Reflections on Sidak 2012: Apply for Summer, 2013
http://www.vimeo.com/62081314 Two of my fellow Sidakers from the class of 2012 have written wonderful blog posts that are succinct and tell you concisely what their Sidak experience was like. Please do give them a read: Santbir Singh on Sikhchic  “Why I’ll Be There.” and Ruby Kaur...
Journeys with Kabir
Earlier this week I went to a screening of the film Koi Sunta Hai, one of four documentaries produced by the Kabir Project, an expansive music and film project directed by Shabnam Virani. In their own words: The Kabir project brings together the experiences of a series of ongoing journeys in quest of...
An “Amrit Vela” State of Mind
After following some of the recent on-line debates, and discussing the topic at our local Gurbani Veechar meeting, I’ve been reflecting a bit on the concept of amrit vela in Sikhi. To summarize the debate, many feel that amrit vela is a specific time of day (roughly three hours before dawn) where...
My Guru & I: In His Presence
In honor of yesterday’s Gurpurab (Bhadon 17, Nanakshahi) marking the anniversary of the first installation of Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj in the Darbar Sahib, I’d like to share a piece I had written for sikhchic.com at the culmination of last year’s “300 Saal” celebrations,...
The Wheat Of Compassion
Ive always enjoyed a good story…and amongst all the depressing news lately of our declining economy, raucous town hall meetings, and corrupt politicians…I often turn to StoryCorps podcasts for a quick pick-me-up. A few months back, I came across a beautiful piece titled Finding El Dorado....
A Discontinuous Journey
A few weeks back, an article called Outsourcing Prayers [scroll to the bottom], by Khushwant Singh caught my attention. It discussed how people pay big money to religious institutions abroad to carry out services and prayers on their behalf. This “outsourcing” of prayer helps out the “well-to-do”...
Finding Freedom In Forgiveness
I’m a bit of an NPR Junkie, and one of my favorite series I listen to is called This I Believe. This I Believe is a national media project that engages everyday people in writing, sharing, and discussing the core values and beliefs that guide their everyday lives. I’ve been following the...
Mac Users Rejoice: iSikhi
A new Gurbani search engine has become available for Mac users on their i-paraphernalia [hat tip, Sikhnet]. SikhiToTheMax debuted a PC-compatible version a while ago, but now Mac users can also search through SGGS Ji, Dasam Granth, and portions of Bhai Gurdas Vaar on iPhone/Touch. Not having to jailbreak...