Sharing the Experience of Shabad Guru and Kundalini Yoga to Strengthen the Spirit
SDI is honored to set up and host the Gurdwara annually at both the Sat Nam Fest West in April and Sat Nam Fest East in August.
We create a beautiful and sacred space where we come together each morning, for the Gurdwara portion of our daily sadhana (spiritual practice), to sing the praises of the Infinite, to connect to our divine Self and to listen to the daily hukam from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib (the sacred writings of the Sikh Gurus and other saints and sages).
Of the 100s who attend, for many this is their first experience in a Gurdwara, or “House of the Guru”. In the Sikh tradition, the word “Guru” refers to the great Eternal Wisdom that connects our soul to the Infinite. The Sikh form of worship is through the Shabad Guru, the Divine Sound Current, and so together we sing the praises of the Infinite and connect with that eternal vibration of wisdom and devotion through chanting the sacred words from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib.
The language of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib is Gurmukhi, which means “from the mouth of the Guru”. When we sing in the original language, we can experience that same exalted state of realization and devotion as when the words were originally uttered.
Many wonderful and accomplished musicians attend Sat Nam Fest and we are blessed to be able to hear their beautiful kirtan at our morning gurdwaras.
In addition to this beautiful Gurdwara experience, numerous community members who are also teachers and ministers share the inspiration of our beloved teachings through classes and music at this event; below is a sampling of some of them.
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Kirtan at Gurdwara (Sikh Services)
As part of morning Sadhana (spiritual practice), we join together in the “House of the Guru” to sing the praises of the Infinite and connect to our divine self. The Sikh form of worship is through the Shabad Guru, the Divine Sound Current, the eternal vibration of wisdom, which breaks through illusion and gets us to our core. Each morning we will sing Gurbani Kirtan and sacred songs, will be led in the recitation of a Prayer (Ardas), and hear a daily Passage (Hukam) from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, which will offer guidance for our day.
Different musicians will sing Gurbani Kirtan each day at this morning prayer service
Connecting with the Guru
One of the great blessings of Sat Nam Fest is coming together for morning Sadhana and Gurdwara, where Kundalini Yoga and Sikh Dharma overlap to form a beautiful experience of sound and devotion to inner truth. In this class we will familiarize ourselves with the Gurdwara (the Gate to the Guru), the Shabad Guru and the Path of Sikh Dharma. Bring your thoughts and questions for discussion. Taught by Sada Bahar Kaur
Developing a Daily Sadhana Practice
An inspiring workshop geared both to students new to the practice of morning Sadhana and veterans looking to strengthen their morning discipline. This class will feature a brief audio lecture from the Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan, the Master of Kundalini Yoga, on the reasons for and benefits of doing Sadhana. We’ll learn how to wake up and how to keep up from the teachings of Yogi Bhajan along with meditations and techniques to keep ourselves motivated and inspired.
Taught by Satwant Singh