Friday, December 29, 2006

Morning of Anand Karaj

Mandeep Singh Ji with family and friends.
Mandeep Singh Ji, with Darren Ji and Prerana Ji.
Arriving at the Gurdwara.
The Pita jis of the bride and groom.
Mandeep Singh Ji's brother and other family and friends.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Ladies' sangeet

The night before the wedding was the ladies' sangeet which everybody goes to now a days.
People dancing.

One guy I met there was Ravinder Singh Ji, who's a really nice guy. As soon as I met him we did rehiras sahib together and we were like brothers. He brought a dhol with him and played it that night.
Mandeep Singh Ji had been doing sukhmani sahib with his fiance (now wife) daily over the phone. Since she was at a seperate event that night, they again did it over the phone. He left the sangeet to do it and I joined him, because I thought it would be nice to hear sukhmani sahib. It was.
Great sangat! Aditya Ji, Mandeep Singh Ji, me, and Narinderjit Singh Ji. All very spiritual and really excellent people.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

pre-wedding



One of the reasons this ceremony is done is to make the skin lighter, so I always joke with my Punjabi friends that they better not do this one for me, because my skin's light enough. In this ceremony people sing songs and they put tumeric (haldi) on his skin. I have pictures of this ceremony from last December when Balwinder Singh Ji got married (in the blog archives).

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Pictures from a few weeks ago, after our last big snow, when the snow was melting.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Travelling

I'm away from home for a little while and I'm not sure how much blogging I'll get to do. I'm currently in Ft. Lauderdale for the wedding of my friend Mandeep Singh Ji, and his fiance (his wife as of tomorrow) Charanpreet Kaur Ji. I'm taking some photos, and I'm sure I'll take more in the future so I'll get those up in due time. Maybe my brother can get some pictures or share some old photos from a previous adventure that we've gone on and post them here.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Happy :-)

Well it's snowed so much they cancelled work today. I'm happy because I wasn't willing to get on the road until it stopped snowing anyway. Here's a picture from a day with more sun:
>This is my brother Hari Singh Khalsa Ji, with Charanjeet Kaur Ji and Karamjeet Singh Ji. I took this photo with my phone and just found it. The babies are so cute.
This is a view of my neighbor's house this morning.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Polar opposite

Well it's snowing again here, it may be quite a big storm. Since it's totally white and flurry outside I thought it would be interesting to put the polar opposite of today on my blog.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Guru Ram Das Rakho Sarnaaee



Time and space melt away,
no more thoughts that go astray.
There is only one focus here,
God and Guru, their presence is clear.
Even a supreme moorakh cannot hide,
from the grace that's here inside.
Even if I wanted my thoughts to wander,
I can't, there is only one God to ponder.
If we remember that one source of all,
we will be answering the Guru's call.
Bana, bani, seva and simran
to carry us across to the one.
Separation is false, our senses are temporary
eternal is the one, the Guru is the ferry.

quote

"Sat Naam, is the bij, or seed, mantra. It is small and potent. Great things grow from it. If it is not written in your destiny to be with God and to know higher consciousness, this mantra will engrave it in your destiny."

Thursday, December 14, 2006

visit to the children's museum

A couple of weeks ago I went to the children's museum in Santa Fe with my family and my niece and nephew. I went to the children's museum when I was a kid and remember having a real fun time. They have some new things there now and some of the same old things.
My niece is getting so big. She was walking by holding on to things a couple weeks ago, I think she's probably walking now.
Seeing how many nuts I can put together before the magnet looses the ability to hold them all.
I don't remember what this strange animal is called. I don't even know if it's a fish or an amphibian.

My nephew made this imprint.
I made this imprint. When I was a kid they had something like this, but it was mounted like a table rather than something standing upright and the little 'pins' were metal instead of plastic.
They also have dominos to play with. I helped set up this creation, but I accidentally bumped the table and made half of it go off early - woops.

Classic Amritsar

I was going through my old photos and remembered these :-)

I ate too many of these. I left out the '&' and always referred to these as the 'potato chat burgers.' They're actually pretty good and only 10 Rs. and he's always right near the Harmandir Sahib.

