Gurpurab 2018: Why Do We Celebrate Gurunanak Jayanti Or Gurpurab?

Guru Nanak Jayanti 2018: Gurpurab is celebrated as the day to remember the holy guru, Guru Nanak

 

Gurpurab or Guru Nanak Jayanti is the celebration of the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak, who laid the foundation of Sikhism. This year, Gurpurab will be celebrated on November 23. Gurpurab or Guru Nanak Jayanti is the most auspicious day in Sikhism and will celebrated with fervour on Friday, even as Gurpurab is celebrated of different days each year based on the Indian lunar calendar. This year would be the 549th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. “Gurpurab” is made of two words– “Gur”, which means Guru or master, and “Purab”, which means parv in Hindi, meaning day. So Gurpurab is the day dedicated to the Guru.

Festivities on Guru Nanak Jayanti or Gurpurab are centred around the birth anniversaries of the ten Sikh gurus. The tenth and the last Sikh Guru was Guru Gobind Singh. After him, the sacred book of Sikhs, the Adi Granth or Guru Granth Sahib, which contains the writings of the gurus, is considered the guru.

Guru Nanak Gurpurab or Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated as the day to remember the holy guru, Guru Nanak, and is a reminder for the followers of Sikhism to remember his teachings and overcome the five vices – lust, greed, attachment, anger and pride and devote one’s life in the selfless service of God.

A look at the life of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak:

 

Guru Nanak was born to Kalayan Das Mehta and Matta Tripat. From an early age, Guru Nanak had a spiritual inkling. He refused to wear the upper-caste Hindu-worn sacred thread as he did not believe in superficial aspects of religion. Guru Nanak said he would rather wear the God’s name in heart that could never be broken or get impure.

Guru Nanak worked as a storekeeper in a granary of Daulat Khan Lodi in Sultanpur, where he came in contact with Mardana, a Muslim servant. Together they organised gatherings for Hindus and Muslims where they sang hymns to praise the creator.

Guru Nanak was married at the age of 18 and bore two sons. But when Guru Nanak turned 28, he disappeared for three days. Upon returning, he said that there is no Hindu or Muslim but only one formless God which could be worshipped by all. Guru Nanak said that a constant remembrance of God, called naamsimran, is the only way to liberation.

These teachings of Guru Nanak stood out against the religious practices of his time and became part of Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs.

Dussehra festival celebrated in Bangkok, Thailand

Hindus perform a ritual during a Dussehra celebration in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, October 19, 2018. Hindus in Bangkok joined a series of festivities on Saturday evening to observe Dussehra, a major Hindu festival marking Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana, the ten-headed demon king.

Sri MahaMariAmman Temple located at Silom road in Bangkok

All invited to attend prayers for Chakri Dynasty on Oct 15

All Thais are invited to attend a prayer session on Monday, October 15th at 6 pm to honor the past monarchs of the Chakri Dynasty and bless His Majesty King Rama the Tenth and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of the Ninth Reign.

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn has graciously granted permission to transfer a revered Buddha image Phra Buddhamanee Ratana Patimakorn to the ceremonial ground where all can pay their respects. The activity is also in line with the vision of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of the Ninth Reign to uphold the religious codes.

His Holiness Somdej Ariya Wongsa Kotayan , the Supreme Patriarch will lead the prayer session with 207 other monks in the ceremony.

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People celebrated Holi Festival of Colors in Bangkok

Ambassador of India to Thailand H.E. Mr. Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi and Mrs.Rupa Bishnoi

BANGKOK, THAILAND – MAR 11: People celebrated Holi Festival of Colors, Mar 11, 2018 in SHOW DC, Bangkok, Thailand.

The Indian community & Thais turned out in large numbers. Ambassador of India to Thailand H.E. Mr. Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi and Mrs.Rupa Bishnoi joined #HoliRangotsavBangkok2018 @SHOWDC in #Bangkok, organized by @vhpthailand. Holi, marks the arrival of spring, being one of the biggest festivals in Asia…

 

Lohri 2018: Why & how we celebrate the festival; wishes, messages, greetings to send to your loved ones

India is gearing up to celebrate Punjabi festival Lohri on January 13. During the festival that marks the end of winter season, people prepare delicious traditional recipes and dance around the bonfire.

One of the main Punjabi festivals, Lohri, is being celebrated on January 13 this year. It marks the culmination of winter with the worship of fire. This festival is meant to be celebrated on the shortest day and longest night of the year.

Families gather to cook a delicious spread of winter dishes, sing songs and offer special prayers to celebrate the festival.

People believe that lighting fire in the evening of Lohri signifies the start of longer days. The bonfire is the highlight of the celebration as it symbolises the end of winter. Also, Lohri is known as a harvest festival as, traditionally, it is the time to harvest sugarcane crops.

