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Burberry Children’s first Sikh model wins hearts on social media

British luxury brand Burberry is winning hearts on social media, especially of those from the Indian community, for featuring a Sikh model in its latest Children’s Autumn-Winter 2022 campaign that celebrates the diversity in fashion.

Four-year-old Sahib Singh is the the brand’s first-ever Sikh model to feature in a children’s campaign.

Burberry, which shared its back-to-school designs on Instagram on Wednesday evening, shows the four-year-old dressed in a padded puffer jacket  ..

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August 5, 2022 / by / in
Auckland honours Sikhs with a street name in Manukau City

A Street in Manukau city, suburb in south Auckland, New Zealand has been named as “Waheguru Street” to honour Sikhs. Waheguru Lane is a passage off Redoubt Road in Manukau City. Waheguru is a revered expression of Sikhs meaning “Wonderous Enlightener”. Waheguru Lane is a result of the initiative of Harry Singh, of Sunshine Homes, who developed 18 new houses in the area. Similar lanes names exist to honour the minority in the area. These are Diwan Lane, Shahkot Way and Deepak lane. Get more information and Ref: at https://www.sikh-news.com/region/news/waheguru-street-Manukau-Auckland-sikh-news-10909

July 30, 2022 / by / in
Daily Hukamnama

July 21, 2022

ਸਲੋਕੁ ਮਃ ੩ ॥

Shalok, Third Mehl:

ਰੇ ਜਨ ਉਥਾਰੈ ਦਬਿਓਹੁ ਸੁਤਿਆ ਗਈ ਵਿਹਾਇ ॥

O man, you have been tormented by a nightmare, and you have passed your life in sleep

ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਕਾ ਸਬਦੁ ਸੁਣਿ ਨ ਜਾਗਿਓ ਅੰਤਰਿ ਨ ਉਪਜਿਓ ਚਾਉ ॥

You did not wake to hear the Word of the True Guru’s Shabad; you have no inspiration within yourself.

ਸਰੀਰੁ ਜਲਉ ਗੁਣ ਬਾਹਰਾ ਜੋ ਗੁਰ ਕਾਰ ਨ ਕਮਾਇ ॥

That body burns, which has no virtue, and which does not serve the Guru.

ਜਗਤੁ ਜਲੰਦਾ ਡਿਠੁ ਮੈ ਹਉਮੈ ਦੂਜੈ ਭਾਇ ॥

I have seen that the world is burning, in egotism and the love of duality.

ਨਾਨਕ ਗੁਰ ਸਰਣਾਈ ਉਬਰੇ ਸਚੁ ਮਨਿ ਸਬਦਿ ਧਿਆਇ ॥੧॥

O Nanak, those who seek the Guru’s Sanctuary are saved; within their minds, they meditate on the True Word of the Shabad. ||1||

ਮਃ ੩ ॥

Third Mehl:

ਸਬਦਿ ਰਤੇ ਹਉਮੈ ਗਈ ਸੋਭਾਵੰਤੀ ਨਾਰਿ ॥

Attuned to the Word of the Shabad, the soul-bride is rid of egotism, and she is glorified.

ਪਿਰ ਕੈ ਭਾਣੈ ਸਦਾ ਚਲੈ ਤਾ ਬਨਿਆ ਸੀਗਾਰੁ ॥

If she walks steadily in the way of His Will, then she is adorned with decorations.

ਨਾ ਹਰਿ ਮਰੈ ਨ ਕਦੇ ਦੁਖੁ ਲਾਗੈ ਸਦਾ ਸੁਹਾਗਣਿ ਨਾਰਿ ॥

The Lord does not die, and she never suffers pain; she is a happy soul-bride forever.

ਨਾਨਕ ਹਰਿ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਮੇਲਿ ਲਈ ਗੁਰ ਕੈ ਹੇਤਿ ਪਿਆਰਿ ॥੨॥

O Nanak, the Lord God unites her with Himself; she enshrines love and affection for the Guru. ||2||

ਪਉੜੀ ॥

Pauree:

ਜਿਨਾ ਗੁਰੁ ਗੋਪਿਆ ਆਪਣਾ ਤੇ ਨਰ ਬੁਰਿਆਰੀ ॥

Those who conceal and deny their Guru, are the most evil people.

ਹਰਿ ਜੀਉ ਤਿਨ ਕਾ ਦਰਸਨੁ ਨਾ ਕਰਹੁ ਪਾਪਿਸਟ ਹਤਿਆਰੀ ॥

O Dear Lord, let me not even see them; they are the worst sinners and murderers.

ਓਹਿ ਘਰਿ ਘਰਿ ਫਿਰਹਿ ਕੁਸੁਧ ਮਨਿ ਜਿਉ ਧਰਕਟ ਨਾਰੀ ॥

They wander from house to house, with impure minds, like wicked, forsaken women.

ਵਡਭਾਗੀ ਸੰਗਤਿ ਮਿਲੇ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਸਵਾਰੀ ॥

But by great good fortune, they may meet the Company of the Holy; as Gurmukhs, they are reformed.

ਹਰਿ ਮੇਲਹੁ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਦਇਆ ਕਰਿ ਗੁਰ ਕਉ ਬਲਿਹਾਰੀ ॥੨੩॥

O Lord, please be kind and let me meet the True Guru; I am a sacrifice to the Guru. ||23||

ਸਲੋਕੁ ਮ: ੩ ॥ ਮੋਹ-ਰੂਪ ਉਥਾਰੇ ਦੇ ਦੱਬੇ ਹੋਏ ਹੇ ਭਾਈ! ਤੇਰੀ ਉਮਰ ਸੁੱਤਿਆਂ ਹੀ ਗੁਜ਼ਰ ਗਈ ਹੈ;
ਸਤਿਗੁਰੂ ਦਾ ਸ਼ਬਦ ਸੁਣ ਕੇ ਤੈਨੂੰ ਜਾਗ ਨਹੀਂ ਆਈ ਤੇ ਨਾ ਹੀ ਹਿਰਦੇ ਵਿਚ ਨਾਮ ਜਪਣ ਦਾ ਚਾਉ ਉਪਜਿਆ ਹੈ।
ਗੁਣਾਂ ਤੋਂ ਸੱਖਣਾ ਸਰੀਰ ਸੜ ਜਾਏ ਜੋ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੂ ਦੀ ਦੱਸੀ ਹੋਈ ਕਾਰ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰਦਾ;
ਇਸ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਦਾ ਸੰਸਾਰ ਮੈਂ ਹਉਮੈਂ ਵਿਚ ਤੇ ਮਾਇਆ ਦੇ ਮੋਹ ਵਿਚ ਸੜਦਾ ਵੇਖਿਆ ਹੈ।
ਹੇ ਨਾਨਕ! ਗੁਰੂ ਦੇ ਸ਼ਬਦ ਦੇ ਰਾਹੀਂ ਸੱਚੇ ਹਰੀ ਨੂੰ ਮਨ ਵਿਚ ਸਿਮਰ ਕੇ ਜੀਵ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੂ ਦੀ ਸ਼ਰਨ ਪੈ ਕੇ ਇਸ ਹਉਮੈ ਵਿਚ ਸੜਨ ਤੋਂ ਬਚਦੇ ਹਨ।੧।
ਜਿਸ ਦੀ ਹਉਮੈ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੂ ਦੇ ਸ਼ਬਦ ਵਿਚ ਰੰਗੇ ਜਾਣ ਨਾਲ ਦੂਰ ਹੋ ਜਾਂਦੀ ਹੈ ਉਹ ਜੀਵ-ਰੂਪੀ ਨਾਰੀ ਸੋਭਾਵੰਤੀ ਹੈ;
ਉਹ ਨਾਰੀ ਆਪਣੇ ਪ੍ਰਭੂ-ਪਤੀ ਦੇ ਹੁਕਮ ਵਿਚ ਸਦਾ ਤੁਰਦੀ ਹੈ, ਇਸੇ ਕਰਕੇ ਉਸ ਦਾ ਸ਼ਿੰਗਾਰ ਸਫਲ ਸਮਝੋ।
ਜਿਸ ਜੀਵ-ਇਸਤ੍ਰੀ ਨੇ ਪ੍ਰਭੂ-ਪਤੀ ਲੱਭ ਲਿਆ ਹੈ, ਉਸ ਦੀ ਹਿਰਦੇ-ਰੂਪ ਸੇਜ ਸੁੰਦਰ ਹੈ, ਕਿਉਂਕਿ ਉਸ ਨੂੰ ਪਤੀ ਸਦਾ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਹੋਇਆ ਹੈ, ਉਹ ਇਸਤ੍ਰੀ ਸਦਾ ਸੁਹਾਗ ਵਾਲੀ ਹੈ ਕਿਉਂਕਿ ਉਸ ਦਾ ਪਤੀ ਪ੍ਰਭੂ ਕਦੇ ਮਰਦਾ ਨਹੀਂ, ਇਸ ਲਈ ਉਹ ਕਦੇ ਦੁਖੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੁੰਦੀ।
ਹੇ ਨਾਨਕ! ਗੁਰੂ ਦੇ ਪਿਆਰ ਵਿਚ ਉਸ ਦੀ ਬ੍ਰਿਤੀ ਹੋਣ ਕਰਕੇ ਪ੍ਰਭੂ ਨੇ ਉਸ ਨੂੰ ਆਪਣੇ ਨਾਲ ਮਿਲਾਇਆ ਹੈ।੨।
ਜੋ ਮਨੁੱਖ ਪਿਆਰੇ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੂ ਦੀ ਨਿੰਦਾ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਨ, ਉਹ ਬਹੁਤ ਭੈੜੇ ਹਨ, ਰੱਬ ਮਿਹਰ ਹੀ ਕਰੇ।
ਹੇ ਭਾਈ! ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦਾ ਦਰਸ਼ਨ ਨਾਹ ਕਰੋ, ਉਹ ਬੜੇ ਪਾਪੀ ਤੇ ਹੱਤਿਆਰੇ ਹਨ;
ਮਨੋਂ ਖੋਟੇ ਉਹ ਆਦਮੀ ਵਿਭਚਾਰਨ ਇਸਤ੍ਰੀ ਵਾਂਗ ਘਰ-ਘਰ ਫਿਰਦੇ ਹਨ।
ਵਡਭਾਗੀ ਮਨੁੱਖ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੂ ਦੀ ਨਿਵਾਜੀ ਹੋਈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਾਂ ਦੀ ਸੰਗਤ ਵਿਚ ਮਿਲਦੇ ਹਨ।
ਹੇ ਹਰੀ! ਮੈਂ ਸਦਕੇ ਹਾਂ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੂ ਤੋਂ, ਮੇਹਰ ਕਰਕੇ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੂ ਨੂੰ ਮਿਲਾ।੨੩।

