Mahashivaratri 2014

Mahashivaratri Moon Gallery 2014

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I was on the Atlantic island of Tenerife, Spain, during Mahashivaratri night. It was such a wonderful night! I sat in the swimming pool area of my hotel, doing mantra japa. I had my camera with me and took some pictures of the crescent moon and Venus above the volcanic mountain Teide.
I felt blessed and close to Shiva.

a Siddha Yogi from Limhamn, Sweden

My grandmother grew up on an island farm in the Tigre Delta here in Argentina. She honored the moon because, affecting the tides and gardening seasons, it played an important part in her everyday life. She taught me the best times for planting and harvesting according to the phases of the moon.

After shaktipat initiation, my Siddha Yoga sadhana deepened my connection to the moon, within and without, and I was able to apply the natural cycles of renewal to my inner life.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for teaching me how to live in alignment with nature!

a Siddha Yogi from Buenos Aires, Argentina

The beautiful rangoli which follows all the moon photos is such a welcome and familiar sight for me. For many years now, in my meditations, this vision has been the doorway to experiencing how my outer reality is created from the Self within.
Soon after I glide into meditation, I usually see swirls of light, which condense and pull into the center. The center then starts differentiating into white and black particles. These particles then transform into color, at which time I see different scenes, such as mountains or towns, and sometimes other people. I am often transported into this newly-created reality and experience myself walking along a mountain path or feeling heart-to-heart connections with others.
At other times, as I focus on the center of the swirl, it transforms into the Blue Pearl. Oh, what a mystical kingdom is within!
Thank you, Bade Baba, Baba, and Gurumayi, for shining the light on all the wonders within!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I have seen the moon in my backyard and from the car whenever it is close to a sunset. It made me feel good and bright.

a nine-year-old Siddha Yogi from New Jersey, USA

The rangoli that appears following all the moon photos inspired beautiful images in my mind's eye.
The very first thing that came to me was the spiral inside a conch, coming to the single center point where the sound AUM resounds. It also reminded me of the spiral of Kundalini within, as well as the spiral in the cosmos, with its countless galaxies and constellations. The core of this spiral has an infinite number of hidden possibilities—and it is extremely beautiful. It looks like an eye, the eye of Shiva.
Thank you for the beautiful images.

a Gurukula student in Gurudev Siddha Peeth

As I view all the beautiful photos from around the world, my breath  becomes full, and peace and love fill my being. I experience the radiant crescent moon, all the trees and nature praising it, and each photographer devotee—as myself, the Self, Lord Shiva.
Thank you to all the Siddha Yoga photographers around the world for this darshan of the Self!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA 

For me, love is at the center of the Mahashivaratri rangoli (the final photo in the gallery).
At first I saw the rangoli in a cosmic sense: the divine Shakti dancing as the arms of the galaxies. Then I saw it as my own life here on this planet Earth—events swirling around me in my daily dance of life, with all its surprises. Always there is the Guru's love at the center, keeping our feet on the path for this nectar-filled dance that takes us home to the Heart. Always there is the Guru's love radiating out to us. 
Mahalo nui loa, Gurumayi. And many thanks to the sevites who created the rangoli

a Siddha Yogi from Hawaii, USA

This gallery is like a mala of moons—each time I move to a new photo, the mantra arises within.
It was too cloudy here in New York to see the Mahashivaratri moon, so thank you to everyone around the world for sharing the Shiva moon with those of us who weren't able to see it last night! 

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

The Mahashivaratri rangoli, the final photo in the gallery, represents to me the entire universe and creation—the union between Shiva and Shakti.
It reminds me how huge and beyond my understanding the universe is. At the same time, I realize the entire universe is contained in me and I am not different from it. The rangoli also reminds me that this realm is all a play of Consciousness and that there is so much more to explore in all that lies beyond my awareness.
It inspires me to meditate on my Self.

a Siddha Yogi from Guadalajara, Mexico

I have been coming back to the Moon Gallery ever since the first photographs were posted. The beautiful sequence of crescent moons from around the world connects me with the cycle of time, the diversity of nature, and the eternal presence of the One who has become the many. No matter where we are, the Self is always present to reveal the bounty and beauty of the world and the nectar of life.
Mahashivaratri always fills me with gratitude for the presence of God in my daily life. Like the crescent jewel on Shiva’s head, that grace is always present in a joyful cosmic dance.
On this sacred night, as I chanted Om Namah Shivaya, I felt the doorway to the Heart was opened wide, and a twinkling crescent moon smiled within and without.

a Siddha Yogi from Buenos Aires, Argentina

The images are very beautiful, and they also offer me something more than just beauty—they make me feel as if I am right there in all of these places.
To me, the photographs symbolize such a strong connection to the Siddha Yoga path and to all of the people around the world who are on the path. Even though I myself was not able to gaze at the Mahashivaratri moon this morning, I feel that I received my fair share of the beautiful crescent moon through the website photos.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for sharing such beauty with the world!

