Friday, March 30, 2007

Japani Nagara or Japanese Dhol or shall we say Taiko Anyone!

The sound of drums, whether it is Punjabi Dhol or Taiko Drumbeat or Ranjit Nagara of Sikhs of Guru Gobind Singh or African or European drums, is always mesmerizing. If you remember, the last Athens Olympics Ceremony opened with a drum beat as well. It was quite a scene. I think it is time for all Gurdwaras to order some Ranjit Nagaras and dhols for young kids. A while back, Sikhnet had posted some sounds of Ranjit Nagara on its website as well. And, I don't have to mention the Punjabi Dhol used in Bhangra, which in itself has become one of the best drum sounds in the World. Just imagine, everyone in their beautiful spring color turbans, bana, kurta pajamas, shirts, pants, shorts dancing to the beats of Dhol for Baisakhi or Basant or Hola Mahalla.

Listen to samples of Taiko drum:

Thursday, March 29, 2007

How OFAC (Only Few Acting out of Control) can affect Sikhs, Punjabis, and others also?

When I read the following news story on Sikhnet, it kind of left a little sour taste about how this War on Terrorism is being taken to all kinds of directions. Some people may think it is just a little story, but it could have enormous effect on a particular community, whether Sikh, Hindu or Muslim or Christian. I was glad that it is being posted on Sikhnet but I wish a forum was allowed to have a meaningful discussion and further exploration on the issue within the community. By this I don't mean, we should all pick up a banner and start protesting in front of the White House about how this could affect Sikhs. But, it could have a impact on Sikhs, Hindus and others as well in future or even now, depending upon what the OFAC defines terrorism as and who is on the list. The whole thing about denying people credit, loans, apartments, cars etc. is just plain absurd not that activities of terrorits, drugg traffickers etc are not any less absurd. But, lets say, somewhere in the World, a misguided individual (or a group of them) calling herself or himself as Sikh is involved in a drug trafficking activity or is involved in terrorism or is mislabelled by a government as a terrorist. The possibility that his or her name would have a "Singh or a Kaur or a Khalsa" is very high. Now, almost all of the 20+ million Sikhs would be in danger of missing out on credit, loans, benefits, and other opportunities and being harrassed during travel because of the action of a one ( or a few) misguided individual or because of the equally misguided action of OFAC in the U.S. Government (or some agency in some other governement). Same could be said about a Christian name, lets say "John Doe Smith" or a Hindu Name, lets say "Kumar" or "Kumari" or "Dev" or "Devi". I just hope, all Sikhs (or Hindus or Muslims or Christians) for that matter start to realize as to how the action of one or a few individuals whether in Government or in ordinary public affect the lives of others even if they have no blood relation, political view point connection, social connection and even if they are living thousands of miles apart from each other. Hope and pray that the day never comes. Waheguru Bless!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Money cures Gujarat Riot and Sikh Riot Victim Pain in India

When I read the news story below, it just made me laugh as to how trendy it is becoming to just pay the surviving family for crimes committed by a majority society instead of real justice like jail time for culprits responsible for inciting and committing those crimes. Even though I did not personally know a Sikh or a Muslim or a Hindu for the matter, friend or family member in either Sikh Riots or Gujarat riots in India, but just reading about it fills me with much pain. Comes to think of it, the whole humanity is my friend, and if one hurts the other, I think we all feel the pain. But that is the ideal World! The ground reality is that humans have killed each other for stupid things and religious fanaticism is one of them. Back to news story, I like my title of this news better than what the newspaper have printed. I know in Sikh massacre there have not been prosecutions or charges or arrests made of the top people responsible, but not sure about Muslim riots. I know the Gujarat Chief Minister is running free and is gaining popularity again because he is bringing prosperity to the state. I guess the thought here seems to be that money makes people forget everything including the pain endured by the loss of even their loved ones like sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers and friends. Well, that’s India for you! Not that it couldn’t happen at other places in the World, like crimes against blacks, against Jews, against women and children, against Armenians, crimes during wars like Kosvo, Afghanistan, Iraq, World war I and II, Vietnam and all, civil wars etc. People say we humans have become so developed and advanced, but comes to think of it, it is the same old garbage gets repeated again and again all over the World. May be we haven’t learned any lessons at all from history.

