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  1. The way I think of it is that the Guru's hukam is all encompassing. All the pain and suffering stems from the one, yet so does the much more powerful bliss, peace and liberation also comes from realizing the one. We strive to find peace and joy from our lives, but how could we appreciate the moments from which we derive such peace if we did not experience suffering and despair with which we could truly come to appreciate the great joys which stem from the guru. Would we have truly lived without knowing pain? Without pain, and without sadness, we would be laid waste to our ever growing egos, and even the most blissful and beneficial of events would seem horrible to us. In simple words, such horrible happenings provide perspective, and with that perspective, we gain a greater understanding of the world around us, and by extension, the true guru who has immersed himself within his creation.
  2. This is being way too sensationalized. First off, the video is on a loop; so the actual sound was a 1-3 seconds at the most, but it was made into a repeating loop, making it seem like 'allah' was being said repeatedly Second, the sound is nothing more than 'la' or some other nonsensical phrase. The aforementioned looping sequence makes it seems as if the baby is saying 'allah.' I'd like to think that Sikhi is grounded in reality, and the 'miracles' of the guru lie not in such irrational and debunkable phenomena, but rather in the rational world - our very existence, the emotions, thoughts, sounds, sights which emanate from us and the animals, plants and stars around us are the miracle. The very birth of this child is what is special (like "gurnam5" mentioned). WJKK WJKF
  3. Could you possibly provide a link to the book? I would like to see some any of these NDE studies (im not exactly sure what NDE is so could you possibly elaborate on that also) if you have access to them.
  4. Gurbani often mentions the 'Jamdoot' presiding over the heads of those who are not in tune with God. Now, from what I understand, the Jamdoot is an 'angel' of some sorts in Hindu texts (correct me if I am wrong), and this suggests that Gurbani is saying that those who do not heed God will be struck down by this entity. What I do not understand is whether this Jamdoot is to be taken as a physical being, or whether the Jamdoot represents death and the cycle of rebirth. This also applies to the ideas of 'hell', 'rakshish' (devils), etc.... in Gurbani. This brings forth another question. How much metaphorical value are we to apply to the Guru's word and how much are we to take literally. I would like to hear everyone's thoughts on this.
  5. I want to add Gurmukhi lyrics in my Iphone, but i don't know how. Can anyone help?
  6. The man speaks the truth. There are way too many Sikhs out there attached to just the image of Sikhs, and don't understand the essence of Sikhism - they don't understand the truth.
  7. http://sikhchic.com/current_events/a_lament_from_india A Lament From India MANPREET SINGH, Hyderabad I am nothing but a common man who goes to the office at 9 in the morning and comes back in the late evening after completing work in the office. Often, I bring office-work home and keep working and attending calls till late at night. I also work on Saturdays and sometimes on Sundays too. I don’t mind working hard because at the end of the month, the pay cheque brings a smile to my face and helps me feed my family. But, the last few weeks, which include my salary-drawing week, have not brought any smile on my face. In fact, it has left me with a scar which will stay with me throughout my life. I have this bad habit of following important developments very closely. It can be political as well non- political, can be related to sports or stock markets or it can be an article written by an eminent personality who displays some grey matter or a thought-provoking piece written by a social activist. But in these few weeks, what I have been following very closely is the process of maligning the image of Sikhs across the globe by the Indian machinery which includes the Indian Government, the Indian Media, Indian intelligence agencies, the Indian people, or I should be saying, anything which is somewhat related to India and is in line with Brahminical ideology In recent months, Sikhs have got a lot of attention and support across the globe and I firmly believe that the Indian government could not digest the fact that Sikhs are getting strong empathyy and sympathy from the Western world. The Indian machinery seems to be scared that Sikhs are becoming increasingly politically involved in world affairs, participating in the political setup in each of their homelands, trying to create lobbies for themselves, spreading word about Sikhism across the globe and getting positive coverage from the media channels like BBC, CNN, NBC, Huffington Post, Washington Post, etc. All this started on a sad note but it is well documented in the history of Sikhs that Sikhs have the capability of turning around the situations which end up doing good for them. In response to the Wisconsin shooting , for example, it seemed like that whole of US has come together to stand behind the Sikhs. Sikh representatives were invited to the talk shows and were asked to describe what Sikhism is all about. The political brass of US, inter faith organizations, US citizens, US media, government and non-government US agencies came to the rescue. Not to forget P.O. Murphy, the hero of the Sikh-American community whose selfless service will be remembered for decades by Sikhs. We know all these positive things but the other side of