Sikhi is rivalled with atrophied South Asian cultural norms which are hampering its progression. One of these norms is the direction of violence against women and anyone else classified as being 'weak.' We discuss the inimical affect of this tendentious cultural nefariousness in Sikh families and how it is high time we obliterate it from within Sikh society.
A wake-up call for all Sikh men: stop giving lip service to the concept of gender equality. Actually implement the gender equality which our Gurus envisioned and gifted to us! We are joined by Sikh activist Simran Kaur in this episode as we chart where we went wrong in regards to protecting our sisters' rights and why they are falling prey to grooming gangs today.
How much selflessness is too much selflessness? And does selflessness only consist of spending consumable/financial resources for global notice? What is our overarching strategy here, and is it paying off? What is the cost to benefit ratio in everything we are doing on a worldwide scale? Or are we, Sikhs, wasting our hard earned resources as a Panth to only receive unwarranted hatred in return?
In Zameer we discuss the significance of Shahidi (martyrdom) in Sikhi and how it directly relates to Gurbani's emphasis on living a conscientious life. We answer many long-held myths about the concept in Sikhi while also providing a correct and conscience translation of the oft-mistranslated and misnomered Babur Vani which-in actuality- is a clarion call to arms for all Sikhs by Guru Nanak.
Are the Panj Kakkars a means to an end or the ends themselves? How is it that Sikhs are fooled via infiltrators retaining their Kakkars? Have we misunderstood the Kakkars? Listen to find out as we discuss this relevant and also tendentious issue.
The Gaza conflict annually polarizes the Sikh community on social media into pro-Israel vs. pro-Palestine. Our stance is that while Sikhs should decry the human cost of the conflict, they should not be swift to take sides as the issue is more nuanced than they would care to admit.
Who created the Khalsa? Guru Nanak. When was Guru Nanak born? Vaisaakhi. What is the Khalsa's mission? Emancipation of humanity. Is the Khalsa a substance abuser? We dissect Sikh history; we sift through Gurbani to prove what we say. The Khalsa is Nanak's and no, the Khalsa is no stoner.
At over 1 hour, 30 minutes, this is our longest episode. However, when discussing what lessons we can derive from a personality as glorious as Nawab Kapur Singh we believe any length of time is justified. Listen as we dissect the life of one of Sikh history's most dominant but also enigmatic leaders to underscore what made him so effective in his mission.
We sit down with S. Gurpreet Singh (GP) of Sikh Saakhi to discuss his book Sole Enemy of a Sikh: Brahminism as well as discussing Sikhi's opposition to caste and how best to annihilate it from within Sikh ranks.
Laws never stop evil. Humans do. On 13th March 1940 Udham Singh precipitated a crisis of conscience in great Britain by shooting dead the tyrant Michael O' Dwyer. Listen to why he did what he did and how he altered world history forever.
The Chota Ghallughara or the Smaller Holocaust-March 1746. By the end of a bloody week, 12,000 Sikhs lay dead including non-combatants. What precipitated this bloody genocide of the Khalsa, what was the aftermath and what lessons can we learn from it today? Join the boys for an intense talk on a blood-drenched period of Sikh history and how it is still relevant today.
We are joined by special guest Dr. Rajkumar Hans (former Professor of History-Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda) who rediscovered the Sri Gur Katha of Bhai Jaita (Jivan Singh) Shahid and restored it in the Sikh psyche. We discuss the contribution of the alleged inferior castes to the world of Sikh intelligentsia and how best to restore their legacies so we can acquire a pristine understanding of Sikhi in lieu of the heavily mythologized and dubious narrative we are fed today.
The Babbar Akalis- From 1921-1925 they were the bane of the British in the Punjab. Who were they? What happened to them? And why was their movement written out of history? Join us as we discover the truth.
Nankana Sahib-the birthplace of Guru Nanak, the progenitor of Sikhi. In the 20th century, it was home to a notorious debauch Narain Das who left no stone unturned in violating its sanctity. Listen to find out how the Sikhs finally arose as one to not only liberate Nankana but the countless other Gurudwaras hijacked by their detractors.
February 5th 1762-The Wadda Ghallughara, The Bigger Holocaust, Done At The Behest of Ahmad Shah Abdali And Punjab's Elite Castes. Over 30,000-50,000 Sikh Non-Combatants Massacred. What Lessons Can Sikh Leaders And Budding Sikh Leaders Learn From That One Bloody Day Nearly Three Centuries Prior?
A very insidious myth has been propagated from the 20th century onwards that Sikhs are only warriors and can amount to nothing else. What's more, it has been asserted that Sikhs are some temporary sword arm who have outlived their purpose. We not only answer such kitsch allegations but also expose the thinking behind them.
Sikh history has continually been misappropriated by elements opposed to Sikh progression with the aim of commandeering the Sikhs as some anti-Islamic military force. Sikhs, themselves, have unwittingly allowed this nefarious design to succeed given their excessive passion for their past. In this segment we discuss the malignant affects of this misappropriation, its various forms and how best to defeat it and defend Sikhi and Sikh history.
The duo discuss why not to await your life's purpose, but to discover it for yourself. Sikhi liberates humankind cognitively so each and every individual can pursue their purpose in life as long as it conforms to the following criterion:
-Ensures the Freedom of Conscience.
-Accesses humanity's common heritage in the form of progressive innovation.
-Contributes to humankind's progression.
Amarjeet and Navjeet critique the so-called Martial Race theory and how it historically wrecked havoc in the Sikh psyche and continues to do so even today. The Sikhs are neither more violent than other communities nor prone to being violent than the next faith in line. Yet, they are stereotyped as born and bred soldiers. Though a number of Sikhs luxuriate in this epithet-it more or less stereotypes them as cannon fodder.
The boys discuss the life and times of Sikh generalissimo Banda Singh Bahadur and explore how a deep-rooted conspiracy displaced him from succeeding in his Guru ordained mission: the establishment of a perennial Khalsa Raaj.
The boys discuss the Gurbani Shabad: ਪੀਊ ਦਾਦੇ ਕਾ ਖੋਲਿ ਡਿਠਾ ਖਜਾਨਾ (Ang. 186) and the Shabads of Bhagat Bani in it's light. They also enunciate the more salient facets of Sikhi which emphasize intelligence as the true Amrit and discuss their relevance in the 21st century.
While replying to Bhagat Surdas's advice to relinquish the company of cynics and infidels, Guru Arjan emphasizes that the preservation of your beliefs is decided by the strength of your convictions. This very same principle should be the guiding light of the Sikhs today where multiculturalism has become an euphemism for forced assimilation.
On popular request-the Renaissance boys discuss why exactly the Republican Dal Khalsa failed to spread beyond the Punjab despite being optimally primed to do so by Nawab Kapur Singh. The age-old question-why Republics fail?-is also answered with a keen lesson for the future: do not repeat the mistakes of the past by deifying history and declaring it sacred. That way, we worship the errors of our forefathers.
The conclusive stanza of Japji Sahib summarizes "the air is akin to the Guru, the water to the father..." But by 2020, water will be in dire straits and consecutively humans. In this short podcast we explore some fundamental problems and solutions.