Saturday, 28 March 2015

Anhad Shabad Dasam Dawar in Punjabi

Anhad Shabad Dasam Dawar (Punjabi  Dasam Dawar), literally meaning "tenth gate", signifies  the door to enlightenment and vision through NAAM DAAN & ISHNAAN. There is a mention of Dasam Dawar, Anhad Shabad, Angana and Panch Shabad many times in Gurbani. Since a normal person has no knowledge of these mystical terms, many Guru’s like Radhasoamis and Yogi  take advantage of the gullible Sikhs and misinterpret these terms. Bhai Sahib in great detail has explained these concepts in the light of Gurmat and detailed the differences between the Dasam Dawar of Gursikhs as opposed to that of Yogis and Radhasoamis.

In this book Bhai Sahib wrote about the Radhasoamis and Yogis who claim that the Anhad Shabad are five in number and they use Gurbani Shabads containing "Panch Shabad" to prove their point. The word "Panch" also means superior or great. "Panch Shabad" actually means superior or celestial Shabads (words) that Gurmukhs hear when their Dasam Dawar opens up. Bhai sahib also tells in this book that the Gurmat does not believe in limited five Shabads. Gurmat believes in “Vajae Shabad Ghanaray” i.e. countless words and not only five. This Ebook is available in You can download Ebook For personal reading and enlightenment.

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Friday, 27 March 2015

Amar Lekh Part 3 in Punjabi by Bhai Vir Singh

Bhai Vir Singh was deeply perturbed by the cultural degradation among the Sikhs during the last years of 18th century. He thus made the regeneration of cultural pride among the Sikhs the central cause of his life, which was reflected in his writings. He actively participated in the Singh Sabha Movement, whose avowed aim was to re-acquaint the newer generations of Sikhs with their glorious history. It is in this milieu that his first essays started circulating through a Punjabi weekly newspaper started by him, Khalsa Samachar. These essays formed the bulwark of what later became the three volume series of ‘Amar Lekh’.

Published posthumously, the first Volume of ‘Amar Lekh’ comprised mainly of the essays which appeared in Khalsa Samachar, and the second volume included extracts derived from other books authored by Bhai Vir Singh such as Sri Kalgidhar Samachar, Guru Nanak Chamatkar, and such. This third installment in the series, published in 2011 by Bhai Vir Singh Sahitya Sadan, comprises apart from the above mentioned sources, notes and essays also from his personal letters to fellow writers and believers.

Literally meaning ‘Timeless Essays’ the collection is truly Amar (timeless) in its enduring appeal, resonating in its significance today as much as it did at the time it was written in. The central message that this compilation has for the Sikhs is that though, human life has a bodily form to look after, it should not be confined within that bodily sphere. And the only way to free our souls from the bodily shackles is through the recitation of the True Name. That, as Bhai Sahib says, is the only light in these times of darkness that prevents the believer from getting lost in the materialistic maze of this world.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

A Study of Bhai Vir Singh's Poetry -English & Punjabi

One cannot deny the fact that Bhai Vir Singh Ji was and continue to remain the harbinger of a new age poetry reaching to people of all ages. This compilation comes to us in both English and Punjabi languages that blends into its very pages, making us aware of Bhai Vir Singh’s poetic rendering of so many aspects in the form of a divine song as in ‘Garland of Rippling Waves’ or the verses that beautifully exemplify and make us believe of the beauty of Kashmir, the ‘Dal Jheel’ (Lake) and the ‘Gulmarg’ in ‘Matak Hulare’.
The volume was penned down by Justice Preetam Singh Safeer, bringing forth, his study of Bhai Vir Singh’s poetry. How can one leave the magic of verses and the incarnation of the divine songs we come across in this accumulation of some of Bhai Sahib’s poetic excellence? Read this invigorating beauty of words, a comprehensive and a mind enriching collection of some of Bhai Vir Singh’s poetry for the new generation. Enjoy reading it at Download for free.

Amar Lekh Part 2 in Punjabi by Bhai Vir Singh

‘Amar Lekh’ is a collection of essays by Bhai Vir Singh, compiled and named such posthumously. The first of a three volume series was published in 1967, comprising essays which first appeared in Khalsa Samachar (newspaper), a Punjabi weekly started by the author. The second one here, apart from the essays published in Khalsa Samachar, also contains extracts from other books authored by Bhai Vir Singh, like Guru Nanak Chamatkar, Sri Kalgidhar Chamatkar, and such.

Named Amar Lekh by Bhai Vir Singh Sahitya Sadan because of its timeless essence, the subjects taken up in Amar Lekh continue to resonate even after a century of its publication. Written at a time when Sikhism could be said to be at its lowest ebb and modernizing influences were further disintegrating the Sikhs from their history and religion, cultural revitalization became Bhai Vir Singh’s primary concern. Khalsa Samachar thus became a mouthpiece to this attempted renaissance where he wrote essays on theology, culture, history and the Sikh way of life with an avowed aim of waking up the Sikhs to their glorious past.

In ‘Amar Lekh Volume 2’, the author has, among various subjects, explained the philosophical importance of keeping uncut hair, and other such issues in the Sikh way of life to further the reader’s understanding of their own identity. Underlying the importance of initiative on the part of the believer, in order to attain enlightenment, Bhai Vir Singh weaves the philosophy of Karma, contentment and renunciation, central to all religious thought, in order to equip the Sikhs against the onslaught of influences of the evolving times. The weaponry of  the True Name, which the author subscribes to, can be said to be relevant today as much as it was a century ago. Savor this ageless wonder By Bhai Vir Singh at

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Amar Lekh Part 1 in Punjabi By Bhai Vir Singh

Amar Lekh Part 1 came out in 1967, it is a compilation of essays, which appeared in a Punjabi weekly, the Khalsa Samachar (newspaper) started by Bhai Vir Singh in November 1899. Article from the compilation was published in this newspaper on a daily basis. Bhai Vir Singh Sahitya Sadan named the articles as Amar Lekh. Those articles were very patriotic and meaningful. After the death of Bhai Sahib, Bhai Vir Singh Sahitya Sadan published the article in a book form.  Bhai Sahib wrote on many topics like Sikh Dharm (a Sikh Religion), Granthi (the keeper and reader of Sikh scripture), Kirtan (hymn Song), Gurmat Sanskar, and Rasma (Rituals) etc.

The Book Amar Lekh was a collection of religious writings published in ‘Khalsa Samachar’. In the first part of the book Bhai sahib wrote about Sikh religion. In determining the basic parameters of the modern phase of Sikhism, Bhai Vir Singh stressed the autonomy of Sikh faith nourished and sustained by an awakening amongst the Sikhs who were aware of their distinct theological and cultural identity. Secondly, he aimed at reorienting the Sikhs' understanding of their faith in such a manner as to help them assimilate the different modernizing influences to their historical memory and cultural heritage. Education of the masses was the first requirement for the fulfillment of these objectives.

In Granthi, the meaning and essence of a Granthi is explained by Bhai Vir Singh. He can be any person of either gender, who performs the reading of the Guru Granth Sahib at congregational occasions, however this task can be performed by any individual who is part of the congregation (Sangat). The official Granthi's task is to perform the morning rites (prakash, or opening of the Guru Granth Sahib), reading the paath and sukhasan (closing the Guru Granth Sahib in the evening). The Granthi is not equivalent to "Priest", as there is no priestly class in Sikhism. In this Book, Bhai Sahib described many articles which were very interesting.