June 1 celebrates the 10th Sikh Philosophy Network parkash diwas. It would be wonderful to hear how Sikh Philosophy Network has been a friend on your spiritual journey. First, let’s get the celebration moving and our hearts beating with the rhythms of this Happy Birthday Song – Punjabi hip Punjabi hop style. Happy Birthday Punjabi Ishtyle.wmv - YouTube Aman Singh is the owner and creator of Sikh Philosophy Network. His dream was that SPN be a vehicle for members of different faiths to journey through comparative religion discussions. SPN went live at approximately 7:30 pm or 19:30 hours Delhi time. The very first thread, quite appropriate for the beginning years, for all the years, and for this year, was the Mool Mantar. http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/jap-ji-sahib/2-mool-manter-translation-master-teja-singh.html#post2 The thread was posted on June 1, 2004. The thread is a bit of history in action. I did not change the fonts so you can see for yourself what it was like to post before the days of UNICODE. Gurmukhi fonts would show up only if the fonts on the poster’s computer matched the fonts supported by SPN’s forum software. On many an older thread, they do not. The mool mantar was followed by the translation of Master Teja Singh. http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/jap-ji-sahib/2-mool-manter-translation-master-teja-singh.html#post3 The first Leaders were called Leaders because early SPN philosophy held that moderation would stymie free discussion. Leaders, however, would inspire dialog. We still call our mods “Leaders,” but we have had to increase the level of moderation over the years. Among the first Leaders were Arvind, etinder, jitinder, randip singh, and drkhasla. Recently, Mentors were to become our journey’s guides: Mai Harinder Kaur, japjisahib004, Amarpal, and Gyani Jarnail Singh. When I think of spiritual friendship, I think of laughter. We laughed a lot some years ago when one of our members almost crashed the forum by posting too many shabads from searchgurbani, complete with all the dynamic html features. The load was too great for the platform to bear in those days. (Per his patient and cheerful ways, Aman Singh had it fixed in one afternoon.) Our brother shared the steps of his own spiritual journey here at SPN. He came to us a Hindu, took chande de pahul in India under the sponsorship of drkhalsa, and went on to become a Nihang. He remains in touch with me and calls me “dear sister;” and he thinks I have taken a wrong turn or two. I stand in awe of so many, who have given me so much. Now it is your turn to tell us a little, even 2 or 3 sentences. How has SPN been a friend, a companion, on your spiritual journey?