Guru Ram Das Ashram
Experience The Spirit Of Community
Built On A Foundation Of Service And Spiritual Growth
Guru Ram Das Ashram
People of all faiths and backgrounds come to Guru Ram Das Ashram for many different reasons: to study and practice the teachings of yoga and healing arts, to experience life in a spiritual community, to create a private retreat and get rest and relaxation in a country location. Everyone comes to experience personal transformation and spiritual growth. Spiritual seekers join together to study, grow, and excel.
Named in honor of the fourth Sikh Guru, who was known for compassion, humility, and healing, Guru Ram Das, the Millis Ashram and Gurdwara are located on an 18-acre property about thirty-five miles southwest of Boston. This ashram was founded through the inspiration and guidance of Yogi Bhajan.
Community activities include daily group Sadhana, which is early morning yoga and meditation practice and various daily affordable yoga & meditation classes. There are also a variety of weekend workshops and trainings throughout the year.
The community building houses not only the yoga center activities, but also Sikh spiritual practices. Gurdwara occurs every Sunday and on the First Friday of the month. The service starts with Gurbani Kirtan at 11 am and concludes at 12:30 pm, when lunch, Guru Ka Langar (community meal) is served. A special Gurdwara occurs on the First Friday of every month, typically beginning at 7 pm, including Kirtan with classically trained and highly respected and loved Ragis from India.
The collected writings of the Sikh teachers are called the Siri Guru Granth Sahib and treated royally, as a living Guru. Certain times throughout the year, these writings are read cover to cover, in an unbroken, all day and night Siri Akhand Path. In Millis, this is typically started on a Thursday morning and finishes on a Sunday morning with a special Gurdwara. Anyone who approaches this with curiosity, integrity and an open heart may read either in English or the original Gurmukhi. Everyone typically finds that their hour with the Guru is very special, personal, and spot-on.
At the heart of this life, is the belief that spiritual practice walks hand in hand with life in a busy world.
Kundalini Yoga and Sikh Dharma
Devotion To A Divine Power That Includes All
Sikh Dharma and Yogic Philosophy
Historically, the path of great yogic tradition intertwined with the path of the first Sikh Gurus in the 15th century and beyond in India. Therefore the ancient mantra, the Naad or sacred sound current is a common thread in both.
All yogic philosophy is related within all forms of yoga, however Sikh Dharma and Kundalini Yoga overlap in many ways. Many people are Sikhs and practice no yoga; many people are devoted to Kundalini Yoga but do not practice Sikh Dharma. One can think of them as overlapping sets of experiences; each individual picks their path hugging either one border or the other, or smack in the middle, or anywhere in between! It is a basic premise of the Sikh religion that one does not proselytize.
Sikhism was born five hundred years ago and began with the teachings of a man named Nanak born in 1469 in northern India. He spread a simple message, Ek Ong Kar, the Creator and Creation are One. His words uplifted people, and soon Nanak became Guru Nanak. All those who followed his teachings were seekers of truth and are called Sikhs.