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I am grateful to be able to offer my blessings to the world and its people. And I am grateful to be able to offer chants and hymns, like the Pasayadan, to the world. I am very touched by the Pasayadan. Its meaning is powerful, selfless, and truly beautiful.

If I have experienced the benefits from chanting and from giving and receiving blessings, why would I not want them also to affect and uplift the world?

Thank you so much, Gurumayi, for your infinite generosity and compassion. Thank you for showering your blessings and guidance on us all.

a Siddha Yogi from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

It was in May 2009 during Baba's Birthday Celebration Satsang that I first recognized the beauty of Pasayadan. At that time I was not aware of the meaning of this beautiful hymn, but as soon as it started, tears of gratitude for my Guru started flowing through my eyes. Now, whenever I hear Pasayadan, it brings out my feelings of love and gratitude for Gurumayi.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for this beautiful tradition of playing Pasayadan during darshan. And thank you for providing this post with a complete translation.

May this beautiful prayer reach all the seekers of the Truth around the world.

a Siddha Yogi from Ulhasnagar, India

As a Siddha Yoga musician I have had the honor to sing Pasayadan many times in satsangs over the past twenty-five years. Each time I sing or hear this benediction, I experience the immense compassion that pours from the heart of a saint. And each time my heart is filled with awe and thankfulness, because the divine words of Jnaneshwar Maharaj––written centuries ago––describe my own experience of being in the company of Shri Gurumayi and walking the Siddha Yoga path.

Today, after reading Pasayadan on the Siddha Yoga path website, I re-read Gurumayi’s intention for the Siddha Yoga Chanting Tour: Australia 2014––Satyam Shivam Sundaram. Showers of blessings! Thank you again and again, Gurumayi, for your compassion and love.

a Siddha Yoga musician from Virginia, USA

After the final Chanting Satsang of the tour in Gold Coast, two vocalists from the Music Ensemble kindly sang Pasayadan for a small group of Siddha Yogis. It was a divine experience—their voices were so pure and clear. The stillness in the room was palpable. It really felt like blessings were showering into the space, while outside, the voices of tiny birds were joining in. We all sat in total stillness, wrapped in love for quite some time.

Thank you, Gurumayi. And thanks to all the sevites and other Siddha Yogis who made this Chanting Tour come to life.

a Siddha Yogi from Nana Glen, Australia

My first thought, when I saw Pasayadan on the website, was the same one so many others had—darshan. I grew up visiting Shree Muktananda Ashram, and this hymn brings me back to when I was five years old and in line to receive darshan after satsang.

I remember watching the devotees in front of me fold into a pranam; there was such humility, such love, in their gesture. I remember wanting to bring the same intention when my turn came. And I remember the tickle of peacock feathers on the back of my head—Gurumayi's wand.

Most of all, I remember how the air felt. It was full with a sweetness I couldn't define, an energy that grew with each pranam, each tap of the peacock feathers. I always thought that Pasayadan put words to that feeling. Now, as I read the translation, I see why. Jnaneshwar speaks with such gratitude, such respect, for the world and people around him. It's the same gratitude we feel when receiving darshan.

Thank you, Gurumayi. What a fitting end to the Chanting Tour.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I was very happy to see this beautiful hymn posted on the Siddha Yoga path website. It carries me back to many wonderful memories and experiences of darshan. And, as I read the words of this magnificent prayer, it made me think of the Siddha Yoga Vision and Mission Statements.

The Siddha Yoga Vision Statement invokes the highest goals for everyone's spiritual and material well-being. And the Siddha Yoga Mission Statement states the role that the Guru, the saint, has in accomplishing that vision. It is wonderful to see how Pasayadan, written over seven centuries ago, carries the same wisdom as that of the Siddha Yoga Gurus.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I heard this hymn for the first time in 1996 in the Siddha Yoga Meditation Center in Russia. My heart immediately recognized how special this hymn was and embraced it with joy. The words were like pearls strung on the thread of the soft, tender melody. “Saints are walking gardens…”  I wanted to listen and sing along again and again. Ever since, when I either hear this hymn or remember its words or music, I feel transported to the abode of love, to the place deep within me where I find myself in the presence of such a saint, my beloved Gurumayi.
 
