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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.

Wednesday
,
26
August
2020

Light Into The Dust

This Sabad (Divine Word), in Rag Tilang of the Guru Granth Sahib, is one of the few Sabads by Guru Arjan Sahib revealed in fluent Persian speech. Guru Arjan Sahib begins by describing the elements infused together to form the creation that we see each day: soil, light, sky, earth, trees, water.

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Wednesday
,
29
July
2020

The Redemption: Jamuna's Journey, Pt.3

Jamuna's transformation to Subhag.

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Wednesday
,
29
July
2020

The Redemption: Jamuna's Journey, Pt.2

The rebirths of Jamuna continue...

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Wednesday
,
29
July
2020

The Redemption: Jamuna's Journey, Pt.1

In 1920 the United States granted women the right to vote. In 1921, Bhai Vir Singh published a book titled, The Redemption of Subhagji through the grace of Baba Naudh Singh. With great sensitivity, he wrote about the plight of women through the voice of a young Jain widow – Jamuna. Men dressed in pious garbs prey upon her. Each new experience shows their immorality which pushes her to seek refuge in death. However, her plunge into the raging waters paves the way for her rescue and redemption.

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Wednesday
,
22
July
2020

Make Your Deeds The Soil

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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Monday
,
13
July
2020

Amritsar: Harimandar, Ramdaspur, Darbar, or Golden?

Amritsar, Ramdaspur, Harimandar, and Darbar – what are these terms referring to? Are they merely historical spaces? Do we have contemporary or near-contemporary accounts of the terms or of their development? Are there any citations in the Guru Granth Sahib?

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Monday
,
15
June
2020

Raj Karega Khalsa: The Khalsa & The Rule

Raj Karega Khalsa – what does this really mean? Why has it been part of so many controversies? In order to answer this, we must know its origin. Who wrote it? When was it written? What’s the context of it? How have the Sikhs interpreted it through the eras? How to perceive it today?

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Monday
,
8
June
2020

Take the Knee...With a Prayer

Raising consciousness and, changing hearts and minds needs wisdom, self-control, patience, and above all, seeing and recognizing the One in all.

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Monday
,
25
May
2020

Let Compassion Be the Mosque

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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Monday
,
18
May
2020

ਗਲੀ ਜੋਗੁ ਨ ਹੋਈ ॥ Jog Not Attained By Talking

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 trans-creation, we have chosen to keep the repeating words in the Sabad 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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Friday
,
8
May
2020

The One Who Connected Me To The Guru

I have seen her go from strength to strength; age has had little effect on her.

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Monday
,
4
May
2020

Whatever will be, will be (Part 2)

In SikhRI’s new monthly blog series, Sabads previously transcreated for the Sabad of the Week podcast will be revisited, with the offering of an individual understanding and perspective on the application of the Sabad’s message in daily life.

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Monday
,
27
April
2020

Allah the Unseeable

Persian-based Sabad is difficult to read and understand for both native Panjabi speakers and native Persian speakers. Panjabi grammar and South Asian vernacular speech is imported into Persian and vice versa, creating new deviations of standard pronunciations. The hybridized language of Gurbani takes influence from the languages of South Asia at the time (Panjabi, Persian, Sanskrit, Braj, and many more) in which the bani was revealed, but often defies the rules of language and poetry to create new meaning. The language of Gurbani stands alone, therefore the following commentary was created to help guide readers through the meaning of this Sabad and enrich understanding.

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Wednesday
,
22
April
2020

Vulnerability of a Love Warrior

For love to flow naturally one needs to enter the domain of vulnerability. It is scary and downright crazy. Those brave enough to enter this domain are richly rewarded.

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Friday
,
17
April
2020

Celebrations, Ruminations & Growing up

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Four of us are home – husband, mother, daughter, and me.

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