Gujarat violence victims’ aid on a par with ’84 riots
New Delhi, March 22Bringing compensation for victims of the sectarian violence in Gujarat on a par with that awarded to those affected by the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the government today approved ex-gratia grant of Rs 3.5 lakh to the next of kin of each of the 1,169 people killed in that state.
“As reported by the state government, there were 1,169 deaths in the 2002 riots and the number of injured was 2,548,” Information and Broadcasting Minister P.R. Dasmunsi told reporters after a meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tonight.
“Government is open to respond to cases which have not been reported by the state government, both in cases of death as well as the injured,” he said, adding the Union Home Ministry would “consider, monitor and review” such cases.
At the meeting, the Cabinet approved a proposal that next of kin of the 1,169 who died would be paid Rs 3.5 lakh in addition to the amount already paid by the state government. The total liability would amount to Rs 53.19 crore, Dasmunsi said.
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Monday, March 19, 2007

Does anyone else see problems with Anand Karaj or Anand Sanskar part of Rehat Maryada as I see them? What is Guru's way afterall?

Does anyone else see teh same problems with Rehat Maryada or its translation as I see them? I would think Guru’s way is to meditate, love, serve, be compassionate, be respectful, and live righteously (An Amritdhari like many great Gursikhs or a non-Amritdhari or manmat like myself!

This post is not to offend any Gursikh but try to highlight problems that I face as an individual who is trying to become a better Sikh and when I read these kinds of writings, where biases enter or things get lost in translations, I have problems becoming that better person. I would love to hear anyone’s comments and help me better understand Rehat Maryada. I just happened to read the following article on SSNews “Sikh Marriages Too Ostentatious”
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Although the article has been written to show that materialism (maya) has no place in a Sikh way of life and what the simple meaning of a Sikh marriage life is? The way I look at marriage is that it was a promise to the Guru Granth Sahib to afford equality to the woman a person marries. My problem comes when I read the rehat maryada on Anand Sanskar given in the article. Now I don’t know when this was written and by whom it was adopted, the language or the English translation is very troublesome for me. It just shows how fanaticism can slowly enter Sikhism and ruin it for everyone including Sikhs. It makes Sikhi look like a hard to follow rigid religion that allows no flexibility and makes people want to straying away from. Some sentences also makes a Sikh male look like a control freak, chauvinist who doesn’t afford any equality, right or compassion to the woman and makes a Sikh woman look weak who does not and wil not assert her right as a Khalsa Daughter of Guru Gobind Singh. Here are my questions and problems I see with the document and tried to highlight them in red bold italic and thank Waheguru for all of the other good things in Rehat Maryada:

Anand Sanskar (Lit. Joyful Ceremonial : Sikh Matrimonial Ceremony and Conventions) Article XVIII

a. A Sikh man and woman should enter wedlock without giving thought to the prospective spouse's caste and descent. (Waheguru!)

b. A Sikh's daughter must be married to a Sikh.

(The statement automatically gives male Sikhs a chauvinistic role and the word “must” sounds very controlling, what happens if she wants to go against the will of the father and wants to marry or marries a non-Sikh? I would think and hope that a Khalsa girl and women only serves Guru and God, not father, not mother, not brother or sister etc. Respect, yes! but only if it is deserved. Where is the love and compassion for your daughter and will to do anything for your children? Where is the women equality that has been gifted by Guru Gobind Singh and constantly gets preached within Sikhism but not practised everywhere?

c. A Sikh's marriage should be solemnized by Anand marriage rites. (Waheguru!)

d. Child marriage is taboo for Sikhs. (Waheguru!)

e. When a girl becomes marriageable, physically, emotionally and by virtue of maturity of character, a suitable Sikh match should be found and she be married to him by Anand marriage rites.
(The statement automatically gives male Sikhs a chauvinistic role and sounds very controlling, The Girl to be married doesn’t seem to have any control over the decisions of her marriage. I would hope, a Gursikh father raises his daughter to be a saint-soldier khalsa that would be equal to her man and has a responsibility to educate her and raise her to live a healthy, happy and gursikh way of life. She need to know that she has equal options to leave her husbandif he is abusive, a cheater, an alcoholic, a drug addict, a liar and bad. She also need to be taught that she has equal responsibility as a Gursikh women to defend herself from such man as a husband). A Gursikh shows compassion for his or her daughter and will to do anything for his/ her children?)

