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  1. 3 points
    Motipur khalsa village in phillaur
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    maybe if you call it sikhi instead, we should not be promoting the term sikhism which is a colonial definition. We should use the proper term as sikhi.
  3. 2 points
    Yes bro sikhi will never die
  4. 2 points
    I think you should leave your pathetic little comments out of a serious discussion. 'Betty white da putar'
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    no sheet of paper and glass and relocation to outside ? my kids don't even bat an eyelid now and do it unbidden . Why earn negative karams , do you really want to come back to pay the account ?
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    dnt think even this incident will change the minds of a few in the west wholl still say theyre neither for independence or against it. if its a matter of losin control outside panjab e.g. hazoor sahib etc then these ppl have already decided tht we automatically forfeit the right to fight for wat belongs to sikhs from inside our proposed country. n tht we cnt travel elsewhere to c our heritage across 'india' etc. y cnt we do tht? cuz the govt. says so? its obvious to many already tht if things remain as they r then its only a matter of time until sikhi in panjab is dead once n for all. then there wont be any need to worry abt fightin for rights/control over history/gurdware etc. ppl will either stay as slaves n or move abroad n be slaves elsewhere, over assimilate n over adapt into foreign cultures while losin their own n then all be forgotten abt. sikhs will jus become a museum artefact. jus how our enemies want us to be.
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    I used to live in Guildford and had the same issue, there were plenty of South Indians but very few Sikhs, I'd end up driving to Southall to go to the Gurdwara, I moved just outside of Oxford after that and had the same issue there. Have to tried the local Uni (probably Kent University), they usually have Sikh societies that put on events, might be worth a shot.
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    Satnaam - auda Naam sach hai Karta purakh - au sab na da karta hai Nirbhau - au noo kise da darr nahi Nirvair - Au noo kise naal ver nahi Akaal Murat - au di moorat akaal hai Ajuni - au jooni vich nahi auda Saibhang - au da Prakash apne aap taw hoa hai Gurprasad - Guru di Kirpa naal jani da hai Jap - au da naam japo Aad sach - shuru taw sach saroop hai Jugaad sach - jug shuru hoye te sach see Hai bhee sach - hun bhee sach hai Nanak hosi bhee sach - (Guru) Nanak kehnde hai au bhiwik vich vee sach hove ga
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    It's a case of a few bad apples plus it's grown in size but still run the way it was when it started and there were only a few people, many groups suffer from this kind of thing and if you don't keep on top of it stuff can get out of control.
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    This was a common motif/symbol in Sikhi and is still utilised by the Dal Panth. The Surya or Suraj is a reference to the dynasty (Suryavanshi) which Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji and therefore the Khalsa Panth belongs to as mentioned in Bachittar Natak and other texts. ਜਾਂ ਦਿਨ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ ਛਕਤ ਯਹਿ, ਰਹਤ ਨ ਪਿਛਲੀ ਜਾਤਿ । On that day when you take Amrit [Khandey Di Pahul], the commandment is that you do not have a previous Caste. ਜ੍ਯੋਂ ਭ੍ਰਿੰਗੀ ਹ੍ਵੈ ਕੀਟ ਤੈ, ਤ੍ਯੋਂ ਸਿਖ ਹ੍ਵੈ ਗੁਰੁ ਜਾਤਿ ॥੨੪॥ In the same way a Bhringi, which transforms a [low] insect into a beautiful butterfly, a Sikh turns [beautiful] and adopts the Gurus Caste. ਸੂਰਜ ਬੰਸੀ ਦਸਮ ਗੁਰੁ, ਛੱਤ੍ਰੀ ਭਏ ਪ੍ਰਸਿੱਧ । The Tenth Guru is from the Suraj Bans (Surya Vansh Lineage), the famous Kshatriya caste. ਯਾਹੀਂ ਤੇ ਸਭਿ ਖਾਲਸਾ, ਛੱਤ੍ਰੀ ਬਰਣ ਅਬਿੱਧ ॥੨੫॥ In this way all the Khalsa turn into one of Kshastriya. [Naveen Panth Prakash, pg. 1581, Vol. 3] ^ a Surajmukhi emblem being carried with Guru Sahibs entourage. ^ The same emblem being used by the Nihangs today ^ On the hilt of a Sikh Shastar ^ A battle standard from the Sikh Empire with a Surya ^ Surya logo Gurbar Akaal!
