Sunday, March 11, 2018

Gurdwara Sahib Pictures

It is a special week coming up as Wednesday is the beginning of a New Year, and also the celebration of the Gurgaddi Divas of Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji.

I found myself thinking about our Gurdwara Sahib all day since I normally listen to the Akhand paath on weekends and do kirtan in the evenings. I really missed it. So today I went to Darbar Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji on the outskirts of Surrey. Normally here there are a lot of gray rainy days but today as the sun was setting and I arrived at the Gurdwara, I appreciated for the first time why people like to live here. There is always sangat the Gurdwara, and the mountains are right outside. I wouldn’t trade home for anything, but I got a lot of peace from that. My experience so far has been much better than trying to live in the lower mainland a few years ago, but the nights are a different story. Walking in the night, a wave of unease and grief lingers in the air, reminding me of all the young Sikh men shot on these streets. We all have so much potential, for good and for bad, and we make that choice everyday. With the Guru’s guidance we can walk the path that achieves our purpose. 



 

4 comments:

  1. What a beautiful, quiet, location with forest and mountain in the backdrop.

    But I don't why almost ALL Gurdwaras end up having fights over money or ego issues

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is not a Gurdwara issue but rather a human issue. Gurdwara is where Guru Ji resides. I have heard many people make excuses that they do not go because of political reasons or they don’t get along with this person, but it is what you make it. If we want to see change then we ourselves drive the change we see. A great example is one of the aunties at our Gurdwara Sahib has done a great service of putting up English translations for the shabads we read – she wanted the younger generation to understand, so she does the sewa every week. I think in a similar way a lot of good change is happening as we are more aware. We were created with the 5 in us and when people let ego and greed get to them, there is a conflict there. When our minds are not aligned with the path of love, it does create conflict. But we go so that we may learn to overcome that together. We must look for the changes we can make, we must look for the members in the sangat we can learn from and work on ourselves instead of focusing on others. We go to feed our own minds and remind ourselves of our path.

    ReplyDelete
  3. What a great reply. We do need more people like you in the World. BUT I was Like you, my parents and siblings were like you. We gave our Knowledge, human capital, money, TIME,assistance LOTS and LOTS of it for FREE. But whenever we needed help, NON of those people were around. Matter of fact they were the ones who conspired to steal our land and home in India, and my mother has been in hospitalised soooooooooo many times, no one even calls to ask how she is, it doesn't matter now. IT's like lot of Indian people and Punjabi are like it. The want to eat FREE. and not even wash dishes.

    No wonder the Punjab of Ranjit Singh(sikh Kingdom) from Calcutta to Peshwar to Jammu and Kashmir was taken by the British, then handed over to the Hindus and Muslims( Sikhs just became moot observers). Then the East Punjab was divided in another 3 parts - so Sikhs got their own state(1/5) of the original. Now Sikhs don't even have control over it. Hindus make the shots there too. Sikhs are sooooooooooooooooo divided. It is incredible. Most are Hindus with turbans. The only thing which matters to them is MONEY and POWER.....

    I have become cynical. If you read Gurbani..be with GOD..

    ReplyDelete
  4. I think one of the big things I learned in life is that there must be boundaries. We cannot give and give and give with no end because others will take and take. It takes a lot of practice, and it was a hard lesson. I think that there needs to be a remembrance that the whole world's weight does not have to be carried on one's shoulders. It is God's creation to care for ultimately, we can just do our parts. We have been given precious time, precious breaths, and we cannot waste them arguing about useless things, or trying to convince someone of something that you know to be true. I have learned to start saying no to activities that will drain all my time and energy resources when my plate is already full of other stuff. It is necessary to prevent yourself from getting used, and eaten up- to say yes when you mean yes, and no when you really can't or don't want to. Keep japping Naam and remembering God and your cynicism will one day be gone. I know it is harder when you have a lot of painful experiences and disappointments.

    ReplyDelete