Thursday, June 29, 2006

Wish you were here

On Friday before the Raensabi at solstice I took some friends up into the mountains. We went to the place where there are cliffs to jump off of :-) It was a really nice day. I really miss my friends from solstice and I think maybe I should do a tribute on my blog. Being here in the summer time is just beyond words and it's so incredible to be amongst such beautiful people with such open hearts and thoughtful minds and strength of discipline.
WaheGuru!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Favorite Raagi

I can't even describe how much I like the voice of Bhai Nirmal Singh Ji. He is definitely my favorite raagi, in terms of voice. Sometimes I spend time listening to his CDs and then trying to play them on the harmonium. He probably thought I was weird just taking pictures of him. I told him he was my favority raagi and he seemed to understand me. I thought that he spoke English, but I think he only knows a little.

Friends

I have a lot of pictures from the last few weeks. Nobody asked me how I was updating my blog while at solstice? Well my brother did it for me a few times and then I came down the hill on one of the nights. Here are some pictures from a get together hosted by GuruBachan Singh and family for international guests. I think this was on the Friday before solstice, but all the days are seeming to blend together in my mind.
Father and daughter with the same expression :-) This is Mangala Sadhu Sangeet Singh and his daughter whose name I think is Satvinder Kaur.
People enjoying music by Snatam Kaur and others.
Representing for Singapore, this is Harveer Kaur and her sister Sukhjeet Kaur.
I got more people from Singapore to pose :-) On the left is Jasbir Singh and on the right is Manpreet Kaur. Manpreet Kaur is engaged to Kawal Pal Singh.
More of the crowd. You can see Kawal Pal Singh talking to Sada Sat Simran Singh here.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Highly recommended readings

Repository of Rare Treasure
http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/47FD1E1D78EE5BF187257187006501B1

A Battleship Called Gursharan Singh
http://www.sikhsangat.org/publish/article_1121.shtml

Hidden Heritage : A Google Earth view of Punjab
http://www.punjabheritage.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=436&Itemid=41

Hidden Heritage of the Punjab : Maharaja for a Day
http://www.punjabheritage.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=434&Itemid=41

creative work

M. Singh at http://m-singh.blogspot.com/ has created the following from the picture I put up previously on my blog.

Monday, June 26, 2006

sunset reception


At the wedding reception on Sunday night there was a really nice sunset. This is one of a few really nice photos I managed to get.

nice pictures





This past week I was at the summer solstice camp, which was beyond words. I dearly miss the sangat that has already left and am having an interesting time trying to adjust into the 'real' world again. After a week of meditation and time spent with some of the greatest teachers, masters, healers, gyanis, raagis, it is interesting to be away from all these amazing souls.
My brother was updating my blog for me while I was at solstice. The above pictures are from our camping trip on Memorial day. This is near canyon lands in Utah.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Thursday, June 22, 2006

my niece

Vela with a plastic spoon :-)

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Sunday Gurdwara

Snatam Kaur Ji with the chauri sahib.
Reading the Hukam here is GuruSangat Kaur Ji, who is the mother of Sada Sat Simran Singh Ji, to the left is his sister, GuruSadhana Kaur Ji, who is an expecting mother. GuruSadhana Kaur Ji read the hukam in English and the man to her right, GuruDev Singh Ji, read the hukam in Spanish. To the far left is SatDarshan Singh Ji, who often does the microphone and sound system seva.
Playing here is Hari Mandir Jot Singh Ji, with his nephew in his lap. In the background is Siri Dharma Kaur Ji, from Norway. In the foreground is Nirinjan Kaur Ji (daughter of Guru Raj Kaur Ji) and Dileep Kaur Ji. They sounded like perfect angels, with clear, strong, and super sweet voices. So much talent for such young women.
Langar. Do you recognize anybody here? If you pay attention to my blog and Gurumustuk's blog, you should be able to recognize at minimum 5 people here.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Ishnaan Seva