the coin is that when this story broke in the Indian media, then Indians were posting comments full of hatred. Some of the comments were: “In Rome, be like the Romans!”, “Till the time Sikhs will not get rid of the funny cloth (turban) on their heads they will be shot like this!” ... and so on. No comments or action came from the Indian political setup, everybody kept mum and were indifferent to this behaviour. Recently, some Indian politicians and bureaucrats have, belatedly, visited Wisconsin. My question to the Sikh community in Wisconsin is: why the hell do you entertain these enemies of our community? Then there was the story of Balpreet Kaur who, with her cherubic smile and benign thoughts and words, not only pacified the person who uploaded her picture and made rude comments, but also drew lot of positive attention from every nook and corner of the world. Please note that here also the Indian media tried to project the miscreant as funny. A few of the Indian media houses also posted online articles related to what Balpreet Kaur should do to get rid of her facial hair and many Indians posted all kinds of stupid and senseless comments on these articles. In the midst of all of this, Daljeet Singh Bittu and Kulbir Singh Barapind -- who are not in agreement with center controlled SAD (B) -- were arrested. God knows what was the reason, Punjab Police didn’t bring arrest and search warrants when they picked up Barapind. Bittu was picked up a couple of days later without any reason or explanation. When a few Human Rights organizations raised this matter and questioned the Punjab Police, the latter could not give convincing answers and showed poorly concocted FIRs which were prepared in a haphazard manner only AFTER the arrest of Barapind and Bittu. Nobody gave any reason why they have been arrested. Their judicial custodies got extended. Barapind was given electric shocks and was treated with 3rd degree torture during his judicial custody. But the actual havoc was yet to be done by the Indian government and media. A flood of negative propaganda against Sikhs has started flowing from the Indian media under the guise of talking about the reported attack on Lt Gen Brar in London, England. Trust me, I don’t like this person but as a Sikh I will never include him in my daily prayers - eitherfor him or against him. Then all, together - the Indian politicians, the Indian media, the Indian public, RAW, the Indian agencies, etc started in concert to create a web trap for innocent Sikhs. RAW didn’t get any information about attacks by terrorists from any bordering nation in all these years but they have special reports now, suddenly, on how the bordering nation’s intelligence agency is clubbing with Sikhs in the West and trying to give new life to the Khalistan movement. Please note it’s the same RAW which till date has not been able to bring even one report which can hold water. It is the same agency which has not been able to nab a single mafia don for years. What I smell over here is a cooked up story wherein Barapaind, Bittu and all Sikhs living across the globe have been trapped. It is really stunning that Barapind and Bittu have been woven into the story of the attack on Brar. Nobody was aware of who attacked Brar but the Indian media was leading the front by mentioning that it was “radical Sikhs”, “separatists Sikhs”. We were given all these labels instantly by the Indian media. Then came more: the Indian media started linking Barapind and Bittu with attacks on Brar. It is worth noting that the British police didn’t know who had attacked Brar but the Indian media knew that it was Sikhs! I guess the Indian media houses are running special intelligence cells ... or were they well ahead of weaving a story to malign Sikhs globally? Another point which came out of nowhere was that the attacker used a knife but according to the Indian media, it was a “kirpan - ceremonial dagger”! The Indian media this time went ahead and mentioned that now Sikhs are using kirpans, this way they created a classic case for the UK government to ban kirpan-wearing and to turn UK and other governments against Sikhs. Another lie which the Indian newspapers mentioned during those hours was that “Khalistani Sikhs” had disrupted the August 15 celebrations in the UK. All of us know that those who disrupted those Indian Independence Day celebrations were local Sikhs residing around the area of the gurdwara. But 'Khalistani Sikhs"? Coming to the reason why those Sikh-Britons disrupted the event: the Indian dignitaries were imbibing liquor inside the hall which was on the property of the gurdwara, and the space had been rented on false pretenses, ostensibly for spiritual purposes. The notice board at the entrance of the hall clearly mentions that liquor is NOT be consumed inside the hall. As far as my knowledge goes, the Sikhs protested peacefully and for only one reason: i.e., against the consumption of liquor inside the hall. Also, the Indians - calling themselves 'sadhus' (mendicants) used foul language while leaving the hall. None of these facts were mentioned anywhere in the news articles printed by the Indian media. Wait, there's more. All of a sudden, RAW has got hold of Sukhwinder Singh “Sukhi”. Who is Sukhi? Sukhi is a corrupted product from the "Punjab Kharkoo" days. He joined the 'Kharkoo' movement but became a Police CAT and helped the Indian agencies to kill the Kharkoos who were fighting for a real cause. Sukhi also participated with the police to malign the image of Sikhs by killing innocent Hindus in Punjab and blaming it on Sikhs! Once the Khaarkoo era was over, Sukhi was given a new identity, “Harjit Singh K ahlon”, by the Punjab Police, a new passport and other documents were also provided. He was relocated to an "unknown place". Meanwhile, the Punjab police declared him dead and closed all the pending cases against his name. There are approximately 300 Police CATs who were helped by the Punjab Police to start a life with new identity. The Indian media didn’t mention anything about Sukhi’s clubbing with Indian agencies during the Kkharkoo days and the killing of innocent Hindus as well as Sikhs. The media is now dishonestly portraying him as a Sikh militant who has been caught in Jaisalmer which is close to the Pakistan border. Not only this, the Indian agencies have started harassing local Sikhs in Jaisalmer who are hardworking and involved in small businesses and jobs. The other day I read an article with a headline: “Massive fund-raising campaign in West by separatist Sikh bodies”. This clearly shows that the Indian government and its agencies are hell bent on maligning the image of Sikhs. They simply can’t digest that Sikhs are being portrayed as progressive, hardworking, honest, law abiding citizens and loyal to their respective countries. Finally, I would like to mention that the scar made by this false propaganda by India and its agencies will remain with me. My elders in the community have gone through so many similar situations; I don’t know how many scars they have and how deep they are. But the moment they are about to heal, India and its corrupt agencies open the wounds again and ensure that they bleed. I urge everybody to come under the “Kesri Nishaan Sahib” and protect yourself and family members from the false propaganda of the Indian media. I would also like to request the youth to come forward and use social media to spread the truth. “sach puraana hovai nahi” ... "Truth never gets old" [GGS:956] October 11, 2012
  8. Canadian Sikhs show solidarity with Bittu, Barapind Gurinder Gill, Hindustan Times Toronto, October 05, 2012 To show solidarity with Sikh activists Daljit Singh Bittu and Kulbir Singh Barapind after their arrest and their alleged torture, Canadian Sikhs have started a signature campaign led by Canadian Sikh coalition. The first signature campaign “Free the Singh” in support of both arrested leaders, yielded about thousands of signatures on a petition within Vancouver and Toronto alone (online and in writing) on Sunday and the next campaign is scheduled for the coming weekend. The campaign was launched across the country in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal, and will continue on till next week.Canadian politicians will be receiving petitions from their constituents who are concerned of the well-being of these political prisoners in Punjab.The campaign reached beyond Vancouver, with petition signing in cities across Canada and the United States. The Canadian Sikh Coalition is decrying the arrest of duo by the Punjab police.Their arrests have raised many eyebrows and concerns by Sikh leaders, political activists and human rights advocates locally and internationally. The Sikh community activists in Canada are finding it hard to swallow the case against Bittu and Barapind under explosives act , though no explosives were found from them.In case of Daljit Singh Bittu, not even an arm was recovered but he was booked under Arms Act as well. The Sikh activists also said that legally published and openly available books and magazines are being termed as "anti-national literature" and for constructive possession of these books etc. both the leaders are booked for "waging war against the State" besides various sections of "UAPA", at behest of ruling party leaders. “There is a consistent pattern in the tactics used against Bittu and Barapind where the Badal regime is using its political arm of the police to arrest, detain and torture those individuals whose political ideologies contradict with the current government,” stated CSC press release. The release also said that Bittu and Barapind are current examples of how the Badal regime is using violence as a means of suppressing any form of political dissent and forcefully silencing individuals by incarcerating them on baseless accusations that do not result in convictions. Considering both men have already attested to being subjected to torture, the Canadian Sikh Coalition is requesting human rights organisations to monitor these cases as torture may be used as a method to extract false testimonies. Canadian Sikh Coalition spokesperson Moninder Singh says, “this isn’t the first time the Badal regime has used force to suppress political dissent.These baseless charges are used as a tool to suppress the voices of leaders like Daljit Singh Bittu and Kulbir Singh Barapind. We are lobbying human rights organisations worldwide to keep an eye on this case and are trying to spread awareness to ensure we do not have another chapter in Punjab’s political history that is defined by human rights violations by the state.” The organisation , plans to send a memorandum after the signature campaign to the President of India.
  9. So if I understood correctly, you are basically saying that a Sikh must spiritually rise above karma - which will take its course no matter what - and accept whatever happens as hukam. Hope that's what you meant. If that is what you meant, I still don't understand if everything is preordained by Waheguru, then why are we punished by karma, if we are not the ones who made the decisions in our previous lives, since everything that we did was preordained. I guess this makes sense. We have free will and make our own decisions, however, since Waheguru is all knowing, it is with his grace that we are able to merge with him.