Therefore, sugarcane product jaggery (gurh) is the main sweet during this festival. Other items that are relished by people during this time are til (sesame) seeds, peanuts, and sweets like gazzak, rewri, etc. Also, radish is an important food item, which is harvested between October and January.

To celebrate Lohri, people, especially Punjabis, gather to form a circle around a bonfire and throw puffed rice and popcorn into it. They can be seen chanting “Aadae aye dilather jaye”, which means “May honour come and poverty vanish”, together.

 

The celebrations also include folk songs, men doing Bhangra on drum beats and women performing Gidda. Also, kite flying is a popular activity in Punjab during the festival, which is also known as Makar Sankranti.

As we celebrate the festival on Saturday, let’s wish our loved ones by sending them greetings.

May this festival of zeal and verve fill your life with lots of energy and enthusiasm and may it help you bring happiness and prosperity to you and your loved ones. Happy Lohri to one and all!

Punjabi Bhangra te makhan-malai,
Punjabi tadka te dal frai,
Tuhanu LOHRI de lakh lakh vadhai..!!
HAPPY LOHRI

Mithaa gurh te vich mil geya til
udi patang te khil geya dil
har pal sukh te har vele shanty
paao rabb agge dua tusi
Lohri khushiyaan naal manaao!
Happy Lohri

 

Sarson da Saag-Makki di Roti, Mungfali te Gajak… Lohri is here. Happy Lohri!

 

This Lohri, choose to burn all your sadness and welcome the spring happiness. May god bring joy, good times and lot of happy memories this year. Happy Lohri.

Twanu and twade pure pariwaar nu, Lohri di lakh lakh vadaiya. Babaji kare twanu saari khushiya mile aur eh saal ronaka laaye. Happy Lohri.

Let the light of the Lohri fire kill the darkness of your life. Happy Lohri

Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar’s journey at the prestigious pageant in China

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20-year old Manushi Chhillar made the country proud when she was crowned as the Miss World 2017 in China, this evening. Beauty queens from 120 countries participated in the 67th edition of the event to bag the most prestigious beauty pageant title. But Manushi was determined and she got the crown back in the country, after 17 long years.

A 20-year old medical student from Haryana, Manushi shared in an interview,”As a kid, I always wanted to participate in the competition but I never knew I would make it this far. Winning the Miss World title is now not just my dream, but also that of my family and friends. I know it’s going to be a journey that I will never forget. Whatever the result, I am going to learn, enjoy and give it my best. The rest, I leave to destiny.”

She further added,” This is my one chance to show the world what India stands for and showcase the culture and values that I have been brought up with. I am going to make sure that the world remembers India.”

Earlier this year, Manushi competed against 29 contestants from all over the country and took over the crown from Miss India World 2016 Priyadarshini Chatterjee. This win opened various avenues for this young girl from Haryana, who once aspired to become a leading cardiac surgeon. But fate had different plans and Manushi has now become the reigning Miss World.

A complete package of beauty with brains, Manushi is made use of this platform to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene in the country. Apart from carrying out regular duties as Miss India, Manushi took time out for this cause which is very close to her heart and managed to visit over 20 villages to educate people about the same.  She shared,”The cause is close to my heart, and in my own way, I have managed to make a difference to the lives of about 5,000 women. If an organisation like Miss World backs it, it could reach a different level altogether”.

As this stunning beauty represented India in one of the leading beauty contests, here are glimpses from her Miss World journey.

Shrimad Rajchandraji and Gandhiji

“I must say that no one else has ever made on me the impression that Raychandbhai did. His words went straight home to me… In my moments of spiritual crisis, he was my refuge.”

These are the words penned by Mahatma Gandhi, the most influential figure India has produced in generations, in His autobiography – on his guiding light, Shrimad Rajchandraji.

Gandhiji met Shrimadji for the first time in Mumbai, upon his return from England as a barrister in 1891 and instantly took to His liking. Subsequent meetings ensued in the two years that Gandhiji spent in Mumbai. As the association grew, his respect for Shrimadji grew in leaps and bounds. Even after Gandhiji moved to South Africa, the meetings continued, though not in person, but through correspondence. This close association contributed a great deal in moulding Gandhiji’s character. In fact, he attributes his strong foundation of truth, non-violence and self-improvement, to Shrimadji.

Shrimadji’s letters and compositions were Gandhiji’s dear companions. He contemplated upon them time and time again. Gandhiji would write about Shrimadji, speak about Him in speeches and discuss Him with close associates. His words are windows to a heart overflowing with devotion for Shrimadji. He continued to be deeply inspired by his bond with Shrimadji and His spiritual works. The bond between Shrimadji and Gandhiji initiated a brilliant new chapter, not only in their own lives, but in the cultural, political and spiritual history of the nation and the world. Their legacies continue to offer new paradigms to global peace and human progress.

Fascinating Facts Of Shrimadji’s Impact on Gandhiji

Gandhiji dedicated an entire chapter to Shrimadji entitled ‘Raychandbhai’ in his autobiography ‘The Story of My Experiments with Truth.’ He also mentions Shrimadji in the chapters, ‘Religious Ferment’, ‘Comparative Study of Religions’ and ‘Brahmacharya’.

When Gandhiji was sent to London to put forward the plight of the Indians in South Africa, he carried some letters that Shrimadji had written to him as well as an English translation of ‘Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra’ – Shrimadji’s philosophical magnum opus, translated by Gandhiji himself.

Shrimadji’s distinctive composition, ‘Apurva Avsar Evo Kyare Aavshe?’ was one of Gandhiji’s favourites. It was included in the ‘Ashram Bhajanavali’ – a collection of devotional songs sung at daily prayer meetings. Gandhiji often recited Shrimadji’s poem ‘Nirkhine Nav Yauvana’ to strengthen his belief in celibacy.

Gandhiji prepared an article entitled, ‘Some Recollections of Raychandbhai’, in which he extensively extolled Shrimadji. He wrote this article while he was jailed in Yerwada, Pune.

Mahatma Gandhi Coming to Bangkok

Sunday 19th Nov 2017 – 19:00 M theatre (Originally “The Bangkok Theatre”)
2884/2 New Pechburi Rd., Bangkapi, Huakwang, Bangkok
10320

‘Yugpurush’ Mahatma na Mahatma

Shrimad Rajchandraji, honoured as the spiritual guide of Mahatma Gandhi, had a tremendous and formative influence on the Father of the Nation.

Gandhiji met Shrimadji for the first time in Mumbai, upon his return from England as a barrister in 1891. Shrimadji’s inner equipoise, absorption in spiritual pursuits, enlightening wisdom, knowledge of the scriptures and moral earnestness left a deep-rooted impression on Gandhiji. Their relationship blossomed over profound interactions in the two years that Gandhiji spent in Mumbai.

Upon moving to South Africa, Gandhiji corresponded with Shrimadji through letters. Shrimadji’s insightful thoughts ignited the fire of spiritual inquisitiveness in Gandhiji. Their close association contributed in moulding Gandhiji’s moral fibre. Shrimadji’s inherent adherence to the principles of satya, ahimsa and dharma later crystallised as the fundamental tenets of Gandhism. Although Shrimadji left His mortal body at a young age of 33 in 1901, Shrimadji’s letters and compositions were Gandhiji’s dear companions. He contemplated upon them time and time again. Gandhiji would write about Shrimadji, speak about Him in speeches and discuss Him with close associates. He continued to be deeply inspired by his bond with Shrimadji and His spiritual works.

 

Gandhiji said of Shrimadji,

The more I consider his life and his writings, the more I consider him the best Indian of his times.

– Letter to HSL Polak,
April 26 1909

 

Yugpurush – Mahatma na Mahatma is a captivating representation of this special relationship between Shrimadji and Gandhiji, depicting the making of the Mahatma. What began as an honest friendship, progressed to Gandhiji proclaiming Shrimadji as his spiritual mentor. He says,

In my moments of spiritual crisis, Shrimadji was my refuge.

– The Story of My Experiments with Truth
(Ch. Raychandbhai)

 

 

Yugpurush highlights the values of expanding one’s capacity to love and give selflessly, respecting diversity, supporting truth, fostering trust, and building lasting communities. It brings to the forefront a powerful experience of looking within, upholding truth and fearlessness, as well as transforming character and consciousness. It revives an inspiring spiritual legacy and the cultural ethos of our nation that lies mostly forgotten, today. The legacies of Shrimadji and Gandhiji continue to offer new paradigms to global peace and human progress.

Embodying Shrimad Rajchandraji’s teachings for the present age is Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai, the founder and inspiration behind Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur (SRMD). The year 2017 marks the 150th birth anniversary of Shrimad Rajchandraji. Commemorating this glorious occasion, and under the able guidance of Pujya Gurudevshri, SRMD presents Yugpurush – Mahatma na Mahatma.

The play is directed by acclaimed director Rajesh Joshi of ‘Code Mantra’ fame, and scripted by well-known playwright Uttam Gada of ‘Maharathi’ fame. The music direction is by popular composer duo Sachin – Jigar. Duration: 120 minutes with intermission.

After over 1001 shows in 294 cities across the world, #Yugpurush finally coming to Bangkok

Sunday 19th Nov 2017 – 19:00 M theatre (Originally “The Bangkok Theatre”)
2884/2 New Pechburi Rd., Bangkapi, Huakwang, Bangkok 10320

Book Now – bit.ly/YugpurushinBkk

 

 

 

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