Monday, March 31, 2008

I really need to update my blog more often :-)

Right now I'm in the Albuquerque airport utilizing the free wireless they offer. I have to go to Denver for a week for work. Then this weekend I'm doing Bhangra in Bakersfield and on Sunday attending the Bhaisakhi in L.A. I'm pretty psyched about it all, it should be a nice weekend.
Hopefully the hotel will have free wireless and I can update my blog this week.
If you're in L.A. and happen to read this, I hope you'll greet me when you see me.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Soul Bride

What do we know about love?
especially when push comes to shove.
Under times of pressure,
how do we measure?

Do we show our commitment, our character, our grace?
Certainly! This is when we show our true face.
Some show a lack of grace, an empty character, and total flakiness.
Some show kindness, generosity, and strength without shakiness.

The Khalsa understands grace, the Khalsa understands purity.
The Khalsa lives by these, and knows these with surety.
There is no love without commitment,
The Khalsa knows this to a great extent.

We would give our life, before our values,
We love every bit of our sacred virtues.
That love shown to us by Guru Gobind Singh,
when he made each one of us a Queen and King,
is the love we must always strive for.
The love so deep there is nothing more.

If I know love, it is my experience of God and Guru,
That divine grace, everlasting and true.
Inspiring me to love each soul, no matter what,
creating a bond that can never be cut.

"All souls from one giver, may I never forget this."
Looking past other's faults, and living in bliss.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Unique place

Can anybody tell me where this place is? I will reveal it tomorrow (or the next day). I didn't get any responses to my last post (maybe nobody knows the answer?) so I'm hoping to get some guesses today :-) Oh yeah, the clues to guess where this is, are too easy and too obvious.

Mexico 2007-2008

Update:
This is in Taxco, in the state of Guerrero in the country of Mexico.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Question for the online sangat

There's something I've been wondering. It doesn't make any sense to me, and I was wondering if anybody else could explain it.
Often times I'll read a news article on Sikhnet News and I will read the comments afterwards. Most of the time, the stories are not written by Sikhnet, but are a reproduction of news in another location. With almost every story there will be comments (not just one!) where people are addressing their comments or questions directly at the people featured in the article. To me this is like asking an actor on the t.v. a question and expecting them to answer. Can anybody explain this phenomenon to me?

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Rest of Chichen Itza pictures

The rest of my Chichen Itza pictures are in my flickr account. It's a pretty spectacular place and I took a lot of photos.
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
Jaguar
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
Art
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
I don't often get to enjoy flowers in the winter time.
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
I heard a tour guide saying that every year at Spring break somebody gets pushed in here or falls in (from being drunk) and that people die sometimes.
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
This guy is pretty decked out.
Mexico 2007-2008
He has somebody's head
Mexico 2007-2008
Another Jaguar
Mexico 2007-2008
Imagine this is your sports field.
Mexico 2007-2008
And you have to hit a ball off of your hip or shoulder into this loop which is way above your head.
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
I was thinking about how cool it would be to play ultimate frisbee in such a cool place.
Mexico 2007-2008

Monday, March 10, 2008

Bowling

Last weekend I participated in a bowling event for charity. It was fun. I have some pictures at my flickr account.
bowling fundraiser
bowling fundraiser
Harpal Singh Ji is the president of the EspaƱola Rotary club who organized the event.
bowling fundraiser
During the raffle Gurujot Singh Ji won a tea pot.
bowling fundraiser
In the lane next to us, the kids were bowling :-)
bowling fundraiser
I don't think Harpal Singh Ji got to bowl he was busy with all his other duties, like running the raffle.
bowling fundraiser
bowling fundraiser
Mehtab Singh Ji and Manpreet Singh Ji were on the Akal Security team that also played.

I dubbed myself the king of 9's because I got so many 9s. You can almost get a strike or spare every time (i.e. 9) and still have a pretty low score. You really have to get the strikes and spares. I'm really not that good, I can still roll gutter balls, but if I concentrate I can usually get a few strikes and a lot of 9's. It was fun, we played 3 games.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

If you want it to snow...