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    Your body will NOT be scanned on any ferries. A second recommendation is to wear neck Kirpans when travelling or take it with you just in case (a few tour places may / may not do body search). Neck Kirpan is better than NO kirpan.
  12. 1 point
    Outside Barclays wasn't it.
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    Do as much simran as you can! There is no limit to simran or paath. A sikh is supposed to remember waheguru ever second of their life. Have full faith is guru Ji and in no one else and see what guru ji will do for you
  14. 1 point
    Taksal isnt same Taksal as before. They would have never allowed this b.s in the 80s 90s. Dhumma would have been a nobody.
  15. 1 point
    This is for you bhaji Read the description
  16. 1 point
    Good luck and wish you two luck. Hopefully yer mentally prepared for marriage. You have to listen to yer wife, treat her with maximum respect n see her as a human being first.
  17. 1 point
    This Is one of the best books out there when it comes to describing the revolutionary achievements of Sikhi in relation to caste during the early days of the Khalsa. It's essential reading in my opinion. Hope some people learn from it: http://www.globalsikhstudies.net/pdf/Sikh_Revolution.pdf
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    Waheguru ji ka Khalsa waheguru ji ki fateh i would strongly suggest you to complete the journey of Guru Granth Sahib jee. Do one at a time. Good luck and you are blessed than lot of folks here
  19. 1 point
    Definitely. That's the idea behind "tisar mazhab" "Ih teesar mazahab Khalsa upjio pardhana" This (Khalsa) is the 3rd religion, produced as presiding. Guru Sahib did not set up Sikhism as a imitation of Hinduism or Islam, rather as a unique thing on its own.
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    “This poem is beyond all relationships. But made for us all When I'm dead....., Your tears will flow,.. But I won't know... Cry with me now instead! You will send flowers,.. But I won't see... Send them now instead! You'll say words of praise,.. But I won't hear.. Praise me now instead! You'll forget my faults,.... But I won't know..... Forget them now, instead! You'll miss me then,... But I won't feel... Miss me now, instead You'll wish... You could have spent more time with me,... Spend it now instead! When you hear I'm gone, you'll find your way to my house to pay condolence but we haven't even spoken in years.... Pls look for me now!! ''Spend time with every person around you, and help them with whatever you have to make them happy!! your families, friends, acquaintance..... Make them feel Special. Because you never know when time will take them away from you forever''.. Love all and Forgive all. . ☘☘☘☘☘☘☘☘☘☘☘ No matter how many times the teeth bite the tongue, they still stay together in one mouth. That's the spirit of Forgiveness
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    Raas 5th , Adaiy 42nd Tulsia , Dargah , takhtu Dheer , and Tirith Uppal got to together with mansha {heart’s desire} to meet Guru Ji. {1} They did bandana {paying respect} and sat near Guru Ji. They did benti {humble request} with clasped hands , “Heh sachay Patshah {true king}! We listen to the arth {meanings/interpretations} which are done by anek {many} Sikhs.” {2} Even after listening ,the mann {mind} does not become shant {peaceful} , the birti {concentration} wanders from place to place and does not remain sathir {focused}. Nivla and Nihalu both do Katha.” {3} “After listening to their Katha we become frightened about vicar {sins} , bahedi budhi {bad thoughts} are removed from the heart. Chit {mind} attaches to Gurmat {Guru’s teachings}. Anek {many} gunn {good attributes} arise in the hirda {heart}.” {4} Upon hearing this , Sri Hargobind Ji said “the Shabad of Satguru is mahan {great} like Amrit {sweet nectar}. The bulara {speaker/preacher} has fourteen gunn {attributes} , many achieve gyan {knowledge} by listening to them.” {5} “In the same way the sarota {listener/audience} too has fourteen gunn {attributes} , they listen and turt {quickly} obtain gyan. If both lack the fourteen gunn then turt {quickly} gyan {knowledge} cannot be acquired.” {6} “If all the gunn {attributes} are present in the vakta {speaker/preacher} then the listeners too will obtain these gunn {attributes}.” Then they started to ask Guru Ji , “please impart the knowledge regarding these gunn {attributes}.” {7} “Consider us yours and show mercy on us , please describe in depth the differences.” Then Sri Hargobind Sahib Ji stated , “listen all the Sikhs dharan karoh {act upon it}.” {8} “The first changa vakta {good speaker} is the one whose avaz {voice} and bani {words} are sundar {pleasant} , has knowledge of the subject , speaks loudly enough to be heard but not more than that , only speaks according to the subject matter.” {9} “The second gunn {attribute} is that the speaker should be aware of visthar {depth} and sankoch {where it ends}. Should see where the saresht rass {point of interest} lies. When the concentration of the audience is captivated , then do the arth {meanings/translations} in depth.” {10} “Wherever the birti {concentration} is udas {unfocused} , only speak in sankhep {brief} there. Should have the ability to make the katha rauchik {interesting} , consider this the fourth gunn {attribute} of the vakta {speaker}.” {11} “Should speak in a sweet voice that pleases all. The fifth gunn {attribute} is that the words spoken should be sachay {truthful} which are imbued with upashna {devotion} and gyan {wisdom/knowledge}.” {12} “The sidhant {core/central theme} of the shabad should be spoken of , the arth should be done with nirna {logic/rationality}. The sixth gunn is that shanka {doubt} should be removed , the answers should be known if someone asks any questions.” {13} “The sakhi {story} example should coincide with the ashah {direction} of the shabad. In a way which the listener can easily comprehend. It should be portrayed in that way.” {14} “The seventh attribute is that they should be proficient in all matt {religions/philosophy etc.}, should know the contents of shaastars {ancient Indian religious text}. The eight attribute is that they should not do vikhaep {incompatibility} in katha , the story being told should reflect the core/central theme of the Shabad. Stay within the boundary of the shabad.” {15} "They should understand the fundamental principles of the other faiths before discussing them. The ninth is "Avingh" , sit up straight and keep the mind focused." {16} "The tenth attribute is that the speaker should have the ability to please the hearts of the sarotay {listeners}. As the audience listen they should be captivated , in this way attract the sabah {congregation/gathering}." {17} "The eleventh attribute is that the speaker should be able to mohit {attract in a magnetic way} the audience , should win them over. The audience should become keen and eager, listening with fervour. Their ears and eyes should be drawn to the speaker. They should be eager to find out what he's going to say next, what will be the next words etc.? {18} "The twelfth attribute is that the speaker should be without hankar {ego}, removes all ego from the heart and keeps his heart mind the humblest of all. Should not hurt anyone's feelings by considering that he is above or better than others." {19} "The thirteenth attribute is that the speaker should be of a theology nature , should practise what he preaches. The fourteenth attribute is that he should be santokhi {patient}, just accepts what he is given and considers that to be his bhaag {fortune}." {20} "Should accept what they are given with happiness and consider that without asking for anything the gift that is given is akin to Amrit {sweet nectar}. Should have no desires for additional goods, just use what is given." {21} These are the fourteen gunn {attributes} of a good vakta {speaker}. The listener {sarota} will acquire these attributes too. Now listen to the attributes of the sarota {listener}. The first gunn {attribute} is that they should be the bhagat {devotee} of the good knowledge being imparted by the speaker." {22} Note:- The arth {meanings} of the fourteen gunn {attributes} are as follows; 1. Vaghmy {speaks in a pleasant and coherent manner}. 2. Vyas {have the ability to convey the subject in depth}. 3. Samas vutt {being concise when needed}. 4. Prya katha prastav {speaking interestingly}. 5. Sapasht vak {speaking clearly and coherently}. 6. Sandeh shidr {be able to remove any doubts}. 7. Ashek Shastar kushl {have knowledge of all the shaashtars}. 8. Nakyaht vikaep krit {keeping the katha consistent with the core/central theme}. 9. Avyango {Sitting up straight}. 10. Jan ranjko {please the hearts of the listeners}. 11. Jit sabho {having an attracting influence on the audience i.e. winning them over}. 12. Na hankrto {without ego}. 13. Dharmiko {practice what you preach}. 14. Santokhi {non-greedy}. "The mann {mind} should be free of hankar {ego} , should realise that I am doing a big seva. Thirdly there should be an eagerness to listen, do not make the mind uchat {impatient}." {23} "Fourthly do not attempt to outsmart the speaker. Fifthly should be able to comprehend the arth {meanings} given by the orator." {24} "Sixthly they should know how to ask a prashan {question}, seventh they should listen very attentively to the Granth. Eight do not be in a alass {tired/lazy} state. Ninth keep the sleep in control." {25} "Tenth absorb the katha in the hirda {heart}, whatever you possess share with others. If the subject matter is in accordance with Guru Sidanth {Guru Ji's core/central message} then listen to it in a shant {peaceful} manner." {26} "If it is ult {against} Guru Sidhant {core/central theme} then do the tiagh {rejection} of such. Thirteenth maintain sucham {cleaniness} of the tann {body}. Fourteenth do the tiagh {rejection} of all pakhand {falsehoods}, keep the mann {mind} attached at all times to the Prabhu's {Waheguru Ji's} shabad. Listening in this way will give rise to Anhad Naadh." {27} "The vakta {orator} and sarota {listener} can both obtain gyan in this manner. Whosoever adopts these lashan {characteristics}, that Sikh becomes Nihal {blissfuuly satisfied}." {28} "Always do the sangat {company} of this Sikh , you too will acquire these attributes. Listen to sundar {beautiful} katha {preaching} from their mukh {mouth} , then why won't you achieve mukti {liberation} [rhetorical question]." {29} Everybody became ecstatic by hearing this from Guru Ji, they adopted all of the characteristics. Kishna Janju and Pammu Poori both came to the hazoor {presence} of Sri Hargobind. {30} After bandana {paying respect} they spoke "hey gareeb nivaz {bestows glory to the poor} please do our udhar {salvation}." Sri Guru Ji gave updesh {divine guidance}, in kalyug {this era} the Naam of Prabhu {Waheguru's Name} is the big Jahaz {ship}." {31} "After reading Shabad do abyhas {put into practice}, climb aboard the Sukha di poonji {abundance of happiness} Jahaz {ship} of Naam {Waheguru Simran}." Upon hearing this they both said "one Sikh adopts reading listening." {32} "Does the tiagh {rejection} of khotay {bad} karam {actions/deeds}. One adopts vikar {vices} after reading. Creates immense virodh {opposition} between them. Does not let go of krodh {anger} just as a line drawn in a rock remains persistent." {33} "Adopts hankar {ego } in the hirda {heart} that we are big. The mann {mind} becomes trapped in the chikadh {quicksand} of kaam {lust} and lobh {greed}. How will they attain saresht padhvi {superior status}?, please do kirpa {mercy} and tell us." {34} "Upon hearing this Guru Ji remarked "Shabdh is the only udhar {saviour} for everyone. In time kalyan {liberation} is attained by whosoever reads/listens by taking it to the dil {heart} i.e. attentively." {35} "If a manukh {man/woman} is trapped in gyan bandan {trap of knowledge} then no one can do their kalyan {liberation}. If agyani {not trapped by knowledge} listens to the shabad then all their paap {sins} are removed." {36} "Further along they attain Jagyasa {spiritual awakening}, with abyhas {practise} sukhala {easily} gyan is obtained. The bhagti {devotion} of bhagats {devotees} becomes dridh {stronger}. The gyani {trapped in knowledge alone} become stuck in gyan {trap of knowledge alone}." {37} "The person who reads for ego, commits vikar {sins} secretly. They do not have nischa {belief/faith} in obtaining gyan {knowledge} , but call themselves gyani {knowledgeable} in public." {38} "The hankari {egoistic} does not engage in Satsang {truth congregation}. Only adopts status and materialism in the mann {mind}. They never achieve gyan {knowledge}, how will they obtain maan {honour} in Dargah {Waheguru's court} [rhetorical question]." {39} "Those who desire to go to Sri Amritsar but don't know the way will ask for directions. Agyani will take ishnan {bathing} there too, they acquire mahan {great} sangat {gathering}." {40} "They come to do ishnan {bathing} in Amritsar. They are accompanied by anjan {unknown} too who join them. In this way the Jagyasi {spiritual awoken} arrives there. Receives Anand {bliss} after ishnan {bathing}." {41} "The gyani {knowledgeable} who knows the way very