Saturday, April 29, 2006

Recommended article

I highly recommend the following article:
http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/78FE7CFDB57BCA168725715E00608AC4

I have read some of McLeod's works before and found them to be totally disrespectful. The introduction to this article is long, however it is worth a read, even if you don't read the rest of the article. This introduction is worth reading more so than any of McLeod's works. I think all literate Sikhs who know about McLeod should read the above article. I have found young Sikhs making arguments on the internet using McLeod's works as reference for their point of view. That is not a positive trend. Arguments are pointless any way. Everything is the play of God.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Flowers

A small gift from God. Small in appearance, yet as grand as all of God's gifts.



Speaking of gifts from God: this is one of my favorite photos ever. (Credit to Solarider.)

Thursday, April 27, 2006

more from the picnic

After our picnic we went for a walk into the mountains. The aspens still have yet to grow leaves and the grass is still yellow in most areas, though some grass has turned green.
Baljeet making sure that Balwinder has plenty of water :-)
Part of the ski basin, you can see there's still a little bit of snow up there.
portrait

Hanging out in a meadow. In July all this grass is green and there are hundreds of wild iris' that grow here.
If you click on this picture you can see several of the picnic crew. Look to the right of the tree in the foreground. Here you can see hundreds of aspens that have yet to grow leaves this season.
Bhai Balwinder Singh Ji.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

picnic

On Saturday we had a picnic at the Los Alamos ski basin.
Hari standing on one of the ski runs.
Hanging out near the picnic table that we ate at.
Hari and Sita sitting on one of the chair lifts.
Hari Arti climbed up to another chair. Suhas is in the front about to get a picture.
Akal threw the frisbee to Hari Arti, so I could get a photo. If you click on this you'll see he's not actually holding the disc, he's about to catch it.
Balwinder and Baljeet, swinging on the chair :-)
After seeing Hari Arti climb to the other chair I went up there to get this photo. Everybody's kind of horsing around at the ski lift.
Then I dropped my camera to my brother who took this photo.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

blogging

I usually update my blog every week day. I had good material for this week and I was going to post some new stuff starting today, but I may have lost the card that I had all my pictures on. I might find something else to post today and hopefully by tomorrow I will be able to find my card and put stuff up.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Signs of life

This is a Chinese wolfberry (?) that my brother planted in the fall, it was just a twig until recently when it started to grow.
A nearby restaraunt that has a lot of yellow. I'm not sure the name of the flowers but the bushes are forsythia.

Interesting place in Santa Fe

I put nature shots up so often that I thought I might post some infrastructure photos :-)
This is a shopping center in Santa Fe, near the famous Santa Fe plaza.
The bathroom.
Shops
This is where we went to eat.
An empty area, I was thinking it must cost so much to rent this tiny little space,

Friday, April 21, 2006

My blog is a fairy tale...

...all of it is true.

Nature and nurture


Do you see the bee? I got a few photos of the bees. I had to get my camera really close and they kept flying around so fast.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

WaheGuru!

The new kirtan at ektaone.com is incredible! I've only downloaded one track so far (track 4, Jatinder Singh), but it is just amazing. WaheGuru! Thank you for this beautiful kirtan, I am the dust of the feet of the people who bring forward such beauty in this world.
Thank you Guru ji for your bani.
Thank you sangat for your harmony.
Thank you WaheGuru for this life,
the life of dharma, not of strife.
Thank you God for every breath,
though I cannot know your depth,
everything I know is you,
my true love WaheGuru!

The rest of the Baisakhi pictures


Gurujot Singh and Dharam Singh sparring.
close-up
The float with the small children and the people singing kirtan.
Handing off the chakar
Deva Singh in the foreground and Siri Chand Singh in the background.
Shaking hands after a short match.
Sparring. Siri Chand Singh is playing the dhol.
I don't know what makes somebody a gatka master, but as far as I can tell GuruDham Singh is one. He studied gatka for many years in India.

Who's that? Is that Mr. Sikhnet himself taking a photo of GuruDham? Gurumustuk looked totally exhausted that morning. He had just gotten back the night before.
Reading the hukam.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

More Baisakhi pictures

Again you have to click on these to appreciate them fully.
Hanging out just before the nagar kirtan starts.
Sat Kartar Kaur
Punj pyaray

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Baisakhi pictures (first set)

Remember to click on these pictures to really appreciate them.
After eating breakfast we are about to start the nagar kirtan.
Khalsa meho karo nivas.

Me at my brother's house before walking to the house of Sat Want Singh and Manjit Kaur (where the jaloose started from).
Cute kids.
little kids playing gatka
Himmat swinging the chakar.
GuruDham Singh, Himmat Singh, and GuruJot Singh.
Hari Singh (my brother) in the background wearing kesri.
GuruJot Singh spinning the chakar.