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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Monday
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13
April
2020

Vaisakhi of the Pure and Sovereign

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Vaisakhi, which is fervently celebrated in the global Sikh community, has its traces back to the early stages of Sikhi (Sikhism). From the time of Guru Amardas Sahib, the third Guru (1552-1574), Sikhs had started gathering in large numbers during the festivals of Divali and Vaisakhi at Goindwal Sahib, Panjab. This provided the Gurus an opportunity to bring the diverse community together and lead them to prosperity, while still treading the righteous path shown by the founder of Sikhi, Guru Nanak Sahib (1469-1539).

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Friday
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3
April
2020

Reflecting, Sharing, Caring, Amid COVID-19

We as a community are connected with a genuine bond that is rooted in Sabad (Infinite-Wisdom) that social distancing cannot break.

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Monday
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30
March
2020

Guru Harikrishan Sahib: Benevolent Wisdom-Child

In the collective supplication-prayer Ardas, the Sikhs “Remember Guru Harikrishan, by seeing whom all pains leave.” Now, the question is if we want our pains gone, do we know how to envision the Guru?

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Saturday
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28
March
2020

Sikh-Afghans

In 1521, Guru Nanak Sahib witnessed the terrible suffering of people at Saidpur (Eminabad), The Panjab. The Guru documents who to question while accepting the Command of the Creative and Pervasive 1Force:

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Wednesday
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25
March
2020

COVID-19: A Sikh Perspective & Response

COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything for everyone. There are those who are serving the need of the hour, and there are those who are serving their own needs, that’s just how things have always been. Allow me to share the Sikh ethos as a reminder:

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Friday
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28
February
2020

The Sikh Revolution by Jagjit Singh

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In the Sikh Revolution, Jagjit Singh gloriously places the mission of the Sikh Gurus on the world stage. Drawing from Weberian analysis, Jagjit Singh, for the first time in the English language, masterfully accesses the Sikh oral and textual traditions in a broad defining thesis. His approach and interpretations provide a lucid and well-structured argument that sheds light on many of the Sikhs’ practices and beliefs and provides the historical and social backdrop that gave rise to the Sikh revolution.

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Wednesday
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1
January
2020

Sovereign of Light – Inni Kaur

O! Moon, you have not risen today. O! Moon, but know that beauty is not dependent on you only!

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Wednesday
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18
December
2019

1984: Why should I care? – Amanpreet Kaur

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I once met an elderly man who had taken pictures before and after 1984. I asked him: “What was it like photographing 84’?” His response: “I feel like I have been photographing 1984 my entire life.”

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