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2012: The Year of Putting into Practice
Siddha Yoga Satsang

December 28, 2012
Shree Muktananda Ashram
An Account by Shambhavi Christian and Rohini Menon

As the year draws to a close, the sevites in the SYDA Foundation have followed Gurumayi’s guidance to engage in the Siddha Yoga practices of reflection and assimilation, by participating in a satsang to review the seva accomplishments and milestones in the SYDA Foundation in 2012. The global Siddha Yoga sangham has been experiencing the fruits of these achievements by receiving the Siddha Yoga Gurus’ teachings on the Siddha Yoga path website on an almost daily basis this year.

It has been a wondrous year that has led to a deeper understanding of what seva is as well as a clearer understanding of each seva position, the purpose of each department, and how each department can function optimally. The sevites have also developed greater skills and more efficient procedures to better utilize the support of Siddha Yogis all over the world. Sevites have found improved means for communicating about the work of the SYDA Foundation to the global Siddha Yoga sangham.

The SYDA Foundation trustees and the managers have completely supported the sevites in exploring better ways to get the work done in the SYDA Foundation. They have demonstrated their support through their generosity and their willingness to be present with whatever was needed for sevites to fulfill the core purpose of the SYDA Foundation: to protect, preserve, and facilitate the dissemination of the Siddha Yoga teachings. Their commitment to Gurumayi’s work has made it possible for the sevites in the SYDA Foundation to achieve the Foundation’s goals for 2012.

Early this year, in a satsang, Gurumayi inspired the sevites in the SYDA Foundation by giving a name to the year 2012: the Year of Putting into Practice. Gurumayi gave a talk, explaining what this name means for the sevites in the SYDA Foundation. At the end of Gurumayi’s wonderful talk, which was filled with guidance for seva, Gurumayi said, “YOPIP!” We, the sevites, felt as if a golden seed had been planted in our beings. In that moment, we knew—this was not going to be like any other year!

No sooner had this satsang concluded than some of us went straight to our offices, wrote YOPIP on cards and notes, and placed them on our computers, desks, and walls. Some of us made it a daily practice to begin seva by exclaiming “YOPIP!” and each time we did, we felt a rush of productive energy to bring to the tasks at hand.

On December 28, 2012, a reflection satsang was held in Shri Nilaya hall to review the seva accomplishments and milestones in the SYDA Foundation in 2012. Denise Thomas, the SYDA Foundation Website Department head, and Asa Siegel, Community Relations spokesperson, conducted this satsang. They had requested everyone to arrive wearing their YOPIP T-shirts; and those who did not have YOPIP T-shirts were asked to wear a brightly-colored shirt or shawl.

We are very eager to share with you about how these YOPIP T-shirts came about—especially since many of us have been wearing them regularly for a while (some of us almost every other day smiley face). After Gurumayi gave the guidance about YOPIP early in the year, she requested a sevite to create something to serve as a tangible reminder for all the sevites in the SYDA Foundation, so they would maintain the sense of purpose that was generated when they first heard that 2012 is YOPIP. However it wasn’t until July that two visiting sevites heard about Gurumayi’s request and immediately took it to heart. They made a proposal for designing a T-shirt with the acronym YOPIP and the qualities and virtues that have been taught on the Siddha Yoga path. They created one beautiful YOPIP design for adults, and another for children.

An SYDA Foundation staff meeting was held on August 28 to inaugurate a group of young, vibrant, and newly-trained department heads, and it was during the celebration of this milestone that sevites received Gurumayi’s prasad of YOPIP T-shirts. Earlier in the year, when we had first heard Gurumayi give the guidance that 2012 would be the Year of Putting into Practice, we were so enthused about offering seva and developing efficient systems and procedures in the SYDA Foundation. Now, holding in our hands this tangible form of Gurumayi’s guidance—the YOPIP T-shirts—we felt our dedication to serve the Siddha Yoga path shift into an even higher gear.

