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I really enjoyed the message and the interesting Sikh twist for revolution. The music is really catchy and the lyrics thought provoking.

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A Beautiful song that I really enjoy. Sung by the heart and it has translations although the words of Punjabi cannot be fully translated in depth.

New York Times, Sikh Photo

This is an interesting picture I screen-captured on my macbook using a new widget. The picture was under the Sunday Book Review section of the New York Times website. The book was about the English empire in India and its collapse. I found the picture to be really interesting regarding the intrinsic role of the Sikh people in throughout India’s history. Being less than two percent of the national population, the SIkhs have always stood out.

Avil Alh nUru aupwieAw, kudriq ky sB bMdy ]

“First God created the Light; by His power he created all people equal.”

eyk nUr qy sBu jgu aupijAw, kaun Bly ko mMdy ]1]

From One Light came the entire universe. So who is good, and who is bad? ||1||

logw Brim n BUlhu BweI ]

“O people, in doubt wander not, my brothers,”

Kwilku Klk Klk mih Kwilku pUir rihE sRb TWeI ]1] rhwau ]

“Creation in Creator, and Creator in Creation, Totally filled in all places. ||1||Pause||”

mwtI eyk Anyk BWiq kir swjI swjnhwrY ]

“The clay is the same, but various ways by the Fashioner.”

nw kCu poc mwtI ky BWfy nw kCu poc kuMBwrY ]2]

“Nothing is wrong with the pot of clay – nothing is wrong with the Potter. ||2||”

sB mih scw eyko soeI iqs kw kIAw sBu kCu hoeI ]

“The One True Lord abides in all; by His making, everything is made.”

hukmu pCwnY su eyko jwnY bMdw khIAY soeI ]3]

“Whoever realizes the Hukam of His Command, knows the One Lord. He alone is said to be the Lord’s slave. ||3||”

Alhu AlKu n jweI liKAw guir guVu dInw mITw ]

“God is unseen; He cannot be seen. The Guru has blessed me with this sweet molasses.

kih kbIr myrI sMkw nwsI srb inrMjnu fITw ]4]3]

“Says Kabeer, my anxiety and fear have been taken away; I see the Immaculate Lord pervading everywhere. ||4||3||”

This is truly a gorgeous shabad song by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, one of the greatest punjabi singers of all time. Bhagat Kabir Ji composed the hymns, and they are presented in the Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Guru Nanak Dev Ji realized the most fundamental religious universal truth of all, God is in everything and within everyone. His presence and sweet nectar is found everywhere. We are all endowed with the light of God, so who is to say that one is right or wrong. We are God’s men and women. What a powerful message.

You can feel the powerful gravitational pull of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan singing from the heart. I was moved when I heard this shabad by him. He came to a gurdwara to pay his respect to a great message of peace and love by the Guru Granth Sahib. There is no Sikh, Hindu, Christian, Jew, or Muslim because we are all one in the same. No barrier exists in the creation of such immaculate love and beauty.

Everyday I find a new jewel in the vast mounds of Sikhism’s infinite treasure chest. This video and the symbolism it brings of Muslims and Sikhs coming together to praise God in peace really brings a settling reason to hope. Enjoy the video; there are two more parts that are on youtube.

Music has the innate ability to mold moods and emotions with its mystical qualities. Music is a divine element that can only be mastered by the those given the artistry to compose it by God. The intrinsic sound ripples through the air causing air pressure to change in waves of differing frequencies. As the sound enters the human ear it is channeled into the brain where it is sculpted into endless forms. The intricate brain signals interpret the vibrant sounds to create meaning, feeling, and imagery. Music awakens the inner senses and mysteriously maps out our outlook on life. For centuries humans have sought the omnipresent powers of music to transcend states of consciousness otherwise difficult to attain. When the vibrations of sound are carefully weaved together and orchestrated, the resulting chord strikes at the center of all souls.

Music has no language and is not owned by any one people on Earth for it is universal. It resounds from the far reaches of the rumbling sky to the depths of jungles and seas, music and sound paint the atmosphere with life and color. The natural lodestones of sound given off by the settling waterfalls and unsettled shores have drawn millions of men since the beginning of time to seek true inner content and fulfillment. The human voice sang in the melody of tune, raag, is a beautiful harp in the midst of many instruments. Guru Nanak Dev Ji fatefully instilled Kirtan into the deep roots of an infinitely rich stream of poetic rhymes in the Guru Granth Sahib, because he knew that music was a vehicle on which one could reach the greatest truths of God. He sat emerged for hours, days, weeks, and months listening to the divine compositions of God, Waheguru. “Tuhe, Tuhe, Tuhe,” God you are everything. In the Japji Sahib Guru Nanak continues to teach man to listen to the secrets of the Universe and creation of God by listening to the natural beauty and serenity of nature. Listen with your heart to the world in which you live and there you will find a greater soul drenched in pure content, unity, and infinity. In the Anand Sahib below, Guru Amar Das speaks of the grace and divine power of musical melodies in the salvation of our souls, and the spiritual cleansing of our evils within:

ਅਨੰਦੁ ਭਇਆ ਮੇਰੀ ਮਾਏ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੂ ਮੈ ਪਾਇਆ ॥

anand bha-i-aa mayree maa-ay satguroo mai paa-i-aa.

I am in ecstasy, O my mother, for I have found my True Guru.

ਸਤਿਗੁਰੁ ਤ ਪਾਇਆ ਸਹਜ ਸੇਤੀ ਮਨਿ ਵਜੀਆ ਵਾਧਾਈਆ ॥

satgur ta paa-i-aa sahj saytee man vajee-aa vaaDhaa-ee-aa.

