Today on the 302nd anniversary of the Sikh Holy Scripture’s throne, the eGurbani revolution has arrived. The Sikher Project is today announcing the launch of the GurbaniDB.org project which aims to create the world’s most accurate database of the Sikh Holy Scripture, the Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, and is today releasing 52 translations and 22 transliterations of the Sikh scriptures. You may download these from here: http://www.gurbanidb.org/download/.
Throughout history many translation efforts of scriptures have been made, but have been a long and arduous process taking many years or even lifetimes to complete. In today’s modern era we now have computer technologies to help speed along translation creation, such as Google Translate. We also have unified all languages with the invention of Unicode, making it easy to convert from one language script to another, to read another language script in our own language script.
GurbaniDB.org has taken advantage these developments of the modern era to create 52 translations and 22 transliterations of the Sikh scriptures. But the project is not stopping there! GurbaniDB wants people who are passionate about the Guru, who can speak any of the native languages and who have a good command of English to come forward to check the accuracy of the translations and transliterations, and also to collaborate on improving them using our Collaborative Translation System which is currently being developed. Please go to: http://www.gurbanidb.org/collaborate/and sign up now!
GurbaniDBstands for Gurbani Database, and will be opened up as a platform for software developers to create the next generation of Gurbani software. One of the biggest obstacles to Gurbani software development today is access to accurate Gurbani data, so we hope to eliminate this barrier by using GurbaniDB as a verified source of Gurbani data. Our developer platform is currently being finalised but we encourage all keen developers to register their interest here: http://www.gurbanidb.org/develop/.
Finally, all these developments have taken valuable time, effort and money. Please do donate anything you can to help us reach our donation target of £15,000, or become one of 25 Gold subscribers donating £50 a month, so that we can continue this crucial work in connecting people to the Word, the Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
August 3, 2009 (Washington, D.C.) – Thirty-Six members of Congress have joined together to send a letter to the Department of Defense on behalf of Sikh soldiers. But in order for the letter to be effective, it needs to have no less than 50 signatories. We are asking every Sikh around the country to please approach your Congress person – via email, phone or in person – to ask them to sign on immediately.
The Sikh Coalition and the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery are jointly representing Captain Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi and Captain Tejdeep Singh Rattan. Both men were recruited as part of an Army program that pays for medical education in return for military service. At the time of their enrollment, military recruiters assured both men that their turbans and unshorn hair “would not be a problem.” Though both have maintained their Sikh identity throughout graduate school, the Army is now telling them that they will have to forsake their religious practices to serve.
As we build up our programmes for the next season of broadcasts, I thought that the following would be useful for iphone users. If you do not have an iphone, you can still use Apple’s wonderful interface online, simply click on the image or links below:
As you know, I announced that I would be bringing out new shows.
I’m going to combine this with enhancing our site and reformatting the programme.
You can start to see the moulding of the new site and some tests if you keep checking at: http://www.sikhwithin.com
Sorry for the delay in issuing the latest Sikhwithin Episodes.
I hope to release 1 this week and 1 next week.
This week will feature the second interview I had with Harinder Singh from The Sikh Research Institute.
Next week I hope to return to the regular format:
Understanding Sikhism, Shabad Translation, Resource Review, Outside Broadcast and Inspirational Words and Songs.
Thanks to everyone for all their patience and support.
My personal Thanks to Anil Gunesh who has worked hard to get our Blog/Web site updated with the latest releases for plugins, security and database management.
The following is a quick test to see if everything works!
Well I have to say that I have been busy compiling lots of content, for example: outside broadcasts and interviews.
Unfortunately, some of the sections recorded for the next episode failed to record as our digital recording equipment malfunctioned.
The goodnews is that I have recruited a really good producer/mixer: ‘Mr B’ and we will have 3 shows out, separated by 1 day to ensure that the downloads/streaming will work effectively with itunes.
Episode 17: – A special – comprising of a recent BBC World Service documentary on international religious podcasters.
We really hope you enjoy the new up and coming episodes.
NB All shows past and up and coming will remain online…
Stay tuned to the Podcasting revolution and Thank you for your patience.