Monday, April 30, 2007

coming soon

At some point I'll get some photos from my trip to New York. I'm still in New York as I write this (for a few more hours). I have to upload them and organize them.

Friday, April 27, 2007

I might as well update my blog

I'm sitting in the Albuquerque airport, where there is free wireless internet access, so I figured I might as well update my blog. Plus there are a few pictures still that I didn't put up from Baisakhi.
These are the kids participating in the children's program during Gurdwara.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Happenings

First I want to remind everybody that I'm going to New York this weekend, so if you see me at the Sikh day parade don't forget to give me a hug.
Also I wanted to mention that on Tuesday night I went to an awesome concert in Santa Fe. I had seen the performers before and they are totally excellent. I saw Zakir Hussain and Shiv Kumar Sharma. For those who don't know Zakir Hussain is probably the best tabla player in the world (or at least one of the best) and Shiv Kumar Sharma is an incredible santoor player. They played two Indian classical raags during the concert. Zakir Hussain can do things on the tablas that I've never seen anybody do. If you've never seen him, you might not even know what's possible with tablas.
During the intermission I was hanging out with some other members of the sangat who came to the concert. I was standing in between Sopurkh Singh Ji and Sat Darshan Singh Ji, a short distance from Snatam Kaur Ji. The lobby was crowded during the intermission so there wasn't much room to go around people or get anywhere. A tall young woman tapped me on the shoulder. I looked and she indicated that she wanted to get through. I moved and she saw Snatam Kaur and said "I just wanted to tell you that your music brings something very special to my life." Snatam Kaur Ji who is very humble, seemed to blush a little and said "thank you."
Most of Snatam Kaur's music is Gurbani or mantras from Gurbani and I was really happy to see this interaction where a random stranger, who is not a Sikh, has been touched by the Guru's words. I'm proud of Snatam Kaur Ji and all other Sikhs who share the inspiration that we've been gifted with the world.
WaheGuru Ji Ka Khalsa, WaheGuru Ji Ki Fateh!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Almost home

At the traffic light near the Gurdwara on the way home from work.

Upload speeds

I have DSL at home and the download speeds are pretty good, but the upload speeds are like 1/5 that of downloads. It takes me forever to upload pictures. That's why after a month, I finally updated the SEVA blog with pictures from an event we participated. The event is a youth walk against drugs.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Okay really the rest of my Baisakhi pictures

...and then I'll put other pictures up :-)
Almost to the Gurdwara
Entering the Gurdwara all at once.
waiting in line to bow, the sangat is eager to bow to Siri Guru Granth Sahib Maharaj.

First Shanti Kaur Ji did some awesome kirtan.
Then Gurujot Singh Ji did some awesome kirtan. Both did shabads from Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
Jagat Singh Ji is so devotional, his whole life is seva. He does more seva than anybody I've ever met in my whole life. I took this picture of him as Guru Ji was passing just before going into the Gurdwara.

Friday, April 20, 2007

piping in

I thought I might just pipe in on the news about Mandira Bedi.
It's disappointing to me that people would burn an effigy of her. She has 'Ek Ong Kar' tattooed to her back. I agree that it's not the most respectable thing to do, and maybe that point should be made to the youth that may be influenced by her. However, we shouldn't get so upset over such a minor thing. Ek Ong Kar means that God is one, that God is one in everything. God is in the tattoo as in everything else.
There are a lot more problems in Punjab than people with tattoos. If this many people can be upset and mobilized to action over a tattoo, than we should be able to mobilize this many people over drug problems in Punjab. Or mobilize people to watch for RSS literature with Ek Ong Kar on it. That's far more offensive than the tattoo.

