪਾਪ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰਦੇ? ਸੋਚੋ! ਪਾਪ ਨੰਬਰ ੨.- ਆਪਸ ਵਿੱਚ ਲੜਨਾ- ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਹੈ: "ਹੋਇ ਇਕਤ੍ਰ ਮਿਲਹੁ ਮੇਰੇ ਭਾਈ ਦੁਬਿਧਾ ਦੂਰਿ ਕਰਹੁ ਲਿਵ ਲਾਇ॥" (ਅੰਗ:- ੧੧੮੫) ਉੱਥੇ ਤਾਂ ਇੱਕਠੇ ਹੋਣ ਦਾ ਹੁਕਮ ਹੈ, ਪਰ ਆਪਾਂ ਲੜ ਕੇ ਵੱਖਰੇ ਹੋ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਾਂ। ਮੁੱਖ ਗੱਲ ਤਾਂ ਇਹ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਸਿੱਖ ਹੀ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਲੜਦੇ ਹਨ। ਕੀ ਆਪਾਂ ਗੁਰੂ ਦਾ ਹੁਕਮ ਉਲਟਾ ਕੇ ਇਹ ਪਾਪ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰਦੇ? ਸੋਚੋ! ਪਾਪ ਨੰਬਰ ੩.- ਧੜਾ ਬਣਾਉਣਾ- ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਤਾਂ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਹੈ: "ਝੂਠੁ ਧੜੇ ਕਰਿ ਪਛੋਤਾਹਿ" (ਅੰਗ:-੩੬੬) ਆਪਾਂ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਚੋਣਾਂ ਲੜਨ ਵੇਲੇ ਧੜੇ ਬਣਾਉਂਦੇ ਹਾਂ। ਸਤਿਗੁਰੂ ਦਾ ਧੜਾ ਧਰਮ ਦਾ ਧੜਾ ਹੈ, ਪ੍ਰਭੂ ਦਾ ਧੜਾ ਹੈ। ਆਪਾਂ ਕਿੰਨੇ ਹੀ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਧੜੇ ਬਣਾਉਂਦੇ ਹਾਂ ਸੋਚਨ ਦੀ ਲੋੜ ਹੈ। ਕੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਕਾ ਹੁਕਮ ਉਲਟਾ ਕੇ ਇਹ ਪਾਪ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰਦੇ? ਸੋਚੋ! ਪਾਪ ਨੰਬਰ ੪.- ਲਾਲਚ ਕਰਨਾ- ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਹੈ: "ਲਾਲਚੁ ਛੋਡਹੁ ਅੰਧਿਹੋ ਲਾਲਚਿ ਦੁਖੁ ਭਾਰੀ॥" (ਅੰਗ:-੪੧੯) ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਚੋਣਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਆਪਾਂ ਲਾਲਚ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਾਂ, ਭਾਂਵੇ ਉਹ ਪਦਵੀਆਂ ਦਾ ਲਾਲਚ ਹੋਵੇ ਜਾਂ ਮਾਇਆ ਦਾ। ਕੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਕਾ ਹੁਕਮ ਉਲਟਾ ਕੇ ਆਪਾਂ ਇਹ ਪਾਪ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰਦੇ? ਸੋਚੋ! ਪਾਪ ਨੰਬਰ ੫.- ਵੈਰ-ਵਿਰੋਧ ਕਰਨਾ- ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਤਾਂ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਹੈ: "ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਵੈਰ ਵਿਰੋਧ ਗਵਾਵੈ॥" (ਅੰਗ:- ੯੪੨) ਆਪਾਂ ਚੋਣਾਂ ਵਿਚ ਇੱਕ ਦੂਸਰੇ ਨਾਲ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਵਧਾਉਂਦੇ ਹਾਂ ਜਾਂ ਵੈਰ ਵਧਾਉਂਦੇ ਹਾਂ? ਇਹ ਸਾਨੂੰ ਆਪ ਸੋਚਣ ਦੀ ਲੋੜ ਹੈ! ਕੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਕਾ ਹੁਕਮ ਉਲਟਾ ਕੇ ਇਹ ਪਾਪ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰਦੇ? ਸੋਚੋ! ਪਾਪ ਨੰਬਰ ੬.- ਕਿਸੇ ਦੇ ਔਗੁਣ ਵੇਖਨੇ- ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਹੈ: "ਕਬੀਰ ਸਭ ਤੇ ਹਮ ਬੁਰੇ ਹਮ ਤਜਿ ਭਲੋ ਸਭੁ ਕੋਇ॥" (ਅੰਗ:-੧੩੬੪) ਅਤੇ "ਪਰਾਇਆ ਛਿਦ੍ਰ ਅਟਕਲੈ ਆਪਣਾ ਅਹੰਕਾਰੁ ਵਧਾਵੈ" (ਅੰਗ-੩੬੬) ਚੋਣਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਆਪਾਂ ਦੂਜਿਆਂ ਦੇ ਔਗੁਣ ਵੇਖਦੇ ਹਾਂ, ਲੱਭਦੇ ਹਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਨਵੇਂ ਔਗੁਣ ਕੋਲੋਂ ਹੀ ਘੜਦੇ ਹਾਂ। ਕੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਕਾ ਹੁਕਮ ਉਲਟਾ ਕੇ ਆਪਾਂ ਇਹ ਪਾਪ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰਦੇ? ਸੋਚੋ! ਪਾਪ ਨੰਬਰ ੭.