Every year we celebrate Yogi Bhajan’s birthday. This is a very cozy occasion when we chant together in gratitude for all the priceless teachings he shared with us. In the early days, we gathered at the park across from Guru Ram Das Ashram in Los Angeles. People would come from around the world to be with Yogiji on his birthday.
For eleven days prior to his birthday on August 26, we chant Guru Guru Wahe Guru Guru Ram Das Guru for 31 minutes. In many communities, the chanting is hosted at different people’s homes each night. It’s always a special time for yoga students and teachers, family, and friends to vibrate together, share food and stories, and celebrate the life and legacy of Yogi Bhajan.
August 15 – August 25: Eleven days of chanting Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru for 31 minutes. Call on Guru Ram Das using Yogi Bhajan’s personal mantra. Join the global spiritual community in connecting with the spirit of Yogi Bhajan, and offering thanks for all the blessings he so generously shared with us.
August 26: At exactly 3:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Savings Time our worldwide community will simultaneously chant Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru for 11 minutes. This is a powerful worldwide energetic connection to Guru Ram Das, the Lord of Miracles.
For morning sadhana on August 26 we chant the Morning Chant (long Ek Ong Kars) for 2.5 hours. Yes, it is a long time, and it helps if you are can chant with a group. If you are chanting by yourself, then imagine you are chanting with many other voices. If you haven’t experienced chanting the Morning Chant for 2.5 hours before, this is a perfect opportunity. In the ambrosial hours at the Hacienda de Guru Ram Das in Espanola, the sadhana room (in the Gurdwara) is packed full of yogis and yoginis wishing to partake of the nectar of this special blessing. Join in with your community and let us know how it went for you!
Krishna Kaur teaching the Morning Chant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGfeeFcw7NM&feature=related
For celebration ideas visit: http://www.yogibhajan.org/bday/2011-Celebrate.html