Sunday, March 28, 2010

Jasvir Kaur: A Life Well Lived

Excellent article on UNITED SIKHS AID volunteer out in Haiti

Jasvir Kaur: A Life Well Lived

She is not a woman of complicated words, just simple actions.

I came across Jasvir Kaur towards the end of 2004, on a trip to Chicago where I was invited to speak at the IFCAPS (Institute for Conflict and Peace Studies) Conference - on the topic of Sikh women and their place in society today.

I had never spoken on a Sikh topic before and was a panthic newbie. There are not very many Sikh women who were then into research and public speaking. The few that were, were unavailable. Somebody pointed to me and my obvious reaction was - "I have never done this before".

My eleven year old challenged me: "You make me stand and speak at the gurdwara. It's your turn. You help me with my speeches; surely you must know something about Sikhi! "

I accepted.

I put in several hours of research, wrote my first paper on Sikhi and there I was, with my little helper to run the slide show.

When I was received by the conference hosts - amritdhari, dastaar-wearing bibis whose panthic resumes were longer than my paper, I was apprehensive to say the least ... I, who couldn't even recite the Japji without making mistakes.

I was wrong. Their gracious acceptance won me over: no judgments whatsoever. We all learned from each other, shared our journeys and passion for the panth. Laughed together, confronted the men who questioned equality and rued over the state of affairs ... sipping cha ... bonding ... till dawn.

When I left Chicago, I knew that our paths would cross again. But had no idea how soon!

As I got back, South-East Asia was devastated by the biggest tragedy of the century, the tsunami.

"United Sikhs" had smelled my "I'll-do-it" attitude and before I knew it, I was helping coordinate their first humanitarian mission. In recruiting volunteers, my Chicago connections came in handy and Jasvir, along with other Chicago friends, were en route to Mission Thailand.

Five years later....

Jasvir has recently come back from a two week stint in Haiti.

Even in the fewest of words, her stories always move me, as have her purity, consistency and willingness to serve.

Life for a disaster relief volunteer in the field is tough; especially for a woman. But she had always been ready to do what was asked of her. Never complaining of lacking creature comforts or about the chaos and anarchy that surrounds you. Always thankful with ‘shukkar' for the opportunity to serve and for the life lessons learnt.

It feels as if she goes to the disaster zones to feed her longing ... she readily admits that. She does not claim it to be her seva. She refers to it as a symbiotic phenomenon whereby she receives as much, if not more.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Chardi Kala Jatha - Live Keertan at Sri Darbar Sahib Amritsar - 13-04-09

Waheguru Ji Ki Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!
Recording of Live Keertan from Sach Khand Sri Darbar Sahib, Amritsar by Chardi Kala Jatha on 13th April 2009. Please download and listen to..
Shabads sung,
1. jhakharr jhaagee meehu varasai bhee gur dhaekhan jaaee (Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji)
2. naasaro manasoor gur gobindh singh (Bhai Nand Lal)
3. jaagith joth japai nis baasur eaek binaa man naik n aanai || (Sri Dasam Granth)
4. dhaeh sivaa bar mohi eihai subh karaman thae kabehoo(n) n ttaro(n) || (Sri Dasam Granth)
as kripaan kha(n)ddo kharrag thupak thabar ar theer || (Sri Dasam Granth)
jai jai jag kaaran srisatt oubaaran mam prathipaaran jai thaega(n) ||2|| (Sri Dasam Granth)
5. thuhee nisaanee jeeth kee aaj thuhee jag beer ||5|| (Sri Dasam Granth)
gagan dhamaamaa baajiou pariou neesaanai ghaao || (Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji)
jo tho praem khaelan kaa chaao || (Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji)
6. hamaaree piaaree a(n)mrith dhhaaree gur nimakh n man thae ttaaree rae ||1|| (Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji)
7. ha(n)o kurabaanai jaao miharavaanaa ha(n)o kurabaanai jaao || (Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji)
bhul chuk di kima

Friday, December 28, 2007

Bhai Kamaljit Singh

Sa rasna dhan dhan hai - [Bhai Kamaljit Singh].mp3

Sa rasna dhan dhan hai - [Bhai Sarabjit Singh].mp3

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Kirtan By Prof.Kartar Singhji at Darbar Sahib

on 5th and 6th Dec.2008.
here are the links to download files

Raag Keertan

1. aavoh sajna: principal baldev singh semi classical
2. Bhai Balbir Singh Ji @ Taksal
3. Raag Gauri: must listen pure raags.. take u bak in history..

Pyare Jio - Bhai Vir Singh

This page contains an Audio Book Presentation of Bhai Sahib Bhai Vir Singh Ji's famous book, Pyare Jio, containing 84 letters written to people concerning the trials and tribulations of daily life. The letters teach how a Gursikh should lead his life and inspire the reader to strengthen his faith in Waheguru. The voice given to Bhai Sahib's letters is by Dr. Surjeet Singh Ji, Principal, Khalsa School, Glen Rock, NJ, USA.

The entire Audio Book Pyare Jio can be downoaded in 3 Zip files below or click on further below and download each letter individually. Pyare Jio is compiled in the following three chapters:
Web Page Design

1.Prabu Prapti (Reaching God) - Zip File

2.Mowt Bare (About Death) - Zip File

3.Phutkal (Miscellaneous) - Zip File

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

More Keertan

Lots more keertan has been uploaded to
Someone asked for Bhai Sadhu Singh Ji, I will do my best to find this.

contact me via email, see profile.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Lots of Shabads.

1. Bhai Balbir Singh claasical padtaal


raag gauri - classical lovers this is 4 u
(also has a shabad by our beloved avtar singh jee)