Thursday, December 26, 2013

Shaheedi of Sahibzada Zorawar Singh, Sahibzada Fateh Singh, and Mata Gujri

As the year approaches the end, on December 26 every year, the global world Sikh community commemorate the martyrdom of three of their most loved figures of the Guru household. On this darkest of days, their youngest hero and bravest comrade of Sikhism, Sahibzada Fateh Singh (1699-1705) who was the youngest of Guru Gobind Singh's four sons, Sahibzada Zorawar Singh (1696-1705), his elder brother and Mata Gujar Kaur ji, his grandmother sacrificed their lives for their faith and the right to remain Sikhs.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Second battle of Chamkaur Sahib


A Story of Bravery and Sacrifice
The Battle of Chamkaur, also known as the Second battle of Chamkaur was a battle fought between the Khalsa, led by Guru Gobind Singh, against the Mughal army and Ajmer Chand's league of Rajput Hill Chieftains. The period of this Battle in Chamkaur is 21,22 and 23 December 1704 [6,7,8 Poh Samat 1761 Bikrmi]. Guru Gobind Singh with his entourage left Anandpur Sahib at the night of 20 December 1704.

Guru Gobind Singh makes a reference to this battle in the Zafarnamah. He tells how a huge (Dahlakh) army [1][2] attacked his Sikhs who were only forty in number and without food. In spite of their numerical strength, the Mughal soldiers were unable to kill or capture the Guru. The Guru also talks of cowardice of one of the Mughal generals and how he hid himself behind a wall, not having the courage to face the Guru.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Happy Gurpurb!!!!!

Happy Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Gurpurb

It is Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Gurpurb on November 17, 2013. Let's take a moment to reflect on our first Guru and join the sangat in celebration.

Artist Bodh Rai's immpression of Guru Nanak Dev ji
ਰਾਗ੝ ਧਨਾਸਰੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੧ ॥

ਗਗਨ ਮੈ ਥਾਲ੝ ਰਵਿ ਚੰਦ੝ ਦੀਪਕ ਬਨੇ ਤਾਰਿਕਾ ਮੰਡਲ ਜਨਕ ਮੋਤੀ ॥

Upon that cosmic plate of the sky, the sun and the moon are the lamps. The stars and their orbs are the studded pearls.
ਧੂਪ੝ ਮਲਆਨਲੋ ਪਵਣ੝ ਚਵਰੋ ਕਰੇ ਸਗਲ ਬਨਰਾਇ ਫੂਲੰਤ ਜੋਤੀ ॥੧॥

The fragrance of sandalwood in the air is the temple incense, and the wind is the fan. All the plants of the world are the altar flowers in offering to You, O Luminous Lord. ((1))
ਕੈਸੀ ਆਰਤੀ ਹੋਇ ॥

What a beautiful Aartee, lamp-lit worship service this is!
ਭਵ ਖੰਡਨਾ ਤੇਰੀ ਆਰਤੀ ॥

O Destroyer of Fear, this is Your Ceremony of Light.
ਅਨਹਤਾ ਸਬਦ ਵਾਜੰਤ ਭੇਰੀ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥

The Unstruck Sound-current of the Shabad is the vibration of the temple drums. ((1)(Pause))
ਸਹਸ ਤਵ ਨੈਨ ਨਨ ਨੈਨ ਹਹਿ ਤੋਹਿ ਕਉ ਸਹਸ ਮੂਰਤਿ ਨਨਾ ਝਕ ਤਹੀ ॥

You have thousands of eyes, and yet You have no eyes. You have thousands of forms, and yet You do not have even one. 
ਸਹਸ ਪਦ ਬਿਮਲ ਨਨ ਝਕ ਪਦ ਗੰਧ ਬਿਨ੝ ਸਹਸ ਤਵ ਗੰਧ ਇਵ ਚਲਤ ਮੋਹੀ ॥੨॥

You have thousands of Lotus Feet, and yet You do not have even one foot. You have no nose, but you have thousands of noses. This Play of Yours entrances me. ((2)) 
ਸਭ ਮਹਿ ਜੋਤਿ ਜੋਤਿ ਹੈ ਸੋਇ ॥

Amongst all is the Light-You are that Light.
ਤਿਸ ਦੈ ਚਾਨਣਿ ਸਭ ਮਹਿ ਚਾਨਣ੝ ਹੋਇ ॥

By this Illumination, that Light is radiant within all.
ਗ੝ਰ ਸਾਖੀ ਜੋਤਿ ਪਰਗਟ੝ ਹੋਇ ॥

Through the Guru's Teachings, the Light shines forth.
ਜੋ ਤਿਸ੝ ਭਾਵੈ ਸ੝ ਆਰਤੀ ਹੋਇ ॥੩॥

