The Siddha Yoga Chanting Tour: Australia 2014
Announcement from the Co-Managers of the Tour, Rudra Sharp and Monica Walsh

February 5, 2014

On April, 1, 1997, at the conclusion of the Siddha Yoga Meditation Tour to Australia, Gurumayi said:

“In the future, there will be Chanting Tours.… The focus will be on chanting.… People will remember the goal: the inner attainment, the inner transformation, creating a true paradise in this very world.”

It is our great delight to announce that the Siddha Yoga Chanting Tour: Australia 2014 will commence next month, in March. The Siddha Yoga Chanting Tour: Australia 2014, held by the SYDA Foundation, is in fulfillment of Gurumayi’s promise to the Siddha Yogis in Australia in 1997.

The Chanting Tour will be a great opportunity for Siddha Yogis and new seekers to study, practice, assimilate, and implement the Siddha Yoga practice of chanting. Siddha Yoga chanting is chaitanya, imbued with the Guru’s grace; the Chanting Tour will be a vehicle for that grace.

At Gurumayi’s invitation, Siddha Yoga music teacher and conductor Carlos del Cueto will travel to Siddha Yoga Ashrams, meditation centers, and chanting and meditation groups in Australia to hold teaching and learning events focused on the practice of chanting. Siddha Yoga teachings on chanting and the music refinements that Gurumayi has taught over the past fifteen years will be shared both locally and with the global Siddha Yoga sangham.

Yes, wherever you may be around the world, you will have the opportunity to participate in the Chanting Tour via postings on the Siddha Yoga path website and a live audio stream. This will be an event on a global scale as Gurumayi’s teachings on chanting reverberate in the hearts of all who participate.

The Siddha Yoga Chanting Tour: Australia 2014 will begin on March 22, 2014, in Melbourne—in just six weeks! It will culminate with the grand finale in Sydney on April 19.

For more information about the Chanting Tour, continue to visit the Siddha Yoga path website.

Rudra Sharp and Monica Walsh
Co-Managers of the Siddha Yoga Chanting Tour: Australia 2014
SYDA Foundation

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Over the years, I have always experienced divine love bursting forth from the satsang hall during a chant. Just walking into the hall during a saptah, I would almost be knocked over from the power of the shakti. Now we are blessed with a Chanting Tour in Australia. What mahaprasad! What grace!  What sweetness! 2014 is indeed a blessed year, and we will be joining you in Hawaii with every drumbeat and every heartbeat. Mother Earth herself is dancing with joy.

a Siddha Yogi from Hawaii, USA

Thank you to all the Australian devotees who are putting forth great self-effort to prepare for this amazing, auspicious Chanting Tour!
 
I will also offer my Sri Guru Gita recitation and all my chanting to this event every day until it reaches its culmination. I will participate in every opportunity with all my heart.
 
I wish to be on board completely for the benefit of my heart, my mind, my body, my family, my continent, the whole world, and all people. May the Siddha Yoga vision manifest fully and permanently from the enormous love that will be poured into it by the Siddha Yoga Chanting Tour: Australia 2014!

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

I am offering seva for the Chanting Tour here in Australia, and I am discovering something wonderful! The essence of the Chanting Tour is devotion—devotion is the foundation of the Chanting Tour.
 
Jai Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Canberra, Australia

I am so grateful that the Siddha Yoga Chanting Tour is being offered here in Australia this year. It feels as if the entire global Siddha Yoga sangham is behind us—giving us their blessings. I am reminded of the longing I felt when I read about the chanting tour of India that the saints Jnaneshwar, Namdev, and others conducted in their lifetimes. And now here it is!

Thank you so very much, Shri Gurumayi, for your vision and blessing, and for all the Siddha Yogis who are carrying that vision forward.

a Siddha Yogi from Sydney, Australia

I am filled with wonder, enthusiasm, and gratitude when I think about the Chanting Tour and Gurumayi's intention for seekers around the world.

Chanting creates so much joy in my heart and always makes me feel so protected, no matter how I was feeling before starting to chant. One of my favorite talks by Gurumayi is entitled "Let Your Heart Sing," and I love the Guru's words as she encourages us to "just let the heart sing." Our hearts will all be one as we chant with faith and freedom for the Chanting Tour 2014.

Jaya Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia

I live in a small country town in northern New South Wales. There is a small group of staunch devotees in the town area and surrounding hills. We have a satsang every month in a chanting and meditation group which is about an hour's drive away from where I live.

The devotees in the chanting and meditation group have been getting together to have chanting rehearsals to prepare for the 2014 Chanting Tour. But because of the distance, the devotees in my town decided to have our own chanting rehearsals right here.

It has been wonderful—getting together, chanting together, working on the pronunciation and music together. Even though we have known each other for many years, there is now a feeling of the deepening of community. We are now talking about having a regular chant and possibly having our own chanting and meditation group once a month in the future.

Thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Lismore Heights, Australia

I have never forgotten Gurumayi's wonderful talk, “Intention and Blessing,” and I have since incorporated the great practice of forming clear intentions into my daily life.

