Mahashivaratri 2015

Siddha Yoga Meditation

Session I: Know the Self
New Updated: Feb 26
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I was very pleased with this first meditation session that is open to everyone. It is with gratitude that I will receive this new guidance on a monthly basis. It is time that I really get back into the daily practice of meditation. I had lost it during the last few years, and this year, I made the resolution to practice it daily. Now, with this new series of meditation sessions, I feel sure that I will succeed.

a Siddha Yogi from Montreal, Canada

I engaged in the first meditation session, “Know the Self,” again this morning. And I am looking forward to doing it again and again. I can see how repeating it will deepen my understanding and practice of meditation, even after all these years of practice. It was so pure, so balanced, so perfect. As if it were a delicious meal, I savored and relished every word that Swami Dharmananda, who is an eloquent teacher, spoke.

As with each new teaching on the Siddha Yoga path website, I am being given the opportunity to continue moving toward the goal of knowing my own Self and developing a stronger relationship with the world from that inner place.

Thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

What an amazing experience! The live audio stream was blessed with the Guru’s grace. When Swami ji invited us to meditate after the chant, I started focusing on my breath. Within two or three seconds, there was nothing but the breath and a feeling of strong energy at my ajna chakra. All thoughts were gone. When the gong rang, I didn’t want to come out of meditation.

Such an amazing and powerful series is in store for us!

Thank you, Shri Gurumayi ji.

a Siddha Yogi from Khargone, India

"Know the Self" helped me to remember that on the Siddha Yoga path, we do not meditate on the body, since the body is not our goal. I more fully understand now why I welcome others with respect and love and why I practice seeing God in others. When I do this, I am recognizing and acknowledging the great Self in all.

I am so grateful to Gurumayi and Baba for teaching me to truly live the teachings that God is in everyone and everything. It all starts with knowing that my goal of meditation is the Self, not the body or mind.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

It felt as if Gurumayi was present with us during the live audio stream. My body shimmered with excitement as the chant began. Although I was at home, I experienced that I was sitting in the meditation hall.

How blessed we are to have a series of meditation sessions that we can practice in our own homes as we contemplate and experience Gurumayi’s Message for 2015. An amazing gift for this entire year.

a Siddha Yogi from Maine, USA

It has been a very profound and transformative experience to participate in the live audio stream of the first meditation session. As the program began, I experienced the Universal Hall as an infinite sky filled with tiny, twinkling stars, which I saw as Siddha Yogis just like me, who had gathered to meditate all around the world. As Swami ji told the story, my awareness zoomed from the vast sky to a tiny speck of light, and this became the focus of my meditation. 

As I continue to contemplate this light, I feel as though I have dropped a huge weight that I was carrying. Thoughts and feelings I strongly identified with have loosened their grip on me. My perception has turned around: instead of being a tiny point of light beholding an infinite sky, I feel like the infinite sky observing the tiny point of light. I have been experiencing deep inner stillness, in which I feel the mantra arising like a wave. This feels very powerful.

Thank you, beloved Gurumayi, for this enlightening experience. I am eager to practice this meditation every day and am excited to see its magic unfold in the following series. Thank you, Swami Dharmananda, for guiding us into meditation with so much ease and focus.

a Siddha Yogi from Pune, India

The satsang sparked a contemplation of timelessness for me. I felt it transported me beyond time, to a place inside where my preoccupation with all the things I feel I’m supposed to do could subside and I could be at ease and present with the Self. That was a gift!

I also felt the satsang itself embodied timelessness. It contained familiar, beloved teachings I’d heard many times in the past, but brought me clearly into the present through the emphasis on the Message for this year and the freshness of the delivery. I was excited to find one dictionary definition of freshness as “not affected by time.”

Furthermore, I listened to the satsang here in the Northeast of the US, following weeks of exceptionally heavy snow, which obliged us to give up our plans and surrender to nature’s will. So it feels as though Mother Nature has also been giving us an experience of timelessness—reinforcing the focus on time we’ve been given by Gurumayi. So beautiful!

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

The story told by Swami Dharmananda was a great support to my meditation experience during this first meditation session. I imagined a tunnel, whose walls were laced with the mantra, leading me to the goal. The image of the tunnel helped me focus on the goal. I felt protected from the distractions of the mind that were floating around the tunnel of the mantra. It made it so much easier for me to keep focusing on the mantra in this way.

Thank you, Swami Dharmananda. Thank you, Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Minnesota, USA

I had expected a wonderful meditation session this morning. And my expectations were abundantly fulfilled.

The sound was perfect and uninterrupted. Swami ji's explanations and guidance were clear and focused. Gurumayi’s voice led the chant. And when I closed my eyes to meditate, I saw the Blue Pearl. I fell deep into meditation, emerging at the end only when I felt a strong wave of energy at the base of my spine and heard the voice of Swami ji bringing my awareness back to the room.

My thanks to all who contributed to this event.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

This session gave me a clear understanding of the transcendence of meditation. I experienced a great, sweet reverence while I repeated the mantra during meditation. The loving power of Gurumayi was clearly present.

