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Sunday, June 17, 2007

10:49AM - The French Struggle

As political philosopher Blandine Kriegel, head of Chirac's High Council on Integration, confidently asserts: "The public school is part of the public because it is where civic education takes place. And so is public administration. There will never be Sikh civil servants in France!"
-Richard Wolin in The Nation, April 9, 2007.

Kriegel was referring to the fact that Sikhs will never be allowed to wear turbans or other religious dress in France, as they are in Britain.

Does anyone know any Sikhs in France? What does the community think of this?

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Friday, June 8, 2007

10:27PM - Black Sikhs and Hair

Anybody still here? *echoes*

Hello, I posted here some time ago about possibly visiting a Gurdwara, being interested in Sikhism. Sad to say that my life circumstances haven't led to my being able to get around to doing this just yet, but I still have a strong interest in Sikhism and have been trying to read and learn along the way...

... I have even started giving thought to trying to practice one of the five K's - that of unshorn hair. A huge lesson in humility for a woman like me, to let my eyebrows and everything else grow in! My question is about the hair on my head, though. As I mentioned in my previous post, I am a black woman. Normally I chemically straighten my hair for manageability and length. I have no idea what the position of Sikhism would be on such a process (chemically processing hair), but it certainly aids the ability to pass a comb through the hair, especially the one that Sikhs carry. If I were to let my hair go "natural," combing - especially daily combing - would result in a lot of breakage (we use Afro Picks for a reason!).

I don't suspect that there are any black Sikhs on this community, but would anyone have any knowledge of how to handle such a situation? either a) if chemical processing is allowed, or b) what to do if the hair does not lend to easy combing? Thanks in advance!

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

2:30AM - fateh

i read this and thought it was pretty interesting...


i hope everyone is doing well :)

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Saturday, August 5, 2006

10:38AM - SONGS!!!

Know how annoying it is when there's a song on the tip of your tongue and you can't find it? Well I need help. There's one punjabi song that's I only know a few of the lyrics to. It's like desi jiha ladde geet koi aj nachne .... I don't really know it that well. But I think it goes Nachane nachon nu jee karda, bakare balaun nu karda.

Then there's another song. If you've seen any Zee tv you might know it. It comes on the New york life commercial where there's a brother and sister and the brother breaks the sister's doll. IF you know the name of the song that would be great. thanks a bunch.

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Friday, August 4, 2006

7:57PM - What if history was different

B.R. Ambedkar considered converting to sikhism before finally embracing buddhism. Why? The reasons were emergence of caste system in sikh community too, and dominace of Jats. But if that had happened, now sikhs would have been a multi crore community.
Read the full article here

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Saturday, July 1, 2006

11:25PM - more disappointing news


So its ok for hundreds of Sikh farmers to kill themselves, but God forbid it happen anywhere else?

Current mood: disappointed

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Saturday, June 17, 2006

9:21PM - Sukhmani Sahib speaks

This morning, as I was heading to sadhana, I found that someone stole my bicycle seat.

My bicycle seat.

No, MY bicycle seat.


I lugged my tablas, fuming all the way, to sadhana. I fumed through sadhana. I fumed all the way back, and grumpily (after a very long nap) shelled out £30 that I can't afford, to buy a new seat, seat post, and adjustable clamp.

Actually, the new seat is rather more comfortable than the old one. And the bike rides better, somehow.

Then I opened Sukhmani Sahib, and this rather appropriate passage came up:

Ashtapadee 5:

He obtains ten things, and puts them behind him;
for the sake of one thing withheld, he forfeits his faith.

But what if that one thing were not given, and the ten were taken away
Then, what could the fool say or do

Our Lord and Master cannot be moved by force.
Unto Him, bow forever in adoration.

That one, unto whose mind God seems sweet
- all pleasures come to abide in his mind.

One who abides by the Lord's Will,
O Nanak, obtains all things. ||1||

God the Banker gives endless capital to the mortal,
who eats, drinks and expends it with pleasure and joy.

If some of this capital is later taken back by the Banker,
the ignorant person shows his anger.
He himself destroys his own credibility,
and he shall not again be trusted.

When one offers to the Lord, that which belongs to the Lord,
and willingly abides by the Will of God's Order,
the Lord will make him happy four times over.
O Nanak, our Lord and Master is merciful forever. ||2||

I can only laugh.

(x-posted from my journal)

Current mood: amused

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

11:49AM - Gurumobile!

This is quite cool, actually.

