Thursday, August 31, 2006

Toronto

I'll be at the samagam in Toronto this weekend, and I might not update my blog again until next Wednesday.
Have a good weekend.

Comparison

I made a post called 'desert rain' and said the flower was small, here's some perspective:

Head in the clouds...


Or maybe, head in the mountains.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

This might be nice

Until we stop using combustion engines this might be nice:
http://www.lanl.gov/news/index.php?fuseaction=home.story&story_id=8892

Just out of the Forest

To get to this area in the Mountains from where I live you first have to go way up in the mountains and deep into the forest before starting to descend out of the mountains and the thick forest into this area.


"I also like the mountains."

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Rainbow Halo

Waiting at the traffic light

Desert Rain

In case you can't tell, in real life this flower is pretty small.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Rainbows

Picturesque!
Have you ever seen the end of a rainbow? When I was a kid I was on a sacred land that is now called 'Ram Das Puri,' where the Summer Solstice camp is held, and I chased the end of a rainbow. Before we gathered on this land for peace, it was the sacred land where tribes from many places would meet for peace. When you reach the end of the rainbow it moves. I remember finding treasure at the end of the rainbow (where the end was before I got there). I found several things, but the most memorable was an arrowhead made of obsidian. (Yep I was very imaginative and adventurous as a child as well).
This picture was taken a couple weeks ago, but I thought it went with the this set. This is a Sikh house across a field from my brother's house.
You might have to click on this image to see the full rainbow eaiser. My camera couldn't capture the whole thing, but the image is in my mind. It made me think of God hugging the valley (EspaƱola).

Friday, August 25, 2006

WaheGuru!

I was thinking, 'I need to check my camera, I know I took some pictures of a nice sunset a few days ago.' I checked my camera this morning and thought 'whoa.' I knew it was a nice sunset, but this is amazing.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Soaring

On my last day at the Hari Mandir Sahib, on my trip in December '05 hundreds of birds gathered and circled the skies above the Hari Mandir Sahib.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

July photos


Can you spot the moon?
The above picture was taken on the same day I took the other photos I've posted here. The below picture was taken from the same general area on a different day at a different time.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

More Ishnaan Seva

At the Siri Singh Sahib's ranch there is a small Gurdwara. This Gurdwara isn't used for functions very often. Mostly I think a few people meditate in there or read a hukam, and occasionally they'll have a kirtan program. Most functions are in the main EspaƱola Gurdwara so that there's enough room. As a result ishnaan seva isn't done at this Gurdwara very regularly. I was blessed with the opportunity to do this seva there.
The Guru's in Sukhasan and all the carpets have been taken up.
Gurujot Singh Ji cleaning the floors.
Gurujot Singh Ji and Siri Chand Singh Ji participating in the seva.
The carpets have been brought back in and the ramalas are about to be done.
A really beautiful work of art, which holds nitnames, gutkas, etc.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Flower


"Can I see? I like flowers."

Friday, August 18, 2006

Rest of my DC pictures

The National Cathedral
Say Hello to Ishnaan Kaur. The day after I met ISingh's daughter who is 2 and speaks Punjabi, I met this precious 2 year old who also speaks Punjabi.
The third 2 year old that speaks Punjabi that I met. This is Mohinder Singh Ji and his daughter Jasmeen Kaur. Mohinder is a really nice guy who was staying at the National Gurdwara while in DC for an internship.
She's so adorable.
The inside of the national Gurdwara (with Mandeep Singh Ji).
The front of the National Gurdwara, around the corner from the national Cathedral.
Prabhjit Singh Ji. A nice guy who let us stay at his house the last night I was there. He then showed us how to get to the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation Gurdwara on the last day of my trip. Prabhjit Singh Ji is one of the organizers of www.sikhyouth.info and the tour of Bhai Roop Singh Ji.
Gurdwara Guru Gobind Singh Foundation in Maryland.
Inside the Gurdwara.
The Gurdwara starts with kids playing kirtan. Also the Granthi and the Raagis explain the shabads they sing in English. It is a nice Gurdwara program which encourages kids to participate and understand.
Me and Mandeep Singh Ji in front of the Gurdwara, just before him and Darren Ji dropped me off at the airport, where my long journey home commenced.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Sikh Dharma is an expression of love

Without kaysh(hair), no one will "see" you as a Sikh.

More from my trip

National Treasury.
The white house.
I don't know what this building is, but I thought the architecture was interesting. It's near the white house.
I was told this is actually the 'front' of the white house.
I told this man that I appreciate his message. Though while I was looking closely at my pictures I realized he has a shirt with Osama on it. I don't know if it's a joke, but I don't appreciate any shirt with his image on it.
I big column.
The only trailer I saw while in DC, and nobody was living in it. I went to parts of Virginia and Maryland and I never saw anybody living in a trailer. It's way different than my hometown.
If you're in DC and you see this, it's not Prabhu Singh's taxi cab.
Botanic Gardens, which I didn't visit, but at least I got a picture of it.
If you know me well, you know that two types of humor make me laugh a lot. Absurd humor (stuff that just doesn't make sense) and smart a... aleck humor.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Indian Enslavement Day

http://www.panthic.org/news/116/ARTICLE/2695/2006-08-16.html
http://www.panthic.org/news/129/ARTICLE/2692/2006-08-16.html

India's independence day:
Another celebration of depravity.

Smithsonian

Sikhs: Legacy of Punjab (and now America!) This is the entrance to the Sikh exhibit at the Smithsonian.
Art work on display at the smithsonian.


Shasters
The hope diamond.

Here's a video of the hope diamond rotating in its case and sparkling in the light.