With great joy we wore these T-shirts to the reflection satsang on December 28. This satsang included group discussions to share how we have applied what we’ve learned during this Year of Putting into Practice, and what specific actions we have taken to better contribute to the work of our departments, and to the Foundation as a whole. We relived all the months of 2012, the great and small accomplishments, and the moments of incredible joy performing the Siddha Yoga practices, which give clarity to our minds and unity of purpose to our hearts.

After a very exciting and animated discussion and sharing session about YOPIP, for an hour and twenty-five minutes, the satsang host led us into the Siddha Yoga practice of meditation. We felt as though everything we had heard and shared was for this moment: to experience God within. A profound stillness enveloped Shri Nilaya hall. The entire hall vibrated with the sevites’ intention to serve and to experience the Truth in our own hearts.

During this satsang, another satsang was taking place in Sarang. The Taruna Poshana Department, which oversees Siddha Yoga teaching and learning events for children, young adults, and families, held a YOPIP satsang for the young children whose families are visiting Shree Muktananda Ashram to offer seva. The children had a blast learning about YOPIP and physicalizing the acronym. As the reflection satsang was coming to a conclusion, the children joined us in Shri Nilaya, and together we all sang the arati, Jyota se Jyota Jagao, with our hearts soaring in gratitude.

The satsang host invited us to enjoy a delicious lunch in the Annapurna Dining Hall. Having followed Gurumayi’s guidance and reflected on the seva accomplishments of 2012 in the satsang, when we went for lunch, we had a renewed appreciation for the sevites who had worked so hard, and who work hard every day, to prepare such beautiful, delicious, nutritious meals—feasts for the eyes, feasts for the stomach, and feasts for the soul. This day felt like Thanksgiving Day in its truest form!

The reflection satsang had reignited everyone’s memories of the first golden seed of YOPIP, and the sharings had demonstrated how that golden seed had taken root, sprouted, and grown into a magnificent, blossoming tree. Through this reflection satsang, we experienced the intent of Gurumayi’s guidance for the Year of Putting into Practice: to enliven in us this teaching from one of the Siddha Yoga Messages,
“Enter the Heart, the Divine Splendor.”

Thank you, Gurumayi, for showing us the way.

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In the picture of the children spelling out YOPIP, the "I" the children are making reminds me of the shape of a prayer stick. 

a five-year-old Siddha Yogi from California, USA

The description of the YOPIP satsang and seeing the photos triggered so much gratitude in me. In 2012, the seva I offered has expanded my capacity to go beyond my comfort zone and has provided such wonderful opportunities for personal growth. It has been such a privilege.

Reflecting on the collective offering of seva among sevites at Shree Muktananda Ashram and across the globe, illuminates for me how this Year of Putting Into Practice supports the flexible and strong infrastructure that allows the Siddha Yoga path to thrive.

To be a part of offering and receiving the fruits of YOPIP and to be a part of the global sangham led by Gurumayi boggles my mind. And my heart shouts: THANK YOU!

a Siddha Yogi from Michigan, USA

Happy New year, Gurumayi, and thank you, thank you, and thank you. I have just read about YOPIP, and it has made me so happy. It has reminded me of my sadhana in Siddha Yoga for the last 22 years and the joyful memories that I have of offering Guruseva. I love offering seva: I feel a lot of shakti and joy, and it teaches me so much about how to live my life and how to serve in each moment.

a Siddha Yogi from Exeter - Devon, United Kingdom

I have gotten in the habit this year of looking at the Siddha Yoga path website first thing in the morning. Often times it is even before meditation. This morning I saw YOPIP! My heart leapt up as I explored each and every picture several times. What a feast for my heart! Joy welled up as I saw one shining face after another—young and old from so many different places in the world! I was so inspired by the Love in Action that I saw. I find it so heart-warming to learn about how the work of the SYDA Foundation is being accomplished with such enthusiasm, so very sweetly, and with such focus! Thank you, Gurumayi, for YOPIP! May this exquisite joy of seva envelope the whole world in 2013!
 
After this delightful feast of YOPIP I went very deep into meditation. My heart was wide open. Very, very refreshing. Thank you, Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from New Jersey, USA

Dear Ones,

While I was looking at the photos about YOPIP, I just felt like I wanted to jump in with you, the sevites of the SYDA Foundation, and do the same practices that you did throughout the year 2012, guided by Gurumayi. Me too, I want a “Year of Putting into Practice."

