Thursday, November 6, 2014

Happy Parkash Divas!

Today is the parkash divas (birthday) of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. There is an evening program at the Guru Nanak Darbar Temple from 5-7 pm.

From "Sikhiwiki.com"
Guru Nanak founded and formalised the three pillars of Sikhism:

1. Naam Japna Guru ji led the Sikhs directly to practise Simran and Naam Japna – meditation on God through reciting, chanting, singing and constant remembrance followed by deep study & comprehension of God’s Name and virtues. In real life to practice and tread on the path of Dharam (righteousness) - The inner thought of the Sikh thus stays constantly immersed in praises and appreciation of the Creator and the ONE ETERNAL GOD Waheguru.

2. Kirat Karni He expected the Sikhs to live as honourable householders and practise Kirat Karni – To honestly earn by ones physical and mental effort while accepting both pains and pleasures as GOD's gifts and blessings. One is to stay truthful at all times and, fear none but the Eternal Super Soul. Live a life founded on decency immersed in Dharam - life controlled by high spiritual, moral and social values.

3. Vand Chakna. The Sikhs were asked to share their wealth within the community by practising Vand Chakna – “Share and Consume together”. The community or Sadh Sangat is an important part of Sikhism. One must be part of a community that is living the flawless objective values set out by the Sikh Gurus and every Sikh has to contribute in whatever way possible to the common community pool. This spirit of Sharing and Giving is an important message from Guru Nanak.




(bottom image from Sikhnet)
Here is great article worth reading as well: http://www.sikhnet.com/news/guru-nanak-brilliant-spiritual-light-humanity

Friday, May 16, 2014

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

It's that time of the year again. Guru Nanak Sikh Darbar is having the annual Nagar Keertan (Sikh Parade) tomorrow on May 17, 2014. Starting at 9:30 am (CORRECTION) from the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Temple, the Nagar Keertan will travel to the CN centre via Ospika Blvd (you can walk or drive). At the CN centre there will be speeches, langar (food), keertan, and gatka. The Nagar Keertan will then proceed back to the Guru Nanak Darbar. We hope to see you all there tomorrow!!!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Happy Khalsa Da Sajna Divas

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Happy Khalsa Da Sajna Divas/Vaisakhi Day
The nagar keertan in Prince George will be on May 17, 2014. Stay tuned for more updates. 




Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year !!!
As we move forward into 2014, let's all take a moment to reflect back on the events of 2013.
PG Sikh Youth wish you the best of luck in 2014. May this year bring you love, prosperity, happiness, and may it bring you closer to Waheguru and Guru's shabd.

Sikh Photos Calendar
From mrsikhnet.com

Thursday, December 26, 2013

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

From www.sikhiwiki.org
 
 
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

From www.sikhiwiki.org


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 www.sikhiwiki.org)