Thank you very much for making this possible.

a Siddha Yogi from Querétaro, México

When I participated in the meditation session by live audio stream, I felt very peaceful. Seeing how our beloved Guru continues to bring all of us, step by step, to our destination of the Heart made me very happy. I also felt that now it would be very easy for me to invite anybody interested in spirituality to participate in this session in their home and to experience the grace.

Two days later I participated again through the audio webcast. This time, something else happened that changed my mind-set. For many years, I had given equal priority to worldly things and spirituality. However, after the webcast, I received the insight that my primary intention in this life should be my sadhana. After this insight, I could also see that these meditation sessions will help me not only to improve my meditation practice but also to learn valuable knowledge.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for all these blessings!

a Siddha Yogi from Pune, India

As Swami ji was guiding us in the meditation session, deep in my heart I felt the certainty that the Self is there for me to know.
 
Thank you, beloved Gurumayi, for showing us once again your generous heart in offering this first meditation session of a series to come in 2015.

a Siddha Yogi from Mexico City, Mexico

I felt accompanied by the global sangham. The power of so many Siddha Yogis meditating at the same time was so palpable. Meditation happened spontaneously. One hour seemed to pass by so quickly, and I felt refreshed at the end of the meditation.
 
Thanks a million, Gurumayi, for offering us all this amazing opportunity to dive deep within.

a Siddha Yogi from Curacao, Netherlands Antilles

I have been anticipating this first meditation session, “Know the Self,” with eagerness. As soon as Swami ji began to talk, I began to glide into meditation. Waves of blue light were coming and going within my inner visual field, and I easily dove into that light. Its energy was full of pure love. At the same time, I was very alert and listening to Swami ji’s every word. I often struggle with meditation, but today it was very pure and easy. I am really looking forward to Session II.

Thank you so much, dear Gurumayi. You always know what we need.

a Siddha Yogi from Exeter-Devon, United Kingdom

As the Chinese New Year is being celebrated here in Hong Kong, this meditation session feels like icing on the cake! I will participate in it again and again. And I also look forward to participating in the coming sessions.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for this wonderful gift, and for your grace. Thank you, Swami ji, for your vivid storytelling and clear instructions. And thank you to all the sevites who have served to make this event available to us.

a Siddha Yogi from Hong Kong

How extraordinary to be able to participate in this meditation session in my own home, along with a dear friend. I felt we were meditating as part of the global Siddha Yoga sangham, intimately connected and beautifully guided by Swami Dharmananda, just as if we were all in the Ashram. The meditation generated a feeling of peace and contentment for me. And even now, hours afterward, this feeling lingers.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for making this golden opportunity available.

a Siddha Yogi from Eastbourne, United Kingdom

I was offering seva for the live-streamed meditation session. It was my responsibility to cue the team in the hall via headset and to convey cues to and from the technical webcast team.

The night before, in preparation for this day, I reflected on this seva, asking myself what more I needed to understand about the nature of this webcast event. I felt drawn inside, where a huge pulsation of love enveloped me. I felt its energy, its resonance, its tenderness, its magnificence.

I understood that, through the practice of Siddha Yoga meditation, this pulsation of love uplifts the world.

Thank you, Gurumayi.

a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

Swami ji guided us into meditation and I effortlessly glided into a deep state of peace and bliss, which soothed and calmed my body and mind.

a Siddha Yogi from Iowa, USA

I am eight years old. I listened to the webcast session today, and I meditated. It made me feel calm and at peace. For a second, I felt Gurumayi was near me holding my hand. I forgot all my fears. I felt as if my late grandpa was also with me and was enjoying this beautiful session along with us.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for such a wonderful experience. I love you, Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Dombivli East, India

Today's meditation session was very powerful. Throughout the session, again and again, my mind returned to focus on knowing the Self—asking: “What could be the nature of the Self?”
 
Swami Dharmananda gave the instructions in simple but very powerful words. As I started to chant the mantra, my mind was spontaneously drawn deep inside, and my awareness started expanding in all directions. At one moment in the meditation, I had a strong insight that everything I was experiencing was the Self; every movement in my mind was a wave of Kundalini Shakti. I experienced each subtle movement of the mind and the stillness behind it, and saw that as the Self. I understood that there is movement and also stillness in everything, in each and every manifestation. I could actually feel that there is only one existence. All this was happening inside me.
 
Saprem pranam, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Pune, India

At one point during the meditation, I felt completely at ease. As I repeated Gurumayi's Message, Turn Inward Meditate Easefully, to myself in English and also in German, I suddenly realized that my breath was moving in and out with weightlessness and tranquility. Then the image arose of an off-white woolen shawl, moving in gentle, elegant waves. The words "easefully—in aller Ruhe," resonated within my entire being—in my mind, my body, my heart—filling me from a place deep within myself, with confidence and peace. 

