I am a housewife. My everyday household routine starts with reciting either Shri Rudram or Shri Guru Gita (I chant them on alternate days). Then I choose one namasankirtana to chant.
In the past, I used to get confused and then impatient about which chant to choose. Now, since the namasankirtana calendar is given on the Siddha Yoga path website, I am so excited to chant with the chant given on the calendar. The reason I get excited is because when I start the chant, sometimes I feel I am in Gurudev Siddha Peeth; at other times I feel as if Gurudev Siddha Peeth had spread itself into the universe so that the whole world is now Gurudev Siddha Peeth, and we are all chanting as we go about our daily activities.
Every day the namasankirtana calendar fills me with new enthusiasm and nourishes my practice of chanting.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this chanting calendar.
a Siddha Yogi from Vadodara, India
On the first of every month, I open up the calendar of namasankirtanas
to see what the month holds for me. What will I chant on my son's birthday? What about my parents’ anniversary, or my birthday the day after? What will I chant on the first day of spring? And as a harmonium player, I look for those chants I don't know how to play. I get to learn something new! My heart swells, and I can't help but smile as I am filled with anticipation and gratitude.
This calendar has become a wonderful tool, encouraging me to chant more at home and play more too! Thank you, thank you, thank you.
a Siddha Yogi from Pennsylvania, USA
I appreciated the share about the sevites in the Annapurna dining hall in Gurudev Siddha Peeth chanting the namasankirtana from the calendar before and during each seva day.
I teach high school. I have been on vacation and will soon return to teaching. As I was thinking about how to make my work more like seva when I return, this share rang true. In fact, without knowing any of those sevites or the circumstances of seva there in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, it is easy for me to imagine, knowing the power of chanting, that this is a blissful seva experience for everyone involved.
So there I have it! I will chant each morning before the school day begins. I am certain that the experience of teaching will be enormously enriched from this practice.
Thank you to this sevite for sharing the love of chanting and seva with the global sangham.
a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA
I was really overjoyed to see the third Namasankirtana Calendar in a row appear on the Siddha Yoga path website. When the June calendar first appeared, I was wondering how we could respond to this great opportunity, here in Gurudev Siddha Peeth. Then, as a sevite in the Annapurna dining hall, I realized that we could start our seva
day by playing the chant specified on the calendar each morning, and then play the chant CD, when available, during the rest of our seva
hours. We put this idea into action, and have been following the chant schedule with great faithfulness for the last two months, rehearsing every evening for the next day's chant.
All the Annapurna sevites have been delighted to follow this schedule regularly every day. Our hearts are filled with love for, and gratitude to, our Guru. We were so excited to learn that the new calendar will enable us to continue this grace-filled practice all the way through August.
Thank you, Gurumayi, from all the Annapurna sevites here.
a Gurukula student in Gurudev Siddha Peeth
I am so delighted to see that we have been given another abundant schedule of schedule of chants for the month of August to celebrate Bhagavan Nityananda's Punyatithi and Baba's Divya Diksha. Since June, I have made my evenings at home a time to chant the chant of the day or, if I don't have that particular chant on a CD, I chant with one of the mantra CDs. The joy of this discipline has invigorated my practice of chanting and I'm noticing a deepening within of peace, contentment, and devotion.
Thank you so much, Gurumayi, for these blessings. And thanks to all the sevites who are helping to enrich the sadhana of each of us in the global sangham.
a Siddha Yogi from New Mexico, USA