by Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa
Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh.
So – as promised – a few photos from the Japji Sahib Course in Virginia that happened March 10th and 11th this year.
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What exactly is a japji sahib course?
here is my insight into what a japji sahib course is, on the basis of my experience of taking one:
a group of teachers meets over the course of a weekend with a group of interested people to instruct them in the meaning of japji and to give them the opportunity to have their own experience of reciting japji.
the course that i attended was taught by sikh men and women, although not all of the attendees were sikhs.
we got to see what japji looks like in gurmukhi, although the majority of us attending could not read it in that language! but we also were given an english transliteration to help us with pronunciation, and several translations to help us understand its meaning.
each teacher had a block of time in which to talk about a group of paurees, placing them in the context of the whole bani, talking about the meanings of specific words, and talking about how we might live out the concepts in our own lives today.
there was ALOT of musical participation, which was wonderful. almost every presenter took us through chanting the paurees that they were teaching about. and also many times the entire group chanted the entire bani with a jatha, and we had mini-lessons in raag and the significance of chanting in raag and using the traditional instruments to play.
that’s just a little snippet — hope it helps.
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