Monday, July 30, 2007

Sometimes you just have to get your camera

I was looking at the sky (as I often do :-) as the sun was setting and I thought "I need to get my camera." This was a couple weeks ago.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

My weekend

First I spent some time in Albuquerque. Then I went to Gurdwara on Sunday.
Then I went to the lake.
The sky was awesome as usual.
I had a great time jumping off the cliffs and swimming through the lake.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Current "Sikh" politics

Thank WaheGuru that the Siri Guru Granth Sahib is so amazing and that we have uncorrupted access to the teachings of our Guru!
Wow, if you've never heard of Sikhs before, the following two articles would certainly turn you away for ever.
1. Kirtani who violated Hukamnama allowed on Dixie Gurdwara Stage
In the first article you'll read:
"Mehar Singh helped create a GOI sponsored group setup to rival the traditional Akhand Kirtani Jatha, known as the Prabandaki Panchain. This pro-Badal Panchain is now headed by ‘Deputy’ Baldev Singh, who is also spearheading SGPC’s Dharam Parchar Committee."
Also you'll read:
"According to the insider, the organizers said that Mehar Singh was elderly and deserved leniency, the wedding in 2004 took place because there was no gurudwara in Alabama, and the numerous attendees of the wedding sitting on chairs were “elderly.”"

Those who have political differences with this kirtani, even took it as far as writing the Akal Takht about his performing the Anand Karaj. Do people not have anything better to do with their time?


2. Former Sikh leader awaits bank heist sentence
The second article, is written by Kim Bolan of the Vancouver Sun, who makes Sikhs look bad in every article she writes. However, this one is particularly awful because of the truths behind it.
"For months, they did conditioning and paramilitary training that they planned to use in India. [Referring to the Khalistanis]
"We jumped out of vehicles going 40 kilometres an hour," he recalled. "I was also tortured, just to make sure I could take it.""

These macho idiots who tortured him and planned acts of violence later abandoned him because he showed a preference for tackling human rights issues in a peaceful way. His abandonment by the ever-friendly Khalistanis sent him into depression which is when he got into drugs.

WaheGuru, may I ever remain in the company of the holy and never find myself amongst those who tarnish the image of the Khalsa panth.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

A sunny day a few months ago

I thought this might provide a contrast to the summer heat.
This is a view of the Santa Fe Ski Basin (the high mountain peak in the distance). It may have been sunny that day, but I remember it was not warm. Please click on the pictures to enjoy them more.

I LOVE this shabad!!!!!

ਸਿਰੀਰਾਗੁ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ॥
Siree Raag, Fifth Mehl:

ਦੁਕ੍ਰਿਤ ਸੁਕ੍ਰਿਤ ਮੰਧੇ ਸੰਸਾਰੁ ਸਗਲਾਣਾ ॥
The whole world is engrossed in bad deeds and good deeds.

ਦੁਹਹੂੰ ਤੇ ਰਹਤ ਭਗਤੁ ਹੈ ਕੋਈ ਵਿਰਲਾ ਜਾਣਾ ॥੧॥
God's devotee is above both, but those who understand this are very rare. ||1||

ਠਾਕੁਰੁ ਸਰਬੇ ਸਮਾਣਾ ॥
Our Lord and Master is all-pervading everywhere.

ਕਿਆ ਕਹਉ ਸੁਣਉ ਸੁਆਮੀ ਤੂੰ ਵਡ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਸੁਜਾਣਾ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
What should I say, and what should I hear? O my Lord and Master, You are Great, All-powerful and All-knowing. ||1||Pause||

ਮਾਨ ਅਭਿਮਾਨ ਮੰਧੇ ਸੋ ਸੇਵਕੁ ਨਾਹੀ ॥
One who is influenced by praise and blame is not God's servant.

ਤਤ ਸਮਦਰਸੀ ਸੰਤਹੁ ਕੋਈ ਕੋਟਿ ਮੰਧਾਹੀ ॥੨॥
One who sees the essence of reality with impartial vision, O Saints, is very rare-one among millions. ||2||

ਕਹਨ ਕਹਾਵਨ ਇਹੁ ਕੀਰਤਿ ਕਰਲਾ ॥
People talk on and on about Him; they consider this to be praise of God.

ਕਥਨ ਕਹਨ ਤੇ ਮੁਕਤਾ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਕੋਈ ਵਿਰਲਾ ॥੩॥
But rare indeed is the Gurmukh, who is above this mere talk. ||3||

ਗਤਿ ਅਵਿਗਤਿ ਕਛੁ ਨਦਰਿ ਨ ਆਇਆ ॥
He is not concerned with deliverance or bondage.

