Welcome to Episode 19 of the Sikhwithin Podcast. Shows are available in itunes, podfeed and from the AUDIO/LISTEN tab above. Or, just press the play button below:
In this week�s 6 part programme:
In Part 1: Understanding Sikhism, we look at Hola Mohalla
Hola Mohalla or Hola Mahalla or simply Hola is a Sikh festival that takes place in March.
The words are derived from: Hola i.e: the masculine form of the feminine sounding Holi. The word “Mohalla” derived from the Arabic root hal (alighting, descending) .It is Punjabi word that implies an organized procession in the form of an army column. But unlike Holi, when people playfully sprinkle color, dry or mixed in water, on each other, the Guru made Hola Mohalla an occasion for the Sikhs to demonstrate their martial skills in simulated battles.Together the words “Hola Mohalla” stands for “mock fight”. During this festivals, procession are organised in the form of army type columns accompanied by drums and standard-bearers and proceeding to a given spot or moving in state from one gurdwara to another. The custom originated in the time of Guru Gobind Singh who held first such mock fight event at Anandpur in February 1701.The foothills of the Shivaliks in Ropar district of Punjab’s north-eastern region, especially around the historic townships of Anandpur Sahib and Kiratpur Sahib, have, since 1701 been playing host to Hola Mohalla.
Recently, the Indian government accorded it the status of a national festival. The military exercise, which was personally supervised by the guru, was carried out on the bed of the River Charan Ganga .It reminds the people of valour and defence preparedness, concepts.
There are also a number of Darbars where Sri Guru Granth Sahib is present and kirtan and religious lectures take place. On the last day a long procession, led by Panj Pyaras, it starts from Takhat Keshgarh Sahib, one of the five Sikh religious seats, and passes through various Gurdwaras.
For people visiting Anandpur Sahib, langars (voluntary community kitchens) are organized by the local people as a part of sewa (community service). Raw materials like wheat flour, rice, vegetables, milk and sugar are provided by the villagers living nearby. Women volunteer to cook and others take part in cleaning utensils and other manual tasks that need to be carried out.
(resource reference: http://www.sikhiwiki.org )
Part 2: History of The Sikhs is combined with the latter section.
In Part 3. Shabad Translation � We feature a Shabad sung by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, entitled :
Koi Bole Ram Ram
Raag Raamkalee on Ang 885
raamakalee mehalaa 5 ||
koee bolai raam raam koee khudhaae ||
koee saevai guseeaa koee alaahi ||1||
kaaran karan kareem ||
kirapaa dhhaar reheem ||1|| rehaao ||
koee naavai theerathh koee haj jaae ||
koee karai poojaa koee sir nivaae ||2||
koee parrai baedh koee kathaeb ||
koee oudtai neel koee supaedh ||3||
koee kehai thurak koee kehai hi(n)dhoo ||
koee baashhai bhisath koee suragi(n)dhoo ||4||
kahu naanak jin hukam pashhaathaa ||
prabh saahib kaa thin bhaedh jaathaa ||5||9||
Raamkalee, Fifth Mehla:
Some call Him, ‘Raam, Raam’, and some call Him, ‘Khudaa-i’.
Some serve Him as ‘Gusain’, others as ‘Allaah’. ||1||
He is the Cause of causes, the Generous Lord.
He showers His Grace and Mercy upon us. ||1||Pause||
Some bathe at sacred shrines of pilgrimage, and some make the pilgrimage to Mecca.|
Some perform devotional worship services, and some bow their heads in prayer. ||2||
Some read the Vedas, and some the Koran.
Some wear blue robes, and some wear white. ||3||
Some call themselves Muslim, and some call themselves Hindu.
Some yearn for paradise, and others long for heaven. ||4||
Says Nanak, one who realizes the Hukam of God’s Will,
knows the secrets of his Lord and Master. ||5||9||
In part 4, Resource Review we review the wonderful group Bliss. Bliss are Lucinda Drayton and Andrew Blissett.
Together they make up one of the most exciting and creative musical partnerships in the uk today. Both have been practicing Yogis for 10 years and it is this way of life that gives their work authenticity and power. Bliss music has been used by many to see them through stressful times; to help them in healing illnesses and to uplift them during times of grief or loss
We feature extracts from the CD � Through these eyes
Be sure to also visit: http://www.blissfulrecords.com and http://www.myspace.com/blissfulmusic
In part 5, Outside Broadcast, we are honoured and grateful Gurumustuk Singh for his time to talk about the wonderful sites: http://www.sikhnet.com , http://www.sikhiwiki.org and http://www.mrsikhnet.com
For the final part of our programme, we cover: Inspirational Thoughts and Inspirational music.This week we consider the need to consider that evil qualities such as hatred, jealousy, anger, touchiness and impatience can be harmful to our health.
Thanks again to our special guest Gurumustuk Singh. In addition, Thanks to all those who continue to support us.