Dhan Dhan Guru De Pyarai Daughter of Sri Guru Gobind Sahib Ji Daughter of Mata Sahib Kaur Ji Fearless Warriors Courageous Mothers Determined Daughters They suffered great in-humane tortures Watch their children bleed to death Witnessed the brutal murder of their husbands Yet, they fought for freedom and faith Remembered Guru Ji in every breath And were an Inspiration to all Sikhs We are a Kaur Princess We are a Brave Lioness We are the Daughters of the Khalsa
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The Sikh youth of BC are happy to present:
BC SANJHA SMAGAM 2007






This year, BC Sanjha Smagam will commemorate the Shaheedi (martyrdom) of Sri Guru Arjan Dev Sahib Ji, the fifth enlightener, as well as the Shaheeds (martyrs) of 1984.

BC Sanjha Smagam 2007 will be held at Gurdwara Sahib Sukh Sagar, New Westminster from May 31 – June 3. It is going to be held in collaboration with the Shaheed Jor Mela organized by Sikh Vision Foundation.

See below for details about the Shaheedi Jor Mela:


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BC SANJHA SMAGAM SCHEDULE
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Thursday, May 31
5:30pm - Rehiras Sahib
6pm - Keertan Program
Friday, June 1
4am - Simran, Nitnem & Asa Ki Vaar


Friday, June 1
5:30pm - Rehiras Sahib
6pm to 3am
***AKHAND JAAP RAINSABHAEE***
9 Hours of Continuous "Waheguru" Simran program

Saturday, June 2
3am to 5am - Asa Ki Vaar Keertan
9am to 6pm - Jor Mela (Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar)


Saturday, June 2 (Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar)
5:30pm - Rehiras Sahib
6:00pm - ***SHABAD CHAUNKI***
Featuring Bhai Niranjan Singh Ji (Jawaddi Kalla)
and Jagowala Jatha (England)

Sunday - June 3
4am - Simran, Nitnem & Asa Ki Vaar10am to 6pm –
‘Shaheedi Jor Mela (Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar)

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LOCATION
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All programs (except Saturday) at:
Gurdwara Sahib Sukh Sagar
Wood Street, Queensborough, New Westminster
http://www.sukhsagar.ca/
info@sukhsagar.ca

Saturday Evening Program at:
Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar
85 Avenue, Surrey, BC
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MORE INFORMATION
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For more information:

Visit
http://www.bcsikhyouth.com/ss/

E-mail sanjhasmagam@gmail.com

by FaujKaur @ Monday, May 28, 2007
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Shaheedi Kirtan Darbar (UK)






Many of you may be aware of what has been happening with regards to the formation of a new group/cult; known as the Sacha Sauda movement in India.


Read the following article to find out more:
http://www.panthic.org/news/125/ARTICLE/3288/2007-05-16.html

On Saturday, a Kirtan darbar is being held in East London to remember those who fought for freedom, intergrity and righteousness; people like Shaheed Bhai Kanwaljeet Singh who was protesting peacefully against the Sacha Sauda movement and was shot dead on May 17th.
http://www.panthic.org/news/130/ARTICLE/3301/2007-05-23.html

If you are free, please come along and enjoy a night full of beautiful kirtan (with Sikhi to the max translations).

Time:
6.30- 7pm- Rehraas Sahib
7pm-1am- Kirtan

Location:
Gurdwara Singh Sabha
London East
720-730 High Road
Seven Kings
Ilford
Essex
IG3 8SX



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Jakara 2007 -- Right Now -- Sarbat Khalsa






Ravidasia, Khatri, Jatt, Tarkhan.... The labels that divide us are endless. Caste, gender, class, and power tear apart our Qaum, our Gurdwaras, and our families. How do we overcome? This year at the 8th Jakara, we remember and reflect on the Sarbat Khalsa. Plan on attending and REGISTER RIGHT NOW -- www.jakara.org -- June 21st - 24th. TELL YOUR FRIENDS and FAMILY and post where you can!

by FaujKaur @ Monday, May 28, 2007
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The BC Sikh Community cordially invites you to: SHAHEEDI JOR MELA 2007 International Gatka, Power-Lifting & Wrestling TournamentA Sikh Vision Foundation event hosted at Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar, Surrey, BC. With competitors from BC, Alberta, Ontario, California, Arizona, Washington DC, and other locations.




