The Course Outline for the Shabad Guru Immersion Course
November 16 – 27, 2017
Teachers include Siri Sikdar Sahiba, Sardarni GuruAmrit Kaur Khalsa, the Chief Spiritual Minister of Sikh Dharma International and Sardarni Sahiba GuruKirin Kaur Khalsa
This course will provide 70 hours of training with certification:
- Shabad Guru Course ~ Part 1 (20 hrs)
- Sikh Dharma & History (20 hours)
- Gurmukhi, Shabad & Kirtan training & practice (30 hours)
Here is an outline of some of the course content.
Build a Connection with Shabad Guru
Sikh Dharma is unique in that the word (Shabad) is the pathway to Infinity. However, we must take the step to make the journey through our spiritual practice. In this section, we will build our spirit to invite the Guru into our daily life. Life is not meant to be hard. It is only when we think we are doing it ourselves and then have to face challenges. Actually God is the Doer and we need to connect with our spirit to lead the way. Building a relationship with the Guru in every facet of life, and knowing how to treat our problems with the Shabad Guru is the first step to building this relationship of divinity. This section explores the ways of understanding and deepening our practice through:
- Self Initiation (When you take one step to the Guru, the Guru takes a million steps to you, but we have to take this one step!)
- Understanding the makeup of the Shabad Guru including its history, writers and structure
- Learn how to connect directly for guidance when needed through a Hukam
- Methods of connection and their beneficial effects:
- Jaap (recitation) to build the Tapas (spiritual heat) and strengthening the command center of the body
- Bhajan (singing from the heart) to open the heart and lift the spirit to Infinity
- Sunniai (soul listening) to deepen connection with our spirit, and build ether quality
Through this process we build a relationship with the Shabad Guru in a practical way that allows us to be excellent in our lives and meet our destiny. This includes how to live as Gurmukh (attunement to the Guru) vs. a Manmukh (listening to our ego to guide the way), and Gurmukhi pronunciation and practice.
This is a very practical course with real life studies, so each student will bring forth a situation from their own lives that needs to be addressed, or an issue they are studying. During the course of the class, these steps will be applied, giving a practical experience of the Shabad Guru in daily life by inviting the Guru in and applying the Shabad Guru to any situation.
Create the Inner Skills to Shine Through your Infinity
Learn Sikh History
The time of the Gurus began in 1469 when Guru Nanak was born and continued through the life of Guru Gobind Singh until his passing in 1708. Each of the 10 Sikh Gurus passed their light into the next Guru and so the Gurus lived in human form for nearly 240 years. After this time the Guruship was passed to the Siri Guru Granth Sahib ~ the Shabad Guru for all eternity. We are blessed to have many stories which share the values and the victory of spirit the Gurus demonstrated during their lifetimes which guide and inspire our lives today. Each of our outings to local Gurdwaras will give us a view into the beautiful history from this time.
Meditate at the Takhat
As part of the Shabad Guru Immersion Course, one of the highlights will be to listen to the beautiful Gurbani Kirtan (divine, spiritual music) which has been part of the Sikh tradition for hundreds of years. Listening to this uplifting sound current has the power to transform a person and exalt their consciousness.
Sikhs and people from all faiths come from around the world to listen to the divine Gurbani Kirtan in their homes and at gurdwaras in their communities around the world. As part of this course, we will learn more about this beautiful, uplifting, divine technology. Here is a basic definition of Gurbani:
Gurbani Kirtan or Shabad Kirtan or simply Kirtan refers to Sikh devotional music that originated in the Hindu tradition as loving songs sung to God. Kirtan is also one of the important aspects of Sikhism that refers to the singing of the Sacred Hymns from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib accompanied by music. The Sikhs place huge value on this type of singing and a Sikh strives to listen to and/or sing Gurbani as frequently as possible.
The Holy Sikh Scripture, Siri Guru Granth Sahib is the main spiritual authority for the Sikhs. The Sikhs hold unique high regards for their Granth (“scripture”), which is treated as a living Guru (“religious master”). When Kirtan is sung, the lyrics are normally lines from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib
The Shabads (“Hymns”) of the Sikh Scriptures are primarily arranged in Chapters, which are names of musical Ragas (“ musical theme”). So the main Sikh Holy Scripture is arranged in chapters that bear names of musical ragas. Each of these Ragas is unique and all the Shabads in that Chapter have to be sung in that particular Raga. The title of the Shabad also has a numeric notation, which many believe gives the singers a clear idea of the Tala or musical rhythm or beat that needs to be used for that hymn (Definition by SikhiWiki.com)