Although Sunday Gurdwara was at the solstice site, we still did Ishnaan Seva on Saturday night. On Saturday after Peace Prayer Day we stayed at the site for a while and I met up with so many people that I know. It started to get late and we finally left. Sukha Singh Ji, Kamalroop Singh Ji and myself drove down from the mountain and went straight to the Gurdwara. We were almost an hour late and when we got the Gurdwara there were only two people there. Sat Bachan Kaur Ji and Sat Nirmal Kaur Ji, both amazing Gursikh women. Sat Bachan Kaur Ji leads the ishnaan seva and has done so since we've had marble floors. Sat Nirmal Kaur Ji is the CEO of Akal Security and also a pillar of the community. These two Aunty Ji's are very inspirational. They couldn't do the heavy lifting, which is required to clear the marble floors, so they were planning to clean around the (really) heavy carpets and move as much as they could. When the three of us showed up, they were happy to see us. It took us until 12:30 AM to finish, but it was so Chardi Kala. I love Ishnaan Seva in Española and I almost never miss it. It is so dear to my heart I cannot even explain it. We were subsequently late for the Gurdwara at the solstice site the next day, but it was still incredible.
After finishing the seva we take a hukam. Here Sukha Singh Ji is reading the hukam and Kamalroop Singh is doing the chauri sahib seva. We forgot to get the cloth from the head of Sukha after he carried the Guru :-)

Putting the ramalay back on after cleaning the floors and bringing everything back in.

Monday, June 19, 2006

thoughts about rehit

Rehit is the guarantee of the technology of the Guru. Guru Ji guarantees the resulting life of beauty upon the living of the rehit. The basic rehit is practiced by all Sikhs. Only foolish people think their way is somehow better. The rehit is for personal growth not to measure who is a Sikh. Accepting the full rehit of Guru Gobind Singh is humility. It's the capacity of our limited understanding to see that there was a perfect incarnation, there was a supreme master far wiser and greater than us. Guru Gobind Singh gave us his sweet blessing, he gave us a discipline to acheive greatness, he gave us the immortal nectar of God and infused his spirit in it. He gave the example of Khalsa (purity) by which the world shall be ruled and is in need of for survival. Rehit is the beauty of the individual Sikh who accepts the greatness of the Guru's blessing and commits to a life of purity with undying service to humanity. When the wandering mind 'deluded by doubt' leaves duality and accepts the full hukam of Guru Ji, that person can begin on a long rewarding journey to meet with the creator.

Peace Prayer Day

The start of the Summer Solstice Sadhana camp is an event called 'Peace Prayer Day.' It is an interfaith event where different religious and political leaders and social activists and peace activists come to pray and celebrate peace on Earth.
End of the day at the Solstice Site.
Can you see the moon in this picture?
The main shelter where events take place.
Buddhist monks doing chanting.
A local Jewish leader saying a prayer.
Cute kids. Narayan on the left escaping the picture, then Siri Atma Kaur, Saribjot Kaur, and Saribjot Singh.
Two of the best female voices on the planet, talking to each other. Snatam Kaur and Dileep Kaur.
The audience at the event.
More of the audience.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Chardi Kala


Baba Sukha Singh Ji, Bhai Kamalroop Singh Ji, CKJ Hari Mandir Jot Singh Ji, and Mr. Sikhnet Gurumustuk Singh Ji.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Final pictures from Colorado camping

I've only showed a few pictures of Utah, most have been from Colorado and we were camping in Colorado for just one day! On the way back we stayed in Colorado again, but we stayed in a hotel.
Anyway, here are the rest of the pictures from the first part of our camping trip.
Look at the grass next to this flower to see how small it is.
Leaving the campground.
This stone is almost a perfect square so I had to take a picture of it.
Driving towards Utah.