Happy New Year!

a Siddha Yogi from Quebec, Canada

I am currently a visiting sevite at Shree Muktananda Ashram, and this morning I was speaking to two other visiting sevites. We all participated in the satsang on YOPIP and learned about this inspiring initiative.  We were trying to figure out how we could make a list of the 70 qualities and virtues of YOPIP that are on the t-shirts each staff member received so we could study them and implement them in our practice of seva. A minute later one of the visiting sevites came back into my office and said, "YOPIP is on the Siddha Yoga website!"  I thought this was a beautiful manifestation of the fruits of YOPIP!  Thank you to all the staff and sevites in the SYDA Foundation.

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

I was overjoyed this morning when I saw all the new photos of the YOPIP satsang. I have been offering home seva for many years, and like so many others, I've felt this year to be a milestone in my understanding of the bounty of seva. As I watched the photos, I realized once again that I am there with the Shree Muktananda Ashram sevites and they are here with me, every day, all offering seva together.
 
As I watched, the distance between South Fallsburg and my town in Florida dissolved; the miles went away and I was truly there with you all. And this is how I feel when I am doing seva here at home.
 
When I got to the photo of Hanuman, I looked at my monitor and gave him a big smile. He has been so helpful to me in understanding the importance of offering seva to my Guru and my path. It is a wonderful, wonderful, blessed gift.

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

This weekend, I have been reflecting on 2012—what I have learned and what teachings I have been putting into practice. I have also been reflecting on how I want to approach 2013. Seeing the pages on YOPIP, reading the words and seeing the photos, made me realize that I too have been Putting into Practice what I have learned on this path. It has been a wonderful year of learning and growing and implementing the Siddha Yoga teachings. And I look forward with great anticipation to A Sweet Surprise and its teachings for 2013!  Thank you, Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

Phenomenal! Just when I thought the website content couldn't get any better, it did. YOPIP is a fantastic achievement of all the sevites in the Ashram.  Enthusiasm jumps out of these pictures, and I feel inspired to approach my work with the YOPIP Spirit!  

a Siddha Yogi from Eastbourne, United Kingdom

I have gotten in the habit this year of looking at the website first thing in the morning. Often, it is even before meditation. This morning I saw YOPIP! My heart leapt up as I explored each and every picture several times. What a feast for my heart! Joy welled up as I saw one shining face after another—young and old from so many different places in the world! I was so inspired by the Love in Action that I saw. I find it so heart-warming to learn about how the work of the SYDA Foundation is being accomplished with such enthusiasm, so very sweetly, and with such focus! Thank you, Gurumayi, for YOPIP! May this exquisite joy of seva envelop the whole world in 2013!

After this delightful feast of YOPIP I went very deep into meditation. My heart was wide open. Very, very refreshing.

Thank you, Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from New Jersey, USA

Many times over, during these rich and wonderful months of relishing the teachings that are available on the Siddha Yoga path website, I have felt moved to write a share—and haven’t done it. This time, reading about and viewing the photos of the YOPIP satsang, moved me to action.

I recently returned from Shree Muktananda Ashram, where I offered seva as a visiting sevite. While I was there, I learned about YOPIP during a department meeting, and the acronym went straight into my heart. This morning, as I arose, I was drawn to the computer and there was this wonderful description of the history of a principle that aligns all of us, those around the world and those in Shree Muktananda Ashram. While reading the details and taking in the images, it was just like being there! I feel deep gratitude for the seva that I am fortunate to offer from my home and for the Siddha Yoga path that is the heart of my heart.

Thank you, dear Gurumayi, for all that you give and all that you are. Thank you, everyone, for the seva you offer.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

Thank you for telling us about the T-shirts. I'm looking forward to reading the back of the T-shirt and reflecting on how I've put all of those lovely qualities into practice in my life this year.  
 
Happy nearly New Year to you all.

With love,
a Siddha Yogi from Sydney, Australia