Guru Ram Das's Birthday
Guru Ram Das, the Lord of Miracles and Spiritual Guide of Yogi Bhajan
Every Fall, we have the blessing of celebrating Guru Ram Das Ji's birthday. Known as the Lord of Miracles, Guru Ram Das 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. Many of our ashrams were named in his honor. 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.
October 9th: 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.
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.
It is also a tradition to have a Gurdwara service on Guru Ram Das's birthday and bring a “wish-and-a-dish” to share with the community. Prepare your favorite dish as you chant and pray, infusing it with the healing qualities of Guru Ram Das.
Yogi Bhajan Day of Remembrance
In addition, October 6 marks the Day of Remembrance of Yogi Bhajan's passing. This is a special time to reflect on his life and legacy, and give thanks for his teachings.