Every fall, we have the blessing of celebrating Guru Ram Das Ji’s birthday. Guru Ram Das was the fourth Sikh Guru, and was known for his humility, service and deep devotion. He founded the city of Amritsar and designed the Golden Temple. There are 688 shabads of Guru Ram Das included in the Siri Guru Granth Sahib and he wrote the Lavan (the Sikh marriage vows), as well as parts of Rehiras and Kirtan Sohila.
Guru Ram Das held a special place in the heart of the Siri Singh Sahib, and our local community looks to Guru Ram Das for guidance, for healing, and for protection. Many of our ashrams & Gurdwaras were named in his honor. The Siri Singh Sahib started a beautiful special sadhana to do in celebration of Guru Ram Das’s birthday. For 11 days prior to his Guru Ram Das Ji’s birthday we chant the shabad ‘Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru‘ for 31 minutes. This is the Shabad of Miracles. In many communities, Gurdwaras, ashram members, students and friends gather together to chant this shabad with devotion and faith, during the 11 days leading up to his birthday. Then, on October 9th, the day of Guru Ram Das Ji’s birth, we have a special sadhana of chanting the shabad ‘Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru‘ for 2 ½ hours in the Amrit Vela.What a special time.
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Celebrations will be almost all day Sunday October 9th. Below is the schedule and details….
Sunday, October 09, 2011
2.5 hours of Dhan Dhan Ram Guru Chanting (3:30 AM – 7:15AM)
3:30am – Japji Sahib
4:00-4:30am Sangeet Kaur
4:30- 5:00am Kirpal Singh
5:00- 5:30am Hari Bhajan Kaur and Siri Chand Singh
5:30- 6:00am Sada Sat Simran Singh (Chardikala Jatha)
6:00- 6:30am (plus end program) Pritpal Singh
6:30am-7:00am Short Gurdwara
7:15am Breakfast prepared by Siri Guru Nam Kaur (Haven’t yet figured out how to virtually serve langar though :)
Sunday, October 09, 2011 – Gurdwara ( 10AM – 1:00 PM )
10:00- 10:30 Ravi Kaur
10:30- 11:00 Sada Sat Simran Singh (Chardikala Jatha)
11:00- 11:30 Sada Sat Simran Singh (Chardikala Jatha)
11:30- 11:50 Siri Singh Sahib Ji Lecture
11:50- 12:00 Guru Ram Das Story – Guruka Singh
Children’s Program, SOK Dharm Singh / Sada Sat Simran Singh
Date and times listed in Mountain Standard Time (GMT -7:00) – New Mexico – USA. You can google "what time is it in New Mexico" to see the current time here.
I love this time of year during the fall when it is so beautiful. Then on top of it having these beautiful cozy evenings of Kirtan. It’s great being in the Gurdwara, but there is something unique and special about many members of the community opening their homes for all to come and sing and chant together in praise of Guru Ram Das. Every evening we go to someone else’s home, sing, meditate and then be served food by the hosts.
Even if you do not have a Gurdwara or community you can play kirtan in your home or take the time to meditate on Gurbani. You can listen to the Shabad in praise of Guru Ram Das below along with many other musicians. You can also hear many more audios and hukams by Guru Ram Das in the Gurbani Media Center.
For the next week or so you can tune into Channel 1 of SikhNet Radio to listen to a selection of Kirtan by Guru Ram Das (or in praise of him).