July 21, 2022 / by / in
Norwich Sikh independence celebration is criticized by Indian residents

Norwich — City leaders and state legislators are in the middle of a bitter rift between Sikhs and a group calling itself “Indian American Community of CT” concerning the city’s support of an April 29 celebration of Sikh Independence Day.

Since that day, emails, texts, angry phone calls and letters have circulated by Indians demanding that Norwich Mayor Peter Nystrom and the City Council rescind their proclamation declaring April 29 as Sikh Declaration of Independence Day.

Similar demands have been made of state legislators to revoke a General Assembly citation started by state Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, and signed by the Norwich delegation and state legislative leaders.

A petition on www.change.org asks the Connecticut General Assembly to rescind its citation in support of the Declaration of Sikh Independence Day. The petition had 747 signatures as of Friday afternoon.

Sikh community leaders, including the World Sikh Parliament, have fired back with their own emails, videos, links to articles describing atrocities against Sikhs allegedly supported by the Indian government. A petition started by Norwich Sikh community leader Swaranjit Singh Khalsa on www.change.org asks that U.S. lawmakers, including President Joe Biden, “must allow Sikh history to be celebrated and acknowledged in U.S.” That petition had 737 signatures by Friday afternoon.

The Indian American Community of CT claims that the General Assembly and Norwich are illegally interfering with U.S. international affairs. The group accused the World Sikh Parliament, which ran the April 29 event program, of having ties to Sikh terrorist organizations. Norwich and state leaders have been “misguided by fringe organizations with nefarious intentions,” said one email sent by Vikram Bhandari of Wilton and signed only by Indian American Community of CT.

The group called the independence celebration of the 1986 declaration of independence by Sikhs for an independent state of Khalistan, “uncalled for recognition of a separatist movement calling for the breakup of India.”

The email contained links to published articles about the 1984 assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by two Sikh bodyguards and the bombing of an Air India passenger jet on June 23, 1985, allegedly by Sikh extremists.

Notably, the email sent Monday, June 20 to Norwich Mayor Nystrom and City Council members was not sent to Alderman Singh Khalsa, whom is a Sikh. He said he was not surprised.

“They don’t like Sikhs, and it’s very painful for them to see me as elected official,” Khalsa said in response to the slight.

Khalsa and other Sikh leaders accused the Indian consulate in New York of stirring up the controversy in Connecticut. Khalsa’s email responses contain links to articles describing an Indian government “disinformation” campaign against Sikhs and Indian government military actions against Sikhs, including the June 1984 military assault on a Sikh temple, and the widely labeled “Sikh genocide” riots against Sikhs in November 1984 following Indira Gandhi’s assassination.

Khalsa cited a book that claims the Air India bombing was planned by the Indian foreign intelligence agency to blame Sikhs.