f. Marriage may not be preceded by engagement ceremony. But if an engagement ceremony is sought to he held, a congregational gathering should be held and, after offering the Ardas before the Guru Granth Sahib, a kirpan, a steel bangle and some sweets may be tendered to the boy. (Waheguru!)

g. Consulting horoscopes for determining which day or date is auspicious or otherwise for fixing the day of the marriage is a sacrilege. Any day that the parties find suitable by mutual consultation should be fixed. (Waheguru!)

h. Putting on floral or gilded face ornamentation, decorative headgear or red thread band round the wrist, worshipping of ancestors, dipping feet in milk mixed with water, cutting a berry or jandi (Prosopis spieigera) bushes, filling pitcher, ceremony of retirement in feigned displeasure, reciting couplets, performing havans (Sacrificial fire), installing vedi a wooden canopy or pavilion under which Hindu marriages are performed), prostitutes' dances, drinking liquor, are all sacrileges. (Waheguru!)

i. The marriage party should have as small a number of people as the girl's people desire. The two sides should greet each other singing sacred hymns and finally by the Sikh greetings of Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh. (Waheguru!)

j. For marriage, there should be a congregational gathering in the holy presence of Guru Granth Sahib. There should be hymn-singing by ragis or by the whole congregation. Then the girl and the boy should he made to sit facing the Guru Granth Sahib. The girl should sit on the left side of the boy. After soliciting the congregation's permission, the master of the marriage ceremony (who may be a man or a woman) (Waheguru! but language still used below is male oriented ) should bid the boy and girl and their parents or guardians to stand and should offer the Ardas for the commencement of the Anand marriage ceremony. (Waheguru!)

The officiant should then apprise the boy and the girl of the duties and obligations of conjugal life according to the Guru's tenets.He should initially give to the two an exposition of their common mutual obligations. He should tell them how to model the husband-wife relationship on the love between the individual soul and the Supreme Soul in the light of the contents of circumambulation (Lavan) hymns in the Suhi measure (rag) section (The bulk of the Guru Granth is divided on the basis of the ragas (measures) of the Indian classical music. Suhi is one of the ragas featuring in the Guru Granth Sahib) of the Guru Granth Sahib. ( Why He? The post of officiant or granthis in Sikhism for performing Anand Karaj is not reserved for males only. An Amritdharii woman can equally perform and should assert their right to perform a marriage ceremony. A Khalsa is a Khalsa, Sikh is a Sikh and there is no gender associated with them)

He should explain to them the notion of the state of "a single soul in two bodies" to be achieved through love and make them see how they may attain union with the Immortal Being discharging duties and obligations of the householders' life. Both of them, they should be told, have to make their conjugal union a means to the fulfillment of the purpose of the journey of human existence; both have to lead clean and Guru-oriented lives through the instrumentality of their union. (Why He? The officiant or granthi in Sikhism for performing Anand Karaj is not reserved for males only. A n Amritdhari woman can equally perform and should assert their right to perform a marriage ceremony. A Khalsa is a Khalsa, Sikh is a Sikh and there is no gender associated with them)

He should then explain to the boy and girl individually their respective conjugal duties as husband and wife.
(The post of officiant or granthis in Sikhism for performing Anand Karaj is not reserved for males only. A n Amritdharii woman can equally perform and should assert their right to perform a marriage ceremony. A Khalsa is a Khalsa, Sikh is a Sikh and there is no gender associated with them)

The bridegroom should be told that the girl's people having chosen him as the fittest match from among a whole lot, he should regard his wife as his better half, accord to unflinching love and share with her all that he has. In all situations, he should protect her person and honour, he should be completely loyal to her and he should show much respect and consideration for her parents and relations as for his own. (Waheguru!)

