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Deepening Your Personal Relationship with the Guru
SDI is excited to welcome you to take a dynamic new online course that we have created in cooperation with our sister organization, SikhNet. The course is titled, “Deepening Your Relationship with the Guru”.
It is a six-week online course that includes stimulating short videos, interesting articles, a discussion forum and weekly live video discussions with the course instructors.
This course is not simply intellectual in its approach. We have included experiential activities and the potential for you to carry this course out into your every-day life. This course is an opportunity for you to have a powerful experience and make real change. And it’s FREE!
I encourage you to watch this short video and then register for this free course. The course runs for six weeks beginning on April 14th. Don’t miss it!
“The Guru is many things and can be experienced in many forms; or even without form. Guru is often translated to mean that which takes you from the darkness to the light. “Guru” is also referred to as a teacher, such as with a teacher of classical Indian music. But even when referring to such a teacher, it is understood that the Guru’s role is to train the student in all facets of being. In the full definition, Guru is an infinite resource of teaching, healing and guidance.
The spiritual path can be difficult to navigate alone. The role of the Guru here is to be the “boat” that crosses the treacherous waters, that connects our limited self to our infinite self; to be the “doorway” that opens our understanding to the expanded vision of the path forward; to be the “beacon of light” leading our ship to safe harbor. By the Grace of the Guru, the door opens – our ears open, we hear the call and we respond to it.
When Guru Nanak was asked who his Guru was, he said it was the Word, the Shabad Guru. A simple translation of “Shabad Guru” is, that Word which takes us from the darkness to the light. The words and sounds of the Shabad Guru are consciousness-changing elements that unlock the bounds that your ego holds over your higher self, that keep you locked in your Earth – thereby freeing your true self to soar in your heavens. When you vibrate the Shabad Guru you overwhelm the inner dialog of your mind to create Shunia – deep inner stillness. Shabad Guru uses the power of “Naad” (an entrancing rhythmic pattern of universal sounds) and the movement of your tongue over the pressure-points in your upper palate which causes actual change in your blood chemistry. The Siri Singh Sahib said, “As you vibrate, the Universe vibrates with you.” It is the actual reciting of Gurbani (the words of the Guru) which brings the formless into form; which gives the Shabad Guru a form.
Director of Dharmic Education