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  1. Guest

    Amritdhari living

    hi. i am new to sikhi and i going over the rehat maryada, i still have few questions about amritdhari living, hoping i could ask. 1) i've read it is mandatory to do cold bath in the mornings? is that true or do warm showers work? 2) during bathing, ive also read that you need to keep your head covered with a cloth until you wash your hair and then tie it again as soon as the soap is out. i'm confused on this, is it mandatory? what does it mean? how does the hair dry? 3) do you have to wash with soap everyday, or soap in main parts, and water on rest work? 4) as someone who has heavy and curly hair, it takes a long time to manage and dry. do i have to wash my hair everyday before doing paat because i need to go to work after as well? 5) i tried to keep my head covered at night with a patka, but it slips off during the night. is there any way to keep it on or is it ok? the focus question is 5, and id really like that to be answer if none other can be
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    Shastar sellers

    Vaheguru ji ka Khalsa vaheguru ji ji fateh, Which shastar sellers are good to purchase from that are reliable?
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    dealing with shame and guilt

    mental health +guilt/shame/anxiety + accepting hukam So, i was wondering what parts of SGGS ji and Bani speaks on mental health as well as dealing with shane and what not. To elaborate, i have bpd and as such have trouble detaching shame/guilt/etc from my past actions/situations/circumstances. As i try to incorporate Naam more and more into my daily life, i become more and more educated on/aware of/conscious of past behaviours/their consequences/behavioural cycles that i had/have or regurgitated from family and loved ones. Thus, as i learn more (thanks to Waheguru ji ofc), i find myself hurting and feeling shame for the actions i had taken/ways i behaved and treated others when i was at a lower level of consciousness. I did a lot that a Sikh isn’t supposed to before finding my way back home to Sikhi and often am not sure how to move past the past and not hate myself for it. Just wondering if Sangat has any advice.
  4. WJKK WJKF, requesting support from you all to identify the original recording of the following Simran. I have been through all ~2k comments and unable to verify who’s voice/simran this was. C
  5. I have a taksali kirpan that looks like this: Its not really going to be functional if it ever needs to be used in a fight because the tip is curved.My question was where can i get a functional sarbloh kirpan, can we use modern day knives that are sarbloh like the m9 bayonet or a whole list of knives used by soldiers in special forces here and use it with a gatra: http://www.themodernsurvivalist.com/archives/1633
  6. I have recently started to study Gurbani, am amazed at the wealth of knowledge and wisdom I am gathering. Should have began doing it long ago, unfortunately my parents have lost the way and never encouraged me to study when I was young. These past couple years since COVID have been rough, and reading this has really helped me mentally. I stumbled upon this and am not sure what to make of it. It really sounds sort of like the times we are living in now... Interested to hear how the community here interprets this. What does it mean? ਕਲਿ ਹੋਈ ਕੁਤੇ ਮੁਹੀ ਖਾਜੁ ਹੋਆ ਮੁਰਦਾਰੁ ॥ ਕੂੜੁ ਬੋਲਿ ਬੋਲਿ ਭਉਕਣਾ ਚੂਕਾ ਧਰਮੁ ਬੀਚਾਰੁ ॥ In this Dark Age of Kali Yuga, people have faces like dogs; they eat rotting carcasses for food. They bark and speak, telling only lies; all thought of righteousness has left them. (Ang 1242, SGGS)
  7. I was watching a lecture by Dr. Kamalroop Singh Ji Nihang and noticed something interesting. He mentions that the British attacked Sri Akal Takht during their raj. This was at the 9:20 mark. He mentions this as being Mazhabi ithaas as it was these Sikhs who became shaheed. If anyone has information on this event please post.
  8. Just wondering how sikhi parallels to the gods believed to exist by great minds such as einstein. Does sikhi concept of god the same as the one thought of by Baruch Spinoza??
  9. Should it or not? The obvious answer most of you will reply with is Sikh migration to UK, Canada, USA, etc., but that's because the Punjab we know is still hovering in the back of our consciousness. We know it's there even if we aren't connected to it directly. But what if Sikhi's link to Punjab was severed definitively? What would we lose as a people? What would we gain? Is it necessary for a spiritual or religious movement to have physical, material roots in a specific geographic location, or is the only important consideration the ideology itself? I'm not quite certain which side of the argument i stand.
  10. Is it okay to miss your Nitnem whilst on a journey?
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    Baagi Ja Baadhsah