  10. In Sikhism, one's ultimate goal is to become one with waheguru sache patshah during this human life and achieve mukti from the cycle of rebirth. By attaching ourselves to naam, we achieve this goal. This coincides with another Sikh belief that you reap what you sow. Whatever one has done in their previous life, effects them in their present life (whether positively or negatively). This is essentially the concept of karma. Now, this is where God's hukam comes in. In Gurbani, it is stated that one can only obtain naam by Waheguru's grace and whatever happens is in order with Waheguru's hukam. In a sense, a person can only reach Waheguru if this is what Waheguru wishes, otherwise, a person is lost in the world of maya. On the other hand, you can only reach Vaheguru in this life if your actions were good in your previous life. However, if in your previous life, it was not ordained that you did good deeds and prayed on god's name, and thus, in your present life, you are stuck with bad karma, how is this the person's fault? I'm missing something here as Gurbani always has an answer - I was just hoping someone knows where in Gurbani lies the answer to this. I would also like whether or not the concept of karma itself exists in Sikhism or if it is something kathavachiks mixed in from Hinduism. I'm hoping someone can help me out with this because I am seriously confused.
  11. Im sorry if my wording came off like that, but I didn't mean it that way. I understand that Sikhs were forced to leave, infact, many Singhs and Singhnis stayed behind and attained martyrdom defending the gurdwaras from desecration during the Partition. I got the pictures from http://www.allaboutsikhs.com/gurudwaras-in-pakistan/historical-gurudwaras-in-pakistan (im not sure how to make the pictures downloadable :s )
  12. Recently, I was thinking about all the kathas of the Sikh gurus (especially of Guru Nanak Dev Ji) that took place in Pakistan and whether there were Gurdwaras still in existence at these sites. It turns out there are 171 historical Sikh gurdwaras across Pakistan, most of which were abandoned in '47 and have since been either destroyed, are close to collapsing, have been converted into mosques (or schools, police stations, etc...), or were demolished in order to build homes. Our heritage is at risk as several historic gurdwaras, places where our gurus set foot, are in states of disrepair. These shrines are a treasure trove of history that we are ignoring. Sure, several gurdwaras in Pakistan have been repaired and brought back to their former glory, unfortunately, hundreds more still remain neglected. Here are some of the Historical Gurdwaras in state of neglect: 1) Gurdwara Chakki Sahib - Where Guru Nanak Dev Ji was imprisoned by Babur 2) Gurdwara Janam Asthan Guru Ram Das Ji 3)Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj Bhai Taru Singh Ji 4) Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj Bhai Mani Singh Ji 5) Gurdwara Damdama Sahib, Gujranwala 6) Gurdwara Chota Nanakiana, Manga, Lahore 7) Gurdwara Janam Asthan, Mata Sahib Kaur Ji, Rohtas, Jhelum 8) Gurdwara Cheevin Patshahi, Guru Mangat, Lahore 9) Gurdwara Sach Khand, Chuhrkhana 10) Gurdwara Nanak Garh, Badami Bagh, Lahore No trace of this Gurdwara remains 11) Gurdwara Pehli Patshahi, Kasur 12) Gurdwara Chhevin Patshahi, Hadiara, Lahore These shrines are merely some of the hundreds of gurdwaras in disrepair. In daily ardas, we ask to be once again be allowed 'khule darshan didar' of the gurdwaras 'keft behind'. Today, we have the chance to get back control of these gurdwaras, and this might be the only time to get back our gurdwaras. These crumbling structures won't last for long, and these buildings are under even more threat from the taliban coming in from the west (Afghanistan, Tribal Areas). Lets come together and save our heritage before all of it is turned into homes and schools, and there will only be stories of gurdwaras which once stood west of the Ravi.
  13. What sites are these 'Canadian' Hindus on exactly. I hate to start arguing at a pivotal moment in our history such as this, but Hindus from all parts of the world (including the UK) are attacking Sikhism right now and Sikhs from all parts of the world (including Canada) are responding to them. I don't why you choose to always segregate communities based on nationality, the Sikh panth is united and Canadian Sikhs are doing their part. There have been rallies in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and many other places. It would be unwise to start dividing the panth based on nationality. Would also like you to list these Indian discussion forums (not doubting you, just want to know what these Hindus are saying).
  14. Not be disrespectful but we have not yet won. If we believe that we have "won", we will have played right into the hands of Indian gov. (including the likes of Badal) as they will most likely either quietly execute Bhai Rajoana or keep him in jail forever (execution has been merely stayed, not stopped). We need to work towards releasing Bhai Rajoana and other Singhs still stuck in jails and not stop protesting till then. If stop now, the panth will likely go into a long slumber and not wake up for a while once again.
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