Wednesday, February 27, 2008

why we say waheguru ji ka khalsa waheguru ji ki fateh

The following article i read on sikhnet and I really like it.It is written by gitika kaur ji

“Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ke Fateh”

The message “Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ke Fateh” is to be conveyed whenever two Sikhs meet each other. Guru Gobind Singh Ji has said, “My face will be towards that person who says it first. My back will be towards that person who says it afterwards. I will be in between both of them, if both of them says it together.” Hence, in order to spread the message of brotherhood, we should say Fateh together.

The traditions set by Guru Sahibs, whether they are documented or not can be derived from Gurbani, provided we try to go in the depth of Gurbani. However, we are no body to alter, modify, change, and add in the Gurbani or basic Sikh traditions. We are not able to do any modification in Guru Granth Sahib, as this have been well documented, classified, and sealed by Guru Sahib. Since other traditions are not well documented, classified, and sealed by Guru Sahib, so we try to give all sorts of suggestion and modification.

The basic reason for most of the misconcepts is that, in Gurbani, the terminology or the words used are those that were prevailing at that time. Many a words belonging to various languages prevailing at that time have been used in Gurbani. A limited number of new words have been added by Guru Sahibs, in Gurbani like, (Akaal purakh, waheguru, cahhdi kala, ). But Guru Sahibs have clearly given their own definition for all the words (prevailing at that time) used in Guru Granth sahib ji

nth Sahib.

Because of our limited knowledge of Gurbani, we use the definitions given by other sects or religions and try to apply that on Sikhism. This is the basic reason that we living in a confused state these days in many of the traditions.

Unless we do not go in the depth of Gurbani and are not able to give solid reasons as quoted in Gurbani, we should not try to change the traditions. Let us leave it to the future generations to decide, till some justified reasons on the basis of Gurbani are found.

We have completely forgotten the tradition of meeting each other by saying “Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ke Fateh”. Instead of that we have started the tradition of meeting each other by saying “Sat Sri Akal”.and some people say hi and hello Sat Sri Akal is the ending word of the slogan, “Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal”. This slogan is used in Sangat for the Chardi Kala ; to give courage for some achievements, conclusion of some program or function, etc. Now a day, even this slogan is some times being misused in Sangat. For example, when some preacher is informing about the decreasing standard of public, some one will say this slogan in Sangat, just to show his presence or otherwise, the reasons best know to him only.

Let us try to understand the significance of “Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ke Fateh” according to Gurbani.

The meaning of this slogan is that Khalsa belongs to the Waheguru and also the victory (Fateh) belongs to the Waheguru only. This is a very simple way of

teaching the basics of Sikhism to common man.

In Sikhism the word Waheguru is used to specify for God. One Universal Creator God. The Name Is Truth. Creative Being Personified. No Fear. No Hatred. Image Of The Undying, Beyond Birth, Self-Existent. By Guru's Grace (1)

The further description about Waheguru and how to achieve it are given in Japu Ji sahib (jpujI swihb). The complete details about Waheguru and how to achieve it are given in Guru Granth Sahib (gurU grMQ swihb).

For specifying the name of God, the word Akal Purkh (Akwl purKu) or Waheguru (vwihgurU) have been used in Sikhism. There are unlimited names by which Akal Purkh or Waheguru have been referred in Gurbani. According to the ancient traditions the names of God have been linked with some material, person, animal, etc. However, in Sikhism this concept of relating with some living being or material have not been used. But this is related to the state of mind or spirituality. Literal meaning of Waheguru can be done as (Waheguru = Wahe + Guru= Wah + Guru). (vwihgurU = vwih + gurU). When NAAM (nwmu) resides in one’s mind. Then one achieves the state of Sach Khand (sc KMif). Then an internal (inherent) praise and pleasure is developed in ones mind (AnMd), which we generally express in our common language by saying as, Wah Wah (vwh vwh). This state is achievable with the help of Guru only. Hence, a combination of these two Wah and Guru, have been used to call the name of God, as Waheguru. Similarly, there is no physical Guru (sbd) or physical follower (surq) in Sikhism.

pvn ArMBu siqgur miq vylw ] sbdu gurU suriq Duin cylw ] (943, rwmklI, mÚ 1)

From the air came the beginning. This is the age of the True Guru's Teachings. The Shabad is the Guru, upon whom I lovingly focus my consciousness; I am the chaylaa, the disciple. (943)

Only physical
body was changing from Guru Nanak Dev Ji to Guru Gobind Singh Ji. But the soul (joiq) Nanak, was same through out and now it is present in Guru Granth Sahib.

Since, Khalsa belongs to the Waheguru. So if a person have achieved this state of mind. Then he does not have any difference with Waheguru as far as mental state is concerned. But mind you a person can never become Akal Purkh or Waheguru, which is an ultimate. He can only merge with Him like water mixes with the sea.

That man, blessed by Guru's Grace, understands this way. O Nanak, he merges with the Lord of the Universe, like water with water. ||3||11|| (633)

When a person becomes a Khalsa, then he does not have distinction between other human beings. He sees every one, as sons of same father. There is no difference of caste or creed. He sees the same light (joiq) in every one.

The One God is our father; we are the children of the One God. You are our Guru. Listen, friends: my soul is a sacrifice, a sacrifice to You; O Lord, reveal to me the Blessed Vision of Your Darshan. ||1|| (611)

These words also say that every part of Khalsa belongs to the Waheguru and you have nothing of your own. When one understands that every thing belongs to Him only. One loses his ego, does not have the greed to collect money and property by wrong means, tries to share his earning with others, sees all equally, spends some time for the welfare of society, etc. In other words he transforms him self into a Gurmukh (gurmuiK) automatically. He is always prepared to sacrifice for the Guru.

I would cut my mind and body apart into pieces, and offer them all to You; I would burn myself in fire. ||4|| (757)

The second part of this slogan says, “Waheguru Ji Ke Fateh”. That means if there is any victory or achievement, then that also belongs to the Waheguru only and not to that person who has achieved that. This slogans completely eliminates the ego from the person who is saying, as well as who is listening. Once ego is gone, then one can achieve any thing in life.

God says, "If you reform yourself, you shall meet me, and meeting me, you shall be at peace. O Fareed, if you will be mine, the whole world will be yours."||95|| (1382)

There is another psychological effect of using the word “Fateh”. When a person says the word “Fateh”, an inherent impression is created in his mind to always go for victory (Fateh),. This makes his habit, to always work hard to achieve his goal. Hence, the person always remains in “Chardi Kala”. This is the reason, why Sikhs could sacrifice for the sake of their religion and successful complete difficult task, which normal persons could not achieve.

Guru Pyari Sadh Sangat Ji, please do not take the traditions started by Guru Sahib as lightly. All of them have got a great treasure hidden within them. They transform us from a normal person to a great soul automatically, without our knowing about that.

Listening-even the blind find the Path.

Because of our five senses (Eyes, Ears, Tongue, Nose and Skin), we are able to see and think to a limited extent only. That also depends how much of our self, we have offered to the teachings of Gurbani. So let us follow the teachings of Gurbani to achieve the ultimate aim of our life. We should commit our selves to say the following greetings, whenever we meet each other.

thankz and regards
gitika kaur khalsa

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Siddh Gost

Siddh Gost

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The Socially Involved Renunciate (SUNY PRESS) is an in-depth analysis and an original English translation of the Siddh Gost, a fundamental philosophical text of the Sikh tradition. The work reflects the distinctive worldview of Sikhism, the only major Indian religion that does not regard asceticism as a legitimate path to liberation.

Composed by Guru Nanak, a medieval, north Indian saint-poet and venerated founder of the Sikh tradition, the Siddh Gost is a dialogue between Guru Nanak and several Nath yogis who had been pursuing a rigorous path of hath-yoga as renunciates of the material world. Through their dialogue, Guru Nanak teaches the Nath yogis a spiritual path that also includes involvement in the social world and offers a practical way to achieve liberation. In The Socially Involved Renunciate, Kamala Elizabeth Nayar and Jaswinder Singh Sandhu provide background on Sikhism, highlight the ethical teachings expounded in the Siddh Gost, and demonstrate how Guru Nanak reconciles the polarities of the ascetic and householder ideals.