    WJKK WJKF, Not sure if this is the right place to ask but I’ve heard the term “Baagi ja Baadhshah” (rebel or ruler) and I’m trying to find where the term came from? i think it is used to describe Khalsa so I suspect it may be in SarabloH Granth. anyone knowledgeable able to help? thankS WJKK WJKF
  12. a question i have been meaning to ask.I plan to start going to an mma place near me and start learning jiu jutsu, the problem is I keep worrying that my dastar will come off or become loose and I will have to spend more time fixing it rather than practicing or sparring. How do you guys get around this?I don't really want to tie a patka as I'd look really funny , how do you guys tie a tight small dastar that will stick to your head even if your rolling around jumping ,getting grappled etc.I know if I am training with apney they might be more careful and try not to take off your dastar but if and more likely there's goray they won't really care or may intentionally target your dastar. Last thing I want is to go on my first day and lose my dastar
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    It’s driving me mad

    Sangat ji I did some research on 1984. It good because before I didn’t know anything about it now I do. But finding out what happened is driving me mad. I can’t stop thinking about it now, day and night I’m just thinking why did innocent Sikhs have to be tortured so badly and killed. First operation bluestar where innocent sangat were killed. They were lined up and shot at point blank range multiple times. Baba Bidhi Chand Ji’s samparda set off to protect Sri Darbar Sahib, but they were spotted by a army helicopter gunship. It opened fire spraying them in bullets, hundreds of those sangat got killed many more injured. Then operation woodrose, the army went into Punjab to hunt for any Sikh male aged 15-35 who were brutally tortured and killed. Over 1 million Sikhs went missing from June to November never seen again. November 1984 Thousands of Sikhs were beaten and burnt alive. Sikh boys private parts were cut off and forced into their mother’s and sister’s mouths. Sikh children’s heads were cut off in their own homes and left on dinner plates. Some people had their skuls smashed open, kerosene poured in the gash and set on fire while they were still half alive Millions of Sikhs killed and each one died screaming in such pain, and most of the stories remain hidden secrets I just can stop think about all that pain and suffering, why did our pyare gursikhs have to be killed in such evil ways? I feel guilty, I’m 23 and follow Sikhi, until now I lived a life of bliss in the western world not knowing any of our history. It’s driving me mad, how can such crimes be forgotten and go unpunished? Why did it all happen in the first place?
  14. I started thinking well why don't we feel the pain of seperation from vaheguru the greatest pain of all? Well, I thought it was because we were asleep intoxicated by maya. Maybe the desire to meet vaheguru is so deep and profound and intense that we buried it deep into our unconciousness as it otherwise be too painful for us to bear. Maybe we indulge ourselves in sin like an alcholic who drinks to make his suffering go away only to wake up worse than he started and so he drinks again, and the cycle continues.Maybe after cleaning out our conciousness enough and wiping out the filth, that desire and true eternal prem would begin to seap through.Then maybe simran and bani would make us feel anand and peace,and we get addicted to naam. So,then does that mean our conciousness is our soul,or is it far deeper in the unconcious, or is it seperate all together? Please share answers or thoughts.
  15. I couldn't help but wonder that during such terrible times, that someone might have thought that khalsa raaj would be waiting on the other side.Could anyone please share any bachans mahapurkhs gave to anyone who had asked about these events of global suffering.
  16. I was listening to this podcast,a lot of interesting stuff to say in the least. What do you guys think about this guy?
  17. Simran(remembrance) is about feeling love for waheguru and it's when that love which when it overwhelms us we get kirpa(grace) and we make leaps in progress on the path to self-realization,to merge with the one. Love and sharda(faith) is the foundation of Sikhi and it's quality is what saves us.It's what puratan singhs and singhnia had so infinitely in abundance for which we remember them and their sacrifices that we lack so much,but what is this love? To help understand I read this beautiful chapter posted here: Note*-This is a small part of it I pasted here to hopefully encourage you to read it all. It is a matter of great happiness that those whose minds were besmeared with mud have washed that mud of their mind by coming here. It is a matter of great satisfaction that all the minds that are in the world would slowly and gradually henceforth emit some perfume after coming here. Think of it, my brothers and my mothers, whenever we go to the bazaar, in the fragrance of all those thoughts that come out of our minds and touching other persons. Hence convert your mind and your inner consciousness into a garden of flowers. Each thought of yours should be sweet-smelling like flowers. Or each thought should shine like a lighted lamp, so that not a trace of darkness will remain there. One the light should spread. The other name of this Light is God. Some rare person (prophet or saint) is born in this universe, who shows to the world the path to reach God, Who is Light. He shows them the Way. He catches us by the hand and directs us to move in that side. We try to free our hand (from that Sant’s grasp) pleading – I have got this work; I have got that work. He (the Sant) asserts – walk on; all your work will be done (by God). He gives us that blessing, but we do not accept that blessing (benediction). Then we revert to those worldly affairs and get engrossed in them. Different desires, different ambitions so influence our minds that we forget all about the Light that is God. Anyone who has washed off the mud that besmeared their body, who has washed the mud with clean water of peace – and who repeatedly sits performing the jaap, then he somewhat rises high. He sits on low stool and thinks that he has arrived at his goal. He feels a sense of pride. After feeling pride, he does not advance forward, he keeps sitting there. If we want to progress sitting on a low stool, we should think that a bed is higher than a stool, and a throne is highest of them all. One sitting on the bed tells the persons sitting on the low stool – why are you sitting that low; come up to the height of my bed. He says, I am quite satisfied with my low sitting. Slowly he degenerates. Sometime he tumbles over from his low stool and once again falls into that mud and is besmeared with it. His rises and falls again. Thus by degrees, he reaches the height of the bed. Then by chance, some saint or sage passes that way and see that this man has not achieved his destination; how shall I show him his goal? The saint, with great difficulties, with great love, makes him understand the true welfare, on account of the great pity that rises in the saint’s mind. He lifts the person, who was shedding tears, feeling miserable and uplifts him and puts him on that throne, which is named the Akal Takhat (Throne of God). When one is raised to that high state, there death cannot touch him, cannot come near him. People raise different questions (about this path), different religions and faiths provide different answers (to those spiritual questions). End of excerpt. Such is that love where light illuminates the mind,dispelling darkness,where you see that light inside when you close your eyes and it radiates on your face outside. How do we open the floodgates within ourselves to let such love flow,so that we may rise above suffering and ignorance?When I do simran,sometimes I feel like I am trying to force myself to pump out any love I have by remembering virtues and qualities of Waheguru and maintain that love and build it to a flooding level. It comes so slowly and goes away at the smallest hint of excitement or pride,or loss of focus for that matter.Then I remind myself that my love isn't strong enough and shouldn't be trying to force an experience by artificially "remembering" their praise.If it was strong enough,it would overflow without much effort naturally(i.e true remembrance).However,I get confused as it otherwise feels that I am just sitting and mindlessly chanting waheguru.Then I try to stop thinking all together and keep chanting until I feel that love again and then the cycle repeats where I get stuck trying to maximize that feeling of love. So my question is: how do you build that love when you do simran? Like what do you think about if anything?Do you visualize scenes from our history like trying to visually imagine the condition of the singhs with Guru Gobind Singh Maharaj when anandpur sahib was under siege and feel that pain yourself?Or do you read translations of bani (in gurmukhi or english) and contemplate on the meaning of bani?Do you read works of the like of Dr.Vir Singh to charge yourself before doing simran? How do you melt your heart? What are your experiences and what advice would you kindly share?
  18. why bother trying to accomplish anything if it's all just a matter of grace. Even with love of parmatma and doing bhagti,it's only by their will as written in bani,so what good is the existence of others like me who aren't blessed with that love to do bhagti?Are life is just a wavering blob of mere existence.
  19. what would you ask from guru sahib if they asked you to ask for anything you want? Like if it was on the spot,if guru sahib or a sant mahapurkh for instance,what is the best and wisest to ask for?
  20. For example,children with their parents,how do you know it's moh or love.If a child is scolded,child starts crying is that moh? Is crying in general an expression of moh. Does being free from moh mean being a master of controlling your emotions.Controlling emotions when you feel happy,sad,angry being emotionally repressed like inputting commands into a computer? In essence does it mean to not be affected by emotions? Please explain.
  21. I keep asking myself this. Only the brave, reply.
  22. The Sikh faith is renowned for its ideas and practices on tolerance and understanding. There have been historical accounts where Sikh figures have exceeded all normal human limits on what is considered to be benevolent and tolerant behaviour. However, in the day-to-day reality of life for the average person (i.e. us), should there ever be limits imposed on how far we utilise these compassionate qualities, especially if the unbridled display and utilisation of such goodness will ultimately never be reciprocated, and, more importantly, will actually serve to cause more harm than discernible good in the long term? Or is the act of compassion itself the only concern, and any consequences -- either good or bad -- arising from its application are irrelevant; if so, why?
  23. I keep finding myself asking this. Only the brave, reply.
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    Guru Arjan Dev Ji - 4 Sins

    ਚਾਰੇ ਕਿਲਵਿਖ ਉਨਿ ਅਘ ਕੀਏ ਹੋਆ ਅਸੁਰ ਸੰਘਾਰੁ ॥ Chaarae Kilavikh Oun Agh Keeeae Hoaa Asur Sanghaar || If you have committed the four great sins and other mistakes; even if you are a murderous fiend does anyone know what is meant by the 4 great sins. it makes me think of the bujjar kurehit...is it something similar? the line is by Guru Arjan Dev Ji on Ang 70 if you want to go look at the full shabad.
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    Just a question out of curiousity, I know you guys will be annoyed by yet another pesh post but... do you only need pesh for bujjar kurehit?
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