April 2015

Invocation to Shri Guru

Invocation to Baba Muktananda
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Reading the verses of this powerful invocation reminded me that the word together appears three times in the third verse. For me, this is a perfect reflection of so many of the gifts I have received as my sadhana has progressed over the years: learning to trust that I am always together with the Guru, experiencing more and more how much my self-effort is invariably accompanied by her grace, and becoming increasingly aware of the extent of the Guru's protection and illuminating presence in my life.

For this reason, when I sing this verse now, it feels that not only am I praying for these blessings to be true in the future, but I am also acknowledging how much they have already manifested in my life.

Thank you for returning my attention to the profound significance of these verses.

a Siddha Yogi from Ilinois, USA

Whenever I repeat this invocation before I start my morning practice of meditation, I always feel Baba ji's presence and support, just as the invocation says: the Guru "has assumed a body to meet the needs of his devotees." Whenever I look at Baba ji's photo, it always inspires in me an intense feeling to do sadhana—like early morning meditation and recitation of Shri Guru Gita. In this way I start the day with great joy and energy, without feeling attached to anything in this world.
 
Singing this invocation before I do my practices feels to me like inviting all the Siddhas to help me in my sadhana.
 
Thank you!

a Siddha Yogi from Pune, India

The Guru's shakti permeates everything, and nowhere was this transcendent quality more apparent to me than one time when I sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and felt Baba's presence on the vast ocean. It was wondrous to chant at sea.
 
This invocation also warms my heart by reminding me of the very essence of God's boundless grace and benediction, which he bestows on each of us daily as we journey through this world.
 
Happy Birthday, Baba!

a Siddha Yogi from South Carolina, USA

Thank you for posting these verses for us to sing and to contemplate in preparation for Baba’s birthday month. The longer I have been on the Siddha Yoga path, the more wondrous and mysterious for me is the divine nature of the Guru and the Guru’s presence in my life. It seems miraculous to me that grace brought me to Baba. And even now, after all these years, I continue to experience that he is intimately present with me as the awakened shakti moving in my body, purifying and guiding me from within. I know that this experience is also true for many others in different parts of the world. Who else but one “whose nature is consciousness and being” could be so alive in so many hearts? 

Thank you, Baba.

a Siddha Yogi from Wisconsin, USA