The girl should be told that she has been joined in matrimony to her man in the hallowed presence of the Guru Granth Sahib and the congregation. She should ever harbour for him deferential solicitude, regard him the lord master ( A Sikh woman only serves Guru Granth Sahib and God,as her Master. It sounds like one of those Manu’s laws in Hindu philosophy. I hope respect is only given if it is well deserved by spouse, in-laws and relatives. A spousal abuser, an alcoholic, no use spouse does not deserve the same respect) of her love and trust; she should remain firm in her loyalty to him and serve him in joy and sorrow and in every clime (native or foreign) and should show the same regard and consideration to his parents and relatives as she would, to her own parents and relatives (Why does she or he for that matter need to give same regard and please all relatives? I think key thing here should be "only if it is well deserved". I am saying this because of a high rate of wife abuses, alcoholism, infanticide etc. within Punjabi society which has not much to do with Sikhism, but majority of Punjabis are Sikhs) . The boy and girl should bow before the Guru Granth Sahib to betoken their acceptance of these instructions. Thereafter, the girl's father or the principal relation should make the girl grasp one end of the sash which the boy is wearing over his shoulders and the person in attendance of the Guru Granth Sahib should recite the matrimonial circumambulation stanzas {Lavan of the fourth Guru in the Suhi musical measure section of the Guru Granth Sahib } (Pp. 773-4). After the conclusion of the recitation of each of the stanzas, the boy, followed by the girl holding the end of the sash, should go round the Guru Granth Sahib while the ragis or the congregation sing out the recited stanza. (Waheguru!)

The boy and girl, after every circumambulation, should bow before the Guru Granth Sahib in genuflexion, lowering their forehead to touch the ground and then stand up to listen to the recitation of the next stanza.There being four matrimonial circumambulation stanzas in the concerned hymn, the proceeding will comprise four circumambulations with the incidental singing of the stanza.After the fourth circumabulation, the boy and girl should, after bowing before the Guru Granth Sahib, sit down at the appointed place and the Ragis or the person who has conducted the ceremony should recite the first five and the last stanza of the Anand Sahib. Thereafter, the Ardas should he offered to mark the conclusion of the Anand marriage ceremony and the sacred pudding, distributed'. (Waheguru!)

k. Persons professing faiths other than the Sikh faith cannot be joined in wedlock by the Anand Karaj ceremony. ( What happened to the openness and accepting nature of Sikhism? Afterall, a true love knows no boundaries like race, class, religion, caste etc)

l. No Sikh should accept a match for his/her son or daughter for monetary consideration. (A Sikh man or woman does not own his or her children so he or she can not sell them or enslave them or force them into things or professions they can not or do not want to engage. I would think guiding them into right direction would be totally Gurmat)

m. If the girl's parents at any time or on any occasion visit their daughter's home and a meal is ready there, they should not hesitate to eat there. Abstaining from eating at the girl's home is a superstition. The Khalsa has been blessed with the boon of victuals and making others eat by the Guru and the Immortal Being. The girl's and boy's people should keep accepting each other's hospitality, because the Guru has joined them in relationship of equality (Prem Sumarag). (Waheguru!)

n. If a woman's husband has died, she may, if she so wishes, finding a match suitable for her, remarry. For a Sikh man whose wife has died, similar ordinance obtains. (Waheguru!)

o. The remarriage may be solemnized in the same manner as the Anand marriage. (Waheguru!)

p. Generally, no Sikh should marry a second wife if the first wife is alive. (Waheguru!)

q. A baptised ought to get his wife also baptised. ( Amrit is a blessing from the Guru and a personal choice, and husband can not force wife or children or anyone to take amrit. Again, A Sikh woman only serves Guru and God)

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Beautiful shabad on false thoughts, deeds and words! (SGGS page 1105)

ਮਾਰੂ ਕਬੀਰ ਜੀਉ ॥ (Gurmukhi)
मारू कबीर जीउ ॥ (Hindi)
maaroo kabeer jee-o.
Maaroo, Kabeer Jee: (English Translation)

ਦੀਨੁ ਬਿਸਾਰਿਓ ਰੇ ਦਿਵਾਨੇ ਦੀਨੁ ਬਿਸਾਰਿਓ ਰੇ ॥ दीनु बिसारिओ रे दिवाने दीनु बिसारिओ रे ॥
deen bisaari-o ray divaanay deen bisaari-o ray.
You have forgotten your religion, O madman; you have forgotten your religion.

ਪੇਟੁ ਭਰਿਓ ਪਸੂਆ ਜਿਉ ਸੋਇਓ ਮਨੁਖੁ ਜਨਮੁ ਹੈ ਹਾਰਿਓ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ
पेटु भरिओ पसूआ जिउ सोइओ मनुखु जनमु है हारिओ ॥१॥ रहाउ ॥
payt bhari-o pasoo-aa ji-o so-i-o manukh janam hai haari-o. 1 rahaa-o.
You fill your belly, and sleep like an animal; you have wasted and lost this human life. 1 Pause

ਸਾਧਸੰਗਤਿ ਕਬਹੂ ਨਹੀ ਕੀਨੀ ਰਚਿਓ ਧੰਧੈ ਝੂਠ
साधसंगति कबहू नही कीनी रचिओ धंधै झूठ ॥
saaDhsangat kabhoo nahee keenee rachi-o DhanDhai jhooth.
You never joined the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. You are engrossed in false pursuits.

