Guru Nanak's Call of the Soul: Japji Sahib

Written in 15th-century India by Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, the Japji Sahib is a Sikh prayer and the first sacred composition found in the main Sikh holy scripture called the Guru Granth Sahib. It is a famous and concise summary of Sikh philosophy, and is traditionally recited by all Sikhs every morning. In this three-day intensive, professional certificate program, students will train in the recitation of Guru Nanak’s Japji Sahib, or “Call of the Soul”, and its meditation practice.

Offered in partnership with Sikh Dharma International, this program will introduce students to the power of the “Naad”, or universal sound current, that transforms consciousness which is inherent in the words of Japji Sahib. Under the instruction of Sikh teachers, students will examine the entire text, the correct pronunciation of these divine sounds, and the deeper meaning within each of the 40 Pauris or stanzas. Each Pauri has a unique transforming effect. Time will also be spent on the history of Guru Nanak to understand how this man of humble origins delivered to the world these divinely transforming verses.

Who Should Participate

This program is open to all, especially Sikhs, Yoga students, and those interested in Indian meditation, mysticism, philosophy, language and ethics, and those seeking to learn about the Japji, and to experience the power of its recitation.

Program Benefits

By the end of the program, students will able to:

  • Gain a deep understanding of Guru Nanak’s message of peace
  • Properly recite the Japji Sahib in Gurmukhi, with proper pronunciation
  • Expand their daily practice of living from a meditative core with acceptance, gratitude, and presence
  • Self-direct their ongoing exploration of Japji Sahib

General Information

Course and program requirements, schedules and tuition are subject to change; and additional fees may be incurred for books and materials. Click here to review all policies prior to enrollment. For additional information, contact the Center for Religion and Spirituality at (310) 338-2799 or crs@lmu.edu, or contact the program facilitator directly (listed below under 'Faculty').

  • Registration + Fees

    Begins: September 29, 2017. Register

    Students may register for one or more of the three day-long sessions individually. Please see the course catalog for details.

    Course No.: NCSX 900.01
    Tuition: $325 ($350 after September 1)

  • Schedule

    This is a three-day intensive program meeting on:

    • Friday, September 29, 8:30a-6:30p
    • Saturday, September 30, 8:30a-6:30p
    • Sunday, October 1, 8:30a-5:30p

    Location
    LMU Westchester Campus
    1 LMU Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90045

  • Faculty

    Instructors

    Lecturers

    • Shanti Kaur Khalsa
    • Gurutej Singh Khalsa
    • Sada Sat Simran Singh Khalsa
    • Giani Kuldeep Singh
  • Course Requirements

    Students must complete a total of 2.5 semester hours in coursework with a letter grade of 'C+' or higher in each course to receive a certificate of completion. Please refer to the course catalog for required text, class meeting location, and other general information.

    Coursework: NCSX 900

  • Course Descriptions

    NCSX 900
    Guru Nanak's Call of the Soul: Japji Sahib
    2.5 Semester Hours

    This course covers Guru Nanak’s Japji Sahib, or “Call of the Soul”. It is a opportunity for Sikhs and Kundalini Yoga Students to learn about and experience the subtle power of the practice of reciting Japji. Written in the 15th century by Guru Nanak, Japji is a message of peace and deep spiritual wisdom. Time will be spent on correct pronunciation of these divine sounds and then delve into the deeper meaning within each of the 40 Pauris or stanzas. Each Pauri has a unique transforming effect. Time will also be spent on the history of Guru Nanak to understand how this man of humble origins delivered to the world these divinely transforming verses.