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  1. I don't think this is a matter of religion. The Kirpan is a weapon. I don't think there's anything wrong with having a weapon on a college campus. The fault here lies with whoever called the police and also the police for trying to arrest someone who is otherwise peaceful but just happens to be armed. It's also the fault of North Carolina for not legalizing open carry if it's not already legal. You don't even need to have any license whatsoever to carry a gun in half the states. So what's the problem?
  2. It's hard to understand your whole tale, but there's a reason many Sikhs feel employment is slavery. Wherever you work, try to save up money and become financially independent. Perhaps open your own business. A Sikh (or any man) can never truly be free working for someone else.
  3. BhForce

    Amrit Vela

    The recommended schedule for Sikhs is to go sleep saying God's name and wake up doing the same: ਸਉਦੇ ਵਾਹੁ ਵਾਹੁ ਉਚਰਹਿ ਉਠਦੇ ਭੀ ਵਾਹੁ ਕਰੇਨਿ ॥ saudē vāh vāh ucharah uthadē bhī vāh karēn . Whilst going to sleep they utter Lord's glories and praises and when awake they eulogise Him as well. ਨਾਨਕ ਤੇ ਮੁਖ ਉਜਲੇ ਜਿ ਨਿਤ ਉਠਿ ਸੰਮਾਲੇਨਿ ॥੧॥ nānak tē mukh ujalē j nit uth sanmālēn .1. Nanak bright are the faces of those who daily arise early and remember God. p312 You have to sleep the same number of hours anyway. So why not go to sleep early and wake up early? Afterwards, you'll still have the same number of hours to study--there are only 24 hours in a day. If you say it's the same if you do Amrit Vela first and then go to sleep, it's not: If you do it your way, after you wake up, you won't be worshipping, as commanded above. Instead, you'll head to school or whatever. We're supposed to worship after waking: ਗੁਰ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਕਾ ਜੋ ਸਿਖੁ ਅਖਾਏ ਸੁ ਭਲਕੇ ਉਠਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਵੈ ॥ gur satigur kā jō sikh akhāē s bhalakē uth har nām dhiāvai . He, who calls himself a Sikh of the Great True Guru, should rise early and meditate on God's Name. p305 Meditate after you rise, Gurbani says.
  4. Two more things I'd like to mention: It is not prohibited to work with or support kings for certain purposes. Our Gurus did this, for example Guru Gobind Singh ji with Bahadur Shah. Secondly, some (not all) of the people who think they're hot stuff because they are opposing a monarch are the very same ones who will suck up to a President, a Prime Minister, or some pop singer. So they are hardly principled republicans or egalitarians.
  5. One thing I'll praise the Firangis for is, they do respect and adore their sovereign. The question for us fools is how much we respect and adore our sovereign, King of the Sachi Sarkar (true government), Guru Granth Sahib ji? ਖੰਭ ਵਿਕਾਂਦੜੇ ਜੇ ਲਹਾਂ ਘਿੰਨਾ ਸਾਵੀ ਤੋਲਿ ॥ If I could find the wings on sale, I would buy them for an equal weight of my flesh. ਤੰਨਿ ਜੜਾਂਈ ਆਪਣੈ ਲਹਾਂ ਸੁ ਸਜਣੁ ਟੋਲਿ ॥੨੧॥ Them, I would attach to my body and search for and find that Friend of mine. ਸਜਣੁ ਸਚਾ ਪਾਤਿਸਾਹੁ ਸਿਰਿ ਸਾਹਾਂ ਦੈ ਸਾਹੁ ॥ The Friend is the True Monarch. He is the King over the heads of Kings. ਜਿਸੁ ਪਾਸਿ ਬਹਿਠਿਆ ਸੋਹੀਐ ਸਭਨਾਂ ਦਾ ਵੇਸਾਹੁ ॥੨੨॥ Sitting by whose side one looks beauteous and who is the support of all. p1425 The code of conduct in a Darbar (court) of Guru ji is as that of a worldly king. Yet we see Sikhs chatting away, utterly disrespecting our Guru. If Guru Granth Sahib ji is the Jagat Guru and the King of Kings, as the Sikhs claim, then why don't they accord Guru ji the commensurate respect?
  6. Gurbani warns against the idea of idolizing Kings: ਏਹਿ ਭੂਪਤਿ ਰਾਜੇ ਨ ਆਖੀਅਹਿ ਦੂਜੈ ਭਾਇ ਦੁਖੁ ਹੋਈ ॥ These Lords of earth are not called kings. Through love of other than God, they come to grief. ਕੀਤਾ ਕਿਆ ਸਾਲਾਹੀਐ ਜਿਸੁ ਜਾਦੇ ਬਿਲਮ ਨ ਹੋਈ ॥ Why should man praise the created beings, who make no delay in departing? ਨਿਹਚਲੁ ਸਚਾ ਏਕੁ ਹੈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਬੂਝੈ ਸੁ ਨਿਹਚਲੁ ਹੋਈ ॥੬॥ Eternal is the True Lord alone. He who understands Him through the Guru, become eternal as well. p1088
  7. BhForce

