Thursday, January 31, 2008

Giani Amolak Singh Ji & Bhai Amolak Singh Ji Kirtan Video 3/3...

(By my Brother)

We uploaded a kirtan video of Giani Amolak Singh Ji (GASJ) and Bhai Amolak Singh Ji (Australia, playing the tabla). This video was taken on 21st January 2001 at Sydney, Australia. The shabad is "mohi paradhaesan dhoor thae aaee". This Shabad is by Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Raag Gauree on Pannaa 204. Giani Ji does sing other shabads aswell in these videos. This video is the last ten minutes of the shabad. The meaning of the shabad is shown below.

kvn gun pRwnpiq imlau myrI mweI ]1] rhwau ]
kavan gun praanapath milo maeree maaee 1 rehaao
By what virtues can I meet the Lord of life, O my mother? 1 Pause

rUp hIn buiD bl hInI moih prdysin dUr qy AweI ]1]
roop heen budhh bal heenee mohi paradhaesan dhoor thae aaee 1
I have no beauty, understanding or strength; I am a stranger, from far away. 1

nwihn drbu n jobn mwqI moih AnwQ kI krhu smweI ]2]
naahin dharab n joban maathee mohi anaathh kee karahu samaaee 2
I am not wealthy or youthful. I am an orphan - please, unite me with Yourself. 2

Kojq Kojq BeI bYrwgin pRB drsn kau hau iPrq iqsweI ]3]
khojath khojath bhee bairaagan prabh dharasan ko ho firath thisaaee 3
Searching and searching, I have become a renunciate, free of desire. I wander around, searching for the Blessed Vision of God's Darshan. 3

dIn dieAwl ik®pwl pRB nwnk swDsMig myrI jlin buJweI ]4]
dheen dhaeiaal kirapaal prabh naanak saadhhasa(n)g maeree jalan bujhaaee 4
God is Compassionate, and Merciful to the meek; O Nanak, in the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, the fire of desire has been quenched. 4

Monday, January 28, 2008

Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaaj Pt 1 of 2...

(By my Brother)

This year has a very special Anniversary for Sikhs, on the 20th October (we think), it will be the 300th Anniversary of the Guru Gadi of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaaj. Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaaj is the expanded version of Sri Adi Granth and installed as the forever living Guru of Sikhs in 1708 by Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaaj.

These pictures show Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaaj in their original form. If you look closely, you can see all the Gurbani is linked together, and not separated. It takes a dedicated, trained person to read the Gurbani in this form.

These Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaajs are all handwritten. It takes a dedicated, greatly skilled person to write the Gurbani. Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaajs are printed at Gurudwara Ramsar in Amritsar. These pictures were taken at the Smagam in Nairobi, Africa Decemeber 2007.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

‘Kericho Wagon Works’ Pt 1 of 2

(By my Brother)
"Sant Baba Puran Singh Ji placed strong emphasis on the Sikh principle of 'gristi jeevan', living the life of a householder, will all its responsibilities to the family and society, rather than choosing a reclusive life of meditation. Sant Baba Puran Singh Ji emigrated to Kenya in 1916 and spent a total of forty-seven years in Kericho itself, where Baba Ji set up ‘Kericho Wagon Works’. There Baba Ji focussed on earning a livelihood, being a father to his family and helping others in the town, notably through municipal improvement schemes, such as the renovation of hospitals, schools and churches. In recognition of Baba Ji civic contributions, the town square was named Sant Puran Singh Square.

The spacious and monumental Gurudwara, which has become a stunning architectural landmark in the region, envelopes Baba Puran Singh Ji’s modest family residence as well as workshop – the ‘Kericho Wagon Works’ – which is still operating 79 years on since it was founded in 1925. The site has been gazetted by the Government of Kenya as a place of spiritual significance."
Info taken from sikh websites.

Below are some pics of one of the Wagons which were made.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Bhai Ajit Singh Ji Interview - Team Fauja

(By my Brother)

Below are two very short video Interviews with Bhai Ajit Singh Ji, a Sikh Marathon Runner. These videos are in punjabi (Language spoken) and some English. These Interviews was filmed after the Edinburgh Marathon in Scotland. The questions were asked by Bhai Davinder Singh Ji in 2007. Hes around 74 in this interview. Not many people know this but hes a more accomplished Marathon Runner than Bhai Fauja Singh Ji, having run more marathons & been running for many more years than Bhai Fauja Singh Ji. Which is a great Achievement.

Hes part of "Team Fauja", which recently completed a world record by running and completing a full marathon relay at the Edinburgh Marathon (26.2 miles). The combined age was 394, and consists of five senior members. They are Bhai Fauja Singh Ji, from London aged 96, Bhai Amreek Singh Ji from Glasgow aged 70, Bhai Karnail Singh Ji from Glasgow aged 76, Bhai Ajit Singh Ji from Huddersfield aged 74 and Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Ji from Gravesend in Kent aged 73.

Video 1

Video 2

Thursday, January 10, 2008

1st Ever Hukamnama at Sri Harmandir Sahib...

(By my Brother)

The picture (Artist Impression) below shows the 1st time Sri Adi Granth was taken to Sri Harmandir Sahib. Baba Budha Ji is carrying Sri Adi Granth Ji on his head, while Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji Maharaaj is doing Chor Sahib Seva behind Baba Ji.

Sri Adi Granth was installed in Sri Harmandir Sahib on 16th October 1604. Baba Budha Ji in the presence of Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji Maharaaj read the first Hukamnama below. The first Hukamnama now in S G G S J Page 783-784.

sUhI mhlw 5 ]

sMqw ky kwrij Awip KloieAw hir kMmu krwvix AwieAw rwm ]
The Lord Himself has stood up to resolve the affairs of the Saints; He has come to complete their tasks.

Driq suhwvI qwlu suhwvw ivic AMimRq jlu CwieAw rwm ]
The land is beautiful, and the pool is beautiful; within it is contained the Ambrosial Water.

AMimRq jlu CwieAw pUrn swju krwieAw sgl mnorQ pUry ]
The Ambrosial Water is filling it, and my job is perfectly complete; all my desires are fulfilled.

jY jY kwru BieAw jg AMqir lwQy sgl ivsUry ]
Congratulations are pouring in from all over the world; all my sorrows are eliminated.

pUrn purK Acuq AibnwsI jsu vyd purwxI gwieAw ]
The Vedas and the Puraanas sing the Praises of the Perfect, Unchanging, Imperishable Primal Lord.

Apnw ibrdu riKAw prmysir nwnk nwmu iDAwieAw ]1]
The Transcendent Lord has kept His promise, and confirmed His nature; Nanak meditates on the Naam, the Name of the Lord. 1

nv iniD isiD iriD dIny krqy qoit n AwvY kweI rwm ]
The Creator has given me the nine treasures, wealth and spiritual powers, and I do not lack anything.

Kwq Krcq iblCq suKu pwieAw krqy kI dwiq svweI rwm ]
Eating, spending and enjoying, I have found peace; the gifts of the Creator Lord continually increase.

dwiq svweI inKuit n jweI AMqrjwmI pwieAw ]
His gifts increase and shall never be exhausted; I have found the Inner-knower, the Searcher of hearts.

koit ibGn sgly auiT nwTy dUKu n nyVY AwieAw ]
Millions of obstacles have all been removed, and pain does not even approach me.

sWiq shj Awnµd Gnyry ibnsI BUK sbweI ]
Tranquility, peace, poise and bliss in abundance prevail, and all my hunger is satisfied.

nwnk gux gwvih suAwmI ky Acrju ijsu vifAweI rwm ]2]
Nanak sings the Glorious Praises of his Lord and Master, whose Glorious Greatness is wonderful and amazing. 2

ijs kw kwrju iqn hI kIAw mwxsu ikAw vycwrw rwm ]
It was His job, and He has done it; what can the mere mortal being do?

Bgq sohin hir ky gux gwvih sdw krih jYkwrw rwm ]
The devotees are adorned, singing the Glorious Praises of the Lord; they proclaim His eternal victory.

gux gwie goibMd And aupjy swDsMgiq sMig bnI ]
Singing the Glorious Praises of the Lord of the Universe, bliss wells up, and we are friends with the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy.

ijin audmu kIAw qwl kyrw iqs kI aupmw ikAw gnI ]
He who made the effort to construct this sacred pool - how can his praises be recounted?

ATsiT qIrQ puMn ikirAw mhw inrml cwrw ]
The merits of the sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage, charity, good deeds and immaculate lifestyle, are found in this sacred pool.

piqq pwvnu ibrdu suAwmI nwnk sbd ADwrw ]3]
It is the natural way of the Lord and Master to purify sinners; Nanak takes the Support of the Word of the Shabad. 3

gux inDwn myrw pRBu krqw ausqiq kaunu krIjY rwm ]
The treasure of virtue is my God, the Creator Lord; what Praises of Yours should I sing, O Lord?

sMqw kI bynµqI suAwmI nwmu mhw rsu dIjY rwm ]
The prayer of the Saints is, ""O Lord and Master, please bless us with the supreme, sublime essence of Your Name.""

nwmu dIjY dwnu kIjY ibsru nwhI iek iKno ]
Please, grant us Your Name, grant us this blessing, and do not forget us, even for an instant.

gux gopwl aucru rsnw sdw gweIAY Anidno ]
Chant the Glorious Praises of the World-Lord, O my tongue; sing them forever, night and day.

ijsu pRIiq lwgI nwm syqI mnu qnu AMimRq BIjY ]
One who enshrines love for the Naam, the Name of the Lord, his mind and body are drenched with Ambrosial Nectar.

ibnvMiq nwnk ieC puMnI pyiK drsnu jIjY ]4]
Prays Nanak, my desires have been fulfilled; gazing upon the Blessed Vision of the Lord, I live. 4

Monday, January 07, 2008

A family's visit to Sri Harmandir Sahib...

(By my Brother)

We were just randomly searching youtube and found this great video. It shows a British family's trip to Sri Harmandir Sahib. Not only do they visit, but the parents and the lil children do some langar seva. Theres some great lil clips in the video showing the Kitchens.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

My Birth... (Poem, Part 2 of 2)

(By our Bhabi Ji, Raminder Kaur Ji)

Guru Ji saw the need for Sikhs to have a special Identity.
A way to distinguish them from other faiths.
Guru Ji gave Sikhs five Symbols:
Kesh, Kanghaa, Kirpan, Karrhaa and Kacheraa.
Each Symbol would help Sikhs,
help them to have a disciplined life style,
help them to always remember God.
Each male was given the title Singh.
Each female was given the title Kaur.
This was to help create equality among Sikhs.

I was humbled recalling the details of this historical event.
It made me even more pround to call myself a Sikh.
Without Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji,
I could not call myself Raminder Kaur.

I feel different now.
I feel part of a new family.
When I walk down the Street I present myself with more Pride.
I am more aware and conscious of my actions.
I feel inner peace.
I have been given strength to make it through life's quest,
My quest to reach God.

Most people cannot recall their birth,
I remember it as if it just happened yesterday...
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