Self-Love and Ram-ness

Have you ever caught lamenting your self? "I shouldn't have done that" or "I shouldn't have said that" or "Man, I lost my temper again." If not, then this post is not for you. It is for us lesser mortals who are struggling to improve and be a better version of ourselves. It turns out... Continue Reading →

Jo Mange – Shabad Guru Arjan

As I enter my 40th year, a realization has started to enter that I'm not gaining years but losing them. There is no wisdom being accrued, but only intellect being lost. Only precious little breaths are left to hope to get even the minutest understanding of the mysteries of The Universe. And yet, any number... Continue Reading →

Seva, meditate through Service

An essential teaching of Sikhi is Seva or service to everyone. Seva can be done in any form towards any living thing in whatever way possible, as per an individual's capacity. The most visible form of Seva for Sikhs, as prescribed by the Sikh Gurus, is Langar Seva or the community kitchen. In the Gurudwaras (Sikh Temples)... Continue Reading →

Vand Chakko, Share with others

Guru Nanak Devji, the first Sikh Guru, defined 3 pillars for living a moral and just life for his students. They are Kirat Karni or earning a righteous living, Naam Japna or meditate on the Universal Energy and Vand kay Chakko or share first and enjoy together. In this is encapsulated most of the temporal... Continue Reading →

Five Virtues – the essence of Sikh Philosophy

Previously I wrote about the Five Thieves, the five human weaknesses that rob one of its consciousness and disturb their being. The Sikh Gurus didn't just expound on the disease, they also prescribed medicines to fight it - The Five Virtues - Sat (Truth), Santokh (Contentment), Daya (Compassion), Nimrata (Humility) and Prem (Love). Though there... Continue Reading →

Five Thieves meetup one night

As the moon shined brightFive thieves show upAt the same house at night They all greet each otherAnd say welcome home brother Says one,You know I think I ’m the greatest oneI swoop all in a thunderous runAnd the owner actually enjoys the gunWondering when to drown again Then the next one says,Not so fast... Continue Reading →

Righteousness and Indignation

Over the last couple of days I have come across instances where people have expressed outrage over an insult of their religious faith or cultural knowledge, whether real on imagined. Sometimes, this has resulted in unconscionable behavior of tormenting the offending party. These people express righteous indignation at any perceived disrespect or misuse of "their"... Continue Reading →

Devotion and Work-Life Balance

My last post led to an interesting discussion with a friend on how does one stay on the spiritual path and yet perform worldly duties. As we start to lose the sense of our identities and merge with the all encompassing oneness, is it really possible to continue to have interest in day to day... Continue Reading →

Guru Prem: Loving the Master

It has been a decade since I last wrote here and the practice has brought me back. In the meantime, I have got married, had a kid, changed careers, jobs, houses and states of mind, many times over. Almost seems a different lifetime. But such is the circle of life, it tends to find its... Continue Reading →

Really, is that a Tattoo!?

Is that a Tattoo? Yes, it is my friend Oh so you ended with that too.. Well.. can't really pretend So did it hurt a lot? Not as much as you'd think And was this to be exact Oh the college years is the fact So what's that, a B with a snake Or maybe... Continue Reading →

Mool Mantra, The Beginning

Mool Mantra is the fountainhead of spiritual wisdom of Sikh philosophy. Ek Ongkar. Sat Nam. Karta Purakh. Nirbhau. Nirvair. Akal Moorath. Ajooni Saibhang. Gurparsad. - Guru Nanak  Devji One Eternal Light. Word is Truth. Creator Of All. Without Fear. Non-Vindictive. Timeless Image. Without Beginning and Breaks. Guru's Grace. Mool Mantra, Guru Nanak Devji It is... Continue Reading →

Chardi Kala, the art of living in High Spirits

One of the central teachings in Sikhism, that in my mind signifies a really deep philosophy in just one word,  Chardi Kala which literally translated means "high spirits". Our daily prayer ends with Nanak Naam Chardi Kala, teraa bhane sarbat da bhala. "Nanak, with Naam comes Chardi Kala and with your blessings, peace for everyone".  Sikhs consider... Continue Reading →

Kirat Karni, earning a Righteous Living

We watched a Bollywood movie this weekend, Badmash Company or Fraud Enterprise.  I enjoyed watching it as it was funny and entertaining. The main premise of the movie revolves around a bunch of young guys who want to get rich quick, get into scams and eventually realize their mistake. They turn a new leaf and... Continue Reading →

Haume, Ahankar, Self-conceit and Ego

We went and saw the movie Iron Man 2 the other day. It was pretty entertaining and I enjoyed watching it. At the same time it made me think about something that had been on my mind for a while now, the concept of ego/pride or ahankar as it is known in hindi and punjabi.... Continue Reading →

Five Ks, Panj Kakaar – Kesh or Hair

As Sikhs, and in particular those of us who have taken up Amrit, that is baptized in the khalsa order are supposed to keep the Five Ks. These are Kesh or unshorn hair, Kanga or wooden comb, Kara or iron/steel bracelet, Kachera or boxer shorts and Kirpan or dagger. These were prescribed  by Guru Gobind Singhji... Continue Reading →

Deh Siva bar moh ehe, Grant me this boon

Following up on the earlier discussion on thoughts, words and actions, I would like to share one of my favorite poems/shabad from Gurubani. Deh Siva bar moh ehe, shubh karman to kabahu na taru Na dare aar seo jab jah lare, nischay kar aapne jeet kare Aar sikh ho aapne hi man ko, eh lalach... Continue Reading →

Oneness

We are all part of the One Awwal Allah noor upaya; Kudrat ke sabh bande Ek noor te sabh jag upajya; Kaun bhale kaun mande - Bhagat Kabirji, Sri Guru Granth Sahib One perfect lord manifested the first light; And of the same nature are all beings Though one light was the world created; so why worry who is good... Continue Reading →

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