As I write this share, I relive my experience, and I am in that very space of love.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

For many years on the Siddha Yoga path, the beautiful hymn Pasayadan has been the invitation to darshan. Often when I hear the first few notes of this hymn, I am transported to the darshan line. Instantly I turn within, connect with my heart, my devotion to Gurumayi, and feel the anticipation of being in the presence of the Guru. Just thinking about Pasayadan puts me in a state of reverence and peace. 
 
At the conclusion of the evening namasankirtana here in Shree Muktananda Ashram, I always look forward to the moment when Pasayadan will begin to play. Pasayadan draws me within very powerfully. It is magical; it happens every time. My body elongates upward and I sink into deep meditation. Listening to Pasayadan, I experience the fruit of the hymn, the deep stillness, and the pulsation of the hymn within—the soundless sound, which continues long after the hymn has concluded.

a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

As a Siddha Yoga musician, I have had the opportunity to sing Pasayadan on many different occasions when Gurumayi gives darshan. On the Siddha Yoga path, this beautiful prayer is traditionally sung or played at the very beginning of darshan. In the particular area of Shri Nilaya hall where the musicians perform, I have a clear view of Gurumayi’s chair, and of disciples coming forward to receive her darshan. When I sing Pasayadan while watching this scene unfold before me, I can clearly see the meaning of this prayer manifesting: “May all beings of all worlds be filled with joy, and may they worship God forever.”
 
As each person comes forward for darshan, their joy and devotion to the Guru is palpable. It is an incredible experience to see every prayer contained within Pasayadan become fulfilled in darshan while it is simultaneously being sung. I find that the words carry power and intention to make their meaning a reality, and at the same time they depict the constant experience of the Self to which the Guru guides us through her “gift of divine grace.”

a Siddha Yoga musician from New York, USA

As a Siddha Yoga musician, I have learned to sing many devotional songs by the poet-saints of India, yet singing Pasayadan has always been a unique experience. There is a quality about it that is different from anything else. I have always felt that in these words, Jnaneshwar Maharaj captured the nature of grace and the sweetness of a Siddha’s heart, so that whenever anyone sang them, the experience of their meaning would be invoked and would manifest like a fragrance.
 
For many years, as people formed a line to come forward for Gurumayi’s darshan, a group of us would sing this beautiful prayer three times. I loved the sounds of the Marathi words and the simple tune that others could sing along with. And it seemed to me that as we sang, the very air in the hall would become filled with the power of Jnaneshwar’s selfless desire to uplift the world. I knew he was praying for everyone, everywhere, to be filled with joy, and he was describing how saints come to this earth only to bring this about.
 
For me, singing Pasayadan was a way of honoring Gurumayi’s love and blessings that flowed to the people coming before her.

a Siddha Yoga musician from Washington, USA

I am a Siddha Yoga musician, and I had an extraordinary experience of singing Pasayadan in Poland during Gurumayi’s Teachings Visit, the Mahayatra, in 1996. On one of the final days in Lodz, Gurumayi visited a local park with a group of devotees and sevites; I was among them. Sitting near a lake at dusk, we sang Pasayadan with Gurumayi. In that moment we were all connected, lifting our voices in joy to pray for the benefit of the world. After we sang, Gurumayi spoke to us about how powerful it is to pray for others, that it shows purity of heart. Since then, whenever I sing Pasayadan, I remember this experience.

a Siddha Yoga musician from New York, USA

The Pasayadan has always deeply moved me, not only because of the beauty of its language, but also because of Jnaneshwar Maharaj’s exalted generosity of heart. This is the way a saint gives blessings—with a pure desire for the welfare of all beings in all worlds, utterly devoid of any selfish motive. What a great heart one must have to be able to bless in this way! No limitations, no constrictions, and no partiality can exist in this kind of heart.
 
May we be inspired to genuinely offer blessings in this way!

a Siddha Yoga Swami