Thursday, August 30, 2007

Guess what I'm doing for Labor Day Weekend

It shouldn't be too hard to guess. A lot of other Americans are doing the exact same thing. I'm leaving early Friday so I won't update my blog again until maybe late Monday or late Tuesday. I should have plenty of material though :-)

Medium Sized Flower

Small Flower

Tiny Flower

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

From the Forest

Near the wild raspberries I found these berries.

An interesting mushroom that I found. It reminds me of Super Mario.
It didn't come from a box with a question mark on it, and I didn't try to eat it to get bigger.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Can be seen

It can be seen why this is called Battleship Rock.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Scenes at Bandelier

Bandelier National Monument
Bambi and family :-)


Reconstructed adobe structure built into the side of the mountain, showing how the former dwellings looked.
Former settlement.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Pictures

I uploaded several photos yesterday, but not on my blog. Check the SEVA blog for some more pictures from our outing during our Sikh youth camp.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Sikh Youth Camp 2007

A lot of people don't know that S.E.V.A. hosted a Sikh Youth Camp after the Jaap Sahib camp in Española. We only had 6 official participants, but we had several people join us for our different activities. It was really awesome. We hope in the future to do something bigger and better. This is a picture of the group when we went on an outing.

Disturbing Propaganda

This article starts by attributing words to Guru Gobind Singh, which are not his!
Be aware of people who try to twist Gurbani and use Kachi Bani to put forth their narrow minded opinions.
http://www.sikhroots.com/spl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=84&Itemid=27
Bibek means, discerning intellect, so that we know what's right and wrong. Discrimination against people is completely against our way of life.
Guru Gobind Singh said: "maanas kee jaat sabai ayk pahichanbo"
Meaning that all human beings are recognized as the same.

There are some groups of 'Sikhs' who use the term bibek to encourage discrimination against those who haven't received Amrit. They even kick people out of langar preparations! These narrow minded fanatics hate and discriminate. Even though they may dress like Sikhs, if they don't inspire you, then don't believe them. Sikhs inspire all those who they come in contact with.
The food of these fanatics would have the blood of innocents, the people they've discriminated against, like Malik Bhago. Those who are humble and honest whether or not they receive Amrit are like Bhai Lalo, whose food is pure.

Disclaimer: some people are taught this and don't know any better. Still every Sikh should know not to attribute words to the Guru that are not his.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

God loves me


How else can I explain how blessed I am?

Monday, August 20, 2007

Perspective


Here and there


These aren't giant pine needles, it's a really small mushroom :-)

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Friends

I was putting some pictures up from a trip to the mountains a few weeks ago. Here is who all went :-)
Me (I tied that turban after swimming without a mirror, it came out pretty good :-), Jagdeep Singh Ji, Harpreet Singh Ji (two brothers visiting from England), Akal Singh Ji, Hargobind Singh Ji, Suraj Kaur Ji.
This is where we were jumping.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Message from the Guru

ਬੇਦੁ ਬਾਦੁ ਨ ਪਾਖੰਡੁ ਅਉਧੂ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਸਬਦਿ ਬੀਚਾਰੀ ॥੧੯॥
Bėḏ bāḏ na pakẖand a­oḏẖū gurmukẖ sabaḏ bīcẖārī. ||19||
This true hermit does not enter into religious debates or hypocrisy; the Gurmukh contemplates the Shabad. ||19||

ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਜੋਗੁ ਕਮਾਵੈ ਅਉਧੂ ਜਤੁ ਸਤੁ ਸਬਦਿ ਵੀਚਾਰੀ ॥੨੦॥
Gurmukẖ jog kamāvai a­oḏẖū jaṯ saṯ sabaḏ vīcẖārī. ||20||
The Gurmukh practices Yoga - he is the true hermit; he practices abstinence and truth, and contemplates the Shabad. ||20||

ਸਬਦਿ ਮਰੈ ਮਨੁ ਮਾਰੇ ਅਉਧੂ ਜੋਗ ਜੁਗਤਿ ਵੀਚਾਰੀ ॥੨੧॥
Sabaḏ marai man mārė a­oḏẖū jog jugaṯ vīcẖārī. ||21||
One who dies in the Shabad and conquers his mind is the true hermit; he understands the Way of Yoga. ||21||

Full shabad at: http://www.srigranth.org/servlet/gurbani.gurbani?Action=KeertanPage&K=907&L=17&id=38958

I can definitely learn from the first line, because I've entered 'religious debates.' I've made the mistake of debating, but usually my initial purpose is to provide a perspective that other's may not know about. Sometimes I feel like the voice of reason is being stifled or false propaganda is being spread and I enter a "discussion." When it turns into a debate I fall in the trap of defending "my" point of view. I'm sure my ego has come into play sometimes. I think in the future I will join discussions, but if my point is not valued, I won't defend it or debate about it.
We'll see how it goes.

