This music is struck in all Sikh temples and in all Sikh hearts every morning. It is, as it were, the sacred bequest of Guru Nanak to his disciples. All the Gurus listened to it; Guru Gobind Singh was so enamored of it, he listened to it every morning. Once when, chased by the Moghul hordes, he had quit the fortress of Anandpur, and the enemy was coming on him in hot pursuit, he made his Sikhs settle down to sing it. The enemy fell upon them during the singing of the Song; all was lost but the Song still remains. Asa-ki-Var This Song is a holy chant. Its tremendous vibration reduces Time to a point; and it rings in the Sikh heart like a hundred bells. Its sound scares the apparitions and ghosts of darkness from the pasture lands, and the Sikh spirit rises supreme and lofty, imbued with the glory of the dawn. is the victor of a thousand battle-fields of death.
- Prof. Puran Singh, Spirit of the SikhThe Sikh Research Institute and Toronto Sikh Retreats is presenting a workshop this weekend entitled "Asa Ki Var: Beyond Duality". It is a gurbani-based workshop that explores the themes of Asa Ki Var. It will first go into the history and background of the bani. The workshop will then look at the concept of Duality in mind, conduct and community; from thought to action to community. This analysis will all be done using gurbani to inform our thinking.
Here's the details:
Date: 10 April 2010
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Presentation Room, Student Center,
University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM),
Mississauga, ON, Canada (Click here for map)
Registration Fee: $20 (Click Here for online registration)