Saturday…..Peace Prayer Day…..
In the morning there was the usual schedule, we went to a class by Gurvinderpal Singh on Kesh (hair), it was okay, he needs more improvement on public speaking.
For lunch I popped to Walmart. Got some fruit and went to pay, I walked out of the store and noticed I had forgotten my iPad in the shopping cart! I quickly ran back and was so relieved at the iPad still being there….phew!
This afternoon, the sangat celebrate ‘Peace Prayer Day’
1:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Guru Ram Das Puri, New Mexico
A Day of Music, Dance and Prayer—International Peace Prayer Day is a gathering on the sacred land of Guru Ram Das Puri where we can express our gratitude and hope for the future through yoga, meditation, chanting, and the Sacred Healing Walk. This is a potent time to offer your prayers for the peace, healing, and unity of all humanity, to bless and honor this sacred land, and—for those participating in the Summer Solstice Sadhana, to set ourselves to go through the transformative Solstice journey.
All are welcome to attend this free event.
The Peace Prayer Day Program
1:30-2:00 Snatam Kaur and Children
2:15-2:25 Miri Piri Academy Presentation
2:25-2:35 Gurmukh Kaur
2:35-3:00 Radhanath Swami
3:00-3:30 Live to Give Grant Winners
3:30-4:45 Kundalini Yoga with Nam Nidhan and Mirabai Ceiba
4:45-5:15 Guru Singh
5:15-6:00 Sat Siri and Sacred Healing Walk
7:30-9:00 Mirabai Ceiba Concert opening with Matamandir Singh
Snatam Kaur and Children
The Sacred Healing Walk
The elders tell us that every hundred years the ancients and warriors would meet on this land and pray to the One Creator, the Great Spirit. They believed that anyone who walked the mile and a quarter circle on this site would be healed. It is said that the healing energy generated by the drums and the walk integrate your physical and mental being with your spirit. Be a part of this ancient ritual at the Annual International Peace Prayer Day.
Yogi Bhajan’s Vision of Peace
Yogi Bhajan inspired people to lead healthy, happy, and holy lives. A master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan was committed to helping create a loving world. The founding of International Peace Prayer Day–joining people of all faiths to pray for and celebrate peace—is one of his many legacies to humanity.
“Most beloved of God are those who are peace, at peace, share peace, and bring peace to all.” ~ Yogi Bhajan
International Peace Prayer Day History
Since 1986 musicians, entertainers, peace activists, public servants, and interfaith leaders have gathered together to celebrate International Peace Prayer Day. Come and experience the ceremony of the Sacred Healing Walk, live devotional music and dance from around the globe, the power of voices uplifted in prayer, and the sharing of joy and laughter in community.
Map to Guru Ram Das Puri
Take I-25 North towards Santa Fe
Upon entering Santa Fe city limits, take the St. Francis Drive/Highway 285 exit. Drive through Santa Fe on Hwy 285/84 towards Española (approximately 25 miles).
In the town of Española, Hwy 285/84 turns into Riverside Drive. Follow Riverside Drive until you come to Fairview Drive (there is a Bank of America on your left). Turn left onto Fairview. The next stop light (across the bridge) is Paseo de Oñate.
Continue up Fairview after crossing Paseo de Oñate. A half a block down, look for the 3HO sign on your right and turn right, then look for the next 3HO sign very soon, and turn left onto what will quickly become a dirt road.
Follow this road up the mountain for approximately 8 miles.
PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY as the road from Española to the site is mostly unpaved. Look for the 3HO signs located along the road as you drive. The Guru Ram Das Puri campsite is eight miles up this road, on the right-hand side.
From Albuquerque – 2 hours
From Taos – 1.5 hours
From Santa Fe – 1 hour
From Española – 30 minutes
What to Bring
Sheepskins or mats for sitting
A water bottle (fresh and pure water is available on-site)
Reusable plates, eating utensils, and cloth napkins (in support of our Mother Earth, we do not provide disposable dinnerware/paper products)
Head covering (hat, scarf, etc.)
Sunscreen and lip balm
Closed toe shoes for varied high desert terrain
Three offerings to leave at each Altar during the Sacred Healing Walk
Peace Flame Runners
This flame circled the globe before finding a permanent home in northern New Mexico at the Santuario de Chimayo. It originated with the torch that was carried around the world in 1986–the first run designating a United Nation’s International Year of Peace, and has burned at the Santuario ever since.
The same flame has been used in the Chimayo Prayer Pilgrimage for Peace every year since 1987 (the 5th year of the Peace Pilgrimage). It has been carried by International Peace Prayer Day runners to the Jemez Mountains site of International Peace Prayer Day at Guru Ram Das Puri for the past 26 years.
Be part of this uplifting event, as a Peace Flame Runner or part of the Support Team. Or join the Global Community at Guru Ram Das Puri to welcome the runners and the Peace Flame. Contact Dham Khalsa
May we “keep the flame alive” in our hearts. It represents the love of God within us which people of God are called to share with one another and with all of Mother Earth’s creatures.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Peace Flame Run:
Is this a race?
No, this is not a race; it is a group torch run to promote world peace.
How long is the run?
It is 20 miles long.
Do I have to run the whole 20 miles?
No, we have a support van that follows us the whole way, which you may ride whenever you please.
How fast is the pace?
We generally run a pace of 10-12 min/mile
What is the weather been in the past?
The weather can range from the mid to upper 90’s, with wind and dust. In the last 10 years of this run, it has only rained once.
Can I walk the course?
No, because this is such a small event, it is considered a group run.
What kind of support is provided at this event?
The following items will be kept in the support van for the participant; water, Gatorade, cola, bananas, oranges, Fig Newtons, first-aid, and sunscreen.
How long does the run take?
It usually takes 5-6 hours total. This includes stopping for hydration breaks.
Are showers available at the finish?
Yes, there are showers at the finish; only cold water is available.
Is the course difficult?
The general consensus is that this particular 20 miles is as difficult as doing a complete marathon.
Is this a timed event?
No, this is a group run.
Is there an entry fee?
No there is no entry fee. This is a non-profit event.
Do all entrants receive an event T-shirt?
Yes, there will be event T-shirts available to all the participants.
How do I register for this event?
Contact the event organizer at [email protected]
Will food be available at the finish?
Yes, there will be a free meal at the finish.
Where and when will we meet for this event?
Contact the event organizer for directions, times, and shuttle possibilities.
The evening’s programme by Mirabai Ceiba was amazing, hopefully video/pics coming soon.
The sacred healing walk is done by the native Americans, as I did not understand this and the ceremony behind it, I decided not to participate.