Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Photos from Simrit Kaur's Keertan Programme

Here's some photos from Saturday's Keertan programme (courteousy of Rsingh) held at Bhenji Simrit Kaur's house. She invited her friends from university and we had a nice get together in the presence of Guru jee. For more photos please check out Rsingh's blog. He should be uploading the audios soon as well.

Satguru, Dhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib jee stting on their throne.

Divmeet Kaur bhenji & Simrit Kaur bhenji. (Haven't seen Divmeet Kaur bhenji for a LONG time. She graduated as a Physio from King's College last year. Bhenji does really nice Kirtan!)

Bhenji Seleena Kaur (King's College) and Bhenji Dilpreet Kaur (UCL) listening to Keertan.

Bhaji Abinash Singh doing Keertan. Bhai Sahib's voice is beautiful :) The Tabla Master is Harkiret Singh (from King's). Veerji teaches how to play Tabla every Thursday at King's College at the Sikh Music classes. He's very talented and travels up and down the country to take part in various shows and contests.

Bhaji Maninder Singh (aka Minna). Very nice Keertan. His grandfather is the late Giani Amolakh Singh jee (a great Gursikh).

Daas doing Keertan

Bhaji Hardeep Singh (from King's) doing Keertan on Sarangi. Bhaji's been learning the Sarangi at the King's College Sikh Music classes for just under a year. Nice to see the young generation keeping traditional Sikh Music heritage alive :)

Sangat listening to Keertan.

Pardhaan Sahib, Bhaji Harjeet Singh, President of King's College Sikh Soc.

Daas reading Hukamnama (the Edict) from Guru Sahib.

The Hukamnama was on Ang (respectful word for 'page') 531-532:
ਦੇਵਗੰਧਾਰੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ॥
deganDhaaree mehlaa 5.
Dev-Gandhaaree (this raag has a common theme of self-realisation & merging with the Spouse, the raag's mood is soft & tranquil), in the voice of the Fifth Guru:

ਮਾਈ ਪ੍ਰਭ ਕੇ ਚਰਨ ਨਿਹਾਰਉ ॥
maa-ee, prabh ke charan nihaarau.
O (my) mother! I (continually) long to see the Feet of Waheguru.

ਕਰਹੁ ਅਨੁਗ੍ਰਹੁ ਸੁਆਮੀ ਮੇਰੇ ਮਨ ਤੇ ਕਬਹੁ ਨ ਡਾਰਉ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
karhu angrehu su-aamee, mere man te kabahu na daarau. 1 rahaa-o.
(and always do Ardaas that O Waheguru!) Be Merciful to me, O my Lord and Master, that I might never forsake them from my mind. 1.Pause.

ਸਾਧੂ ਧੂਰਿ ਲਾਈ ਮੁਖਿ ਮਸਤਕਿ ਕਾਮ ਕ੍ਰੋਧ ਬਿਖੁ ਜਾਰਉ ॥
saaDhoo Dhoor laa-ee mukh mastak, kaam kroDh bikh jaarau.
(O mother! I continually do Ardaas before Waheguru that) may I apply the dust of the feet of the Guru to my face and forehead, (and) burn away the poison of sexual desire and anger.

ਸਭ ਤੇ ਨੀਚੁ ਆਤਮ ਕਰਿ ਮਾਨਉ ਮਨ ਮਹਿ ਇਹੁ ਸੁਖੁ ਧਾਰਉ ॥੧॥
sabh te neech aatam kar maan-o, man meh eihu sukh Dhaarau. 1.
May I always judge myself to be the lowest of all; and within my mind (forever) instill the peace (of humility). 1.

ਗੁਨ ਗਾਵਹ ਠਾਕੁਰ ਅਬਿਨਾਸੀ ਕਲਮਲ ਸਗਲੇ ਝਾਰਉ ॥
gun gaaveh thaakur abinaasee, kal-mal sagle jhaarau.
Come together and sing the Glorious Praises of the Imperishable Lord and Master Waheguru; (through the blessings of singing Waheguru's Praises) all my (past) sins have been shaken off (my mind).

ਨਾਮ ਨਿਧਾਨੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਦਾਨੁ ਪਾਵਉ ਕੰਠਿ ਲਾਇ ਉਰਿ ਧਾਰਉ ॥੨॥੧੯॥
naam niDhaan naanak daan paavau, kanth laa-e ur Dhaarau. 219.
O Nanak! (Say, O Waheguru! from You I ask that) may I obtain the gift of the treasure of the Naam, and hug it close to me and enshrine it in my heart. 219.

You can see more photos on Bhenji Simrit Kaur's blog


Prabhu Singh said...

WaheGuru Ji Ka Khalsa, WaheGuru Ji Ki Fateh!
Hey Manvir, did you ever notice that you and I look a lot alike?
Manvir Singh
Prabhu Singh

Other than the hair color, our faces are shaped a lot a like, our beards are similar and we have a similar skin tone.

Manvir Singh Khalsa said...

Waheguru. Never noticed (sorry! lol).

Rab De Rang (the colours of God)


Prabhu Singh said...

Maybe I should put these photos next to each other on my blog, and we could have a vote! lol
I was just looking at your blog today and I thought if you and I were standing together people might think we're brothers.

Manvir Singh Khalsa said...

Waheguru, ermm... still struggling to see similarlity in terms of face (sorry. lol)

However, bhai sahib we are brothers - Khalsa brothers :)

Preet said...

Gur Fateh.
Excellent blog!
I often find myself spending far too long reading tales of your adventures!
Apart from the tales good blog for a bit of knowledge gathering.
Keep it up!

rsingh said...

gosh manvir singhs twin. Imagine the fun we could have... hehe
you really do look alike, scarry I didnt really belive that we have a twin some where.

Prabhu Singh you have to come to London some time soon. :)

Manvir Singh Khalsa said...

sorry but i cant see the resemblance other than we both have short beards.

Anyone else think the same?

Prabhu Singh said...

I really want to go to London! There is such a beautiful sangat there! Maybe next year I can do what Gurumustuk did and come for the camps. That would be awesome.
My boss went to London one time for work. If there's ever a reason for somebody from my team to go back over there, I hope they send me. It's hard to believe I haven't been there yet.