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  1. I was thinking of starting a YouTube channel about sikhi and do parchar like Basics Of Sikhi on Gurbani meanings/naam. Should I start this or just join Basics Of Sikhi???
  2. WJKKWJKF Sadh Sangat Ji,please post some suggestions and links to sources for learning and understanding SHABADS from gurbani,. I feel very ashamed when sometimes I dont know the complete Shabad sung at GURUDWARA SAHIB.I personally believe we should atleast try to learn all the SHABADS because when you know the SHABADS ,you stay more focussed while listening to kirtan at GURUDWARA SAHIB. Earlier too I have tried to learn Shabads but I want to do it in a systematic manner this time.This time I want to learn ,understand and imbibe one SHABAD at one time.
  3. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fatteh Who can you learn shasta vidiya from apart from Nidar Singh and is in the Birmingham area?
  4. Any good sex therapist will tell you it's not what you've got that matters. It's more important how you use what you've got. The same sound advice applies in an economy, too. Statisticians and politicians alike obsess over the latest ups and downs of GDP, assumed to reflect the progress of an entire economy. But in practice, a well-endowed GDP means nothing if it isn't put to good work. If extra economic production (measured by an expanding GDP) does not bring improvements in the human condition, then what's the point? An outstanding example of this maxim in practice is provided by the economic and social experience of Kerala, a state on the southern tip of India. Kerala has the same population as Canada, crammed into an area smaller than Nova Scotia. But apart from the crowds, Kerala's most unique feature is how it has leveraged its limited GDP to achieve remarkably strong outcomes in health, education and quality of life. Kerala's literacy is the highest in India, well above 90 per cent. Infant mortality is the lowest. Thanks to grassroots education programs and economic opportunity for women, its birth rate is one quarter of that in the rest of India - lower, even, than in the United States. By these social indicators, Kerala could even be considered a "developed" economy, despite its Third World levels of output. On my own recent travels through the state, I witnessed almost none of the grinding, desperate poverty commonly encountered in most of India. A stark statistical indicator of Kerala's social success is provided by the United Nations ranking of countries according to its Human Development Index. Taken as a whole, India performs miserably in this ranking and has been slipping (from 126th in 2006 to 134th today) despite its free-market economic boom. Shockingly, even while India's expansion has been praised by everyone from business analysts to our own dancing Prime Minister, the relative well-being of Indians has actually been declining. Steel tycoons, call-centre entrepreneurs and Bollywood producers are certainly loving it - in 2008, 53 billionaires possessed combined wealth equal to one quarter of the annual output produced by India's 1.2 billion people. But the UN statistics confirm that most Indians are not benefiting nearly enough. Kerala's GDP per capita is decent by Indian standards, but not spectacular. But its superior education and health outcomes push it well up the human development ranking. It boasts the highest HDI of any Indian state. If it were a country, Kerala would rank 77th in the world - ahead of countries with much higher GDP per capita, such as Turkey, South Africa and Peru. Kerala's unique approach reflects its fascinating political culture. For most of the last half-century, it has been governed by elected Communists (either alone or in coalition with other left parties). Economically, the government has made a priority of public services, small-scale co-ops and rural land reform instead of chasing call centres and outsourced jobs from Western offices. Productivity in some of Kerala's smaller workshops is pre-industrial, but that's still better than doing nothing, which is the fate of tens of millions of dispossessed workers elsewhere in India. Kerala's government has strongly resisted the corporatization of agriculture, and this has helped it achieve the lowest rural poverty in India. Again, the contrast with the rest of the country - 200,000 desperate farmers have committed suicide in the past decade - is jarring. Kerala's investments in its people have, perhaps ironically, made its people one of the state's most lucrative exports: About two million Keralans work in the Persian Gulf countries (many as doctors, nurses and engineers), sending back billions of dollars worth of remittances each year. But there is also a growing high-tech sector in Kerala itself, centred around a technology park where 25,000 people are employed in the state capital. The complex is owned by the state government but operated in partnership with global IT corporations. This funny co-existence of capitalism and socialism is called "flexible communism" by the locals. Business owners bemoan the hassle and lost productivity resulting from the strikes and protests that are a regular feature of daily life in highly politicized Kerala. On the other hand, it's precisely because they feel empowered to fight for their interests that Keralans have managed to win the highest standard of living in their vast, diverse country. Other parts of India lose very little work time to strikes, yet their people are demonstrably worse off. Perhaps that's a lesson for all of us. Higher GDP doesn't automatically translate into human prosperity. We have to stand up and make it happen.
  5. Hi is anyone interested in learning Punjabi on Skype? Punjabi has recently been named as the third most spoken language in England and Wales. I would like to practice my Punjabi, as I would like to able to speak more fluently, I am intermediate level. If you speak Punjabi I would love to hear from you!! If anyone is interested please leave your skype id and i will add you. Thanks
  6. WJKK WJKF Reading and understanding gurbani changes how we see the world. We learn so much every day just by understanding it. Ever since I started reading it my life has positively changed so much. So that's why I'm wondering what shabad do you think has changed your life the most and which shabad have you personally learnt the most from? Nanak Naam Jahaaz Hai
O Nanak, the name of the Lord is like a ship ChadeSo Uttray Paar
 Whoever Boards It Crosses Over (The Life-Ocean). Jo Shardha Kare Sevde
 Those Who Meditate On Him with Faith and devotion, Gur Paar, Utaaran Haar
 The Guru Helps Them In crossing over."
  7. Waheguruji ka khalsa Waheguruji ki fateh ji Dear Sangat ji There have been a couple of posts enquiring about Keertan Notations. Therefore, I'd like to start a thread dedicated to keertan notations alone. Any notations in previous posts in other threads will be pasted here along with some others. One post will have a keertan notation for one shabad alone. If anyone would like to request notations for a particular shabad they wish to learn, please PM me or start another thread. I request anyone to refrain from any kind of discussions on this thread so we could keep it for notations alone. Thank you.
  8. Hi everyone. I've written a software to help people learn kirtan. You can find the download links and instructions at Please note that you must have java installed from to use the application. In short, you can type notes (sa, re, ga, ma, pa, dha, ni) into the editor and click play to see them played on the screen. Komal notes have an apostrophe before them ('ga) and theevra notes have an apostrophe after them (ma'). Notes that are in the upper scale have a period after them (sa.) and lower scale notes have the period before them (.ni). There are more features, like labels and holding notes for more than one beat that you can read about on the download page. This software is still in beta, so you're bound to find bugs in it. I've only tested it on a Windows 7 machine, and I don't know how it will run on other machines, but feel free to try. Also, I've heard that there are some glitches on slower machines. Please let me know about any issues you find. (On the website/wiki page, there's a note about log files you might want to read. They help me debug issues). This software is opensource. That means that the code is publicly available online, and anyone can contribute. If you're a developer and want to contribute, I'd love to work with you, and I really need the help. If you like this software, please spread the word. Thanks!