Yesterday I posted some links to pictures of a rattle snake that I took last fall. If you want to see the surrounding pictures from that set click here:
http://prabhukhalsa.blogspot.com/2005/09/sunday-going-up_08.html
A bunch of the pictures in the above set could be used as a background image for your computer :-)

Thursday, June 15, 2006

twilight


This snake was pretty big. I was trying to get a real close up, but he got scared and started moving really fast, and he went under a rock. The next day we saw another snake just like him, but a little smaller. After I touched his scales he really moved fast. This is the second time I've featured snakes on my blog, the first time I didn't dare try and touch the snake even though I was in close enough proximity when I first saw him:
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/6198/1325/1600/DSCN1756.jpg
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/6198/1325/1600/DSCN1758.jpg
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/6198/1325/1600/DSCN1757.jpg
When I made this snake mad, he didn't run and hide, he took the position in the next link:
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/6198/1325/1600/DSCN1760.jpg
An interesting rock near the tent.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Into the forest


Out of the forest. The meadows were filled with grass and flowers, while the forest had sparse vegetation due to the needles.
A soft purple flower, amongst sharp sticks and needles.
Civilization :-) I bought this 5 person tent because I wanted a tent I could do Sat Kriya in (a meditation where I extend my arms above my head). All the other tents are too short. So this is where we stayed on our first night. We packed up and moved the tent the next day when we went to Utah.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Birthday Hukam

ਸਲੋਕੁ ਮ ੩ ॥
Shalok, Third Mehl:

ਬਿਨੁ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਸੇਵੇ ਜਗਤੁ ਮੁਆ ਬਿਰਥਾ ਜਨਮੁ ਗਵਾਇ ॥
Without serving the True Guru, the people of the world are dead; they waste their lives away in vain.

ਦੂਜੈ ਭਾਇ ਅਤਿ ਦੁਖੁ ਲਗਾ ਮਰਿ ਜੰਮੈ ਆਵੈ ਜਾਇ ॥
In love with duality, they suffer terrible pain; they die, and are reincarnated, and continue coming and going.

ਵਿਸਟਾ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਵਾਸੁ ਹੈ ਫਿਰਿ ਫਿਰਿ ਜੂਨੀ ਪਾਇ ॥
They live in manure, and are reincarnated again and again.

ਨਾਨਕ ਬਿਨੁ ਨਾਵੈ ਜਮੁ ਮਾਰਸੀ ਅੰਤਿ ਗਇਆ ਪਛੁਤਾਇ ॥੧॥
O Nanak, without the Name, the Messenger of Death punishes them; in the end, they depart regretting and repenting. ||1||

ਮ ੩ ॥
Third Mehl:

ਇਸੁ ਜਗ ਮਹਿ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਏਕੁ ਹੈ ਹੋਰ ਸਗਲੀ ਨਾਰਿ ਸਬਾਈ ॥
In this world, there is one Husband Lord; all other beings are His brides.

ਸਭਿ ਘਟ ਭੋਗਵੈ ਅਲਿਪਤੁ ਰਹੈ ਅਲਖੁ ਨ ਲਖਣਾ ਜਾਈ ॥
He enjoys the hearts of all, and yet He remains detached; He is unseen; He cannot be described.

ਪੂਰੈ ਗੁਰਿ ਵੇਖਾਲਿਆ ਸਬਦੇ ਸੋਝੀ ਪਾਈ ॥
The Perfect Guru reveals Him, and through the Word of His Shabad, we come to understand Him.

ਪੁਰਖੈ ਸੇਵਹਿ ਸੇ ਪੁਰਖ ਹੋਵਹਿ ਜਿਨੀ ਹਉਮੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਜਲਾਈ ॥
Those who serve their Husband Lord, become like Him; their egos are burnt away by His Shabad.

ਤਿਸ ਕਾ ਸਰੀਕੁ ਕੋ ਨਹੀ ਨਾ ਕੋ ਕੰਟਕੁ ਵੈਰਾਈ ॥
He has no rival, no attacker, no enemy.

ਨਿਹਚਲ ਰਾਜੁ ਹੈ ਸਦਾ ਤਿਸੁ ਕੇਰਾ ਨਾ ਆਵੈ ਨਾ ਜਾਈ ॥
His rule is unchanging and eternal; He does not come or go.

