Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Cute


Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Nice evening

Last Sunday Hari Singh Ji and Sita Kaur Ji had a nice evening at their house in honor of Sita Kaur's birthday. We played some kirtan and then had food and enjoyed each other's company. It was a real nice evening. Here are some pictures.
Charanjeet Kaur Ji with Siri Chand Singh Ji.
Some of the sangat that came.

hanging out

Monday, January 29, 2007

Entertaining guesses

So what do you suppose my brother is doing in this picture?
Is he flying? Am I (the picture taker) flying? This is an un-altered photo.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Fire Rain

Line of distinction

These three pictures seem to have a line where the color scheme separates.


Going through old papers

I was going through some old papers and found a paper I want to throw out, but not before I wrote something about it. If you're ever in Delhi and you go to the train station, first of all don't listen to the people who talk fast and try to confuse you about buying tickets. Second don't ever give business to the crooks at 'Network Tourist Center' in pahar ganj. I noticed they seem to get many westerners to go in there. They say they are with the department of tourism. The next time I'm in Delhi I may pay a visit to these crooks and let them know their mistake and collect reparation.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

4 Beautiful Seasons

Some people may recall my earlier post called Is this the desert?
Here are some photos from the same area in a different perspective.



Rest of Albquerque Samagam pictures

Partap Singh Ji playing tablas, and Devinder Singh Ji sitting behind the Guru.
Gurujot Singh Ji, me, and Hari Singh Ji.

Isn't this kid so cute?


This is my friend Devinder Singh Ji, who lives in a town in Northern New Mexico, which is bigger than EspaƱola, but more remote. While talking to him at the samagam I found out that he used to speak Russian fluently. He told me a story that began with him in Leningrad in 1975. Later he told me another story about how he survived the Delhi riots of 1984. He's really pretty amazing, he's very kind and very humble and smiles a lot. I couldn't help but think of the contrast between him and all the gangster wannabe youth that are always talking about 1984, but weren't even born then. He endured the atrocities and still seemingly has no hate in his heart for any single thing. His wife Maninder Kaur Ji is also amazing. They are so kind and humble and inspiring.

more pictures later

I haven't got the chance to load the pictures yet, but they'll be up soon. I try to update my blog at night, but if I don't I usually don't have time before work to do it. I hope everyone has a beautiful day. Sat Naam.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Albuquerque Samagam

Here are a few pictures from the Albquerque Samagam from last weekend. It was a really nice samagam. Kulwant Kaur Ji from Albquerque and the rest of the Albquerque sangat did a great job hosting the samagam (as always). It really enjoyed the sangat and kirtan.
Singing Kirtan.

Sangat at the samagam.
Siri Guru Granth Sahib Maharaj!
I'll try to get the rest of my photos from the Albquerque samagam up by tomorrow. I recorded a few shabads and will hopefully post that at some point as well. Gurujot Singh Ji and myself did the shabad 'Prabh mera antarjaami jaan' in raag kalyan. He played the harmonium and did vocals, I played the dilruba. The volume is kind of low on my recording and I have to figure out how to set up my server to host the file, but eventually I'll get the recording here.

Friday, January 19, 2007

On the road of life

On the road of life, God continues to place incredible beauty in front of me.
This is just outside of Santa Fe.
How could I ever forget the doer of everything, the giver of all beauty? I cannot leave my house without being inspired by the magnificent beauty that constantly surrounds me.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

In a far off land

In a far off land are my most recent photos. Really it's a far off land where I have time to get my most recent photos and put them on my blog. Hopefully tomorrow I'll get up some recent photos. I have pictures from the Albuquerque Samagam from this past weekend.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Visions of Spring

Like most parts of North America, it's really cold here. My brother keeps telling me to get a photo of the Rio Grande with all the ice floating in it (hopefully tomorrow). On my way to work yesterday I saw a sign that said -14 C, and the forecast for tonight says that with wind chills the low of -16 C will feel like -21 C. With cold and snow everywhere, I thought it would be fun to put another Spring picture.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Interesting perspective

I didn't edit this photo, it came out exactly like this. I'm taking a photo of my niece through the window and there's a reflection of me, my camera, and the surroundings behind me.

New Mexico

I love my homeland!
Check out what I can do with my new camera!
This sacred land is an integral part of who I am. When I see so much beauty I can only think 'WaheGuru!' Just keeping your eyes open in this amazing place is like Simran (remembrence of God).

Friday, January 12, 2007

In the midst of winter...

I wanted to give another flower to everyone.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Perspective

Where does one rock end and another begin? It's almost like a maze.

Another article

Ek Niwas - A Young Singh's Account of Police Disrespect
I did not feel easy reading this article. I think it shows a mentality that we could all work on. We are bringers of peace first and we should act from intuition, intelligence, and humility.

What I didn't like about this article:
"a Singh worthy of holding the Nishaan sahib came and stood next to me"
I dont know what this quote means, but all people are equal, and anybody who shows respect to the nishaan sahib should be allowed to hold it. Not just people deemed 'worthy' and not just 'singhs.'
"I scanned the crowd before hand to see who the Guru had brought to the battlefield"
This shows a war mongering mentality that seems prevelant amongst 'Sikh' youth. Not everything we go through is a battle. We are supposed to be soldier SAINTS and raise the sword as a LAST resort.

From the perspective of the police officers, the only wrongdoing would be the excessive use of force. They can't all be expected to be experts on the Sikh religion. They gave him the option of respectfully removing the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, and instead he had to have it his way. If this individual would have looked beyond his narrow scope, he would have been able to maintain the rehit, the respect deserving of the Guru, and not escalate the situation. It was not necessary that the officer refer to Guru Ji as more than a book, how can he be expected to know better? We can't force him to know better!!!! Furthermore, sukhasan can easily be done by one person, which would have avoided the whole scuffle. Lastly if he would have communicated with the officers with humility the situation may have been avoided. It's great to continually recite bani, but even the Guru's spoke up when necessary! If there was a clear communication with the officers and an effort made to show them some kind of respect the individual involved may have gotten some respect from them in return.
That said, I appreciate people's attention and efforts to bring respect to the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. However, we should remember to remain humble in our actions and think about how we can approach situations whereby excessive conflict, tempers, anger, and violence can be avoided. Perhaps before Sikhs decide to protest they should pledge in front of the sangat that they will not show any anger and will not use violence and perhaps pledge to show respect to individuals of other opinions.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Great Article

I highly recommend the following article:
At the Root
This article completely articulates an understanding that I recently contemplated, about how the mool mantra relates so much to who we are. It's interesting that I contemplated these exact points and then a couple weeks later read them (almost exactly as I thought of them) from Bhen Ji Ek Ong Kaar Kaur.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Guess where

I'll give you a clue, I once said 'If I had to live in a city... it would be here.'
It's pretty easy if you've ever been here.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Friendly Place

I get along well with the snow. This was a few moons ago.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Sunset

There was a really nice sunset at the end of the day.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Anand Karaj of Mandeep Singh Ji and Charanpreet Kaur Ji

These kids from Baru Sahib did all the kirtan, including for the anand karaj. They are talented.
Many of the young women in Charanpreet Kaur Ji's family wore the same outfit.
I didn't learn his name as people referred to him as 'Baba Ji.' He is the spiritual head of Baru Sahib.
The laavans.
This is the perspective from where I was sitting. I have a new camera with 6x optical zoom!


After the anand Karaj I got this nice photo of the two.