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Japji Sahib Intensive Public Event: Who Was Guru Naanak?
November 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Facilitated by noted author and teacher Ek Ong Kaar Khalsa Michaud.
This evening event is part of a larger intensive on Guru Nanak’s Japji Sahib: The Song of the Soul.
Who Was Guru Naanak?
Wednesday | November 13th | 7pm-9pm
This year, we celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Naanak.
Yet – who was Guru Naanak historically speaking? What was his connection to yoga? What impact did his life have on the world? Come learn about his life through stories and song.
Space is limited! Please RSVP by contacting Guru Gian Kaur.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 713-724-4580 (call or text)
CLICK HERE for information on the 3-day intensive course, which will be held November 14th-16th from 9:30am-4:30pm.
About the Instructor
Ek Ong Kaar Khalsa Michaud, née Bernadette Gillece, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Cum Laude from Rice University in Houston, Texas in 1992, with a BA in Asian Studies and a concentration in English Literature. She earned a scholarship to study abroad in China, in 1990-1991, where she immersed herself in Chinese language and culture. During that time, she explored issues of translation between Asian poetic/mystical texts and the English language through the lens of literary theory.
After graduating, Ek ong Kaar worked as a freelance writer and communications consultant in Texas, where she wrote investigative journalism and community news pieces for The Houston Press, The Houston Chronicle, and the Downtown Voice. Later, in 1997, she worked briefly in the central offices of Whole Foods in Austin, Texas, serving as their Communications Coordinator. In 1998, Kundalini Yoga Master Yogi Bhajan, also known as Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji, invited Bernadette to come work at the mother ashram for 3HO and Sikh Dharma of the Western Hemisphere in Espanola, New Mexico.
There, she became a Sikh and adopted the name to Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa. From 1998-2017, Ek Ong Kaar Kaur worked in many different roles within the for-profit and non-profit companies inspired by the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. She served as a marketing assistant for Khalsa International Industries and Trades (KIIT), and was part of the marketing team for Yogi Tea, Golden Temple Products, Sunshine Oils, Peace Cereals and Herb Technology. She then went on to do marketing work for 3HO – the Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization – which serves the world-wide Kundalini Yoga community. During this time, she was a founding member of Aquarian Times Magazine.
When the terrorist attacks happened in New York and Washington DC on 9-11, Ek Ong Kaar Kaur took a position at SikhNet.com. Her work there included writing news, managing media and doing community building and outreach for the greater Sikh community.
During the years of 1998-2004, the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan, trained Ek Ong Kaar Kaur to translate the writings of the Sikh Masters into English. They collaborated together on a translation of Japji Sahib, by the first Sikh Master Guru Naanak. With Ek Ong Kaar Kaur’s literary theory training as a base, the Siri Singh Sahib shared a yogic framework of consciousness, which expanded her understanding around the issues at play in translation. Before leaving his physical body in 2004, the Siri Singh Sahib instructed Ek Ong Kaar Kaur to continue translating the Siri Guru Granth Sahib from a Cosmological perspective. This has become her life’s work.
In the years following the physical passing of Yogi Bhajan, Ek Ong Kaar Kaur continued to serve in many different capacities at the Hacienda de Guru Ram Das Ashram in Espanola New Mexico. Most recently, she spearheaded the initiative to create and launch the online SikhNet Learning Center. (learn.sikhnet.com)
She has continued translating Siri Guru Granth Sahib ji for close to 20 years, and has published translations of Guru Naanak’s Japji Sahib; Guru Amar Das’s Anand Sahib; and Guru Arjan Dev ji’s Sukhmani Sahib. In addition, other translations have been completed but not yet published.
Ek Ong Kaar is a KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) Level 2 Certified Teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. She is close to earning her Professional Trainer Status as a Teacher Trainer for Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, through the Aquarian Academy. She is a certified minister of Sikh Dharma International (SDI),and a permanent member of the Sarkar-E-Khalsa Secretariat section for SDI’s International Khalsa Council, appointed by the Siri Singh Sahib to that position in 2001.
Ek Ong Kaar Kaur has published numerous articles on Kundalini Yoga and the Sikh philosophy of consciousness through many avenues, including SikhNet.com, SpiritVoyage.com, SikhChic.com, 3HO.org and SikhDharma.org. She has spoken at conferences in the United States and India, and teaches workshops on Sikh Dharma and Kundalini Yoga on an international level.
In 2017, Ek Ong Kaar married Dr. Patrick Michaud. Dr. Michaud does robotics education and outreach for the University of Texas at Dallas. He is also the Affiliate Partner for the North Texas Region with FIRST Robotics. They currently reside together in Plano, Texas.