“The authors venture to examine an interesting and hitherto unexplored area of Sikh study in the English language and deserve critical encouragement for writing an important work in this newly emerging field.” — Pashaura Singh, University of California at Riverside

Kamala Elizabeth Nayar is Lecturer in South Asian Studies at Kwantlen University College, British Columbia, and author of The Sikh Diaspora in Vancouver: Three Generations Amid Tradition, Modernity, and Multiculturalism. Jaswinder Singh Sandhu is a psychotherapist in British Columbia.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Tytler was present when Sikhs were killed: Priest

Tytler was present when Sikhs were killed: Priest

February 21, 2008 21:20 IST

The head priest of a Delhi-based gurdwara, believed to be an eyewitness in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, deposed before the Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday that Congress leader Jagdish Tytler led a mob which killed three Sikhs during the carnage.

Bhai Surinder Singh, head 'granthi' of Majnu-Ka-Tila gurdwara in north Delhi, also alleged that Tytler was 'plotting' to eliminate him after his ruse to send him abroad did not work.

Coming out of the CBI's Sector-30 office in Chandigarh accompanied by his lawyer Navkiran Singh, he told media persons that he saw the Congress leader 'instigate' a mob, which placed burning tyres around the necks of three Sikh youths, killing them.

He said he was an eyewitness to the whole episode and had not come out in the open before as he was 'afraid of being killed. But now, with the Akal Takht and SGPC's backing, other witnesses will also be ready to depose'.

The 'granthi' alleged his family members were being lured with the assurance of a passage to Canada [Images] to dilute the case but 'I will stay until I get justice'.

His advocate, who is also representing the other key witness US-based Jasbir Singh, alleged that Bhai Surinder was earlier 'forcibly made to sign a blank paper and retract his statement under pressure of the investigating agencies'.

"Tytler was present when the Sikhs were killed. I have made a detailed statement before the CBI in this connection," he said.

Bhai Surinder was in the CBI office for around three hours recording his statement before Deputy Superintendent of Police S S Kishore of Delhi Police.

Bhai Surinder had also sought protection from Punjab police, his lawyer said.

All-India Sikh Students' Federation chief Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad has, meanwhile, given a call for protests in the national capital on February 25, 26 and 27 to press for speedy justice to the riot victims.

He said, "For the last 23 years, successive governments have tried to make the Sikh community forget the Delhi riots. The Coordination Committee of Sikhs for Justice has enough documented proof that members of organised gangs killed Sikhs at the instance of Tytler and other Congress leaders."

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Blogging by SMS

[b]AT 21, LUDHIANA management student Harjinder Singh already has a mega project in hand, albeit in a micro medium. His 160-character blog posts, punched out on his Nokia handset, instantaneously reach 57,659 Sikhs across India - all at the cost of a single SMS. "I aim to arouse the pride of young Sikhs through my writings," says Singh, who started blogging on his phone last May "Many of my S e voted for Ludhiana's Ishmeet Singh in Star Plus's Voice of India - and con- tributed to his victory," he adds. Singh has hired two people to get him cell numbers of 200,000 Sikhs, be- cause he wants to reach "one in 10 Sikhs soon".[/b] In Delhi, Lalchung Siem, a 33-year-old Food Corporation of India employee, whips out his phone several times a day to blog in Hmar, a language spoken by a small group of people in India. His posts are sent free to 6,106 readers in the Northeast by SMSGup- Shup, a microblogging platform. "Recently, I got an SOS call after two boys fell in a river in Saidan village, Manipur I flashed the SMS on my blog, and within minutes, a hundred people reached the spot and managed to rescue one of the boys," he says. Microblogging, that is, blogging on cellphones by SMSes has become a sellout among compulsive cellphone users and enthusiastic communicators.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

First Post

Sat sri akal to all visitors

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