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A Sweet Surprise 2015
The Global Siddha Yoga Satsang

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Today, to honor this auspicious day of Baba's Lunar Mahasamadhi, I decided to participate in A Sweet Surprise for the third time.
 
Having taken the Shaktipat Intensive last weekend, the teachings about dharma were very fresh in my mind and heart. As I listened to Gurumayi's Message for 2015 after the profound experience of the Intensive, I went even deeper in my understanding of dharma. I am so grateful to be able to study Gurumayi's teachings in this way. 
 
As the year goes by, my perception of dharma is growing. And my experience of Gurumayi’s Message for 2015 continues to unfold. Exquisite!
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for making A Sweet Surprise available to study all year long.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

On February 1, I participated in A Sweet Surprise satsang for a second time. I had made a commitment this year to listen to the Message three times while it is available online.

My experience was even more profound. Hearing Gurumayi's talk on the Message for a second time allowed me to dive into the teachings at a much deeper level. And I have felt the quality of my meditations changing. It is as though Kundalini Shakti is palpably swirling through every pore of my body with determination and purpose. At times, I feel as if my being contains all the strength of the universe. Even when my mind is active, I am more aware of the strong energy permeating my body and rising to the sahasrara.

Thank you, Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Arizona, USA

On New Year’s Eve, I made a wish that Gurumayi would speak about love and compassion in her talk in A Sweet Surprise.
 
The day after I participated in the satsang, after meditating in my home, I looked out at the landscape. The snow was slowly falling on the trees, and the presence of Gurumayi's love was tangible. I realized that Gurumayi had answered my wish. She gave me the experience that when I turn my awareness within, I can feel the love and compassion that are always there.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for that experience.

a Siddha Yogi from Magog, Canada

Before participating in A Sweet Surprise satsang 2015, my daily meditations frequently took me to my heart region, where I often melted into a pool of joy and wonderment. Then came Gurumayi’s meditation instructions toward the end of the satsang—and my awareness shot straight up into my sahasrara and to an unimaginable space filled with incandescent light that still warms my heart.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for your Message and all that came with it.

a Siddha Yogi from North Carolina, USA

As I listened to A Sweet Surprise satsang, I did, indeed, feel as though Gurumayi were speaking directly to me and that she had guided my preparation by inspiring me to read about meditation and increase the length of my meditation sessions.

Gurumayi's words strengthened my resolve to follow my dharma. I was powerfully reminded of Gurumayi's love and compassion—a reminder which gives me courage and recalls for me the understanding that everything happens at the right time.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for your abundant love and for the guidance of your teachings.

a Siddha Yogi from Barnt Green, United Kingdom

During the meditation in A Sweet Surprise satsang, I heard a multitude of songbirds singing within me. I felt as if I had been transported to the gardens in Gurudev Siddha Peeth. I felt free! And at the end of the meditation, I felt as if I had been participating in a great yagna (a Vedic fire ceremony). Gurumayi's words made me feel free.

This was the perfect way to begin 2015 and start anew. I'll take this experience into the new year and dive into meditation to continue to visit this exquisite freedom.

Thank you, dearest Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

As I listened to Gurumayi in A Sweet Surprise, I found myself going deeper and deeper within. I felt I was really close to finding the great Self. The meditation was so subtle, so deep, and so powerful. It felt as if Gurumayi was giving me energy in abundance to perform my dharma for the rest of the year.

Gurumayi ji, thank you so much for your blessings and love that you showered upon us in A Sweet Surprise satsang. Thank you for giving us such a great start to the year!

a Siddha Yogi from Bhopal, India

We have a great year ahead of us. The satsang was just fantastic. It refreshed my mind and my soul. I enjoyed every moment of it. I want to remember Gurumayi’s Message every day.
 
Gurumayi thinks about India and keeps us very close to her. I think that all of us Siddha Yogis are like one family on the spiritual path.
 
Gurumayi has a golden heart, and I am happy to hear her again.

a fourteen-year-old Siddha Yogi from Dombivli, India

In the weeks and days leading up to the live audio stream of A Sweet Surprise satsang, I reflected on Swami Ishwarananda’s talk, “The Power of Listening to Learn—The Power of Learning to Listen.”
 
Before the live stream began, I recalled how Swami ji had said to listen to Gurumayi’s talk with the understanding that Gurumayi is speaking directly to me. His words really hit home, and I reaffirmed my commitment to stay alert, present, and engaged as Gurumayi spoke.
 
As A Sweet Surprise satsang unfolded, I focused on receiving Gurumayi’s Message with both hands and both ears. And Gurumayi’s words went straight to my heart! Each word of Gurumayi’s talk on her Message for 2015 spoke directly to me and my sadhana; each word conveyed so much warmth, love, and gentleness. I felt so close to Gurumayi during the satsang. It was as though I was sitting at her feet. A Sweet Surprise was even sweeter than I could have imagined.

a Siddha Yogi from Montreal, Canada

For the entire day after participating in A Sweet Surprise satsang, I felt that I was swaying in the waters of a very tender love. Wave after wave of this love pressed into my heart, penetrating more and more deeply to the center.

In the satsang, Gurumayi had addressed with diamond clarity the very dilemmas, hopes, and aspirations that I am currently experiencing in my life. Her teachings and stories encouraged me to embrace this phase of my life and sadhana, to step forward with greater conviction and trust. At one point, as Gurumayi was singing, I saw my heart open like a star of brightly shining, golden-white light. The light was both glorious and comforting, shimmering and dancing like the sun’s reflection on water. And it was inside me!

This is a tangible form that Gurumayi’s Message for 2015 has taken for me. I will recall the image of my heart expanding out—the radiance of that shining, golden-white light—and also the feeling of my own love burgeoning forth. I will meditate on these experiences in a focused way. They will act for me as a dharana, a guiding light, a compass throughout the year.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Immediately after A Sweet Surprise satsang, I was a different person. I started connecting with my heart, repeating the first part of Gurumayi's Message to myself. From here, all my actions came from a different place. My family noticed a difference. I slowed down. Even in traffic, I didn’t feel rushed. I was flowing with time.

The next day, in meditation after reciting Shri Guru Gita, the power of Kundalini Shakti was bringing my body into perfect alignment. No effort was necessary on my part; Kundalini Shakti was holding me up. Meditation was completely easy at that point. I was reminded once again to let go and connect with my heart, and from there to live my life with ease.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for A Sweet Surprise 2015, which I feel is already transforming my life.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

Daily in my meditation practice, I am following the instructions Gurumayi gave in A Sweet Surprise satsang. I have made a resolution that in this year I will meditate every day with the help of these instructions, which are supporting me to go deep within.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for your Message and your grace.

a Siddha Yogi from Pune, India

Here in Melbourne, the live audio stream of A Sweet Surprise satsang began in the early hours of morning on January 2. I woke at 1:45 a.m., and as I lit a candle, I saw the moon shining through the window. Accompanied by the moon’s light, my husband, son, and I settled on our meditation asanas, wrapped ourselves in shawls, and waited with great anticipation.

Then I heard Gurumayi’s voice in the Universal Hall, speaking directly to me, and to all of us at the same time. I felt connected to everyone and everything around me.

As the satsang drew to a close, my husband, son, and I were smiling. Joy was shining in our hearts. I looked out the window and the first light of day had come. Birds were heralding the new day. We walked outside and watched the soft, rose gold on the eastern horizon, captured and reflected by the clouds.

I know, already, that the year ahead will be filled with the light of Gurumayi’s Message for 2015. And I relish the knowledge that will unfold as I study and practice it.

a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia

I participated in A Sweet Surprise satsang on January 1 and loved it. As I listened to and followed Gurumayi's meditation instructions, I clearly felt something being cleared from my heart. I can't remember when I last felt this lightness in my heart. I have been meditating with these instructions daily.

I took A Sweet Surprise satsang again on January 6, and my heart has been getting lighter and lighter.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

On January 2, my husband and I joined with three fellow Siddha Yogis to participate in A Sweet Surprise by audio webcast. It was a joy to be together in the Universal Hall with Gurumayi, and with all the Siddha Yogis and new seekers everywhere.

In the week or so leading up to the satsang, new insights and inspirations had been springing up inside me. Some challenges I had been facing came into sharp focus, and right alongside the awareness of these challenges emerged crystal-clear inner guidance as to how to overcome them.

When I listened to Gurumayi's talk on her Message for 2015, I noticed that some of these insights aligned exactly with what Gurumayi was saying. Even some of the wording was the same! I felt that Gurumayi was tying together those insights in a Message that I could focus on and put into practice. I knew, in that moment, that Gurumayi’s Message is perfect for me, and that Gurumayi’s love and guidance are always with me.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA 

I listened to A Sweet Surprise on January 1 and again on January 4. Three days later, I awoke in the middle of the night and began to feel a huge expansion of peace in my body! It was the most peaceful, blissful feeling I have ever felt in my life. I felt this peaceful vibration was arising from the words of Gurumayi's talk. And I have been experiencing it in my meditations since then. I recognize this peace as my own.

I am inspired to listen to A Sweet Surprise again and again, and to practice the teachings in it.

Thank you, Gurumayi, from the depths of my heart.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I had so many feelings on hearing A Sweet Surprise. I felt a mixture of excitement, joy at reconnecting, gratitude for being in the Universal Hall, and happiness for having Gurumayi as my Guru.

Gurumayi’s Message has become my New Year's resolution. This year is the BEST year to meditate!

a Siddha Yogi from Hawaii, USA

I experienced the words in Gurumayi's talk as mantras, accomplishing their intention and imparting the grace to implement them. I feel transformed in such deep ways already. I am more peaceful. I feel a dynamic energy and a new, natural vibration at the core of my being.

I will delightfully ease into discovering the treasures given in A Sweet Surprise throughout my year of ongoing meditation practice! I am so grateful!

A sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

While visiting the East Coast for Christmas, I joined a fellow Siddha Yogi for A Sweet Surprise on Tuesday, January 6th. We both felt that it was most auspicious to listen to Gurumayi's Message on the holiday of Epiphany. And the Message was, indeed, replete with epiphanies! I am still absorbing it all, and I have in my heart the sensation of a wide, open sky. Thank you, Gurumayi, for showing us the way of grace throughout the glorious year to come.

a Siddha Yogi from Wisconsin, USA

I had the good fortune of participating in A Sweet Surprise satsang yesterday. It was an absolute delight to receive this prasad from our beloved Guru, Shri Gurumayi. Her every word was filled with grace, joy, and blessings. After listening to the whole satsang, I wrote down the highlights of Gurumayi’s talk in my journal.

This morning, I started my meditation with Gurumayi's instructions. I could feel the blessings in every subtle center as I was guided by her words. I could feel many blocks of fear that I have held for eons, melting away. I feel very lighthearted and know with certainty that the Guru's grace is with us all the time, guiding us towards our goal.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for guiding us on our journey with love and delight.

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

I live a long way from a Siddha Yoga meditation center, so it was an incredible gift to sit in the Universal Hall at home and listen to the broadcast of A Sweet Surprise satsang for 2015.

Since then my meditation sessions have shifted and settled. I am able to focus like never before. My creative imagination appears to be quite active, yet the mind and body seem very still. I look forward to deepening this understanding and experience of the Self during 2015.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for your ever-new ways of teaching the Truth, your infinite patience, and your love for us.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Today is a great day! Thirty-five years ago, I received shaktipat diksha. And since the Sweet Surprise satsangs began, I have been celebrating this auspicious event by participating in A Sweet Surprise satsang.

