Guru's Bani / Guru's Script


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


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.  An optional weekly reading practice session has been added to the usual 7-week course.  There are two different teaching sections for you to choose from.

Teaching Sections

Feb 21, 28; Mar 7, 14, 21, 28; Apr 4 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST/EDT   (EDT begins Mar 11)

Feb 21, 28; Mar 7, 14, 21, 28; Apr 4 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. EST/EDT   (EDT begins Mar 11)

Reading Practice 

Feb 27; Mar 6, 13, 20, 27;  Apr 3 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST/EDT  (EDT begins Mar 11)

FEE:  $175 by Feb 16;  $185 thereafter; $75 for repeating students


This course allows you to practice reading bani that you may not know.  (We’ll start with Jaap Sahib.)  If you know the alphabet pretty well and can read slowly, you are welcome to join.


Jan 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27; Mar 6, 13, 20, 27; Apr 3,10,17  from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.EST/EDT (EDT begins Mar 11)

FEE:  $125 by Jan 26; $135 thereafter


We will complete another round of Japji Sahib in the spring of 2018 with classes on Pauris 32-38 plus the concluding Slok.  This is a rich line-up which includes the well-known Aakhan Jor pauri, the four pauris which describe the khands or realms which we traverse at the time of death, the metaphor of the 38th pauri of a metalworker making the true coin of the shabad, and the concluding slok which sums up life and death.  Classes include Muharni (alphabet practice), reading practice (both group and individual), and exploring the meaning of the pauri together.  We will cover two pauris each class.  Homework for the class is reciting one of the pauris we have studied eleven times a day until we meet again the next week.


Pauris 32-38 & the concluding Slok of Japji Sahib for Gurmukhi Readers (two sections are available)

Tuesdays, Apr. 24; May 1, 8, 15 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. EDT

Wednesdays, Apr. 25, May 2, 9, 16  from 7:00-8:30 p.m. EDT

FEE:  $95 by Apr 20;  $105 thereafter


To take Gurmukhi Classes, please register online