We recently completed an Akhand Path (continuous 72 hour reading from the Guru Granth Sahib) in honour of the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan’s passing and Guru Ram Das Dev Ji’s birthday. The Bhog Ceremony to complete the Akhand Path was particularly beautiful. We enjoyed beautiful kirtan played by Cherdi Kala Jatha, which was composed of MPA Principal Jugat Guru Singh, MPA Alumni and Sikh Dharma International officer Sada Sat Simran Singh and Mukhia Jethadar, Gurprakash Singh. We then had speeches presented by Yogi Bhajan’s youngest son, Kulbir Singh Puri, MPA Board Member, Shanti Kaur Khalsa, and surprise guest, Akal Takht Jethadar Giani Gurbachan Singh.
If you’d like to listen to some of the kirtan and the speeches, you can watch the video:
In preparation for the Akhand Path, we fully cleaned the Gurdwara, taking out and cleaning all of the carpets, the Palki Sahib and thoroughly cleaning the floors. Working together, the task went swiftly and was a lot of fun.
The Akhand Path was run successfully by student sevadars. The sevadar groups were composed of four students, doing six hour shifts to make sure the Akhand Path ran smoothly. The sevadars were there to make sure the readers showed up on time, that the volumes were changed when needed, and that the space was looked after. They even sent out a sevadar about ten minutes ahead of each reading spot to make sure each reader knew they were up next. The reading itself was done by students, teachers and staff in both English and Gurmukhi.