MY PRAYER TIME
AUTHOR: A RESPECTED MEMBER OF SIKHI VICHAR FORUM WATTSAPP GROUP
Time is a man-made construct. In Sanskrit time is termed KAAL. So we call the Creator as AKAAL, since God is beyond time.
It follows then that everything that flows out of this man-made construct is also man-made. Things like 24 hours, 7 days a week, 12 months, 365 days per year are all man-made and are different across periods of time and cultures. As an example, when Guru Nanak Ji wrote the Banee, it was 8 Peher, Gharees, and 13 months in a year.
Things such as names of days, months, seasons, which month to start the year etc are also man-made and vary across civilizations. Because today the dominant culture is western we have accepted 1st January as beginning of the New Year.
The majority of us get stuck in the superficial words instead of going deeper and rising higher spiritually. The ONE we aim to MEET is beyond time – days, months, years new or not.
Continue reading “MY PRAYER TIME”
Sardar Moninder Singh
Learned Interpreters of Gurbani are unanimous on the theory that whole of Guru Granth Sahib ji is written as an answer to one question and that question is:
ਕਿਵ ਸਚਿਆਰਾ ਹੋਈਐ ਕਿਵ ਕੂੜੈ ਤੁਟੈ ਪਾਲਿ II – (1) Kiv Sachiara hoyea kiv koorae tuttae paal.
(How can I become a Sachiar – a God realized Being Within; how can I remove the obstacle of my non-realized state Within?)
This is a quest of every seeker who seeks to be in continuous state of Spiritual Bliss and this is eternal question that Nanak answers in a unique and a beautiful way.
Continue reading “Realizing Hukm”
When I went to Search Gods !
Being born in Punjab and in a Sikh Family there was one clarity in my mind since childhood that a Sikh and Sikhi doesn’t believe in Hindu Mythology’s Gods & Goddesses & their imaginative stories. But like most of the Sikhs, my understanding of Sikhi was also based on hearsay, at least till the age of 34. Never before I felt the urge to read Gurbani and Sikh history myself. It was limited to swelling my chest with pride, after reading or listening any genuine/fake Sikh glorifying message, somewhere.
At last, life took me to such a point that I was intrigued by the need of knowing more about my roots. Who am I? Who are Sikhs? What does Sikhi has to offer? Beginning was made from Osho’s audio translation of Guru Nanak’s JAP Bani that I kept listening to for almost 2 years. After Osho, I listened to Sahib Singh Markanda and Sant Singh Maskeen’s take on JAP. Still Insatiated, I then read translation cum interpretation done by Prof. Sahib Singh who is indisputably one of the most revered Sikh figures of 20th Century. Apart from the style of interpreting and except the position on couple of ‘Paurees’, all these people were saying the same thing. So, I felt that more or less I have understood what Nanak is trying to say in JAP Bani and now I should move forward.
Continue reading “When I went to search for Gods !”
Shabad: Satgur Kee Sewa Safal Hai
Author: Guru Amardas (Third Sikh Guru)
Title: Serve the Creator with Love. Serve Him Constantly.
Continue reading “Satgur Kee SEWA !! – Whats SATGUR and SEWA in Context of SGGS GURBANEE – Dr Karminder Singh Dhillon”
Dr. Karminder Singh of Sikhivicharforum.org in Class No. 11 of Sidh Ghosht expounds Authentic Sikhi Principles of Seeking Gurbani from within Gurbanee on Pauree 17.
Poota Maat Kee Asees
Dr Karminder Singh in the following video explores the real core concepts in this Shabad by Guru Arjun Ji
The Annt Kaal concept, which is not as per Gurmat or Gurbanee is a very popular MYTH which has its roots in the Earlier established religious systems. This “concept” was totally demolished and utterly rubbished by the SGGS, but sad to say many still attempt to explain this “myth” and justify it as part of Gurmat, fall back on the Vedas, Purans etc .
In this video Dr Karminder Singh bases his explanations totally on GURBANEE of SGGS and concludes that this Annt Kaal concept is totally out of sync with Gurmat and Gurbanee.
Bhagat Dhanna Ji has been much maligned by the attachment of totally false imaginary works of FICTION. This fake attachments had become so popular that Guru Arjun Ji had to write a SHABAD to EXPOSE all these Falsehoods, myths and tall tales attached to Bhagat Dhanna Ji, and also other Bhagats whose Banee is in the SGGS. In this video the popular false myth attached to Bhagat Dhanna Ji is exposed and demolished via The Bhagat Sahib’s own Banee recorded in SGGS.
(oh my ……… Teerath Yatra)
What is a Teerath Yatra or Pilgrimage?
A journey made to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion or in search of moral or spiritual significance is termed as a teerath yatra or pilgrimage.
I have heard of people saving hard for a pilgrimage and also of some who journey every year as they have the means to do so.
What are they hoping for? Some people do so in the belief that they will attain heavenly aid and come to know God or to access religious powers, knowledge or experience. Others seek boons for health, wealth, progeny and deliverance after death. All are seekers clutching at a straw.
Continue reading “(OH MY… TEERATH YATRA )”
SIKH PYARA OR REHAT PYARI?
“Rehat Pyari Mujhko Sikh Pyara Nahi.”
It is a Sikh’s code of conduct that I love, not the Sikh without it. This is a quote often heard at Vasakhi semagams and everyone assumes that these words were uttered and written by Guru Gobind Singh ji himself. However research reveals that they are just written by someone else as part of a ‘Rehatnama!’
This verse is not Gurbani; meaning it is not from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji but that does not automatically mean we disregard it. But it does mean that we interpret it (and everything else that is not Gurbani) on the kasvatee (benchmark) of Gurbani, on the basis of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji. If it is in line with the teaching in Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji we accept it. If it is not in line we reject it. Continue reading “SIKH PYARA KI REHAT PYAREE”
Dukh daroo sukh rog bhaeya
All of us have suffered some time or other from some rog. Rog is suffering caused by pain. This pain or suffering can be physical as caused by sickness or mental as caused by thoughts in the mind.
What can reduce physical pain? Yes, medical treatment with pills, ointments, bandages and injections for the patient as well as surgery, exercise, massage and spa come to mind. But what about the mind itself? Can there be illnesses that are not physical in nature? And what lies behind such ailments?
One can also be hurt from being being criticised, scolded or rebuked. Similarly being robbed or victimised at school or place of work can be painful. There can also be mental pain in being poor and homeless just as the lack of education can be felt as a handicap to good employment. Continue reading “ROG AND ROGI”
||Karminder Singh Dhillon,
PhD (Boston), Kuala Lumpur.
In Part One of the series aimed at examining the God of Dasam Granth (DG); the following facts were established from within the compositions of DG:
1. The primary God of the Dasam Granth (DG) is Mahakaal and the secondary God is Durga.
2. The writers of a vast majority of DG are poets named Raam, Syam and Nul. Poet Syam’s name as the writer appears across 151 pages of DG while Ram’s appears across 14 pages. Their names also appear jointly across 15 pages of DG suggesting that they worked together. Poet Nul is the writer of one composition. Readers would note that the word “Nanak” as writer does NOT appear even ONCE in the entire DG.
3. The obeisance of these three writers to Mahakal and Durga (the male and female forms of Shivji) suggests that they are adherents of the Vaam Margee SECT of Shivji.
4. Large portions of the core rachnas o DG are lifted from the Markandey Puran and Shiv Puran. Both Purans are written in obeisance of Shivji. Markandey, a devotee of Mahakaal, Durga and Shivji – is highly revered amongst devotees of the Vaam Maragee SECT. The writers of DG have acknowledged such lifting, even mentioning the chapters that are lifted, at the end their rachnas.
5 . These purans – acting as the primary sources of DG – thus provide the LINK and CONTINUITY between the God of these purans (Shivji) and that of DG being the one and same. Shivji is the God of the two purans, and Mahakaal and Durga (two halves of Shivji) are the Gods of DG.
It is worth reiterating that the method of deriving the above mentioned facts relied on using the DG as a primary source. Such a choice of method is not dismissive of secondary sources. It is to allow the reader direct access to the verses within DG where the ideas of these series of essays are coming from.
Continue reading “The God of Dasam Granth – Part 2”
||Karminder Singh Dhillon,
PhD (Boston), Kuala Lumpur.
In both my previous articles in this series, I and many of those commenting have asked two simple questions.
- WHAT are the so called “moral messages that are found in each Chritar” as claimed by Gurmukh Singh.
- WHERE exactly WITHIN the Charitar are these messages to be found.
Not a single verse from any Chritar containing any “moral message” has thus far been produced. Loud and repeated claims of “Yes, there are moral messages, IF you read beyond the literal,” is code for “there are no messages, really.”
The inability to answer this first question has led Gyani Jarnail Singh Arshi to ask “IF indeed there ARE moral messages, why are they BURRIED under a heap of dung?
A very un-palatable word indeed.
Continue reading “Dasam Granth: Plucking “Moral” Messages from Thin Air.”
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