31st Birthday Tea, Cake, Cookies and Pakoras

I’ve been a bit tired out the past few days. Lots of exciting things going on here and new projects coming up with SikhNet. Plus getting ready to go to Singapore/Malaysia. I think I’ve been trying to do too much because this morning my throat started hurting and I wasn’t feeling so good. Makes me nervous because the last thing I want is to be sick on an airplane or while traveling. Today I’ve been trying to do what I can to combat the sore throat. At least I still have till Tuesday to get over this. I’m hoping I feel better tomorrow because it’s my birthday, and who likes to be sick on a birthday.

tomorrow (Friday) I turn 31 years old. This year no birthday party. Too much going on. Arjan is so pregnant and her belly seems to grow larger daily as the baby gets bigger. So, to celebrate, this afternoon he had a mini tea “party”. I made up some nice Indian style “masala” chai (we normally just drink Yogi Tea). Then Arjan made some some yummy pakoras and my favorite “humming bird cake”…and some mouthwatering cookies. I wish we had more. The food disappeared pretty quick. It was one of those beautiful sunny spring afternoons, so was very nice.

This past year has been really good. So many changes and exciting things are in the air. I’m really feeling on track these days with my life. I always used to ask myself…if I die today…would I be ready to go? I always felt there was so much that I needed to be doing and never felt ready. Not that I feel like my end is near or anything, I just like to question where my life is going and make sure I am on track. One never does know when the they will depart from their physical body.

I am amazed at how God/Guru arranges things. It’s as if I am just a chess piece being moved around for some bigger strategy. Everything I do doesn’t really feel like me. Things just cross my path and I start doing XYZ….which all of a sudden other things related all intersect at the same time and direct me to do the next thing that I am supposed to do. This just keeps happening. Sometimes when there are things that “I” want to do…and no matter how hard I try to make it happen it doesn’t work. It’s as if God is keeping me from going down a certain path for some reason.

I am learning more and more to trust in a higher power/God…and let things flow. Too often we get caught up in worrying about things. Sometimes a simple prayer and setting a projection for something to happen is all it takes. It really gives me a lot of faith in how Guruji can work through all of us in many different ways and guide our actions. It’s kind of hard for me to explain these feelings in words. Hopefully some of this makes sense.

Ok…I should get some rest. G’nite to you all :) Another sunny day coming tomorrow to a New Mexico state near you.

35 Responses to “31st Birthday Tea, Cake, Cookies and Pakoras”

  1. Hari Singh says:

    Hey, Happy Birthday, GMS. Have a wonderful day and may you have many beautiful returns of the day. “Fruitful is the birth of that person who takes the Support of the Naam, the Name of the Lord.”

  2. Angad Singh says:

    Happy Birthday GMS!may you always remain with the guru!

    Keep up the great work.

  3. RENOSEEK says:

    Happy Birthday GMS .Have a fun day and a great year . Have fun in Singapore and Malayasia.


  4. Hardie says:

    Many Happy Returns of the Day, GMS VeerG. May Waheguru Bless you and bestow his happiness on you & keep you in Chardi Kala always. Give you lots of energy to inspire other fellow sikhs. Have a blessed Day and Keep well.
    Singh from Joburg……..

  5. Shakti Kaur says:

    Happy Birthday! The Guru is truly guiding you and will for many years to come.

    Sat Nam,

    PS: What’s the recipe for Hummingbird Cake…I’ve seen you reference this before and it sounds terrific.

  6. Jagjit Singh says:

    hey thr..

    Many Many returns of the day… Hope to see u soon in Msia!!

    Happy Birthday Again…

    Greetings from Msia

  7. satvinder says:

    Happy birthday veer ji!

  8. Happy Birthday Gurumustuk Ji!

    Trusting the Guru is the key to a happy life, so you are doing well!
    Have a great year with a wonderful baby and lots of love for you and your family!

  9. Puja says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Gurumustak ji !!!
    i hope u have a wonderful day.
    …also hope u feel better..in ur throat.

  10. Happy Birthday Gurumustuk Singh!!!

  11. Bhai GMS jee

    Congratulations on spending another year of your life fruitfully. I hope the journey of life helps you attain the real purpose of coming into the human life. A person like me have spent all the years doing nothing at all and I dont have too many left to compensate for the too many gone by.

    Have a great Birthday.

  12. kiran says:

    Happy Bithday to you, Happy Brithday to you. Happy Birthday Dear GuruMustak, Happy Birthday to you!!!!

    Hip hip….Hooray

    Hip hip….Hooray

    Hip hip….Hooray

    Bole So Nihaal SAT SHRI AKAAL!!!

    Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ke Fateh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May all your hopes and dreams come true.

    Lots of Pyar


    P.S its 10* in London this afternoon…so not all that cold but some rain.. xx

  13. Anonymous says:

    Happy birthday

  14. Amrita Kaur says:

    Happy Birthday GMS JI!
    Keep up the great work with the blog, i love reading it. You really inspire me to be a better sikh.
    Sat Nam!

  15. Healthy Birthday to you Gurumustuk! I’ll probably walk two minutes to your office some time today, but this is my wish to you over the internet.

  16. Prabhu Singh says:

    In honor of your birthday I hope that everybody donates to Sikhnet!
    I know you won’t get the money, but at least it will go to something we all believe in, something you have so graciously dedicated your life to.
    Gurumustuk your legacy cannot be undone!
    WaheGuru Ji Ka Khalsa, WaheGuru Ji Ki Fateh!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday GMSji
    as for your throat I have a great old remedy from my grandmother. She always used to give it to me when I went to India since I always got ill :( BUT it always WORKS!!
    Ginger Lemon Zinger!
    2 1/2 tbsp – Honey
    1 1/2 cup – Water
    1/2 cup – Lemon Juice
    3 small pieces – Ginger

    – cut the ginger into small pieces and put everything into a saucepan and boil it. Once it comes to a boil drink it slowly. (The secret is honey)
    Hope it works for you!

  18. Honey in warm milk always works wonders also

  19. Yasmine says:

    Solah, ah za in ah! You have been blessed with an amazing life. I’m sorry you don’t feel well. Is it just my preception, or are you often “under the weather?” Should you check to see if you have some underlying problem? In any case, even if you died today, your amritdhari, you’ve traveled, created Sikhnet…but I’d certainly miss your blog and encouraging notes. If it’s ordained, please stay well.

    Gur Fateh

  20. rajwant singh kalsi says:

    Very Happy birthday to you and wish Waheguru shower His choicest blessings on you.
    Gargle with hot saltish water helps to combat the throat sore but, suggest you to look for a otorhinolaringologist right now. The great old remedies or dashandas are no more effective in the modern days.

  21. Happy Birthday Khalsa ji! Many happy returns for the day! Wish you all the best in everything and may you stay in chardi kala.

    Satwindar Singh

  22. SikhsRus says:

    Happy Birthday GMS and many many more to you! Satnam!

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  24. Anonymous says:

    GMS JI!!!!

  25. Siri Dyal K says:

    Feliz Cumpleaños… have fun….and God Bless you!

  26. Siri Dyal K says:

    by the way… for your throat drink bofore sleep an onion tea with 1 tbsp honey… relax!!! don´t worry you´ll see… it works…

  27. Sham says:

    Dear GMS, Feliz Cumpleanos!! Hapy birthday from the Andes, guruji will bless your journey every day with love and service..
    And dont worry about the soar throath will all this love wishing from all over the world u will be fine in not time…
    just in case will have u in my meditation tomorrow sorounded by healing energy,,,sat namji

  28. renokaur says:

    SSA and Happy Birthday! Hope you have a good time in Singapore!(Me and my Veerji love Singapore.)

    Reno Seek And Lioness Kaur

  29. TeraRoop11 says:

    Waheguru Jee Kaa Khaalsa Waheguru Jee Kee Fatehh

    May Waheguru Sahib Jee Maharaj bless you that you come to accept His Hukam, His lovely will. His Kirpaa on you is entirely evident, and brings a smile to this murakh’s face. Such a beautiful soul.. Dhan Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee Maharaj, who continues to bless us with His sevadaars.

    Waheguru Waheguru Waheguru Jeeo

    Waheguru Jee Kaa Khaalsa Waheguru Jee Kee Fatehh!

  30. upinder kaur says:

    Many Many Happy returns of the Day!
    “Nimakh na bisare tum ko har har sadda bhajo jagdeesh”
    All the Best!

  31. kiren says:

    Dear Gurumustuk,

    i hope you had a happy birthday, one that will pave the way for many more wonderful years to come!

    may the long time sun shine upon you,
    all love surround you,
    and the pure light within you, guide your way on.

    love, kiren

  32. Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday GMS Ji!!!

    – Raj

  33. ss says:

    Happy birthday GMS.


  34. Thank you everyone for all the warm birthday wishes! My actual birthday was not so exciting since I wasn’t feeling well…but that just means I am going to have to celebrate in Malaysia and Singapore Lah!

  35. Amardip says:

    please waheguru make everyones wishes come true