Reflecting on this experience, I now understand that this is one expression of knowing the Self.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for your guidance and love.

a Siddha Yogi from Katzenbach, Germany

I am amazed by the power and depth of this meditation session. I have listened to it twice already, and both times my meditation experience was profound and significant. The peaceful, vast inner space of the Self was so easily accessible. Swami Dharmananda’s simple and clear instructions helped me reconnect with the purpose and goal of Siddha Yoga meditation. They have refreshed my focused engagement with my daily meditation practice.

These monthly meditation sessions are a wonderful initiative for studying and practicing Gurumayi's Message for 2015 in a systematic, consistent, and sustained way. Thank you!

a Siddha Yogi from Rome, Italy

The meditation session was very powerful for me. As soon as the live audio stream started, it took me inside. My eyes closed automatically, and I participated in the entire session from a very deep state of meditation. There was complete silence—no question, no thought. It was easy for me to meditate.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi ji, for such a profound meditation.

a Siddha Yogi from Nasik, India

I am so grateful to Gurumayi for this wonderful opportunity to refresh my meditation practice. The story that Swami ji told really helped me to stay focused in our meditation session. And the discipline of staying focused created more ease.

Thank you for this incredibly timely series. I look forward to our next session.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA 

I absolutely loved the first meditation session of this monthly series. It brought to mind a family vacation tradition in which we join hands and walk into a cool lake on a summer morning. Once in, whatever resistance we’ve had to waking up dissolves, and we revel in our immersion in the refreshing lake.
 
Today, I felt that Gurumayi was taking me by the hand and leading me into the sweetest experience of meditation. The presentation felt classic—such a clear introduction to the elements of Siddha Yoga meditation. And at the same time, it felt completely new and fresh—imbued with Gurumayi’s Message and sankalpa for this year.
 
I feel so uplifted and so grateful to Gurumayi. And I’m grateful to Swami Dharmananda for his resonant voice and his loving, inspiring, vibrant instruction. I’m looking forward with great anticipation to the rest of the series.

a Siddha Yogi from Kentucky, USA

It was an amazing experience to participate in a live-streamed meditation session this morning with other devotees around the world. As I listened from my Caribbean home to the Swami speaking, I heard the wind swirling around outside in the branches of the trees. I felt the gentle breeze blowing throughout the house and softly caressing my skin.
 
Over the past month, I have encountered challenges in my life, and I have been intently focusing on my spiritual studies so that I could experience the Self. Now, to participate in a live meditation session was phenomenal. It shows me once again how to stay grounded in the Siddha Yoga meditation practices.
 
Thank you from the depths of my heart, Gurumayi. And thank you, Swami ji, for teaching all of us.

a Siddha Yogi from North Side, Anguilla

After the meditation session today entitled “Know the Self,” I felt a noticeable difference in my state. My consciousness felt pulled deep inside to a place of strength, tranquility, peace, and equanimity. I knew this was the state of the Self. It was so clear to me why I need to make it a practice every day to meditate—to know the Self and to remain anchored in that state.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your grace, guidance, and compassion in providing the teachings and opportunities that once again lead us to the great Self! And thank you, Swami Dharmananda, for hosting this event. And thank you to all the sevites who supported it.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

Gurumayi has answered my prayers! I have been longing for more guidance from experienced Siddha Yoga meditation teachers, and here it is. Every drop of information brought me deeper into my heart, and the chanting and meditation were pure bliss. So much grace!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Participating in Session I of the new monthly meditation sessions transported me back to 1981, when I attended my very first Siddha Yoga meditation satsang. Back then, there was also a kind, warm, engaging Swami serving as the teacher. Back then, we also heard about the unique transformative power of Siddha Yoga meditation and shaktipat initiation. And we chanted the mantra before immersing ourselves in meditation.
 
I firmly believe that I received shaktipat initiation at that satsang—through the mantra and through the Guru's will. And the Guru's grace has been flowing abundantly through my life ever since. Knowing the power of Siddha Yoga meditation in this way, I am therefore profoundly moved that Gurumayi has decided to make the blessings of Siddha Yoga meditation so readily available to the entire world through this monthly series. It is a priceless boon.

a Siddha Yogi from Illinois, USA

By following Swami ji's instructions, I reconnected to Gurumayi’s Message for 2015 and her amazing grace in a powerful and tangible way. I was reminded of the focus of my meditation and Siddha Yoga practices, which is to connect with and attain the Self. I could see how, through meditation, I am able to achieve this goal, which is the purpose of my life and the source of great joy.
 
At the end of meditation, I experienced profound gratitude for the Guru's grace, which I felt to be pure and perfect love. I want to ensure that I remember this gratitude at the beginning, middle, and end of all my practices.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

The meditation session was very powerful. Swami ji explained the significance of Siddha Yoga meditation with such simplicity and clarity, teaching us how to delve into the inner Self. By participating in this meditation session, I have learned to meditate easefully. I feel very joyous and contented.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for guiding us to know the Self through meditation. Thank you, Swami ji, and the entire website team.

a Siddha Yogi from Hyderabad, India

As we began to meditate, I felt a blanket of peace filling my awareness. As the meditation continued, this experience expanded into bliss. I felt connected to the inner Self.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA