Shares and Experiences

Gurupurnima Shares and Experiences

When we listened to the dharana then we meditated, my heart felt so strong. I just repeated the mantra, Om Namah Shivaya, and my heart got even stronger and I felt “what is going on?” And then, suddenly, when meditation ended, my heart was full with love.

7-year-old Siddha Yogi from California, USA

What I experienced when we were meditating is I saw Gurumayi dancing on the moon. I felt so joyful!

11-year-old Siddha Yogi from Nevada, USA

I was so struck observing the abundance and boundless generosity of the Guru’s state. And I felt gratitude for the auspicious opportunity to offer dakshina on this day, to participate in this sacred tradition of offering back to the Guru.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

This Gurupurnima was actually my 13th birthday, and I got to offer seva for the celebration. To me, that was like the best gift.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Hearing the opening strains of Jyota se Jyota flung me back in time more than 30 years to my first Intensive with Baba. While we sang, I re-experienced the joy of the thousands of times I had sung the hymn since in different programs and different places, like the riffling of a huge pack of cards, ending with today’s ecstatic rendition. It was amazing to me how the sacred song’s words and melody had the power to unlock such deep, sweet vaults of memory and to invoke, recall and reconnect me, in the course of half a dozen verses, with my entire Siddha Yoga experience.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Thank you so much for sharing these inspiring and powerful videos online. I have never been to Shree Muktananda Ashram, but I felt my soul was transported there.

As I was watching the videos my breath stopped for a moment and I became completely still. It felt like time had stopped and I was just standing there—absolutely present and alive. What a wonderful way to celebrate Gurupurnima!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

As I watch both sets of videos—the ones from Birthday Bliss and the ones from Gurupurnima—I feel the sanctity of the ashram schedule installing itself in my being. Thank you with all of my heart.

a Siddha Yogi from Alaska, USA

Last night, after a long day for us both, my husband and I sat on the couch together to watch the Gurupurnima videos. As so many others have shared, we meditated with Gurumayi, and chanted Jyota se Jyota with her, and were brought back to so many powerful memories of our time at Shree Muktananda Ashram. It is so sweet to have that energy brought into our home and our lives in this way. Looking from my front porch at the beautiful full moon hanging above the trees, and reading the other shares, I felt so connected with Gurumayi and all the other Siddha Yoga devotees around the world.

a Siddha Yogi from Montana, USA

What a beautiful way to celebrate Gurupurnima through these videos.

First, I watched them alone and took time to meditate. Then, I showed them to my two little boys. We chanted Jyota se Jyota, all together...with Gurumayi. It really reminded me of all the incredible moments I spent in Shree Muktananda Ashram when I was young. I feel the same now as I felt then: I feel so linked to my Guru. I feel so blessed. I’m so peaceful and silent.

What a great Gurupurnima!

a Siddha Yogi from France

Thank you for the delightful surprises and the blessings which you have sent our way via the Internet. Reviewing the chapters of the Gurupurnima celebration transports me right to the heart of Shree Muktananda Ashram and allows me to share the sweet joy of being together in prayer and celebration.

As part of the celebrations of the Siddha Yoga meditation center, we came together last night in the home of a devotee in order to chant and meditate in honor of Gurupurnima. When we prepared to chant the Guru Gita and the mantra we immediately felt your presence. It was as if we had the great good fortune of being with you in Shree Muktananda Ashram — or was it rather that you joined us in Vienna? It was so natural to follow the invitation of the heart to turn within...

Thank you from all our hearts for being so accessible, and for finding ever new ways of reaching us and helping us to deepen our practices and our relationship between Guru and disciple.

With great respect and love
a Siddha Yogi from Vienna, Austria

I, too, was up at 3 am this morning in Moscow, Russia. Eventually I found myself here at the Siddha Yoga Path website and was enveloped by the power of the Guru.