ਸੰਤਨ ਕੀ ਰੇਣੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਦਾਨੁ ਪਾਇਆ ॥੪॥੨੬॥੯੬॥
Nanak has obtained the gift of the dust of the feet of the Saints. ||4||26||96||

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Pictures from last month

Earlier I posted some photos of when we did some Bhangra at a party for international guests. I didn't post any of my other photos from the party. It was in June before the summer solstice camp. There were people from all over the world.
There was a Mariachi group that performed.
Snatam Kaur Ji and jetha (Ram Das Singh Ji and Guru Ganesha Singh Ji) setting up to perform as well.
International guests enjoying a dance performance.
It was a nice evening all together.

A scene I came upon one time

Specifically, last May is when I was at this particular place.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Average Summer Evening

Taken near my house on an average day that ended with a spectacular sunset (which is common here in the summer time).

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

On the same note

Here are some more pictures of when I went to the amusement park in Albuquerque with my family.
My nephew, tired of the paparazzi I guess :-)
"Some day I'm going to ride the roller coaster behind me"
My brother was the paparazzi for a little while, he got like 6 photos of me holding my niece.
My nephew ready to ride.
"HI, I'm having fun."
I rode the kid rides also.
This ride was fun! Though my nephew didn't like it. He's only 3, but he's pretty brave. You're taken way up in the air and then you come down really fast and go around.
Here's the view from the top of the ride.
There's my sister with her son and daughter, my niece and nephew.
"While you guys went on that scary ride again, I got ice cream!"
"Me too :-), I also got ice cream (she doesn't talk yet, but that's what her expression said :-)"
"We're too short to ride the next ride, so we'll sit with our Aunt Sita and enjoy ice cream."

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

My niece

She's still as adorable as ever :-)

These are some pictures from when we went to the amusement park in Albuquerque.
Here she is on the Ferris Wheel.
With her Mataji and brother.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Friends and Family

I've put up a lot of pictures of landscapes, but not many pictures of people lately :-)
Here are a couple of random photos from around the summer solstice camp.
These are two of my friends from New York. Ravinder Singh Ji and Aditya Ji, they both came out for their first Summer Solstice Sadhana camp. I think they're planning to come back again.
The Sunday after the camp finished, there was a wedding. Here are some friends after the wedding. On the left is my brother Hari Singh Ji and his wife Sita Kaur Ji, they're ready to do Bhangra, which we did at the reception. Next is Mukande Kaur Ji, Gurujot Singh Ji (in the background) , Siri Dyal Kaur Ji, and Ravinder Singh Ji.
There are so many amazing people that come through here, it's almost hard to believe. WaheGuru!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

More in the series

I've been putting pictures up from when me and some friends went from solstice to the lake (the back way, through the mountains). Here are the last couple pictures approaching the lake and one picture at the lake, for good measure :-)


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Are you a child of the 80's?

Some of the questions in this quiz took me back years - lol. Some how I only came out 60% 80's even though I answered yes to most of the questions. There were a few things I didn't get into though.
http://www.blogthings.com/areyouachildofthe80squiz/

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Approaching the Lake

...and the views are still incredible.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Must Click

If you drive about 20 minutes past the solstice site you will see this view. If you click the picture you will fully appreciate it and you will notice the lake in the background. That's the same lake where we jump off the cliffs.
It's such a beautiful area, it's national forest land with very few people around to enjoy it. I love living in such a beautiful place and spending time in nature away from too many people. I feel very blessed.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

The Painted Sky

I should put more stuff on my blog, I just need to start earlier in the night. I thought at least I could put up a pretty picture tonight before going to sleep.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

One evening at solstice


Part of the temporary infrastructure on the mountain during the Summer Solstice Camp.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Maybe 20 minutes from where I live

Went on a hike on a beautiful day.


Articles

An excellent article on Sikhchic.com:
The Spin-Doctors Are At It Again
This article was posted amongst a couple other new articles on SikhChic relating to the achievements of two Indian "Sikh" men.
Sikh-Aussie Named Top Inventor
Canada's First Sikh Chief of Police
I still feel the same as I did when I wrote the following article:
Thoughts about achievement
I see no point as a Sikh to celebrate the accomplishments of individuals as a Sikh accomplishment, unless that accomplishment is associated with the Sikh identity. Any individual without the Sikh identity, will remain as an individual, and thier accomplishments will never be associated with Sikhs. Greatness associated with turbans will be associated with all Sikhs. Greatness by the above two individuals may be associated with Indians, but they will never be associated with all Sikhs. Their accomplishments may be chic, but they are not Sikh.