In contemplating the Chanting Tour I have formed my intention:
To imbibe the sweetness, the exuberance, and exhilaration of the Chanting Tour Australia: 2014 through offering seva and with wholehearted participation.

a Siddha Yogi from Canberra, Australia

About a year ago I was reflecting on the community of Siddha Yogis here in Australia. I asked myself, “What is it that would help create an even more ecstatic learning community of Siddha Yogis? What is the key to us all stepping together even more into the ecstasy of the great Self?” The response that arose almost immediately from within me was to chant together in boundless delight. I could see us swaying with love, giving full voice to our deep devotion.

And, when I heard the news of the Chanting Tour, I thought of a line from a poem by the poet-saint Rumi, “The wind is pouring wine.”

Thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Castlemaine, Australia

This morning I had a wonderful dream.  Gurumayi was coming to town!  I was cleaning my house in preparation. The floor that I had previously thought was clean had some very old hard-to-see stains. I scrubbed the floor and was surprised and pleased that it came up so shiny and new. I hadn’t realized it needed extra scrubbing. People were coming to stay for the Tour. I was so happy to be making them comfortable and warm in their beds.  I woke up feeling happy, full, and complete—such a feeling of joy and enthusiasm.

As I woke, I fully understood that Gurumayi is coming in the form of the Chanting Tour and that parts of me that I previously thought were "clean enough" needed a bit more work. With a combination of self-effort and grace, I am being made fresh and scrubbed and ready to be more able to revel in the bliss of the Self. Offering shelter and comfort to others is the practice of seeing God in each other—it opens my heart and brings me closer to the joy of my own Self.

Thank you, Gurumayi!  Australia is just jumping with joy and energy. We can’t wait to welcome you here in the form of the Chanting Tour.

a Siddha Yogi from Hurlstone Park, Australia

I want to express my deep gratitude for Gurumayi's sankalpa that has made the very exciting upcoming Chanting Tour Australia 2014 possible. If the anticipation feels this divine, imagine how magnificent the tour will be!
 
Thank you, Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia

I always get excited and happy when I hear the word chanting because Siddha Yoga chanting carries the Guru's grace and love.
 
Whenever I offer seva as a lead chanter in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, I feel myself to be a carrier of the Guru's love for all the others sitting in the hall. With that awareness and responsibility, I experience myself becoming pure and divine, and I feel that whatever I am chanting is coming directly from my Guru’s heart, filled with her shakti.

a Siddha Yogi from Khargone, India

Being involved in seva for the Chanting Tour with so many other great sevites in Australia and around the world is a wonderful, enlivening experience. The devotees here in Sydney often comment on the level of shakti that we are experiencing, and it seems to deepen with each passing day.
 
Many new people have been suddenly appearing at the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Sydney, as well as many others who had not been there for some time. These things keep happening.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi. I can't wait for the Chanting Tour!

a Siddha Yogi from Sydney, Australia

Anticipation is dancing inside—a wondrous feeling of clarity and joy, connected with the opportunity of being in the universal hall together, once again!
 

a Siddha Yogi from Gopa, Sweden

I remember the satsang in Sydney in 1997 when Gurumayi proposed the Chanting Tour. My mother was visiting me from the UK and had come to the satsang. Gurumayi’s tour to Sydney was her first experience of Siddha Yoga.
 
The chant with Gurumayi was over the top ecstatic. I remember the sounds and the movement and the experience of freedom. The chant was not conventional, to say the least—not by any conventions I knew of—and there were moments when I worried what my mother would be thinking!
 
When the satsang was over, I asked her how it had been for her. To my astonishment, she said, “I wouldn’t have missed that for the world!”
 
Today I am so touched that, thanks to Gurumayi’s vision and benevolence, no one in the world need miss this Chanting Tour, no matter where they are.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi. May your vision for the Chanting Tour be fulfilled.

a Siddha Yogi from Sydney, Australia

Last October, when the Shaktipat Intensive in honor of Baba's Mahasamadhi ended with the chanting of Om Namah Shivaya in the most exquisite raga, I felt I was in heaven. I thought it couldn't get any better than that—but it was followed by a most ecstatic chant that amazed me!

This January, A Sweet Surprise satsang was so beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes. The music—every little bit of it—was so sweet, so divine, that it seemed to sink down deep, touching and nourishing the deepest part of my being.
 
Needless to say, I am so looking forward to the chanting tour in Australia!
 
Thank you so much, Gurumayi. And thanks to the many sevites for making this great event possible—the Siddha Yoga Chanting Tour: Australia 2014.

a Siddha Yogi from Canberra, Australia

What a wonderful opportunity for all the Siddha Yogis around the world! Chanting is one of my favorite practices, and it always showers blessings on me and my family; I never miss a single day. As I read the letter about the Chanting Tour, my whole being was filled with ecstasy.
 