ਅਨਦਿਨੁ ਸੇਵਕੁ ਸੇਵਾ ਕਰੇ ਹਰਿ ਸਚੇ ਕੇ ਗੁਣ ਗਾਈ ॥
Night and day, His servant serves Him, singing the Glorious Praises of the True Lord.

ਨਾਨਕੁ ਵੇਖਿ ਵਿਗਸਿਆ ਹਰਿ ਸਚੇ ਕੀ ਵਡਿਆਈ ॥੨॥
Beholding the Glorious Greatness of the True Lord, Nanak blossoms forth. ||2||

ਪਉੜੀ ॥
Pauree:

ਜਿਨ ਕੈ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਵਸਿਆ ਸਦ ਹਿਰਦੈ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੋ ਤਿਨ ਕੰਉ ਰਖਣਹਾਰਾ ॥
Those whose hearts are forever filled with the Name of the Lord, have the Name of the Lord as their Protector.

ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਪਿਤਾ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੋ ਮਾਤਾ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਸਖਾਈ ਮਿਤ੍ਰੁ ਹਮਾਰਾ ॥
The Lord's Name is my father, the Lord's Name is my mother; the Lord's Name is my helper and friend.

ਹਰਿ ਨਾਵੈ ਨਾਲਿ ਗਲਾ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਵੈ ਨਾਲਿ ਮਸਲਤਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਹਮਾਰੀ ਕਰਦਾ ਨਿਤ ਸਾਰਾ ॥
My conversation is with the Lord's Name, and my counseling is with the Lord's Name; the Lord's Name always takes care of me.

ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਹਮਾਰੀ ਸੰਗਤਿ ਅਤਿ ਪਿਆਰੀ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਕੁਲੁ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਪਰਵਾਰਾ ॥
The Lord's Name is my most beloved society, the Lord's Name is my ancestry, and the Lord's Name is my family.

ਜਨ ਨਾਨਕ ਕੰਉ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਹਰਿ ਗੁਰਿ ਦੀਆ ਹਰਿ ਹਲਤਿ ਪਲਤਿ ਸਦਾ ਕਰੇ ਨਿਸਤਾਰਾ ॥੧੫॥
The Guru, the Lord Incarnate, has bestowed upon servant Nanak the Name of the Lord; in this world, and in the next, the Lord ever saves me. ||15||


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This is the hukam that was read at Gurdwara (in Española) this morning.
Today's hukam from the HariMandir Sahib is at http://www.sikhnet.com/hukam

The line that really stuck with me was "The Lord's Name is my most beloved society, the Lord's Name is my ancestry, and the Lord's Name is my family."

26 years ago today the Guru blessed me with this birth into the family of the Lord's Name. Today he blessed me with rising in the amrit vela, with two chardi kala guests in my home and a large sangat in the Gurdwara! WaheGuru!

Summer is here

I still have hundreds more photos from the Memorial Day weekend, but I wanted to put a picture of two really great people who came to stay with me on Saturday. It feels like summer because there are hundreds of people converging here for the different summer events.

On the left is Kamalroop Singh and on the right is Sukha Singh. These guys are totally Chardi Kala. As soon as I met them and every time I'm with them, I know I'm with the sangat. They have already taught me and will no doubt teach me more. Kamalroop Singh is working on a PHD in Dasam Bani! I will definitely enjoy learning more about Guru Gobind Singh, the Nihang tradition and other great subjects of which they are knowledgeable. This morning before going to work they taught me some funny Punjabi expressions :-)

Friday, June 09, 2006

Yin Yang

Life giving water.
Cooks the life giving food.

Both give life and both take life. The two cannot coexist yet are both important. Both of these can hurt, yet they are still necessary. Would one condemn God for these or thank God for the blessings of these? We do not judge the elements, they are what God made them, but we judge humans?