The Khalsa inauguration on Vaisakhi day in 1699 infused the Sikhs and gave them a structure of ideas and institutions that continue to shape their lives both individually and collectively. We will discuss Panthic leadership through Sikhi ideals and historical models. We will also explore the current deficits in leadership and their code of conduct. How can Love-drenched & Wisdom-centered impetus revive organic leadership in the vicinity of ideals!
Join Harinder Singh and Jasleen Kaur as they discuss the larger Sikh context around beadbi as a political problem in need of a political solution. What is beadbi ? How has it been dealt with historically? What are its Panthic and legal understandings? How does it relate to the reverence Sikhs collectively show to the Guru Granth Sahib? And how, given recent cases in the news, can we understand individual and collective responses given the current realities on the ground?
Follow Kiranjot Kaur as she explores the intimate connections that can be drawn from the history and legacy of Banda Singh Bahadar. Learning from the prominent Sikh scholar Dr. Ganda Singh’s work, Kiranjot delves into the meaningful resonances between today’s faith and yesterday’s history as it permeates the psyches of Sikh consciousness.
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 بس که ما را هست با تو ارتباط از قدومِ تست در عالم نشاط فرش کردم در قدوم راه تو دیده و دل را که بوده در بساط بر فقیرانِ خدا رحمی بکن! تا درین دنیا بیابی انبساط دایماً دل را به سوی حق بیار تا به آسان بگذری زین پل صراط نیست آسودہ کسی در زیر چرخ بگذری گویا ازین کهنه رباط English Translation Such is our deep connection with You, That only with Your arrival, there is exuberance in the world. In Your pathway, I have spread out, My eyes and my heart—the only worthy possessions I could offer. Have some compassion for the Divine’s faqīrs ! So that you may find bliss in this world. Direct your heart towards the Divine at all times, So you can cross the bridge of Sirāṭ with ease. No one is at ease under the ever-turning sky, So Goya, just move through this worn perpetual caravanserai.
There is a deeply profound sentiment tied to martyrdom in Sikhi as well as in many other faiths groups. Throughout the ages, we have seen challenging circumstances of oppression that have chosen to desecrate the bodies of those who address it. How do we find and center shukrana (gratitude) within this bleak depiction of reality? How does the idea of resisting oppressive forces allow us to connect to our inherent mode of being, IkOankar, 1Force? There are undoubtedly important metaphysical stakes in this kind of conversation. Still, perhaps we need to come closer to more practical lessons that can help Sikhs better understand the concepts of shahadat (martyrdom) and shukrana as they exist in conversation with one another. The trajectory of the webinar will be brought to bear on a living understanding of what it means to be grateful during trying times, ultimately serving as the grounding force for Sikh persistence and resilience.
Follow Kiranjot Kaur as she recites a poem dedicated to Guru Teghbahadar Sahib and his path to Azadi-Freedom. Experience what Azadi can truly mean, as a concept, feeling, and reality. What is oneness? How do we find true realization of Guru Teghbahadar Sahib’s martyrdom?