- ਨਿੰਦਿਆ ਕਰਨੀ - ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਹੈ: "ਨਿੰਦਾ ਭਲੀ ਕਿਸੈ ਕੀ ਨਾਹੀ ਮਨਮੁਖ ਮੁਗਧ ਕਰੰਨਿ॥" (ਅੰਗ:-੭੫੫) ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਚੋਣਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਆਪਾਂ ਇੱਕ ਦੂਜੇ ਦੀ ਨਿੰਦਿਆ ਕਰਨ ਤੋਂ ਹਟਦੇ ਹੀ ਨਹੀਂ, ਹਰ ਸਮੇਂ ਨਿੰਦਿਆ ਕਰੀ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਾਂ। ਸੋਚਣ ਦੀ ਲੋੜ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਆਪਾਂ ਆਪਣੇ ਗੁਰੂ ਦਾ ਹੁਕਮ ਕਿੰਨਾ ਕੁ ਮੰਨ ਰਹੇ ਹਾਂ। ਕੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਕਾ ਹੁਕਮ ਉਲਟਾ ਕੇ ਇਹ ਪਾਪ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰਦੇ? ਸੋਚੋ! ਪਾਪ ਨੰਬਰ ੮.- ਹੰਕਾਰ ਕਰਣਾ- ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਆਦੇਸ਼ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਹੈ: "ਮੇਰੇ ਮਨ ਤਜਿ ਨਿੰਦਾ ਹਉਮੈ ਅਹੰਕਾਰ"।(ਅੰਗ ੨੯) ਆਪਾਂ ਆਪਣੇ ਆਪ ਨੂੰ ਗੁਰਮੁੱਖ ਸਮਝਦੇ ਹਾਂ 'ਤੇ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਚੋਣਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਆਪਾਂ ਹੰਕਾਰ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਾਂ। ਕੀ ਆਪਾਂ ਗੁਰੂ ਕਾ ਹੁਕਮ ਉਲਟਾ ਕੇ ਇਹ ਪਾਪ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰਦੇ? ਸੋਚੋ! ਪਾਪ ਨੰਬਰ ੯.- ਚੁਗਲੀ ਕਰਣੀ- ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਤਾਂ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਹੈ: "ਜਿਸੁ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਚੁਗਲੀ ਚੁਗਲੋ ਵਜੈ ਕੀਤਾ ਕਰਤਿਆ ਓਸ ਦਾ ਸਭੁ ਗਇਆ॥" (ਅੰਗ:-੩੦੮) ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਚੋਣਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਆਪਾਂ ਕਿੰਨੀ ਚੁਗਲੀ ਕਰਕੇ ਸਿਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਅਪਸ ਵਿਚ ਲੜਾਉਂਦੇ ਹਾਂ, ਆਪ ਸੋਚਣ ਦੀ ਲੋੜ ਹੈ। ਕੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਕਾ ਹੁਕਮ ਉਲਟਾ ਕੇ ਆਪਾਂ ਇਹ ਪਾਪ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰਦੇ? ਸੋਚੋ! ਪਾਪ ਨੰਬਰ ੧੦.- ਸ਼ਰਾਬ ਪੀਣੀ-ਪਿਲਾਉਣੀ- ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਸ਼ਰਾਬ ਵਿਰੁੱਧ ਸਖ਼ਤ ਆਦੇਸ਼ ਹੈ, ਉੱਥੇ ਤਾਂ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਹੈ: "ਝੂਠਾ ਮਦੁ ਮੂਲਿ ਨ ਪੀਚਈ ਜੇ ਕਾ ਪਾਰਿ ਵਸਾਇ॥" (ਅੰਗ:-੫੫੪) ਆਪਾਂ ਸਾਰੇ ਜਾਣਦੇ ਹਾਂ ਵੋਟਾਂ ਲੈਣ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਚੋਣਾਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਸ਼ਰਾਬ ਪੀਤੀ ਅਤੇ ਪਿਲਾਈ ਜਾਂਦੀ ਹੈ। ਸਾਰਿਆਂ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਸੋਚਣ ਦੀ ਲੋੜ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਸ਼ਰਾਬ ਪਿਆ ਕੇ ਚੋਣਾ ਲੜਨੀਆਂ/ਜਿਤਣੀਆਂ ਠੀਕ ਹੈ ਜਾਂ ਗਲਤ? ਕੀ ਗੁਰੁ ਕਾ ਹੁਕਮ ਉਲਟਾ ਕੇ ਆਪਾਂ ਇਹ ਪਾਪ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰਦੇ? ਪਾਪ ਨੰਬਰ ੧੧.- ਝੂਠ ਬੋਲਣਾ- ਚੋਣਾਂ ਜਿੱਤਣ ਲਈ ਆਪਾਂ ਵੱਡੇ ਤੋਂ ਵੱਡੇ ਝੂਠ ਬੋਲਦੇ ਹਾਂ। ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਖਤ ਆਦੇਸ਼ ਹੈ, ਉਥੇ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਹੈ: "ਬੋਲਹਿ ਸਾਚੁ, ਮਿਥਿਆ ਨਹੀ ਰਾਈ॥" (ਅੰਗ:-੨੨੭) ਕੀ ਆਪਾਂ ਗੁਰੂ ਦਾ ਹੁਕਮ ਉਲਟਾ ਕੇ ਇਹ ਪਾਪ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰਦੇ? ਸੋਚੋ! ਜੇ ਆਪਾਂ, ਉਪਰੋਕਤ ਸਾਰੇ ਪਾਪ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਾਂ, ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਦੇ ਉਲਟ ਚੱਲਦੇ ਹਾਂ ਤਾਂ ਆਪਾਂ ਕੈਸੇ ਸਿੱਖ ਹਾਂ? ਸੋਚਣ ਦੀ ਲੋੜ ਹੈ: ਜੇ ਆਪਾਂ ਆਪਣੇ ਗੁਰੂ ਦਾ ਹੁਕਮ ਉਲਟਾਵਾਂਗੇ ਤਾਂ ਸਾਨੂੰ ਗੁਰੂ ਦੀਆਂ ਖੁਸ਼ੀਆਂ ਮਿਲਣਗੀਆਂ ਜਾਂ ਨਰਾਜ਼ਗੀ ਮਿਲੇਗੀ? ਆਪ ਸੋਚੋ ਸਾਰੇ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਬੇਨਤੀ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਆਪਸ ਵਿੱਚ ਮਿਲਕੇ, ਸਰਬ ਸੰਮਤੀ, ਕਰਕੇ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਿਆਂ ਦਾ ਪ੍ਰਬੰਧ ਕਰ ਲਈਏ। ਜਿਤਨਾ ਸਮਾਂ, ਸ਼ਕਤੀ ਅਤੇ ਪੈਸਾ ਆਪਾਂ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਿਆ ਦੀਆਂ ਪਦਵੀਆਂ ਖੋਹਣ ਅਤੇ ਪਦਵੀਆਂ ਬਚਾਉਣ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਲਾਉਂਦੇ ਹਾਂ, ਫਿਰ ਕਈ ਸਾਲ ਅਗਲੀਆਂ ਚੋਣਾ ਜਿਤਣ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਤਿਆਰੀ ਕਰਨ ਉਤੇ ਲਾਉਂਦੇ ਹਾਂ, ਦੂਜੇ ਧੜੇ ਨੂੰ ਕਮਜ਼ੋਰ ਕਰਨ ਉਤੇ ਲਾਉਂਦੇ ਹਾਂ, ਹਰ ਸਮੇਂ ਕਿਸੇ ਦਾ ਬੁਰਾ ਹੀ ਸੋਚਦੇ ਰਹਿੰਦੇ ਹਾਂ, ਕੀ ਇਹੋ ਸਮਾਂ, ਸ਼ਕਤੀ, ਅਤੇ ਪੈਸਾ ਪੰਥ ਦੇ ਪਰਚਾਰ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਲਗ ਸਕਦਾ, ਆਪ ਸੋਚੋ. ਗੁਰੁ ਕੀ ਗੋਲਕ ਵਿਚ ਆਈ ਸੰਗਤ ਦੀ ਖੂਨ ਪਸੀਨੇ ਦੀ ਕਮਾਈ ਨੂੰ ਪੰਥ ਪਾੜਨ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਲੌਂਦੇ ਹਾਂ, ਕੀ ਇਸ ਨਾਲ ਸਿਖ ਪੰਥ ਵਧਦਾ ਹੈ ਜਾਂ ਘਟਦਾ ਹੈ? ਕੀ ਸੰਗਤ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਿਆਂ ਵਿਚ ਚੋਣਾਂ ਲੜਨ ਲਈ ਮਾਇਆ ਦਿੰਦੀ ਹੈ. ਜੇ ਅਸੀਂ ਚੋਣਾਂ ਦੀ ਥਾਂ ਸਰਬ ਸੰਮਤੀ ਕਰੀਏ ਇਸ ਨਾਲ ਸਾਡੀ ਸੋਭਾ ਅਤੇ ਸਿੱਖ ਪੰਥ ਦਾ ਵੀ ਭਲਾ ਹੋਵੇਗਾ। ਸਿੱਖ ਪੰਥ ਟੁੱਟਣਂੋ ਬਚ ਜਾਵੇਗਾ ਅਤੇ ਪੰਥ ਦੀ ਚੜ੍ਹਦੀ ਕਲਾ ਹੋਵੇਗੀ। ਗੁਰੂ ਕੀਆਂ ਖੁਸ਼ੀਆਂ ਮਿਲਣਗੀਆਂ! ਜੇ ਗੁਰੂ ਕਾ ਬਚਨ ਮੰਨ ਕੇ ਇਕਠੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੁੰਦੇ ਤਾਂ ਅਸਾਡਾ ਜਪ, ਤਪ, ਸੇਵਾ ਕਿਤੇ ਲੇਖੇ ਵਿਚ ਨਹੀ. "ਜਪੁ ਤਪੁ ਸੰਜਮ ਹੋਰ ਕੋਈ ਨਾਹੀ. ਜਬ ਲਗੁ ਗੁਰੁ ਕਾ ਸਬਦੁ ਨ ਕਮਾਹੀ". (ਅੰਗ ੧੦੬੦) ਅਤੇ "ਹੁਕਮ ਮੰਨਿਐ ਹੋਵੈ ਪਰਵਾਣ ਤ ਖਸਮੈ ਕਾ ਮਹਲਿ ਪਾਇਸੀ". ਕੀ ਚੋਣਾ ਲੜਨੀਆਂ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਿਆਂ ਦੀ ਸੇਵਾ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਹਨ ਜਾਂ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਿਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਵਰਤਣ ਵਾਸਤੇ? ਕੀ ਅਸਾਡੇ ਆਗੂ, ਸੰਗਤ ਨੂੰ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਿਆਂ ਦੀ ਸੇਵਾ ਦੇ ਨਾਮ ਉਤੇ ਲੜਾਉਂਦੇ ਨਹੀਂ, ਉਜਾੜਦੇ, ਪਾੜਦੇ, ਨਹੀਂ? ਜ਼ਰਾ ਧਿਆਨ ਨਾਲ ਸੋਚੋ: ਜੋ ਸਜਨ ਚੋਣਾ ਜਿਤਣ ਲਈ ਐਨੇ ਜ਼ੋਰ ਨਾਲ ਆਪਣੀ ਵਡਿਆਈ ਅਤੇ ਦੂਜਿਆਂ ਦੀ ਬੁਰਿਆਈ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਨ, ਘਰੋ ਘਰ ਜਾਕੇ ਵੋਟਾਂ ਮੰਗਦੇ ਹਨ, ਕੀ ਇਨਾ ਸਜਨਾ ਨੇ ਕਦੀ ਸੰਗਤ ਨੂੰ ਇਨੇ ਹੀ ਜ਼ੋਰ ਨਾਲ ਗ੍ਰੀਬ ਸਿਖ ਭਰਾਵਾਂ ਦੀ ਸਹੈਤਾ ਲਈ ਘਰੋ ਘਰ ਜਾਕੇ ਪ੍ਰੇਰਿਆ? ਬਾਬੇ ਬੰਦੇ ਬਹਾਦਰ ਵੇਲੇ ਆਪਾਂ, ਆਪਸ ਵਿਚ ਸਹਿਮਤ ਨ ਹੋਣ ਕਰਕੇ ਆਪਸ ਵਿਚ ਲੜਕੇ ਰਾਜ ਗਵਾਇਆ, ਮਹਾਰਾਜਾ ਰਨਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਵੇਲੇ ਵੀ ਸਹਿਮਤ ਨ ਹੋਣ ਕਰਕੇ ਆਪਸ ਵਿਚ ਲੜਕੇ ਅਸੀਂ ਰਾਜ ਗਵਾਇਆ.