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|Mohammed Sadiq Ranjit Kaur Main Gajar Wargi|
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HISTORY OF THIS FOLK SONG
From the story of Yusuf and Zulaikha we learn what part beauty plays in the world of love. Yusuf was the youngest son of Jacob, the seer, who was blest with the gift of prophecy as were several among his ancestors. He was thrown into a well by his elder brothers, who were jealous of his beauty and the influence that it had on their father and everyone that met him. 'Not love alone, but beauty also has to pay its forfeit.'
Some merchants traveling that way saw Yusuf in the well as they were drawing water, and took him up and sold him as a slave to a chief of Misr, who, charmed by the beautiful manner of this youth, made him his personal attendant.
Zulaikha, the wife of this chief, grew fonder every day of this handsome youth.
She once invited all her relations and friends, and put into the hands of each of them a lemon and a knife, and told them all to cut the lemons when she should tell them, and then called Yusuf. When he came she told them to cut the lemons, but the eyes of everyone among them were so attracted by the appearance of Yusuf, that many instead of cutting the lemon cut their fingers, thereby stamping on their fingers also the love of Yusuf. 'Beauty takes away from the lover the consciousness of self.'
Zulaikha, blinded by the overwhelming darkness of passion, would not desist, and when he still refused, her passion turned into wrath. She hated him and cursed him and reminded him of his low position as a slave. On this he began to leave the room, and she caught him by the nape of the neck and thus Yusuf's garment was torn. The chief happened to enter the room during this.
Before he asked her anything she complained to him, in order to hide her evident fault, that Yusuf had made an attempt to lay hands upon her, which naturally enraged the chief, and he at once gave orders that Yusuf should be taken to prison for life.
Time, which changes all things, changed the conditions of Yusuf's life. Though he was in prison he had never blamed Zulaikha, by reason of her love, but he became every day more deeply immersed in the thought of her and yet remained firm in his principle, which is the sign of the godly.
After years of pain, Yusuf was released from prison because of his wonderful personality and great power of dreams interpretation.
Once Yusuf, riding with his retinue, happened to pass by the place where Zulaikha in her utter misery was spending her days. On hearing this, Zulaikha desired to look at him once again. When Yusuf saw her he did not recognize her, but he halted, seeing that some woman wished to speak with him. He was moved to see a person in such misery, and asked her, 'What desirest thou of me?' She said, 'Zulaikha has still the same desire, O Yusuf, and it will continue here and in the hereafter. I have desired thee, and thee alone I will desire.' Yusuf became very convinced of her constant love, and was moved by her state of misery. He kissed her on the forehead, and took her in his arms and prayed to God.
Yusuf said to Zulaikha, 'From this day thou becomest my beloved queen.' They were then married and lived in happiness.
« on: April 19, 2011, 07:13:33 PM »
HISTORY OF SIKH STAMPS IN INDIA
The first Sikh stamp was issued in 1935 by the British Indian Government during the Silver Jubilee of King George V that represented the architectural marvel of Sri Harmandar Sahib. This 3 ½ Anna stamp was released .The stamp depicts a black and white picture of the Gurdwara incased within a dull ultramarine border. King George V of England is shown on the right side. The style and layout is quite unique and its horizontal design makes it look almost like a paper currency note.
1. SIKH GURUDWARAS ON STAMPS
2. SIKH PERSONALITIES ON INDIAN STAMPS
3. SIKHS IN ARMED FORCES IN INDIAN STAMPS
4. SIKHS ON WORLD WIDE STAMPS
5. OTHER SIKH STAMPS
Search the World’s Most Accurate Guru Granth Sahib
After 6 long years of work, the launch of the world’s most accurate Guru Granth Sahib search engine called GurbaniDB (which stands for Gurbani Database) in English and 52 other languages is imminent. This plan was launched on Vaisakhi 2011 in April.
