Recordings from past webinars, live events and presentations by SikhRI presenters, as well as creative explorations of Sikh concepts.
The Guru Granth Sahib Project is pleased to launch the annotation of nine Sabads (Infinite-Wisdom) of Guru Teghbahadar Sahib. Four Sabads are in Rag Jaijavanti (a musical mode), and five are in Rag Basant. Rag Jaijavanti evokes the feeling of profoundness and compassion. Rag Basant is associated with joy, excitement, and cheerfulness.
The eleventh month of Barah Maha is Magh, corresponding to the months of mid-January to mid-February. The extreme winter is concluding, and preparation for the upcoming month is commencing. When the coldness leaves, it provides the opportunity to bud. The potential was there, it was just frozen, and now as the weather warms up, the flourishing can happen. In paying more attention to the Guru’s advice, the human-bride, the seeker begins going within and realizes the pilgrimage of IkOankar to be within the heart. This is where, effortlessly or habitually, that state of sahaj develops, and the seeker embraces even more qualities of the One. Her inner being has been transformed into a pilgrimage site, home to her reflection of the Divine virtues. Join the human-bride in her quest for true bliss.
As the world becomes more interconnected, we understand how some have an abundance of monetary wealth, and others do not, and the more we understand the various needs unaddressed in our backyards and abroad. People want to give. People need to give. But do we understand what it means to give? This report aims to understand and explore what it means to give in a Sikh context, how giving is conceptualized and understood through Sikh history, and how it is understood and practiced today. The report analyzes ideas conveyed in the Nam-Dan-Isnan (Identifying-Giving-Cleansing) doctrine from a Gurmat (or Guru’s Way) perspective, as inferred from Bani (wisdom), Tavarikh (history), and Rahit (lifestyle).
A Love-Bond Mahakavi Santok Singh gives us a glimpse into Love. A woman’s deep-seated love for Guru Gobind Singh Sahib. The Guru acknowledges her love and says: “Blessed is your faith. Blessed is the effort you undertook to earn your faith. Now, ask whatever comes to your heart….Whosoever comes to this door does not leave empty-handed. Ask!”
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.
The Guru Granth Sahib Project is pleased to launch the annotation of eight Sabads, (Infinite-Wisdom) of Guru Teghbahadar Sahib. Four Sabads are in Rag Dhanasari (a musical mode), and four are in Rag Sarang. Rag Dhanasari evokes cheerfulness and happiness, and Rag Sarang is associated with tranquility.
Pokh is the tenth month of Barah Maha, corresponding to the months of mid-December to mid-January. The verse highlights the changes that exist in the environment. Frost arrives to interfere in the growth of the vegetation. Winter is coming, and the scene outside doesn’t feel too inviting. But what may seem discouraging outdoors is opposite to what is happening with the human-bride. She’s been bestowed with the Gift of Sabad, and with such, her focus has shifted. The human-bride is changing from within. IkOankar is what matters most to her because IkOankar is the stable source of love with all the troubles she faces. Listen along to experience the human-bride’s journey of absolute love towards IkOankar.
To the world, he is Bhai Vir Singh, the “Sixth River of Panjab.” To me, he is simply Pitaji. There are no family or blood ties, but there is a bond that transcends time and space. He used to say, “the ones who want to meet me, can meet me through my writings.” I met him through his verses. His monumental work, Guru Nanak Chamatkar, brought everything to life for me and I learned about the First Nanak through his eyes. His expositions of the Sabad, kindled within me the desire to experience the fragrance of Nam. This talk is about my journey of discovery, and falling in love with Sikhi, through Pitaji’s inspirational writings. Inni Kaur is the CEO of the Sikh Research Institute. She is the author of Sakhi-Time with Nani ji; Thank You, Vahiguru and the series Journey with the Gurus.