ਹੁਣ ਆਪਾਂ ਕੀ ਕਰਨਾ ਚਾਹੁੰਦੇ ਹਾਂ! ਆਪਾਂ ਗਲਾਂ ਤਾਂ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਾਂ ਖਾਲਸਤਾਨ/ਖਾਲਸਾ ਰਾਜ ਦੀਆਂ, ਇੱਕ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਸਾਂਭ ਨਹੀਂ ਸਕਦੇ। ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰੇ ਦੇ ਵਿੱਚ ਹੀ ਲੜ ਪੈਂਦੇ ਹਾਂ। ਆਪਾਂ ਰਾਜ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਸੰਭਾਲਾਂਗੇ? ਆਪਸੀ ਸਹਿਮਤ ਹੋਣ ਦੀ ਆਦਤ ਬਣਾਈਏ, ਖਾਲਸਾ ਰਾਜ ਆਪੇ ਬਣ ਜਾਵੇਗਾ। ਜੇ ਸਹਿਮਤ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੋਵਾਂਗੇ ਤਾਂ ਬਣਿਆ ਰਾਜ ਵੀ ਚਲਾ ਜਾਵੇਗਾ। ਇਸ ਕਰਕੇ ਸਿਖ ਵੀਰੋ! ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਿਆਂ ਦੀ ਸੇਵਾ ਲ਼ਈ ਚੋਣਾਂ ਲੜਨ ਦੀ ਥਾਂ ਸਰਬ ਸੰਮਤੀ ਕਰੋ, ਸਹਿਮਤ ਹੋਕੇ ਗੁਰਮਤਾ ਕਰੋ. ਜੇ ਆਪਾਂ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਿਆਂ ਦੀ ਸੇਵਾ ਲ਼ਈ ਸਹਿਮਤ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੋ ਸਕਦੇ ਤਾਂ ਆਪਾਂ ਹੋਰ ਕਿਸ ਗਲ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਸਹਿਮਤ ਹੋਵਾਂਗੇ? ਸ਼ਹਿਮਤ ਹੋਏ ਬਿਨਾ ਪੰਥ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਵਧੇਗਾ? ਵੀਚਾਰੋ! "ਹੋਇ ਇਕਤ੍ਰ ਮਿਲਹੁ ਮੇਰੇ ਭਾਈ ਦੁਬਿਧਾ ਦੂਰ ਕਰਹੁ ਲਿਵ ਲਾਇ" ਬਾਣੀ ਵਿਚਲੇ ਇਸ ਹੁਕਮ ਨੂੰ ਲਾਗੂ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਸਤੇ, ਅਸਾਡੇ ਸਾਰੇ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਿਆਂ ਵਿਚ, ਆਪਸ ਵਿਚ ਮਿਲ ਕੇ ਰਹਿਣ ਦੀ ਸਿਖਿਆ ਅਤੇ ਪ੍ਰੇਰਨਾ ਮਿਲਣੀ ਚਾਹੀਦੀ ਹੈ। ਪਰ , ਉਥੇ ਤਾਂ ਇਹ ਸਿਖਿਆ ਮਿਲਦੀ ਹੈ. "ਦੂਜੇ ਧੜੇ ਨੂੰ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਖਤਮ ਕਰਨਾ ਹੈ: ਆਪਣੇ ਧੜੇ ਨੂੰ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਕਾਬਜ਼ ਬਣਾਉਣਾ ਹੈ। ਕਿਸੇ ਦੇ ਬੰਦੇ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਤੋੜਨੇ ਹਨ? ਕਿਵੇਂ ਖਰੀਦਣੇ ਹਨ? ਮੇਰੀ ਚੌਧਰ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਬਣ ਸਕਦੀ ਹੈ?" ਕੀ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰੇ ਇਸ ਕੰਮ ਲਈ ਹੁੰਦੇ ਹਨ? ਵਿਚਾਰੋ! ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਵਿਰੁਧ ਜਾਕੇ ਆਪਾਂ ਪ੍ਰਫੁਲਿਤ ਕਿਵੇਂ ਹੋ ਸਕਦੇ ਹਾਂ। ਕੀ ਆਪਾਂ ਸਾਰੇ ਸਿੱਖ ਇਸ ਗਲ ਉੱਤੇ ਸਹਿਮਤ ਹੋ ਸਕਦੇ ਹਾਂ ਕਿ ਅਸੀਂ ਆਪਣਾ ਪੰਥ ਵਧਾਉਣਾ ਹੈ? ਵਲੋਂ:- ਠਾਕੁਰ ਦਲੀਪ ਸਿੰਘ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPuSkB4nlgE
  4. Timings

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ke Fateh I've spoken about me wanting to take Amrit at some point soon before in a previous post. I just wanted to know as I do 8am to 8pm is there anyone who does these kind of odd shifts and how do you do the Nitnem, especially around Amritvela. Do you guys feel tired? how so you cope? Also I need to lose weight as well so need to start exercising a bit cos I need to go Gurudwara and don't want to say Waheguru followed by ' OH GODAI DUKTDAI'.(Kknees are hurting) Because with shame, i used to avoid going at all cost and know I feel i need to be in sangat more often. Final Question what is the closest Gurudwara near the City (Bank, Tower hill etc) anyone go near here at all?
  5. Historical Sites In Europe

    Vaheguru ji ka khalsa, Vaheguru ji ki fateh! Does anyone have a link to a master lists of historical sikhi sites in Europe countries? I am looking for all the sites where Guru Nanak Dev Jee has been to and they either made a structure, gurudwara or monument in that memory. I would need exact cities/addresses etx, thanks
  6. Next Amrit Sanchar

    Wjkk Wjkf When are the dates for the next Amrit Sanchar at the Gurdwara on Soho Road? I heard it was every 4 weeks but can anyone clarify? Wjkk Wjkf
  7. In light of the recent blasphemy of Guru Sahib by a Gurdwara Keysborough Committee member, how can the Sikh Sangat worldwide kick out patit Gurudwara Committee members? This shocking incident should be reason enough to weed out such people from our committees.
  8. BHAI KAMALJIT SINGH JI (Hazoori Ragi Sri Darbar Sahib) UK TOUR 1st AUG to 7 SEP 2014 Details in poster Guru Nanak Darbar Gravesend 7th Septmeber Seven Kings Gurudwara 12th and 13th August Thanks.
  9. The attached leaflets are being published with an Hindu Mahant kathaa to be carried out inside the Gurudwara. This is BIG Insult to the gurudwara and our Guru’s Preaching. Need help to stop this. This Gurudwara’s President is close to the councillor of New Ham and is known to be carrying out such activities in the Gurudwara to make money. Please help to expose and stop this insult through media and sangat.
  10. is there any bani that is specific to this most pavitar asthaan of our sikh dharam? ther is pavan mai pavan samaya .... that is guru argan dev ji bani. is there any more bani that has come as a direct result from this asthaan? or kavitas or anyhting please!... i reely need to know this. many thanks to anyone who posts and helps. gurfteh!
  11. 08 Dec: Domegaon is a village in the outlying Shrirampur Tehsil of Ahmednagar District in Maharashtra located on the banks of River Godavari, 80 Kms from Ahmednagar, 22 Kms from Shrirampur and 7 Kms from hokar on the Shrirampur- Aurangabad road. It is equidistant from Nashik, Aurangabad and Manmad – some 100 Kms, or 2-1/2 hours journey by bus. Belapur Railway Station is the nearest railway link, about one kilometer from Shrirampur Bus Stand, while Pune Lohegaon Airport, about 110 km from Ahmednagar, is the nearest air link. I would not have dreamt of going to this obscure village even before 21 June 1994, but for my colleague, Capt. Hardev Singh’s insistence. He appeared excited. We did not have much information about the place except a hearsay report: “The villagers of Domegaon and neighborhood have total faith in Guru Granth Sahib. Whenever river Godavari got flooded they took out the holy Granth and touch the water, which then receded without causing any damage to the village. This has been the practice for the last 165 years, ever since an old saint meditated with this volume of the holy Granth.” On checking at Ahmednagar bus stand, we came to know that it takes two hours by bus to Shrirampur from where a local bus goes to Domegaon. Going along the road marked by Neem and Keekar trees, through lush vegetation and ripening sugarcane fields, we reached Shrirampur at 11 A.M. With a view to gathering more details of the place and the route, we approached the first available residents. They took us on two scooters to Veena Saree Centre, owned by Khem Singh Batra, President, Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, Domegaon. We were told that the keys of the Gurdwara at Domegaon were with the Sewadar (caretaker) Gurcharan Singh Saluja, who had gone for collection of stores and was due to return shortly. As we waited for the Sewadar, we were briefed by Prithipal Singh regarding the place: “More than 165 years ago, an old hand-written copy of Guru Granth Sahib came to be preserved in Domegaon. Sikhs in Shrirampur came to know of it only about 50 years ago through a Bijnori Sikh, Bedekar, who used to frequent these villages for business. The construction of the Gurdwara was initiated by one Mr. Ahuja, a factory manager at Ganeshpur Sugar Mills, with the efforts of the Sikh Sangat of the surrounding areas under the supervision of Baba Harnam Singh of Gurdwara Langar Sahib, Nanded. “The Sewadar stays at Shrirampur because there is no Sikh family in Domegaon but he goes to Domegaon daily and the keys of the Gurdwara remain with him. He collects the construction material and the materials for performing rituals at the Gurdwara. We were told that the Akhand Paath (continuous recitation of Guru Granth Sahib) is performed every year on Guru Nanak’s birthday i.e., on Kartik Poornima. The Sangat of Shrirampur visits Domegaon on every Pooranmashi (full moon night). “The villagers of the area take out a procession around the village with the holy man of the village carrying Guru Granth Sahib on his head on occasions like Holi and Diwali. They celebrate all festivals in the compound of the Gurdwara after prayers to Guru Granth Sahib, for which they have a deep devotion. A special congregation is also arranged in the first week of January every year. We tried to bring the holy volume to Shrirampur as we felt that there was no Sewadar. But the villagers refused to part with it stating that it was their Dev (Chief Deity), which could not be taken away from Domegaon. If their Dev is taken away, they will surely be destroyed by floods. Such was the unflinching faith of the locals in the Holy Guru Granth Sahib” Meanwhile, the Sewadar arrived. We hired an auto-rickshaw to proceed to Domegaon. En route, we halted at Shrirampur Gurdwara, a magnificent construction. There we met Trilok Singh Sethi, a respected and prosperous businessman of the area and Special (honorary) Executive Magistrate. He offered to send his car to Domegaon, which we could not refuse as he wanted the car to be blessed by Baba Birdh Sahib of Domegaon. The Sikh saint, who originally brought the holy Guru Granth Sahib and meditated on the banks of river Godavari at Domegaon, is known as Birdh Baba Sahib, meaning the ‘respectable old man’. Our 15 km journey along Nashik-Shrirampur-Aurangabad road was comfortable. At village Bhokar, we found the road turning to Birdh Baba Domegaon (Kamalpur). At Domegaon, we stopped alongside river Godavari, close to the bridge in front of the imposing building of Gurdwara Birdh Baba. Just adjoining to it stands a Krishna temple, a mosque, a Buddhist Gompa and a Hanuman temple. Domegaon is a beautiful village with pictureseque landscape and the surroundings surcharged with spiritual vibrations. A marble stone on the Gurdwara wall had the following inscription: “The construction of Gurdwara Sri Birdh Baba, Domegaon was started at the hands of a Nanded saint on 25 May 1968. About 150 years ago, a Sikh saint of Punjab, who had a hand-written copied version of Guru Granth Sahib established it in this place in a thatched hut, which has now been converted into a Gurdwara. The village is situated on the banks of Godavari, which often got flooded since the times of the Birdh Baba. Guru Granth Sahib was worshipped and taken on the head to Godavari and prayers were offered to Ganga Mai (Godavari) for receding of floods. The local people have full faith in Guru Granth Sahib and Birdh Baba and they have seen with their eyes that with the prayer, flood recedes and the village is saved from losses. This tradition continues till date. This year, when the floods came on 6 August, 1968, the village people repeated the same thing and there was no damage to the village from flood waters.” We washed our faces, hands and feet and the Sewadar brought the old volume (Beerh) of Guru Granth Sahib from its resting place to the main hall. After prayers, we were allowed to study it. Its size is more than double than that of the normal printed Beerh. It contains 1006 pages. It was apparent that it was written long back. It starts with a list of contents preceded with the dates of its writing as Mash Sudi 5, Samvat 1901 (1844 A.D.). The list of contents has three parts. The first list contains the names of all the verses (Baanis). The second is the list of all ragas. The third is the list of the first line of all the Shabads (hymns) in the Beerh. A few pages are also given for the contents. The Baanis included are: Nisan Guruji Jap(u) (p.1), Sodar – five Shabads (p.6), So Purkh – four Shabads (p.7), Sohila/Aarti – five Shabads (p.8), Raag Majh (p.64), Gauri (p.105), Aasa (p.239), Gujri, Devgandhari and other Ragas; Sloka Sahaskriti, Gatha, Funhe, Choubole, Sloka Kabir Ji ke, Sloka Farid Ji ke, Swaeeye Kalaur, Bhatton-ke-sloka, Waran-te-Wadheek Sloka, tatha-Gost-Mlaar Naal Hoi, Ratan-mala, Hakikat Raje-Sivnabh-ki, Raagmala, besides method of preparing ink and Chalittar-Jyoti-Jyot Samawne ke, being the record of merging with the Divine Light of the first nine Gurus, but it has no record of Guru Gobind Singh in the list. It may be that this Beerh was started during the time of Guru Gobind Singh. Writing is in black ink. Pages 1 to 20 are much older than the remaining pages. The sequence of Raag/Shabad/Sloka after Slokas of Guru Teg Bahadar is not as per Kartarpuri Beerh or Beerh Bhai Banno.One Sloka is attributed to Mahila 10 (Guru Gobind Singh) in this Beerh, similar to the golden lettered Beerh at Burhanpur. Some pages have come out of the binding and a few are becoming brittle. The holy hand written volume needs urgent care and scientific archival preservation. Though some amount was sent through ‘Sikh Review’ by a non-resident Sikh from the United States for preservation but it never was so utilized. After having the Darshan and a brief perusal of Guru Granth Sahib, I contacted the local people and interviewed a few of the villagers to know their views and details about the Birdh Baba and the hand-written volume. Those interviewed include Baba Sahib Thorat, B.A. B.Ed., aged 24; Uttam Dasang, aged 30 and Mahatama Swaimbhu Chhedam, aged 82, the head priest of the adjoining Sri Krishna Chakradhar Temple. I was unable to contact Sri Birendra Baba Murkute, who has been looking after Guru Granth Sahib before it was handed over to the Sikh clergy to take the Beerh ceremoniously to River Godavari in the event of flood. I was informed by the local villagers that there was no Sikh in the area nor was there any copy of Guru Granth Sahib with anybody. The Baba wrote the entire Gurbani with his inner spiritual power. It is surprising to know where from did the Birdh Baba gather the paper, ink and pen in that secluded village almost 17 decades ago. Both Baba Sahib Thorat and Uttam Dasang confirmed the age old tradition of taking Guru Granth Sahib to river Godavari and of floods receding. They stated that Guru Granth