Latest

I wanted to upload the rest of my Baisakhi pictures, but I didn't get the chance last night.
In other news, I'd like to congratulate my brother Sardar Hari Singh Khalsa Ji for being elected to the community council (local Sikh community council). He didn't campaign at all, and he was elected. Nobody really campaigned, but he didn't even talk to people to ask for their votes. I think it's because the sangat recognizes him as a good guy who's professional and has great ideas. I'm always very excited about the future of this community and I'm glad that my brother will be intimately linked with the decision making process.
I hope that you all can come to visit some day.
Raj Karega Khalsa!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Rest of Baisakhi pictures

These aren't quite the rest of my Baisakhi pictures, I was having a hard time uploading things yesterday.
Who's ready to do some SEVA? This is the SEVA team. Our website and blog are a little outdated (I haven't had the time to upload pictures), but we've been busy and have been doing projects.
Dhan Siri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj!
Siri Chand Singh Ji and Gurujot Singh Ji sparring. Gurumustuk taking a photo in the background :-)

Approaching the Gurdwara

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Monday, April 16, 2007

Baisakhi pictures

Siri Sundri Kaur Ji, she was eager to learn about shasters.
eating breakfast before the jaloose
waiting for the Guru to arrive and the nagar kirtan to begin


looking good

the kids on the float
The Guru is arriving soon
ready to start the nagar kirtan

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Baisakhi

We had our annual Baisakhi celebrations in Española today. It was awesome! Everything was so chardi kala. I started my day at ishnaan seva, which is a beautiful seva that I love to participate in. Then we had our nagar kirtan, and Gurdwara. There were some real Bir Ras Shabads from Patashahee Dasvee that were played.

I'll have more pictures soon. Here's one to start with. This was after the nagar kirtan at the start of the Gurdwara, the opening hukamnama.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

I like stunts

I didn't get the chance to update my blog last night, like I wanted to so instead, I'm just putting a video I found on google video. It's pretty cool, this kid does all sorts of stunts on his wheelchair.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Outtakes

I was looking through some pictures from last May (almost a year ago) when we went camping in Southern Colorado and Utah. Here are some funny pictures from the trip.
The devil's highway had to be renamed because they were spending too much money replacing street signs that were stolen. There's still one sign left!
Not a real road sign, but it looks like one.
If you go on an adventure with me and Hari and Akal, you will find many exciting times and likely a few potentially scary/desperate/deadly situations (lol - I'm serious). That's how we roll in the country. This wasn't too scary or life-threatening, but it was almost desperate as we were stuck in some canyon and it was late afternoon. We worked so hard to get my car out of this sand.
My brother thought he could get a better view of the sunset by stepping on this car that was left on the side of the road.
I joined him to take this picture :-)

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Itenerary - my forthcoming trip to NYC

Well I decided it was about time I go visit my friend Mandeep Singh Khalsa Ji in New York. So I'm going on April 27th at 6:05 AM and getting in NYC at 2:00 PM. I'm leaving Monday the 30th at 3:55 PM.
I didn't realize when I scheduled my trip that I'd be there for the Sikh day parade. It's going to be awesome!
So if you're planning to be at the Sikh day parade this year, please say hi to me, or give me a hug :-) That's a proper greeting amongst family! ha ha

WaheGuru Ji Ka Khalsa, WaheGuru Ji Ki Fateh!

spring colors

Apricot blossoms, forsythia, and crabapple (I think).

Monday, April 09, 2007

Saturday, April 07, 2007

It's snowing again

It usually happens that we get snow in Española at least once in April. It's a light snow right now, so I'll see where it goes. Often there will be snow in the mountains into June.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Artefacts

Pictures from when I was in a Museum in Mesa Verde last year. Mesa Verde is a park where there are ruins from pre-European American settlements. There is also a park very near my home town of Española, called Bandelier national monument, where you can actually climb into some of the old cave dwellings of native Americans, and view the ruins of their societies. When I was a kid I used to find pottery fragments and arrowheads at different sites that I visted or hiked on. These images below are very familiar to me, but for those who are unfamiliar with Native American artefacts from the Southwest these are probably totally new.
Arrowheads and the stone for grinding corn.
pottery



Wednesday, April 04, 2007

cuteness

Everybody probably knows this cutey :-) I was just at MrSikhnet.com and noticed that the one making her smile in this picture also put a bunch of cute pictures of her over there.
This is Shiv Anter Singh. He's so cute and is very well tempered.

Worth clicking

I've probably said it a thousand times, I love New Mexico!
Please click on this picture to make it larger.