I see a new trend in today's Sikhs, of abbreviating 'Singh' or 'Kaur' from their name. Pls. do not write your name as Jaswant S. Bhalla in public places. Jaswant Singh Bhalla or rather Jaswant Singh sounds much better. Sikhs have no caste or sects and no surname other than 'Singh', 'Kaur' and 'Khalsa'. If somebody in public abbreviates your name, prompt them no to do so ! We must be proud of the surname given to us by Guru Gobind Jee. 'Hamri Jaat Paat Gur Satgur'
At a young age of 7, my grandmother first told me that the Kirtan we listen to at the Gurudwara Sahib, the Paath that is done by Granthi Sahibs and the Nitnem that we do daily, come from the same source of Gian called Sri Guru Granth Sahib ! I was amazed at the diversity of Gurbani, and the many different forms that it is presented before the Sangat ! Our Guru Sahibs were so Suchet, that they made an invisible bonding between a Sikh and Gurbani. May a Sikh be reading Shri Guru Granth Sahib, doing his Nitnem, doing/listening to Kirtan or Katha, he/she is always remembering the eternal Guru !
I fail to understand this : A labour ant picks up ten times its body weight and yet no recognition, but a human picks up twice his/her body weight and is called World Heavy Weight Champion ! Can we humans ever try to compete with God's creations !
Sometimes I feel Sikhi should be granted on Merit basis rather than on Hereditary basis. Ppl who don't even know the ABC of Sikhism say "PROUD 2 B SIKH". And they and their acts, in a way dilute the meaning of being a Sikh !
Look Back & Thank Waheguru. Look Forward & Trust Waheguru. Look Around & Believe in Waheguru. Look Within Yourself & Find Waheguru.
Those who take credit for other's deeds are called MANMUKHS ! Those who do good deeds, but never expect credit are called GURMUKHS ! But the ONE who does all good deeds, but passes on the credit to others is called WAHEGURU ! Do we ever realize, since our birth till now, HE has always delegated credit to others. First gave credit for our birth and upbringing to our parents, then gave credit for our education to our teachers, and so on. The Supreme Power always works in the background without claiming importance, unlike us.
Some exemplary Love Stories: Hir-Ranjha, Laila-Majnu, Soni-Mahiwal! How about these: Kabir-Ram, Prahlad-Paramatma, Sheikh Farid-Khuda, Guru Nanak-Waheguru, Gursikh-Guru. Though the latter love stories are much more intense, unconditional and eternal, still we don't get to hear about them too often! " Sachi Preet Ham Tum Siyo Jori, Tum Siyo Jor Awar Sang Tori"
Gurmukhs are like Raspberries. Both are filled with RAS by Waheguru himself. The RAS of both remains intact till their very end. And both sacrifice themselves selflessly so that others can rejoice. "Jis Nu Aaya Prem Ras, Tise Hi Jarne. Bani Uchre Sadh Jan, Ameyo Chale Jharne"
Manukh de jiwan da dukhant : Jo es jiwan vich chad ke chale gaye, onha piche ronda ha, te jo janma-janma to aa ke nahi milya, os layi koi dukh nahi !
Download Katha Japji Sahib, orated by G.Harnaam Singh Khalsa, Head Granthi, Bangla Sahib from www.shabadvichar.net> Multimedia >Katha Vichar. Must Listen for anyone who seeks to understand what Guru sahib wants to tell us. Lets making a start by atleast understanding our Nitmen banis. If you like it, pls. spread it accross to others too.