well, reaches there whenever their mind desires. The one who knows the way and has seen it but takes a different direction." {42} "Goes in the ult {opposite} direction of Amritsar, does not listen to anyone. Has hankar {ego} in the hirda {heart} that I know the way. Has faltered and does not recognise the heart." {43} "In the same way those who don't ask Sants, think that we have read everything, those Ghumandhy {highly egoistic} do not do Satsangat {true gathering}. They will never become Brahm-Gyani {having divine knowledge}." {44} Whatever Guru Ji said all the Sikhs listened, they adopted sharda {utmost faith} and engaged in it in a very humble manner. Thingan and Madhu were both tirkan {carpenters}, they were very competent in their work. {45} They stayed with Guru Ji , always cutting firewood for the langar. They made many manjay {beds} and chaunkia {low stools} and then placed them in Satguru Ji's abode. {46} Even if another Sikh required any carpentry they would happily oblige. They would abandon everything in order to listen to Katha , Kirtan , and Shabad with great love. {47} They would become savdhan {alert and ready} at pishli raat {amrit vela}. First they would do ishnan {bathing} themselves but retrieving water from the kooh {well} and then they would fetch water for the other Sikhs to do ishnan {bathing}. They would place their liv {concentration} in Satguru day and night. {48} When their antt sama {final time} arrived they first did ishnan {bathing} in the Amrit Sarovar, whatever goods they possessed they distributed them by hand to all the poor and needy."{49} They didn't abandon Waheguru Simran , did not lose concentration on Guru Ji. When the Sikhs took them to the chita {funeral pyre}, Sri Guru Hargobind Ji also arrived there.{50} They cremated with their own hands. Afterwards Guru Ji told the sangat that"these two Sikhs were the reincarnation of Null and Neel {from Satyug during Sri Ram Chandar's era}, they once requested." {51} "Please impart bhagti {devotion} to us so that we can have Brahm-Gyan {divine knowledge} and infuse ourselves in mahan {great} Anand {bliss}. At that time we said a bachan {divine words}, your kamana {heart's desire} will be fulfilled and you will become nihal {immensley satisfied}." {52} "Now they did the kamaiee {practise} of the Satguru's shabad, and even after attaining Brahm-Gyan no one recognised them. They attained Abchall Padhvi {eternal bliss} and lost all the karam phall {deeds fruition}." {53} Upon hearing this all the Sikhs were awe struck, as they said "your gatt mitt {philosophy/greatness} cannot be comprehended. No one can know your complete mehma {greatness}, the likes of which is ujjagar {lightened up} in the three worlds." {54} ***************o**************
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    Dhan Dhan Sant Baba Thakur Singh Ji a soul missed by all
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    Since the past 3 weeks in a row the most beautiful thing happened. I woke before dawn for my Nitnem! Thanks, Maharaaj! Beant kirpa. Now, many of you may be thinking "So?" The reason am mentioning this is because I had never done such a thing even for work start 8am! Yes, I still managed isnaan n Nitnem but had to rush it all. Many of you may be wondering... "Am I doing Amritvela?" Well? ARE YOU! Ever since I got a smartphone Amritvela was a no no. You can guess why. So, if you have a smartphone, failed to do Amritvela the solution is simple. At about 10.30pm latest switch off the device and GO TO SLEEP! Besides, sleeping after 1am, browsing net in bed cannot b good for health and eyes. With Maharaaj's kirpa same can happen to you. (You know exactly who you are)...
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    Brother, Nitnem, whether one recites it or listens to it, what is important, is to not recite it as a parrot, but in paying attention in understanding the spiritual wealth contained in it, and then fly as an eagle to touch the skies.... As that is the purpose of the Bani, in getting liberation from all our worldly bondages, and get our chit engaged in devotion at His charan kamal. Other thing is of Naam japna, which each and everyone has to do it individually, as it is our personal link with Him, through which we get closer and closer to Him, to the extent we come so much near to Him, that we become one with Him. Sat Sree Akal.

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