Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI) will be presenting live online classroom sessions based on the Anand Sahib course, where the participants will get the opportunity to directly interact with the instructor and have their queries answered.
Classes take place on Thursday's at 5:30 pm PST from May 7th until July 23rd (12 weeks).
Please note, if your time zone does not allow for you to attend the class live, sessions will be recorded and available 24 hours after each class has been completed.
You do not need to register for each individual webinar. Once you register for the course, you will receive a weekly reminder.
Anand Sahib holds a very special place in Sikh tradition, as it is sung in almost every
congregational setup. It has also come to be recited in the Sikh initiation ceremony of Khande-ki-Pahul.
Revealed to Guru Amardas Sahib, the bani essentially details the human quest for bliss and the lifestyle that is necessary for leading a blissful life. But before all, it describes what bliss is; what are its characteristics and where to find it.
Anand Sahib has been sung in Ramkali, a rag that has swinging moods, varying from devotion and yearning to energy and spiritedness. Variation and sway of the rag is skilfully exploited to traverse through human tendencies that cause anxiety in daily life and deprive us of bliss. It then explains ways to get rid of them, and shows how to develop a sense of discrimination between right and wrong. In doing so, it introduces the individual to things that are worth engaging in life.
The beauty and significance of Anand Sahib can be gauged from the fact that it dwells on a variety of ideas and principles that are central to Sikh thought.
Some of the questions that it answers are: who is the Guru for us, who is a devotee of the Guru, what kind of relationship a Sikh should have with the Guru. The bani also challenges stereotypes like purity associated by religious individuals to spirituality and Divine love, and graciously addresses many other misconceptions.
Each live session will cover two pauris (stanzas) each and vocabulary lessons.