Prashad

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Desert Snow

Even after two days of sun, the landscape was still full of snow.

In the shade of my house and my brother's house it still looks like it just dropped several inches of snow and we've only gotten a light dusting since the 8 inch blanket two weeks ago. I guess without direct sun, it's too cold for the snow to melt in the shade.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

In the same vein

I haven't been taking many pictures lately, but I still have some awesome photos from my trip to Utah in May of this year. I hope everybody is having a beautiful day and enjoying the cold weather :-)

Sunday, December 10, 2006

More snow pictures

I tried to publish these photos on Friday, but my internet connection at home was down starting Friday and then all weekend.
The Gurdwara
The day after it snowed, all the roads looked like this. My morning commute to work had roads like this all the way there. We passed all the cars from the night before that got stuck and were still there and we passed several cars that slid off or got stuck on their way to work. Luckily the little Toyota that my brother and I commute in is front wheel drive, so we didn't slip much.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

First big snow

Last Wednesday I was driving to work and I saw a light dusting of snow across most of the land. But by the time I left work that day things had changed.
This was the morning dusting of snow.
This was driving home from work. My normal half hour commute took 3 and 1/2 hours. The traffic was bumper to bumper averaging about 5-7 mph all the way home.
Snow on top of the roof of the langar kitchen and snow on top of the dome of the Gurdwara.
Icicles on the langar kitchen and snow on the dome of the Gurdwara.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

It's been almost a year

It's been almost a year since I was in India! I was looking at some old pictures and remembering when I went to Mcleod Ganj (Dharamsala). It was an interesting place, but I consider it a waste of my time. I was only in India for 4 weeks and I spent most of the time in Amritsar. I also went to Anandpur Sahib, and Chandighar for Balwinder Singh Ji and Baljeet Kaur Ji's wedding. The time I spent here, could have been at the Hari Mandir Sahib or Anandpur Sahib. There were a lot of tourists here and I felt no spiritual depth in any place I went to. It felt like a place to vacation or be a hippie and do nothing. I don't like doing nothing and I'd rather vacation in the pristine mountains that surround my home than mountains in the ever-polluted skies of India. Still if you live in India, I guess it's a nice place to visit.
A guy praying at a Buddhist temple.
A temple being built.
How about this! The Tibetans come to India because the Chinese government is committing atrocities. India never stops committing atrocities! Good luck to the Buddhists in India, Sikhs are always 'disappearing' there. I guess you can raise a voice against China while in India, but to raise a voice against India, means pogroms.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Longing

There is only one path for me,
it's always been shown clearly.
I cannot stay away Guru Ji,
your darshan I long to see.
In the darkest hour you have brought light,
in the worst times I need only your sight.
Your sight is at all times near me, in all things,
your sound is always with me, the anahad sings.
To not even one quality of yours can I compare,
and still everything you have, with me you share.
My longing is from a false separation,
Everything is you and your creation.
Still that longing keeps me connected,
when my ego allows you to be neglected.
That is why sukh and dukh are equivalent,
everything from you is like a present.
If we only remember that, we will be fine,
Our hearts will stay open and our faces will shine.

(The above photo is in front of the Gurdwara, the two lights to the right of the bridge are on either side of the Gurdwara entry.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Once upon a time...

I took my car camping.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Rest of my Bakersfield pictures

It was almost like a duel for who could 'shoot' first :-) Or without the other guy noticing. Well we both got a picture of each other when we weren't looking. Doesn't this smile say 'Chardi Kala!' This is Bikramjit Singh Ji, who I'm sure you all are familiar with. He's a great sevadar behind many great websites, most noticably sikhsangat.com
Sat Nam Singh Ji, me, and Bikramjit Singh Ji
Mandeep Kaur Ji and her husband Sat Nam Singh Ji.
It seems like I forgot to take pictures of cute babies, or else maybe I just didn't get to see that many babies this time, but I got a picture of this cute baby girl.