...than devotional SERVICE
...than coming together in LOVE
WHAT: Film screening and discussion of "Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath" from filmmaker Valarie Kaur. On the 15th anniversary of 9/11 combat hate with love! In a time of escalating hate and division in America, the film DIVIDED WE FALL, tells a story of how to combat hate with love and relentless optimism.
WHY: Sikhs & Muslims in America have faced horrific discrimination (including murder) after the attacks on 9/11/01
WHEN: Friday, September 23 @ 6:30pm - 9:30pm
WHERE: SE UPLIFT - 3534 SE Main St, Portland, OR 97214
WHO: all are invited! This is a free event. The building is ADA accessible.
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...than creating MIRACLES
Every Fall we have the blessing of celebrating Guru Ram Das' birthday. Known as the Lord of Miracles, Guru Ram Das was the 4th Sikh Guru and embodied humility, service, and deep devotion. Guru Ram Das held a special place in Yogi Bhajan's heart. Our community looks to Guru Ram Das for guidance, healing, and protection. Yogi Bhajan gave us a special sadhana to do in celebration of Guru Ram Das's birthday.
September 28 - October 8: For 11 days prior to his birthday we chant the shabad Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru for 31 minutes. This is the Shabad of Miracles. We do this together at each others homes at 7pm. See the CALENDAR to find out where to go each night! If you can't make it, chant on your own when you can!
Sunday, October 9: This is the day we celebrate Guru Ram Das Ji's birth, when we have a special sadhana of chanting Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru for 2 ½ hours in the Amrit Vela. We need people to hold space and lead the chanting (see below)!
Yogi Bhajan has described this occasion as a powerful time for the fulfillment of prayers and a time of great blessing. One idea is to write your prayers down and have a place a special box or container that everyone can add to as the 11 days progress. Then, after the birthday sadhana, have a ceremony and burn the prayers, sending them out to the Infinite. Allow the divine healing energy of Guru Ram Das to take care of you.
THREE SEVA OPPORTUNITIES:
1) Host on of the eleven evenings of chanting. This is a huge blessing! The beautiful energy created in your home or studio is so sweet. At the time of this post we are still in need of hosts on
Mon, Oct 3
Wed, Oct 5
Thu, Oct 6
Fri, Oct 7
Sat, Oct 8
Double check by going to the calendar and hovering or clicking on the event "Eleven Evenings: Celebrate Guru Ram Das' birthday" for any date you are interested in - either you will see a host's name and address or you will see "Needs a host".
Do you need to know the mantra to host?
NO! It would be great if you did of course, but there are tons of fantastic recordings out there. Just check Spirit Voyage or Sikhnet :) Here are the words and translation.
What if my place is super small?
No worries! We'll be cozy :) and as much as we'd love it if more people showed up, usually it's only a small handful.
What's the time commitment?
Be ready to go at 7pm and expect people to leave around 8pm. Usually we tune in and get started around 7:10 :)
How do I sign up? So glad you asked!
email Guru Surya with the following:
~your name as you would like it listed
~best phone number if someone is coming and gets lost/is running late
~anything else someone should know (any tricks to finding the right door, where to park, if you have pets...)!!
You will be responsible for welcoming people, tuning in and providing the mantra to chant along with (usually a recording but live is awesome too!)
3) Show up! Yes, your presence is powerful so please come to as many chanting events as you can - this will amplify the effect for you and for all those there.
See you soon!