Todee, Fifth Mehl: In the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy, I contemplate the Name of the Lord, Har, Har.I am in peaceful poise and bliss, day and night; the seed of my destiny has sprouted. ||Pause||I have met the True Guru, by great good fortune; He has no end or limitation.Taking His humble servant by the hand, He pulls him out of the poisonous worldocean. ||1||Birth and death are ended for me, by the Word of the Guru's Teachings; I shall no longer pass through the door of pain and suffering.Nanak holds tight to the Sanctuary of his Lord and Master; again and again, he bows in humility and reverence to Him. ||2||9||28||
----------------------------------------------------------- Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Ji.
An estimated 550 volunteers helped prepare a Christmas lunch menu featuring 2000 chicken drumsticks, 300kg of ham and 540kg of vegetables - to go with bucket-loads of jelly and ice cream bars for dessert.
Christmas Day five years ago and I was a new mum. It's been my worst Christmas to date because of how much I struggled.
At the time, Chloe was only 2 weeks old. Sleep was a thing I knew I was never ever going to get again, and my boobs felt like they were going to fall off.
This photo shows Chloe, and myself on that day. I took the selfie to try and make myself feel better about how I look: in reality I was tired, sore and had just been crying ...
Every time Chloe woke for a feed, I would dread it. I would tense up and wish she would be back asleep because of how much I knew it was going to hurt.
When I did feed her, I'd have to escape to a spare bedroom because I hated people seeing me struggle. Phil would have to come with me too, to help put Chloe on my boob because I just didn't know what I was doing.
Then once she was fed, it was time to put her back to sleep: which again it felt like she never did. I remember sitting down to chat to my Mum, and hearing Chloe start crying (yet again) and wishing this would just be over.
I couldn't see the wood for the trees - It was definitely my least favourite Christmas of the lot.
If you're a new mum, then I hope you are doing ok. Not all of us struggle (jealousy level 10 on that one) but I know a lot do.
Woah it's hot out there today with 32 degrees forecast for Wednesday and Thursday too! There's nothing else for it except to get yourself to Splash Planet to cool down (and have major fun with endless swimming and slide action of course!) #getmetohawkesbay #melting
Sorat'h, First Mehl: You, God, are the Giver of gifts, the Lord of perfect understanding; I am a mere beggar at Your Door.What should I beg for? Nothing remains permanent; O Lord, please, bless me with Your Beloved Name. ||1||In each and every heart, the Lord, the Lord of the forest, is permeating and pervading.In the water, on the land, and in the sky, He is pervading but hidden; through the Word of the Guru's Shabad, He is revealed. ||Pause||In this world, in the nether regions of the underworld, and in the Akaashic Ethers, the Guru, the True Guru, has shown me the Lord; He has showered me with His Mercy.He is the unborn Lord God; He is, and shall ever be. Deep within your heart, behold Him, the Destroyer of ego. ||2||This wretched world is caught in birth and death; in the love of duality, it has forgotten devotional worship of the Lord.Meeting the True Guru, the Guru's Teachings are obtained; the faithless cynic loses the game of life. ||3||Breaking my bonds, the True Guru has set me free, and I shall not be cast into the womb of reincarnation again.O Nanak, the jewel of spiritual wisdom shines forth, and the Lord, the Formless Lord, dwells within my mind. ||4||8||
----------------------------------------------------------- Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh ji.