Autumn brings the blessing of celebrating the birthday of Guru Ram Das Ji, the fourth Sikh Guru, who is lovingly known as the Lord of Miracles. Sikh Dharma communities around the world look to Guru Ram Das for guidance, love, health and connection to the Divine.
Guru Ram Das is recognized historically for having written the Laavan, the four “rounds” in the Sikh wedding ceremony and the four Engagement Shabads. He founded the city of Amritsar, India and laid plans for the Harimandir Sahib, Golden Temple which is recognized around the world as the most sacred temple for Sikhs. Designed to have four entrances, one on each side, to welcome people from every caste, background, gender, religion or country, the Golden Temple is surrounded by a nectar tank that is legendary for it’s healing properties.
The Siri Singh Sahib Ji gave a special sadhana in honor of Guru Ram Das’ birthday, which has been celebrated for decades. Our global communities recognize this time as a potential for miracles, fulfillment of prayers and receiving many blessings, and so in addition to the special sadhana, it has also become tradition for the worldwide community to come together to chant for the 11 days leading up to October 9th.
Note: In India, calendar events often follow a lunar calendar, which means that birth dates can change from year to year. In the West, for planning purposes, October 9th has been standardized as a date that we celebrate the birthday of Guru Ram Das. In 2020, the official birthday of Guru Ram Das is November 2nd. So, we are celebrating with nearly a month of various events in honor of Guru Ram Das Ji. Here are the ways you can participate:
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September 28th – October 8th
For 31 minutes each day, communities around the world chant Dhan Dhan Ram Das Gur (the “Shabad of Miracles).
If the times don’t work for you to join with these communities and you would like to chant at a separate time that is convenient for you,
On this day, the global community celebrates the birthday of Guru Ram Das with a special sadhana of chanting Dhan Dhan Ram Das Gur for 2 ½ hours in the Amrit Vela.
7 Days of Shabad Guru
October 27 to November 2
Miracle Mantra Moment
September 30 and October 28
Another opportunity to connect to Guru Ram Das and Sangat at 3:00 pm EDT on Wednesday, September 30 and October 28. This is a continuing of an earlier program based around 11 minutes of chanting of the shabad, Dhan Dhan Ram Das Gur for healing and generating peace. After the chanting there will be discussion of related topics. You can tune in for this program via the Sikh Dharma International Facebook Page or the Sikh Dharma International YouTube Channel.
Virtual Sahej Path
October 30 to November 2
Hail, Hail Guru Ram Das and Heal the World!