Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Bhai Sahib Ji

I realized I hadn't taken any pictures of Bhai Sahib Bhai Kultar Singh Ji. So I got these photos with my phone. He's so amazing, truly one of the most inspirational teachers I've ever known.


I feel like I'm so blessed. I have met so many amazing GurSikhs in my life and live amongst many of them. WaheGuru, what can I say, having the Darshan of your beloved is yet another of the many blessings you have showered upon me.

Interesting website

I'm usually annoyed by most web advertisements, but often times Gmail links to some interesting stuff and I actually click their ads. Here's an interesting website I found from a link in Gmail:
http://www.kindnessproject.com/home.php
I could imagine myself participating in this project for fun.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Painted Sky

If I could paint, I would mimic you,
I would paint white clouds on blue.
I would paint the skies you have shown me,
though I might run out of colors on one piece only.

The masterpieces you have created cannot be repeated,
they deserve the canvas of the heavens, where they are seated.
They are different each and every day,
they remind me of your wonderous play.

The play of creation, which is beyond our scope,
where acting in your will is our only hope.
This was understood by your dear saints,
who on the canvas of life are the brightest paints.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Rabab

I just thought I'd share some pictures I took of my brother's rabab. He's just beginning to learn it, but he's doing pretty well. Someday I hope that my brother and I can do kirtan together in the Gurdwara with him on Rabab and me on Dilruba.

Guru Nanak and Bhai Mardana are engraved on the front
There are no frets on the Rabab.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Cuteness

I figure we could all start our week with cute pictures :-) I probably don't need to reiterate that this is my niece.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Road of life

These pictures look a lot cooler when they're bigger. So click on them to appreciate them more.
Looks like time for Rehiraas.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

more from the Dallas Samagam

sangat

The hotel where the samagam is held has some nice facilities. A pool, a basketball court, racquet ball courts, ping pong, weight lifting equipment, among other things.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Dallas Samagam

The Dallas samagam was really nice. Unfortunately I didn't get a lot of photos. Here are few of me just pointing my camera in different directions and clicking the button.


Monday, February 19, 2007

WAHEGURU!!!!!!!

WaheGuru! Other than this there is no other word for describing how blessed I am! I just got back from the first lesson of a week long course with Bhai Kultar Singh Ji, the son of Bhai Avtar Singh Ji. If you've read my tribute to Bhai Avtar Singh Ji you know that I have a great respect for him and his family. I have spent a number of years seeking to learn raag and learning raag. Although I'm still a beginner and although I've only briefly studied with Bhai Avtar Singh Ji, he was the very first to teach me any raag and for that I have always regarded him as my ustaad. Now I regard Bhai Kultar Singh Ji as my ustaad. Other respected teachers that I've learned from are Professor Surinder Singh Ji, Ustaad Surjit Singh Ji, and Ustaad Narinder Singh Ji (ustaad of Chardi Kala Jetha). I've only studied briefly with all these masters, even just once in the case of ustaad Narinder Singh Ji, but they all have a special place in my life. I feel so blessed to have met many masters and studied with them. Bhai Kultar Singh Ji was so kind and answered my tremendous amount of questions. I'm sure I'll have many more questions as the week progresses. I'm totally excited about this. WaheGuru!

Picture taken while driving home from work on Friday.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Going to a samagam


If anybody reading this will be in Dallas this weekend, it would be nice to see you. (I can't believe I'm putting a picture of Texas on my blog! That's why I put the picture from my archive, for balance - lol) I would like to remind everybody to look at the grass next to the flower to see how small something beautiful can be.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Change in focus


It's the same picture taken right after each other with the camera angled slightly different. I didn't adjust any settings on the camera I just aimed it down a little more for the second photo. These pictures were taken from my property near the Gurdwara. In the foreground is the movie theater and in the background are the mountains, including one of the local ski areas.

Hanging out

"I like the sun."