Sahib is their Dev, which they cannot part with. If they part with it, their village will surely be destroyed by the floods. They also showed me the boulder in the river, where the Birdh Baba had meditated for 12 years. Baba Sahib Thorat stated, Whatever the Baba collected for food, he gave one-third to cows, one-third to Godavari and ate the remaining one-third.” A story was narrated to me how the Baba would “speak to the river”, which in turn, would reply back and give the Baba water. Once a person quietly went to hear as to what the Baba spoke, the river remained silent, where-upon the Baba cursed the hidden person, who died within a week and his entire family perished within a month. Birdh Baba did penance for this act of his anger by continuous meditation. He never lost his temper against anyone after this event. The destructed uninhabited house of this person still remains in Domegaon. After this incident, the Baba shifted to a small wooden house, where he would meet the devotees in the mornings and evenings and gave sermons of Naam Simran. None in the village knew Gurmukhi script but the holy Granth Sahib and Birdh Baba attracted a number of followers. However, whenever the Godavari was in flood, the Birdh Baba took the Beerh to the water and touched it. The water receded thereafter. After the demise of the Birdh Baba, the holy Granth Sahib was kept in a Jhoola (swing). Once, the fury of the flood mounted and the water entered the village. The moment water reached the Jhoola, cradling the holy volume, it rapidly receded. Thereafter, whenever the Godavari got flooded, Baba Murkute took Guru Granth Sahib on his head and touched the water sending it back to the mainstream. This occurred right up to 1968, when it was decided to build the Gurdwara at the same place where the Baba used to live in the wooden house. The present Gurdwara, thus, came into being. Since then, the river has not been in spate near the village. The people said the younger generation could not describe Baba Ji as none had seen him. However, the Mahant of Shri Krishna Chakradhar Temple shed more light on this. Aged 82, the Mahant first described the importance of the ancient temple associated with Shri Krishna Chakradhar, a saint, who stayed in Domegaon for 10 months. A Pandit of Salargaon, Mahim Bhatt composed verses in honor of Saint Chakradhar, which are considered as one of the sources of Marathi language. Describing Birdh Baba, he said, “Birdh Baba had died somewhere in late nineteenth century, much before him. Nobody knows the exact date of the Baba’s demise. He had heard from a saint, who had known that the Birdh Baba was a great Udasi saint, who had made a copy of Guru Granth Sahib while he lived with a Raja. When he became an Udasi, he came to Domegaon and started meditation near this temple. He had this copy of Guru Granth Sahib with him at that time. He was given a hut close to the temple, where he later died. Even during this time, the village folks used to take out a procession of Guru Granth Sahib on Falgun Ekadashi, a tradition they still maintain.” Telling about the people, he said, “The village has Chakradhar Temple, Hanuman Temple, Ganpati Temple, a Mosque and the Gurdwara; all around the same complex within a close vicinity. The village is known as Domegaon-Kamalpur, the name ‘Kamalpur’ was given after the name of Kamal Shah, an important executive of emperor Aurangzeb. His Mazaar (grave) is close to the Mandir-Gurdwara complex. Though the population consists of Hindus, Muslims and few Buddhists, yet they have no religious or caste barriers in marriage ceremonies or social dealings. They have days marked for different religious functions, which they all celebrate together.” He pointed out to me that the people, who followed us to the temple that day, included a Hindu, a Muslim and a Buddhist. There were no restrictions in any religious place for anyone. Later I found record of a statement of Shri Vishvanath Korpe and his mother aged 100 in a local Marathi weekly, Hind Mashaal dated 16 June 1994, which carried a detailed version of the events and confirmed the statements by Baba Thorat. I left the place with genuine respect for a village community united in its veneration for the ancient hand-written volume of Guru Granth Sahib. ~ Bhagwan Singh ~ Eternal Voice http://www.sikhnet.com/news/gurdwara-sri-bridh-baba-extraordinary-tale-faith
  12. Children's Sikhi Class Syllabus

    Wahegurujikakhalsawahegurujikifateh, Children's Sikhi Class Syllabus If you were to design a syllabus for children (8-14) attending a weekly, 30 minute sikhi class what sort of syllabus would you have? When you were a child what did you want from your weekly Sikhi Class? What did you feel was missing? What were the main problems/failings? To address these: Where would you start? What are the key themes you would cover? How would you hope to cover sikh theology, philosophy, history, maryada, and relevance? How would you go about assessing their understanding? Are there any key resources that you would recommend? What methods could you use to further engage the children? I hope by the end of this thread we can have developed a basic syllabus - I have a group of children at the Gurudwara Sahib who would be willing volunteers for a Sikhsangat.com experiment. Wahegurujikakhalsawahegurujikifateh
