Quick Takeaways from Gurbani January 18, 2009Posted by simarprit in Golden Temple, Punjabis, Sikhism, Uncategorized.
Tags: Being a Sikh, Gurbani, Guru Granth Sahib, Religion, Sikh, Sikhism
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Here are some quick takeaways from Gurbani. They all lead to a good life.
In the beginning, the Lord created the Divine Light, And all mortals were His creation;
From the Divine Light spawned the universe, so who is good and who is bad?
As in Gurbani: Avval Allah noor upaya, Kudrat ke sab bande;
Ek Noor te sab jag upjaya, kou bhale kou mande.
The Truth existed in the Beginning, The Truth existed through the Ages;
The Truth exists now, and Nanak says that the Truth will exist in the future.
As in Gurbani:
Aad sach, Jugaad sach; Hai bhi Sach, Nanak hosee bhi Sach.
Oh Lord! Grant me this boon, that never shall I desist from doing noble deeds;
Nor while fighting the enemy should I ever be afraid, but with a firm resolve achieve victory.
As in Gurbani: Deh hai Shiva var mohe ehe, Shubh karman te kabhoon na taron;
Na daron ar seo jab chahe lado, Nischay kar apni jeet karon.
Teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji November 14, 2008Posted by simarprit in Punjabis, Sikhism.
Tags: Being a Sikh, Guru Nanak, Guru Nanak Dev, Nanak, Punjab, Religion, Sikh, Sikhism, Teachings
When you are born, and where you are born has a bearing on who you are and what you become. Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born in 1469, around that time – invasions, terror and blood-bath were leading to a large scale unrest in the pious land of five rivers.
Guru Sahib’s inherent nature of not accepting what was told and taught at its face value led him to evolve as an original spiritual thinker. He believed in listening, understanding and having first hand knowledge before expressing or forming his own opinion.
He listened to people of all faith and cultures.
He read extensively about the religion he was born in – Hinduism, and the dominant religion of the region Islam. He also studied Buddhism in depth.
He travelled widely to famed and acclaimed seats of learning of those times. Traveling towards the east he stayed at Haridwar, Varanasi, Kamrup in Assam and Jagananth Puri in Orissa and visited/ camped at many other important towns and schools of thought. His journey towards south of Punjab took him to temples and places of worship spread across the four states in the southern part of India and Sri Lanka. In his jtravels to north, north east and west of Punjab he covered the holy lands of Tibet, mainland China, Mecca (Saudi Arabia) and Baghdad (Iraq).
Guru Sahib desired a Sikh to- (Sikh – origin the Sanskrit word Shishya – Student)
believe in one God
do selfless worship at all times (not only in the time of need)
do service to humanity without any self interest
share and care, especially with those who are in need
earn an honest living by ensuring that no action leads to cheating or exploitation
shed all inequalities, rich – poor, men – women, higher caste – lower caste
be open to the view of others on all matters
practice brotherhood and not be self-centered
be not scared of death
Guru Nanak Dev Ji is also refered to as Baba Nanak or Nanak Shah. The currency of Empire of The Sikhs established by Maharaja Ranjit Singh was Nanakshahi
Guru Sahib passed away peacefully in 1539 at Kartarpur, his teachings are a way of life to millions of people all over the world.
Abhinav Bindra Wins Gold August 11, 2008Posted by simarprit in Blogging, India, News, News Reaction, Olympics, Punjabis, Sports.
Tags: Abhinav Bindra, Beijing Olympics, Bindra Wins, India, India Olympic, Indian Blog Writer, Olympic Gold Medals, Olympics, Shooting, Simarprit, Sports
Thank you Abhinav Bindra, you’ve broken the national record of India, of not winning an Olympic Gold in individualcategory since inception of Olympics. Abhinav Bindra wins gold is a news worth its weight in gold.
Twenty eight years is more than a generation, may be one and a half generation of going gold less in Olympics, somehow as a nation we have come to terms with the fact that “our focus is somewhere else”. Hockey use to be our only hope which got us all the Gold Medals we won at the Olympics till date. It is ironical that these are the first Olympic Games when India is not participating in Hockey as we failed to qualify for the same. So as a nation Abhinav Bindra has done us a big favor of making it less humiliating and making those of us who are still hooked on to Olympics 2008 see reason for the same.
If Abhinav Bindra can do it so can many others. Last Olympics it was Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore who won silver for us in Shooting in the Athens Olympics in 2004, so from Silver in shooting event to Gold medal we have moved ahead. With one Gold Medal in our kitty we are at-least sure that we would not be making the bottom of the medal tally for Beijing Olympics 2008. If we get one or two more medals we may make it to the Top 50 Sporting Nations. The second most populous nation in the world seeing it as an achievement to be in top 50 Sporting Nations of the world is a realistic statement on India’s Sporting focus. For us, as a nation, sports begin with cricket and end with cricket, and even in that we’ve not won a world cup for last 25 years.
More to come…