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Rehit Pyaare Mohe Ko, Sikh Pyaara Nahi
Guru Gobind Singh was born “Gobind Rai” on January 5th, 1666 and was the tenth and last of the ten human Gurus of Sikhism. He became Guru on November 24, 1675 at the age of nine, following in the footsteps of his father Guru Teg Bahadur ji. As we celebrate his birthday, we are reminded of the many lessons he taught us. The story below was reprinted from Sikhnet.com’s great collection of audio stories for children:
Guru Gobind Singh was not only a great teacher but also he was the greatest of warriors. He taught his Sikhs to meditate on the Creator and also to train their bodies. His Sikhs trained very hard. They were tested constantly. Guru Gobind Singh ji also trained himself intensely and, while doing so, he never forgot God. He was always in bliss. He was so expert at shooting a bow that his arrows could go much farther than anyone else’s arrows.
One time, emperor Aurangzeb sent an army to surround Anandpur Sahib where Guru ji and his Sikhs lived. About two miles away the emperor’s army set up camp. Anandpur was cut off from all food and water coming in. One day two generals, named Zabardast Khan and Wajir Khan, were playing a game of chess in their camp. They didn’t know that Guru ji was watching them from two miles away through his telescope. From the Anandpur fortress Guru Gobind Singh shot an arrow high in to the sky, just in the way that you might raise your hand and say ‘hello’ to a friend. The arrow soared through the sky and landed right on the leg of the bench on which the generals were sitting. “Oh no!” “What was that?” Everyone got scared, “We’re under attack!!” they yelled, “Run for shelter!”.
After a little while, the whole camp became silent. They came out of hiding. Wajir Khan pulled the arrow out of the leg of the bench and said, “Who would dare shoot an arrow at us!?! Whoever did it must be found and punished!” A hill raja who lived near Anandpur said, “I recognize this arrow! It has a gold arrowhead on it, so it must be the arrow of Guru Gobind Singh.” The Guru always puts gold on his arrows so that the families of men killed in battle way be cared for. The generals didn’t believe him, “How could it be the Guru’s arrow!? If he was close enough to shoot at us, we would have seen him and captured him.”
Another hill raja spoke up, “Guru Gobind Singh is a very brave man. I’ve heard many stories of his heroism. He must have shot the arrow from the top of the Anandpur fortress.” The generals laughed, “Hahaha! From the top of Anandpur?! Hahaha, that’s over two miles away, hahaha no one can shoot that far! Hahahah” The hill raja spoke again, “The Guru has special powers, two miles is not too much for him.” Everyone who had been watching the chess game became very impressed. Wajir Khan got angry and yelled, “Silence you fools! Wherever this arrow came from, let us thank Allah we didn’t get hit. Allah has protected us. Allah has made a miracle and saved our lives.”
As people were about to sit down to start the chess game again, a second arrow soared through the sky. It hit the bench in exactly the same spot as the last one. Everyone freaked out, “Where is that coming from!?” “Save yourselves!” “I don’t want to die!” When everything settled down Zabardast Khan said, “Come out, it’s safe.” He noticed there was a letter attached to this arrow. He said, “What is this… a letter? It’s written in Persian. Ah the language of kings! How superbly is this letter written!” Then he read the letter the Guru had written:
“This is not a miracle, I am not in favor of performing miracles. This skill comes only from practice. You think wrong; I was not trying to take the lives of Zabardast Khan or Wajir Khan. The first arrow was not meant to hit either one of you.”
The generals were shocked, “I can not believe this, how did he shoot that far? He could have taken our lives, so why didn’t he?” Guru ji’s message to them was clear, the Sikhs will never give up. The Sikhs will always be kind but will also never surrender.
Guru ji always taught the Sikhs to train their physical bodies and to be pure. It is through discipline and practice that we can accomplish anything in life. It is through discipline and practice that we can become strong and we can help others. Guru ji says, “I do not love Sikhs. I love the discipline of Sikhs.”