Khalsa said Sikhs view the Punjab region as the Sikh homeland occupied by India. Khalsa said the 1986 Sikh Declaration of Independence in Amritsar Punjab was “made in peaceful manner among 500,000 people.” He said the April 29 Norwich anniversary celebration likewise was peaceful.

“Sikh nation seeks peaceful resolution with India and just wanted their right of self-determination,” Khalsa said in an email to The Day last week.

On Friday, Khalsa said Sikh leaders are working to set up a meeting with officials at the U.S. State Department to file a written complaint against Indian consulate of New York “and all parties involved in it.”

Reactions to the demand by the Indian American Community of CT’s request that the citation and city proclamation be revoked are mixed.

Norwich Mayor Peter Nystrom staunchly defended the city proclamation and support for the local Sikh community. Nystrom said more than 25 Sikh families live in Norwich and are peaceful, productive members of the community. Nystrom said he has read about violent attacks and political persecution against Sikhs and Sikhism in India.

“We have Sikh residents living in the city of Norwich who are kind, peace-loving families,” Nystrom said. “This is an argument between people that can never be settled, not even by us and our resolutions.”

On May 24, state Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, Deputy Senate Majority Leader Matthew L. Lesser, D-Middletown, and state Sen. Saud Anwar, D-South Windsor, issued a joint letter clarifying their position regarding the citation “perceived as challenging the sovereignty of India.” The letter stated the citation “mistakenly” included their names as introducers and said they were grateful to the Consul General of India for the chance to clarify their position.

“As state senators, we each represent large and diverse Indian American communities,” the letter stated. “We support continuing friendship between the people of India and the residents of Connecticut.”

Duff issued a separate letter June 1 saying he did not authorize his signature and was not aware of the citation at the time.

Republican state Rep. Doug Dubitsky, R-Chaplin, whose district includes Norwich, wrote in a June 9 letter to state Rep. Harry Arora, R-Greenwich, an immigrant from India, that Dubitsky too did not give permission for his name to appear on the citation. But Dubitsky’s letter explained that it is common practice and courtesy for a legislator to include the names of fellow legislators representing that municipality on celebratory citations.

“When I present a citation in the Norwich area, I typically ensure that the names of the other Norwich delegation members are on the citations, even if they had no involvement in the subject matter of the citation. It is a common courtesy among legislators,” Dubitsky wrote.

Dubitsky compared the Sikh-India controversy to an effort several years ago in the state legislature to support the people of Northern Ireland in their fight against British rule. Saying he “truly did not know who was right and who was wrong in that conflict,” Dubitsky declined to support the move.

“If I had been asked in advance about adding my name to the Sikh Independence citation, I likely would have taken that same position,” Dubitsky wrote.

Like Nystrom, Osten strongly defended the Sikh citation and said her office sent requests to legislative staffs of all Norwich legislators and Senate leaders Duff, Lesser and Anwar for support of the 36th anniversary of the declaration of Sikh independence. Osten said she has been issuing citations for the past several years for the anniversary, and this was the first time the citation has drawn controversy.

“I’m not retracting mine,” Osten said. “I’ve done this for the past five or six years. Apparently, this has become a political issue this year. I’m not disrespecting either side in this issue. They think that this is the state government taking sides. It is not. It’s a citation. it’s a legislative document, not government action. NEWS Reference Source: https://www.theday.com/article/20220626/NWS01/220629644

July 1, 2022 / by / in
Daily Hukamnama

June 22, 2022

ਸੂਹੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੧ ਘਰੁ ੬

Soohee, First Mehl, Sixth House:

ੴ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥

One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru:

ਉਜਲੁ ਕੈਹਾ ਚਿਲਕਣਾ ਘੋਟਿਮ ਕਾਲੜੀ ਮਸੁ ॥

ਭਰੋਨਜ਼ੲ ਸਿ ਬਰਗਿਹਟ ੳਨਦ ਸਹਨਿੇ, ਬੁਟ ਾਹੲਨ ਟਿ ਸਿ ਰੁਬਬੲਦ, ਟਿਸ ਬਲੳਚਕਨੲਸਸ ੳਪਪੲੳਰਸ.

ਧੋਤਿਆ ਜੂਠਿ ਨ ਉਤਰੈ ਜੇ ਸਉ ਧੋਵਾ ਤਿਸੁ ॥੧॥

Washing it, its impurity is not removed, even if it is washed a hundred times. ||1||

ਸਜਣ ਸੇਈ ਨਾਲਿ ਮੈ ਚਲਦਿਆ ਨਾਲਿ ਚਲੰਨਿੑ ॥

They alone are my friends, who travel along with me;

ਜਿਥੈ ਲੇਖਾ ਮੰਗੀਐ ਤਿਥੈ ਖੜੇ ਦਿਸੰਨਿ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥

and in that place, where the accounts are called for, they appear standing with me. ||1||Pause||

ਢਠੀਆ ਕੰਮਿ ਨ ਆਵਨੑੀ ਵਿਚਹੁ ਸਖਣੀਆਹਾ ॥੨॥

but they are empty within, and they crumble like useless ruins. ||2||

ਬਗਾ ਬਗੇ ਕਪੜੇ ਤੀਰਥ ਮੰਝਿ ਵਸੰਨਿੑ ॥

The herons in their white feathers dwell in the sacred shrines of pilgrimage.

ਘੁਟਿ ਘੁਟਿ ਜੀਆ ਖਾਵਣੇ ਬਗੇ ਨਾ ਕਹੀਅਨਿੑ ॥੩॥

They tear apart and eat the living beings, and so they are not called white. ||3||

ਸਿੰਮਲ ਰੁਖੁ ਸਰੀਰੁ ਮੈ ਮੈਜਨ ਦੇਖਿ ਭੁਲੰਨਿੑ ॥

My body is like the simmal tree; seeing me, other people are fooled.

ਸੇ ਫਲ ਕੰਮਿ ਨ ਆਵਨੑੀ ਤੇ ਗੁਣ ਮੈ ਤਨਿ ਹੰਨਿੑ ॥੪॥

ਅੰਧੁਲੈ ਭਾਰੁ ਉਠਾਇਆ ਡੂਗਰ ਵਾਟ ਬਹੁਤੁ ॥

The blind man is carrying such a heavy load, and his journey through the mountains is so long.

ਅਖੀ ਲੋੜੀ ਨਾ ਲਹਾ ਹਉ ਚੜਿ ਲੰਘਾ ਕਿਤੁ ॥੫॥

My eyes can see, but I cannot find the Way. How can I climb up and cross over the mountain? ||5||

ਚਾਕਰੀਆ ਚੰਗਿਆਈਆ ਅਵਰ ਸਿਆਣਪ ਕਿਤੁ ॥

What good does it do to serve, and be good, and be clever?

ਨਾਨਕ ਨਾਮੁ ਸਮਾਲਿ ਤੂੰ ਬਧਾ ਛੁਟਹਿ ਜਿਤੁ ॥੬॥੧॥੩॥

O Nanak, contemplate the Naam, the Name of the Lord, and you shall be released from bondage. ||6||1||3||

ਸੂਹੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੧ ਘਰੁ ੬
ੴ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥
ਮੈਂ ਕੈਂਹ (ਦਾ) ਸਾਫ਼ ਤੇ ਲਿਸ਼ਕਵਾਂ (ਭਾਂਡਾ) ਘਸਾਇਆ (ਤਾਂ ਉਸ ਵਿਚੋਂ) ਮਾੜੀ ਮਾੜੀ ਕਾਲੀ ਸਿਆਹੀ (ਲੱਗ ਗਈ) ।
ਜੇ ਮੈਂ ਸੌ ਵਾਰੀ ਭੀ ਉਸ ਕੈਂਹ ਦੇ ਭਾਂਡੇ ਨੂੰ ਧੋਵਾਂ (ਸਾਫ਼ ਕਰਾਂ) ਤਾਂ ਭੀ (ਬਾਹਰੋਂ) ਧੋਣ ਨਾਲ ਉਸ ਦੀ (ਅੰਦਰਲੀ) ਜੂਠ (ਕਾਲਖ) ਦੂਰ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੁੰਦੀ ।੧।
ਮੇਰੇ ਅਸਲ ਮਿੱਤ੍ਰ ਉਹੀ ਹਨ ਜੋ (ਸਦਾ) ਮੇਰੇ ਨਾਲ ਰਹਿਣ, ਤੇ (ਇਥੋਂ) ਤੁਰਨ ਵੇਲੇ ਭੀ ਮੇਰੇ ਨਾਲ ਹੀ ਚੱਲਣ, (ਅਗਾਂਹ) ਜਿਥੇ (ਕੀਤੇ ਕਰਮਾਂ ਦਾ) ਹਿਸਾਬ ਮੰਗਿਆ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ ਉਥੇ ਅਝੱਕ ਹੋ ਕੇ ਹਿਸਾਬ ਦੇ ਸਕਣ (ਭਾਵ, ਹਿਸਾਬ ਦੇਣ ਵਿਚ ਕਾਮਯਾਬ ਹੋ ਸਕਣ) ।੧।
ਰਹਾਉ।
ਜੇਹੜੇ ਘਰ ਮੰਦਰ ਮਹਲ ਚੌਹਾਂ ਪਾਸਿਆਂ ਤੋਂ ਤਾਂ ਚਿੱਤਰੇ ਹੋਏ ਹੋਣ, ਪਰ ਅੰਦਰੋਂ ਖ਼ਾਲੀ ਹੋਣ, (ਉਹ ਢਹਿ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਨ ਤੇ) ਢੱਠੇ ਹੋਏ ਕਿਸੇ ਕੰਮ ਨਹੀਂ ਆਉਂਦੇ ।੨।
ਬਗਲਿਆਂ ਦੇ ਚਿੱਟੇ ਖੰਭ ਹੁੰਦੇ ਹਨ, ਵੱਸਦੇ ਭੀ ਉਹ ਤੀਰਥਾਂ ਉਤੇ ਹੀ ਹਨ ।
ਪਰ ਜੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ (ਗਲੋਂ) ਘੁੱਟ ਘੁੱਟ ਕੇ ਖਾ ਜਾਣ ਵਾਲੇ (ਅੰਦਰੋਂ) ਸਾਫ਼ ਸੁਥਰੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਆਖੇ ਜਾਂਦੇ ।੩।
(ਜਿਵੇਂ) ਸਿੰਬਲ ਦਾ ਰੁੱਖ (ਹੈ ਤਿਵੇਂ) ਮੇਰਾ ਸਰੀਰ ਹੈ, (ਸਿੰਬਲ ਦੇ ਫਲਾਂ ਨੂੰ) ਵੇਖ ਕੇ ਤੋਤੇ ਭੁਲੇਖਾ ਖਾ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਨ, (ਸਿੰਬਲ ਦੇ) ਉਹ ਫਲ (ਤੋਤਿਆਂ ਦੇ) ਕੰਮ ਨਹੀਂ ਆਉਂਦੇ, ਉਹੋ ਜੇਹੇ ਹੀ ਗੁਣ ਮੇਰੇ ਸਰੀਰ ਵਿਚ ਹਨ ।੪।
ਮੈਂ ਅੰਨ੍ਹੇ ਨੇ (ਸਿਰ ਉਤੇ ਵਿਕਾਰਾਂ ਦਾ) ਭਾਰ ਚੁੱਕਿਆ ਹੋਇਆ ਹੈ, (ਅਗਾਂਹ ਮੇਰਾ ਜੀਵਨ-ਪੰਧ) ਬੜਾ ਪਹਾੜੀ ਰਸਤਾ ਹੈ ।
ਅੱਖਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਭਾਲਿਆਂ ਭੀ ਮੈਂ ਰਾਹ-ਖਹਿੜਾ ਲੱਭ ਨਹੀਂ ਸਕਦਾ (ਕਿਉਂਕਿ ਅੱਖਾਂ ਹੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਹਨ ।
ਇਸ ਹਾਲਤ ਵਿਚ) ਕਿਸ ਤਰੀਕੇ ਨਾਲ (ਪਹਾੜੀ ਤੇ) ਚੜ੍ਹ ਕੇ ਮੈਂ ਪਾਰ ਲੰਘਾਂ?
।੫।
ਹੇ ਨਾਨਕ! (ਪਹਾੜੀ ਰਸਤੇ ਵਰਗੇ ਬਿਖੜੇ ਜੀਵਨ-ਪੰਧ ਵਿਚੋਂ ਪਾਰ ਲੰਘਣ ਲਈ) ਦੁਨੀਆ ਦੇ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਖ਼ੁਸ਼ਾਮਦਾਂ, ਲੋਕ-ਵਿਖਾਵੇ ਤੇ ਚਲਾਕੀਆਂ ਕਿਸੇ ਕੰਮ ਨਹੀਂ ਆ ਸਕਦੀਆਂ ।
ਪਰਮਾਤਮਾ ਦਾ ਨਾਮ (ਆਪਣੇ ਹਿਰਦੇ ਵਿਚ) ਸਾਂਭ ਕੇ ਰੱਖ ।
(ਮਾਇਆ ਦੇ ਮੋਹ ਵਿਚ) ਬੱਝਾ ਹੋਇਆ ਤੂੰ ਇਸ ਨਾਮ (-ਸਿਮਰਨ) ਦੀ ਰਾਹੀਂ ਹੀ (ਮੋਹ ਦੇ ਬੰਧਨਾਂ ਤੋਂ) ਖ਼ਲਾਸੀ ਪਾ ਸਕੇਂਗਾ ।੬।੧।੩।

June 22, 2022 / by / in
Uttarakhand: Hemkund Sahib Opens With Curbs on Daily Numbers 


Portals of One of the Most Revered Sikh Shrines, Hemkund Sahib, Opened in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli on Sunday With a Daily Cap on the Number Devotees. They Were Closed During Winter for Six Months.

A Maximum Number of 5,000 People Can Visit the Shrine Daily This Year. Located at a Height of Around 15,200 Feet Near the Valley of Flowers in the Garhwal Himalayas, Hemkund Sahib Is Linked to Tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh.
The First Batch of 5000 Pilgrims, Led by the Panj Pyaras” and Granthis of the Gurdwara Left Ghaghariya, the Base Camp for the Six-kilometre Trek to Hemkund, Early on Sunday Morning to Open the Gates of the Shrine at 10:30 Am, Situated Near
The Hemkund Sarovar in the Middle of Snow-capped Mountain Ranges. The Guru Granth Sahib Was Brought to the Gurdwara and the Rituals Completed With the Recitation of the Sukhmani Sahib.
Besides, the Portals of Nearby Lokpal Temple Were Also Opened for the Devotees. Meanwhile, the Char Dham Yatra Is in Full Swing With Over Eight Lakh Pilgrims Having Already Visited


the yatra since the opening of portals of the fours shrines – Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamuntri and Gangotri. Get more infromation at

Source:- https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/dehradun/hemkund-sahib-opens-with-curbs-on-daily-numbers/articleshow/91730656.cms

May 26, 2022 / by / in
Sikh community in Shediac marks religious holiday with celebratory parade

The Sikh community in Shediac gathered Sunday to celebrate the religious holiday of Vaisakhi.

Vaisakhi marks the creation of Sikhism in 1699 and the beginning of the harvest season.

Prabhjot Singh participated in what he says is the first widely held nagar kirtan in New Brunswick.

The tradition involves a procession of people singing hymns. In this case, they wandered to the site that will house their future temple.  

“It’s a very religious festival in the Sikh community.” he said as he served free handmade food at the group’s temporary temple. 

“Anybody from any religion, any caste or anywhere in Canada can come here, sit here, eat here…. We are helping each other because we are building a community here,” said Singh.

The principle follows that of seva — or selfless service — a concept that was embodied by Sikhism’s founding gurus.

The province’s Sikh community had been hoping to put on a nagar kirtan since last year, but COVID-19 restrictions prevented it. 

That’s why it’s been a relief for Navdeep Singh to put on the procession.

“I’m very grateful and excited because everyone in our community wanted [to have a] Sikh temple here where we can worship,” said Singh.

He said it’s good for members of the community to get together for a celebration like this because they have the shared experience of being immigrants missing their homes.

“A lot of people are moving…. The community is growing and there’s a need of Sikh temple.”

Navneet Kaur moved here from Toronto and said this event is a way to remember her culture and bring a sense of community to the area. 

“Having the nagar kirtan held in [the Atlantic provinces] is really a proud moment for me, and I feel like everyone will join and will respect our culture and will know more about it.”

Several hundred people from around the Maritimes attended the event.

Source: https://www.cbc.ca

May 10, 2022 / by / in
Sikh community India’s strong link with outside world: Modi

Modi has initiated a series of efforts to reach out to the Sikh community especially those in Punjab, following widespread anger against the central government over the contentious farm laws, now withdrawn.

The Sikh community has become a strong link between India and the outside world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said even as he termed the Indian diaspora, of which the community is a significant part, as “rashtradoot”.

“The New India is touching new dimensions, leaving its mark on the entire world. This period of Covid pandemic is the biggest example of this. At the beginning of this, people were expressing concerns about whether India would be able to deal with the pandemic. But, now people are giving examples of India everywhere,” Modi said while hosting a Sikh delegation at his official residence on Friday evening.

Modi, who recently addressed from the Red Fort at an event to commemorate the ninth Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur, added: “Our Gurus have taught us courage and service. The people of India went to different parts of the world without any resources and achieved success through their labour. This is the spirit of New India today.”

Pointing out that the Sikh community has always played as a crucial connection between India and the other countries, Modi said he has got “opportunities to strengthen it further” and that he has been doing it. Indian diaspora, according to him, has been acting as “rashtradoot”. Addressing the delegation that included NRIs, he said: “You all are India’s lofty identity and voice outside. You have played a significant role in brightening India’s name outside. The increased respect and honour brings more opportunities also.”

Sporting a turban, Modi was flanked by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on the stage.

He said that the “entire country feels grateful to Sikhs for their contributions in the freedom struggle and in the post-Independence era”. According to the Prime Minister, the Gurus inspired people in India and the Sikh tradition of “Ek Bharat, Shreshta Bharat”.

Modi has initiated a series of efforts to reach out to the Sikh community especially those in Punjab, following widespread anger against the central government over the contentious farm laws, now withdrawn. Besides the opening of Kartarpur corridor, Modi has announced a series of decisions to honour Sikh Gurus.

The Prime Minister had announced that December 26 will be observed as ‘Veer Baal Diwas’ as a tribute to the sons of the 10th Guru who attained martyrdom fighting the Mughals under Aurangzeb. The Modi government also commemorated the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Guru Tegh Bahadur, who was executed by the Mughals for protesting against the persecution of Kashmiri Pandits.

The PM, earlier this year, had met another Sikh delegation that included eminent personalities from the community, and the meeting was described by the delegation as “like a hug” to the community.

Source:https://indianexpress.com

May 2, 2022 / by / in
Sikh community to organize Roza Iftar party to mark Parkash Purab

AMRITSAR: The Sikh community of Prem Nagar in the Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KPK) province of Pakistan will organize Roza Iftar party on April 21 to mark the 400th birth anniversary of Sikh’s ninth Guru Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji with an aim to spread the message of ‘sanjhiwalta’ (universal partnership). While talking to us over the phone from Hangu on Wednesday, Sunny Singh president of Saragarhi Singh Society informed that the Gurudwara management would be organizing a Roza Iftar party on Thursday in Prem Nagar.

Stating that the Roza Iftar party would be held outside the Gurdwara premises, he said “The idea is to promote the message of sanjhiwalta, spread the message of brotherhood, unity and peace” said he adding that besides local Muslims they had extended invitation to Sikhs, Hindu’s and Christians to attend the Roza Iftar party.

The president of Gurdwara body said that Sikh’s ninth master had sacrificed his life to protect the human values, principles, and ideals and had spread the message of brotherhood, unity, and compassion.

Born in 1621 , Guru Teg Bahadur Ji also known as warrior Guru who had fought for religious freedom was the youngest son of Guru Hargobind. Celebrations are being held across the world to mark his 400th Parkash Purab.

In India, prime minister Narendra Modi will address the nation from Delhi’s Red Fort to mark the Parkash Purb and will also release a commemorative postage stamp and coin on the occasion.

Sunny Singh informed that they were constructing the Gurdwara Saragarhi Singh Sabha in memory of 21 British Indian soldiers at Prem Nagar which was about 42 km from Saragarhi. Notably, the Saragarhi Battle was a unique example of valour and courage as It was fought between 21 Sikh soldiers of British India and 10000 Afghan Pashtuns and Orakzai tribesmen in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan on September 12, 1897.

“In recent past, we installed the Nishan Sahib at the Gurdwara which we expect would be completed by September 2022” said Sunny .

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

April 21, 2022 / by / in
400th birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji

Prominent Sikh personalities expected to attend Red Fort event to mark 400th birth anniversary Guru Tegh Bahadur

The Centre has invited prominent Sikh personalities, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to attend the commemorative event being organised by it.

Prominent Sikh personalities from across the country are expected to attend the two-day event at the historic Red Fort here, starting Wednesday, to mark the 400th birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh Guru.

The Centre has invited prominent Sikh personalities, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to attend the commemorative event being organised by it.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address the nation from the Red Fort on April 21, the second day of the event.

Sources said the invitees include Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann and his predecessors Parkash Singh Badal and Capt Amarinder Singh. Heads of the five Sikh Takhts, former and sitting MPs and MLAs from the community, head of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat Gurcharan Singh Gill, former Chairman of National Commission of Minorities Tarlochan Singh,heads of other institutions like the SGPC, and other notable persons from different walks of life to have been identified.

Sources said although the celebratory event is happening under the aegis of the Union Culture Ministry, the Prime Minister Office (PMO) is coordinating and overlooking theminutiae of the planning and preparations. The Union Home Ministry is also understood to be in the loop.

A top source said a list of a total of 12,000 participants has been drawn. The number could increase. This includes about 250 prominent persons.

Another salient feature of the eventwill be the performance of 400 “ragis” who will assemble at the Red Fort from across the country.

Also, a team has been drafted to perform “Gatka” at the Red Fort ground to highlight the martial art heritage of the Sikhs.

Meanwhile, Padma Bhushan Tarlochan Singh has welcomed the Centre’s move to celebrate an event relating to the Sikh Guru at Red Fort.

“This is the first time that the Government of India has bestowed such an honour to the Sikh communityby taking an initiative to celebrate the 400th birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadurat a place of national and international importance.

He appealed to all leaders of the community, especially religious leaders, to come together to laud the efforts of the Centre and make the event a success.

Source: https://www.tribuneindia.com

April 20, 2022 / by / in