Guru Ram Das Puri
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At the first Summer Solstice Celebration in New Mexico in 1970 a delegation of Hopi Indian spiritual guides came and told us a tale about huge spiritual gatherings that had been taking place for a hundred thousand years. People would travel from South America, India, and Asia to celebrate the Oneness of Spirit.
The last of these celebrations was over two thousand years ago, when it was determined that the forces of darkness were increasing with such strength that the gatherings could no longer be openly held. The Hopi elders told us that the Hopi tradition taught that, just before the darkness reached the height of its power, a white-clad warrior from the East would come and create an army of white-clad warriors who would restore the celebration of the One Supreme Spirit.
A few years later, another delegation of Hopi elders came to the Siri Singh Sahib. They took him up on a mountain near Espanola and showed him the vast lands where these vast numbers of people had gathered. They pointed to a special place where the holy men of all the tribes had sat to meditatively focus the power of the One Spirit, so that the Light of the Spirit could be realized and experienced by the whole world. They told the Siri Singh Sahib that his people must prepare this place so that the Oneness of Spirit could once again be experienced by all the people of the world.
This special place, which is now known as Guru Ram Das Puri (the village of Guru Ram Das), was bought by the Siri Singh Sahib in 1977. Every year since then, thousands from all over the world gather at Guru Ram Das Puri at the time of the Summer Solstice to practice yoga, meditate, pray, and experience peace.
Winter photos of Guru Ram Das Puri courtesy of Sarbjit Singh & Kaur Khalsa