That which is pleasing to Him is the lamp-lit worship service. ((3))
ਹਰਿ ਚਰਣ ਕਵਲ ਮਕਰੰਦ ਲੋਭਿਤ ਮਨੋ ਅਨਦਿਨ ਮੋਹਿ ਆਹੀ ਪਿਆਸਾ ॥

My mind is enticed by the honey-sweet Lotus Feet of the Lord. Day and night, I thirst for them.
ਕ੝ਰਿਪਾ ਜਲ੝ ਦੇਹਿ ਨਾਨਕ ਸਾਰਿੰਗ ਕਉ ਹੋਇ ਜਾ ਤੇ ਤੇਰੈ ਨਾਇ ਵਾਸਾ ॥੪॥੩॥

Bestow the Water of Your Mercy upon Nanak, the thirsty song-bird, so that he may come to dwell in Your Name.
(From Kirtan Sohila, taken from

Friday, May 10, 2013

Relay for Life 2013

We are heading out to the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life 2013 tomorrow, at Masich Place Stadium at 10 am. We expect all the team members to join us in support of this fundraiser. You can also donate at the event, on behalf of the Guru Nanak Sikh Team.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Happy Vaisakhi

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

April 13, 2013 is Khalsa Da Janam Divas (Anniversary of the "Founding of the Khalsa") and the first day of Vaisakhi. Congratulations to everyone and we hope that you enjoy the celebrations wherever you are.

History from

On Baisakhi Day, March 30, 1699, hundreds of thousands of people gathered around his divine temporal seat at Anandpur Sahib.  The Guru addressed the congregants with a most stirring oration on his divine mission of restoring their faith and preserving the Sikh religion. After his inspirational discourse, he flashed his unsheathed sword and said that every great deed was preceded by an equally great sacrifice: Then calling out to the assembled crowd, 'My sword is hungry for a head', He demanded one head for oblation. After some trepidation one person offered himself for the Guru's 'great sacrifice'. The Guru took him inside a tent. A little later the Guru came out of the tent, his sword dripping with fresh blood only to ask for another head. One by one four more earnest devotees offered their heads. Every time the Guru took a person inside the tent, he came out with his sword dripping fresh blood.

Thinking their Guru had gone mad and afraid He would ask for more heads some of the congregation started to disperse when suddenly the Guru emerged with all five men dressed piously in white and in a new ceromony that changed the way that one became a Sikh the Guru now initiated the five into a new and unique order of Sikhs. The ceremony was called pahul, what Sikhs today know as the baptism ceremony or Amrit Shakna. Then the Guru asked the first five Khalsa Sikhs to baptise him, in the same manner. He then proclaimed that the Panj Pyare -- the Five Beloved Ones -- would be the embodiment of the Guru himself.

At the same time the Guru gave his new Khalsa a unique, indisputable, and distinct identity. The Guru gave the gift of bana, the distinctive Sikh clothing and headwear. He also offered five emblems of purity and courage. These symbols, worn by all baptised Sikhs of both sexes, are popularly known today as Five K's: kesh, unshorn hair; Kanga, the wooden comb; Karra, the iron (or steel) bracelet; Kirpan, the sword; and Kachera, the underwear. By being identifiable, no Sikh could never hide behind cowardice again.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Summer of 2012 - Sheep grazing in Jasper and Mount Robson

These are pictures from past summer taken in Jasper National Park in Aberta and Mount Robson Park in BC

Moose in back yard

February 8, 2013. We live in one of most beautiful places on earth, Prince George, BC. Last night we heard loud noises outside our house. We looked out the window and saw a mother moose and her young calf munching on dry apples on our flowering apple tree. Then they decided to rest for a while before going away for the night. Here are pictures.

what's new

Hey PG Youth out there. It's been a long time since I've updated this blog and for good reason. I have been out of town for school the last year, and just recently started my clerkship in medical school. The workforce is way different than school, and its the perfect opportunity to reflect on your own values, self-identity and what you stand for. If there is anything I learned in the last month, it's that being present in the current moment is so important. Presence of mind in what you are doing is not something that we think about often, but I have seen the disastrous effects of what can happen when you allow your mind to wander and daydream while you're supposed to be doing your job.

The medical field is very unique. Every nurse, doctor, therapist etc. are tasked with the job to help people who are feeling sick heal and get better. You would think the hospital is the perfect place for this to happen. But behind the scenes, the healthcare system is struggling to keep up without the increasing loads of patients. Docs and nurses are overworked, while they juggle the many responsibilities on their shoulders of not only helping heal people, but of allocating resources to be fair and just to everyone. The pressures and burden can sometimes be to much for some people and the mind can wander and this is where trouble starts. You see its not the disease that kills sometimes it the mistakes and errors of our healthcare system made when were not conscious and aware of our actions. When are mind is doing its one thing and our body, our hand that we write prescriptions with is doing another.

