Rajnarind Kaur saw a problem, so she came up with a solution.
She noticed that kids these days — kids in her generation and beyond — didn’t know their daily prayers. So she made a CD set that makes them easy to learn. BaniPro 1 and BaniPro 2, between them, contain all the banis a good Sikh should know. Just follow along, listen to the pronunciation, and you’re set.
Here it is in her own words:
I was traveling for work and was in Brasil for a couple of months. I met
many Brasilian Sikhs who had never seen a Punjabi Sikh before. When we did
paath together, I realised how difficult it was for them to pronounce a lot
of the Gurbani which then led me to look at the kids here in America and
BaniPro 1 contains the 5 banis that all Sikhs should recite daily as a minimum requirement, as specified in the Sikh Rehat Maryada (code of conduct). These are Japji Sahib, Jaap Sahib, Savaiye, Rehras, and Sohila. BaniPro 2 rounds out the set with a few more — Mool Mantar, Benti Chaupai, Shabad Hazare, Anand Sahib, and Ardas.
You can purchase CDs from banipro.com.
The awesome sewadars at SikhiToTheMax have recently released Sikhi To The Max 2 — a great program for viewing the text and English Translation of Gurbani during a Gurudwara program. You can download it here: Site 1, Site 2.
It features a copy of the Office 2007 User Interface, which I worked on when I was at Microsoft. Here’s an open offer to the sewadars — I can help write an Office 2007 Add-in that integrates with PowerPoint! So it will be a Tab in PowerPoint 2007 and not a separate program! Let me know!
I’ve also created a few basic themes for use in Gurdwaras. The first is “High Contrast” so the slides look clear in all lighting conditions. The second is a blue theme. They are designed to make sure the text looks good. Just copy these files to C:\Program Files\SikhiToTheMAX II and then you can access them from the “Options” tab of SikhiToTheMax. The templates work on all versions of PowerPoint.
Try out the themes above and let me know what you think! If you create your own, let me know as well!
So while doing some kirtan yesterday I decided to make a recording. A friend of mine had requested this particular shabad so I decided to record it, and I might as well just post it for your criticism here. I learned this particular tune from the ever-knowledgeable Bhai Parkash Singh.
The shabad has a rather strong meaning. In it, Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh Guru, writes that he has found love to be false in this world, because no one — not your dad, mom, brother, sister, husband or wife — will go along with you in the end. Of course this is true, but it’s just one of those things that are a little on the serious side. Here’s a link to the entire shabad at sikhitothemax.
So a friend of mine forwarded me a link to an outstanding site, the Daily Hukamnama. The site is nothing short of excellent: a complete catalog of hukamnamas with audio and knowledgeable English translation. But what really stands out is the profile of Sukha Singh, the guy that translates and records the hukam each day. It’s great to have people like Sukha Singh, and I hope he inspires many others. The work he’s doing is super valuable. I also noticed his profile was taken down recently, so I’ve included a copy of it, found in Google’s cache.
For those of you wondering what a Hukamnama is: it’s the “order of the day.” It’s a hymn read from the Sikh sacred text, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, at random. It’s usually read at the height of a Sikh service. Yes, the Guru Granth Sahib is opened at random, and the first hymn that starts on the top left page is read. (If it’s split between pages, you can turn back a page.) The site mentioned above records the daily hukams as taken at Harmandar Sahib in Amritsar, India. The translation is absolutely amazing–this is some really great content and I look forward to following it. If possible, all North American Gurdwaras should take hukam like this–it really helps everyone get a better understanding of their Guru.
One of the reasons I love the Sikh religion is that we don’t have a creation story. We believe that evolution is just a way of understanding God’s work. Sure, you can believe in it, and I do, because there’s clear evidence for it. As far as I can tell, the Sikh path doesn’t make any claims that conflict with mainstream physics or science. Here’s a detailed article on the topic, after the jump. (more…)