Rear view

One’s who forget history are destined to relive it! While the past can’t be changed, but it can serve as a rear view mirror to guide us into the future, to not repeat what could have been avoided. At Rawalpindi in Pakistan, with a heavy heart, I gazed into a humongous Pipal tree, whose roots have engulfed the walls of an abandoned mansion of a Sikh noble. He had...

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Heights of Depth

During a visit to Pakistan in October 2014, I had an interesting encounter with a Fakir, who in a moment of smile had said, “Climb the heights of depth!” For years, I was focused on scaling the ‘Heights of Height’, and am now attempting to climb the ‘Heights of Depth’. So during my return in 2017, I tried to search for the Fakir! Unable to trace him, I have...

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Frog salvation

On a dark moonless night, the perfect stillness of the Borneo Forest was being interrupted by the croaks of the aquatic frogs. As we walked through the swamp, our untrained ears were trying hard to locate the direction of the echoes.   We finally spotted them, an army of frogs in all colors, shapes and sizes!   My thoughts meandered to Kabir, who beautifully ridicules...

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None Behind, None Ahead!

        On the plateau, Vastness of heaven and earth. None behind, None ahead. Joy and sorrow within, I, the only companion,   On the Leh – Kargil road in India, fifteen kilometers east of Fotu La pass, at a height of 11,500 feet lies the Lamayuru monastery. While driving to Lamyuru, at a distance I saw a solitary old monk, twirling his prayer wheel, peacefully...

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Elusive

Elusive, Yet we remain adamant!   Is He a figment of our imagination?   Among all concepts of His existence, acceptance or rejection, the common thread is that humans are fixated in search for something! For most it is materialistic, while others look for beyond for the subtle. However all searches soon transform into a desire to experience something new! In this...

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They Died For All Free Men

The British empire under the banner of East India Company, in the early 18th century, controlled the entire Indian sub-continent, except for the “Sikh Empire” under Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The western boundaries of the British Empire ceded at the banks of River Sutlej in Punjab, while the Sikh empire continued to expand into Afghanistan, Kashmir, Ladakh and...

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Gods, Demons & Consciousness – The allure of Mount Kailash

There are many lakes and mountains around the world, though only a few have an aura and character that can continue to attract people over the ages. In the remote western region of Tibet lies a triad formation of Mount Kailash, Lake Mansarovar and Lake Rakshastal, possessing a unique magnetic force that has for centuries attracted the followers of Buddhism, Hinduism,...

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Nihangs

When destruction prevailed, “Nihangs”, an armed Sikh order, offered their lives to protect the rights of the common man in the North West state of Punjab (India). Today it remains a ceremonial  order within the Sikh community but during the period 1699-1849 AD, they were the first line of martial defense.   Every year, during the annual celebration of Hola...

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Maru

Maru is a word representing sandy areas of Thar desert in Marwar (Rajasthan, India). This region experiences high wind velocities, shifting sand dunes, absence of water and salinity, posing challenge for sustained human living.   In spiritual traditions of North India, Maru also depicts the thirsty state of the soul that has failed to establish a link with Supreme...

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Pravritti and Nivritti

        Life is a constant transition between two extreme states of Pravritti and Nivritti, challenging us to discover our balancing sweet spot. These two states of life are integral to the Indian philosophical systems.   Pravritti – A state of attraction, physical or mental, whereby observer identifies with worldly entaglements.   Nivritti – Total...

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Remembering Bagan

Bagan, an ancient city in Myanmar dates back to the 9th century. Over 10,000 Buddhist pagodas were constructed here in the 11th century, of which 200 survived to the present day. Unfortunately, the earthquake on 25th August 2016 is reported to have damaged over 200 of them.   In this series, I remember my visit to the region in the year 2012. We perched ourselves atop...

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Expression

      Expression appears in the first moment!   Nature continues to express through constant flow.   Perched on a crag in the mountain, watching the expressions emerge in the morning sunlight. This series is an interplay of mist formation in the caldera around the volcanic Mount Bromo.    Photo : Morning mist over the valley around Mount Bromo    Photo :...

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Death in Varanasi – ultimate liberation?

      A stone I died and rose again a plant; A plant I died and rose as an animal; I died an animal and was born a man. Why should I fear? What have I lost in death?                                                         ……..Rumi   Photo : River Ganges at Varanasi is the last stop for many.   In the...

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An early morning at Inle Lake, Myanmar

  As long as we can witness sunrise, there remains a possibility.   As dawn breaks, fishermen at Inle Lake (Myanmar) make their way through the mist. Though visibility at this hour is zero but they remain hopeful their nets will catch their daily livelihood.   Photo : Mist at Inle lake, Myanmar   Photo : Mist at Inle lake, Myanmar   Photo : Mist at Inle lake,...

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Dhammapada in Yuanyang

    “Dhamma” – The path of righteousness   + “Pada” – Steps  =  “Dhammapada” – to tread on the path of righteousness through steps aimed at training the mind.   The region of Yuanyang (China) offers a unique self-sustainable eco-system, humidity and rainfall, optimal for rice cultivation. Expanse of rice...

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Hunderman Brok & Brolmo

A dusty, non-descript Himalayan village that once provided resting ground for travelers on the historical Silk Route between Kargil and Skardu, now lies shelled by the two warring nations, who very well know their hips are welded with common culture, language and religion but choose to live in absolute denial, scratching each other from time to time. The effects of...

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Time, the healer

Fury, old patriarch demonstrating an autocratic force. Sprouts, testimony of an era before the instigation. Today, they come and go…tourists, explorer, bread earners.     In the sea of volcanic ash, one can see stray horses, roaring jeeps, sprouts of grass and amazingly shaped rocks. This is the caldera of an active volcano – Mount Bromo in Indonesia....

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LOST HERITAGE VIDEO PRESENTATION

    “LOST HERITAGE – The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan” authored by Amardeep Singh, releases in December 2015. Here is a video that shares the motivation and journey in making of this book.     A deep-rooted desire to connect with the land of our ancestors propelled me to visit Pakistan and delve into the vestiges of a community, which was impelled to...

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LOST HERITAGE

Seven decades after the searing 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. Would the heritage of the land where Sikhism was born and the Sikhs had created an empire have been limited to...

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Colors of Rajasthan

Through flush of colors, the Creator makes his presence felt in the Creation.   It requires an elevated sense of realization to understand that the use of vibrant colors by mortals, is their unaware expression of the search for the ever elusive Master. But the worldly colors are transitionary, like the temporary dye shades created from the extract of Safflower, unlike...

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