Vaisakhi and The Journey Home

It’s Saturday and I am sitting on the airplane on my way home to Espanola, New Mexico, from Singapore. The flight is going to be a little shorter than the way over but I still have about 24 hours total of traveling time till I get home. It’s great going to places for visits but the long journeys can be hard. It took me about 3 days to get over jetlag and normalize on the way over. I’m hoping it is quicker on the way back. This has been the longest I have been away from my wife Arjan and son Narayan, so I am really missing them. Every time I saw a Sikh child my heart would ache and remind me of my son. I love being a father and having a family. It is a lot of work, but is very rewarding and teaches one quite a bit.

I had a great visit to Singapore/Malaysia and met a lot of Sikhs. It’s been interesting seeing the differences in Sikhs from different parts of the world. Each having a similar base in Sikhi…but subtle differences influenced by the local culture. I think traveling and meeting Sikhs from different areas helps me realize the needs of Sikhs in different communities. It also has helped establish personal relations with active sevadhars all over who are motivated and want to use their time and energy for higher good. My prayer is that more and more people will work together to create a larger impact to meet the needs of the times.

Yesterday we celebrated Vaisakhi in Singapore. There were large Gurdwara celebrations all over. I was able to visit three different Gurdwaras, listen to Kirtan, and meet many of the Sangat. It was a joyous celebration, however for many it seemed like an empty ritual holiday. I heard Baisakhi called the Sikh new year, so this got me thinking. Many people make certain commitments to themselves to do certain things or make changes in their life when the new year starts (New Years Resolutions). So why not take this opportunity to think about your life and committing to doing something for yourself? Too often we get lazy and caught up in the every day cycle of things. Challenge yourself to go beyond your comfort zone! Think about something and make a commitment to yourself to do it. If some of you would like to share your (New Year) Baisakhi Commitments for this next year you can post a comment.

6 Responses to “Vaisakhi and The Journey Home”

  1. Anonymous says:

    To be more disciplined in life. Thats what i always try for.

  2. rajwant singh kalsi says:

    Baisakhi is not the start of New Year for the Sikhs.

  3. Pardeep Singh Nagra says:

    Ji,

    Fateh, just a point of reference. Vaisakhi is not the Sikh new year as it has been incorrectly labelled over the past number of years. The Sikh New Year is March 14 in the first month of Chet in the Skh Calendar. Vaisakhi is in the second month of Vaisakh in the Sikh Calendar.

    Here are the Names and Starting Dates:

    Chet – March 14
    Vaisakh – April 14
    Jeth – May 15
    Harh – June 15
    Sawan – July 16
    Bhadon – August 16
    Asu – September 15
    Katik – October 15
    Maghar – November 14
    Poh – December 14
    Magh – Janurary 13
    Phagan – February 12

    Hope this helps. Take care.

    Fateh,
    Boxer Singh

  4. Pardeep and Rajwant Singh are right. Chet is the first month. I was able to finally partake of the holiest of holy, The Divine Eternal nectar called Amrit, and really felt the vibe from the Panj Pyare. I felt my insides shaking, and felt it going up and down my body. It got even more intense when the rest of the sangat was in thier initiation{ I was chosen first out of all the people to take Amrit}so when I was waiting for them to partake I felt something running up from my hair, down to my feet.It wasnt a nervous feeling but sort of like it. I can only explain it as an internal cleaning of my insides and I plan to keep it clean.I guess it was so intense because I really wanted to take Amrit for about 1 1/2 and studied the meaning of the ceremony alot. I wanted to completly follow the way of life so 2 years ago I lived as if I already took Amrit, but all I needed was the initiation ceremony, and a new name.I LOVE SIKHI, and I am the only Sikh in my family.Also right after the ceremony my brother called and told me his daughter was just born.So I have a nephew,a daughter, and a new niece. We were both born at the same time, but the only difference is I’m 23 and she is 1 day old now. I can now compare my Amrit Vows with however old she is and will know exactly my spiritual age is. Im just so happy now that I can die a happy man. SATNAM
    Waheguru Ji ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji ki fateh!

  5. The important thing is to keep your commitments. Weather you made them on a Punjabi new years, or on Baisakhi, or on English new year, or on your birthday, or any time of the year. Gurbani says all days are auspicious.

    And Bhai Gurmustuk Singh jee welcome back to North America. I’m sure you gained a lot on your trip and will share with us in the coming days.

  6. SikhsRus says:

    more and more self discipline, patience and kindness towards others so I can take Amrit like Pritam Singh Khalsa Ji above! He sure is an inspiration for people like myself with his love and dedication for Sikhi !