Anita Chatterjee at Sikh Research Institute

Anita Chatterjee

ਨਾ ਕਛੁ ਆਇਬੋ ਨਾ ਕਛੁ ਜਾਇਬੋ ਰਾਮ ਕੀ ਦੁਹਾਈ ॥ nothing comes, nothing goes.

Body itself is god, body itself is temple,Body itself is the wandering pilgrim. Body is where to offer incense, lamp and eatables,Body is where to worship with petals.  1.  Searched numerous realms,obtained nine treasures in the body.Since I invoked Charmer-Divine,nothing...

...Say something about Guru Gobind Singh – Professor Puran Singh

Prof. Puran Singh's (1881-1931) love for the Tenth Master...   “They ask me to say something about Guru Gobind Singh; they ask what is He to me? I tremble when they ask me, what is He to me? Unable to...

ਗੁਰ ਅਪੁਨੇ ਊਪਰਿ ਬਲਿ ਜਾਈਐ ॥ I surrender to my own Guru

I surrender to my own Guru,I sing for eight pahars1 the praise,of the All-Pervasive, the All-Pervasive.  1. I remember my own Divine Owner,the Knower of all hearts. 1.  Reflect. As love develops for the Lotus-Feet,conduct becomes eternal,complete and immaculate.  2....

ਮੇਰਾ ਮਨੁ ਲੋਚੈ ਗੁਰ ਦਰਸਨ ਤਾਈ | My mind pines for Guru’s vision

Listen to the Podcast with Inni Kaur here My mind pines for Guru’s vision,It pleads like a thirsty chatrik*.Thirst unquenchable, tranquility impossible,without vision of Beloved-Guru, O! Life of Life, O! Breath of Breath. 1.I adore You, adoringly centered on Truth-Exemplar...

The Next Panjab Kaur

Do you recall Panjab Kaur? ––– Ramrai was Guru Harirai Sahib’s eldest son who was sent by the Guru as his emissary to meet Aurangzeb in Delhi. Ramrai displayed up to 72 miraculous powers in Aurangzeb’s court. He was excommunicated...

Mata-e-Panth: Sahib Kaur

Four days ago, my daughter Gani’s teacher at The Preschool Place invited my wife for the mother’s day celebration. Gani “carefree” Kaur was entrusted to us by the Divine to “grow” and “care” over four and half years ago. To...

Gurmukhi: Guru Nanak Sahib’s Alphabets

Gurmukhi – what is it?  Its two most popular etymological explanation are from “the mouth of the Guru” or “the utterance of the Guru.”  Here’s another alternative:  “Of the Guru-oriented” for it became the script of choice for those who...

ਬਰਸੁ ਮੇਘ ਜੀ ਤਿਲੁ ਬਿਲਮੁ ਨ ਲਾਉ ॥ Rain! O’ Revered Cloud! Delay not even a bit.

Rain! O’ Revered Cloud! Delay not even a bit.Rain! O’ Beloved! Mind-support!So the bliss occurs, mind remains excited forever.  1.  Reflect.  O’ My Owner-Divine! I rely on You,Why forget me from Your mind?Female like, maiden-slave-like,No beauty, without Husband-Divine.  1. When...

ਮੂ ਲਾਲਨ ਸਿਉ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਿ ਬਨੀ ॥ Love with my Beloved developed.

Love with my Beloved developed.  Reflect. Master-Illusionist tightly secured it such:Breaking it, cannot be broken,Releasing it, cannot be released.  1. Day and night,You abide within mind,O! Divine, bestow Your Grace.  2. I surrender and surrenderTo the Dark-complexed BeautifulWhose story I...

ਬੇਗਮ ਪੁਰਾ ਸਹਰ ਕੋ ਨਾਉ ॥ ‘Be-gam-pura’ – City’s name is ‘Sorrow-less-ville.’

‘Be-gam-pura’ – City’s name is ‘Sorrow-less-ville.’No pain or anxiety in that place.No grief, no taxes on commodities.No fear of error, no fear of loss.  1. Now I have discovered a great homeland.O! My brother there is always goodness there.  1....

The Power of Love

It’s been over a fortnight, since I have been back from India. And not a day has gone by that I have not thought about him. In a crowded room, he approached me and softly said, “I want to speak...

ਅਵਲਿ ਅਲਹ ਨੂਰੁ ਉਪਾਇਆ ਕੁਦਰਤਿ ਕੇ ਸਭ ਬੰਦੇ ॥ The entire universe was created from One Light.

First, Allah1 created Light. All beings are of Creation.The entire universe was created from One Light—Who’s good, who’s bad?  1. O! People, O! Brother,doubt not, forget not.Creator, Creation,Creator within Creation,totally permeating all spaces.  1. Reflect Creator created many forms from...

ਮਹਾ ਅਨੰਦ ਕਰੇ ਸਦ ਕੇਲਾ ॥ Everywhere I go, Bithal is present

Bring a pitcher and fill it with water for bathing the deity.But 4.2 million creatures live in the water (according to Hindu scriptures) —How can Bithal* exist there?  1. Everywhere I go, Bithal is present,Always enjoying great bliss and play....

Top Ten Truths about Guru Teghbahadar Sahib

Guru Teghbahadar Sahib’s life and legacy is unparalleled in the annals of world history.   He proclaimed: “Be very clear in your mind, the insightful person is the one who doesn’t fear anyone nor frightens anyone.” Born as Tiag-Mall (Renunciator-Master),...

ਦ੍ਰਿਸਟਿ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਧਾਰਹੁ ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾ ਕਰਿ ਤਾਰਹੁ ਭੁਜਾ ਗਹਿ ਕੂਪ ਤੇ ਕਾਢਿ ਲੇਵਹੁ ॥ O! Divine! Glance at me, graciously save me

O! All-Pervasive, O! Earth-Force, O! Destroyer of sorrow, Bestow Nam to Your votary who has come to Your humble sanctuary.  O! Divine! Glance at me, graciously save me,grab my arm, and pull me out of the well. Reflect. Blinded by...

Kant Maheli - The Fragrance of Bhai Vir Singh

The poem Kant Maheli of Bhai Vir Singh has been sitting on my desk for over two years. For some strange reason, I was fearful of it. I ignored the whispers that I kept hearing: “You need to read Kant...

Cet 1 is here

Dear friends, Cet 1 is here again. And with it begins the new Nanakshahi calendar year 550. SikhRI would love to take this opportunity to convey our warm wishes to the entire Sikh sangat, and our heartfelt appreciation for your...

Preparing to Bloom

The Beginning I am a list person. A trait that is a direct byproduct of me also being a worry person. I still haven’t quite figured out if making lists helps ease my worries or if it further exacerbates them,...

Piare Jio – O’ Beloved – The Fragrance of Bhai Vir Singh

Bhai Sahib Bhai Vir Singh ji is best described as a savant-poet. As a poet, even his prose takes on a mystical, lyrical quality. The physical effect of reading his works is like a shikara (light, flat-bottom, roofed boat) gently...

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