February 20, 2007


Posted in Movies at 1:47 pm by matapn

A new release from India on Hindu-Muslim riots in Gujurat India – 2002.


February 16, 2007

A personal website on Sikhism

Posted in Sikhism at 5:04 pm by matapn

Check out Harjot Singh’s personal website. You can download posters and other material.

February 15, 2007

The Widow Colony – a documentary

Posted in events at 3:13 pm by matapn

Check out the flyer for screening of “The Widow Colony ” in detroit area.

February 14, 2007

Afghan CD’s Online

Posted in Music at 9:39 pm by matapn

Visit Afghan Music Online if you like to purchase Afghan CD’s and DVD’s.

February 12, 2007

Farhad Darya and Peter Maffay

Posted in Music at 10:10 pm by matapn

Watch Farhad Darya’s latest song with Peter Maffay of Germany on. He will be touring with Peter for “An Alliance for Children” in Germany in months of April and May of 2007.

Also watch the following song by the whole group:

February 8, 2007

Ardh Satya

Posted in Movies at 9:38 pm by matapn

A film about anger, corruption, abusive husband and police torture. Superb acting by Om Puri who is the main character of the movie. Smita has a small role. Nasirudin Shah has a guest appearance.

3 Deewarein

Posted in Movies at 9:37 pm by matapn

3 Deewarein
One of the best movies of 2003 from Bollywood. The movie is about three prisoners and a filmmaker who is creating a documentary about them.
Like ants walking on Mona Lisa, we don’t see the whole picture of our lives and how it connects to others we meet and how each event in our lives has a purpose and is a piece of a puzzle for our destination. Due to our ego we try to control it but only those win who believe in truth, stay with truth and have faith in truth. Great acting by all actors.

Comedy for a cause

Posted in events at 9:34 am by matapn

Comedy for a cause

Farhad Darya in Montreal 2002

Posted in Performances at 3:19 am by matapn

Farhad Darya

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On 29th of June 2002, Farhad Darya gave a concert to Afghan community in Montreal, Canada. The concert was held in Pladium just outside of Montreal city. Due to a planned vacation, we missed his concert in Toronto in May 2002. So we planned our next vacation around Montreal and Ottawa in end of June so we can also attend his concert.

Previously, we had gone to his concert in Toronto in summer of 1998. It was a memorable event. A great crowd showed up in a nice auditorium. He started out the concert by “khursheed-e-man kujai tu, sard is khana-e-man”. He sang many of his songs from the CD “Shakar” and many of his older songs such as “Farishta Jaan”, “Khalwat-e koo” and many others. Qureshi was accompanying him on Robab.

I first attended his first concert with “goroh-e-baran” in summer of 1985 in Lycee Istiqlal, Kabul, Afghanistan. I could not get any tickets since the auditorium was full; but I manage to get in with some connections I had with school administrators.

Back to Montreal. Farhad sung many of his songs from “Foreign Land” and “Gulum Gulum” CD. His best items were “ya maula dalam tang amada”, “Bacha na sho ai del” and his two ghazal towards the end after he declared that dance items were enough until 2004.

First few negative points about the concert: The venue was not very impressive, sound system was not quite clear and there were few technical problems. Concert started more than an hour late and there was more than an hour break. Alcohol was being served at the bar outside the concert hall. Police checked each car for drunk drivers at the end of the concert. The blame goes to the organizers and not our beloved artist. Farhad also didn’t have his own musicians with him for his concert.

His new experiment in this concert of variety of percussion instruments, he had a percussionist who played these different instruments. I suppose the same artist plays these instrument in his latest CD “Gul Aroos”. We are still waiting of this new CD.

I hope he decides to give a all ghazal concert in Toronto in future. He has a good talent in classical and semi-classical music. Per Farhad this is music of the soul.

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Last updated on 11/23/2002

February 7, 2007

Hindu Scriptures

Posted in Articles at 10:33 pm by matapn


Type of Scriptures
Ancient scriptures are classified into two categories: Shruti and Smriti. The divine knowledge or enternal truths directly revealed by God himself is called Shruti (that which is heard). The other body of religious literature, called Smriti (that which is remembered) is created by man and passed on generation to generation as traditions. Smritis include commentaries and explantions of previously revealed divine knowledge, grammar, law, astrology, epcis and great deal more.[2]

Literally, the word Veda means knowledge. There are four Vedas, namely, Rg, Yajus, Sama and Atharvana. Each Veda is divided into three sections and these are called Mantra, Brahmana, and Upanishad (Aranyaka). In the Mantra portion one finds the ecstatic admiration of nature’s beauty expressed in lyrical poetry by contemplative seers. The Brahmana portion deals with rituals and sacrifices; they are meant for mental integration and self-purification. The last portion contains the philosophical wisdom known as Vedanta.[1]

There are 108 Upnishads distributed throughout the four Vedas. Literally, the Sanskrit word “Upanishad” means “to sit near”; it means a session, sitting at the feet of a master who gives knowledge to his pupils through dialogue, discussion and debate. Upanishads ae monotheistic, and talks about God, matter and soul.[2]

Smrities: Other Sacred Literature
Smrities are considered man-made literature unlike Vedas which are considered divine knowledge. The major Smrities include Sutras, Manu Smriti, Gautama Smriti, Parasana Smriti and Bhagavad Gita.[2]

Purana in Sanskrit means ancient. The Puranas, a collection of Sanskrit literature in poetic style, are aimed at explaining the Vedic knowledge to common man. Puranas also depict the glory of various aspects of God or divine incarnations but also contain historical accounts. There are eighteen major Puranas and eighteen minor Puranas. Some of the major Puranas are Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Bhagavata, and Kurma[2]

Literally, the term Sutra means thread but it’s believed that its secondary meaning is “that which is connected” because Sutras present Vedas in the form of “manual of instructions”. Sutras usually require commentaries in order to comprehend them because Sutras are written in short form i.e. only a word or a sentence is used to express a comprehensive meaning.[2]

The Ramayana
Ramayan, the story of Rama was written by Sage Valmiki in Sanskrit. Numerous versions of Ramayana have been written in almost every language of India.

The epic of Mahabharata, composed by Sage Vyasa, contains over 90,000 stanzas. It’s a story of conflict between two clans.

The Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagawad Gita is a book of 700 verses in Sanskrit langugage. Gita depicts the dialogue between Krishna and the mightly warrior Arjuna. During the dialoge, Krishna summarizes the teachings of Vedas and Upnishadas.

[1] Kindle Life by Swami Chinmayananda 1990
[2] The Hindus of Canada by Ajit Adhopia 1993

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