If you’ve read Macleod and Macaullife, you should check out this book by Khushwant Singh. Now I have to admit, I haven’t read it myself yet, but it looks pretty interesting so I thought I should share it with the world! If you’ve read it, or if you do download and read it, please leave a comment and let me know what you think!
So my buddy Mr. Sikhnet contacted me and pointed me to this intriguing app called Gurbani Anywhere. This App promises to “enable fast and efficient methods to search & display Gurbani, on a truly mobile platform.”
So I registered on the website and waited (not-so)patiently for a several hours to get my membership approved. (Update: they have listened to user requests and enabled email activation rather than manual administrator activation for the website – definetly much easier to get to the download and forums now!)Finally got the download link so let’s have a look!
The app is distributed as a .zip file download from the site containing a terse README and a standard CAB file. Any owner of a windows mobile phone will know what this is and immediately what to do with it. Note: The application and cab file come in at a hefty 66MB so you will definitely want to transfer and install this to a storage card rather than to your phones (or PDA’s) main memory.
So I transferred the cab file over to my phone and installed it to the card. Let’s take a first-look visual tour!
Overall I found this to be a very nifty app, and I’m sure once the developers do some more updates, this will quickly become the defacto standard in Sikh mobile applications. Personally I’ve allready replaced Sikhi To The Max – Mobile on my phone with this, as it’s much better, more stable, has active developers, has more features, and is generally a better product. The various cool features, and addition of SDGS and Bhai Gurdas Vara make it especially compelling. I would strongly encourage everyone with a windows mobile device to run over to the website, register, download, and give some positive feedback to the developers as soon as you can!
Unlike my usual self, I will not mirror the installer here as the developers have asked that everyone please register on their site/forums
*whoosh* <– What’s that sound you ask? Well that’s the sound of another cool book and worthwhile read flying your way. Compilation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib by Professor Sahib Singh (translation by Sardar Dalip Singh) is a really interesting and quick read about how the Sri Guru Granth as we know it today came to be.
Why the venerated Professor wrote this:
One day we, the members of faculty, were sitting in a verandah opposite to the’ staff room, a Professor told me that he had read first three chapters of my book on Gurbani te Itihas Baare – Gurus’ Compositions and the related History”, and’ the maximum one could say was that Guru Amar Das had with him some of the Compositions of Guru Nanak Dev. It could not, however, be established that Guru Amar Das had with him all the compositions.
Any other person after reading those three chapters could form the same opinion. People could still have the misconcept that it was. Guru Arjan Dev, the 5th Guru, who collected the Compositions of all the preceding Gurus. In order to solve this intricate problem, I undertook to compare all, the Compositions of Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Amar Das and wrote the book “Adi Birh Bare – About Compilation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib” during 1949 A.D.
This really is a very interesting read, and I highly suggest all of you guys check it out
A great alternative to Sikhi To The Max today I bring you Search Gurbani Desktop Version. A Java application for searching, displaying, and exploring the Guru Granth Sahib. From the website:
Search Gurbani Desktop Version (SGDV) brings to you a unique and comprehensive approach to explore and experience the word of God. We have the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji , Amrit Keertan Gutka and Bhai Gurdaas Vaaran and Sri Dasam Granth Sahib in entireity. You can explore these scriptures page by page or search for a keyword in either one or all of the scriptures.
The application is also designed for use in a Gurdwara like setting to help the sangat follow along with the Raagi. It displays the Gurmukhi line along with Romanization and English translation text.
A good option for non-windows users or people on other java-enabled platforms. It works sufficiently well and definetly meets it’s goal of providing something to put up for the sangat to follow along. I will add the download files to the downloads section soon, but all the relevant and up-to-date files are available on the SGDV website