Pilgrim’s Progress

Every year during Holy Week before Easter, thousands of pilgrims walk 1 to 100+ miles to the Santuario. They walk on the interstate. They walk across hills and mountains. They walk for their health, the health of a beloved, for gratitude, for knotty problems only solved by prayer. Some walk on their knees. Some
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Crown Yourself!

by Dharmatma Kaur Khalsa Sat nam. Today is Baisakhi 2013, and my heartfelt wishes that you feel renewed and strengthened with the Radiance of Guru Gobind Singh and the blessings of the Panj Piaray, the Five Beloved Ones. So I just found out that April 13 was International Turban Day. Is that cool
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Khalsa Now

What are we? What are Sikhs and what are Khalsa? We know the story on that day in 1699. We know the accounts of battles and valiant warriors and saintly heroines. These are the people and the potential that we draw inspiration from. Our role models are martyrs, saints, poets, musicians, and householders. But what
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Amrit Sanchar

From the prospective of one who without hesitation knew they would go through Amrit Sanchar, I think it may be too obvious of what I would do. With the Guru present in front of me, in flesh bidding me I would not hesitate to do as my Guru ordered. If Gobind Rai was
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Truth is Divine

Guru Nanak gave us a very easy way to understand that every being is part of the Divine creation. The Creator is within you and everyone. Chanting Sat Naam, with every breath we draw can help us realize that ‘ONE’ within, that ‘True-Name’ of the infinite spirit, ‘Sat-Naam’.
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Rehit Maryada

Becoming a Sikh was a slow process for me, and I feel every aspect has touched my soul at different times. I was a new Kundalini yoga student at Guru Ram Das Ashram in Toronto when I blithely signed up for an Akand Paath, and that night was more transformational than any yoga practice
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Go To Solstice

      Go to Summer Solstice Sadhana. Seriously. Just do it. Go! That trip to the beach can wait.   Too expensive? Find a service scholarship. Bumps it down to 200 bucks for almost ten days of yoga and meditation in the savagely beautiful Jemez Mountains.   Okay, so you
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Holy Holla!

The dusty roads between Garhshankar and Jalandar teemed with life. Surrounded by serene wheat fields lined with wispy trees, thousands of people motored up and down the cramped highway.  They dodged affable but incessant sevaks demanding them to receive Guru’s langar. Their heads adorned with orange turbans in celebration of Holla Mohalla (Holla), the Sikh
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Spiral of Naad

If you have never been to Darbar Sahib or India, there is a spiral circulation of people that is constant at Darbar Sahib, the Takhts (Sikh Thrones) and other large gurdwara complexes such as Goindwal or Tarn Taran. These Gurdwaras have perkarmas and sarovars—walkways encircling the water tanks. Some have only one entrance, but all
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Learning How to Love

India sneaks up on you and, when you least expect it, you’re so stressed that you could explode. It must be the endless cacophony or the pollution. Or perhaps it is the endless heavy Punjabi food; or perhaps that’s just life. Yes, that’s just life. Sorry India, I apologize.