Summary of GurbaniDB’s FeaturesPowered by GurbaniDB.org data, which is the world’s most accurate database of the Guru Granth Sahib
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Here is a link to this new search engine called GurbaniDB:
Artist Hitler Failed the Art Exam and The Rise Of Adolf Hitler
Hitler had developed a big interest in architecture. He could draw detailed pictures from memory of a building he had seen only once. He also liked to ponder how to improve existing buildings, making them grander, and streamlined city layouts. In Vienna, he stood for hours gazing at grand buildings such as the opera house and the Parliament building, and looking at Ring Boulevard.
As a young boy he had shown natural talent for drawing. His gift for drawing had also been recognized by his high school instructors. But things had gone poorly for him in high school. He was a lazy and uncooperative student, who essentially flunked out. To escape the reality of that failure and avoid the dreaded reality of a workaday existence, Hitler put all his hope in the dream of achieving greatness as an artist.
He decided to attend the prestigious Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. In October 1907, at age eighteen, he withdrew his inheritance money from the bank and went to live and study in Vienna. Hitler's mother was by now suffering from breast cancer and had been unsuccessfully operated on in January. But Hitler's driving ambition to be a great artist overcame his reluctance to leave her.
He took the two day entrance exam for the academy's school of painting. Confident and self assured, he awaited the result, quite sure he would get in. But failure struck him like a bolt of lightning. His test drawings were judged unsatisfactory and he was not admitted. Hitler was badly shaken by this rejection. He went back to the academy to get an explanation and was told his drawings showed a lack of talent for artistic painting, notably a lack of appreciation of the human form. He was told, however, that he had some ability for the field of architecture.
But without the required high school diploma, going to the building school and after that, the academy's architectural school, seemed doubtful. Hitler resolved to take the painting school entrance exam again next year. Now, feeling quite depressed, Hitler left Vienna and returned home where his beloved mother was now dying from cancer, making matters even worse.
EXAMPLES OF HITLER'S PAINTINGS
1.This 1914 painting is titled: “The Courtyard of the Old Residency in Munich.”
2.This painting, also from 1914, is titled “Ruins of a Cloister in Messines.”
3.This one is titled “Shelter in Fournes.”
4.The title of this undated painting: “House with a White Fence.”
5.This painting from 1917 is titled “Ardoye in Flanders.”
« on: April 16, 2011, 03:38:59 PM »
Indian woman Sarpanch(head person of a village)
Ms.Chaavi Rajwal made an impressive presentation at United Nations as to what can be done with computers and modern technology for upliftment of villages and villagers.
There was a sense of disbelief among the delegates in11th Info-Poverty World Conference held at the United Nations that the jean-clad 30-year-old is the sarpanch of Soda, a village 60 km from Jaipur, in backward Rajasthan. Rajawat is also India's youngest woman sarpanch.
"In three years I will transform my village. I don't want money. I want people and organisations to adopt projects in my village as often projects fail owing to lack of a local connect and that is what I am here to provide by bridging that gap.
"I want the conference to help bring about faster change so that this generation can enjoy that kind of life that I - and you in this audience - take for granted," she said to thunderous cheers from the delegates.
"My business management degree is helping me take care of the village administration and infuse a fresh blood. I am not thinking this as a career but sort of social work," she says.
"My focus is on bringing safe drinking water and increasing job opportunities in the village by involving NGOs," says Rajawat, who works seven days a week for the welfare of her village. "There is so much to be done." She said at conference.
The management graduate quit her high-flying job with Bharti-Tele Ventures to take up the challenging, and low-paying, job of a village head
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« on: April 10, 2011, 09:40:43 AM »
A desolate courtyard surrounded by fields of mournful graves is all that remains of an ancient shrine to the Sikh faith's founder Guru Nanak inside a sprawling Muslim cemetery in Baghdad.
War, insurgents or looters have wiped any trace of a historical footnote that had preserved the memory of the Indian holy man's 16th-century journey through Arabia and his stay in Baghdad, hailed by Sikhs as an early example of inter-faith dialogue.
"No one visits anymore," lamented Abu Yusef, the lean and bearded Muslim caretaker, standing in the nearly-bare patio where a disorderly stack of broken electric fans and a discarded refrigerator replace the prayer books and articles of Sikh worship that had furnished a shrine whose modesty mirrored the apparent humility of the man it honoured.
"Before the war a few Sikh pilgrims would occasionally arrive," Abu Yusef said, referring to the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled ex-dictator Saddam Hussein and unleashed an unending cycle of violence.
"Once or twice we even had Western tourists. Last year, after a very long time, a Sikh man came from Dubai who who promised to return and rebuild the shrine. But since then, nobody," he said with a resigned shrug of the shoulders.
What is known about the origins of the site, which lies today inside central Baghdad's expansive Sheikh Marouf cemetery that adjoins a disused train station where decaying railroad cars rest frozen on rusted tracks, is gleaned from scant historical sources.
One is a Punjabi hymn by the poet and philosopher Bhai Gurdaas, written several decades after the visit.
That song, part of the holy scriptures of the world's 25 million Sikhs, recounts Nanak's travels with the Muslim minstrel Mardana who was his constant companion, their arrival in Baghdad and lodging outside the city.
In Baghdad, say historical Sikh sources, the pair stayed with Sheikh Bahlool Dana, a renowned Sufi Muslim of the time.
"It is curious that the hymn recording Guru Nanak's visit says that he chose to stay outside Baghdad, which at the time was a wealthy, magnificent city and an important centre of learning," said Abdul Majid Padar, India's learned charge d'affaires in Baghdad.
"That probably means he had reason to stay outside the city," he said. "I believe it was because he knew about Sheikh Bahlool, and went looking for him."
Nanak, an enlightened spiritual thinker who was born a Hindu but gained deep knowledge of Islam as India's other major religion at the time, travelled throughout his homeland and parts of the Middle East, seeking other men of his ilk.
He shunned religious labels, teaching that man is judged by deeds, not the religion he proclaims. His ideas, which later formed the basis of the monotheistic Sikh religion, drew from Hinduism and Islam, but are regarded as much broader than a mere synthesis of the two.
"Guru Nanak's stay with Sheikh Bahlool was an early example of inter-faith dialogue, of a kind that is hard to imagine in Iraq today," said Dr Rajwant Singh of the the Sikh Council on Religion and Education in the United States.
Iraq has been torn by sectarian strife since the fall of Saddam, with Shiites, Sunnis and even the country's small Christian community victims of the bloodshed.
It is in the courtyard of the Muslim Bahlool's own humble tomb that, five centuries ago, the remembrance to Guru Nanak was erected.
"This shrine is very much sacred to the Sikhs as it stands testimony to Guru Nanak's visit and dialogue with the Muslim Sufi sheikh of that place," said Balwant Singh Dhillon, professor of Sikh studies at the Guru Nanak Dev University in India.
Modern accounts of the shrine date back to World War I when the site was rediscovered, after being lost in obscurity for centuries, by a regiment of Indian Sikh soldiers sent to Iraq with the British army.
Dr Kirpal Singh, a Sikh captain in the Indian medical service who travelled to Iraq, described the shrine in a letter dated October 15, 1918.
"It is really a humble looking building and known to very few people except Sikhs," he said in an account quoted by the SikhSpectrum.com online journal.
Other accounts and faded photographs reveal an ancient stone plaque at the entrance, commemorating the building of the memorial, as the centrepiece of the shrine. The plaque was dated 917 on the Islamic calendar, or 1511 A.D.
Pritpal K. Sethi, who visited Baghdad in 1968 with her late husband, in-laws and three children, told AFP she was moved to be standing at the same spot as the holy man.
