Prayers and Blessings
On the Siddha Yoga path, Gurumayi teaches that sending prayers and offering blessings are essential practices that have the power to uplift and transform the world we live in.
At times of tragedy or great challenge, it is a natural human impulse to give our heartfelt support to those who are affected. When we offer prayers and blessings with full faith and clear intention, we call forth the innate goodness of our own Self and send that pure energy into the world.
One way to send prayers and offer blessings is to make an intention before reciting svadhyaya, doing mantra japa, or chanting a namasankirtana. By dedicating our spiritual practices in this way, we bring about harmony and unity among human beings and all creation.
Last year when tragedy struck in Brussels, I was able to take refuge in the words of Pasayadan
to offer support for my work colleagues there. Today, I found strength in those same words to go to work in my own city.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for continuing to make the teachings so readily accessible for me to tap into. My love and gratitude to you always.
a Siddha Yogi from London, United Kingdom
The news of the tragic event in Berlin has stayed with me, especially because of dear friends I have there. It has been a comfort to know that although I live far away, my prayers and blessings can benefit those affected by what happened.
I am also experiencing how such events strengthen my determination to bring more light and love into the world. By chance, a friend from Berlin shared this proverb with me just recently: "The tree that falls makes noise. The forest grows in silence." This image reminds me of the "forest" of good deeds performed every day "in silence.”
And so, as I extend holiday greetings to friends and family around the world, I find myself drawn to thanking them for their individual contributions in making the world a better place. I am moved to see how, in this way, my heart opens to the healing power of gratitude.
a Siddha Yogi from Illinois, USA
I love reading the shares on this page. They remind me of the power of collective prayer.
Thank you, Gurumayi ji, for bringing us together and showering us with your blessings, which allow us to be steady and resolute in the face of adversity.
a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA
When I heard about the powerful earthquake that occurred in New Zealand, I immediately remembered Gurumayi’s teachings about that other powerful force in our lives: the prayers and blessings that we offer to others, even when they’re thousands of miles away. So when I recited Shri Guru Gita
this morning, I offered the recitation for the benefit of all those impacted by the earthquake. As the recitation continued, I imagined the waves of positive energy and sacred intentions flowing instantaneously over the globe to reach everyone in the affected area.
I am very grateful for these teachings because, at the most challenging times, they help me stay connected to my heart, and to the still place within me that no physical earthquake can perturb.
a Siddha Yogi from Oregon, USA
Gurumayi’s teachings have led me to understand that maintaining a state of equanimity enables me to offer peace and love to the world. It has taken me a while to imbibe this because I often reacted to suffering by becoming agitated. Finally, I understand that this is not helpful!
I am grateful that whenever I learn about tragedies and struggles, I can visit the website and offer prayers and blessings, taking very specific actions. It is uplifting to know that other Siddha Yogis are offering blessings to the world at the same time.
a Siddha Yogi from Connecticut, USA
My heart goes out to those in Italy affected by the catastrophic earthquake. May they find solace deep within, amidst the disarray. May they have the palpable experience of God's hand supporting them through this phase of recovery. May the power of all prayers uplift their hearts.
a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA
In these days we are living the terrible tragedy of the earthquake that hit the center of Italy. Many people lost their lives, while others got saved. The earth continues to tremble.
I'm dedicating my prayers and blessings to the people who are suffering. I thank Gurumayi with all my heart that, through her grace, I can convey her love to all those in such great need.
a Siddha Yogi from Milan, Italy
Tonight, after chanting Rama Raghava
, I had the awareness that I am chanting for the protection of all people and all of God's creation. My heart is filled with love for God's magnificent creation, of which I am a part.
I want to express my heartfelt appreciation for Gurumayi's generosity and for the love and protection that she bestows on all of us.
a Siddha Yogi from Ontario, Canada
I am so grateful that I learned about the power of prayer. It is the best thing I can offer right now.
After reciting Shri Guru Gita
this morning, I felt compassion in my heart beyond the worries and fear in my mind. I could feel the healing power of all the prayers around the globe.
a Siddha Yogi from Bussum, Netherlands