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Conversations between SikhRI presenters and thought-leaders from the wider Sangat, as well as involved exploration of specific topics.

Saturday
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3
April
2021

Countdown to Vaisakhi | Featuring Dr. Harsohena Kaur | The Sikh Cast

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Dr. Harsohena Kaur , Advisory Council at Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI) shares her reflection on Vaisakhi.

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Thursday
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1
April
2021

Countdown to Vaisakhi | Featuring Kulvir Singh | The Sikh Cast

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Kulvir Singh, Interim Executive Director at Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI) shares his reflection on Vaisakhi.  

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Monday
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29
March
2021

Ghazal Eight, Divan-i-Goya: Damanpreet Singh & Inni Kaur | Bhai Nand Lal - The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

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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 بدر در پیشِ رخت شرمنده است بلکه خورشیدِ جهان هم بنده است چشمِ ما هرگز بغیر از حق ندید ای خوشا چشمی که حق بیننده است ما نمی لافیم از زهد و ریا گر گنه گاریم حق بخشنده است دیگری را از کجا آریم ما شور در عالم یکی افگنده است حرفِ غیر از حق نیاید هیچ گاه بر لبِ‌ گویا که حق بخشنده است English Translation Before Your face, the full moon is embarrassed. Rather, the sun of the universe too is a slave. Our eyes witness nothing but the Truth-Divine. Oh, fortunate is the eye that beholds the Divine. Neither do we flaunt piety nor do we indulge in hypocrisy. If we are sinners, the Divine is the forgiver. From where would we bring another? The world reverberates with echoes of Oneness. Nothing is ever uttered except Truth-Divine. By the lips of Goya, as the Divine is the forgiver.

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Thursday
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25
March
2021

Episode 4: Importance of Honest Living | Getting to Know Guru Nanak Sahib

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In this episode, we delve into Malik Bhago, a very wealthy and powerful man who held a feast for the gods and goddesses to seek their blessings. Guru ji was the only one who refused his invitation. It was infuriating to Malik Bhago that someone would decline an invitation to a feast; he wanted every holy man’s blessing. But the reason was simple: we are all children of Vahiguru, and there is not one person that is higher or more important than the other. Guru ji knew who Malik Bhago really was? Listen to find out what Guru ji knew about the feast and how Malik Bhago reacted afterward.

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Friday
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19
March
2021

Collecting HERstory: Narratives that Shape our Futures | The Sikh Cast

What role have women historically occupied in our collective psyche? Reflecting on our past, present, and thinking about the future, how do we put mechanisms into place to ensure women’s stories aren’t forgotten? To ensure they become a part of consciousness? Through this conversation, we will imagine futures in which we move beyond the mere recognition of gendered differences and enact attention on reducing gender disparities while paying homage to the strides we have already made.

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Thursday
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18
March
2021

Transcendent Love | The Sikh Cast

What’s “Love” got to do with it? Love is indeed a four-letter word, heavily used, very interpretive, and often taken out of context in our personal lives. How do we understand love in the Sikh context? Follow along as Jasleen Kaur and Pritpal Singh unpack the understanding of love through a Sikh lens; the relationship between the Sikh and the Guru — the relationship between the lover and the Beloved and love in its earthly reality.

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Sunday
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14
March
2021

Nanakshahi: Calendar & ‘Era of Nanak the Sovereign’

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For the Sikhs globally, 1 Cet 553 is the Nanakshahi new year’s day. Cet or Chet is the month. 553 is the Nanakshahi year. Do you know about Nanakshahi? Manpreet Singh and Harinder Singh discuss Nanakshahi 553! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-sikh-cast-sikhri/support

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Monday
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8
March
2021

Shadow: Inni Kaur | The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

SikhRI presents “Shadow,” a raw poetic experience by Inni Kaur.  Follow along as she delves deep into the human experience, from the dark scores of negativity to the peaks of light. With each difficult moment, she finds time to rejuvenate the mind with thoughts and feelings that expand what it means to truly question and evaluate oneself. This is not a journey you’re going to want to miss.

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Friday
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26
February
2021

Ghazal Two, Divan-i-Goya: Damanpreet Singh & Inni Kaur | Bhai Nand Lal - The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

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Introducing Paigam-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 دین و دنیا در کمندِ‌ آن پری رخسارِ ما هر دو عالم قیمتِ یک تارِ موی یارِ‌ ما ما نمی آریم تاب غمزهٔ مژگانِ‌ او یک نگاهِ جان فزایش بس بود در کارِ ما گاه صوفی گاه زاهد گه قلندر می شود رنگ های مختلف دارد بت عیارِ ما قدرِ لعل او بجز عاشق نداند هیچ کس قیمتِ یاقوت داند چشمِ گوهربارِ ما هر نفس گویا به یادِ نرگسِ‌ مخمورِ او باده های شوق می نوشد دلِ هشیارِ ما English Translation My angel-faced Beloved holds the reins of the temporal and celestial worlds. These two worlds are worth just a single strand of my Beloved’s hair. We cannot bear the allure of that gaze. One rejuvenating glance would be enough for our lifetime. Sometimes a sūfī¹, sometimes a zāhid², at others a qalandar³; Our unfathomable Beloved has many tints and shades. Who, except the lover, would know the worth of [Beloved’s] red gems? But our eyes that shed pearls are aware of the value of rubies. In the memory of [Beloved’s] intoxicating eyes, Goya, with every breath; Our wakeful hearts sip on the nectar of longing.

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Saturday
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20
February
2021

Nankana Sahib Massacre

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Harinder Singh and Manpreet Singh talk about what happened 100 years ago at Nankana Sahib. Today it's known as Saka Nankana or Nankana Sahib Massacre. Why did the Sikhs protest, what happened and how does it relate to what's going on today with the Farmers Protest in India.  Harinder Singh (@1force) Manpreet Singh (@mjassal) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-sikh-cast-sikhri/support

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Monday
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8
February
2021

Episode 3: Lasting Friendship | Getting to Know Guru Nanak Sahib

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In this episode, we learn more about friendships and growing up while remaining apart. Guru Nanak Sahib ji left Talwandi to live with his sister, Bebe Nanaki, and her husband, Jairam Das, in Sultanpur. The Governor of Sultanpur hired Guru ji to manage the storehouse. It was quite an important job. After a few years, Guru ji invited his best friend, Bhai Mardana, to live with him. Listen and find out what happens when the two friends begin living together.

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Friday
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29
January
2021

Ghazal One, Divan-i-Goya: Damanpreet Singh & Inni Kaur | Bhai Nand Lal - The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

Introducing Paigam-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 هوای بندگی آورد در وجود مرا وگرنه زوقِ چنین آمدن نبود مرا خوش است عمر که در یاد بگذرد ورنه چه حاصل است ازین گنبدِ کبود مرا در آن زمان که نیایی بیاد می میرم بغیر یادِ تو زیستن چه سود مرا فداست جان و دلِ من بخاک مردمِ پاک هر آن کس که بسوی تو ره نمود مرا نبود هیچ نشانها ز آسمان و زمین که شوقِ روی تو آورد در سجود مرا بغیر یادِ تو گویا نمی توانم زیست به سوی دوست رھایی دهند زود مرا English Translation I am brought into existence by the embrace of the winds of reverence-bondage. I would not have desired to come into this world, otherwise. Joyous is the life spent in Your remembrance, and if not: What else do I gain from this blue vault? I die when I do not remember You. Besides Your remembrance, what do I gain from living? I surrender my heart-mind to the dust of those pious beings Who guide me towards You. When there was no sign of the sky or earth, It was desire for Your face that brought me into prostration. Goya: I cannot live without remembering You. May I be freed quickly to meet the Beloved.

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Wednesday
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20
January
2021

Reflect on the Knower: Asha Marie Kaur – The Sikh Cast | SikhRI

ਮੀਰਾਂ ਦਾਨਾਂ ਦਿਲ ਸੋਚ ॥ mīrāṁ dānāṁ dil soc. O Leader reflect in heart and mind on the Knower. --- This is a continuation of the Persian Voice of the Guru's featuring the Sikh Research Institute's Researcher, Asha Marie Kaur. In this transcreation, the original Gurmukhi is followed by an English transcription to guide the Sabad’s pronunciation (Divine Word) 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 highlights the journey of becoming vast like IkOankar (1-Ness). We seek solace in becoming like IkOankar, and in doing so, we receive the assistance we yearn for. When we hold onto things that we believe to be “ours,” we take ourselves into an ecocentric place; we become entangled. Sabad Recitation: Parminder Kaur Chanana

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Saturday
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9
January
2021

Bhai Vir Singh: His Fragrance Travels Through Centuries

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In this conversation, we are joined by scholar Dr. Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh, author, poet, and artist, Inni Kaur, and educator, Surinder Singh as they discuss the poetry, Gurbani, and the inspiration of Bhai Vir Singh.  

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Friday
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18
December
2020

#FarmerProtests

Harinder Singh and Manpreet Singh talk about the current farmer protests happening in India and it's impact on the Sikh Diaspora. They talk about langar, Diljit, Modi, social media, what to expect next and much more!    

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