This year’s Sweet Surprise filled me with deep insights and love. Gurumayi's voice and wisdom are still reverberating within me. What better gift can I give myself than to participate in A Sweet Surprise again!

Thank you, Gurumayi, with all my heart for all that you give to the world, and to each and every one of us.

a Siddha Yogi from New Mexico, USA

During A Sweet Surprise 2015, I and the child in my womb received an uninterrupted flow of grace and love. I experienced a special connection with the voice of our beloved Guru. Each sound enveloped us, mother and child, so tenderly, so sweetly. Her little body danced inside!

During meditation, I saw beautiful colors lighting up in both of our bodies, like New Year’s fireworks.

The birth of the new year: an exquisite preparation for the birth of our child, coming at the perfect time to join us all on the path of the heart.

Merci beaucoup, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Montreal, Canada

It's such a precious blessing to begin the new year by receiving Gurumayi's Message for 2015. While sitting in the Universal Hall, I relaxed completely. Ever since, I keep returning to the words of the Message and I feel so much in love with them!

Thank you, Gurumayi, for giving in such abundance, making our lives shine with enthusiasm. And thank you to everyone who has shared their experience of A Sweet Surprise. In your words I can feel the overflowing love that expresses our gratitude and the wonder we experience.

a Siddha Yogi from Katzenbach, Germany

Having practiced Siddha Yoga for over 30 years, I am constantly delighted by, and overjoyed with, the richness and vibrancy of this path! A Sweet Surprise satsang 2015 left me absolutely amazed yet again at Gurumayi's stunning wisdom and infinite love for us.

Thank you so much, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Toronto, Canada

I am very grateful for the generous, delightful, loving Message that I heard yesterday when I participated in A Sweet Surprise satsang with the Siddha Yoga sangham in Melbourne. It was brimming over with joy and love. Every element was exquisite. I feel very blessed to have such a great Guru who keeps the teachings so very pure.

Thank you with all my heart, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Clifton Hill, Australia

The flurry and excitement of A Sweet Surprise has gently subsided for me, and I'm holding a new steadiness. I find myself smiling as I remember all the wonderful things that happened during the satsang. Little openings in the day have appeared where I just rest in stillness, and these moments are filled with love and joy.
 
Dearest Gurumayi, thank you for all that you give—I treasure it all.

a Siddha Yogi from London, United Kingdom

Once more, Gurumayi's words have entered my heart! The Message for 2015 contains so many teachings brimming with light, love, and grace that will sustain me throughout the year. Such glorious prasad!
 
Thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Virginia, USA

What a shakti-filled satsang!
 
When I woke up the morning after participating in A Sweet Surprise satsang, Gurumayi's Message for 2015 arose from within. I felt very peaceful and connected to my breath. 
 
Then, as I was in the train on my way to the office, suddenly the train stopped for more than an hour. The people around me were getting irritated and complaining, but I was experiencing something different: I was happy, peaceful, and still connected to my breath.
 
When it was finally announced that the train would not travel any further, everybody had to walk along the railway tracks toward their home. Although I had to walk for a long time, I did not get tired at all.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your constant grace!

 a Siddha Yogi from Ulhasnagar, India

Last night, I had Gurumayi's darshan in the form of a dream: Gurumayi greeted me, taking both my hands in hers. With the warmth of her touch, there arose from deep inside me a sense of recognition, reconnection, and delight—the same feelings I experienced as I participated in A Sweet Surprise satsang on New Year's Day!

a Siddha Yogi from New Mexico, USA

It seems that every share I read or hear about A Sweet Surprise says that the person participating felt that Gurumayi was speaking directly to them. I too had the experience that each word and teaching was astonishingly and perfectly catered to my unique circumstances and the deepest longing of my soul.
 
