Like Water With Water - Kirtan and Fundraiser
UPDATE ON THE KIRTAN FUNDRAISING EVENT
The Guru Ram Das Ashram extends our deepest gratitude and a heartfelt thank you for all the support and kindness shown for our Kirtan Fundraising Event.
We spent a glorious day enjoying kirtan by the jethas we know and love in our Sunday programs. It was a great day for Guru Ram Das Ashram.
Our gratitude to all who came and all who gave!
If you missed the event, you may still enjoy it by watching the recording here for 2 weeks!
Please donate generously and help us support Nanak’s Kitchen Food Relief Program. Our goal is double our outreach from 200 to 400 bags of groceries per month during this holiday season! We encourage you to consider donating, if you haven’t already, using the links below.
Like Water with Water Fundraiser & Kirtan brings together nine beautiful musicians in service to the community’s two newest projects: Nanak’s Kitchen, a community food service project which grew from our recent kitchen renovations, and the Water Feature Restoration Project, an effort to restore the natural water feature on the land and protect it for future generations.
Funds raised by the event will go directly to support the food security and food relief programs for Nanak’s Kitchen and to support the Water Feature Restoration Project.
Pond Restoration Project
The spring fed pond at the Ashram is a holy place. The water is super-pure, clean and cold. Our goal is to create a sacred sarovar, a sanctuary for ishnaan, meditation, and renewal, a place where sangat, students, and other visitors can go to renew by being in nature.
Nanak’s Kitchen Food Relief Program
Langar kitchens and food relief have a very long tradition within the Sikh community. The newly remodeled Nanak’s Kitchen at Guru Ram Das Ashram provides that same service in a contemporary way. Our goal is to support the food relief program efforts to provide wholesome groceries to food-insecure families and seniors in Millis and the Greater Norfolk County community. Our large commercial kitchen and dedicated volunteers make Nanak’s Kitchen the ideal location for a food pantry to help supplement assistance already provided locally by Millis Ecumenical Food Pantry and other food relief programs in the area.
While registration for the event is free to ensure access for all, we encourage attendees to donate as generously as they can.
Artist Performance Schedule
Order of Events*
- noon 12:15 Welcome
- 12:15 1:00 Sangat Dhyan Kaur (live speaking and 3 pre-recorded videos)
- 1:00 2:00 Hardev Singh (live)
- 2:00 3:00 Guruganesha and Matamandir Kaur (live)
- 3:00 4:00 Sat Purkh and Abhai Raj (live)
- 4:00 5:00 Snatam Kaur (live)
- 5:00 6:00 Matamandir Singh (live)
ਜੋ ਨਰੁ ਦੁਖ ਮੈ ਦੁਖੁ ਨਹੀ ਮਾਨੈ ॥
Jo Nar Dhukh Mai Dhukh Nehee Maanai ||
That man, who in the midst of pain, does not feel pain,
ਸੁਖ ਸਨੇਹੁ ਅਰੁ ਭੈ ਨਹੀ ਜਾ ਕੈ ਕੰਚਨ ਮਾਟੀ ਮਾਨੈ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
Sukh Sanaehu Ar Bhai Nehee Jaa Kai Kanchan Maattee Maanai ||1|| Rehaao ||
Who is not affected by pleasure, affection or fear, and who looks alike upon gold and dust;||
ਨਹ ਨਿੰਦਿਆ ਨਹ ਉਸਤਤਿ ਜਾ ਕੈ ਲੋਭੁ ਮੋਹੁ ਅਭਿਮਾਨਾ ॥
Neh Nindhiaa Neh Ousathath Jaa Kai Lobh Mohu Abhimaanaa ||
Who is not swayed by either slander or praise, nor affected by greed, attachment or pride;
ਹਰਖ ਸੋਗ ਤੇ ਰਹੈ ਨਿਆਰਉ ਨਾਹਿ ਮਾਨ ਅਪਮਾਨਾ ॥੧॥
Harakh Sog Thae Rehai Niaaro Naahi Maan Apamaanaa ||1||
Who remains unaffected by joy and sorrow, honour and dishonour;||1||
ਆਸਾ ਮਨਸਾ ਸਗਲ ਤਿਆਗੈ ਜਗ ਤੇ ਰਹੈ ਨਿਰਾਸਾ ॥
Aasaa Manasaa Sagal Thiaagai Jag Thae Rehai Niraasaa ||
Who renounces all hopes and desires and remains desireless in the world;
ਕਾਮੁ ਕ੍ਰੋਧੁ ਜਿਹ ਪਰਸੈ ਨਾਹਨਿ ਤਿਹ ਘਟਿ ਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਨਿਵਾਸਾ ॥੨॥
Kaam Krodhh Jih Parasai Naahan Thih Ghatt Breham Nivaasaa ||2||
Who is not touched by sexual desire or anger – within his heart, God dwells. ||2||
ਗੁਰ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਜਿਹ ਨਰ ਕਉ ਕੀਨੀ ਤਿਹ ਇਹ ਜੁਗਤਿ ਪਛਾਨੀ ॥
Gur Kirapaa Jih Nar Ko Keenee Thih Eih Jugath Pashhaanee ||
That man, blessed by Guru’s Grace, understands this way.
