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"sloku m\u00da 3 ]","siqgur kI syvw sPlu hY jy ko kry icqu lwie ]","min icMidAw Plu pwvxw haumY ivchu jwie ]","bMDn qoVY mukiq hoie scy rhY smwie ]","iesu jg mih nwmu AlBu hY gurmuiK vsY min Awie ]","nwnk jo guru syvih Awpxw hau iqn bilhwrY jwau ]1]","m\u00da 3 ]","mnmuK mMnu Aijqu hY dUjY lgY jwie ]","iqs no suKu supnY nhI duKy duiK ivhwie ]","Gir Gir piV piV pMifq Qky isD smwiD lgwie ]","iehu mnu vis n AwveI Qky krm kmwie ]","ByKDwrI ByK kir Qky AiTsiT qIrQ nwie ]","mn kI swr n jwxnI haumY Brim Bulwie ]","gur prswdI Bau pieAw vfBwig visAw min Awie ]","BY pieAY mnu vis hoAw haumY sbid jlwie ]","sic rqy sy inrmly joqI joiq imlwie ]","siqguir imilAY nwau pwieAw nwnk suiK smwie ]2]","pauVI ]","eyh BUpiq rwxy rMg idn cwir suhwvxw ]","eyhu mwieAw rMgu ksuMB iKn mih lih jwvxw ]","clidAw nwil n clY isir pwp lY jwvxw ]","jW pkiV clwieAw kwil qW Krw frwvxw ]","Eh vylw hiQ n AwvY iPir pCuqwvxw ]6


"Shalok, Third Mehl:","Service to the True Guru is fruitful and rewarding, if one performs it with his mind focused on it.","The fruits of the mind\u0027s desires are obtained, and egotism departs from within.","His bonds are broken, and he is liberated; he remains absorbed in the True Lord.","It is so difficult to obtain the Naam in this world; it comes to dwell in the mind of the Gurmukh.","O Nanak, I am a sacrifice to one who serves his True Guru.\||1||","Third Mehl:","The mind of the self-willed manmukh is so very stubborn; it is stuck in the love of duality.","He does not find peace, even in dreams; he passes his life in misery and suffering.","The Pandits have grown weary of going door to door, reading and reciting their scriptures; the Siddhas have gone into their trances of Samaadhi.","This mind cannot be controlled; they are tired of performing religious rituals.","The impersonators have grown weary of wearing false costumes, and bathing at the sixty-eight sacred shrines.","They do not know the state of their own minds; they are deluded by doubt and egotism.","By Guru\u0027s Grace, the Fear of God is obtained; by great good fortune, the Lord comes to abide in the mind.","When the Fear of God comes, the mind is restrained, and through the Word of the Shabad, the ego is burnt away.","Those who are imbued with Truth are immaculate; their light merges in the Light.","Meeting the True Guru, one obtains the Name; O Nanak, he is absorbed in peace.\||2||","Pauree:","The pleasures of kings and emperors are pleasing, but they last for only a few days.","These pleasures of Maya are like the color of the safflower, which wears off in a moment.","They do not go with him when he departs; instead, he carries the load of sins upon his head.","When death seizes him, and marches him away, then he looks absolutely hideous.","That lost opportunity will not come into his hands again, and in the end, he regrets and repents.\||6||

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Lost Heritage - Sikh Kingdom - Maharaja Ranjit Singh (FEATURED ARTICLE)

The DNA finds its roots, and when I stepped into Pakistan in October 2014, where I have never been, I felt an instant connect, a feeling of home. This book just happened, maybe from a deep-rooted desire to build a bond with my ancestors. I operated with no mind, but let things evolve, said Amardeep Singh, author of Lost Heritage, the Sikh Legacy in Pakistan.

During a month-long journey across West Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, an invisible force was supporting Singh's pursuit. "I had entered the country with just a desire and faith, but as I connected with like-minded people, all came together to help," he said.Singh's search, while focused primarily on discovering the state of Sikh legacy, more than 36 places, also incorporated Hindu and Muslim aspects that had association with the Sikhs. The scope of exploration encompassed the community’s cultural, social, philosophical and martial aspects between 15th and 21st century. The book, which is replete with stunning photographs by Singh, is a legacy of a community and remains of a heritage. What Singh does is he captures the human and emotional stories behind this heritage and discovers that the boundaries are false, and the hate and mistrust has been created only by politicians. "Love and affection is all that I got, and that’s what people back there hunger for," added Singh.

On return to Singapore, as Amardeep was revisiting the 19th century travelogues of the Europeans who had then travelled across the Sikh empire, he wondered whether he too should document his experiences.

"Could this work serve as a window for future generations to comprehend some aspects of our heritage that will soon cease to exist," he said.

Seven decades after the Partition of 1947, the Sikh community continues to yearn to experience its glorious heritage abandoned across Pakistan. For those fortunate few able to visit the country, they remain confined to a handful of functional gurdwaras. "A hundred years from now, none of these places will exist. Many of them have fallen apart and won't last for too long. I wondered if I don’t document it, who’s going to do it?"

Singh grew up with stories of massacres, of how we had fought and all the issues that resulted, with his parents, who were Sikhs living in Pakistan at the time, migrating to UP in the mass migration. Stories of the pristine beauty of the land that Singh heard from his father, extensive research and reading on the history, geography and social conditions of the sub-continent, said Singh, made a lasting impact on him, and made this journey and book possible.

"Would the heritage of the land where Sikhism was born and the Sikhs had created an empire have been limited to just a few functional gurdwaras? What about the magnificence of the scores of historic monuments, forts, battlegrounds, places of worship, commercial and residential establishments and art associated with the community?" asked Singh, who quit his corporate job to write the book.

Temples, mansions, forts, gurdwaras, homes - Singh captures the architecture, legacy, history and stories of these buildings, as he talks about the creative and artistic aspects of the monuments, including a Sikh temple in the Mansehra region, now a library, with its walls lined with books.

"Like here in Punjab, where we have destroyed our heritage and monuments, with half-hearted restoration work and negligible preservation, there too, many buildings are abandoned, crumbling and others occupied by hundreds of poor families," he said.

A wall of an old temple, now used as a storehouse, has a scribbling on it, "I lost my everything". Many copies of the book, which Singh had sent by post to people who helped in the project back in Pakistan, have yet to reach them. “It’s sad that even books can’t cross borders. I hope that this book touches people, and brings us together. Both the government and people must wake up and do our bit to preserve our heritage structures, our wealth. Development must be done outside buildings, not inside them. We must adopt monuments and protect them,” said Singh, hoping that the book would be a record of Sikh heritage for future generations.

Buy Lost Heritage Book online



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