I have found the True Guru, with intuitive ease, and my mind vibrates with the music of bliss.

ਰਾਗ ਰਤਨ ਪਰਵਾਰ ਪਰੀਆ ਸਬਦ ਗਾਵਣ ਆਈਆ ॥

raag ratan parvaar paree-aa sabad gaavan aa-ee-aa.

The jewelled melodies and their related celestial harmonies have come to sing the Word of the Shabad.

ਸਬਦੋ ਤ ਗਾਵਹੁ ਹਰੀ ਕੇਰਾ ਮਨਿ ਜਿਨੀ ਵਸਾਇਆ ॥

sabdo ta gaavhu haree kayraa man jinee vasaa-i-aa.

The Lord dwells within the minds of those who sing the Shabad.

ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਅਨੰਦੁ ਹੋਆ ਸਤਿਗੁਰੂ ਮੈ ਪਾਇਆ ॥੧॥

kahai naanak anand ho-aa satguroo mai paa-i-aa. ((1))

Says Nanak, I am in ecstasy, for I have found my True Guru. ((1))

ਏ ਮਨ ਮੇਰਿਆ ਤੂ ਸਦਾ ਰਹੁ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਲੇ ॥

ay man mayri-aa too sadaa rahu har naalay.

O my mind, remain always with the Lord.

Music is the truest element of transition in a world floating on the baseless illusion of maya where many have forgotten their purpose and reason for existence, because we have become attached to falsehood, attachment, and ego. Music is spiritual and the Gurus instilled its endless melody into Sikhism by creating raags in the Shabad.

In Punjabi culture, music has also been noted as a type of nasha, intoxication, because it allows man to change states of consciousness. The nature of music is such that it has the ability to change one’s mindset in less than a minute. The Ipod has revolutionized the world because thousands of songs are now on the fingertips of many in sheer seconds. This has caused people to live in their own little worlds propelled by their own lyrics, genres, beats, and cliques. The world has become more technological and cold. No one wants to hear the real human being next to them as Ipod headphones cloud their hearing and openness. Music has evolved modern day life, just as it changed our states of being centuries before.

Traditional Qawwali’s of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and others send the instrumental clapping tune into motion, and the faint imagary of old Mughal kings sitting on throwns as naachars, women who entertained, danced before them. Old songs by Surinder Kaur and Jagmohan Kaur paint the old picture of Punjab’s green and conservative fields of the past. Songs by Chamkila and Amrita Virk strike a romantic picture of old Pindh love stories. Mirza and Heer folk songs end in the dogmatic tales of murder and honor in the old days of Punjabi heritage. Malkit Singh, Surinder Shinda, and Kuldip Manake capture the mid 90s with their corny and often cheesy Bhangra lyrics that still live due to their beats that continue to make everyone dance until the early hours of the morning at parties. Rappers in America put their message of living a hard life of intolerance in vulgar terms so the masses can understand and relate to them. Acoustic artists soothe the senses with soft melodies and lyrics for relaxation. Bands and punk music rile up feelings of anger and frustration in those who feel alone and desolate. Music appeals on so many different levels due to the intrinsic quality of it letting men shed confined feelings to the sound of comforting beats and lyrics. Emotions and feelings are splashed on the canvas of music to remain alive and intact for generations to come, true music represents the sentiments and feelings of an individual from the soul up.

Music allows me to let go and transcend into states of entertainment or spirituality. Spirituality and entertainment can coexist if perceived in the overall joy and happiness of life. It is okay to dance and enjoy as long as one remains respectful to oneself and others. Life is to reflect, be thankful and generous to all, find God within, and most importantly to learn lessons from this brutal world in which we live. Every ray of light that can enter our often dark and shackled soul is welcome here, and music is one element in this temporary life that can truly resonate and echo deep within.

        I am a little embittered due to Apple’s pernicious timing to reveal its new Macbook lineup. I just bought my Macbook Pro for college about three months ago. I paid a high price for its valuable service and could not be happier, because the Macbook Pro has been and still is the best in the field of laptops. The ultimate luxury jetliner of all mobile computing and creativity to say the least. However, the new change comes amidst the Christmas season. I bought my Pro a few months ago brand new for a high sticker price, and no later than a month or so I am typing on a museum relic. The constant change and performance of Apple in all its products creates an uncertainity and unstability within the consumer who is faced with high prices and the inevitable change of model and service. 

     The new Macbook Pro is a little faster and more compact with a better graphics card which is great. On the contrary, it looks like an enlarged Ipod Touch, and the black keys take away from the overall slick silver look. I still believe the previous model which I currently own wins the distinct character award. I am still an Apple addict now and will probably continue to be, but I just think that models need to last a little longer than six months before being replaced by stronger models. That is my technology rant for the day, but one thing is certain; I will never buy a PC.

           Although the movie sounded more like an action packed thriller, it was the exact opposite. I am not going to spoil the plot or unravel the events that took place in the true story case which the movie was based on, but I am going to comment on how it made me feel.
             
              She was a Godly young woman who kept her faith in God, and stood firm in her religious beliefs. How could have God let that happen to Silvia, the young woman? How could people be so evil and insensitive to humanity and the human soul? Why couldn’t this just be another movie instead of a grim reality?
 
                  Honestly, I have always known that life is not fair, but I also did not know it could be so cruel. Great acting, and a definite stain of the fallacy of mankind. Watch the movie and tell me what you think.

May Silvia rest in peace and justice be served.

 

 

 

 

 

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