    Amrit Vela

    It depends on what you're asking. The recommended lifestyle is to go to sleep when dark, wake up early, do Ishnan, do Amrit Vela, and stay awake the rest of the day. If you can't do that (because of job schedules), then you simply have to make do. When you stay up, you don't generally do Ishnaan, you don't get the same feeling of getting up to worship. Again, remembering God is always a good thing, never a bad thing. The point is simply that following the recommended lifestyle has benefits.
  8. BhForce

    Amrit Vela

    Sleep is something that every body needs in order to refresh the physical systems of the body. If you have the power of naam, that can rejuvenate you and you simply don't need to sleep much: ਬ੍ਰਹਮ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਸਦਾ ਸਦ ਜਾਗਤ ॥ (Sukhmani Sahib) But it should be clarified that this is only a very few people. The vast majority of people need a normal amount of sleep (which doesn't have be 8 hours).
  9. Thank you for that. What your team is doing is appreciated. This is one of the few pro-Sikh forums out there. Some of them are nothing more than suckups for gore, the "Sikh studies" crowd, or missionaries. The new skin looks good. I think that a lot of boards have setting to ban Unicode characters because some malicious posters use weird Unicode to mess up the board formatting. I wonder if it would be possible to restrict to Gurmukhi characters. The only other characters possibly required would be Devnagri (to post occasional Hindu works) and Arabic (to post Bhai Nand Lal ji in the original). Though that would be extremely rare.
  10. Well, there's always a push from some quarter (the deluded sections of us, the Muslims, or the Hindus) to get us into it. It's good to know what is going on and also to get the message to lurkers to not get involved.
  11. What does any of this have to do with the original post, bro? He's absolutely right that Sikhs aren't the warrior race they were supposed to be. So what if police were investigating him? Jaggi was being investigated, too. I'm not saying he's pure or not. I'm saying it doesn't matter to his statement. It doesn't matter if he had killed six million people, he'd still be right that Sikhs have become soft.
  12. @S1ngh, really? No links allowed now? I can understand putting people into QC, but why make long-time contributors with no problems have to face approvals process for posts? And not being able to post Gurbani is extremely disconcerting. I mean, if we're not centered on Gurbani, we're just blabbing our own ignorant thoughts.
  13. This article talks about the current violence and mentions previous fights between Sikhs and Muslims: https://www.spiked-online.com/2022/09/13/leicester-multiculturalism-turns-violent/ "In the late 1990s, there was serious violence between Muslim and Sikh youths in Slough, parts of the Midlands and London. As former Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart later noted, ‘rival gangs of Sikh and Muslim youth were trying to kill each other on our streets’." (The article is written by a Sikh, Hardeep Singh)
  14. Why is the post I just posted hidden? No bad words, just a quote from Gurbani. Is it because the new discussion board software flags non-English characters? If so, could you set it so it doesn't flag Gurmukhi characters? @S1ngh
  15. The reason is they stuff their faces with samosas and gulab jamans. ਫਿਟੁ ਇਵੇਹਾ ਜੀਵਿਆ ਜਿਤੁ ਖਾਇ ਵਧਾਇਆ ਪੇਟੁ ॥ M1, p790 Guru Nanak Dev ji says that the life is accursed in which you eat and grow your belly. It says it right there in Gurbani, no one wants to listen.
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