Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Is 'kadar' (value, respect) becoming old fashioned?

In today’s world of disposable items and fast food we seem to be forgetting the value, the gift of what we have. The concept of 'kadar' appears to be suffocating in the cacophony of media advertising blasting it’s messages everywhere. It is not the 'in thing' to talk of having (let alone have) ‘kadar’ for anything. This erosion is seeping into the very places where we should be advocating such values - I just think of the many times I have been to the gurudwara or some smagam where there is food aplenty, but also much wastage. I cannot claim to be free from this lack of 'kadar'. It's not hard to imagine how people in poorer countries would look at our behaviour - horror springs to mind.

The other day I had to trim off the edges from bread, and instead of chucking them in the bin, they are great with any sabji microwaved (or grilled) with a generous drizzle of virgin olive oil:

This was a few weeks ago


Angad Singh said...


Thanks for your kin words on the video

please send me your email address and I will send the presentation to you.

No I am not related to Asvinder.

Guru Ang Sang
Angad Singh

Anonymous said...

You scared me singh

I must be dyslexic

You said "The other day I had to trim off the edges from bread"

and I thought you said "The other day I had to trim off the edges from BEARD"


sorry hehe..

msingh said...

didn't mean to mislead you anon - wouild be nice to know your name. Old people who've lost their teeth might sometimes make this request that you remove the hard edges (for them) of the bread.


Prabhu Singh said...

This a very good post. Because I live in very beautiful and sometimes delicate surroundings, I care a lot about the environment. I don't want to loose what we have since we've already lost so much. I try not to waste anything. My brother and I both compost all organic waste and try to recycle what we can of other waste. We don't generate that much waste either.
My brother will pick an apple from his tree in the morning, and put the core of the apple back in his lunch box to compost later and return what came from his property.
I think we all need to learn how to respect everything as a gift from God. First, we need to respect each other and our differences.

Gurpreet.Kaur said...

Mmm..looks tasty, could do with some brekkie right about now, coming back to the point, have seen the amount of food supermarkets throw out every day? It takes longer for it to go off, I heard of a guy who actually went and rummaged through bins and skips to find bits of food people threw away as soon as it passed it's expiry date.

Sikhi Seeker said...

...how thoughtful! And now, I'll try to keep it in my thoughts all the time, although i almost always do. You can imagine, my hero is Bhagat Puran Singh and his disciple cannot be wasting food! You know! But thanks for the reminder and the ideas :)

msingh said...

Absolutely agree Bhagat Puran Singh was a great soul, I feel I simply must post a picture of him in my next post!

I'm not quite sure about this blog thing - on the one hand I'm going on about respect and appreciation for what we have, but at the same time I'm also guilty of the same. I suppose if you described me as a fraud I might not defend myself too vigrously especially if the reference point was somebody like Prabhu Singh.

On a side note I find wholemeal bread makes a nice change from roti (some say it's easier to digest, not sure).


Anonymous said...

singh ji you have to go with the flow