"I really got a great feeling as I was standing on the same site visited by Guru Nanak Sahib. It was a very emotional feeling," said Sethi, who was 31 at the time and living in neighbouring Kuwait.
"It was a very small, simple structure of about 600 square feet (56 square metres). There was a large courtyard outside. Not many Sikhs used to visit at all," said Sethi, who is now 73 and living in the United States.
"Definitely, the most precious thing at the shrine was the ancient plaque that verified the legitimacy of the site," she said.
Curiously, it was the hymn by Gurdaas that probably led to the rediscovery of the shrine. Subedar Fateh Singh, one of the Sikh soldiers in Iraq during World War I, announced the discovery in 1918.
"I am certain that Fateh Singh knew about the shrine from the hymn, which he must have learned in childhood, and he went looking for it," said Padar, the Indian embassy charge.
The shrine was repaired by Sikh soldiers in the early 1930s, and reportedly again during World War II, when another regiment of Sikh soldiers was stationed in Iraq.But accounts of what happened more recently to the shrine and its contents, including the 16th century plaque precious to Sikhs, are sketchy.
Shortly after the March 20, 2003 invasion of Iraq, Indian media reports variously said the shrine had been damaged or destroyed by US shelling, with other accounts claiming it had been bombed by Islamic extremists.
But a visit to the shrine showed no hint of damage anywhere in or around the shrine, raising the possibility that everything, including the stone plaque, was likely looted.
Abu Yusef, the caretaker, said he had been away at the time of the invasion and did not know what had happened and Padar, the Indian charge, said his own understanding of an attack during the war had come from news reports.
But with the temple gone, the only footsteps of the Sikh holy man's journey through Baghdad remain in the memories of visitors like Sethi.
"It greatly saddens me," she said about the shrine's destruction.
"It signified Guru Nanak's wish to spread his message of peace, love and a rejection of superstitions and rituals in search of the truth," she said.
"He yearned to spread this message throughout the world, and he travelled on foot from India to deliver it."
Abu shareef, Care taker of Guru Nanak Devji's Gurudwara Sahib in Baghdad,Iraq Other views of this Gurudwara Sahib
« on: April 10, 2011, 12:14:00 AM »
Amritsar- The Centre on Studies in Sri Guru Granth Sahib to be established with the cost of Rs. 47.05 crore, becoame functional on April 01,2011 with the blessings of the almighty and Ardas by Jathedar Akal Takhat, Singh Sahib, Giani Gurbachan Singh at the Guru Nanak Dev University Campus here.
Dr, Balwant Singh Dhillon taking charge of Centre on Studies in Sri Guru Granth Sahib from Jathdaar Akal Takht Giani Gurbachan Singh at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.
Prof. Brar while speaking on this occasion said that this Centre would start functioning from today onwards, while its formal inauguration would be done shortly by Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh. When the Centre becomes fully functional, he hoped, it would be a befitting tribute to the living memory and the vision of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
While talking about the functioning of this Centre, he said that overall there would be one Director, six Professors, six visiting Professors, eighteen Project Fellows/JRFs in the Centre to carry on the academic work. Besides, there would be technical and supporting staff to manage the library and museum.
Prof. Brar said that the Centre would have 6 Divisions i.e. Division for Studies on Interfaith Understanding, Division for Scriptural Studies, Division for Studies on Musicology, Division for Hermeneutic & Linguistic Studies, Division for Social and Cultural Studies and Division for Scriptural Translations.
He said not only the recent trends in the fields of humanities and social sciences even insights from the fields of fundamental sciences would be incorporated. He said to conduct research and avoid duplicity; the Centre would work in close rapport with the universities where research work on Sri Guru Granth Sahib is being done.
While detailing more, Vice-Chancellor said that the eminent scholars who have done commendable work on Sri Guru Granth Sahib would be appointed as visiting professors and research fellows on term based projects. He said the senior scholars who can not come to join the Centre would be offered off campus fellowships to complete the research projects assigned to them.