From mid-February thru the beginning of March Gobind Sadan felt like one continous celebration. Starting with the joint seminar on “Mysticism in World Religions” co-hosted by Jamia Millia Islamia, one of India’s leading universities, and the regions leading center of Islamic studies, and the Gobind Sadan Institute for Advanced Studies in World Religions. The sessions ably convened and organized by Marypat Fisher and Dr. Azad Faruqi, saw scholars and practitioners from 10 different faith traditions speak of the practices and the state of mysticism their personal life, their academic discplines, and their religious communities. Once published the papers will delight audiences all over the world as they did the several hundred gathered for most sessions. All talks were recorded and we hope to have them live shortly. The text of Ralph Singh’s keynote address: “The Forgotten Path: Accessing the Mystical in our Traditions,” is available online.
Babaji’s birthday celebration started with 7 Akhand Paths, followed by the special havan at Angeetha Sahib. The Gurdaspur Sangat, over 100 strong, lead by S. Joginder Singh, arrived early and began their kirtan in the dera. Following the bhog, we had a wonderful gathering in the celebration hall of poetry, kirtan, and talks including Gobind Sadan’s own kirtan jethas, and Faridi a young kawal from Faridkot district, and Baba Jarnail Singh of Baghtala. Singh Sahib Giani Iqbal Singh, Jethadar of Siri Takhat Patna Sahib, graced the occasion. Expect more updates – see photo gallery
Finally area Muslim’s were joined by the Gobind Sadan community to celebrate the Prophets birthday at Gobind Sadan’s mosque. 100s gathered to hear stories of the life of the Prophet (PBUH), wonderfully poetry, and praise for the vision of Baba Virsa Singh to create a mosque in Gobind Sadan where all people can come together in such celebrations of the messengers of peace.