If you want it to snow just have my friend Akal Singh Ji do his laundry. It seems to work every time - hehe.
Snow laundry
It had been pretty warm here lately, it was starting to feel like Spring, but inevitably we usually get some more cold weather and some more snow before Spring really starts going in the April time frame. This pictures is from last night.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

A few more pictures

I try to update my blog almost daily during the week, but when I get busy it can be difficult. I've been blogging a lot of pictures that I uploaded from my trip to Mexico. Here are a few more from Chichen Itza.
Mexico 2007-2008
This place kind of reminded me of the US Senate.
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008
Mexico 2007-2008

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Interesting comment

Here's a comment my brother wrote about a recent post on Gurumustuk Singh Ji's blog:

I hate to say it, but we’re not running out of oil anytime soon. Most people know me now as someone who is very green and keen to accept and promote sustainable alternatives in all areas of modern life. I do know, and have known for quite some time, the extent to which oil pervades our lives. Anybody here who eats non-organic food is heavily reliant upon oil for their food (they use petroleum derived pesticides and fertilizers to fight against nature which would otherwise happily give an abundant harvest if sustainable diversified practices were employed). Take into account the work that goes into harvesting and transport and both organic and non-organic agriculture is heavily reliant on petroleum. There is a potential for a very scary "crash" coming from a decrease in oil production and a much more competitive global market for the resource. If the current oil wells reach their peak shortly and the USA, China, India, Russia, or any other large super-power/potential super-power decides to become more aggressive in its pursuit of oil then we have a problem, especially as demand only continue to increase. But I guarantee you we will never run out of oil in our life times. A simple calculation based on the age of the earth and the years of organic life on earth will give you an idea of the vast vast amounts of oil that exist or can exist on this earth. Some of this oil exists in a form or place that is currently uneconomical to extract or too energy intensive (i.e. you’ll spend more energy extracting it then you’ll get from it in the end). But with the increased demand and increased price some of the techniques will become economical real soon. There is more oil in shale in a single Canadian province than in all of Saudi Arabia. Oil embedded in shale is one of the sources that will become economical soon. This isn’t a problem of resources or technology! This is a social, political and economic problem. It’s true that we do not have the current infrastructure to support a large shift away from oil dependence, but we do posses the technology that could get us there if the political and social will existed for it. We also posses the power to start leaving sustainablely and leave a healthy earth for our future generations. Some of this may involve making some sacrifices, which takes social will. But the sacrifices would be minimal considering there are still some people living on this planet as if they were in the dark ages, and we’d be able to keep our first world modern amenities, we’d just need to learn to share more and change our lifestyles and habits a bit. This problem can be whittled down to the same as all the other problems afflicting modern society, EDUCATION. When the powers at be decide they want to yank the carpet right out from under us, they’ll do it with ease if we’re ignorant. Meaning they raise the price of oil to such an extent that only the super wealthy can survive within the oil-dependent infrastructure we have in place. The rest of the people will become instantly dependant on others for food which they can’t afford, for heating in their house, for the means to transport to another place to look for better alternatives and for petroleum-derived medicines which they’ve become dependant upon due to their excessive and unhealthy diets or petroleum polluted environments. In this state of "survival" people will be cut-throat and they will not care if the elites pass laws which virtually enslave them and their heirs. The only hope anyone will have is to drop the greed which was installed by a consumeristic society and media, pool together equitably and not feudally and together build a solid sustainable infrastructure with a legal base that idealizes societal values and welfare above an individual’s (or corporation’s) freedom to become obscenely wealthy. But how will the common man know that they have the power to create an equitable society rather than be recruited by the nearest wealthy person’s feudal army? Education is the key.This may sound a little like socialism, and it may turn you off. If it does, ask yourself if you have a million dollars and if you think this’ll be enough to survive very long when gas costs $15 then $30 then $90 a gallon. Also ask if you’re a fan of the gun violence in Brazil or the kidnap-for-ransom racket in Mexico City. This is what happens when a society is stratified and only those with wealth have an education or opportunities.