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  1. The making of Sikh history – literally. I’d like to humbly submit the text below for my brothers and sisters consideration. I hope you enjoy reading it, and receive as much food for thought from it as I did during the translation. Especial thanks to Kam1825 for taking the time to create and share an ebook of the original work from which the translation is derived (Kavi Sainapati Rachit Sri Gur Sobha edited by Dr. Ganda Singh and published through the Publication Bureau of Punjab University of Patiala, 1st edition 1967, 4th edition 1996). Strangely, a few days after I had finished the main bulk of the translation, my own copy of the book miraculously (and unexpectedly) turned up after being missing for over four years! I’ll take that as a good sign. Anyone interested in perusing the original Panjabi text can find it here (between pages 8 and 13 in the PDF reader). Any feedback on improving the translation from knowledgeable parties is not only welcomed, but actively sought. The posts that follow this one reproduces the translation offered below, but includes my own scattered thoughts on the contents (identifiable as the blue italicised text). WJKK WJKF
  2. Been reading Anita Anand's book on Sophia, who was Maharajah Ranjit Singh's granddaughter. Here's an interesting excerpt regarding the treatment of lascars, who were essentially hired sailors, many of whom came from Panjab. It's interesting to note how M. Duleep Singh, who is commonly characterised as some hedonistic fool in white literature, tried to help these very ill-treated people by opening a refuge in east London (before the anglo establishment attacked him), and how his daughter subsequently did so much for these people too:
  3. Gurfateh all, I hope someone, somewhere can assist me. I am trying locate 'Sardar Khalsa' by Giani Gian Singh. From what I've gathered so far, 'Twarikh Guru Khalsa' was split into 5 sections. Gian Singh signed the rights of this text over to the Khalsa Tract Society. In time the society published 4 of the 5 sections of the granth. My question is does anyone know what happened to the Khalsa Tract Society? Does anyone if the Sardar Khalsa part of Twarikh Guru Khalsa ever published? If so where can I procure this?
  4. ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕਾ ਖ਼ਾਲਸਾ ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਫਤਿਹ I wanted to share a podcast I've started recording on the life of Guru Gobind Singh. The primary source is Prof. Sahib Singh's book: ਜੀਵਨ ਬ੍ਰਿਤਾਂਤ ਗੁਰੂ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਸਿੰਘ; though some Sakhis are taken from Giani Narain Singh's teeka of ਸ੍ਰੀ ਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਤਾਪ ਸੂਰਜ ਗਰੰਥ. Main podcast page: http://www.buzzsprout.com/231778 iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/guru-gobind-singh-sodhi-rai/id1445196221?mt=2 Google play link: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Ixat253zs4mavdoc7bg6ot25wqu Any feedback is greatly appreciated! ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕਾ ਖ਼ਾਲਸਾ ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਫਤਿਹ
  5. Hi All, I've read a lot of positive news lately between Muslims and Sikhs. lots of shared history between Muslim sufis and Sikh Gurus. However one point of contention seems to be how Muslims and Sikhs view the Mughal ruler Aurangzeb. There seems to be different accounts of his legacy - either a pious Muslim leader who did execute people based purely on political grounds rather than religious ones, - on the other a despotic ruler who forced the Hindus to Islam. Historical records provide evidence for both. What are the views on the people on this forum?
  6. Does anyone have any information about Chand Svaarankar's Guru Mehima? Are Any of the of works of Guru Gobind Singh's poets available? With the exceptions Bhai Nand Lal Goya, Bhai Jeevan Singh Ji, Bhai Gurdas Singh, and Kavi Senapat? The Panjab Digital Library doesn't give any details whatsoever about the books and manuscripts they digitize. I read Piara Singh's book, but it only contains a few quotes and stanzas and he doesn't give any reference.
  7. http://tisarpanth.blogspot.co.nz/2015/08/guardians-of-gobind_16.html?view=magazine
  8. Waheguru jee kaa Khalsa Waheguru jee kee Fateh Does anyone know what was done with the dead body of Hollika(aunt of Bhagat Prahalaad jee Maharaaj)? I heard from a mahapurakh (not 100% sure if I remember correctly) that people used her ashes to attain supernatural powers. Thanks a lot. Waheguru jee kaa Khalsa Waheguru jee kee Fateh
  9. Waheguru jee kaa Khalsa Waheguru jee kee Fateh Has anyone heard any saint or a scholar (belonging to the orthodox sects of Sikhism) explain the origin of the Rakhri festival? By orthodox, I mean Nihangs, Nirmalay, Udhasi, Sevapanthi, etc Thanks. Waheguru jee kaa Khalsa Waheguru jee kee Fateh
  10. wjkk wjkf Can someone please provide me information regarding Laajvard and Raj Dev Lut, two demons who had darshan of Satguru Sri Guru Nanak Dev G Maharaaj? Thanks a lot. wjkk wjkf
  11. Do you know about Nankana Sahib saka (massacre)? Why and when did it happen? What was the outcome? Know everything in this infographic produced by Sikh Stage Check out the infographic here - http://on.fb.me/1EuOvpc Brief history about the incident explained in a simple way.
  12. Just wondering whether the two interacted and if anything occurred between them. Giani Gian Singh states the Damdami Bir to have been the most authentic composition of Gurbani, but research indicates its actually the Pir Buddhu Shah Bir at Anandpur. http://tisarpanth.blogspot.co.nz/2013/07/giani-gian-singh-nirmalas-gian.html But just like the Singh-Sabha edited Bhangu's Prachin Panth Prakash, do you think they might also have done something similar to Giani Ji's work? His other works are quite consistent with accuracy.
