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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Rare Sikh relics to be auctioned

Rare Sikh relics to be auctioned at Sotheby's.

Guru's Gobind Singh’s inscribed steel armor plate is going to be auctioned on 9th of April in one of London's most prestigious auction houses, Sotheby's.
The steel plate would originally have been part of a set of body armor known by its Persian name, 'char-aina' (four mirrors) comprising back, front, and two side plates. It is believed that this an identical piece of armor that belongs to the royal family of Patiala in Punjab.
This auction is the most important auction of Sikh heritage. There will be a lot of interest for this Sikh antique.

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

First Sikh

Did you know that 1st Sikh.............was?
  1. The First Sikh Settler in UK was Maharaj Duleep Singh
  2. The First Anglo Sikh War started in 1845 and ended in 1846.
  3. Sikh-Canadian Kashmir Singh Heed has become the Canada's first Sikh to become police chief of West Vancouver, British Columbia ("B.C.") with effect from August 2, 2007.
  4. Baba Banda Singh Bahadur is revered as one of Sikhism's greatest warriors as well as one of its most hallowed martyrs and was the first Sikh king.
  5. To the late Brigadier Dalip Singh goes the credit of being the first Sikh to represent India in the Olympics in 1924.
  6. Baldev Singh was the first Sikh Defence Minister of India.
  7. Giani Zail Singh (May 5 1916 - December 25 1994) was the President of India (1982-1987), and the first Sikh to hold India's highest public office and honour.
  8. The first Sikh Indian prime minister, Singh was sworn in on May 22, 2004. He is a native Punjabi speaker. Manmohan Singh is the 14th and current Prime Minister of India, considered to be the "architect of modern India."

Picture is a courtesy from Wikipedia

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Friday, March 21, 2008

PROUD TO BE A SIKH!


Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh... Amazing and so truthful words about the Sikh identity. These words are taken from Project Naad website.




PROUD TO BE A SIKH!

Who is a Sikh u ask...
well I am a Sikh!
I am born and brought up in this county.
The turban and unshorn hair are part of the Sikh uniform.
No one believes me.
They think I am part of the Taliban.
They think I am an Arab.
They think I am supporting terrorism.
I keep telling everybody:"No! I am a Sikh!
Sikhs are not part of the Taliban.
Sikhs are not Muslims.
Sikhs are not Arabs."
"Are you part of Islam"people ask?"
Are you an offshoot of Hinduism"others say.
"I have never heard of Sikhs"says another.
I am not a Hindu, nor am I a Muslim.
My body and breath of life belong to Allah to Raam the God of both.
Sikhs are a distinct people.Sikhs are a distinct nation.
Sikhi is a distinct religion of peace, love and equality for whole humanity.
Sikhs worship the One Supreme Truth, the One Ocean ofMercy, the One Creator Lord.
Sikhs do not keep fasts, go to pilgrimages or pray to idols.
Sikhs follow three principles of constantly remembering the Lord,
living and working honestly, and sharing with others.
Racists say"Get the rag off your head!"
Ignorant people say: "Why do wear that hat?"
Misguided Sikhs say,"Turban or no Turban what does it matter.
Sikhs should move with the times and learn to integrate with society."
"I think you are mistaken", I say."My turban is not a hat.
My turban is not a mere piece of cloth.
My turban is a gift which I cannot discard.
"The Khalsa is my distinct image.
Within the Khalsa I reside.
(Guru Gobind Singh Ji)I explain,
"My turban is a crown blessed upon my head by my Father, Guru Gobind Singh Ji."
"My turban is a crown of grace, dignity and honour."
"My turban is a crown which protects my head,
keeps my hair tidy and is the image of my Father."
"Its backward to keep your hair!"says one person.
"What is the point of cutting your nails and keeping your hair"says the cunning person.
"There is no significance in today's world of unshorn hair,"says the Sikh who has been led astray.
The Naam, the Power of the Lord's Name, is the Innern knower of my heart.
The Naam is so useful to me.
The Lord's Name permeates each and every hair of mine.
The Perfect True Guru has given me this gift.
Defending my identity and religion I say:"You are mistaken dear friend".
"My hair is not useless.
My hair is a gift, a tool, and a technology bestowed upon by body by the Creator Lord.
Each and every hair on my body has a practical and spiritual function.
Each and every hair on my body is like electric wires, which vibrate and pick up spiritual energy. Each and every hair on my body vibrates the energy, the power and spiritual force of meditating on the Lord.
The hair on top of my head protects my skull and brain.
The hair above my eyes prevents sweat and water going into my eyes.
The hair on my body insulates my body, keeping me warm in the cold, and cool in the heat.
The hair under my armpits prevents friction and irritation when moving my arms.
My nails are dead material, which are cut to be hygienic, or they would snap off by themselves gradually.
My nails are cut to be clean and tidy, and my hair is combed twice daily to remove deadhair to be tidy.
My nails are not part of the Sikh uniform."I see!
That is amazing" says one person.
"Fair enough, I am sorry"says the cunning person.
"We have beautiful religion, a great gift given to us and we are so lucky to be blessed with such a technology and honour"says the Sikh who was led astray.
Don't hide your faith and identity.
Share it with the world.
Don't be ashamed of who you truly are, walk with your head held high.

Remember brothers and sisters your image is the manifestation of Guru Gobind Singh
Singh Ji & Mata Sahib Kaur.
I’M PROUD TO BE A SIKH!!!

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Sikhpal - Cool Sikh online website

Recently I have stumbled upon cool Sikh website. For a long time I was looking for something like Sikh Stumbleupon or Facebook or Bebo social network website and I found it - http://www.sikhpal.com/sikhpal.com/

"Founded in 2003, SikhPal.com is an online community that connects young, educated, professional Sikhs through networks of friends. An ideal way to meet Sikhs is through people you already know. Put your social network to work!" by Sikhpal.com
At the moment they have 563 members which is not a big amount but it's a start and I wish them luck.They have different groups, discussions and forums. Perfect start! Founded in 2003, by Ash Singh http://www.sikhpal.com/ website is the largest networking website for Sikhs. Sikhpal is a spiritual, social, and business networking site, meant to connect Sikhs of all ages and of all nationalities.
If you are looking 100% Sikh online community website,visit SIKHPAL. I don't advertise them, I genuinely think it's a great sikhi website for everyone. I have met cool people there, made some friends and I have discovered nice photos and laughed at funny videos. You are welcome to become my friend, just look for Desilegend.


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