Siri Sevak Kaur has been studying Gurmukhi and Japji since the early 70s when she was part of the first group of Yogi Bhajan’s students to do that, and has pursued and shared this learning ever since. Teleclasses have opened up her ability to reach people across the country and around the world. At a time when most students are learning Japji by reciting along with recordings, her emphasis is teaching people to read and read well. She began thinking that everyone had to read Gurmukhi in order to recite Gurbani well but is now teaching people to read from transliteration, also. She is humbled by the heartfelt response students have to the words, rhythms and meaning of Guru Nanak’s teachings in Japji.
At Solstices Siri Sevak Kaur has a few regular classes, all in the vein of bringing people along in their interest in Sikh Dharma. She teaches an “All About Gurdwara“ class with the intention of making people who feel like outsiders in the Gurdwara into insiders. She also teaches a class called “Getting Started With Japji” to help people start reading Japji from transliteration.
Siri Sevak Kaur has studied classical Gurbani Kirtan with Bhai Baldeep Singh of Delhi, since 1998. She and Harbhajan Kaur, a fellow student, sing together regularly in the Gurdwara in Millis and teach kirtan together at Solstices. Siri Sevak Kaur has three beautiful hand-made instruments of the kinds which were played during the Gurus times—two stringed instruments,a tanpurni and a taus, and one percussion instrument called a jori.
Siri Sevak Kaur lives at Guru Ram Das Ashram in Millis, Massachusetts, outside of Boston. Guru Ram Das Ashram, situated on 18 beautiful wooded acres, has daily sadhana, weekly Gurdwara, residential living space, guest space available by the day, week or month, and many wonderful classes, workshops and trainings through Baba Siri Chand Yoga Center. Siri Sevak Kaur and Harbhajan Kaur teach ongoing classes in Gurmukhi and Gurbani.