Guru Amardas also says (ang 124):
ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਗਾਵੈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਨਾਚੈ ਹਰਿ ਸੇਤੀ ਚਿਤੁ ਲਾਵਣਿਆ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
Gurmukẖ gāvai gurmukẖ nācẖai har sėṯī cẖiṯ lāvaṇi­ā. ||1|| rahā­o.
The Gurmukhs sing, the Gurmukhs dance, and focus their consciousness on the Lord. ||1||Pause||

Full shabad at: http://www.srigranth.org/servlet/gurbani.gurbani?Action=KeertanPage&K=124&L=19&id=5089


Guru Nanak has stated: "The Gurmukh practices Yoga"
Guru AmarDas has stated: "The Gurmukhs sing, the Gurmukhs dance"

I can already imagine all the people telling me I've taken it out of context. I provided links to the shabads where these quotes come from, so they can be understood in context. Within the context of the shabads I believe these statements can stand alone.

I highly recommend reading both shabads completely. Of course I would recommend anybody to read more Gurbani :-) The first shabad describes several things that I wouldn't have understood without having studied yoga.
We really have such an amazing Dharma and the Siri Guru Granth Sahib is filled with treasures that we barely understand or fully appreciate. The Guru has blessed us immensely.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A gift from nature

Is that a wild raspberry I see?
Off the beaten path there was an abundance of these gifts. They were tasty, and definitely non-GMO.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

This is the place for frolicking :-)

If you've never frolicked before, but would like to, I'll give you directions to this place.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Two in a row

We encountered a little rain last Saturday on our hike to jump off the cliffs.
Click on these pictures to enjoy them more.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Outside of Albuquerque

The Sandia Mountain range outside of Albuquerque. Click on the pictures to fully appreciate them.

I went to pick up two really nice brothers from England who came for the Jaap Sahib course. They've since left :-) This picture is way outside of Albuquerque, up in the mountains, where we went the day after they arrived. They both did well at that elevation.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Flowers and their friends



Khalsa Mahima

A must read.
Khalsa Mahima

Today this line speaks greatly to me:
ਖ਼ਾਲਸਾ ਮੇਰੋ ਪਛ ਅਰ ਪਾਤਾ ॥
Khalsa is my ancestry and my future

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

More from the same day

After we visited Bandelier National Monument a few weeks back, we went further up into the mountains to go to some hot springs.
We were driving by a popular picnic/climbing area and saw some Sikhs climbing, so we stopped to say hi. I felt like climbing, so I went on the rock.
Up in the mountains, Here is Dharam Pal Singh Ji who set up the ropes.
When we got to the place where the springs are, we found this friend.
Right near the springs was this field of super bright orange flowers.

Monday, August 06, 2007

More nature

Going up. On our way to one of the important religious kivas located at Bandelier.
A friend that came to visit us.
Being unique is excellent.
Sharing the beauty within.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Nature

A cactus that has taken residence in a place that may be difficult for others.
I wonder what kind of butterfly this will turn into?

Friday, August 03, 2007

More from our outing a few weeks ago

Ruins of an ancient city.
chillin
Hanging out in the cave dwellings. The tenants moved out over 700 years ago.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Went on an outing

It started out with somebody genuinely reading the map, but it turned into a photo op :-)
Deva Singh Khalsa Ji, Mr. Cool.
I'm not exactly sure how this shot was taken, I think I was trying to get a photo of somebody and they pointed my camera at me.
You can see the start of a Kiva in front of them. This is a historical site (National Monument) near Española which has ruins of the Anasazi. Kivas were used for religious ceremonies. This is just the remnants of one. These ruins are as much as a 1000 years old.
We're well represented in this group. We have people from USA, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Argentina.