I suppose Sikhs all over the world handle the Siri Guru Granth Sahib differently. Reverence, after all, is not dictated by money, rather it is from the heart. Whether carried atop the head or transported in a special Gurumobile, it is the devotion that counts.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2006


this was forwarded from one of those newsletter things on yahoo, i believe.

does anyone notice anything missing...Collapse )

no matter what, it's important for us sikhs, at least, to remember our history. so... that being said. never forget.

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Monday, May 29, 2006

6:08PM - Snatam Kaur in London

Snatam Kaur held Kirtan at 2 different Gurudwaras yesterday, in Southall and at the Central Guruwara in Shepherd's Bush, London. Did anyone here go? It was really amazing, she has such a beautiful voice.

Snatam Kaur at the Siri Guru Singh Sahib Gurudwara, SouthallCollapse )

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

10:25PM - any thoughts would be nice.

Sri Akal Takht Sahib Issues Sandesh in reaction to UK Gurdwara violations :/

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006


I don't know if this question has been asked before, but does the Guru Granth Sahib say anything about homosexuality?

Current mood: curious

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Sunday, May 7, 2006

2:21AM - Interesting...

I found a really good Sikh blog - http://thepanthicotpreka.blogspot.com/

A link on it directed me to this video http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6333490943579553550&q=islamic&pl=true

It's an interesting look into terrorism and religion, and mentions Sikhi.  It's an hour long but it's worth a look.

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Friday, April 28, 2006

12:22AM - hasidic reggae

Has anyone heard "King without a crown" by Matisyahu?  It's almost as if he took lines straight out of gurbani.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

5:25PM - HELP!!

do any of you know of any scriptures from the Guru Granth Sahib that relate to discrimination or equality?

i need exact wording and page numbers maybe even

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006


so... i dont know how many of you know kuldeep uncle... but my veerji emailed me this letter that he wrote when he went to india... and i thought id share it with you guys

the letterCollapse )

what do you guys think?

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Wednesday, March 8, 2006

12:01PM - new website

Hey guys my friend made this website and it has some cool Sikh videos and multimedia. Also under guidance there are downloadable lectures.

Check it out!

Restoring the Pride-Dashmesh Productions

If you guys have any questions, there is contact information on the website, or comment here and I'll answer what I can.

Thanks! And feel free to spread it around.

EDIT: Fixed the link.

Current mood: calm

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Friday, February 17, 2006


I'm feeling kind of annoyed right now. There's this community which posts people's secrets ljsecret and it so happens there is this one secret which was posted by someone .. basically condemning Sikhs who wears turbans and I find it really disturbing that this one particular person thinks that the ' jura ' actually resembles a ' nipple ' and he/she feels sorry for them for wearing it. Wtf ! That's pretty low now.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006



enjoy :)

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Friday, January 27, 2006


http://www.tribuneindia.com/2006/20060116/cth1.htm#7Sohbag Kaur Khalsa
Sohbag Kaur Khalsa

Sohbag Kaur Khalsa, an American Sikh settled in Brazil, is running the only gurdwara in the country. Carrying the legacy of her late husband forward Sohbag, a yoga teacher, says there are no Sikhs but the gurdwara in San Paulo still runs packed with Brazilians who are regular visitors.

Relating the story of how she and her husband, a Brazilian who had become a Sikh while in the USA, laid the foundation stone of Guru Arjun Dev Gurdwara, Ms Khalsa said, "Nobody knew Sikhs in Brazil. We were the only two turbaned persons in that city. But it was our family dream and we broke ground in 2000. We made a guesthouse for visitors and a clinic. On the second floor, the gurdwara is built."

It was a huge task for the couple to build the gurdwara since there was no other Sikh sangat in the city to support the project. So, they went to the USA and had stayed with their family and worked for eight months to earn money for the project.

They were able to save $10,000. During a vacation to the USA, she found out that her husband was suffering from cancer which was now in its terminal stage. So, they decided to start the gurdwara so that her husband could see it happening before he breathed his last.

On June 6, 2004, the gurdwara was inaugurated. Sohbag's husband performed the ardas, his last public appearance. And then he died.

Born in Pennysylvania, Sohbag holds a degree in social work and started yoga while living in Maine. Then, she quit her job and moved to Boston where she began research on yoga and met Yogi Harbhajan Singh and became a Sikh.

Now, Ms Khalsa has come to admit two of her three children at the Miri Piri Academy. "I have come after 25 years to India. A lot has changed. Inflation is going up and cleanliness and purity is going down. I had a keen desire to see Harmander Sahib. So, I flew into Amritsar. My two sons, Ajit and Gobind, have been admitted to the Miri Piri Academy at Cheharta near Amritsar while my daughter is a web designer," she adds.

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