  13. One of the most able administrators and ruler in India was undoubtedly Chhatrapati Shivaji. He was the founder of the Maratha Empire in India. With his flawless warrior skills and unlimited courage, he ruled the Deccan region, parts of central India and parts of modern day Pakistan with a firm hand. It was due to his efforts that the Mughals faced a decline in their empire. Using guerilla warfare techniques, he was successful in annexing a major portion of the Mughal Empire. Given here is a short biography about Chatrapati Sivaji that covers his life history briefly. So check out information on King Shivaji. Shivaji was born in Shivner on 10th April, 1627 to Jijabai and Shahji. His father Shahji was a nobleman in the royal court of Bijapur. Shivaji was named so after Lord Shiva of the Hindu mythology as his mother was an ardent Hindu devotee. Since childhood, Shivaji was brave and never feared anything. There are many instances in his childhood that show he was a born ruler. At the young age of fourteen, he had the dream of building his kingdom. At the age of 20, he took out his very first military attack and captured the Torna Fort of the kingdom of Bijapur. After that there was no stopping him and he went on to capture Kondana and Rajgad forts and exercised full control over the region of Pune. Around the year 1659, Shivaji took over the forts in Western Ghats and the ones near the Konkan coast. In order to disrupt Shivaji's series of triumphs, Adilshah arrested his father Shahji by unfair means and sent armies against Shivaji and his elder brother Sambhaji. However, the armies were no match for the two strong brothers and were defeated by them and their father was released. However, Afzal Khan later seized an opportunity to kill Sambhaji by deceit. Shivaji was an efficient ruler and administrator and ruled with a just and firm hand. His government had concepts that we know of now like the Cabinet known as Ashtapradhan Mandal, foreign affairs known as Dabir and also an internal intelligence wing. During Shivaji's reign the army was very efficient and dependable. Since Shivaji ruled a major part of the Western coast area, he also commanded a strong navy force. Shivaji is known for his protective and fatherly attitude towards his citizens. He is remembered till date as a hero who worked for the welfare of his subjects and state. Shivaji breathed his last in 1680 after suffering from fever for three whole weeks.
  14. Don’t sign up to Gove’s insulting curriculum, Schama urges Simon Schama, the historian who advised the Government on the new national curriculum, has issued a stinging criticism of the final syllabus, urging teachers to reject it.Prof Schama, who visited classes as part of his research, called the finalised document “insulting and offensive”, “pedantic and utopian” and accused Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, of constructing a “ridiculous shopping list” of subjects. The new curriculum proposes to teach children history in chronological order, and is intended to give them a sense of the triumphs of the British people. But, speaking at the Telegraph Hay Festival, Prof Schama — who acknowledged his own contribution to the plans — said that the syllabus was like “1066 and All That, but without the jokes”. “This is a document written by people who have never sat and taught 12-year-olds in a classroom,” he told an audience of teachers. “None of you should sign up to it until we trap Michael Gove in a classroom and tell him to get on with it. “You want to say to him, 'Let’s go into a class of nine-year-olds and do the kingdom of Mercia with them. I would love to see how you would do that’.”He added the new syllabus would require teaches to “whoosh” through the English, Scottish and Irish civil wars in “something like 45 minutes”, while the French Revolution received “a drive-by 10 minutes”. “The list of subjects seems to be essentially memories of A-levels circa 1965, embalmed in aspic and sprinkled with tokenism,” he said. “Tokenism of the wrong kind.” He claimed that the proposals were too focused on white males, with too much emphasis on “how Britain influenced the world” rather than vice versa. He added that the “insulting, offensive, imperviousness of what it takes to unite together the history of the glorious heritage of Britain” could be demonstrated by the inclusion of Clive of India, who established the supremacy of the East India Company in 18th-century Bengal. Calling him a “sociopathic, corrupt thug”, who made “our most dodgy bankers look like a combination of Mary Poppins and Jesus Christ”, Prof Schama said the topic would not help ethnic minority children understand their own place in the world. “History is not about self-congratulation. It’s not really about chasing the pedigree of the wonderfulness of us,” he said. “Nor about chasing the pedigree of the reprehensible awful nature of us. “History is meant to keep the powerful awake at night and keep them honest.” Among the omissions from the curriculum he condemned as “astonishing” and “staggering”, Prof Schama named the concept of “puritanism” and the “relationship between religion and secular power”. He also referred to Mr Gove’s “pedantic, utopian scheme of knowing the names of all the main Chartists” and the “relentless emphasis on moving on to the next thing”. His speech was roundly applauded by the audience of history teachers, some of whom pledged “anarchy” in the face of reform. One secondary school teacher promised to “circumvent Gove and his National Curriculum until Ofsted [the education watchdog] come in”, while another warned it would leave children feeling “bored and manipulated”. Saying that he remained sympathetic to the idea of reform, Prof Schama added: “I’m sure Michael Gove did not actually want to give us 1066 and All That without the jokes, but that’s pretty much what we’ve ended up with.” Pointing out an alleged error in the original proposals, he added: “How much faith you put in a document that seemed to believe Adam Smith was English? It is truly astonishing.” He ended by urging the audience: “Tell Michael Gove what you think of it. Let him know.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/hay-festival/10090287/Hay-Festival-2013-Dont-sign-up-to-Goves-insulting-curriculum-Schama-urges.html
  15. Do we have a list of the lineage of Akal Takhat jathedars right uptill Gyani Gurbachan Singh Ji. And can anyone elaborate on why jathedari was snatched away from the Buhda dal and if it was returned to the Akalis once more, than would it specifically have to be given to a Budha Dal jathedar or can it be given to the jathedar of any other dal?
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