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Gurdwara 
May 2014
Kodak 200 (out of date) 

Gurdwara 

May 2014

Kodak 200 (out of date) 

Free from the jail of materialistic habitat 
the one which we call home
though the one that isn’t in the plan of destination
home? More like hostel, or lodge house?
Who will stay here forever? 
So! 
Lets ask a question….
Why are we so attached to this home? 
It has our possessions things we like and what were attached to in some way. It sheds a roof for us. keeps us warm and secure keeps us together as a family.

Wow, pretty difficult to break attachment from that. Though, if we feel, think and understand that this is not forever, we can make life fruitful in times of loss. 
We have good times in this home with our loved ones which only we will remember. Though, if we were to sell this house would others see these memories in the house? I doubt it. 
What can we leave behind other than furniture and unwanted broken items? 
They say our prayers are heard and absorbed by the walls in the places we live in. Our meditation creates an atmosphere which becomes the fragrance forever in the places we live, the ones who meditate and chant the Lords name become free, free in mind, spirit and life. 
They leave behind the aroma of the lords name which resonates till the end of time. 

Free from the jail of materialistic habitat 

the one which we call home

though the one that isn’t in the plan of destination

home? More like hostel, or lodge house?

Who will stay here forever? 

So! 

Lets ask a question….

Why are we so attached to this home? 

It has our possessions things we like and what were attached to in some way. It sheds a roof for us. keeps us warm and secure keeps us together as a family.

Wow, pretty difficult to break attachment from that. Though, if we feel, think and understand that this is not forever, we can make life fruitful in times of loss. 

We have good times in this home with our loved ones which only we will remember. Though, if we were to sell this house would others see these memories in the house? I doubt it. 

What can we leave behind other than furniture and unwanted broken items? 

They say our prayers are heard and absorbed by the walls in the places we live in. Our meditation creates an atmosphere which becomes the fragrance forever in the places we live, the ones who meditate and chant the Lords name become free, free in mind, spirit and life. 

They leave behind the aroma of the lords name which resonates till the end of time. 

Aesthetics of heritage should never be compromised! 
This is a percussion instrument named ‘jori’ meaning couple. The concept was taken from the Ancient Indian barrrel shaped drum called the Pakhawaj the barrel was made into two peices with skins and a bottom base so it can be played up right. 
The 5th Guru in the Sikh tradition Guru Arjun Dev Ji blessed Sikhs with this drum and carried out the actions of the above mentioned. The tonal qualities are of the same kind against Pakhawaj.
The smaller drum ‘pura’ has a diameter of anything between 6” - 71/2” and the larger anything from 8” - 10”. The ‘pura’ has a real low pitched treble resonance. Larger drum ‘Dhama’ gets its bass form the use of chapati dough mix which is applied in a circular shape. Too much dough will block the sound, too less will make it sound trebly, and just the right amount will give you near enough perfect bass! 
Today, we have almost lost the “jori” in defeat to the well known tabla. A blessing from the 5th Guru almost lost as well as the melodies and beats played on Jori especially with the sung prayer of Sri Asa Ki Vaar.
In Sri Asa Ki Vaar there are certain speeches of Jori which come in to intuition and presence whilst the Vaar is sung. These syllables of speech produced from the Jori create a sensation in the atmosphere in the air and uplift the inner connection of the spectator, taking us back in time where we may experience a grain of what life was in that setting where this first started. 
It is only in the last 60 years or so that we have begun to stray away from the tradition of singing styles in the Sikh tradition along with the style of accompaniment on Jori. 
Here are some recordings with Jori being played in them. 
The first is of Ustad Nihal SIngh Ji playing a Jori solo and towards the end a clip Jori accompaniment in Sri Asa Ki Vaar.-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=550I8wio_No
The next is of Maharaaj Bir Singh ji Namdhari, respected son of the Namdhari Guru, Baba Partap Singh Ji and brother of the next Guru, Baba Jagjit Singh Ji. Baba Partap Singh Ji was very well known to take care of the Ragis (ones who sing Raag) and Rababis (ones who play Rabab, Muslim devotional singers who played Rabab as Bhai Mardana Ji did)  of Sri Harmandir Sahib at a time where the Ragis and Rababis were not appreciated by many. Baba Partap Singh Ji got these skilled practitioners of devotional Dhrupad singing to teach at the Namdhari base of Sri Bhaini Sahib, there for acquiring very vast knowledge and holding the baton for this ancient style. Ustad Nihal Singh Ji was one of those who was bout to Sri Bhaini Sahib. Here, they are singing a Gurbani composition in Dhrupad form, an ancient form of singing which was once sung daily in Sri Harmandir Sahib, Ustad Nihal Singh Ji can be seen on the left hand side towards the end of the clip. -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iRSAjNO9OM
The last is of Bhai Baldeep Singh a man of many skills and talents. One of his main aims I feel is to preserve the Sikh heritage, as a 13th generation descendant of an unbroken lineage to hymn singers dating back to the time of the third Guru he has bought instruments such as the Taus, Rabab, saranda and Jori back into the eye of the Sikh community by learning the art of luthiery for these instruments. Here is a clip of him playing a Jori solo.- 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xvnoNIAE3I
Photo taken in film. 

Aesthetics of heritage should never be compromised! 

This is a percussion instrument named ‘jori’ meaning couple. The concept was taken from the Ancient Indian barrrel shaped drum called the Pakhawaj the barrel was made into two peices with skins and a bottom base so it can be played up right. 

The 5th Guru in the Sikh tradition Guru Arjun Dev Ji blessed Sikhs with this drum and carried out the actions of the above mentioned. The tonal qualities are of the same kind against Pakhawaj.

The smaller drum ‘pura’ has a diameter of anything between 6” - 71/2” and the larger anything from 8” - 10”. The ‘pura’ has a real low pitched treble resonance. Larger drum ‘Dhama’ gets its bass form the use of chapati dough mix which is applied in a circular shape. Too much dough will block the sound, too less will make it sound trebly, and just the right amount will give you near enough perfect bass! 

Today, we have almost lost the “jori” in defeat to the well known tabla. A blessing from the 5th Guru almost lost as well as the melodies and beats played on Jori especially with the sung prayer of Sri Asa Ki Vaar.

In Sri Asa Ki Vaar there are certain speeches of Jori which come in to intuition and presence whilst the Vaar is sung. These syllables of speech produced from the Jori create a sensation in the atmosphere in the air and uplift the inner connection of the spectator, taking us back in time where we may experience a grain of what life was in that setting where this first started. 

It is only in the last 60 years or so that we have begun to stray away from the tradition of singing styles in the Sikh tradition along with the style of accompaniment on Jori. 

Here are some recordings with Jori being played in them. 

The first is of Ustad Nihal SIngh Ji playing a Jori solo and towards the end a clip Jori accompaniment in Sri Asa Ki Vaar.-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=550I8wio_No

The next is of Maharaaj Bir Singh ji Namdhari, respected son of the Namdhari Guru, Baba Partap Singh Ji and brother of the next Guru, Baba Jagjit Singh Ji. Baba Partap Singh Ji was very well known to take care of the Ragis (ones who sing Raag) and Rababis (ones who play Rabab, Muslim devotional singers who played Rabab as Bhai Mardana Ji did)  of Sri Harmandir Sahib at a time where the Ragis and Rababis were not appreciated by many. Baba Partap Singh Ji got these skilled practitioners of devotional Dhrupad singing to teach at the Namdhari base of Sri Bhaini Sahib, there for acquiring very vast knowledge and holding the baton for this ancient style. Ustad Nihal Singh Ji was one of those who was bout to Sri Bhaini Sahib. Here, they are singing a Gurbani composition in Dhrupad form, an ancient form of singing which was once sung daily in Sri Harmandir Sahib, Ustad Nihal Singh Ji can be seen on the left hand side towards the end of the clip. -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iRSAjNO9OM

The last is of Bhai Baldeep Singh a man of many skills and talents. One of his main aims I feel is to preserve the Sikh heritage, as a 13th generation descendant of an unbroken lineage to hymn singers dating back to the time of the third Guru he has bought instruments such as the Taus, Rabab, saranda and Jori back into the eye of the Sikh community by learning the art of luthiery for these instruments. Here is a clip of him playing a Jori solo.- 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xvnoNIAE3I

Photo taken in film. 

I have never seen such a sky. Never ever. It is the same sky which is above and around all of us. Such a beautiful thing. I have always been fascinated by the sky and how the gradient is just so perfect. The motion in which the colours just fall in love is always my favourite! There are too many street lights these days giving off light pollution, blocking our sight to the stars, remember? The stars? And have you ever noticed, in summer, it is really hot for a few days and then it rains so much all of a sudden? You know why! Blessed! Mombassa - August 2011

I have never seen such a sky. Never ever. It is the same sky which is above and around all of us. Such a beautiful thing. 

I have always been fascinated by the sky and how the gradient is just so perfect. The motion in which the colours just fall in love is always my favourite! 

There are too many street lights these days giving off light pollution, blocking our sight to the stars, remember? The stars? 

And have you ever noticed, in summer, it is really hot for a few days and then it rains so much all of a sudden? You know why! 

Blessed! 

Mombassa - August 2011

Mother natures foot scrub and wash, nothing like it on a Mombassa beach!  - August 2011

Mother natures foot scrub and wash, nothing like it on a Mombassa beach!  - August 2011

Leaving gives you a new pair of eyes sometimes so people can come back after doing something ”wrong”. Some times people change, sometimes they don’t, some times we expect them to change, when really the flaws we see in them is a reflection of our own flaws and true nature. Why do we want to change others? Why don’t we want to change ourself. Why do we want others to make a good karma, but not make one ourselves? We are a reflection of what we see in others I was told.

Leaving gives you a new pair of eyes sometimes so people can come back after doing something ”wrong”. Some times people change, sometimes they don’t, some times we expect them to change, when really the flaws we see in them is a reflection of our own flaws and true nature. Why do we want to change others? Why don’t we want to change ourself. Why do we want others to make a good karma, but not make one ourselves? We are a reflection of what we see in others I was told.

Mistake, it was a big mistake, a big beautiful mistake. Imperfections, they make us, our character and personality. The imperfections are what perfect us to let us be who we are. Those imperfections will let me phase into something more than what I already am. So, lets leave those imperfections and learn from them, but lets learn the perfection of love and feel what it really is. Photo - June 2013

Mistake, it was a big mistake, a big beautiful mistake. 

Imperfections, they make us, our character and personality. The imperfections are what perfect us to let us be who we are. Those imperfections will let me phase into something more than what I already am. 

So, lets leave those imperfections and learn from them, but lets learn the perfection of love and feel what it really is. 

Photo - June 2013

Beautiful things are always made, says the person who says, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I love looking at things which have been made with attention and meaning. I admire craftsmanship. These doors would have had stained glass windows in at one point. They have been spoilt…only to be given a hidden character. Photo - April 2013

Beautiful things are always made, says the person who says, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 

I love looking at things which have been made with attention and meaning. 

I admire craftsmanship. 

These doors would have had stained glass windows in at one point. They have been spoilt…only to be given a hidden character. 

Photo - April 2013

ਤੂੰ ਸਭਨੀ ਥਾਈ ਜਿਥੈ ਹਉ ਜਾਈ ਸਾਚਾ ਸਿਰਜਣਹਾਰੁ ਜੀਉ ॥ 
Ŧūʼn sabẖnī thāī jithai hao jāī sācẖā sirjaṇhār jīo. 
You are everywhere, wherever I go, O True Creator Lord.
ਤੂੰ ਸਭਨੀ ਥਾਈ ਜਿਥੈ ਹਉ ਜਾਈ ਸਾਚਾ ਸਿਰਜਣਹਾਰੁ ਜੀਉ ॥
Ŧūʼn sabẖnī thāī jithai hao jāī sācẖā sirjaṇhār jīo.
You are everywhere, wherever I go, O True Creator Lord.

Through my passions eye were these images born.
Film, Nikon f5 and other cameras.
Maybe this will be.

I think I am back. 

masters.These are my masters
by who’s grace I am
by who’s grace I be 
by who’s grace I see.

These are my masters
they have my back
they keep me safe
even in attack.

These are my masters
I answer to them all
they give me loving advice 
at their lotus feet I fall.

May I give my head of ego
place it at your lotus feet 
so it may cool down 
and heal from the burning heat. 
satkartaar. 

masters.

These are my masters

by who’s grace I am

by who’s grace I be 

by who’s grace I see.

These are my masters

they have my back

they keep me safe

even in attack.

These are my masters

I answer to them all

they give me loving advice 

at their lotus feet I fall.

May I give my head of ego

place it at your lotus feet 

so it may cool down 

and heal from the burning heat. 

satkartaar. 

Dhan Guru Nanak! 

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