  13. The Role Of The Dharamsala/gurudwara?

    Wahegurujikakhalsawahegurujikifateh What do you think the role of the Dharamsala/Gurudwara Sahib is? What was the intended role as per puratan literature? What changes can we make as individuals to allow it to achieve these goals? Wahegurujikakhalsawahegurujikifateh
  14. June 18, 2013 by PJ Randhawa Source: www.wistv.com http://www.wistv.com/category/229633/video-landing-page?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8996838 Jun 16, 2013: COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The shroud of controversy and suspicion surrounding a new Sikh temple appears to have lifted just in time for its celebrated grand opening. It's a religion that preaches peace and acceptance of all faiths. "Every Sikh shrine has four doors that's to represent anybody, doesn't matter which faith or religion you belong to, you could be part of us," said Dr. Inderjit Singh, Chairman of the Sikh Religious Society of SC. But politics and faith often have very different agendas. Last year, Governor Nikki Haley, who was born into a Sikh family, denied rumors that she and her father, the president of the Sikh Religious Society, were about to be indicted for tax fraud relating to the temple's finances. "It is wrong," said Singh. "We have nothing to do with what's happening. We have no problem with the IRS or anybody." Though the IRS officially denied the claims, Haley's legal team filed a lawsuit against the blogger who initiated the rumors last year. Finally, that case may be close to a resolution. "We have an apology from that person already, that 'yes, we were given the wrong information, we're sorry about that,'" said Dr. Ajit Randhawa, President of the Sikh Religious Society of South Carolina. "We're still trying to figure out what his motive is," said Singh. "Why he's trying to malign our temple." Leaders of the Sikh Religious Society say at least five lawsuits filed by contractors who claim they weren't paid for their work on the temple have been resolved. And all payments made in full. Governor Haley declined to comment on the lawsuit. And though she is no longer Sikh herself, she spent much of the day reflecting on the importance of culture and community. "It was this community that thought me strength with grace," she told the congregation. "This is the community that shows what true love, peace and faith looks like and so I am a proud daughter of this community and a proud daughter to say these are the people that raised me." The opening of this 6,200 square-foot structure represents the expansion of a very visible minority in South Carolina. "This was the community that taught me service, that taught me how blessed we are to live in this country," said Haley. There are roughly 25 million Sikhs in the world, and here in Columbia, less than 200 families. http://www.sikhnet.com/news/sikh-temple-opens-doors-new-building-closes-doors-controversy
  15. Election on Sunday 5th May 2013 - The current committee at Guru Nanak Gurdwara South Birmingham (GNG-SB) have been in power since May 2011. The elected Pardan (Committee President) at that time conveniently stepped down to allow the present incumbent non-elected Pardan to take his place without any public endorsement. - The Sangat (Congregation of the GNG-SB) have approached the current committee to change the president and committee members due to the incorrect way they have been running the Gurdwara, with no regard to Hukumnamas (An Order issued to Sikhs) from the Akal Takht. Some events to consider: - A recent Akhand Paath took place where the Japji Sahib Ji was NOT read at the request of a sangat member due to their own personal beliefs. Clearly this should not have been granted as Japji Sahib Ji is just like any other scripture in the Guru Granth Sahib Ji and should be part of the full reading of the Guru Granth Sahib Ji, which is what the definition of an Akhand Paath is. One can only assume that this request was entertained for the committee to make money. - Interfaith marriages have been banned by the Akal Takht. Clear instruction has been given that only those with the surname Kaur or Singh may have an Anand Karaj. Yet this committee knowingly has ignored this Hukumnama and allowed such marriages to take place. - The Sangat has tried in vain to sit down with the current committee to resolve the issues, some of which have been mentioned above. However, the current committee has refused such talks. In respect to the Gurdwaras past standing in the community the Sangat has turned to a previous Pardan to stand up to this bullying non sikh committee to fight in the upcoming election on Sunday 5th May 2013. - A nomination was put forward some 3 months ago with the endorsement of the community of the Gurdwara, so that the Sangat would have a choice in the upcoming election. This is what has transpired since then - Current committee sends by post the opposition parties nomination with a red cross, declining the right of entry of the opposition party to fight this election 1 week before the election date, stating the reason that the form was incomplete. The error being that the person named on the form forgot to circle if they were a member of the gurdwara or not! Something which they conviently forgot to mention over the last 3 months. - Thankfully the GNG-SB has a written constitution, in which this would not void a persons application, however this has not stopped the election board, interestingly headed by a non-sikh (Hindu) who is clearly sided with the current committee. This Hindu chairman of the election board is clearly trying to waste time in the run up to the elections, trying to concentrate the opposition parties efforts on fighting the right to participate in the election so they cannot canvass any support. - The opposition committee are prepared to fight the corrupt committee and have followed all rules of the constitution and are willing to take legal action at their own expense to be rid of these corrupt imposters misusing public trust and money. - The current committee have replied saying that they will use Sangat money to pay any legal expenses! - A final meeting took place on Monday 29th April 2013 where 5 election board members were to vote in front of the trustees of GNG-SB on whether the nomination should be allowed and the election should take place, if not then the current committee automatically would stay in power! At this meeting 2 election board members resign due to the continuing politics. 3 remaining voted. 2 for the election on Sunday 5th May 2013, 1 against. The Hindu Chairman decided to vote against. Did you guess that? The meeting was carried out in front of the trustees of the Gurdwara and it was decided that the election would go ahead. - Tuesday 30th April 2013, the 2 resigned election board members decide to withdraw their resignations and decide to also side with the chairman and vote againt the election! I wonder who they spoke to overnight? Attention Sangat! Your local Gurdwara is being run by a pack of dogs intent on abusing you and our sacred Gurdwara. If they had nothing to hide why would they be so scared of an open and honest election? Please come and show your support and opinion, as it is very very much needed! Share this with as many people as you can, so they too can fight those in power in other Gurdwaras with similar struggles.
  16. A Gurudwara goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to Gurudwara every Sunday. “I have gone for 30 years now”, he wrote “and in that time I have heard something like 3000 days of kirtan and katha. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So I think I am wasting my time and the Giani are wasting theirs by doing kirtan and katha. This started a real controversy in the “Letters to the Editor” column. Much to the delight of the editor, it went on for week until someone wrote this clincher: I have been married for 30 years now. In that time, my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this. They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to Gurudwara for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today. When you are DOWN to nothing, God is UP to something. Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible. Thank God for our physical and our spiritual nourishment. www.facebook.com/groups/mumbaidesikh/
  17. SSA All, Can anyone help me out the names of Historical Gurdwaras - where one should visit atleast once in lifetym.... Thank u
  18. I'm from Ontario and I went to Vancouver a few days ago while I was there at a Gurudwara in Surrey I saw chairs and Tables in the Langar Hall. I'm 14 and I asked my cousin who is 20 if it was allowed in Sikhi and he said there was no problem with it. I just want to ask your opinion on this, is it wrong or is there no problem.
  19. Sikhs And Christians.

    Waheguru ji ka Khalsa Waheguru ji ki Fateh. I recently came across a former Christian who coverted to the Sikh faith, she told me how her decision was inspired by the fact that Christianity is an exclusive faith. I want to know how Sikhism theologically differs from Christianity, that is it's view of God, and man's goal on earth.
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