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Sikh Vision Foundation will be holding their second Sikh youth sporting event for competitors around North America. Sikh youth from around the continent will be invited to partake in sporting events such as, Gatka, Wrestling, and Power-lifting.




This is a great opportunity for everyone to come participate in a tournament displaying skill, concentration, and body control. Gatka has a long and rich history, dating back to the times of Guru Hargobind Sahib Jee. Gatka offers some unique benefits not offered by other conventional sports programs.




For example, the centuries old traditions of martial arts training have resulted in time-proven teaching methods that, coupled with modern research and innovations, offer a learning environment that can be beneficial for all ages.It would be a great honor to have your skills at the tournament competing in gatka, power-lifting, and/or wrestling.


by FaujKaur @ Monday, May 28, 2007
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Bhairao, Naam Dayv Jee, Second House:

One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru:
As the hungry person loves food,
and the thirsty person is obsessed with water,
and as the fool is attached to his family
- just so, the Lord is very dear to Naam Dayv. II1II


Naam Dayv is in love with the Lord.


He has naturally and intuitively become detached from the world. II1IIPauseII


Like the woman who falls in love with another man,
and the greedy man who loves only wealth,
and the sexually promiscuous man who loves women and sex,
just so, Naam Dayv is in love with the Lord. II2II


But that alone is real love, which the Lord Himself inspires;
by Guru's Grace, duality is eradicated.


Such love never breaks; through it, the mortal remains merged in the Lord.


Naam Dayv has focused his consciousness on the True Name. II3II


Like the love between the child and its mother,
so is my mind imbued with the Lord.


Prays Naam Dayv, I am in love with the Lord.


The Lord of the Universe abides within my consciousness. II4II1II7II

by FaujKaur @ Saturday, May 26, 2007
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Siree Raag, First Mehla, Fifth House:


The Undeceiveable is not deceived by deception. He cannot be wounded by any dagger.

As our Lord and Master keeps us, so do we exist. The soul of this greedy person is tossed this way and that. II1II

Without the oil, how can the lamp be lit? II1IIPauseII

Let the reading of your prayer book be the oil, and let the Fear of God be the wick for the lamp of this body.

Light this lamp with the understanding of Truth. II2II

Use this oil to light this lamp.

Light it, and meet your Lord and Master.II1IIPauseII

This body is softened with the Word of the Guru's Bani;
you shall find peace, doing seva (selfless service).

All the world continues coming and going in reincarnation. II3II

In the midst of this world, do seva,
and you shall be given a place of honor in the Court of the Lord.

Says Nanak, swing your arms in joy! II4II33II

by FaujKaur @ Saturday, May 26, 2007
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She is decorated with the Word of the Guru's Shabad; her mind and body belong to her Husband Lord.



With her palms pressed together, she stands, waiting on Him, and offers her True prayers to Him.


Click Here for Full Shabad




by FaujKaur @ Saturday, May 26, 2007
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Recently Daughters of the Khalsa has teamed up with Sikh Speak to write a monthly column on Sikh Women.


To Keep up with the columns, check out some of the past issues: http://sikhspeak.com/downloads.html



by FaujKaur @ Saturday, May 26, 2007
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A Tribute to our Mothers

In a world’s space of timeMany strong women have graced many history books
But none have equaled to the
sacrifice of Great Sikh Women

We know this,
We have followed you,
Every action and every adoption
Your heart was in it all

All your sweat and tears were unconditional
With the teachings you have inspired; with your miraculous life
You are a true inspiration

By being the unique, caring and
deep loving Sikh women
The Sikhs know, no other women can equal
to the determination you each had…

Great Sikh Warriors
You Have come so Far
With your endless Strength
And Your Grace
Your Life had a Purpose for all…

by FaujKaur @ Sunday, May 13, 2007
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A woman is a spirit that can attain five great personalities..
Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Grandmother

How can we ridicule the concept of women when our Guru Sahibans addressed Akal Purakh Sahib as the husband and portrayed themselves as a woman on countless occasions? He commented that a woman's heart is komal (soft) and kind.

Sikhs are forbidden from keeping any relations with ‘kurimars’ (those who kills their female children) yet it is sad to see that in Punjab every tenth house is a ‘kurimar’." He blamed the ‘snake of dowry’ for making these people do such evil things. On one hand a father is sending his daughter in a brand new car bought on loans and on the other hand he is getting ready for his funeral because of those loans.

By killing innocent girls in the womb, we are killing a spirit that can attain five great personalities: a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother and a grandmother. We are acting like God not realizing that this spirit can have great karams written on her forehead and that she can change our lives for the better.

Why don't we teach and guide our daughters from our great history?

They can be great sisters like Bebe Nanaki Ji who had unequivocal trust in Guru Nanak Dev ji when no one else did and became the very first Sikh of Guru Sahib.

There were great mothers like Mata Tripta Ji .How great she must be that she gave birth to Guru Nanak Dev Ji and thus did not incur any worldly desires. She was truly ‘tripat’ as her name implies, satisfied in life.


There was Mata Khivi Ji, Bibi Ji was like a big tree with a cool and sweet shadow, who raised two great daughters Bibi Amro Ji and Bibi Anokhi Ji. Mata Khivi Ji took her husbands, Guru Angad Dev Ji teachings seriously, she made it clear that one must earn one's living through one's own labour.


There were daughters like Bibi Bhani Ji who was so humble and polite to her father, Guru Amar Das Ji, and thus, Bibi Bhani Ji's son Guru Arjan Dev Ji inherited great qualities.


There were grandmothers like Mata Gujar Kaur (Gujri ji) who was unwavering, and had an enormous loving heart.


Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji told his daughter Bibi Veero Ji when she got married to never let a blemish come on this Guru-kul (Guru’s family). Imagine how great she must have been that all five of her sons became Shaheed on the battlefields!


Finally, what about the Mothers of the Punj Pyare! It was through their selfless courage, absolute love, and total fearlessness that the Khalsa came to life. But do we know the names of their mothers and what their mothers did to raise them with such a consciousness? Everyone has the Light of the Divine within them. That is never the question. But to live that Light unto death - that is a matter of training and the mother is the first training ground of the soul.


What values did their mothers instill in them?

What discipline?

What stories?

How did their mothers teach them?

What did they teach them?
Source Panthic Weekly

by FaujKaur @ Sunday, May 13, 2007
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He who did the work, is accepted as Guru; so which is better - the thistle or the rice?

The Righteous Judge of Dharma considered the arguments and made the decision.

Whatever the True Guru says, the True Lord does; it comes to pass instantaneously.

Guru Angad was proclaimed, and the True Creator confirmed it.

Nanak merely changed his body; He still sits on the throne, with hundreds of branches reaching out.

Standing at His door, His followers serve Him; by this service, their rust is scraped off.

He is the Dervish - the Saint, at the door of His Lord and Master; He loves the True Name, and the Bani of the Guru's Word.

Balwand says that Khivi, the Guru's wife, is a noble woman, who gives soothing, leafy shade to all.

She distributes the bounty of the Guru's Langar; the kheer - the rice pudding and ghee, is like sweet ambrosia.

The faces of the Guru's Sikhs are radiant and bright; the self-willed manmukhs are pale, like straw.

The Master gave His approval, when Angad exerted Himself heroically.
Such is the Husband of mother Khivi; He sustains the world. II3II





Shabad is by Bhatt Sathaa & Balvand in Raag Raamkalee on Anng 967

by FaujKaur @ Sunday, May 13, 2007
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Aasaa, Fourth Mehla:

Constantly listening to the Ambrosial Gurbani in the heart, it becomes pleasing to the mind.

Through Gurbani, the Incomprehensible Lord is comprehended. II1II

As Gurmukh, listen to the Naam, the Name of the Lord, O my sisters.

The One Lord is pervading and permeating deep within the heart; with your mouth, recite the Ambrosial Hymns of the Guru. II1IIPauseII

My mind and body are filled with divine love, and great sadness.

By great good fortune, I have obtained the True Guru, the Primal Being. II2II

In the love of duality, the mortals wander through poisonous Maya.

The unfortunate ones do not meet the True Guru. II3II

The Lord Himself inspires us to drink in the Lord's Ambrosial Elixir.

Through the Perfect Guru, O Nanak, the Lord is obtained. II4II3II55II





Shabad is by Guru Raam Daas Ji in Raag Aasaa on Anng 366

by FaujKaur @ Sunday, May 13, 2007
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Siree Raag, Third Mehla:

Emotional attachment to Maya is created by my God; He Himself misleads us through illusion and doubt.

The self-willed manmukhs perform their actions, but they do not understand; they waste away their lives in vain.

Gurbani is the Light to illuminate this world; by His Grace, it comes to abide within the mind. II1II

O mind, chant the Naam, the Name of the Lord, and find peace.

Praising the Perfect Guru, you shall easily meet with that God. II1IIPauseII

Doubt departs, and fear runs away, when you focus your consciousness on the Lord's Feet.

The Gurmukh practices the Shabad, and the Lord comes to dwell within the mind.

In the mansion of the home within the self, we merge in Truth, and the Messenger of Death cannot devour us. II2II

Naam Dayv the printer, and Kabeer the weaver, obtained salvation through the Perfect Guru.

Those who know God and recognize His Shabad lose their ego and class consciousness.

Their Banis are sung by the angelic beings, and no one can erase them, O Siblings of Destiny! II3II

The demon's son Prahlaad had not read about religious rituals or ceremonies, austerity or self-discipline; he did not know the love of duality.

Upon meeting with the True Guru, he became pure; night and day, he chanted the Naam, the Name of the Lord.

He read only of the One and he understood only the One Name; he knew no other at all. II4II

The followers of the six different life-styles and world-views, the Yogis and the Sanyaasees have gone astray in doubt without the Guru.

If they serve the True Guru, they find the state of salvation; they enshrine the Dear Lord within their minds.

They focus their consciousness on the True Bani, and their comings and goings in reincarnation are over. II5II

The Pandits, the religious scholars, read and argue and stir up controversies, but without the Guru, they are deluded by doubt.

They wander around the cycle of 8.4 million reincarnations; without the Shabad, they do not attain liberation.

But when they remember the Name, then they attain the state of salvation, when the True Guru unites them in Union. II6II

In the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation, the Name of the Lord wells up, when the True Guru unites us in His Sublime Love.

I offer my mind and body, and I renounce my selfishness and conceit; I walk in Harmony with the Will of the True Guru.

I am forever a sacrifice to my Guru, who has attached my consciousness to the Lord. II7II

He alone is a Brahmin, who knows the Lord Brahma, and is attuned to the Love of the Lord.

God is close at hand; He dwells deep within the hearts of all. How rare are those who, as Gurmukh, know Him.

O Nanak, through the Naam, greatness is obtained; through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, He is realized. II8II5II22II



Shabad is by Guru Amar Daas Ji in Siree Raag on Anng 67

by FaujKaur @ Sunday, May 13, 2007
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Bilaaval:

Every day, he rises early, and brings a fresh clay pot; he passes his life embellishing and glazing it.

He does not think at all of worldly weaving; he is absorbed in the subtle essence of the Lord, Har, Har. II1II

Who in our family has ever chanted the Name of the Lord?

Ever since this worthless son of mine began chanting with his mala, we have had no peace at all! II1IIPauseII

Listen, O my sisters-in-law, a wondrous thing has happenedII

This boy has ruined our weaving business. Why didn't he simply die? II2II

O mother, the One Lord, the Lord and Master, is the source of all peace. The Guru has blessed me with His Name.

