Sikh Sacred Kirtan from a 500 year Mystical Tradition with Antion Vikram Singh

 Words by Elandra Meredith

Sunday, November 10th at Garden Ponds

A Rare Meditative Musical Opportunity!

Aloha friends! We are on our beloved island of Kauai for one more week, inspired to be presenting Sikh Sacred Gurbani Kirtan—outside the temples for almost the first time ever. We lived on Kauai for 13 years leading Sacred Sound Celebrations weekly in our yurt in Kilauea and home in Anahola.

Antion Vikram Singh will present in Kilauea Gurbani Kirtan, spiritual music and singing to honor Guru Nanak.

This will be held in a very special,  inspiring and beautiful space, Garden Ponds, a business  run by our dear friends Ken and Jan Bernard with their son Jake, all well known and loved on Kauai. They are world experts in the art of  creating magnificent water gardens, ponds filled with  gorgeous  water lillies, lotuses and fish, and surrounded with awesome sacred statues, and they love to share and teach everything they know. And there is a sale on! Come early to find and buy the best from their latest containers from exotic places!

 

This will be held in a very special,  inspiring and beautiful space, Garden Ponds, a business  run by our dear friends Ken and Jan Bernard with their son Jake, all well known and loved on Kauai. They are world experts in the art of  creating magnificent water gardens, ponds filled with  gorgeous  water lillies, lotuses and fish, and surrounded with awesome sacred statues, and they love to share and teach everything they know. And there is a sale on! Come early to find and buy the best from their latest containers from exotic places!

This is an outdoor but covered location. There will be no food and drink so bring your own water bottle, mosquito repellant, flashlight, warm clothes in case of wind. Bring a cushion for traditional floor sitting, and chairs will be provided. Dress for your own comfort and joy, no need for special dress, as Guru Nanak manifested on Earth as a pure channel of Divine Love, freely available to all, regardless of tradition, religion, ritual or dress codes, past or present.

This is an opportunity to experience a hitherto secret tradition of meditative, ecstatic union through sacred sound. The Sanskrit-based words and language together with their dynamic soul stirring melodies were created to engender spiritual evolution and reunion with our Divine Selves, and with the Supreme Creator. Sikh Sacred Gurbani Kirtan is so divinely devotional and complex in its unique Sanskrit-based language, ragas and musical traditions that it has been rarely sung anywhere but in Sikh temples – so far! Now it is time, the world needs the high frequency of this inspiring music.

The compositions include Arabic and Persian poems from Sufi, Islamic and Hindu saints such as Kabir. The melodies are in the tradition of Shastriya Sangeet (Indian Classical Music) using Ragas, a system of musical modes and scales designed for specific times of day and to evoke different emotions. A musician who masters this art is called a Ragi. The deeper meanings of the sounds, words, songs and stories – derived from a tradition of courage, devotion and sacrifice – are translated and interpreted by Antion.

For easy understanding and for singing along, the words and meanings of all the compositions are provided. The meditative experience possible through immersion in the vibration and frequency of the sacred sounds of this God-infused God/Goddess-praising language is so—unbelievably divinely delicious… no wonder they have kept it to themselves! And no wonder consummate musician Antion (60s rock star guitarist with the soul of a sacred bard) fell in love with it 4 decades ago, mastered it, and became the first foreigner ever to sing in their holiest shrine the Golden Temple, and continues to sing in many temples worldwide. This Indian musical mastery aspect of Antion the Ragi has been rarely performed in Hawaii because it calls for a master tabla player which Kauai does not have. Now by the power of timing and latest technology Antion is using electronic tabla and tamboura while singing and playing live, creating a profoundly high frequency devotional meditative call-&-answer experience with transliteration and translation provided.

What is Sikh Sacred Kirtan? This year marks the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak. Born in the Punjab in the North West of India, Guru Nanak came as a shining light to a world where religion had become corrupted and tyranny was supreme. His songs and simple message of spirituality, equality, justice, Oneness and respect for women inspired millions as he traveled thousands of miles around India, Tibet, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia and more.

His followers became known as Sikhs and formed the nucleus of what is known today as the Sikh way of life. His poetic and deeply spiritual writings became known as Gurbani – the Message of the Guru – and are sung all over the world in Sikh Sangats (congregations).

More on Antion Vikram Singh Meredith

Antion, originally known as Vic Briggs, was a touring 60s rock star when his soul’s longing called him to turn to yoga and delve deep into the sacred teachings of Nada Brahma—the Yoga of Sound. His interest in Mantra and Shastriya Sangeet (Indian Classical music), led him to mastery of this hitherto secret tradition, and in 1979, he broke tradition by becoming the first non-Indian to sing in the Golden Temple, the most sacred shrine of the Sikhs in Amritsar, India. Known as Vikram Singh, (‘invincible lion of courage’) Antion became adept at both singing and interpreting Gurbani Kirtan, the sacred music originated by the miracle-manifesting Guru Nanak. As a recognized authority and spiritual teacher Antion now has travelled all over the world to teach and sing about Naad Yoga, (yoga of sound) Naam (the frequency of the Divine), Simran (repetition of the Divine Name), and Shabad (the Divine Word that manifests as Gurbani as well as the spiritual force that is Guru). Later when Antion studied Hawaiian mele (song, music) and oli (sacred chant) bringing him to an even deeper understanding of how the voice can create the power of Aloha (on-going, living love), he was recognized and honored with invitations to perform the sacred ‘oli’ chant for the Hawaiian governor, and for an international Chant competition.

As an expert in – not one but two – sacred traditions, his life, (teachings, sessions, concerts, workshops, music recordings) are about sharing the use of Sacred Sound and Sacred Voice to become one with the Divine, in the context of the essential message of both cultures, to engender the core Oneness of all people and denominations, including honoring and respect of women, and equality for women, and the healing, helping and feeding people with love. For more information, see Antion Vikram Singh’s website and facebook page

We, Antion and I—now 47 years married—wherever we go we love  sharing LOVE as AWAKENED ONENESS AWARENESS, with Yoga, Sacred Voice, Sacred Sites, Sacred Relationship, Healing, Love, Nature, Community, Transformation, Goddess, Love, Joy, and yay, Hugging! 

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