ਸੁਆਨ ਸੂਕਰ ਬਾਇਸ ਜਿਵੈ ਭਟਕਤੁ ਚਾਲਿਓ ਊਠਿ ॥੧॥
सुआन सूकर बाइस जिवै भटकतु चालिओ ऊठि ॥१॥
su-aan sookar baa-is jivai bhatkat chaali-o ooth. 1
You wander like a dog, a pig, a crow; soon, you shall have to get up and leave. 1

ਆਪਸ ਕਉ ਦੀਰਘੁ ਕਰਿ ਜਾਨੈ ਅਉਰਨ ਕਉ ਲਗ ਮਾਤ
आपस कउ दीरघु करि जानै अउरन कउ लग मात ॥
aapas ka-o deeragh kar jaanai a-uran ka-o lag maat.
You believe that you yourself are great, and that others are small.

ਮਨਸਾ ਬਾਚਾ ਕਰਮਨਾ ਮੈ ਦੇਖੇ ਦੋਜਕ ਜਾਤ ॥੨॥
मनसा बाचा करमना मै देखे दोजक जात ॥२॥
mansaa baachaa karmanaa mai daykhay dojak jaat. 2
Those who are false in thought, word and deed, I have seen them going to hell. 2

ਕਾਮੀ ਕ੍ਰੋਧੀ ਚਾਤੁਰੀ ਬਾਜੀਗਰ ਬੇਕਾਮ
कामी क्रोधी चातुरी बाजीगर बेकाम ॥
kaamee kroDhee chaaturee baajeegar baykaam.
The lustful, the angry, the clever, the deceitful and the lazy

ਨਿੰਦਾ ਕਰਤੇ ਜਨਮੁ ਸਿਰਾਨੋ ਕਬਹੂ ਸਿਮਰਿਓ ਰਾਮੁ ॥੩॥
निंदा करते जनमु सिरानो कबहू न सिमरिओ रामु ॥३॥
nindaa kartay janam siraano kabhoo na simri-o raam. 3
waste their lives in slander, and never remember their Lord in meditation. 3

ਕਹਿ ਕਬੀਰ ਚੇਤੈ ਨਹੀ ਮੂਰਖੁ ਮੁਗਧੁ ਗਵਾਰੁ
कहि कबीर चेतै नही मूरखु मुगधु गवारु ॥
kahi kabeer chaytai nahee moorakh mugaDh gavaar.
Says Kabeer, the fools, the idiots and the brutes do not remember the Lord.

ਰਾਮੁ ਨਾਮੁ ਜਾਨਿਓ ਨਹੀ ਕੈਸੇ ਉਤਰਸਿ ਪਾਰਿ ॥੪॥੧॥
रामु नामु जानिओ नही कैसे उतरसि पारि ॥४॥१॥
raam naam jaani-o nahee kaisay utras paar. 41
They do not know the Lord's Name; how can they be carried across? 41

Friday, March 9, 2007

What is the meaning of a school education? And, what would kids learn, especially, Sikhs who make big claims to speak the truth

Mass copying in Gurdaspur schools; maths paper out
Lalit MohanTribune News Service

Gurdaspur, March 9Mass copying continued in various parts of the district in the Class XII examinations of the Punjab School Education Board.
Today during the mathematics paper the nexus helping the students was fully operational.
The mathematics question papers were out at the centres in Sujanpur just 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the examination. The Tribune got a copy of mathematics paper from the locals.
Well oiled machinery was working to help the candidates appearing for the examinations. As soon as a copy of the question paper was out, it was xeroxed and sold to helpers of students who had gathered around the examination centres. The services of private mathematics teachers were hired to solve the question paper.
The solved answers were then sent to the examination centres to help students appearing in the examinations. The whole exercise was carried out at these centres with the help of policemen deputed there and the examination centre staff. In Sujanpur, the policemen were found carrying solved papers to the students at the examination centres.
The flying staff of the Education Department visited some centres. However, the copying was checked at the centres for time period the flying squad team stayed there. but once they left, the whole exercise began once again.
At certain examination centres some of the students were allowed to solve papers even after the stipulated time period with the help of the examination staff.
The copying in rural schools of the district is an annual exercise. Despite the fact that the Education Department authorities are well aware about the practices of mass copying, they fail to take steps to curb it. Unfortunately, the mass copying at some of the centres is carried out under the patronage of local politicians .
However, the mass copying that is carried out in many of schools is a setback for hard working students. The disturbance at the centres where copying in carried out is another factor that perturbs the hard working students. The district education authorities were not available for comments.