I asked myself how this could be. How could everyone be having this experience? Then today, I had a vision of hundreds of clocks in one room. They were all beating to the same rhythm. Some were big, some were small, some intricate, some simple—but they were all synchronized.

I realized that we and our sadhanas are unique, but we all have some universal wisdom and rhythms that we can attune to, especially with the powerful help of grace and the Guru's sankalpa. This insight helps me to understand the power of taking refuge in the guidance of the Guru and in the sangham.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

I participated in A Sweet Surprise satsang on January 3. I was totally immersed and present, without any inner feeling of distance. I felt so alive, brimming with enthusiasm, and many years younger. I am very grateful that I continue to find myself being enthusiastic about the new year and eager to give my best every single day.
 
The Message brought tears to my eyes. I felt that Gurumayi must have written this Message for me personally.
 
Gurumayi, thank you very much for this beautiful path and your constant invitation to connect again and again. I feel very blessed.

a Siddha Yogi from Cologne, Germany

I am so grateful for A Sweet Surprise satsang. I wrote a poem describing my response to hearing Gurumayi’s Message:
 
My body was as steady as a mountain,
Enlightened to the core.
Feeling the lightness of God’s love,
The supreme ease of God’s protection
Within and without.
Tasting the nectar of God’s blessing,
The strength of Gurumayi's words,
The grace of her teachings,
With every ounce of my being.
 
With all my heart, thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Belo Horizonte, Brazil

I am so grateful to Gurumayi for her Message. I am already deeply immersed in her teachings only a few days after hearing them! So much of the satsang resonated within me immediately, and more and more insights keep rolling out. My meditation practice has taken a powerful shift into stillness, such as I have never experienced before. And I find myself welcoming the coming year with excitement and exuberance! I plan to listen to A Sweet Surprise again in the near future to collect more of the nectar contained in it.

Thank you, Gurumayi. It is amazing to be on this precious path.

a Siddha Yogi from Connecticut, USA

The satsang was filled with powerful, tangible energy of kindness, wisdom, grace, intelligence, and playfulness. This sweet energy was pouring into my heart as if I was listening to a best friend who knows my heart so well. My heart was melting.

Perhaps what I was hearing was a surprise to my mind, but my heart recognized that it has known the truth of it all along! Gurumayi spoke directly to me, and I was able to listen, attune, ask, and receive answers.

Thank you, beloved Gurumayi, for the amazing New Year's gift

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

What an auspicious way to start the year! I feel this satsang initiated a profound shift within me, the global Siddha Yoga sangham, and the world. My heart is so alive, and I feel a renewed vigor to go straight to the goal of sadhana. I'm so looking forward to studying and receiving the fruits of Gurumayi's Message throughout this year.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for your unceasing grace and teachings.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

My experience of A Sweet Surprise was powerful, insightful, and delightful. I fell into deep meditation and felt so refreshed afterwards. I discovered a new gentle sweetness in myself that I would like to cultivate during the year and share with others as much as I am able.

Thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Nottingham, United Kingdom

Even before A Sweet Surprise satsang began, the hall was charged with an electrifying energy. I felt a harmonious beating of hearts, as people hugged and smiled at one another. A Sweet Surprise elevated me to a divine, fragrant, and comforting space. As Gurumayi’s voice resounded in the Universal Hall, I felt as though even the gods were enchanted. Once we had all returned home, a downpour of rain came suddenly out of a previously clear sky—an auspicious purnahuti to such a divine satsang.

Thank you, Gurumayi, from the bottom of my heart, for the teachings you so lovingly bestowed during A Sweet Surprise. Through the love and blessings I’ve received, I feel able to imbibe the virtues needed to better my own life and the world around me.

a Siddha Yogi from New Delhi, India

My family and I participated in A Sweet Surprise satsang before dawn at the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Oakland. Our nine-year-old son and eleven-year-old daughter woke up early to be with Gurumayi in the Universal Hall, and though it was early, they were in good spirits and attentive through the entire satsang in the main hall.

