Mahashivaratri 2015

SYDA Foundation staff members and visiting sevites offering seva
in Shree Muktananda Ashram, February 2015

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I loved seeing the photos of the sevites learning how to make ghee wicks. I remembered the account of the Celebration Satsang for Makara Sankranti, when Gurumayi spoke about having asked the Live Events Department to train sevites to learn how to properly make these wicks so that the flame does not go out while the arati tray is being waved. And now on the website, I see that sevites are learning how to make a light that lasts.

In that satsang, Gurumayi spoke about seva par excellence. For me, that is making the effort to learn how I can do something in the best way, to ask for help when I need it, and to double check to see that I am doing something properly. As a student, I can always learn something more.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for showing me so practically what it takes to offer seva par excellence.

a Gurukula student in Gurudev Siddha Peeth

So much love shines through the beautiful faces of sevites participating in the practice of seva with devotion. I am reminded to bring this love into my daily interactions with teachers and young children at the school where I work.

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

I am so grateful for the Yoga—Skill in Action page. I visit it again and again. It gives me the feeling I am not only offering seva from home, but also in the Ashram, though I have never been there. I feel myself as part of the life in the Ashram. Everyone looks so beautiful and full of joy. And it's true: this is love made visible!

a Siddha Yogi from Bienenbüttel, Germany

When I visit these photographs of sevites at Shree Muktananda Ashram, I perceive love shining through every face, whether the sevite is laughing and smiling, or serious and deeply focused on a particular task. They serve as a reminder of the commitment I made in January to follow the teaching that Gurumayi gives us in the last line of her poem, “One Special Mandate”:

Always make space for the presence of LOVE, and make it visible.

So each time I see these photographs, I stop, review my day, and ask myself how I’m doing and where and how my efforts can improve. Just a few minutes of visiting this gallery and reflecting on what I am learning is enough to get me realigned with my intention.

a Siddha Yogi from New Hampshire, USA