Dr. Nikky Guninder Kaur's presentation explores Bhai Vir Singh’s early and final lyrics from his respective anthologies Trel Tupke and Mere Sainyan Jio. The images and themes important to Bhai Vir Singh early on in life replay in amazing beauty years later in his final poetic discourse. Together, they provide valuable insights into the poet’s vast psychological and mystical world. Through the profound simplicity of his language and the intensity of his emotions, Bhai Vir Singh creates a cosmic symphony that is both magical and practical. My paper analyzes the aesthetic power of his poetry that continues to resonate in the psyche of his readers. How exactly does his artistic pen inspire intellectual vigor and moral responsibility?
Commemorating 350 Years of Prakash Utsav of the 10th Sovereign Read the poem here: "O! Kalgian Valia" http://www.sikhri.org/separation_from_kalgian_vale Inni Kaur (CEO -Sikh Research Institute) is the author of ‘Journey with the Gurus’ series; ‘Sakhi-Time with Nani ji’; and ‘Thank You, Vahiguru.’
This presentation will examine Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s role as a secular ruler through a 19th century tomb in Lahore built by Rani Gulbahar Begum, his Muslim wife. The Maharaja’s religious non-discriminatory policies will be discussed based on information gleaned from his court chronicles and some official documents in the Lahore Museum collection. The tomb’s architectural and ornamental features will also be viewed to understand the tastes and craftsmanship of nineteenth century Punjabi patrons and artists. About The Presenter: Nadhra Khan is Assistant Professor of Art History at Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan. She specializes in the history of art and architectural ornament of nineteenth century Punjab but her research and teaching interests also cover the earlier Mughal and later colonial visual culture of this region. She has held research fellowships at SOAS, London (Charles Wallace Fellowship, 2010-11), Paris (2015), Princeton (Fulbright, 2014-15), and Oxford (Barakat Trust 2014-15). She is currently working with the Aga Khan Cultural Service, Pakistan (AKCSP), as Consultant Historian for their Lahore Fort Picture Wall project. Her monograph entitled Maharaja Ranjit Singh's Samadhi: Understanding Sikh Architectural Ornament will appear in 2017.
About the Presentation: 2018 marks India and Pakistan’s 72nd “independence” from the colonial rule. The webinar will look at the ramifications of that decision for Panjab. - People, Culture & Nation - Unnatural 1947 Borders - India-Pakistan Follies - A Sikh Paradigm - Reunification Dream About the Presenter: Harinder Singh is a widely respected educator and thinker who is deeply in love with 1Force, the Oneness that radiates in all. Love and Justice symbiotic paradigm propel him to leverage public awareness for social change. He currently serves as the Senior Fellow, Research & Policy, at the Sikh Research Institute. Mr. Singh co-founded the Sikh Research Institute and the Panjab Digital Library, organized the Free Akal Takht movement, and envisioned Kaur and Singh Academy. He served on the boards of the National Conference on Community and Justice, The Fellowship of Activists to Embrace Humanity, The Nanakshahi Trust, among others. He is an author and sought after public speaker, raising consciousness of audience around the world. He regularly appears on radio and television programs globally. He also consults on curriculums, exhibitions, and films. He holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering, MS in Engineering Management, and MPhil in Guru Granth Sahib. He is Guru’s Sikh, Panjab’s lover, and Begampura’s Jedi.
When Guru Nanak was born in 1469 the world was a tumultuous place. But really, how different are the issues faced by people then and now? What kind of progress has our society made? How would Guru Nanak be treated in 2013 by his disciples and the wider world? What would the Guru challenge today and how would he go about it? Three graduates of Sidak 2013 come together to offer a global perspective on these questions. About the Presenters: Harsharan Kaur is a student at the University of Manitoba in Canada. In June she was selected as one of Amnesty International's "Top-20 Canadians 25 & Under." She works for the RCMP as a 911 operator and is a long-time volunteer with SikhRI Canada. Bhavraj Singh is a graduate of Simon Fraser University, and lives in Vancouver, BC. A Procurement and Marketing Professional, he works at a Point of Sale software company looking after their hardware line. Bhavraj loves to play competitive hockey. Shamsher Singh is the spokesperson for the National Sikh Youth Federation, a UK-based think tank and educational charity. He has a Master’s degree in computer science from Kingston University and his interests include reading, poetry, films, and architecture.
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