The best part about receiving Gurumayi's Message all together as a family is that now we can spend our weekend planning how we want to put the Message into practice together as a family. We are all really excited about doing this together.

I’m so grateful for this Message, and for being able to participate with our children as a family.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Thank you for the beautiful opportunity to participate in A Sweet Surprise. It was joyous, touching, and inspirational. I experienced great happiness being together with Gurumayi and other Siddha Yogis around the world in an atmosphere bubbling with love and laughter.

I feel that A Sweet Surprise 2015 will help me in serving humanity and making the world a better place. I am looking forward to unpacking and giving form to the beautiful gifts in Gurumayi’s Message throughout the year.

Thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Farnborough, United Kingdom

I am blessed to have Gurumayi as my spiritual Master. What I needed in my sadhana, she has given me through her Message in A Sweet Surprise 2015. With her grace, I will be able to achieve the highest state and see the light of the Self in myself and in everyone else.

Thank you, Gurumayi ji.

a Siddha Yogi from Lucknow, India

Gurumayi’s love and grace renewed my spirit. I feel I have been bathed in the most delicious, scintillating light. Her words penetrated deeply within me and expanded my vision of myself.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for coming into our homes and our hearts with this wonderful Message.

a Siddha Yogi from Arizona, USA

Gurumayi has once again given my heart what it longs for most. She embodies the grace that inspires me to keep going in my sadhana and teaches me how to make peace with myself and create peace on this planet.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

As advised by Swami Ishwarananda in his talk in December, “The Power of Listening to Learn—the Power of Learning to Listen,” I received each of Gurumayi’s words as if they were addressed to me directly. Every part of Gurumayi's talk was so true to my life at this point in time. I felt motivated and encouraged by Gurumayi to refresh my resolve. At some point during the talk, it touched my heart so much that my eyes started brimming with tears.

I am very sure that Gurumayi’s Message is going to lead me to a big shift in my sadhana.

Thank you so much, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Bangalore, India

Thank you so much, Gurumayi, for the wonderful gift of A Sweet Surprise that we received on January 1 in the Universal Hall. It has been a unique experience to participate every time in A Sweet Surprise satsang. I am feeling blessed.

Thank you for guiding us in our sadhana with great love and compassion.

Thank you to the SYDA Foundation for making A Sweet Surprise available across the globe.

a Siddha Yogi from Pune, India

Thank you for the live stream A Sweet Surprise satsang. I was there for the first Message talk that Gurumayi gave in 1990. Gurumayi’s Message this year has opened the door to all kinds of possibilities for me. What I need to do now is clear to me as never before.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Do you know how it feels to live the best day of your life? This is the feeling I brought home after A Sweet Surprise satsang today. It was the best day ever, with the best company—my beloved Gurumayi and the Siddha Yoga sangham
 
Jay Gurumayi! My heart is dancing in ecstasy.

a Siddha Yogi from Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sitting here in my own home, I felt the connection with everyone so strongly. Gurumayi's beautiful words bound us together with a golden thread of love. Her teachings reached me deeply, inspiring me to live with more purpose and to open myself to grace. Everything was perfect, and I am so grateful for the Siddha Yoga path. Happy New Year!

a Siddha Yogi from Georgia, USA

Thank you, Gurumayi, for such a wonderful way to begin the New Year—with A Sweet Surprise satsang. It touched me on so many levels, and I am inspired to renew my sadhana.

a Siddha Yogi from Iowa, USA

This Sweet Surprise gift from our beloved Guru has made the New Year’s Day very special.

Previously, in the 1990s, those of us in different parts of the world would have to wait a long time to receive the Message and Gurumayi’s talk. And now by Shri Gurumayi’s compassion, we can receive the Message at home and hear Gurumayi’s talk right away.

a Siddha Yogi from Mahidpur, India