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Reflections, opinions and creative expression

Read in-depth interpretations, opinion pieces and creative writing delving into Sikh thought and world matters. Our articles feature writings from the SikhRI team and guest contributors.

Monday
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21
June
2021

Shrist ki Chadar Guru Teghbahadar: The Contemporary Indian Perspectives

With Guru Tegbahadar Sahib’s ideology and martyrdom, an entirely new set of discourse appears at the forefront of the Sikh philosophical thought that needs to be read as a turning point in the history of the Indian subcontinent altogether. Open assertion of human rights and a call for justice as depicted through a practical example of Guru’s martyrdom became influential for the entire human race and not just for citizens of Hindustan alone. In this light, the presentation focuses on the circumstances that led to Guru Sahib’s martyrdom, significance, and impact. This will be substantiated with four distinct saloks (couplets) revered by Guru Sahib that stand out in the Indian poetic tradition of those times.

With Guru Tegbahadar Sahib’s ideology and martyrdom, an entirely new set of discourse appears at the forefront of the Sikh philosophical thought that needs to be read as a turning point in the history of the Indian subcontinent altogether. Open assertion of human rights and a call for justice as depicted through a practical example of Guru’s martyrdom became influential for the entire human race and not just for citizens of Hindustan alone. In this light, the presentation focuses on the circumstances that led to Guru Sahib’s martyrdom, significance, and impact. This will be substantiated with four distinct saloks (couplets) revered by Guru Sahib that stand out in the Indian poetic tradition of those times.

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Friday
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4
June
2021

Guru Teghbahadar Sahib Voices: O Mind! Transcend

Transcendence lies not in the wishful disappearance of opposition from without but in the resolution within to disregard and rise above it. How do we rise from the fragmented universe of our fears? How do we rejuvenate from within to attain the fullest human stature?

Transcendence lies not in the wishful disappearance of opposition from without but in the resolution within to disregard and rise above it. How do we rise from the fragmented universe of our fears? How do we rejuvenate from within to attain the fullest human stature?

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Friday
,
28
May
2021

O Servant of the Unattainable

Sabad is Infinite; we are finite. This is our understanding at the moment, which was different yesterday and may evolve tomorrow as we deepen our relationship with the Sabad. In this transcreation, we have chosen to keep the repeating words in the Sabad the same. We aspire to learn and retain the Divine attribute used in the original Sabad and avoid terms like God or Lord.

Sabad is Infinite; we are finite. This is our understanding at the moment, which was different yesterday and may evolve tomorrow as we deepen our relationship with the Sabad. In this transcreation, we have chosen to keep the repeating words in the Sabad the same. We aspire to learn and retain the Divine attribute used in the original Sabad and avoid terms like God or Lord.

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Wednesday
,
19
May
2021

Paigham-i-Goya: An Expression of Love

A new translation of and a brief essay on the twelfth ghazal from Bhai Nand Lal’s Divan-i-Goya.

A new translation of and a brief essay on the twelfth ghazal from Bhai Nand Lal’s Divan-i-Goya.

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Friday
,
14
May
2021

Reflecting on Time, One Becomes the Willing-Servant

A reflection on the play of past, present, and future, the play of creation, and the importance of Remembrance.

A reflection on the play of past, present, and future, the play of creation, and the importance of Remembrance.

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Wednesday
,
14
April
2021

Vaisakhi & I

The author descends into an exploration of what connects her most to Vaisakhi and its roots. She shares her deep connection to Sabad while acknowledging that she has yet to be graced with the “Five Gifts.”

The author descends into an exploration of what connects her most to Vaisakhi and its roots. She shares her deep connection to Sabad while acknowledging that she has yet to be graced with the “Five Gifts.”

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Monday
,
29
March
2021

Paigham-i-Goya: An Expression of Love

A new translation of and a brief essay on the eighth ghazal from Bhai Nand Lal’s Divan-i-Goya.

A new translation and brief essay on the eighth ghazal from Bhai Nand Lal’s Divan-i-Goya.

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Sunday
,
14
March
2021

Nanakshahi: Calendar & ‘Era of Nanak the Sovereign’

For the Sikhs globally, 1 Cet 553 is the Nanakshahi new year’s day. Cet or Chet is the month. 553 is the Nanakshahi year. Do you know about Nanakshahi?

For the Sikhs globally, 1 Cet 553 is the Nanakshahi new year’s day. Cet or Chet is the month. 553 is the Nanakshahi year. Do you know about Nanakshahi?

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Monday
,
8
March
2021

Shadow

Embedded in my consciousness are scars that I have borne through the centuries. Deep as they were, deep as they are, Light penetrated, and the healing began.

Embedded in my consciousness are scars that I have borne through the centuries. Deep as they were, deep as they are, Light penetrated, and the healing began.



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Friday
,
26
February
2021

Paigham-i-Goya: An Expression of Love

A new translation of and a brief essay on the second ghazal from Bhai Nand Lal’s Divan-i-Goya.

A new translation of and a brief essay on the second ghazal from Bhai Nand Lal’s Divan-i-Goya.

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Thursday
,
18
February
2021

Guru Teghbahadar Sahib: The Benevolent Warrior

On March 27th join us as we celebrate the 400th Parkash Purab of Guru Teghbahadar Sahib with a virtual conference titled “Guru Teghbahadar Sahib: A Benevolent Warrior” in English. Experience the vastness of the Guru through the words of Bhai Nand Lal, Sainapati, and Bhai Vir Singh.

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Wednesday
,
10
February
2021

Baj: The Hawk and The Sikhs

This essay locates and contextualizes the hawk in foundational Sikh texts, history, and lifestyle. It also connects how Baj in Khalsa tradition affects the Sikh psyche when the people see it.

This essay locates and contextualizes the hawk in foundational Sikh texts, history, and lifestyle. It also connects how Baj in Khalsa tradition affects the Sikh psyche when the people see it.

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Friday
,
29
January
2021

Paigham-i-Goya: An Expression of Love

A new translation of and a brief essay on the first ghazal from Bhai Nand Lal’s Divan-i-Goya.

A new translation of and a brief essay on the first ghazal from Bhai Nand Lal’s Divan-i-Goya.

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Thursday
,
28
January
2021

Paigham-i-Goya: An Expression of Love

A new translation and brief essay on the first ghazal from Bhai Nand Lal’s Divan-i-Goya.

A new translation and brief essay on the first ghazal from Bhai Nand Lal’s Divan-i-Goya.

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Wednesday
,
20
January
2021

Reflect on the Knower

Sabad is Infinite; we are very finite. This is our understanding at the moment, which was different yesterday and may evolve tomorrow, as we deepen our relationship with the Sabad. In this transcreation, we have chosen to keep the repeating words in the Sabad the same. We aspire to learn and retain the Divine attribute as used in the original Sabad and avoid terms like God or Lord.

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