Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Cold ishnaan

This river was cold. It was probably at it's highest point this weekend from snow melt. It was perfect for dipping in before I did my morning sadhana.
There are hot springs along the banks of this river, though on our second day there, the river flowed over the rock walls and diluted the hot springs so that they were cold. I didn't need hot springs in the morning though. The cold ishnaan was just right before doing my sadhana.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

I'm back from camping

I took 625 photos this weekend and a few videos as well, so I have a lot of organizing and work to do.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

From darkness to light


Contrasting unity.

Albuquerque Celtic Festival - Bagpipers Marching

On Saturday I went to the Celtic festival in Albuquerque. Here is a video I took of bagpipers.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Nice photo!

Wow I was checking the blog of Bhen Ji Sikhi Seeker and she posted a photo that her friend took:
photo: http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/1605/1466/1600/golden%20temple%20sihouette.jpg
blog: http://wwwenlightenme.blogspot.com/

my niece

She's adorable, and so big for only 5 months!
Can I see your camera?
Come on... let me see your camera.
Fine, I'll look at something else.
Remember this look? I know who you are now, but that doesn't mean I still won't cry.
Now's my chance, let me pull his beard.

I've known some notorious beard pulling babies. I think my niece didn't even realize she had grabbed my beard, and then when she wanted her arm back she just started pulling.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Siri Guru Amar Das Sahib Ji

With total humility you taught service.
With total devotion you showed bliss.
With the highest love you attained Nanak's throne.
With the highest consciousness you are known.

What can be said by a moorakh like me?
By Your divine grace, I am your devotee.
Blessed are the Sikhs on this day,
to honor your birth and live in your way.

The natural order

God your artwork is not appreciated, the people don't even look at your paintings, instead they paint over it.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Humor

I hope I'm not breaking any copyrights or insulting anybody, but I owe Jatinder Singh Ji a funny picture, so I made this with my awesome MS Paint skills:

Raj Karega Khalsa!

Khalistan is not a panacea, the Sikhs will know peace when we establish Khalsa Raj!
The home of the Khalsa is the earth!
Only when all are free and the pure rule the earth shall we be free!
The Guru said 'Raj Karega Khalsa'
somebody else said 'Khalistan Zindabad.'
Don't fool yourselves or believe propaganda, only God's name is a panacea.
WaheGuru Ji Ka Khalsa, WaheGuru Ji Ki Fateh!

family business

I was driving and saw something beautiful in the sky on Friday, so I told my brother he had to take a picture of it. Unfortunately we were in Albuquerque so there were a lot of 'city things' that got in the way and he couldn't get a great photo, but he got a couple good ones. I handed him my camera which was already in my pocket (weekend home) and he took the photos through the windshield. The first is cropped, click on it to see the full image.

Friday, May 19, 2006

The end of a day

WaheGuru! Today was a beautiful day. I just finished doing ishnaan seva, and we had 13 people show up! It was done in record time. We had a beautiful hukam, from Kabir Ji (which I got to read, I love reading the hukam) at the end of the seva. Sada Sat Simran Singh (of Chardi Kala Jetha) was there and his fiance GuruDas Kaur told me that during the short Gurdwara after Sadhana, there will be a role reversal. The tabla player of CKJ, Hari Mandir Jot Singh, will sing and Sada Sat Simran Singh will play tablas. Then they will be back at their regular roles as Chardi Kala Jettha and they will play for our normal Sunday Gurdwara program. I'm really looking forward to it!

Scenery


I see the mark of Zoro.
Planes playing in the sunset. ^^vv

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Still love my commute

How can I not love this drive to work?
This is called black mesa. It is a sacred place for the Indians. There is rumored to be a spring at the top, which is how a band of Indians got water when hiding from the US army during a stand for their land in the 1800's. It is on pueblo land and you have to get permission to go on it, but I don't know if anybody ever has gotten permission. There are other legends and rumors associated with it, which I will share along with other great stories and legends when you all come visit me. The Indians did make a stand against the army there, but it is unkown if there is a water supply at the top. You can see from all the green trees in the front of the mesa that the Rio Grande runs through the valley at the front of this mesa.
These are interesting clouds.

P.S. Did anybody watch the San Antonio/Dallas game last night? Ginobili was on fire!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Miniature


Bugs with the Khalsa colors :-)

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Desert Flower


I thought 'I should spot at least one Indian paint brush now that it's spring and I'm finding so many other flowers in the desert.' As soon as I finished thinking that, I saw about 100 feet away, something bright red. I knew it wasn't another beer can, it was what I was looking for. It was fiercely independent, it knew it's identity and had the strength to live on it's own, with conditions that others call harsh. The flower said: 'I'm like the other flowers in the desert, I may look different, but we all share attributes of strength and courage. We all stand beautiful, ignored by the unconscious, unseen by the unaware, sharing an appreciation for the gifts that God gives us. How can the desert be barren when such beautiful life is found? God is everywhere, beauty is everywhere, some of us love it and live it. I was not put here artificially, I have nothing fake about me. I stand as God created me, in the beautiful home that God gifted me. God gives me sustenance and I ask for nothing more. My mission is as God wills it, our meeting was pre-ordained.' I said Thank you to God and decided to share the flower's mission. That is my mission, share the manifold blessings bestowed upon me.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Guru Ghar - Hacienda de Guru Ram Das

The home of the Guru, Guru Ram Das' estate, my beloved home, the sacred valley.

Oh God, how can I ever forget you?
What a fool I can be to act untrue.
In times of dukh we cry out in need.
WaheGuru, this is your deed.

If all was Sukh, we could forget,
thinking in life that we are set,
with or without you,
while acting untrue.

This would be the highest tragedy,
to forget your name, to act badly.
Instead we know that without you, there is no sukh.
Until we remember you always there will be dukh.

Thank you for what you have bestowed upon us,
Everything is your sweet will, in God we trust.

Friday, May 12, 2006

pictures from last night

One of two statues in front of the Gurdwara with the moon in the background.
Ravijit Singh. After I took this photo his dad was telling him to flex his muscles and then he did, it was so cute.
Suraj Kaur, who is talking now, she's so cute.
The growth of leaves at the new Española Ber tree. I'm glad we finally have a ber tree at the Gurdwara here. I hope it lasts for centuries like the ber trees at the Hari Mandir Sahib.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

A few pictures from the last few weeks

These are the shadows of two junipers on the wall of the Gurdwara at night. I don't know what this picture means to others, but it is a very peaceful photo to me. It reminds me of the peace I feel at the Gurdwara.
This is a picture from my brother's roof, I took this in a series of other photos. The other sunset photos from this day are already posted on this blog.
I took this picture from the parking garage at work.
The next day I took this picture from the parking garage. If you click on this picture you'll see snow in this picture. One day it was very sunny and warm, the next day it was snowing.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Cute

I was visiting my sister this weekend so I could see my nephew and niece. My niece wasn't used to seeing me. This was my third time meeting with her.


This is the look my niece gives me before starting to cry because she doesn't know who I am. I got a few smiles out of her by the end of the weekend.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

More pictures while driving

This past weekend I went to visit my sister in Albuquerque. I took these photos through my driver side window.
These are the ever photographic Sandia Mountains which many people fly over when coming to Albuquerque. If you're coming to Solstice you'll see these mountains and be on the same interstate (I-25) from which I took these photos.
In this photo you can really see the tint of my window.

Monday, May 08, 2006

As the seasons change

Somewhere along the way it became Spring (though it did snow last week in the higher elevations).

Friday, May 05, 2006

Yesterday's sunset


Some say they can see you, some say you can't be seen,
If I am not blind, what I see is you, this beauty is your sheen.
With every precious gift you give me I have your beloved darshan,
I beg of you that I remember this at every moment, not just one.

There is so much I don't know,
in this universal flow.
What I want to learn is how to be yours,
to let go of self and open the tenth of doors.

You have blessed me in so many ways, and still I ask for more,
I can't help it, there's only one, without you my heart is sore.
By your divine grace, I am recognized as the son of my master,
with his heavenly image from turban to shaster.

This is why I ask for more, I represent something far beyond me,
the naam I wish to store, and without discrimination I wish to see.
The ability to show compassion to all in service to you,
to remember forever Sat Naam, your name is true.

More pictures of the sword





Thursday, May 04, 2006

As Kirpan Kando Kharag

When I was in India I purchased this sword for my future wedding (I still don't know when that is or to whom, but I was thinking ahead). You may have seen this before in some other pictures because I lent it to Balwinder when he got married. The blade is an antique, it's a very nice blade, the handle may or may not be an antique, but the gold work is new. I took this photo in India, I probably should take some photos from other angles to fully appreciate all the designs on there. I'll try to remember to do that tonight. If you want to know where to get quality kirpans like this or others, I'll get you in contact with the provider. His name is Hardeep Singh and if you look at my India pictures in the archives I have pictures of him on this blog.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Saturday Seva

On Saturday morning after the Bhog ceremony for the Akandh Path (which happens every Saturday after Sadhana) we met at the Plaza de Española for 'The Great American Clean-up Day." We got trash bags and then went off to different parts of Española to pick up trash. The SEVA team went to the neighborhood where the Gurdwara is. The pictures are on the SEVA blog.
I usually get photos for my blog on the weekends, but when I get seva photos they go on a different blog and I don't have as much material. Here on the Española Plaza you can see a replica of a Spanish Colonial mission. In the background you can see the Jemez mountains with a fresh layer of snow.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

The sacred land of home

A picture taken from the car on my way home from work on Friday last week.