Funny story

http://sikhchic.com/article-detail.php?id=86&cat=15
I'm a strong proponent of the open beard. I'm consistently telling Punjabi Sikh men that Americans can not wrap their brains around beard tying. It's much stranger for an American to see a tied beard (with nets and strings, etc.) then it is to see a flowing beard. I assume the British must think beard tying is neat, but most Americans have a harder time understanding the beard tying than the turban.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Friends in Las Vegas

A nice event held by the sangat of Las Vegas, Nevada.
http://www.lasvegasgurdwara.com/galleries/baba_deep_singh_martyrdom/index.php

Places I've been

It's fun to look at pictures of places I've been, especially when it's cold and snowy to look at pictures of when it was warm and sunny. This picture was taken from a dirt road by my brother, on a camping trip we went on last year in May.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Hari and Sita's vacation blog :-)



Hari Singh Ji (my brother) and his wife Sita Kaur Ji are currently on vacation in Chile. Chile is where Sita Kaur Ji comes from and so they are visiting family as well as different sites. It's currently Summer in Chile, because it's in the southern hemisphere.
Hari and Sita's Vacation blog
The above picture is one that Hari Singh Ji took near the Gurdwara before leaving for Chile. He plans to update the blog while on vacation, but he won't update it beyond that.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Blogging trend

I think the blogging fad has faded a little. In the summer I was getting almost 200 visitors a day to my blog and now I get between 70-80. I think people are maybe just coming once a week now or something like that.
I think if I had more time to put into the blog it might be more exciting and attract more visitors. It's hard though to update a blog daily with new and exciting stuff. Especially when you have a full time job, nightly classes and no one to help around the house. I think living alone is probably the most inefficient way to live. I guess my point is that I haven't even taken any pictures in like 2 weeks! I think my life in the summer is more eventful. Luckily I still have older pictures that I haven't put up here. Here's one from about 14 months ago.
Reminds me of being in the waters...

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Innocence

The innocence of youth,
when we still remember truth.
God's true name, Sat Naam,
in our hearts this beautiful psalm.
Before we forget that God is always near,
before we forget love that's sincere.
Before we get lost in the world of doubt,
before we forget what life is about.
When we remember to love all the same,
when we remember from whom we came.
When we remember that there is only one light in all,
when we remember God is in the big and the small.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

6th of the month

On the 6th of every month we remember the martyrdom of the Akal Takht by having Gurdwara.
Deva Singh Ji sitting behind the Guru.
Gurujot Singh Ji singing kirtan with Haribhajan Kaur Ji, Shanti Kaur Ji, and Simran Singh Ji on tablas. Often times Shanti Kaur Ji will tell a story relating to Sikh history and the month we are in. This month she told a story of Guru Har Rai. It was a real nice evening.

Beautiful people

I was talking to Mandeep Singh Ji last night and I was thinking of a really excellent photo that I got of him and his wife Charanpreet Kaur Ji. Then I thought, "I should put it on my blog." So here it is.
I almost ended up doing a speech at the reception - lol. I hadn't prepared one and I think that's why I got spared. I did start to think of an impromptu speech though and I think it would have been pretty good. Mandeep Singh Ji probably would have been so embarrassed, because I would have extolled his saintly characteristics. His embarrassment probably would have arose from his sincere humility, one of the characteristics that makes me think of him like a saint sometimes. I don't know Charanpreet Kaur Ji all that well, but I have an idea of her caliber and I know these two are very beautiful inside and out.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Harmandir Sahib

My friend Parvinder Singh Ji, who lives in Amritsar, sent me this picture of the Harmandir Sahib in the fog. It looks like the moon is in the background.
Parvinder Singh Ji is my friend who has sent me other photos of historic places in India:
Akali Baag
Baba Bakala

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Expanse

Expand my consciousness, let me grow,
reveal the truth, let me know.
I live for the pearls of wisdom you give,
that lets me experience and truly live.
When I have just a bit of gyan,
I experience the real dhyan.
The sweet name of yours has given me bliss,
I swim in an ocean of peace, a deep abyss.
The nectar rains down from the tenth gate,
an experience of love, beyond fear, beyond hate.
In Love I call out for you my beloved,
I sing from my soul, your divine shabad.
Raakhaa eyk hamaaraa swaami
Sagal ghataa kaa antarajaami