Friday, February 29, 2008

"Usually it's March by now"

I made this rather absurd statement to my brother today, since February 29th is the only day which you could really say such a thing.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A couple more

I have a lot of photos of Chichen Itza that I want to share. Here are a couple more to start with.
It's definitely more spectacular in the day time.
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008

If you're still curious

If you're still curious why I don't particularly favor the Khalistan movement, then please read the following article:
Singh vs. Singh
I know it's a bit dated, but I just found it and I think it perfectly summarizes the type of people that I've met and interacted with who support Khalistan.
Before everybody jumps on my back, let me be clear, I don't support the GOI and I absolutely think that something needs to be done in Punjab and for the Punjabi people who have suffered greatly. However, the methods of these feudalistic neanderthals is not the answer.
If you think you're supporting Khalistan and you're not linked with these people involved in drugs and arms and terrorism, I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but it's widespread throughout the movement.
Since most Punjabi people and most Sikhs are not feudalistic neanderthals I'm sure there is a productive solution. Guru Nanak never intended for Sikhs to separate themselves from any one, that is the central message of the Sikh Dharma. That is why the first words in the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, our living Guru, our guide for life, is "Ek Ong Kar," there is one God and we are all a part of that.
If you think you have some bit of information that I don't know, and you want to educate me more about Khalistan, I'm sorry to say, but I haven't heard anything new in years and I've investigated a LOT.
I think it is the feudal mindset of these people that really gets to me the most. How they threaten me and call me a traitor ("If you're not with us, you're against us" - feudal mentality) because I don't support violence and ill-conceived plans.
If you can gain Khalistan through a completely peaceful movement and you can treat all humans with dignity in the process, believe me I'll jump on board. As long as the youth are still recruited through divisive methods, through stirring anger in the hearts of others, through planting seeds of mistrust and hatred towards Hindus, Muslims, etc. then I will avoid the movement like the plague. Believe me, I'm sick of these guys labelling me and "my people" (whatever that is) and threatening me and then acting as the moral authority of the universe and telling me what is right and wrong. "You can't put your kirpan to the side when you're showering, but it's okay to fight other Sikhs with it inside the Gurdwara, so long as it is for Khalistan." "You can't question Khalistan or you're a traitor and we'll kill you, afterall we have that authority we are perfect, puratan, sarbloh-bibayk, Amrit-Dhari Sikhs."
I'm sorry to those I offended, I'm sure you can tell from my writing that I've been deeply offended and I'm using some sarcasm to express it.
If you read this article and hate me, then I ask you to reflect and see why hatred (one of the five thieves) has been allowed to enter your heart and mind. If you think we can't be friends because I "oppose" Khalistan, then it's time to get out of the feudal mindset. Afterall, I said that I would jump on board under certain circumstances, which include treating all people with dignity. Meaning if you can't tolerate another Sikh, I don't know how you're ever going to tolerate the vast majority of the world who think differently than you.
"Nanak Naam Chardi Kala Tayray Bhanay Sarbat Da Bhala"
WaheGuru Ji Ka Khalsa, WaheGuru Ji Ki Fateh!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

My first view of Chichen Itza

One of the new wonders of the world is Chichen Itza in Mexico. My first view of the place was at night when they do a light show.
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008

It turned out to look a lot cooler in the day time. I'll have those pictures in the future. I literally have hundreds of photos from here.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

4 year old photograher

My nephew took these pictures of me and my niece. He's pretty talented for only being 4. He can't seem to hold the camera completely still, but he does pretty good :-)
Vela
me and Vela

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Flying

These two photos sort of make me feel like I'm flying. Also it feels like I'm flying in a different dimension (a dimension I enter each October).
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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I've gotten lazy with my blogging

Here are some more pictures from Ek Balam as I promised earlier.
The rest are at my flickr account.
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
I think my brother inspired me to jump around some as well.
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
There were some intricate carvings there as well.
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
A seemingly yet to be uncovered pyramid.
Mexico 2007-2008
From the top.
Mexico 2007-2008
Don't hug this tree.
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
Just chillin'
Mexico 2007-2008
Don't forget to check out the rest in my flickr account.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines to everybody!

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ਜਉ ਤਉ ਪ੍ੇਮ ਖੇਲਣ ਕਾ ਚਾਉ ॥
Ja­o ṯa­o parėm kẖėlaṇ kā cẖā­o.
If you desire to play this game of love with Me,

ਸਿਰੁ ਧਰਿ ਤਲੀ ਗਲੀ ਮੇਰੀ ਆਉ ॥
Sir ḏẖar ṯalī galī mėrī ā­o.
then step onto My Path with your head in hand.

ਇਤੁ ਮਾਰਗਿ ਪੈਰੁ ਧਰੀਜੈ ॥
Iṯ mārag pair ḏẖarījai.
When you place your feet on this Path,

ਸਿਰੁ ਦੀਜੈ ਕਾਣਿ ਨ ਕੀਜੈ ॥੨੦॥
Sir ḏījai kāṇ na kījai. ||20||
give Me your head, and do not pay any attention to public opinion. ||20||

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

We did see a lot of cool ruins

When we were in Mexico we saw all sorts of amazing ruins. This is from a place called Ek Balam. These are just a few pictures, later I'll put more.
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
There has to be some adventure :-) Even if it's not a far jump, it's deep, so you definitely have to make it. That's my brother Hari Singh Ji.
Mexico 2007-2008
This is all you see, when you're at the top of the ruins. You can hardly even see the road you came in on.
Mexico 2007-2008
In this picture is Sat Gurprasad Kaur Ji, and Patty Ji, who hosted us in Cancun. She let us stay at her place and use her car all the time, it was awesome. That's how we saw so much.
Mexico 2007-2008
Here are Hari Singh Ji and Sita Kaur Ji, at the top of the tallest pyramid there.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Different Cenotes

These are pictures from a different Cenote. This one was underground.
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
Those are roots from a tree.
Mexico 2007-2008
It looks like I was underwater when I took this, but I was above water.
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
The tree whose roots go to the water.
Mexico 2007-2008
The tree from up above.
Mexico 2007-2008
Looking down from the tree.
Mexico 2007-2008
Going down.
Mexico 2007-2008
There were some electric lights down there, but there was one other smaller hole that let in natural light.
Mexico 2007-2008
Above ground we found a well built around the smaller hole.
Mexico 2007-2008
Where we entered.

Again, there are more pictures at my flickr account.

Pretty cool dude

Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Into the caves

We also went into some caves in Mexico that were once used in religious ceremonies and contained artifacts from the past.
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
There were also some bats :-)
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
There was some water down there as well.
Mexico 2007-2008
And for the tourist, there was a walkway and lights. They broadcast information about the caves in English and Spanish, but the speakers were awful and the broadcast wasn't comprehensible.

There are a couple more pictures at my flickr account.