Friday, June 29, 2007

Contrast

Same Guy -
Singing about Guru Nanak:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2fes1bPTV4&mode=related&search=
Celebrating Guns, Environmental destruction, Consumerism:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeCFObAwJrg&mode=related&search=
I don't understand the words, but both videos are really stupid, I totally wasted my time seeing them (though I didn't watch the second one all the way through). The first one might have inspirational lyrics (I don't know) but the theme is really dumb. When did Dharma (righteous living) get replaced with meaningless rituals? The message I take from the videos is that it's okay to live a disgusting life, as long as you pray and wear a turban when you want something.

Here's a nicer video:

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Some Bhangra photos

For a few years GuruBachan Singh Ji and GuruBachan Kaur Ji have hosted a party at their house for international guests that are visiting for the summer events. We did some Bhangra at that party. This was the day before the Peace Prayer Day event that kicks off the Summer Solstice Sadhana camp. We also did Bhangra that day (a different dance though).


In the background is the host GuruBachan Singh Ji.
We just worked out this ending a few minutes earlier. It turned out pretty good.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Birthday Party

I really haven't updated my blog in a while. These are pictures from the birthday party of mine and my brother's (already over two weeks ago).

We started by singing some kirtan. Thanks to Gurujot Singh Ji and Siri Chand Singh Ji who did the kirtan.
We had some shabad sheets for people to sing along.
Shiv Anter Singh Ji looking at his brother.
Sahib Singh Ji taking a picture of his brother (above).
Birthday song, courtesy of Ek Ong Kar Kaur Ji.
There was a little bit of rain so a tent was put over the food.
Veggie burgers, shish kebabs, pitas and humus.
'I fell asleep on my uncle Lakhmi Chand Singh Ji's shoulder, but it's time for me to go home.'
Just chillin' probably joking about something or another.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Constant Meditation

If not in my regular life, at least during the Summer Solstice camp, I am reminded of God at every moment by everything. After a whole day of meditation I took a walk and did Rehiras on this sacred land under this beautiful sky. WaheGuru!

Completely Forgot

I completely forgot to update my blog lately, even though I've checked the blogs of others. I'll try to update tonight with some nice pictures :-)

Monday, June 18, 2007

Okay, so I can at least update once this week

If you came to Solstice also, you might enjoy this view as well.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Sat'Naam Ji

I just wanted to let everybody know that I probably won't be updating my blog for about a week because I'll be at the Summer Solstice camp. I'm totally excited about a week full of yoga and meditation, and sangat!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Cool Formation

Last month after ishnaan seva one Sunday morning I came out to the car and saw this pattern on the roof of my car.
I thought it was pretty cool, so I pulled out my camera and here are some results.

Passive Solar

These days we build houses to waste resources (specifically fossil fuels) when heating them. But about 700 years ago there were some people living in the Southwest (US) that utilized passive solar.
They built into caves where the walls facing out, received the most sunlight in the winter months.


They have good thermal mass, but about insulation... Probably they didn't figure that out yet.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Wow, thanks everybody.

I didn't even mention that today is my birthday and I got two comments saying happy birthday to me. Thanks :-)


One year older,
in this place holder.
This body temple of mine,
where resides the soul divine.

Eight point four million lifetimes to reach this place,
Twenty Seven years of Sikh Dharma in this time and space.
What better place to be than here and now?
The best that Karma will allow.

My head belongs to the Guru,
my life has meaning.
I serve the one who is ever true,
my soul is cleaning.

The filth of past deeds may be washed away,
by the grace of the Guru, when we pray.
Calling God's sweet name we neutralize pain and strife,
and attain grace for all the years of our life.



It's also my brother's birthday :-)
Happy Birthday Bhai Hari Singh Khalsa Ji!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Rest of my Yuba City pictures

Pammi Bai on stage singing and dancing.
Pictures of some of the crowds.

This girl was so cute and she was really curious to see my brother and I across from her, she kept staring. It's cute when little kids stare :-)
As we were leaving the event, some parts of the fairground were not jam packed.
More of the crowds near the main stage.
They had things for kids to jump on and play on in this area, earlier in the day.
Leaving from the Sacremento airport, on a direct flight to Albuquerque.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Important development

Sikhs take French turban ban to European human rights court
http://www.unitedsikhs.org/PressReleases/PRSRLS-08-06-2007-00.htm
I pray that the European's understand that it is a fundamental human right to exercise your religion freely.
Even with all the problems that America faces and our corrupt politicians, I thank God that I live in the most diverse society, where it's absolutely socially unacceptable to practice bigotry. Here we talk about a diverse society and the freedom of religion - in France they pass legislation against it.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

More pictures from my Yuba City trip

Some of the crowds at the festival.
Some people doing Bhangra in the crowd, while the main at was on stage.
More of the audience doing bhangra.
The main performer, Pammi Bai. I wasn't familiar with him, but I met him back stage and he said that we did very good bhangra. Later I found out that he's pretty famous. Actually I just found out that I had seen his video about the pagri, a few weeks back, so I should have known who he was.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Never Forget

In God we trust, in God we must dwell.
Forget politicians and the lies they tell.
The Indian government comes straight from hell.
For a few rupees - their soul, they will sell.

Twenty three years later, and who's in Punjab?
The same criminals, the government and the mob.
The corrupt police, the corrupt 'Sikh' leadership.
holding onto their power with an ever tighter grip.

What have we learned, what will our response be?
will we react and be macho, stupid, and angry?
Will we yell and scream about an ill-defined country?
Or will we quitely gain power through the perfect bani?

They know that they cannot defeat us, that's why they attack,
they're afraid of our purity, something they totally lack.
Our purity belongs to WaheGuru, so too does victory,
by the grace of God we live in Dharma, not depravity.

We are the Khalsa, and we shall totally rule.
Don't be manipulated, don't be a fool.
We are not bound to a small piece of land,
the infinite is within us, we must understand.

Dirty politics and fanatic behaviors,
belong elsewhere, they're not our saviors.
We have all the power of the universe within,
refining ourselves is where we should begin.

Bana, Bani, Seva, and Simran
with these, we shall always win.
Let us remember WaheGuru, and we shall be set.
Let it be WaheGuru that we never forget.
Let it be WaheGuru that we never forget.
Let it be WaheGuru that we never forget.

Monday, June 04, 2007

More from Yuba City

Here I am with Jasbir Singh Kang Ji and my brother Hari Singh Khalsa Ji. I nick named Jasbir Singh Ji "Mr. Yuba City" because he's really active there and every time I've read a news article relating to Sikhs coming from Yuba City, he is mentioned or quoted.
View from the side of the stage, of another troupe performing.
Some people who sat to the side of the stage, mostly people who helped organize or were in the program in some way.
Another troupe getting ready to perform.


I have more pictures that I want to share, but upload speeds are slow and I have to go to sleep. So more tomorrow.

Pictures from a year ago

These are pictures from when I visited Mesa Verde (in Southern Colorado) last May.
These are the ruins of Native American cave dwellers.
Wild horses.
An area recovering from a forest fire.