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I’m at this kundalini yoga chanting week long intensive called Shabad Guru with Snatam Kaur. There are about 40 of us singing with Snatam and the other musicians. Hours and hours of chanting the same Shabad (sacred chant) each day with a different chant each day.
“Shabad” means sound, “Guru” means teacher or knowledge that transforms you. The simplest meaning of Shabad Guru is a special sound that is a teacher. You can read more about Shabad Guru by clicking this link.
As each day passes, the energy in the sound current that we’re riding together becomes higher and higher in it’s vibration.
People sometimes can’t help but start to cry because they’re so grateful, so deeply touched. I feel the healing happening in all of us. The vibration is so pure and beautiful.
We’re healing on all levels.
The scriptures we’re singing are all ancient texts by or about the original gurus in the Kundalini lineage. I’m amazed that I’m not exhausted from spending 10 hours a day (or more) at the ashram, working on all the breaks, and then working until midnight each night, but I just feel more and more elevated each day.
I wish words could actually convey how beautiful this experience is for us.
I was a member of the Agape Choir for 11 years. That was an amazing experience that often brought me to tears. Singing for and with the congregation, vibrating with those musical prayers, I would look down the row sometimes and notice we were all crying – all of us with tears running down our face as we sang with our whole hearts. It was one of the most wonderful parts of my life and deeply healing.
I spoke with Snatam and asked if she’d ever done a Shabad Guru program for teens. She hadn’t. I shared with her that I had such a strong feeling that doing a program for teens who are going through a difficult time, or people in recovery from something really difficult, could be life-changing for participants.
This song really doesn’t begin to touch the experience we’re having, but it’s a beautiful and transcendent. I encourage you to listen, close your eyes, breathe deeply and hear the voice of the Beloved speaking to you through the lyric, and music.
By the way, sat nam means “truth is my identity.” A powerful affirmation!
Let me know what you feel about this music and the idea of healing through sound current! Please share in the comments below!