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 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.