Young Community-Builder Shines As Queen's Diamond Jubilee Recipient

Young Community-Builder Shines As Queen's Diamond Jubilee Recipient

Monday, September 10, 2012 04:10 AM
Prince George, BC - Prince George Mayor Shari Green commended 20-year-old Manpreet Kaur Sidhu for her considerable contributions to the local Indo-Canadian community and to Prince George and offered "heartfelt congratulations on behalf of City Council" in presenting the young woman with Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.
As part of celebrations marking the Queen's 60-years on the throne, each Canadian municipality has been given the opportunity to select one medal recipient who best exemplifies a community-builder.
In a special ceremony held during worship at the Guru Nanak Darbar Temple yesterday, Green highlighted Sidhu's extensive volunteer efforts and accomplishments in the Indo-Canadian community. "She teaches the internet to elders because she knows this is one the best ways to prevent isolation from the community if you have a language barrier," said the mayor. "Manpreet started a program to connect elders with Sikh youth to minimize the generation gap and she formed the PG Sikh Youth Society because she knows this one of the best ways to connect youth to their heritage and from gravitating towards gang life."
Speaking afterwards, Sidhu said she was deeply honoured to receive the award and it meant a lot to be recognized in front of the elders. "This is where I've done a lot of my volunteer work - in the temple - and having everyone be there and be there supporting me is a very important thing for me."
In 2009, the then-College Heights Secondary student was selected as the City's Youth of the Year. Now, Sidhu is in her 4th year at UNBC, studying biochemistry and molecular biology and looking to follow in her older sister's footsteps by going on to medical school. She said her parents encouraged her to get involved in the community and credits her sister for leading by example.
"Through all of my volunteer activities, I've just wanted to give back to the community and show my appreciation for all the love and support I've received," she said. "I just wanted to make people feel welcome and connected to their community and I think volunteerism is one of the best ways to make sure that people are feeling connected."
Mayor Shari Green says Sidhu is a shining example that youth can be nation-builders, as well. "She's very early on in her volunteerism for her community and for her country and we will see such wonderful things from her over the years to come that just make this such a better place to be."
At the same time the Guru Nanak Sikh Society honored Manpreet with a plaque for being a positive role model and extensive volunteer work she has done for the Sikh community in Prince George.

Queen's Medal Recipient, Manpreet Kaur Sidhu, receives Queen's Medal from Mayor Shari Green and Councillors Frank Everitt, Lyn Hall, and Brian Skakun

Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Society Executive Committee Member Paul Bassi and Manpreet 
Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Society Executive Committee Members  presenting honoring Manpreet

Manpreet at City Hall in Prince George

Prince George City Council presenting Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal to Manrpeet
Prince George Mayor Shari Green with Manpreet Kaur Sidhu

Vaisakhi Nagar Keertan 2012 in Prince George, BC

On May 19, 2012 Sikh community in Prince George celebrated Vaisakhi with Nagar Keertan. 

The Nagar Keertan started at the Guru Nanak Sikh Society Gurudwara, traveled along Ospika Boulevard and reached CN Centre at about noon. Several bystanders lined up the route from the Gurdwara on Davis Road to the CN Centre.
As we know the Vaisakhi is one of the most important festivals for Sikhs, marking the New Year in Sikh calender. It also commemorates the birth of Sikhism, which originated in 1699 and is celebrated around the world.
About one thousand people took part in the procession. Everyone including the old and the young took part. The Sikh communities from Quesnel, Surrey, and Williams Lake also took part.
Several food stalls were set up in the parking lot at the CN Center. The function was open to the whole community and it was evident from the crowd that everyone was enjoying it. The weather was great. It was amazing to see great performance of the GATKA Team from Surrey.

At the CN Center several dignitaries including Prince George Mayor Shari Green, MLA Shirley Bond and other Sikh prominent community members gave wonderful speeches.
The Sikh community raised $1500 donation for the Canadian Diabetes Association. Manpreet Kaur Sidhu of Prince George Sikh Youth Society along with Paul Bassi of Guru Nanak Sikh Society presented the check to the Canadian Diabetes Association. It was proud moment for the whole Sikh community in Northern BC.




Guru Nanak Sikh Team takes part in 24 hour Cancer Relay Fundraiser


On May 12, 2012, like every year, several Prince George Sikh youth joined Guru Nanak Sikh Team and took part in the annual 24 hours cancer relay in Prince George. The team raised several hundred dollars.

Community Service Award and Youth of the Year Award Recipients

On April 28, 2012., Manpreet Kaur Sidhu, a Prince George Sikh Youth, received Community Service Award.

Manpreet Kaur Sidhu was recognized by the City of Prince George for contributing significantly to the development of the community service scene in Prince George for over10 years.

At the same time Gurbind Singh Deo, another Sikh youth from Prince George, was awarded by the City of Prince George with “youth of the year award”.
This was a proud evening for the Prince George Sikh community.