Nowadays one sometimes reads about incidents in India of mistreatment and disrespect of women, and that can never be condoned. However just like a few trees do not define a forest, an aberration does not define a civilisation. Contrary to common belief, in India, as in most agrarian societies the Goddess the provider of all things, as mother nature, has always been revered. In such societies the female has always been respected, loved and worshipped. Hindu and later Sikh trad
Wherever one goes in the world, you will find a special type of people. They are inevitably respected for their integrity, passion and joyful nature. They work hard, live well and love passionately. They are the Sikhs. Who are the Sikhs and where did they come from? On the day of Kartik Poornima (the full moon in the month of Kartik) in 1469 a divine light arrived when Guru Nanak ji took his earthly birth in Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi. The people who imbibe Guru Nanak ji's teachin
Loss of livelihoods is bad enough, compounded by illness and loss of some near and dear to many people. Humanity now lives under a pall of great fear as the pandemic stalks the land. No amount of sympathy and condolence can fill the void of sorrow. But life will go on irrespective of how we feel. I am reminded of the loss of my father Sardar Man Singh ji, his life and the great lessons he provided us. Six years ago, on the 1st day of Sept with a gurgle and a cough my father l
Many years ago, a friend shared an anecdote with me. Which I now recall every 'Father's day'. A little girl was walking along a path with her father, when they came to a rickety and treacherous bridge. Instinctively the father stretched out his hand to his daughter and said; "Here, take my hand." The daughter replied; "No father, you please hold my hand." The father was confused, "What is the difference, whether you hold my hand or I hold yours?" The little girl smilingly sai
It takes just as much labour and time to do something badly, as it is to do it well. So I always give everything I do, the best I can.
The advantage is, if my commitment bears fruit, I am delighted. When my efforts do not deliver the results expected, I am neither angered nor saddened.
I have discovered that, when one does something, in fact ,anything with devotion, one is happy.
The doing is now, the fruit may come later.
When one can evolve and be happy now, why postpone
We are not a half, looking for the other half to complete us.
We are complete by ourselves.
What we term as 'needing love' is the need for sympathy, understanding, compassion, friendship or even sex.
Those who demand love are beggars, those who give it are emperors.
Both never tire. The former, of asking, always remains dissatisfied and unhappy, the latter of giving, and always happy. Even if we seem to have lost love, we can always regain it. Because love is not somethin
"If God, for a second, forgave what I have become, and granted me a little bit more of life, I would use it to the best of my ability. I wouldn't, possibly, say everything that is in my mind, but I would be more thoughtful of all I say. I would give merit to things not for what they are worth, but for what they mean to express. I would sleep little, I would dream more, because I know that for every minute that we close our eyes, we waste 60 seconds of light. I would walk whil
Last year Mohini and I spent a quiet new year's eve. We visited the Gurudwara followed by a quiet dinner. Then the rest of the evening and night was spent at home, babysitting and enjoying the antics of our two naughty grandsons. As we grey, we spend a lot of time reminiscing. We recalled a new year we celebrated many, many years ago, in 1996. "Dad, can we come with you and mom this evening to the new year party?" asked our 15 year old son, Mohit, accompanied by his 13 year
It seems we have lost the art of conversation. Here are some golden guidelines followed by Former President of India - Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam #AbdulKalam #APJAbdulKalam #brother #children #conversation #Guru #Gur_Wonder #Gurvinder #father #friend #India #Kalam #love #mother #officials #politician #President #relatives #respect #sister #talk #wife #worker My grateful thanks to Mr. J Jamshaid for this pearl
If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
If a child lives with fear, he learns to be apprehensive.
If a child lives with pity, he learns to feel sorry for himself.
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy. If a child lives with jealousy, he learns what envy is.
If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns to be confident.
If a child lives with
If you had a choice to be kind or to be right... Choose being kind because then you will always be right. ~ Zahir Meher Homji Being kind is just the first step. Even though I quote my noble friend Zahir, I feel there is something much more to be said. More than being kind is to be compassionate. What's the difference? An act of kindness towards another being always places an individual above another being. A hierarchy of someone higher, or powerful on one hand as a giver and
We may not be aware of it but every encounter with another being, effects us in some way or the other. This is why the ancients stressed upon the company we keep. Good, noble and loving people enrich us and some not so good people tend to impoverish us. With good fortune, it was on Guru Poornima (full moon) at the ashram of Baba Ishwar Singh in Dehradun (India) that my wife Mohini and I met a spiritual man, Kulwinder Singh who makes a living by driving a taxi in NewYork city.
Being eccentric by nature, people think I must be a billionare. In reality we are all eccentric. Since the opinions of others matters little to them only the powerful, wealthy and very poor, dare to display their true nature. The rest of the people have to struggle and conform to generally implied norms of behaviour. We are all wealthy, but we are mostly confused about what constitutes wealth. Money and assets by themselves cannot bring happiness. Happiness is not a goal but
My wife had served us a delicious meal and my thoughts flashed back to my mother. I had gone to meet my mother as I often did. As always with folded hands, I bowed to mother and touched her feet. Gripping me by the shoulders she picked me up and embraced me. The glowing delight on her face was all encompassing. After a brief update, she stood up and said, "You must be hungry? Let me get you some lunch. It's hot out there, you must be thirsty, what would you like to drink?" M
In Greek mythology, Icarus was the son of the famous craftsman Daedalus, the creator of the Labyrinth. They were imprisoned in a tower by King Minos. Clever Daedalus managed to create two sets of wings for himself and his son, that were made of feathers glued together with wax. He taught Icarus how to fly and warned him not to fly too high, which would cause the wax to melt, nor too low, which would cause the feathers to get wet with sea water. Together, they flew out of the
“Enlightenment is not about becoming divine. Instead it’s about becoming more fully human… . It is the end of ignorance.” ~ Lama Surya Das Facebook - Twitter - linkedin - SikhNet #growth #Guru #Guru_Wonder #Gurvinder #happiness #India #knowledge #love #meditation #silence #soul #spiritual #wisdom #Wonder
“You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.” ~ Swami Vivekananda We run here and there, flit about everywhere, seeking spirituality. Called by many names on many paths spirituality is often confused with religion. Religion has come to be known as the belief in, a human like male supreme being who pre-plans, monitors, protects, and rewards individuals and groups who please Him and denies a
There is much talk of leading pure lives, but how shall we purify ourselves? Time tested ancient wisdom of India lists 10 easy to practice ways to achieve purity in our existence Body gets purified by Bathing and Exercising Breath gets purified by practicing Yogic Breathing (Pranayam) Mind gets purified by Meditating Intellect gets purified by Acquiring Knowledge Memory gets purified by Reflection and Thinking Emotions / Feelings gets purified by giving Selfless Love Food ge