Guru Gobind Singh was a prolific writer, and composed many banis. The Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan described their benefits:
JAAP SAHIB – The Naad of Jaap Sahib rouses the soul and the self of the Being. ‘Sahib’ means ‘grace’. Recite it when your position is endangered, or when your authoritative personality is weak. This Bani brings grace and greatness. It will also give you the ability, that whatever people say, you will automatically be able to compute what they are actually saying. And, once you are able to to recite it correctly, it will give you the power, the Siddhi, that whatever you say, must happen. Man can direct God and God can direct man. Guru Gobind Singh recited Jaap Sahib so that we would not become beggars at the doors of others.
TAV PRASAD SWAIYA – When you are not getting any satisfaction out of life, this is the Bani to recite.
- Praanee param purakh pag laago: Takes away the tendency of laziness.
- Kayval kaala-ee kartaar: Takes away the fear of death.
- Si kim maanas roop kahaa-i: Brings the experience of Divinity.
- Bin har Naam na baachan paihai: Removes ego.
To download text and audio of Guru Gobind Singh’s bani go to http://www.sikhnet.com/pages/download-banis
Winter Break, from cold and school!
This winter break, we gave South India a little taste of MPA! After exams were complete, grades 3-11 jumped on a bus en route to New Delhi’s airport. After a full day’s travel, we arrived to our hotel in Cherthala, eager to feel sand between our toes. For five days, we relaxed in the sun, swam in the Laccadive Sea, ate coconuts and made sand castles.
Our hotel was next to a river, and every morning, we had optional sadhana right on the dock as the sun rose. By 7 A.M., we had Jap Ji done, and were ready for breakfast, which usually consisted of a light meal made of some sort of steamed rice dish and fruit. We spent the day at the beach and returned back to the hotel in time for a lovely dinner of soup and vegetables, not to mention to delicious ice cream! On the last evening of our stay, we took a ride in a traditional Keralan boat called kettuvallam.
Enjoy these pictures!
The 12th Grade students took a different journey, travelling to Malaysia to take part in the largest Sikh Youth Samelan in the world, and to Thailand for fun and relaxation. The Malaysia side of the trip was much more about our Kirtan and teaching programs, and most free time was spent hanging out at our hosts house or shopping in the crazy malls of Kuala Lumpur where one of them even has an entire indoor water park and amusement park. The highlight of this part of the trip was definitely the camp. We attended the Samelan for 3 days and nights and interacted with 1000 participants and sevadars, taught classes in meditation and Gatka, participated in heart to heart discussion groups sharing our experiences, performed Kirtan, and even played Soccer with everyone. Our students were VERY well received and served to inspire a lot of people at the camp. They were great teachers and very solid ambassadors for MPA.
In Thailand, the students were well behaved and disciplined themselves well and everyone had a chance to really relax. The highlight of this part of the trip was the day we rented a boat and went out into the ocean to visit two very special islands for swimming and snorkeling. It was a bit overcast that day and most days we were there but that did not matter! It was so much fun.
First Semester Honor Roll
Congratulations to the following students who made the honor roll with a GPA of over 3.5. Great Job!
Siri Avtar Singh
Japji Singh Narang
Gururaj Singh Khalsa
Guru Partap Singh
Gurusundesh Singh Khalsa
Guru Dev Singh Khalsa
Siri Kirpal Kaur Khalsa
Siri Sham Sunder Singh
Sat Paul Singh Virk
Siri Radha Kaur
Ramneek Kaur Brar
Eva Guru Ram Kaur
Hargobind Singh Khalsa
Har Narayan Singh Khalsa
Siri Simran Kaur Khalsa
Hargobind Singh Wester
Sat Kartar Singh Burmeister
Jai Satya Kaur Hu
Tara Kaur Jhajj
Nils Narayan Singh
Ad Such Gendelman
Sukhcharan Kaur Schwarz
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What’s Happening at MPA
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Highlights from the Blog
With exams over and a holiday around the corner, students were finally able to relax and celebrate with all the staff and teachers. Congratulations on completing a semester of hard work and even more fun!