ਨਾਨਕ ਲੀਨ ਭਇਓ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਸਿਉ ਜਿਉ ਪਾਨੀ ਸੰਗਿ ਪਾਨੀ ॥੩॥੧੧॥
Naanak Leen Bhaeiou Gobindh Sio Jio Paanee Sang Paanee ||3||11||
O Nanak, he merges with the Lord of the Universe, like water with water. ||3||11||
Meet The Artists
Snatam Kaur & Sopurkh Singh
Through inspirational concerts, workshops, immersion courses and retreats, the much-beloved devotional singer and Grammy nominated recording artist Snatam Kaur shares the power of Sikh sacred music with all the world. Possessed of an incandescently luminous voice and a deep knowledge of Kundalini yoga, her concerts and events are joyous occasions and a source of solace for our troubled times. Sopurkh Singh teaches yoga & meditation and has facilitated and taught retreats, workshops and classes around the world. He is a gifted teacher, with a down to earth approach that allows for deep experience and transformation. Sopurkh accompanies Snatam musically with tabla, an Indian percussion instrument, providing a meditative and devotional rhythm for their chanting events. Sopurkh and Snatam live in New Hampshire with their daughter and two dogs. Together they founded an online school specializing in the teaching of kirtan (sacred music) and Kundalini yoga, called Kirtan and Kundalini, which serves people from all over the world.
Guru Ganesha Singh & Matamandir Kaur
GuruGanesha Singh and Mata Mandir Kaur, husband and wife, have been chanting and doing kirtan together for decades – at Raj Khalsa Gurdwara, festivals, yoga centers, and homes in Northern Virginia. GuruGanesha, of the GuruGanesha Band, is a gifted guitarist and spirited vocalist. Mata Mandir lovingly leads the tele-course Journey into the Heart of Sikh Dharma.
Mata Mandir Singh
Mata Mandir Singh Khalsa is an international teacher of Naad Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, and Gatka (Shakti Yoga). He is a talented musician, and pioneer of the chant/mantra genre, having recorded over 28 CD and cassette titles spanning from the 1970’s to present day.
To find out more information visit: yogaofsound.com
Gwir & Abhai Raj Singh
Sat Purkh is a collaboration featuring Gwir & Abhai Raj Llewellyn. Supported by an amazing cadre of musicians over the years and in collaboration with engineer and producer Jon Gagan, Sat Purkh’s musical arrangements range from bluegrass to classical to rock & roll. With more than 10 albums of sacred music, Sat Purkh is almost always at work on their next project.
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Har Dev Singh
Har Dev’s Kirtan music is the perfect blend of East meets West with profound rhythm and soul performing within yoga classes, workshops, and kirtan concerts. He resides is San Diego, CA where he teachers weekly at Cosmic Flow Kundalini Yoga along with monthly workshops. His enthusiasm and experience make every class uplifting and meditatively profound.
Sangat Dhyan Kaur
Sangat Dhyan Kaur is a musician and kirtan artist who is currently living, and studying, in Amritsar, India. She fell in love with the devotional music from the Sikh tradition many years ago, and has since studied with various kirtan teachers, and has played music for Solstice events, yoga classes, and Gurdwara.
Her deep love for Sikh devotional music led her to make a life-changing decision to move to India to study Gurbani Kirtan, full time.
Her music is heart-centered and connected to the sacred, devotional sound current, and she is passionate about sharing this connection with others.