Shanghai, China and the 9th Lord of Miracles Tour in Honor of Guru Ram Das
It is amazing that we are writing about the Lord of Miracles Tour in Honor of Guru Ram Das again for the 9th year. For those of us who have had the privilege to serve this tour, it has become an incredible turning point [life changing] in all of our lives. Those from other countries who have participated in this tour have noticed that their lives have been blessed in unaccountable and unfathomable ways too.
Eleven year ago His Holiness, Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji [aka Yogi Bhajan] told S.S. Gurubachan Singh Khalsa that he was to create in South America what he had created in North America. So every year we visit the South American continent and share the science of Kundalini Yoga, the science of breath and Shabd Guru! It is a tour of seva in the tradition of Guru Ram Das that reaches several million people throughout the southern hemisphere. Through it they learn to discover the power of their breath, befriend their own soul, and realize their inner balance and intuitive sense to live their lives healthy, happy and holy.
This year is no exception. The 9th Lord of Miracles Tour in Honor of Guru Ram Das will comprise 13 cities in 11 countries over 40 days throughout South and Central America. What is even more exceptional is that this year the Tour was inaugurated in Shanghai, China!
Shanghai is a city of 26 million residents that is the pulse of the new China. The dull, drab mao suits have been replaced by designers like Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferrangamo, Ralph Lauren and every other international designers. On the surface, Shanghai is one big factory to the world and underneath it is an incredible mix of diligent, hard working people who cherish their new freedoms and opportunities this generation will enjoy for a long time. From all the shiny new cars to the clean streets, Shanghai is a remarkable city with remarkable citizens. Their culture, hospitality and smiles make anyone feel welcome and honored. And it was no less for the Lord of Miracles Tour.
Everywhere the tour went it was received with graciousness and respect. This was the first time the Tour had gone to China. In just a few short days the miraculous organization of Sangeeta Kaur, Dhanmeet Kaur, Navtej Kaur and Ongkarjeet Kaur swung into action and invited everyone to the evening Lord of Miracles lecture. This year's theme is "Finding Your Inner Balance". During these times of tremendous change and uncertainty, the humanity is feeling stressed, insecure, angry, and has a fear of the future. The purpose of this lecture is to share the technology of Shabd Guru and Kundalini Yoga. For almost 3 hours, the participants listened, meditated, chanted, and did Pranayam. It was a great transformational experience for all of them.
Their faces visibly changed during the course of the evening. Finally, they learned to dance bhangara! Have you ever seen Chinese people dance bhangara? It was a great sight to enjoy! They dance so well. By the time the evening finished, everyone was in 'a thousand heavens'.
|"Our gracious hosts in Shanghai, Left to Right: Ongkarjeet Kaur, Navtej Kaur, Dhanmeet Kaur and Sangeeta Kaur."|
|"At the inauguration lecture of the 9th Lord of Miracles Tour in Honor of Guru Ram Das S.S. Gurubachan Singh Khalsa shares the teachings of Shabd Guru and Kundalini Yoga to a large group of Chinese students in Shanghai."|
|"So and so……. Our Chinese interpreter and beautiful student of Yogi Bhajan watches as Gurubachan Khalsa explains the link of breath and mind to find the balance in life."|
|"Deep reflection on the Holy Naam."|
|"The smile of touching one's own soul through meditation and breath."|
|"Shanghai meditates to Gurbani Kirtan"|
|"The Chinese demonstrate how Bhangara is not just an Indian form of dance."|
|"The joy of Bhangara, Chinese Style!"|
|"Some of the group from the lecture pose for a historical picture."|
The Chinese have a tremendous relationship to Buddhism and you can see it when they meditate. Because of their inherent and genetic training they are natural meditation experts.Their capacity to dive deep into their breath was nothing short of amazing. The most amazing part was that they had never thought about their breath. They were totally unconscious of what the breath is and what power it has. That is why the entire evening was so transformational for them. They discovered their breath and their soul and that is what caused the changes in their faces.
From Shanghai, the Tour will pick up on September 24th and begin its long odyssey throughout Central and South America. And SikhNet will be there every step of the way. Please enjoy the pictures and see the bright shining faces of the people in Shanghai during the 9th Lord of Miracles Tour.
Writing to you from 41,000 feet somewhere over the Pacific Ocean en route to our second city on this marvelous 9th Lord of Miracles Tour in Honor of Guru Ram Das, Mexico City!