Conversations between SikhRI presenters and thought-leaders from the wider Sangat, as well as involved exploration of specific topics.
Follow Surender Pal Singh as he speaks about how, while serving as the Guru, Guru Teghbahadar Sahib visited far-off places and interacted with many individuals and communities. The Guru faced opposition not only on the external front but also on the home front. The Guru navigated through scheming and aggressions, many times violent, with grace and wisdom. This presentation explores the Guru’s interactions with people and communities and the underlying principles that governed the Guru’s politics of alliances.
The next sakhi takes us to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Around the year 1525, Guru ji and Bhai Mardana arrived in Mecca. Guru ji’s interaction with the qazi (a Muslim scholar) was very shaky at first because the qazi thought Guru ji was disrespectful. The qazi felt that Guru ji should not be pointing his feet towards the Kaa’ba. To the qazi, Vahiguru existed only in Kaa’ba. Guru ji tuned into this and made it a point to educate the qazi that Vahiguru is all around us. Vahiguru created everything and exists within every heart. It’s important to see what the meaning of such truly is. Listen to this podcast to enlighten your mind about Vahiguru.
Are you enjoying this journey of learning? Send us an email if you feel enlightened by this mode of learning and self-reflection. Onto our next sakhi; this one reflects on doing the right thing. Every day, we are motivated and inspired to do kind acts for one another and always speak up. Guru ji was the absolute embodiment of this ideal. Guru ji was even sent to prison for doing the right thing! Vahiguru exists in everyone – even in those who don’t embody what Guru ji stood for. Surprisingly, mean people also have Vahiguru in them; they just have forgotten that. All they need is a special reminder from a place of love that Vahiguru is in them. Begin listening to the podcast now; you’re going to get inspired to do the right thing.
Introducing Paigham-i-Goya: Expression of Love , new translations of a selection of ghazals from Bhai Nand Lal “Goya.” Today’s podcast begins with a recitation of Bhai Nand Lal’s ghazal in Persian, followed by a new English transcreation, the result of a unique collaboration between Dr. Fatima Fayyaz and Dr. Nadhra Khan of Lahore University of Management Sciences, Damanpreet Singh, writer, and graduate student, and Inni Kaur of SikhRI, followed by a discussion between Daman and Inni about the beauty of the ghazal and the transcreation process. Follow Damanpreet and Inni as they discuss their learnings and challenges while engaging with the words of Bhai Nand Lal. The unique and symbolic meanings that these ghazals reveal are a treat for those who yearn to get a glimpse into the court of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib. Author: Bhai Nand Lal “Goya” Collection: Divan-i-Goya Transcreators: Fatima Fayyaz, Inni Kaur, Nadhra Khan, and Damanpreet Singh Persian Narrator: Gholamhossein Sajadi English Narrator: Ryan Gillis Persian چون ماه دو هفته رو نمایی چه شود امشب مه من اگر بیایی چه شود این جمله جهان اسیر زلفت گشته یک لحظه اگر گره گشایی چه شود عالم همه گشته است بی تو تاریک خورشید صفت اگر برآیی چه شود یک لحظه بیا و در چشمم بنشین در دیده نشسته دل ربایی چه شود این هندوی خالت که به رویت شیداست بفروشی اگر به نقد خدایی چه شود در دیده تویی و من به هر کو جویا از پرده غیب رو نمایی چه شود گویا ست به هر طرف سراغت جویا گر گم شده را راه نمایی چه شود English Translation What would happen if You showed Your face like the full moon? What would happen if You came tonight, my Moon? The whole world is imprisoned by Your tresses. What would happen if You untangled Your tresses for a moment? There is darkness in the world without You. What would happen if You rose like the Sun? Come for a moment and reside in my eyes forever. What would happen if You resided in my eyes and stole my heart? This mole, which dotes on Your countenance, What would, for God’s sake, happen if You sold it for cash? You are in my eyes, and I search for You everywhere. What would happen if You lifted the secret veil? Goya searches for You everywhere. What would happen if You showed the right path to the lost?
Fathers sometimes underestimate their role. Loving, actively involved fathers contribute to their children’s well-being and development, strengthening their self‑esteem. What's different about being a Sikh father? Being born and raised in Sikh (predominantly Panjabi or Desi cultural backgrounds) may cause fathers to relook at their own childhood experiences and seek guidance. What worked well for their fathers 20 or 30 years ago may not work with the kinds of challenges fathers face today. Our panelists shared their thoughts on whether they are inspired or perhaps intimidated by the strong father figures in our history and much more!
Join Dr. Ishmeet Kaur as she discusses Guru Teghbahadar’s ideology and martyrdom, and how an entirely new set of discourse appears on the forefront of Sikh philosophical thought that needs to be read as a turning point in Indian history altogether.
Why is Remembrance necessary? Join Harinder Singh and Manpreet Singh as they discuss 1984 and explore its parallels with human rights movements today. How do we continue to push for the Rights today? What are the Responsibilities of the Sikhs and the Indian State?
Journey with Inni Kaur as she shares her learnings from the three Sabads of Guru Teghbahadar Sahib in Rag Devgandhari through Bhai Vir Singh’s expositions. 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?
The next sakhi in our series takes us to the town of Puri, in India. The Mayor of the town invited Guru ji and Bhai Mardana to listen to Aarti , a special prayer performed by the priests. Guru ji happily accepted. The next day, at the prayer service, Guru ji angered the priests by not following them in prayer. This beautiful sakhi highlights compassion to people and their different needs, desires, and choices. Vahiguru has no shape or form; Vahiguru is everywhere around us. Listen to this podcast; it’s filled with stars, lamps, and pearls.
This conversation touches upon lessons and guidance to the Sikh community on how to pursue advocacy, long-term strategies, and building coalitions via both positive and not so positive case studies from the Afghan-Sikh crisis to the Farmers movement. Sikhs are a global community with a growing presence in the United States. To create influence, do we understand how US foreign policy is developed and implemented? What is the Biden administration’s approach to its foreign policy as it may affect the Sikhs? 80% of the Sikhs live in India, primarily in the Panjab state. What are the expectations of the US-India relationship in the next few years in reference to democracy and human rights in the context of bilateral relations.
ਅਲਹ ਅਗਮ ਖੁਦਾਈ ਬੰਦੇ ॥ alah agam khudāī bande. O servant of Khuda, the unreachable Allah --- This is a continuation of the Persian Voice of the Guru's featuring the Sikh Research Institutes Researcher Asha Marie Kaur. In this transcreation, the original Gurmukhi is followed by an English transcription to guide the Sabad’s (Divine Word) pronunciation in its original form. The Persian recorded in the Guru Granth Sahib, and standard Persian often have different pronunciations of words with the same meaning. The Perso-Arabic transcription is written with spellings that allow a modern-day Persian reader to understand the text. This Sabad brings to the mind a call for humility, grounding, and reframing. We must stop at this moment and bring ourselves down to a level where we can self-reflect and reframe our headspace. Opening ourselves up and attuning to the hak hukam will give us the chance to let the shackles of human society go and feel truly free and seen. Sabad Recitation: Parminder Kaur Chanana
Introducing Paigham-i-Goya: Expression of Love , new translations of a selection of ghazals from Bhai Nand Lal “Goya.” Today’s podcast begins with a recitation of Bhai Nand Lal’s ghazal in Persian, followed by a new English transcreation, the result of a unique collaboration between Dr. Fatima Fayyaz and Dr. Nadhra Khan of Lahore University of Management Sciences, Damanpreet Singh, writer, and graduate student, and Inni Kaur of SikhRI, followed by a discussion between Daman and Inni about the beauty of the ghazal and the transcreation process. Follow Damanpreet and Inni as they discuss their learnings and challenges while engaging with the words of Bhai Nand Lal. The unique and symbolic meanings that these ghazals reveal are a treat for those who yearn to get a glimpse into the court of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib. Author: Bhai Nand Lal “Goya” Collection: Divan-i-Goya Transcreators: Fatima Fayyaz, Inni Kaur, Nadhra Khan, and Damanpreet Singh Persian Narrator: Gholamhossein Sajadi English Narrator: Ryan Gillis Persian امشب به تماشای رخ یار توان رفت سوی بتِ عاشق کشِ عیار توان رفت در کوچه عشق ارچه محال است رسیدن منصور صفت با قدم دار توان رفت ای دل به سوی مدرسه گر میل نداری! باری به سوی خانه خمار توان رفت چون خاطرم از عشق تو شد رشکِ گلستان بیهوده چرا جانب گلزار توان رفت ای دل چو شدی واقف اسرار الهی در سینه ام ای مخزنِ اسرار توان رفت صد روضه رضوان است چو در خانه شگفته گویا به چه سوی در و دیوار توان رفت English Translation Tonight one may proceed to gaze upon the Beloved’s face, Towards the one who is mysteriously merciless towards the lover. Although it is impossible to arrive at the lane of love, One may walk towards the gallows in the footsteps of Mansur. Oh heart, if you don’t desire to go to a seminary, You may proceed towards a wine-house once. As your love has made my imagination the envy of a blooming garden, Why may one proceed towards the garden then? Oh heart, since you are aware of divine secrets, I can proceed within myself, oh treasure of secrets. A hundred paradisiacal gardens have bloomed in the house. Goya: why should one proceed elsewhere?
In this episode of The Sikh Cast, Jasleen Kaur reflects on the play of past, present, and future, the play of creation, and the importance of Remembrance.
This podcast brings us to Haridwar, a town that lies on the banks of the Ganges river. Guru ji challenges the thinking of the men whom he meets at the river. They explore the idea of sending love to the ancestors by providing them with resources, in this case being water. But Guru ji posits that we need to embrace our love for our loved ones that are alive today rather than focusing on those that have left this world. The eye-opening discussion is absolutely worth listening to because it broadens your mindset on how we engage as human beings and how we express our compassion and love for one another.
Inni Kaur talks about how 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?