Shabad Kirtan has been an integral part of Sikh worship from the very beginning. Hymn-singing was, in fact, the earliest form of devotion for the Sikhs. Even in the time of Guru Nanak, the disciples assembled together to listen and sing Shabads, i.e., hymns composed by the Guru and thus to render praise to the Lord. Our Gurus were highly knowledgeable of music and well versed in the classical style.
The power of the Shabad Guru works with the responsiveness and subtlety of the mind-body system. By working with the Shabad, you can create significant changes in your self from top to bottom, from cells to the brain, and from feelings to moods.
Punjabi is the mother tongue of the Punjabis as well as the language of the Sikh Religion. Through learning Punjabi, we gain an understanding of the Sikh cultural and spiritual heritage and develop a strong tie with Punjab, the birthplace of Sikhism. More importantly, the Guru Granth Sahib Ji is written in Gurmukhi, and it is only through knowing and understanding Punjabi that a Sikh can fully participate in the worship of the Guru Granth Sahib Ji in the Sangat. The aim is to provide fun and enjoyable activities for children to learn to speak, read and write in Punjabi.