Steps of Meditation
Level One: Jaap, Bhajan & Sunneai
3 Saturday Course in Espanola, NM
“The greatest meditation is coming to the Guru.
There is no meditation which can beat it. There’s no technology which can make up for it. There’s no grace which can be earned other than this."
Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan
3 Saturday Mornings
March 11th, 18th & 25th 2017
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
at the Gurdwara in Hacienda de Guru Ram Das in Espanola, NM
“The True Guru has implanted the Naam, the Name of the Lord, within me. Power, youth and wealth do not bring satisfaction.
I have found peace and tranquility and all my thirsty desires have been quenched, singing God's Glorious Praises.”
Siri Guru Granth Sahib page 1300
Create an opportunity to build your spirit and invite the Guru into your 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.
We'll explore the ways of understanding and deepening our practice through the Steps of Elevation (Gur, Guru, Satguru, Siri Guru, Waheguru) as well as with the first three steps of meditation:
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
Sunneai (soul listening) to deepen connection with our spirit, and build ether quality
We will also cover how to 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).
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.
There is homework including meditation and self-reflection during the week between each class.
Dates & Time: The course will be covered over three Saturday mornings from 9am - 1pm on March 11th, 18th and 25th at the Gurdwara in Espanola, NM. Please come early on the first Saturday morning to register and collect your manual.
Who can attend: This course is open to beginners and experienced Sikhs alike. There are concepts that are lovely to discover and re-discover that assist with many levels of experience. You are welcome to join regardless of your past experience.
Cost: Course fees are by donation to the Gurdwara. There is a mandatory $11 fee to purchase a manual, but the rest can be written as a check or cash to 'HGRD Gurdwara'.
Suggested donation is between $27 and $108 for all three days, but any amount is welcome.
Registration: Please register below and sign up to pay for the manual, then bring your donation for the Guru to class.
Attending only one or two days: The course covers a sequential series of steps which provides benefits for taking each the three day courses. However, if you can only attend one or two days you are welcome to do so for the experience of connecting with the Guru.
Part of a Series: This course is part of a 3 Level Series, with completion of one level required to start the second and third. Level 2 will be offered in June before Summer Solstice. Everyone who completes Level 1 as well as Ministers and long term Sikh Dharma members are welcome to attend Level 2.
Questions: Please contact GuruKirin Kaur at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. See you there!
To register for the course, follow the 'Book Now' button and pay for the manual.
Course fees are offered by donation (suggested amount of $108, above the manual purchase).
Bring your donation with you to class.
This will be given to the Gurdwara.
Course is Offered by Donation to the Gurdwara.
Please purchase a manual above,
then bring your donation to the class when you come,
Suggested amount $27 to $108 for 3 days
Payable to HGRD Gurdwara
SS GuruKirin Kaur Khalsa
Sardarni Sahiba GuruKirin Kaur Khalsa is a Sikh Dharma Minister and Kundalini Yoga Teacher. She was born into the Sikh Dharma community and practiced Sikh Dharma from a young age. She went to school in India from age 7 through 17, where her deep love of the Shabad Guru developed. She spent 19 years working for Sikh Dharma International under the Siri Singh Sahib (Yogi Bhajan). Her deep love of Sikh Dharma, the Guru's mission and Gurbani inspire her to teach others about the Shabad and building their connection to the Guru.
GuruKirin Kaur is the course organizer. Contact her at email@example.com or 1-505-620-4471
The course will be held at the Gurdwara in Espanola, NM. See map below. This is a sacred environment, so your head must be covered (covers are available at the Gurdwara if you don't have one). You will sit on the floor and shoes are removed before entering the space.
What to Bring
This is a meditation course. Please wear clothes that are comfortable to sit in, with a head cover and shawl or sweater in case you feel cold. You will need a cushion, skin or yoga mat to sit comfortably on the floor for long periods of time. You may wish to bring water to stay hydrated. A manual will be provided with space for you to write notes. Please bring a pen to write with.
Student Comments from the Online Course:
"The Shabad Guru course was a life changing experience, filled with deep devotion and love. The frequency that unites this group reverberates until now and the possibility to have the next two modules were deeply appreciated as we feel that we needed and wanted to go deeper on that path. It was enchanting to notice that even though the course was entirely virtual the frequency and love was clear, deep and the sacred space was always sustained. It was really fast for us to connect with the flow of the classes and be present on the meditations." - Mahan Atma Kaur, Brazil
"This course is very precious to me. [It] gave me a very subtle internal experience that broadened my perception of the power of the Shabad and how [I] experience it. There was a real change of consciousness. Now I can better understand why [the Shabad Guru] is considered the heart of the Sikh Dharma. Thank you dear GuruKirin for having kindly brought this knowledge to us and given us a sacred experience." - Nam Rattan Kaur, Brazil
"I have to tell you, that everything I say here as a feedback is not going to be enough to tell you how much this Course was important to me. The Course really helped me deepen, establish and stabilize a stronger connection and relation with the Guru. To learn the different methods to relate with the Shabd Guru was the discovery of a new world to me. Now I know much better which kind of Shabd or Mantra are going to be more useful to me and to my students. Knowing the different effects of playing a Shabad or Mantra in Jaap or in Bhajan, for instance, made a lot of difference to me in my personal life, but also as a Kundalini Yoga teacher. Preparing Shabad's or mantras for classes are more clear now. And GuruKirin, you are a beam of light that guides through out the whole process and makes [the] learning experience so easy. The online platform is so easy to relate to. And make's it accessible for everyone everywhere to learn! I only have to thank you and the Guru for this wonderful experience. I really look forward for the new levels." - Hari Bhagat Singh, Brazil
Three Part Series:
This course is part of a three part series on the 7 Steps of Meditation with the Shabad Guru. Part Two covers the steps of Meditation (Dhyan), Simran (Vibration) and Veechar (Contemplation). Part Three covers Gyan (Divine Knowledge). This course has been offered in a condensed version online by GuruKirin Kaur, so is now being expanded into this 3 day workshop including a deeper experience of the Shabad Guru with lectures by the Siri Singh Sahib and additional perspectives from other teachers.
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