Thank you so much, Gurumayiji, for your ever-flowing compassionate grace and love! Thank you so much to the Chanting Tour seva team. All of us on the Siddha Yoga path are so blessed to receive the guidance of such a great Master.

a Siddha Yogi from Panchkula-Chandigarh, India

I am so uplifted and full of love, knowing that this Chanting Tour is a gift not only to Australia but to the global sangham and, indeed, the entire world. I have this divine confidence that no one will be the same after the transformation that will come from studying, practicing, assimilating, and implementing the Siddha Yoga teachings on chanting together.
 
This Chanting Tour is filled with the Guru's sankalpa. I am thrilled to be able to invite my friends and family to come and experience the power of Siddha Yoga chanting!
 
Thank you, Gurumayi. Thank you to all the sevites everywhere who are making this possible.

a Siddha Yogi from Perth, Australia

What great news!
 
Through chanting I experience a joy that opens my heart to the purest love. When I chant, everything I see is love; I can literally see God in everybody's faces.
 
I thank the Guru for giving more people the opportunity to experience this practice and to meet God within themselves and in others. I thank all the sevites who offer their time and skills with so much love to make this Tour possible. I send my blessings to the Chanting Tour.

a Siddha Yogi from Cancun, Mexico

In ancient times, the searchers of the Truth had to go into the forest or into the mountains to receive the teachings of a perfect Master.

Today, by the grace and guidance of our Siddha Guru, who is from India and is currently in residence in the United States, a Mexican musician will be the conductor for a Siddha Yoga Chanting Tour in Australia and all the Siddha Yogis around the world will have the opportunity to experience the nectar of the Siddha Yoga chants.

What a wonderful time we live in!!!

Thank you very much, Gurumayi. And thanks to the SYDA Foundation for supporting Gurumayi's mission in this way.

a Siddha Yogi from Niteroi, Brazil

I love chanting!
 
What an amazing gift to Australia—and the world! A sweet, beautiful and powerful Siddha Yoga practice to celebrate and experience Gurumayi's Message for this great year of 2014!
 
We are all truly blessed.

a Siddha Yogi from Texas, USA

I am currently participating in the Pilgrimage to the Heart Retreat in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, and we have the opportunity to engage in wonderful sessions of chanting.

Two evenings ago, I participated in chanting the Shiva Mahimna Stotram for the first time. Throughout the whole chant, I was so lovingly swept up into moments of the most indescribable bliss. Now, just remembering the chant, I feel immersed in bliss again. I have always favored meditation over chanting. Now I yearn to chant as much as possible.

I am so excited about the upcoming tour. Thank you, Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

My heart leapt with joy when I read the Chanting Tour in Australia will also be available to the global community! Yay!

Chanting is the foundation of my sadhana. Every day my mind is illumined by the Guru's grace through my chanting practice. Chanting has strengthened my body and my breathing. It brings a sacred fragrance to my mind that soothes and harmonizes even the most difficult thoughts and emotions, and it constantly brings me back to the core of my Self, a place of supreme joy and peace that has permeated my life.

Thank you, Gurumayi and Baba, for sharing this supremely divine practice that does indeed transform one's life. I am eternally grateful.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Wow, a Siddha Yoga Chanting Tour!

I just love the practice of Siddha Yoga chanting. When I read that the Chanting Tour will be available to Siddha Yogis around the world, I was so happy to know that I too will be able to be engaged with Gurumayi's teachings on chanting by participating in the Tour via the website.

Thank you so much, Gurumayiji, for this project and a big thank you for making it global! Thank you so much to the Siddha Yoga path website seva team too—hats off to you all!

a Siddha Yogi from Pune, India

My heart is bursting with gratitude to you, Gurumayi, for bringing us together again and again in the Universal Hall.

a Siddha Yogi from Ancona, Italy

I am thrilled beyond belief! Chanting around the globe! Chanting with each other, in different countries, in different languages, all coming together to sing God's name! In centers, in Ashrams—all via live audio stream!

I can hardly wait.

Jaya Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Georgia, USA

When I saw this letter announcing the  Siddha Yoga Chanting Tour in Australia, I felt so happy. My mind immediately started visualizing how joyful and wonderful this would be. I know that my own experience whenever I chant is that I feel joy and ecstasy.

The announcement reminded me of the teachings of the great poet-saints of Maharashtra who tell us that wherever we are, if we chant God's name with love and devotion, we attain him. This is the simplest way to attain God.

Jai Gurudev !

a Siddha Yogi from Pune, India

What wonderful news! My heart leapt up with joy just by reading about the Chanting Tour. I am filled with enthusiasm. Although I will be staying in Mumbai, the tour will touch all our hearts as well.

The tour will be a vehicle for grace. I am sure about this.

a Siddha Yogi from Mumbai, India

Wahoo!
As I was reading this letter about the Siddha Yoga Chanting Tour, with each new sentence I felt a sweet and powerful energy growing inside me and spreading out over the whole earth, space, and heaven. I felt Gurumayi's sankalpa, giving her love to the whole world.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

a Siddha Yogi from Saint Macaire, France