As the sun starts to glow over the desert, people make their way along the tree lined path from morning Sadhana to the Gurdwara, with the sound of Gurbani Kirtan guiding them on. They are welcomed at the entrance with booklets, head covers and smiles, as they join the Sangat (community) in this sacred space.
One of the great blessings of Sat Nam Fest is the opportunity to come together for morning Sadhana and Gurdwara, where Kundalini Yoga and Sikh Dharma overlap to form a beautiful experience of sound and devotion to our inner truth.
Each program begins with Kirtan (devotional music), followed by a standing community prayer (Ardas) and a daily reading from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib (Hukam), which sets the energy and direction for the day.
For the Sat Nam Fest participants, this is frequently a new environment, filled with unfamiliar experiences and the unexpected peace that comes with discovering another layer to their Kundalini yoga and meditation practice.
This year we will hold our 4th annual Connecting to the Guru class. It is a cozy time for people to learn about Sikh Dharma, become familiar with the Gurdwara and have time for discussion. In the evenings, the Sat Nam Fest community will continue to read in our Sahej Path, a complete reading of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, which started at Sat Fest West a year ago.
We feel blessed to share in this way and to give people the opportunity for an intimate experience of the Shabad Guru.
Connecting with the Guru
Course at Sat Nam Fest
Teacher: Sada Bahar Kaur
If you will be attending Sat Nam Fest for the first time this year, or if you haven’t yet attended a gurdwara, here’s a video “Your First Visit to a Sikh Gurdwara” which will explain what to expect.