Sunday, September 30, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
I bow to the woman of strength,
who's grace could be described at length.
I bow to the divine feminine,
in all women and within.
I bow to the adi shakti, the primal feminine power,
I honor that creativity in all, from each person to each flower.
I bow to the Khalsa women and their valiant bravery,
They are examples to the women in slavery.
Slavery of the mind, steals a woman's grace,
her unrighteous actions written on her face.
She does not realized she is enslaved,
she thinks she's empowered by actions depraved.
The women of the Khalsa, are worthy of praise,
Examples of how to follow the Guru's divine ways.
I bow to that divine feminine spirit of WaheGuru,
The mother and nurturer of all that is true.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Some miscellaneous pictures from my trip last weekend.
I thought there was some nice landscaping at this gas station we stopped at.
Funny name for an outhouse. We were almost to the border at this point, and I had to go to the bathroom since we landed in Portland. So I paid a visit to the honey bucket.
After the samagam on Friday night we went to a restaurant nearby. We were hanging out with Dileep Kaur Ji and met some cool friends. In my case I "re"-met some friends that I met last year in Toronto.
Harijot Singh Ji adjusting his turban while Mehtab Singh Ji is showing him how to use the phone. I had to take a pictures of Mehtab Ji because he looks so much like his older brother Attar Singh Ji.
We had an early flight out of Seattle.
We saw this mountain on the way home. It's funny because two weeks prior I'm sure I was at a higher elevation than this, but I was not above the clouds. The northwest definitely has a different climate.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Music has the capacity to profoundly affect our consciousness. Our consciousness affects our actions which affects our reality. Here are some words I thought of to describe modern "hip-hop" and "pop" music in general:
inane hedonistic misogynistic hypnotic
disgusting disturbing disenfranchising uninspiring
indulgent wasteful violent lustful greedy
catchy rhythmic enticing
Large corporations are beholden to no one, their number one priority is to make money. The corporations in the entertainment industry feed us the music they produce and the news they write. It is hypnotic and it takes our minds away from us. We do not reflect deeply we accept what we're told. We're told that n'sync has talent and we believe it. The only Black people we see on TV are either in rap videos, playing sports, or being arrested on the news. They're never portrayed as scientists, visionaries (with the exception of Martin Luther King), activists, environmentalists.
Rap videos are so hedonistic it's all about maya (illusion). Nobody looks good in the videos. Black men are portrayed as violent and troubled and women are portrayed as objects of desire, who will do anything for diamonds. What normally seems immoral and dangerous is revered in rap videos but only normal and acceptable for black people. Just as ubiquitous as are basic morals (shared across all religions) so are the tv sets that daily broadcast images and music and messages to our kids teaching the opposite.
Rap is so catchy and I listen to it, but I can't listen for more than a few minutes before it starts to affect my state of being. The new "Sikh" rap video submitted for the Sikhnet.com online flim festival is an awesome start to using the powerful medium for good.
My first view of the Gurdwara when we got there on Friday night.
Harijot Singh Ji and myself with kids of my friend Bhupinder Singh ji and one other cute kid.
Bhupinder Singh Ji with his younger son. He mentioned to me that he wears his beard out now, since I mentioned it to him last time we met. I thought it was so great, Sikhs look so much better in the Guru's roop!
Gurujot Singh Ji, Premdeep Singh Ji, Harijot Singh Ji, and myself.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Gurujot Singh Ji and myself got a good deal on tickets through Southwest. But with the good deal we didn't get great times. We flew into Portland on Friday morning and out of Seattle on early Sunday morning. Harijot Singh Ji lives in Eugene Oregon so he picked us up and we all went together to the samagam.
Gurujot Singh Ji, driving and explaining the mp3 player at the same time.
Harijot Singh Ji, thinking the setup is pretty funny.
There was no way to hook up the mp3 player to the stereo so Gurujot Singh Ji brought extra speakers. He brought an inverter to have an outlet from the cigarette lighter, but we needed two plugs so he brought an extension cord. This was the resultant setup.
Proof that we went through Seattle :-)
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Here are some pictures from the Peace Bridge which is where we crossed into Canada. It took an hour to get through on Friday afternoon. It took like 5 minutes to get back at around 3:30 AM this morning.
Traffic making things slow. It was the most pleasant Canadian border crossing experience yet. I've never had a pleasant experience entering into Canada, going back to '99, but this time it was so painless. I even thanked the lady for making it such a pleasant experience. I mean I really went through it every other time I went.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
I bought this tiny little Kara for playing sports, but today when warming up before a game, I caught the frisbee and it dug my kara into my wrist and caused me to bleed for a while. I was liking wearing my Kara while playing sports and representing my identity on the field, but I need to find another solution. At least my Kaysh and my Turban still represent me well.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Our second stop on the way to Ouray was in Durango, Colorado. We ended up hanging out there for a while and didn't end up in Ouray until the evening.
We stopped at a park and ate lunch (veggie burgers).
When you're camping you wash your dishes in the river and then rinse them when you're done. Any way Satgurprasad Kaur Ji started to splash some people.
Then a guy went kayaking by with his dog.
Then Akal Singh Ji decided to get in the river.
I think some people are tired of being splashed...
I think she got wetter than everybody else. Well until we all changed and then we all jumped in the river.
After jumping in the river we played frisbee for a little while. Then we went to Ouray.