Guru's Bani / Guru's Script

Gurmukhi

Gurmukhi which means “from the mouth of the saints” is the script and language of the sacred writings of the Sikhs.  Learning to read Gurmukhi is a wonderful way to engage with the wisdom of Japji Sahib and with the mantras we use in Kundalini Yoga.  Reading Gurmukhi gives you the most direct route to the sound current which the Gurus spoke bypassing the various pitfalls of transliteration (the phonetic depiction of the sounds in Roman letters).

The teleclass format allows us to get together easily from different geographical areas to accomplish the desired end goal of learning to read Gurmukhi.

The Gurmukhi Script

The materials for the class, both written files and audio files, are downloaded from the internet; so we are all looking at the same materials as we study.   The classes are recorded which gives the student more flexibility.  Some people prefer to work with the recorded classes because they can study when it is convenient for them.  In addition to the teaching sessions there are  two reading practice sessions you can attend.

This teleclass format has been successful in teaching people to read Gurmukhi.  It does require the student’s commitment of 15 to 30 minutes a day of study during the course of the class.  This study can be done in many different ways—in sadhana as you visualize the written mantras, in your car as you listen to audio files, in your kitchen with flashcards and mantras on your refrigerator, or at your desk or computer in a more traditional manner.

Once you have learned to read Gurmukhi you will be ready to study Japji and there is a teleclass for that, also.

Gurmukhi Courses

Course 1: BEGINNING GURMUKHI

A beginning course in reading the Gurmukhi script. You will be reading simple words after the first week. By the end of the class you will be ready to start reading Japji, although very slowly.  Classes are recorded. There are two different teaching sections for you to choose from as well as two different reading practice sections.

Teaching Sections

Tuesdays
Sept. 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Nov. 7 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. EDT  (Note:  Nov. 7 is EST)

Wednesdays
Sept.27; Oct. 4, 11,18, 25; Nov. 1, 8 from 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. EDT (Note:  Nov. 8 is EST)

Reading Practice Sections

Wednesdays
Sept. 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1, 8 from 7:00 – 7:45 p.m. EDT (Note:  Nov. 8 is EST)

Fridays
Sept, 29, Oct.6, 13,, 20, 27; Nov. 3  from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. EDT

FEE:  $165 by Sept 22;  $175 thereafter ; $75 for repeating students


Course 2: CONTINUING JAPJI FOR GURMUKHI READERS

We continue our study of Japji Sahib in the fall of 2017 with classes on Pauris 26-31 where we learn about pricelessness, about what happens in God’s Court, and about Guru Nanak’s communication with the yogis.  Classes include Muharni (alphabet practice), reading practice (both group and individual), and exploring the meaning of the pauri together.  We cover one or two pauris each class.  Homework for the class is reciting the pauri or pauris we have studied eleven times a day until we meet again the next week.

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Pauris 26-31 of Japji Sahib for Gurmukhi Readers (two sections are available)

Tuesdays, Nov. 14, 21, 28; Dec. 5 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. EST

Wednesdays, Nov. 15, 22, 29; Dec. 6 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST

FEE:  $95 by Nov. 10;  $105 thereafter

 


To take Gurmukhi Classes, please register online

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Gurmukhi class will start in late September and Japji class will begin in mid-November 2017. Check back here soon for more details.