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

As I looked through the abundance of photos in the Mahashivaratri Moon Gallery, I felt so connected to the Siddha Yoga sangham around the world. Seeing pictures of the same moon all across the globe reminded me that the Guru’s grace is truly everywhere.

a Siddha Yogi from Bordeaux, France

Thank you for the beautiful Mahashivaratri rangoli (the final photo in the gallery). When I first looked at it, I saw Shiva in his formless form. I could almost see him dancing in the inner space.
Then I started to see a sweet representation of Gurumayi's Message. Then it was Shiva again. Then the Message. Well, it must be both Shiva and the Message expressing their oneness!

a Siddha Yogi from Joliette, Canada

I have so enjoyed looking through the Mahashivaratri Moon Gallery. Each time I came to the website yesterday, new photographs had been added, and I would excitedly flip through to see what new places had submitted pictures of the lovely crescent moon. By the time I reached the end of the slideshow, I realized that I had been clicking the next arrow so quickly that I hadn’t truly been soaking in the beauty of each picture. When I went back and took my time with every single photograph, I melted in pure joy that arose within me. The glowing light of the moon felt so warm.

I feel so lucky to be able to see all these moons from around the world and to be able to take part in this incredible holiday honoring Lord Shiva.

Thank you to the sevites who help to upload all of these pictures and to everyone who submitted one.

a 16-year-old Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

This Mahashivaratri rangoli (the last photo in the gallery) is such a sweet, simple rendering of what I have been seeing in meditation for the past thirty years. Looking at the rangoli immediately takes me home to that familiar vision, where I have experienced so much love, beauty, comfort, and joy. I always look forward to this vision, and after seeing it, I come out of meditation refreshed and at one with the world around me. It was my Guru's shaktipat gift to me. 
Thank you, rangoli makers of Shree Muktananda Ashram!

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

When I woke up this morning to the beautiful crescent moon photos, I was inspired to repeat the mantra all day long, knowing that each repetition on this auspicious day carries the merit of a thousand repetitions.
The moon above Baba Muktananda's statue reminded me of how he so adamantly encouraged us to chant the mantra. What a joyful day this is!

a Siddha Yogi from Arizona, USA

At first glance, I could feel the chant of Om Namah Shivaya coursing through me and swirling all around. The rangoli (the final photo in the gallery) gives me the sense of the divine universe both inside and outside, merging together in a divine dance. For me, the rangoli is a picture of beauty, power, and the complete embrace of love.

a Siddha Yogi from Colorado, USA

I was not able to post a crescent moon photo because something very auspicious is happening here in California this morning to prevent it: rain!

We are so fortunate to be receiving grace in this form, on this sacred day.   

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

I arose quite early this morning to participate in the "moon sharing" experience. But, due to heavy cloud cover, nary a star twinkled and the moon was not visible! Even so, it felt wonderful to participate in this sweet effort of capturing the beautiful crescent moon photographically—an effort that is taking place all across the world. It feels as if, by way of this "moon sharing," our turning, blue-green globe is being wrapped in the blessedness of this day.
Shubh Mahashivaratri!

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

With each new photo I viewed, I shouted with glee and exclaimed "Om Namah ShivayaAUM!" Each photo captures the love and special light on this very auspicious day. 
What a blessed day and night. What a blessed path we all walk on together. What a blessed life we share.
A million thanks in gratitude to you, Gurumayi. And thank you to the sevites and photographers who have shared these beautiful sacred images with all of us around the world.

a Siddha Yogi from New Mexico, USA

Thank you for the many Shiva moons! Last night, it was so exciting to see the first images from the other side of the world—to view the Mahashivaratri moon and know that it would soon arrive here in California!
My heart leapt as I saw Baba's murti bathed in blue light and his arm pointing directly at the Shiva moon. It was as if he were inviting us to step into a divine elevator and saying, "Let's go there!"

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA