Monday, January 30, 2006

 

Katha/Lecture in Punjabi # 1

Here is another lecture by Siri Singh Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogi Ji in Punjabi. I am unsure of the date/location of this, but think it was from the UK in the 90's. This one is much longer (85 minutes) than the last one I posted and the audio quality is variable so you'll have to be patient and listen carefully.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

 

Union Between Man and God

Essence of the Guru's word and how Guru laid down the path of our union between man and God.

Lecture from Gurdwara back in April 23, 2000 by Siri Singh Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogi ji.

Friday, January 27, 2006

 

Gurbani MP3 Pick - Unknown Singhni

Here is a variation by an "Unknown Singhni" (female vocals) of a Simran track that I featured a long while back titled "Unknown Singh". The tune is the same but they only have female vocals in this one. For some reason I missed this track before and didn't notice it until someone posted it on their blog. Lately I have been enjoying this quite a bit as I drive around or meditate in the morning. It is 30 minutes long and evolves over the time into different variations. At first when I heard these tracks I thought they were moody...but then as I listened to them more I really got into it and enjoyed. At about 8 minutes into it you really feel the energy as the singer goes into a continuous rhythm of chanting "Wahe Guru". This is where I love to sing and just bliss out.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

 

Punjabi Lecture/Katha # 2

Katha/Talk given by Siri Singh Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogi ji in Punjabi

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

 

Stories of Guru Gobind Singh

Here is a video "slide show" of stories from Sikh history about Guru Gobind Singh. Every year some of the members of our community get together and make a video like this to show during the big Baisakhi Gurdwara in Los Angeles. It's a great way to get into the spirit of Baisakhi and learn something from our history.

Monday, January 16, 2006

 

Kirtan Kriya Meditation

It's been a while since I posted one of the videos with Guruka Singh so I thought it might be a good time to share another one. I didn't want to post too many of the meditations at once and allow some of you to try them out.

I am curious to know if you have tried any of the meditations that I posted earlier and what your experiences were. Obviously you have to do them in order to experience them.

The Kirtan Kriya meditation is one of the first meditations that I ever learnt and is great for breaking habit patterns, emotional balance and just overall calmness and clarity. Yogi Bhajan used to say that if you had to chose just one meditation, to do this one. Watch the video below to see Guruka Singh explain the meditation and how to do it.

More info at: http://www.mrsikhnet.com/2006/01/kirtan-kriya-meditation.html

 

Quality of life not Quantity

This is a lecture from Gurdwara given by Siri Singh Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogi ji from 1987.

This lecture is hard for me to summarize because he talks about many different topics. One of the themes was about living a life of quality and not being concerned with quanity of things, like how big you are, how much money you have, how many houses, how nice clothing, jewelry etc.

He talks about his mission for coming and teaching here. No one has the right to be unhappy or sick, but be healthy happy and holy.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

 

Gurbani MP3 Pick - Guru Raj Kaur & Bhai Kalyan Singh

Here is a shabad played by my auntie Guru Raj Kaur (a long time friend of my mother) and Bhai Kalyan Singh. She lives in Vancouver, BC (Canada) and is very active in the community. This is one of her classic Shabads and is really nice.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

 

Fate and Destiny in Your Life

In this video Guruka Singh talks about the differences between fate and destiny and how in order to reach your destiny it requires effort. Either you can let the river of life just take you where it does (maybe to a waterfall up ahead?), or you take control of your life and direct it consciously.

 

Old Recording of Wahe Guru Simran

Tonight I would like to share an old recording of "Sat Nam, Sat Nam ji, Wahe Guru, Wahe Guru......" simran. I don't remember who this recording is by though. It brings back many memories from my younger years as a child. I remember my mother used to play this tape for long periods of time. We used to play tapes with "Auto Reverse" (set on the tape player) and just have it going 24 hours to set the "vibration" in the house and to sleep with. It kept you focused on the bani all throughout the day. Even today in my house I have an old computer with lots of Gurbani MP3 files hooked up to my home stereo (which plays music throughout the house) so I can hear Gurbani whenever I am at home.

Monday, January 09, 2006

 

Happiness and the Siri Guru Granth Sahib

Yesterday in Gurdwara we heard a talk given by Siri Singh Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogi ji from Sept 27th 1987 in the Los Angeles Gurdwara. I would like to share it with you as I am sure you will enjoy it.

This talk was very inspiring and educational on many different areas. The theme of the talk was on being happy, relating to the Siri Guru Granth Sahib and being a Sikh.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

 

Gurbani MP3 Pick of the Day

I have been slowly sifting through the SikhNet Gurbani Archive one musician at a time listening to the different Gurbani MP3 files. One thing I have found is that the more music you have the more overwhelming it can be. I end up not being as familiar with the music.

I used to play a game and try to listen to any shabad and guess who the ragi was. For one of my birthdays a few years ago I made a Sikh/3HO "Jeopardy" style game (based on the TV gameshow) and one of the categories was "Name that Ragi". I picked a bunch of tracks and edited them down to few second audio clips that people would hear and try to guess the ragi. It was a lot of fun (though a lot of work to make).

That was back before 120+ GB of Gurbani MP3 files. Now there are just way too many ragis to be familiar with. I also have very particular tastes in the style of Kirtan that I listen too. There are some ragis I used to listen to a lot but don't listen to anymore. Hopefully going through the music I'll re-discover some of my favorites, and find some new ragis which I haven't heard yet. Of course I will feature some from time to time here on the blog so that you can enjoy them too.

Later this year we will be offering a new SikhNet service as part of a "Gurbani Music Club" which will allow you to download a certain number of MP3 files as a supporting member (which will support SikhNet's costs and archiving more kirtan to digital format). When we complete that project I'll let you all know.

For now here is an MP3 clip. I used to listen to this one all the time a long while back, and I still enjoy listening to it today. I just "dug it up" from the archive. :)

Musician: Bhai Amarjit Singh Than
Shabad: Hum Nahi Changey Burah Nahi Koi (Size 9MB)

Thursday, January 05, 2006

 

The Science of Doing Ardas

In this video Guruka Singh explains about the different parts of Ardas and the role of the Ardasi (The person doing the Ardas).

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

 

Talk on the meaning of "Gurmat".

During the time when Siri Singh Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa was alive he used to talk to the sangat in Gurdwara every week on some topic related to Sikhi, in an effort to educate and inspire people. Over the past 30 years these were all recorded. Now every week, near the end of Gurdwara, we listen to one of these lectures. This past sunday I recorded the talk which he gave on Sept 13 1987 on the topic of "Gurmat".

"Simple law of life is, that life is worth living when it is guided by the light of the Guru. Nobody I have seen, dumbest person I have not seen, driving the car with lights off at night. Have you seen anybody? Why you do this? You want to lead your life and switch of the light and keep going? You think you'll make it? Forget it! You may be depending on your insurance. I'm not sure about it. Even I have seen some places on the freeway where they say switch on your light during the day time. When you pass through the tunnels they say switch on your lights. So life is just like a tunnel of actions and reaction, and It's not dark and it's not light, it needs your light. Either use your own light 'Manmat', or use Guru's light which is a pretty search light. It will find out things for you and You will be happy, I'll be happy. We'll be happy.Give your ego. And go to God with Grace. "

Monday, January 02, 2006

 

Wahe Guru Wahe Jio

Tonight I would like to share a Gurbani track from the Sadhana music CD by Sat Shabad Singh (Eduardo Bal√°zs) who is from Chile (South America). I heard this CD after my mother came back from South America and really enjoyed it. This is the CD that I now use to meditate with in the morning. It is verypeacefull for me to sing and meditate with. Sat Shabd Singh was kind enough to allow me to post part of the "Wahe Guru" track for you all. I trimmed it down to 11 minutes which will be perfect amount of time for you to meditate with.

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