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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.

Friday
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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
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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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Tuesday
,
5
January
2021

The Feminine Principle in the Sikh View

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Dr. Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh is a Crawford Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Colby College in the United States. Her interests are centered around poetics and feminist issues.

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Monday
,
14
December
2020

Where Are You?

In the extreme winter month of Poh, Panjab longs for her love. Her lover replies, “She is his heartbeat.”

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Friday
,
4
December
2020

"Never Treat Your Citizens as Slaves"

Farmers in Panjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, and throughout India are protesting against new agricultural laws that will reduce their earnings and give corporations more power. When laws are unjust, the citizenry must rise.

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Monday
,
30
November
2020

The Lover & The Beloved

Through the pen of Bhai Vir Singh, we get a glimpse into a profound relationship. The tug of separation. The mystery of longing. The faith in relationships. The yearning for union.

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Monday
,
9
November
2020

Allama Iqbal and The Sikhs

Understanding Dr. Iqbal’s perspectives on Guru Nanak Sahib and the Khalsa, his interactions with Sirdar Kapur Singh and his favorite compositions from the Guru Granth Sahib.

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Monday
,
26
October
2020

Hari Singh Nalua

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Hari Singh Nalua (popularly Nalwa) was the Commander-in-Chief of the Sikh Khalsa Army in the North West Frontier in the Kingdom of Panjab ruled by Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

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Thursday
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1
October
2020

Circles of Influence, Circles of Abuse

Healing and accountability in the wake of allegations old and new

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Monday
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21
September
2020

Maharani Jind Kaur: The Last Queen of Panjab

Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s death in 1839 left a big void in the rule of the Sikh kingdom, which led to the annexation of Panjab by the British. His throne was inherited by multiple claimant heirs, none of whom could survive the intrigues and the schemings of the succession war in the royal court. Maharani Jind Kaur’s story is the narrative of a brave woman, who through all the trials and tribulations of the succession war, with all her faults, proved her mettle as a regent to the young Maharaja Duleep Singh, while also maneuvering through the diplomatic chicaneries of the British to the extent that even the British were wary of her.

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Wednesday
,
9
September
2020

Sikhi & Sexuality

Sexuality is a confusing and often avoided topic. It is generally relegated to being a "private" matter, and therefore not openly discussed or engaged with, even within close circles and small communities. Due to the taboo of discussing sexuality, many people struggle individually, often turning to religion for guidance or, more concretely, moral pronouncements.

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