He preserved the honor of Prahlaad, and destroyed Harnaakhash with his nails. II3II

I have renounced the gods and ancestors of my house, for the Word of the Guru's Shabad.Says Kabeer, God is the Destroyer of all sins; He is the Saving Grace of His Saints. II4II4II




Shabad is by Bhagat Kabeer Ji in Raag Bilaaval on Anng 856


by FaujKaur @ Sunday, May 13, 2007
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Pauree:

BABBA: One who knows God is a Brahmin.

A Vaishnaav is one who, as Gurmukh, lives the righteous life of Dharma.
One who eradicates his own evil is a brave warrior; no evil even approaches him.

Man is bound by the chains of his own egotism, selfishness and conceit.

The spiritually blind place the blame on others.

But all debates and clever tricks are of no use at all.O Nanak, he alone comes to know, whom the Lord inspires to know. II39II



Shabad is by Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Raag Gauree on Anng 258

by FaujKaur @ Sunday, May 13, 2007
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Pauree:

KHAKHA: The All-powerful Lord lacks nothing;
whatever He is to give, He continues to give - let anyone go anywhere he pleases.

The wealth of the Naam, the Name of the Lord, is a treasure to spend; it is the capital of His devotees.

With tolerance, humility, bliss and intuitive poise, they continue to meditate on the Lord, the Treasure of excellence.

Those, unto whom the Lord shows His Mercy, play happily and blossom forth.

Those who have the wealth of the Lord's Name in their homes are forever wealthy and beautiful.

Those who are blessed with the Lord's Glance of Grace suffer neither torture, nor pain, nor punishment.

O Nanak, those who are pleasing to God become perfectly successful.II18II



Shabad is by Guru Arjan Dev Ji in Raag Gauree on Anng 253

by FaujKaur @ Sunday, May 13, 2007
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Concentrate upon the Guru-word considering it as the figure of the Guru who is always with you.

Due to the knowledge of the Word, the gurmukh finds the Lord always near and not far off.

But the seed of karmas aprouts according to the previous karmas.

The valiant servant becomes leader in doing service to the Guru.

God, the supreme store house is always full and omnipresent.

His glory shines forth in the holy congregation of the saints.

The brightness of myriads of moons and suns is subdued before the light of the holy congregation.

Millions of Vedas and Puranas are insignificant before the praises of the Lord.

The dust of the feet of the beloved of the Lord is dear to the gurmukh.



Shabad is by Bhai Gurdaas Ji in Vaars Bhai Gurdaas on Anng 3

by FaujKaur @ Sunday, May 13, 2007
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Mothers of Our Guru Sahib Ji’s time were so strong
Look at them, they were so bright

Strong women, taking on many tasks
Strong women, building their souls

Setting the stage for their sons and daughters
Setting the values and persistency of Sikhi

They did it with Grace and Meditation
Doing what they enjoyed and loved

Strong Women, made of steel and substance
Strong Women, the Sikhs say

We can just be like them
We can do what they did

Look how far they have come
Look at them, and be encouraged by them

Because they built their Sikhi with strong foundations
With Naam, Bani, Simran and Seva

They were Strong Women
...Waheguru...

by FaujKaur @ Sunday, May 13, 2007
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Shaheed Sardarnee Darshan Kaur Jee

Sardarnee Darshan Kaur was a very brave and daring woman who had a great enthusiasm for Panthic affairs. Her husband Sardar Harnam Singh is also a very spirited individual. Darshan Kaur jee's father was Sardar Partap Singh and she married into a family from village Rajat Dist. Campbellpore in 1947.


Bibi jee had a deep love with the Guru Ghar and would always swerve Gursikhs who would come to her home. People were all awe struck at the humble service she would give. Bibi Darshan Kaur would never eat without first completing her nitnem.

During the 1960s Punjabi Suba Agitation, she, along with her 3-year-old daughter courted arrest and spent six months in jail.


In the Kanpur massacre, bibi jee was accompanying the march with fervour and fearlessness. The Nirankaris' bullets struck her once in the chest and twice in the legs but she did not step back.



...In her age of 50 years, she was martyred and gave the entire Sikh community renewed vitality...


Source: http://www.tapoban.org/darshankaur.htm

by FaujKaur @ Wednesday, May 02, 2007
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