A Sikh Spiritual Warrior - Shabad by Kabeer Ji (SGGS pg 1105)

ਸਲੋਕ ਕਬੀਰ ॥ सलोक कबीर ॥ salok kabeer. Shalok, Kabeer:
ਗਗਨ ਦਮਾਮਾ ਬਾਜਿਓ ਪਰਿਓ ਨੀਸਾਨੈ ਘਾਉ ॥ गगन दमामा बाजिओ परिओ नीसानै घाउ ॥ gagan damaamaa baaji-o pari-o neesaanai ghaa-o. The battle-drum beats in the sky of the mind; aim is taken, and the wound is inflicted.
ਖੇਤੁ ਜੁ ਮਾਂਡਿਓ ਸੂਰਮਾ ਅਬ ਜੂਝਨ ਕੋ ਦਾਉ ॥੧॥ खेतु जु मांडिओ सूरमा अब जूझन को दाउ ॥१॥ khayt jo maaNdi-o soormaa ab joojhan ko daa-o. 1 The spiritual warriors enter the field of battle; now is the time to fight! 1
ਸੂਰਾ ਸੋ ਪਹਿਚਾਨੀਐ ਜੁ ਲਰੈ ਦੀਨ ਕੇ ਹੇਤ ॥ सूरा सो पहिचानीऐ जु लरै दीन के हेत ॥ sooraa so pahichaanee-ai jo larai deen kay hayt. He alone is known as a spiritual hero, who fights in defense of religion.
ਪੁਰਜਾ ਪੁਰਜਾ ਕਟਿ ਮਰੈ ਕਬਹੂ ਛਾਡੈ ਖੇਤੁ ॥੨॥੨॥ पुरजा पुरजा कटि मरै कबहू न छाडै खेतु ॥२॥२॥ purjaa purjaa kat marai kabhoo na chhaadai khayt. 22 He may be cut apart, piece by piece, but he never leaves the field of battle. 22
ਕਬੀਰ ਕਾ ਸਬਦੁ ਰਾਗੁ ਮਾਰੂ ਬਾਣੀ ਨਾਮਦੇਉ ਜੀ ਕੀ कबीर का सबदु रागु मारू बाणी नामदेउ जी की kabeer kaa sabad raag maaroo banee naamday-o jee kee Shabad Of Kabeer, Raag Maaroo, The Word Of Naam Dayv Jee:

ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥ ੴ सतिगुर प्रसादि ॥ ik-oNkaar satgur parsaad. One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru:
ਚਾਰਿ ਮੁਕਤਿ ਚਾਰੈ ਸਿਧਿ ਮਿਲਿ ਕੈ ਦੂਲਹ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਕੀ ਸਰਨਿ ਪਰਿਓ ॥ चारि मुकति चारै सिधि मिलि कै दूलह प्रभ की सरनि परिओ ॥ chaar mukat chaarai siDh mil kai doolah parabh kee saran pari-o. I have obtained the four kinds of liberation, and the four miraculous spiritual powers, in the Sanctuary of God, my Husband Lord.
ਮੁਕਤਿ ਭਇਓ ਚਉਹੂੰ ਜੁਗ ਜਾਨਿਓ ਜਸੁ ਕੀਰਤਿ ਮਾਥੈ ਛਤ੍ਰੁ ਧਰਿਓ ॥੧॥ मुकति भइओ चउहूं जुग जानिओ जसु कीरति माथै छत्रु धरिओ ॥१॥ mukat bha-i-o cha-uhoo-aN jug jaani-o jas keerat maathai chhatar Dhari-o. 1 I am liberated, and famous throughout the four ages; the canopy of praise and fame waves over my head. 1
ਰਾਜਾ ਰਾਮ ਜਪਤ ਕੋ ਕੋ ਤਰਿਓ ॥ राजा राम जपत को को न तरिओ ॥ raajaa raam japat ko ko na tari-o. Meditating on the Sovereign Lord God, who has not been saved?
ਗੁਰ ਉਪਦੇਸਿ ਸਾਧ ਕੀ ਸੰਗਤਿ ਭਗਤੁ ਭਗਤੁ ਤਾ ਕੋ ਨਾਮੁ ਪਰਿਓ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ गुर उपदेसि साध की संगति भगतु भगतु ता को नामु परिओ ॥१॥ रहाउ ॥ gur updays saaDh kee sangat bhagat bhagat taa ko naam pari-o. 1 rahaa-o. Whoever follows the Guru's Teachings and joins the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, is called the most devoted of the devotees. 1Pause
ਸੰਖ ਚਕ੍ਰ ਮਾਲਾ ਤਿਲਕੁ ਬਿਰਾਜਿਤ ਦੇਖਿ ਪ੍ਰਤਾਪੁ ਜਮੁ ਡਰਿਓ ॥ संख चक्र माला तिलकु बिराजित देखि प्रतापु जमु डरिओ ॥ sankh chakar maalaa tilak biraajit daykh partaap jam dari-o. He is adorned with the conch, the chakra, the mala and the ceremonial tilak mark on his forehead; gazing upon his radiant glory, the Messenger of Death is scared away.
ਨਿਰਭਉ ਭਏ ਰਾਮ ਬਲ ਗਰਜਿਤ ਜਨਮ ਮਰਨ ਸੰਤਾਪ ਹਿਰਿਓ ॥੨॥ निरभउ भए राम बल गरजित जनम मरन संताप हिरिओ ॥२॥ nirbha-o bha-ay raam bal garjit janam maran santaap hiri-o. 2 He becomes fearless, and the power of the Lord thunders through him; the pains of birth and death are taken away. 2
ਅੰਬਰੀਕ ਕਉ ਦੀਓ ਅਭੈ ਪਦੁ ਰਾਜੁ ਭਭੀਖਨ ਅਧਿਕ ਕਰਿਓ ॥ अ्मबरीक कउ दीओ अभै पदु राजु भभीखन अधिक करिओ ॥ ambreek ka-o dee-o abhai pad raaj bhabheekhan aDhik kari-o. The Lord blessed Ambreek with fearless dignity, and elevated Bhabhikhan to become king.
ਨਉ ਨਿਧਿ ਠਾਕੁਰਿ ਦਈ ਸੁਦਾਮੈ ਧ੍ਰੂਅ ਅਟਲੁ ਅਜਹੂ ਟਰਿਓ ॥੩॥ नउ निधि ठाकुरि दई सुदामै ध्रूअ अटलु अजहू न टरिओ ॥३॥ na-o niDh thaakur da-ee sudaamai Dharoo-a atal ajhoo na tari-o. 3 Sudama's Lord and Master blessed him with the nine treasures; he made Dhroo permanent and unmoving; as the north star, he still hasn't moved. 3
ਭਗਤ ਹੇਤਿ ਮਾਰਿਓ ਹਰਨਾਖਸੁ ਨਰਸਿੰਘ ਰੂਪ ਹੋਇ ਦੇਹ ਧਰਿਓ ॥ भगत हेति मारिओ हरनाखसु नरसिंघ रूप होइ देह धरिओ ॥ bhagat hayt maari-o harnaakhas narsingh roop ho-ay dayh Dhari-o. For the sake of His devotee Prahlaad, God assumed the form of the man-lion, and killed Harnaakhash.
ਨਾਮਾ ਕਹੈ ਭਗਤਿ ਬਸਿ ਕੇਸਵ ਅਜਹੂੰ ਬਲਿ ਕੇ ਦੁਆਰ ਖਰੋ ॥੪॥੧॥ नामा कहै भगति बसि केसव अजहूं बलि के दुआर खरो ॥४॥१॥ naamaa kahai bhagat bas kaysav ajahooN bal kay du-aar kharo. 41 Says Naam Dayv, the beautiful-haired Lord is in the power of His devotees; He is standing at Balraja's door, even now! 41

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Vegetarianism helps Global Warming

Here is a cool news story and is a no brainer about environmental benefits of vegetarianism. Sometimes I do wonder that at the rate that we are going, what would happen when humans have eaten or destroyed all of the creatures of this earth? What would we eat next? It is a sickening thought, but has some truth in it. On the other hand, imagine if everybody just grew trees and ate fruit, nuts and vegetables etc.