I vividly remember the day that Baba took mahasamadhi
. I felt a huge sense of loss, and I wondered how I would continue. Yet within twenty-four hours, Baba's presence was all around me, not just in my dreams, but as a tangible experience. My heart was lifted, and I was swimming in his ocean of bliss, with him and all his devotees. Now, when I spend time with Baba in my meditations, and when I am participating in the Siddha Yoga practices, I can still see his smile, feel his hand on my cheek, and my heart is fully open.
a Siddha Yogi from Macedon, Australia
The first time I was given the opportunity to offer the seva
of performing arati
at the Siddha Yoga meditation center I attend, I was left with an indelible impression: as I rested my eyes on the image of Gurumayi in the photo in front of me, and began to move the tray, my sense of space changed entirely. It opened up to include everything, with Gurumayi's image filling all of it. I no longer had a sense of what a circle was; I felt that it was Gurumayi who was all of the directions and I could only stay oriented by focusing on her eyes.
Since then, the Guru has always been so present for me, especially when I am waving the arati
light, or chanting Jyota se Jyota Jagao
. My experience showed me that I dwell in the Guru's world all the time, whether I am aware of it at any given moment or not. It let me see the Truth, removing any doubt I may have had about my true home and my true state.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for showing this to me. Thank you, Baba, for this legacy.
a Siddha Yogi from London, United Kingdom
Seeing this hymn reminds me of the day when Gurumayi came to Paris in 1987 and I was one of the women invited to perform arati
. What an experience: all of us singing Jyota se Jyota Jagao
in front of the Guru and waving the light to Gurumayi! I was so grateful to be in front of my Guru—and so close. At one point during the arati
, Gurumayi fixed her gaze on my heart for a long moment.
I contemplated that experience for years. One day I realized that I could understand it as Gurumayi reminding me that "the true flame is alive" in my own heart too. I also realized that whenever I perform arati
to the Guru,
I can remember that the Guru dwells within me as well.
Each time I remember this experience, I deepen my connection with Gurumayi. Gratitude is my gift to, and from, Gurumayi.
Thank you so much, dearest Gurumayi!
a Siddha Yogi from Pardies, France
The experience of singing Jyota se Jyota Jagao
has always been deeply meaningful for me.
When I first began to practice the Siddha Yoga teachings, the very idea that I, too, had a light within me was a revelation—one that transformed my self-image forever. As I came to understand that the Guru's role was to help my experience of that light become ever steadier, ever stronger, I could hardly believe my good fortune that I had met such a being.
"The true flame is alive in our hearts,” reminds and inspires me that the "true flame," so evident in the Guru, has an eternal seat in my own heart as well.
a Siddha Yogi from Connecticut, USA
As I read the line Jivana muktananda avinashi
, "O imperishable Muktananda!” I vividly remember the experience I had on the day of Baba’s Mahasamadhi in 1982. After hearing the news, I closed my eyes to meditate. My awareness spread through a vast space of stars and planets— until I experienced myself as that vastness. I was completely still and understood from within that stillness that Baba would always be with me.
a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA