May 10th – 14th, 2010 – Hosted by Hacienda de Guru Ram Das
Join Jugat Guru Singh Khalsa (of Chardikala Jatha & Principal of Miri Piri Academy) in Espanola, New Mexico, in the company of the Sadh Sangat, to perform the deep meditation of 11,000 repetition of this beautiful Shabad in praise of Guru Ram Das. This Shabad is found on page 1402 in the holy Siri Guru Granth Sahib ji.
ijnhu bwq insçl DR¨A jwnI qyeI jIv kwl qy bcw ] iqn@ qirE smudRü rudRü iKn iek mih jlhr ibMb jugiq jgu rcw ] kuMflnI surJI sqsMgiq prmwnµd gurU muiK mcw ] isrI gurU swihbu sB aUpir mn bc k®Mm syvIAY scw ]5]
Those who realize the Eternal, Unchanging Word of God, like Lord Dhroo, are immune to death. They cross over the terrifying world-ocean in an instant; the Lord created the world like a bubble on the water. The Kundalini rises in the Sat Sangat, the True Congregation; and infinite joy is radiant on the Guru’s face. The Supreme Guru is the Lord and Master over all; so serve the True Guru, in thought, word and deed. –Swayas in Praise of the Fourth Guru, Siri Guru Granth Sahib pg. 1402
Together we’ll sit for five days until 11,000 repetitions have been completed for a total of about 67 hours. Unlike any other course you have taken, during the days of the meditation the only teacher is the magnificent Shabad Guru itself. You go at your own pace, and keep track of your own time. But, you need to get 17 hours of chanting in per day to finish by Friday morning.
A recording of the shabad will be playing continuously, 24 hours a day once the meditation the starts. Jugat Guru Singh Khalsa will sit at the front of the room, holding the space and facilitating the meditation. You are welcome to pace yourself in order to get the 17 hours you need for that day. In the remaining 7 hours, you can bath, sleep, and eat.
This is a very deep and serious meditation for conscious people who have a strong spiritual discipline. My husband, Tyaga Singh, and I, along with about 15 other Gursikhs and yogis, completed this meditation last summer under the guidance of Gurudev Singh. I found it truly remarkable and one of the most impactful experiences I have had on the spiritual path. When you immerse yourself so completely in the Shabd Guru, your consciousness shifts and responds to the vibration. Speaking for myself, I have had two lasting effects from this powerful meditation.
First, I have gained a new awareness and perception of what is reality, and what is just the masked illusion of maya. The “chatter” in my mind has stilled, and I see the world around me in a clearer way. I think this has allowed me to react less to my environment, to be hurt less, to be “fooled” less, and therefore betrayed less. I value this perspective deeply, both in my personal and professional life.
Second, it has changed my relationship with my Guru completely. I have always been a Sikh of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib – without question. But I have to be honest; the Shabd has been for me a Guru of “convenience”. When I needed direction, inspiration, comfort, or guidance – the Guru was always there. But if I was busy or distracted, the Guru could be quietly ignored. But now that has all changed for me. The Shabad penetrates my cells and guides me in ways I could never have anticipated. I am enchanted and enthralled with the ways of the Shabad Guru, and bow in humility to the power and vastness of my Guru.
The Siri Singh Sahib has said about this shabad:
“Siri Guru Sahib Sabh Upar, the crown of Raj Yog was given to Guru Ram Das. With this shabad it has been said that in whose fortune it is not so written, even he can experience the chardee kalaa, the rising of the Kundalini. If you shall do the singing of it, it shall penetrate through all chakras, including the shashara, and resettle to immaculately purify that person no matter what their destiny is.”
For more details and to register on-line go to http://www.espanolaashram.com/pages/visitors/kundalini_surjhee.php Because this is an intensive meditation gathering it is recommended that you attend this meditation only if you have experience with meditation or yogic practice. Please only consider yourself registered for this event only upon return acceptance of your application.
On-site registration and assignment of housing will happen on Sunday, May 9th after Langar. There will be an orientation Sunday at 6:00pm in the Langar hall where Jugat Guru Singh Khalsa will talk about the week and give you an idea on what to expect. The meditation will start on Monday, May 10th at 4:00AM with Japji Sahib, and continue until Friday morning at 7:00AM when we will end with Japji Sahib.
Ashram housing is available for about fifty participants. These are simple, clean, double-occupancy rooms within walking distance from the meditation hall. Light and simple vegetarian food and tea will be served throughout the course.
The cost of this meditation is $399 which includes meals and shared accommodations. If you don’t need accommodations you will receive a $100 credit.
The event manager is Jaap Kaur, and she can be reached at [email protected].
I’m looking forward to this experience, and I hope to see some of you there. Sat Nam, and sorry for the long email!
- Shanti Kaur Khalsa