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  1. Ishna

    Help With Translating A Shabad - Sins?

    Sat Sri Akaal I was reading this beautiful prayer today from page 790 of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. I have combined Dr Sant Singh Khalsa's translation with Bhai Manmohan Singh Ji's to give me greater clarity. However, both of them insert the word 'sins' at the end of the fourth line (in bold)...
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    Introducing Myself

    Well met @Simran Sidhu ! I'm pleased to read your journey so far, thank you for sharing it. Welcome to SPN :) How lucky it was that your parents planted a seed of truth in you at an early age, and that you had the where-with-all to treasure it and use it as a measure of truth...
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    The Guru Is The Ladder, The Guru Is The Boat... Question

    Oh! @Simranjit it might be useful to imagine the Guru as your Higher Self. Your soul. Which isn't actually a self, it is God within you. But that's metaphysics. On the practical level it helps to use words and ideas like 'soul' or 'higher self'. God within you is the bridge between the...
  4. Ishna

    Atheism

    Hello Tanmeet Have you asked your friend how he makes sense of Gurbani and maintains an atheist position? God according to Gurbani is not a personal God-character, man-in-the-sky divine being. It is creative force, hukam, the whole reality unfolding providentially. It's not a who, it's a...
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    The Guru Is The Ladder, The Guru Is The Boat... Question

    Bhainji, there is a lot here to unpack. Caution on a new path is very wise, and questioning and understanding as you go makes a good student. :) In Gurbani, more often than not the word "Guru" is used to mean "God". It's right there in the word "Waheguru". "Waheguru" is not a noun or a name...
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    Is "divine/god/akaal Purakh" And "jot" The Same Thing ?

    Works for me and it's hilarious.
  7. Ishna

    Can A Amritdhari Can Use Beer Shampoo?

    I'm not sure if your example is legit or exaggerated for use in the example. Logic suggests it's fine to use. It's not like you're going to get drunk from it, and getting drunk is the issue with alcohol, I believe.
  8. Ishna

    Free Anand Sahib Course At Sikhri

    Sat Sri Akaal This free course at SikhRI by Surender Pal Singh is available - however you do need to enrol to gain access to the content. I have not explored it yet, myself, but I have high hopes. Anandu Sahib
  9. Ishna

    Guru Bani Translation

    That assumes there is just one "right" translation. Furthermore, it assumes there's just one "right" understanding of Gurbani, full stop. It's a very dangerous road you're on. It's how wars start, my friend.
  10. Ishna

    The Guru Is The Ladder, The Guru Is The Boat... Question

    Sat Sri Akaal, bhainji :) It's a fascinating question, but I doubt my answer will be very satisfying. The Guru is God, and God is the Guru. (ang 442)
  11. Ishna

    Hard Talk What Is Happening ?

    Then I'll take the Highway :D
  12. Ishna

    Hard Talk What Is Happening ?

    Live and let live. Meanwhile, continue promoting Sikhi as presented in Gurbani. Let people sort the wheat from the chaff for themselves.
  13. Ishna

    Guru Bani Translation

    No, I'm not aware of any such thing. I'm not sure it would even be possible since even people who know how to read and understand the text in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji arrive at different understandings. So if the people who understand the original text don't agree, how is there supposed to be...
  14. Ishna

    What Is The Significance Of A Garba (garva/lotta) In Sikh Faith?

    ਆਸਾ ॥ Āsā. Aasaa: ਗਜ ਸਾਢੇ ਤੈ ਤੈ ਧੋਤੀਆ ਤਿਹਰੇ ਪਾਇਨਿ ਤਗ ॥ Gaj sādẖe ṯai ṯai ḏẖoṯī▫ā ṯihre pā▫in ṯag. They wear loin cloths, three and a half yards long, and triple-wound sacred threads. ਗਲੀ ਜਿਨ੍ਹ੍ਹਾ ਜਪਮਾਲੀਆ ਲੋਟੇ ਹਥਿ ਨਿਬਗ ॥ Galī jinĥā japmālī▫ā lote hath nibag. They have rosaries around...
  15. Ishna

    Sikh Leader Caught Kissing Transsexual

    "getting caught doing something that 'they' frown on"
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    Does Kaam Mean Lust Or Worldly Desires? Meaning Of Kaam As Per Gurmat

    It takes away your good sense, causes you to make unvirtuous choices, and most of all steals/blocks your connection to Naam.
  17. Ishna

    Does Kaam Mean Lust Or Worldly Desires? Meaning Of Kaam As Per Gurmat

    No, not "sexual desire". Lust. Blinding, burning, dominating drive to acquire (usually in Gurbani's use I think) sexual intimacy with the object of one's lust. It's false to say it simply means "sexual desire" since you need that to have kids, and loving intimacy with your spouse. Perfectly...
  18. Ishna

    Does Kaam Mean Lust Or Worldly Desires? Meaning Of Kaam As Per Gurmat

    Three cheers for human language!
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