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Japji Sahib Course in Singapore Honors Legacy of Guru Nanak
During the weekend of Nov. 3-5th, the Sikh Centre in Singapore offered a special weekend workshop on Guru Nanak’s Japji Sahib, the Song of the Soul. The course was conducted by SS Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa, an ordained minister with Sikh Dharma International. The Sikh Centre sponsored the course as part of its celebration of Guru Nanak’s birthday. The two and a half day event drew a crowd of 60 people – young, old, men, women, families – including some members of the surrounding community who were not Sikhs but were curious to learn more about Guru Nanak’s message.
The course was based on a special translation of Japji Sahib directed by the Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji during the last years of his life and written by SS Ek Ong Kaar Kaur. Dr. Balkar Singh, the former head of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib Department at Punjabi University, Patiala, also helped guide the translation process.
During the workshop, many of the students expressed their appreciation for what they dubbed the “New Age approach” to Guru Nanak’s message. The course presented a different perspective than traditional interpretations, but the students said they found this new approach powerful and relevant for today’s world.
The weekend workshop included lectures, group discussion, naam simran and Kundalini Yoga meditation. In addition, one of the last lectures given by the Siri Singh Sahib on Japji Sahib was shown during the course. As a result of the weekend workshop, many of the students have committed to come together regularly and continue their own personal study of this beautiful prayer which lies at the foundation of the Sikh faith.
The Sikh Centre in Singapore was established in the year 2000 as a way to serve the needs of the Sikh community, especially the Sikh youth, in Singapore and in Southeast Asia. The Sikh Centre specializes in programs that promote the cultural and spiritual identity of the Sikhs. Its goal is to become a center of learning and spiritual growth for the Sikh community in the region.
Sikh Dharma International is a ministry dedicated to spreading the message of the Sikh Gurus to the world. This ministry was inspired by and continues the work begun by the late Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji. The translation of Japji Sahib directed by the Siri Singh Sahib and written by SS Ek Ong Kaar Kaur can be found at www.amazon.com.
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