akhand JAAP

Saturday 13 May 2017

Please join us for this years Akhand Jaap event on the Saturday 13th May 2017.
Akhand Jaap Event - 13 May 2017 at GNNSJ London, 142 Martindale Road
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About Akhand Jaap...

Waheguru Jaap is continuously recited for the duration of the Akhand Jaap event. Its beauty is in its simplicity as all barriers are dispelled; you do not need to be a scholar of Gurbani or know classical raag composition to join in. People from all walks of life, young and old have led the Waheguru Jaap over the years; even people from other faiths have been seen to come and participate in the meditation. It is easy to see differences and forget that every soul is a spiritual being on their own spiritual journey. We are all part of one global race – humankind. Hence the message:

Prayers for world peace

Akhand Jaaps are prayers for world peace. By meditating we hope to enable people to feel closer to the Divine and then project that positive energy around themin their daily lives.

In a world were everything is instant and fast paced with information available at our finger tips with 24 hour news channels, internet and constant social network updates, it is very easy to feel overwhelmed, tired and run down and almost impossible to switch off.

Although there is constant communication (though frequently impersonal,) people feel more emotionally and spiritually disconnected; depression is on the rise and people often feel isolated from the world.

Meditation alleviates depression and promotes well being and spiritual growth.

Waheguru waheguru

The Akhand Jaap Movement...

Akhand Jaap - is a movement instigated by the Sikh youth as a "World Prayer for Peace". It involves the continuous repetition of the word "Waheguru" (Wonderful Lord) which is sung continuously for up to 24 hours; It is continuous meditation without interruption. The sangat (congregation) is led by various groups of 'Kirtanias' or Ragis (musicians) in succession and the whole of the congregation join in. In singing this 'Guru Mantar', even small children can join in and feel the power of Congregational prayer and group recitation of Naam. This youth initiative which is believed to have started in the UK but has now spread throughout the world attempts to create an atmosphere in which every participating soul can benefit with direct connection to the sadh sangat and to Gurbani.

Many youngsters in the West cannot relate to kirtan because they do not understand the words or what they mean. Naam Simran is so easy to participate in, regardless of education, knowledge of Gurbani or religious perspective. It is a continuous repetition of the "Waheguru"- the name of God and his remembrance. Due to this simplicity, many young Sikhs who would not attend Gurdwaras normally have joined in and the youth involvement in Gurdwara has increase tremendously. Langar is normally served throughout the event and a many adults help with this activity.

These programmes, which have been taking place since 2001 in the UK have served as a means to unite the various Jathas (groups), Gurdwaras, and Organisations representing the Sikh community in the United Kingdom. Due to the simplicity of the repetition of a simple mantar, it has introduced non-Sikhs to the traditions of the Sikh of community cooperation, devotion and peace.

Akhand Jaap Movement

Different variations of the Akhand Jaap

Mini Akhand jaap

This is shortened version of the original version and is held for a period of between 1 to 6 hours.

13 hour Akhand jaap

This can be either a day or evening time event that takes place from normally from 10am start to 11pm evening time or 5pm start to 6am evening time conclusion.

Previous events

The Sikhkids.com (now akhandjaap.com) has made an effort to move the Akhand Jaaps to various locations within the UK, in order to allow for the youth to participate at a national level with this Seva. Below is a list of the major past events: