Spiritual Life at Hacienda de Guru Ram Das
Sadhana is held each morning in the amrit vela (early morning from 3:00 am to 6:00 am) at Siri Singhasan e Khalsa Gurdwara, “The Great Throne of the Khalsa.” We begin at 3:40 a.m. with Japji, followed by Kundalini Yoga from 4:00 to 4:45 a.m., meditation from 4:45 to 6:00a.m. Sadhana concludes with Gurdwara from 6:00 to 7:00 a.m. We encourage everyone to stay for morning Gurdwara. (Please be mindful when attending morning sadhana by keeping your head covered and not wearing strong perfumes or scents.)
"Getting up in the morning for sadhana is totally a selfish act -- for personal strength, for personal intuition, for personal sharpness, for personal discipline, and over and all, for personal absolute prosperity."
~ Yogi Bhajan
We are blessed to hold Gurdwara every Sunday at Siri Singhasan e Khalsa beginning at 10:00 a.m., followed by Guru ka Langar (Guru’s free kitchen) at 1:00 p.m. The services include Gurbani Kirtan, a children's program and a taped lecture of Yogi Bhajan. We frequently have guests from all parts of the globe coming to our Gurdwara to receive the blessings of the Guru and the sadh sangat.
We hold Gurdwara on the sixth of every month to honor the June 6, 1984 martyrdom of the Siri Akal Takht. This Gurdwara starts at 7:00 p.m. (unless otherwise posted) at Siri Singhasan e Khalsa and is followed by a “Wish and Dish” langar. This means each person prepares a dish filled with their prayers and wishes to share with the sangat and it is blessed during the Gurdwara services.
The Siri Akhand Path (aka Akhand Path) begins every Wednesday morning at 6:00 a.m. at Gurdwara Siri Singhasan e Khalsa (unless another location is announced) and concludes each Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m. with the Bhog ceremony. The Bhog is truly a cozy time to uplift the spirit and then relax with friends and family afterwards. Read more about the Akhand Path.
Ishnaan means "bathing" or "cleaning", and Ishnaan Seva is the special seva of cleaning the Gurdwara that happens every Sunday morning at 6:30 am. We begin with an Ardas and then do Sukhasan. After that, with Asa Di Vaar playing over the sound system, the entire Gurdwara is emptied and stored in the Guru’s closet and the foyer. Water is then poured over the entire floor of the Gurdwara, and all of the marble is washed by hand. To see the bare marble floor of the Gurdwara is such a purifying and pristine sight, especially after is has been just washed. Then everything is brought back in and the entire Gurdwara is restored piece by piece. Depending on how many Sevadars show up, the whole process takes from 1½ to 3 hours.
Yogi Bhajan had said that washing the marble, is the same as washing the skin of Guru Gobind Singh. He credits the four and half years of his seva at the Harimandir Sahib to his own spiritual transformation.
Gurupurabs are a Sikh tradition to commemorate the anniversary of an important event in the lives of one of the Sikh Gurus or in Sikh history. The ashram hosts annual celebrations for Guru Ram Das' Birthday, Baisakhi and Guru Gadee Day.