Since I was 11, I have been lucky enough to experience an event that shaped the way I saw my faith. It is called the Akhand Jaap, and has a simple premise – the repetition of Waheguru (Wonderful Lord).
The first Akhand Jaaps I went to were 24 hours long. It would mean a whole day, in a Gurudwara, hearing a prayer that I fully understood. This concept was rare, and as a child it meant that I was more vigilant and interested in the whole event.
I was amazed to see how welcoming the setting became. I sat amongst people of all ages, who had different backgrounds, levels of understanding, and in some cases different faiths – but all of whom felt they belonged and could take part in the prayer for global welfare.
As you grow older, you learn more about what faith means to you, but everything you learn is based on the experiences you have. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to sit and absorb the vibrations of love, by sitting in a congregation focused on counting their blessings.
This Saturday (1st March 2014) there will be another one of these lovely events – For 13 hours, from 10am to 11pm at Martindale Road Gurudwara, Hounslow, London, TW4 7HQ
If you want to be part of the experience, please join us.
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