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 :-)
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
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
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 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.
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.
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
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
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
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&amp;amp;amp;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
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
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
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
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
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
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.