Sunday, November 20, 2005

Sad story about Chips

Today I went to the library. I've got an essay to hand in tomorrow. So I spent the day in the library, and didn't have time to eat lunch. When it turned 5 o'clock I thought okay, I am going to go now and have something to eat. In my mind I thought "yum, yum, it would be nice to have chips today - its been such a long time since I've had chips."

So I walked from the library to the Chip Shop near Waterloo Bridge. It takes about twenty to thirty minutes. So I thought I would walk rather than take the bus, and at same time do evening Rehraas Sahib da paath.

By the time I reached near Waterloo station I finished Rehraas Sahib da paath and had done Ardaas. I was looking forward to eat some warm chips in the cold weather. This chip shop is the only one I eat chips from because they cover their heads and it looks clean and hygienic. Plus they cook chips separate to the fish.

I felt an inner conversation with myself. "O mind! Don't have chips today, go home and cook something." Just as I thought this the bus arrived. Now the bus at waterloo campus is always late!! and takes about 30 mins to arrive. So I thought "ermm... shall I take the bus or shall I have chips." I had a choice. I chose "chips"!

Then I got outside the chip shop and thought I better see if I have the money to actually buy the chips. I don't want to go inside and then feel embarrassed if I don't have the right amount of money. So I opened my wallet outside the chip shop, and looked. OH NO! I couldn't see a pound. I thought "O Mind! Don't eat chips, go home and cook something. Don't eat chips." Did I listen? No! I count my five pennies and ten pennies and AT LAST I made a pound. So I went inside.

I waited to order. "I will have a bag of chips please." "Sorry, You will have to wait a few minutes." The man had handled money and stuff and then he went to the freezer to get some chips without washing his hands. I thought errr... come on BASIC HYGIENE. I could hear an inner conversation "I told you! You can still turn around and leave." I thought no, no.... erm as I have ordered; I will pay for it and then it give it to some tramps to eat (note: but usually you never find a tramp when you have something to give them!).

Then I felt a sickening tobacco smell. Where is it coming from? It was one of the workers on a break and talking to the man who was getting the chips from the kitchen. I felt sick. I had enough. Guru Ji had given me like four chances to turn around and go home. So I told the man "Sorry, its taking to long, I got to go."
So I left with no chips

(I don’t know whether there is a morale for the story or not - if there is please let me know. lol. thanks)


Anonymous said...

There is a moral to this story. Listen to your inner voice!
if God resides in our heart and then we should listen to our inner voice. So the choices we make in our life- our soul does tell us in that moment what right choice we should make! However, very often we chose to not listen to our own heart. Later we do feel guilty or any other related emotions.

Manvir Singh Khalsa said...

Waheguroo, Waheguroo.

thanks for inspirational reply.

Anonymous said...

Is it possible that you post power point presentation abuut " Sikh ans Relationships" by Gurleen Kaur.


Manvir Singh Khalsa said...

It was Bhenji Navleen Kaur who gave the talk.

I will contact her and ask her to email me the presentation. I will try to upload to internet, if not possible, then I will have to email you.

Let me try loading up on my blog first. If no luck then I will email people.

Anonymous said...

Dear Bhaji
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.

I was wondering whether any one present at the 'Sikh and you will find' and 'the eternal truth' talks may have made any recordings of the talks.

For those of us who were not present, but would dearly loved to have been so, it would be great to at least hear some of the inspirational messages given.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.

rsingh said...

Guroo Pyario it is hoped recordings ill be made avalible of London SIkhi Week soon after it finishes. Until then there still more events so get down there. :)

Singh I think the slides will go nice with teaudio we will upload them in one go.

Guroo Rakha

Anonymous said...

the moral is you shouldn't eat out paajee you should be surbloh bibek.

Anonymous said...

moral of the story: just because you saw the lack of hygene and smelt the tobbaco this time, doesn't mean you see and smell all the dirty stuff that goes on the rest of the time.

Eating out is not a good idea. Even moreso for a Sikh.

TeraRoop11 said...

I agree wholeheartedly with anonymous 1 and 5 Jeeo.. they stole the words right outta my mouth..

Veerji, I wanted to ask you.. you said you decided to walk rather than take the bus, and that you completed Rehraas Sahib and your Ardaas by the time you reached your destination.

You had shoes on, yea?

bhull chuk maaf.

Anonymous said...

Is there any rule with regard to Rehras Sahib path. I mean one can do Path while they are walking!

teraroop11 said...

It's not about walking - it's about the shoes. :)

bhull chuk maaf

Manvir Singh Khalsa said...

You can read paath and wear shoes. Reading paath from a Pothi or Gutka with shoes on is disrespectful. If there is a Pothir or Gutka, one should remove their shoes respectively.

A Guru Ka Sikh should have Gurbaani enshrined within himself. Wherever and whenever a Sikh is the Guru is there with him. "Gur Merai Sang, Sada Hai Naale. Simar Simar Tis Sadaa Samaale."

Hopefully that answers your question.

A useful link:

Guru Sahib says:
"Standing up and sitting down, he/she sings the Glorious Praises of the Lord; their pain, sorrow and doubt are dispelled." (Ang 614, SGGS)

Anonymous said...

When will you post presentation by Navleen Kaur.


Manvir Singh Khalsa said...

coming soon... i have emailed bhenji, just awaiting the presentation to be sent.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for quick response.