I got an email from a Sikh who started a channel on youtube for learning kirtan. Here is the link: http://uk.youtube.com/learnkirtan
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
I've been trying to upload pictures from India for a while. I'm not sure why the pictures are ordered in the way they are. This is the first picture that showed up, in my latest India pictures. I still can't seem to upload half of them. But the pictures I took with my friend Parvinder Ji's camera were able to upload.
This is, of course, Takht Keshghar Sahib in Anandpur Sahib.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Into the earth I go,
to experience the universal flow.
To isolate myself from myself,
to meditate on myself as thyself.
Infinite within the finite,
finite within the infinite.
What is my condition that I miss you so much?
Within me, is WaheGuru's sweet touch.
The nine gates are focused elsewhere,
my mind and body they wish to share.
Myself, my soul, is shared with the five thieves,
they are the fall winds and I am the leaves.
Blown around with no regard,
leaving my mind and body scarred.
Did I invite the 5 thieves to rob from me?
They enter through the nine gates, says Guru Ji.
Even aware of the 9 gates, the thieves enter and exit as they please.
I could lock the body temple, but when I forget I may give away the keys.
I have yet to achieve simran, the constant remembrance,
as a human I am forgetful, and forget my essence.
My essence remains partially hidden behind the tenth gate,
I'm knocking on the door, I AM Prabhu, I will live in this state.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
"Barack Obama campaigned on a pledge to bring change to Washington. "I don't want to just end the war," he said early this year. "I want to end the mindset that got us into war." That is going to be very difficult if Obama employs a foreign policy team that was central to creating that mindset, before and during the presidency of George W. Bush."
This Is Change? 20 Hawks, Clintonites and Neocons to Watch for in Obama's White House
Monday, November 24, 2008
I can't believe I didn't post a single photo while I was in India. Now I'm home and back at work, and realized that I hardly blogged at all for the last month. Even though my camera was stolen I got some photos from others and I borrowed a camera for a little while as well. So hopefully pictures will be forthcoming. Many blessings to every one.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Sometime in the future I will share pictures of my India trip. For now I want to share two things that were sent to me via email.
2. Money and the Crisis of Civilization
As I walk the streets of Amritsar and I see trash everywhere, pollution out of control, poverty of the mind and in some cases poverty of motivation, as well as an abundance of material wealth with a few and an abundance of spiritual wealth with a few, I think to myself 'something's got to change soon.' We shouldn't fear change, we should embrace it, we should participate in it. Really our lifestyles now will determine our lifestyles in the future and the lifestyles of our children and generations. If we start living responsibly and sustainably we can be happy that way in the future as well :-)
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
I really like Anandpur Sahib. After all, it is the birthplace of the Khalsa which means it's my spiritual birthplace.
I still yearn to be in Amritsar which is where I plan to be in a few days. My friend Parvinder Singh Ji is lending me his camera so I should be getting some nice photos of the rest of my journey.
I've hardly been online and I just realized that several people have mailed me about visiting them. I hope I can read those mails and make it all happen.
I should have some cool updates in the near future with pictures :-)
Saturday, November 01, 2008
I haven't been online since Mumbai, but I hope anybody reading this has been over to Sikhnet or MrSikhnet to see the updates from Hazoor Sahib. I wanted to share a lot of amazing pictures that I took, but my camera was stolen in Nanded. I have some pictures that my friends took which I hope to put up later. Right now I'm in Delhi and in a few days I'll be in Anandpur Sahib and then in Amritsar. I hope to update my blog more including some photos in the near future. I'm enjoying my time here in India and am blessed that I have gotten this opportunity.
WaheGuru Ji Ka Khalsa, WaheGuru Ji Ki Fateh!
Friday, October 24, 2008
It feels like I took off yesterday and arrived last night, but it's been two days since I left the US. Right now I'm in Mumbai, later today I'm flying to Aurungabad and tomorrow we will be off to Hazoor Sahib.
