Vahiguru ji ka Khalsa, Vahiguru ji ki Fatih!
For me, April means the opportunity to wish you a very enriching Vaisakhi and to share with you what we have been up to at SikhRI for the past three months.
May I begin with something very close to my heart—in March we produced and released You Are Divine video, exploring the notion of Divinity within ourselves. The video is just under 2 minutes and is meant to be shared; it’s goal is to connect, and reconnect, people with Sikhi.
Gurbani readings on our new podcast, The Sikh Cast.
#todayinsikhhistory - reflecting on how this day affected the course of Sikh History. We remember and are grateful for the achievements of those who came before us.
#thursdaythoughts - sharing the wisdom of Sirdar Kapur Singh, an eminent Sikh Philosopher and a prolific writer of the twentieth century.
Lastly, we are now registering attendees for Sidak 2017. The two-week intensive immersion into the Sikh culture, language, values and community will run from July 23rd to August 5th this year. You can choose your perfect track from Sikhi 101: Intro to Sikh History & Theology, Sikhi 201: Religion & Revolution, Gurbani 101: Intro to Guru Granth Sahib and Sidak Junior Camp, for kids 7 to 12 years old.
We continue to evolve all of our programs and plan new initiatives. If you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see from us, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support.
Inni Kaur, CEO
Sikh Research Institute
Inni Kaur published Today’s Hukam, Darbar Sahib, Amritsar – September 27, 2016 in Experience 2016-09-27 12:49:13 -0400
Fifth Sovereign, Rag Sorath, Ang. 617, Hukam, Darbar Sahib
One Universal Creator, experienced by the Grace of the Eternal Guru
Fire is contained in all firewood, and butter is contained in all milk. Divine Light is contained in the high and in the low; the Divine is in the hearts of all beings. || 1 || O Saints, the Divine is pervading and permeating each and every heart. The Perfect Divine is completely permeating everyone, everywhere; the Divine is diffused in the water and the land. || 1 || Pause || Nanak sings the Praises of the Divine, the treasure of excellence; the Eternal Guru has dispelled his doubt. The Divine is pervading everywhere, permeating all, and yet is unattached from all. || 2 || 1 || 29 ||
This beautiful blessing from the Fifth Sovereign, Guru Arjan Sahib is in two parts:
In wood there is fire; in milk there is butter – neither can be seen with the naked eye. However, if you take a matchstick and ignite the wood, fire exposes itself. When milk is churned, butter emerges. Similarly, the Divine resides deep within us. The matchstick that will reveal Divinity is Sabad.
Sabad ignites love and devotion; and the roaring Flame is experienced within.
Fire resides in the tallest tree to the smallest plant.
Butter exists in the largest jug of milk to the smallest cup of milk.
Similarly, in each and every heart pervades the Divine.
Divine Perfection permeates over land and waters: Whether the land is barren or cultivated; whether the water is polluted or pure. The Divine pervades universally.
Within the saint and the sinner is the Eternal One; yet unstained and untainted.
The question: How does one get to experience Divine presence?
The answer: Connecting with the Eternal Guru, one’s doubts and illusions are removed. The matchstick of Sabad, ignites consciousness and the longing to unite with the Divine arises.
Realization dawns: This world is temporary; Sabad is eternal.
The learning: To seek the Divine, churn your mind with Sabad. When the mind is in equipoise, butter appears – Divine Presence.
Path laid out.
My Ardas: Help me churn my mind.
Inni Kaur published It is 6 am as I walk into the Divan Hall at Sidak. in Experience 2016-09-11 02:52:54 -0400
Voices chanting Vahiguru, Vahiguru fill me.
Arpinder Kaur, is already there. She guides us ever so gently as we recite five pauris’ from Asa-ki-Var. Her love, dedication and patience is truly humbling.
After Asa-ki-Var a Sidaker sings:
“Consciousness, you are the embodiment of the Divine Light, recognize your own worth.
Consciousness, the Divine is with you; through the Guru’s Wisdom, embrace the Color.
Acknowledge your worth; recognize your Husband; understand death and birth.
Through Guru’s Grace, know the One; there is none but the One.
Consciousness synchronized, sound resounds; celebration transpires.
Says Nanak: Consciousness, you are the embodiment of the Divine Light – recognize your own worth.
Eyes mist, for many moons ago this was the line, “Consciousness, you are the embodiment of the Divine Light, recognize your own worth,” that entered my consciousness and my journey with Guru began.
“In my prime, I did not realize that I was only a guest at my father’s home (in this world)…O! Breath of Breath, O! Life of Life (Bal Ram Jeo)
The maiden of the Divine is eternally wedded; never widowed, never stained…
Maya (illusion) departs crying; seeing the bride and groom (in love)…
Says Nanak: Pain of separation dissipates; cradled in Guru’s Wisdom…”
I listen carefully, the Hukam is for me.
Pangs of separation have been arising within me.
Why the pangs? For the one I love resides within and is always with me. I need to go deep inside and bathe in the fountain of love. For there, I will be in harmony with the one I love.
A truly inspiring morning….
Inni Kaur is the CEO of the Sikh Research Institute. She is the author of Sakhi-Time with Nani ji; Thank You, Vahiguru and the series Journey with the Gurus.
Inni Kaur published Today’s Hukam, Darbar Sahib, Amritsar| July 28, 2015 in Experience 2016-09-09 14:45:41 -0400
Sheikh Fareed, Raag Suhi, Ang. 794
One Universal Creator, experienced by the Grace of the True Guru.
Burning and burning, writhing in pain, I wring my hands. I have gone insane, seeking my Husband Divine. O my Husband Divine are You angry with me? The fault is with me, and not with You. || 1 || I do not know Your excellence and worth. Having wasted my youth, now I come to regret and repent. || 1 || Pause || O black bird, what qualities have made you black? “I have been burnt by separation from my Beloved.” Without her Husband Divine, how can the soul-bride ever find peace? When the Divine becomes compassionate, then Union takes place. || 2 || The lonely bride suffers in the pit of the world. She has no companions, and no friends. In Divine compassion, I was united with the sadh sangat. And when I look again, then I find the Divine as my Helper. || 3 || The path upon which I must walk is very depressing. It is sharper than a two-edged sword, and very narrow. That is where my path lies. O Shaykh Fareed, think of that path early on. || 4 || 1 ||
Words fail me as I listen to today’s Hukam.
My Sufi leanings show their colors.
I grieve in the agony of separation.
Away from you my heart burns.
You left without saying why
left me alone high and dry.
My heart cannot bear this separation
my mind yearns reconciliation.
Inflamed, I burn.
Insane, yells the world.
Essence of Essence
Intoxication of Love
I stand in agony
Waiting for you.
Inni Kaur serves as the Chair on SikhRI’s Board of Directors. She is also the author of Journey with the Gurus.
Fifth Sovereign, Rag Suhi, Ang. 737, Hukam, Darbar Sahib
Blessed the bride who recognizes her Beloved. Obeys Hukam; renounces ego. Immersed in Beloved, exults bliss.1. Listen girl-friend, signs for Beloved’s union. Surrender consciousness, body; renounce people’s honor .1. Reflect
One girl-friend counsels another girl-friend, do only what pleases Beloved. That bride then rests cradled.2.
Ego steeped, Mansion unobtainable. Then regrets, when night passes. Unfortunate self-centered, suffer pain.3.
I would request, if I thought (Beloved) afar. Beloved indestructible, permeating universally. Being Nanak, see’s Presence and sings.4.
Listen, my beautiful friends to what Guru says:
“Blessed is the one who understands, who recognizes, who sees, who experiences that her True Self, her True identity is Ik Oankar (Oneness)."
That the tiny light within her; is part of the One Eternal Light.
That she is just a drop of that Endless Ocean.
Her true purpose is to merge into that Endless Ocean.
The veil of separation will be lifted.
Soaked in True Love, enjoy forever the highest pleasures, the highest delights, and the never-ending bliss.
Marks of those who walk this path?
They surrender their mind and body to One Eternal Consciousness.
They care not what the world says about them.
They pay no attention to the voices that stand against their faith, their belief, and their Love. Reflect! (I so needed to hear this.)
The one who follows Guru merges into that Endless Ocean.
The one who is still under the influence of ego cannot understand that she is just a drop in the ocean.
When the Call of Death comes, she regrets and cries out: Why didn’t I follow the Teachings? Why didn’t I meditate? Why didn’t I love? I thought You were far away? She forgot that the One Eternal pervades through all.
Says Nanak, I see my Beloved ever-present in all places at all times and I sing Your praises.”
My Ardas: May Your Fragrance embrace me.