Wednesday, April 29, 2009

One Year

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Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

It has been one year since the Prince George Sikh Youth Society became incorporated and operational, and what a year it was! I always think of the first year as the hardest one for any society/organization. It is in the first year that you have to lay the groundwork and build connections with others organizations/people in the community. You have to work hard in order to make sure that the society is financially secure and self-sufficient in the future. To me running a society is like building a house. The first part of building a house is laying the groundwork or cement foundation, which is the hardest but most vital part to any house.
The first year is probably the year where most of the work is done "behind the scenes" (paperwork, financial work etc). The society sometimes has to reorganize/reword its goals/priorities. This is also the year where the general public/community members get a feel for what the society is doing and start to have faith.
Prince George Sikh Youth Society has been involved with many organizations and events in the past year. I will be sharing them over the next week. Next year we plan to do more programs and seminars, some targeted at the youth and some at the general community. The foundation has been laid and we are ready to start putting in walls and building the house!

CIBC Run for the Cure: This event took place last October in 2008. Team Khalsa consisted of many community members from the youth to the seniors. Approximately $2000 was raised and donated to find a cure for breast cancer. The event was very enjoyable.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Neutral Mind


Once upon a time a peasant had a horse. This horse ran away, so the peasant’s neighbors came to console him in his bad luck. He said, “Perhaps.”

The day after, the horse came back and was also leading six wild horses. The neighbors came over to congratulate him on such good luck. The peasant said, “Perhaps.”

The day after this, his son tried to saddle and ride one of the wild horses, but he fell down and broke his leg. Once again the neighbors came to share that misfortune. The peasant said,“Perhaps.”

The day after that, soldiers came to enlist the youth of the village, but the peasant’s son was not chosen because of his broken leg. When the neighbors came to congratulate him, the peasant said again, “Perhaps.”

What seems to be "good" often turns out differently than expected.

What seems to be "bad" often turns out differently than expected.

Our neutral mind allows us to hold a larger vision which is not inclined to make snap judgments or take sides.

It is a more watchful than judgmental mindset.

It is the ability to wait, watch, hold the space of love and blessing and see how things unfold in a much larger context than anyone thought.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Happy Vaisakhi/Khalsa da Sajna Divas

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Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Happy Vaisakhi/Khalsa da Sajna Divas!!!!! 310 years!

Side note:Here is a tip for Sundays at the Gurdwara

If anyone has trouble understanding gurbani/keertan played on Sundays, bring a laptop with Sikhi to the Max downloaded onto it, and follow along on there. I'm sure no one will mind. Sikhi to the Max has English translation of all of the shabds.

*picture from art of punjab

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Anand Sahib

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Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Here is another story from I have never read this story in any history book so far, so it was a very interesting read.... although it does make me wonder how much history we are missing from books that are published today.

Once there was a Sidh Yogi. He practiced many kinds of meditation his whole life. He would chant mantras, do fasts, practice many difficult yoga postures and read many teachings. He heard news for a long time about Guru Nanak and his teachings, and how Guru Amar Das held the throne of Nanak. He was always impressed with what he heard of the Guru and wished one day to see him. On the last day of his life he was able to recieve the Guru's darshan. "I have done many spiritual practices but I have not obtained peace and joy. Bless me to be born in to your family, dear sacred Guru ji", he pleaded. The Guru blessed him, "You shall be born in my family. Bless you dear soul. You may go now." The old Yogi went to the river, made a final prayer and left his body. A short time later the Guru's daughter gave birth to a child. The child was the soul of the old Yogi. Now he was the grandson of Guru Amar Das. When the Guru heard news of the child, he said, "Bring me this baby now." When the baby arrived the Guru held him in his arms and craddled him. "He will be named Anand." Anand means bliss. His soul must have been in such bliss, being born in the Guru's family and living the answer to his prayers. Guru ji began to recite a new Shabd. He composed the entire Anand Sahib on the spot. Anand Sahib the song of celebration, the poem of bliss.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Guru Nanak

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I remember this was the first story I read on Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji when I was little.


Guru Nanak continued to travel with his faithful companion Mardana. After talking with the Yogis, the Guru made his way to a sacred pilgrimage place. This place, Hariduar, where holy rivers join is said to have been blessed by all the main gods, Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. Huge crowds of people were gathered there all chanting and praying. Lead by the Brahmans and Pundits, people threw water to the morning sun to honor their ancestors. As this impressively large crowd engaged in it's devotions, Guru Nanak himself entered the river and began throwing water as well. Something was different about him though. He was throwing water to the west, the exact opposite direction as everyone else. A crowd gathered around to see how this mad-man was acting. Obviously he didn't know what he was doing. A Brahman said, "If you are not Hindu why have you come to a Hindu place of worship?" "Yes-" said another "Foolish man! Who has taught you such a strange ritual?!" Another said, "Why on earth are you throwing water to the west?" The Guru looked at the Brahman and asked, "Why do you throw water to the sun?" The man responded, "We throw water to the sun to honor our ancestors, it gives happiness, blessings and prosperity." The Brahman said proudly. "How far away are your ancestors?" Asked the Guru. A Pundit who was learned in scripture heard this conversation. His study of holy books provided him with an answer, "Our ancestors abide thousands upon thousands of miles away." The Guru at that moment began throwing water to the west again. He was throwing the water with such a fervor as if he was putting out a fire. As he thrashed the water around, these leaders among men, the Brahmans yelled, "STOP, STOP, what are you doing!!?" Guru Nanak, panting, told them, "I own fields in the Punjab which is towards the west. My fields are in dire need of water, especially at this time of year. If I don't get this water over to them, my crops might dry up!" They all thought he was totally crazy. How could water reach from this place all the way to the Punjab? The Guru responded to them, "My fields are much closer than your ancestors. How could water reach your ancestors if it can't reach the Punjab?" The Brahmans still weren't convinced of what this strange man was talking about. After some conversation he read thier thoughts, pointing to each of them he said, "You were thinking of trades you are going to do in Kabul, and you dear Brahman were thinking of your trade in Dehli. Pundit ji you were thinking of how you are going to profit from the pilgrims coming here today." Now the men were shocked and defenceless. He had just proven what hypocrites they were. Thier minds were attached to false ritual and they didn't hold God in their hearts. "What can we do?" Asked the Pundit. The Guru taught, "Sincerely chant the Naam and let it fill you with devotion. Make your souls prayer from your heart. Be absorded with your Beloved every day and every moment. Help people, be with them and guide them to Truth." The men stood there still in silence, stopped right in thier tracks. As these profound words sank in to those who heard, Mardana and Guru Nanak continued on thier journey.

Monday, April 6, 2009

The Youth Taking Ownership

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Here is another video from Sikhnet. Enjoy!