I flew from Albuquerque to Chicago, then Chicago to Paris, then Paris to Mumbai. Chicago to Paris, wasn't a full flight so I had two seats to myself which was nice. The India flight was pretty full. I watched the movie "Jab we met." I thought it was pretty bad actually. I couldn't relate or really respect any of the people's actions. Any way I got to the hotel and meditated then slept. Then I woke up meditated again, checked out and am now at an internet cafe before I fly to Aurangabad. I bought a cell phone and minutes so if you're in India and reading this, then email me, firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll send you my number.
I hope to follow this post soon with pictures.
WaheGuru Ji Ka Khalsa, WaheGuru Ji Ki Fateh!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I wanted to put up at least a couple photos from our scenic train ride a couple weeks ago.
This is the scenic Cumbres and Toltec railroad which starts in the village of Chama in Northern New Mexico and goes into Southern Colorado and back.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
The rest of my pictures from my hike to Mt. Blanca are in my flickr account.
Hari Darshan Kaur Ji, looking at the valley 6,000 feet below, which was our starting point that day.
In the top left you can see the mountain that we were looking up at when we started our hike. It now looks like a dwarf.
Triangle in the sky, as we were driving home.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
In two weeks from today October 22, I'm going to India for a whole month. I'm first going to Hazoor Sahib for the BIG event! Then I'll mostly be in Punjab. I feel very blessed and am getting excited for the trip. If you are from India and read my blog, let me know, maybe we can meet :-)
The various colors of the water was cool.
Closer view of some of the colors.
We were getting pretty far up there. We had come a long long way at this point.
We still had a ways to go though.
Getting near the top, we could see the view on the other side of the mountains.
Monday, October 06, 2008
I have some great pictures from this weekend which I'd love to share, but I need to organize them and upload them. In the mean time I'll keep posting my pictures from when we hiked Mt. Blanca.
Somehow this waterfall still looks smaller than it is in this picture.
Gurprakash Singh Ji in the mountains.
Me posing - haha
Clean mountain spring water for free :-)
Making our way up the mountain.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
I have other pictures to post, but I don't have them organized yet, so for now, I'm continuing with my journey up another mountain :-)
I liked the reflections in this picture.
The peak in the distance is another 14er next to the one we did. The one we did still isn't yet visible from this point, this is about half way through the hike.
Getting closer to it.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
At this point we were higher than the peak we were looking at earlier. The one in the picture two posts earlier.
Looking towards one of the 3 14ers in the area.
We found a nice little waterfall that feeds into the lake. Later we filled up our water bottles from mountain springs/waterfalls.
Monday, September 29, 2008
We were there at the right time. It was raspberry season and I ate a lot of them.
An old time log cabin. Even the floor was made of logs. I figure this must be at least 100 years old, probably more.
This log seems to have been cut down with an axe. The rest probably were probably cut with a saw, but almost certainly not a chain saw. It must have been a lot of work to build the few cabins we saw that day.
Just chillin' Taking a little break after quite an incline. We were probably 1/4 of the way there.
Looks like a Jeep commercial. I could just imagine the commercial:
"The all new Jeep Behemoth, CRUSHES all nature beneath it. With a price tag of only thirty five thousand, plus 30 thousand in modifications. The engine, like all Jeeps, is guaranteed to crap out after about 50k miles, but those will be 50k miles of monstrous, gas-guzzling, nature-conquering power!" lol
Thursday, September 25, 2008
You wouldn't believe it, but the mountain in this picture later became like a little spec in the distance when we reached the top of Mt. Blanca. This hike was real long.
On the trail.
It was still early in the morning.
Starting to gain in elevation. Not yet realizing we weren't even 1/20th of the way there yet.
My friends that made it out with me. Gurprakash Singh Ji and Hari Darshan Kaur Ji.
Enjoying the view. It's good that I enjoyed it now, because when I saw this view again on the way down, I was totally wasted and only had enough will power to keep walking without really enjoying the view.
This was a really cool site. The shadows of the mountains down upon the valley below, which I believe is the San Luis Valley.
We reached the aspen belt and found a group of people camping Suburban-American style: drive instead of walk and lug all your junk including tv's and video games. At this point we were about 1/10th of the way there, but I believed we were probably 1/3 to 1/2 way. It really surprised me and the rest of us how long of a hike it was.