Thank you for reaching out, Gurumayi. I feel your embrace and will do my best to share your love through my music today in celebration of Independence Day at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, currently in Moscow, Russia

What sweet prasad on Gurupurnima. As the video took me from spot to spot in Shree Muktananda Ashram, I had the visceral memories of so many sevas. I felt the plaster under my nails from building Bade Baba's Temple. I felt the earth around Lake Nityananda from landscaping those rolling hills. Felt the cool shadows along the path I used to walk to seva in Amrit, where I helped clear brush as a teenager. And in the steady hand of the cameraman, I re-lived the sweet seva of filming the Guru's work to share with devotees around the world.

With love,
a Siddha Yogi from California, USA.

Feeling deeply intoxicated after chanting the Shri Guru Gita followed by a brief meditation, I find myself treading softly in my home, not wanting to break the silence
I am experiencing in my being.

I eagerly get back online and see Chapter 3: The Heart of Recognition. No wonder I am feeling this way! I was present during the meditation session at Shree Muktananda Ashram!

Then…Gurumayi gently opens her eyes and momentarily gazes into my eyes, and again time stands still, just as it did this morning as I stood gazing in Bade Baba’s eyes in the Temple.

Like the fawn, shivering in intoxication of this moment, I feel my Guru’s presence radiating within me and nature too is participating in its glory and stillness of this Shubh Gurupurnima day, both here and there!

Words just cannot express your compassion in reaching out to your devotees with this web presentation!

Thank you Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Illinois, USA.

I began watching chapter 3 after several hours of seva at home. I was longing to go online and watch the new chapter, but I needed to complete what I was doing first.

Finding Gurumayi in meditation, and the beauty of the Guru all around us in nature, drew me within instantly. When the chimes and the gong rang I realized I had been in meditation, with my eyes open, for the few minutes of the video—taking in the beauty and the silence of the physical form of the Guru and the physical form of the Guru in nature. After just those three minutes, I discovered a deep sense of silence, peace, and wellbeing within me that I usually only feel after a long meditation session.

Thank you Gurumayi, for this precious gift of perceiving your form with my eyes, and perceiving your grace in my heart!

a Siddha Yogi from Cancun, Mexico

As I watched chapter 3 on the website, with the images of Gurumayi in meditation and the radiant beauty of nature, I felt that I was being shown that the grace and energy of the Guru is all around me.

Through the images in the video I saw that Gurumayi's state of bliss, peace, and love is reflected in the stillness of the water, the shining sun, and the shimmering trees. She is in them, and they are in her. She is everywhere—she is the Self.

At one point, the image flashed again to Gurumayi and tears came suddenly to my eyes. My heart opened wide and I felt so grateful to have such a teacher, grateful to be able to see her, and grateful for this path, which has given me everything and transformed my life completely.

Again and again, thank you Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

At 3 a.m. I couldn't sleep so I went outside to look at the Gurupurnima moon and then decided to meditate. I have been in the quiet space of meditation ever since. Each time I open a chapter on the website the inner silence in me is deepened and at the same time I experience an aching and longing within my heart to merge even more deeply with the Guru.

I feel so happy to celebrate Gurupurnima with everyone the world over. And here I am alone at home today. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you to all.

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

As I watched Chapter 3, from the 11th Floor on Seventh Avenue in New York City, it seemed as if the traffic stopped, voices dimmed, and everything around me became totally and utterly quiet.

I couldn’t hear anything except the trees, the birds, and the sound of meditation taking place in South Fallsburg. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Gurumayi, for bringing the essence of love and your divine shakti into my heart on this auspicious day.

Sadgurunath Maharaj ki Jay!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

“The Heart of Recognition”—the title is so perfect.

It's almost midnight here in India. The environment is serene, calm, and the Gurupurnima moon is glowing bright yet soft!

All I wanted to do was to put on the tamboura and meditate. And there, we received the 3rd Chapter—“The Heart of Recognition.”

Watching Gurumayi meditate pulled me deep within my heart within a micro-second. I just don’t know how—a strong magnetic pull.

It was as if I was in Gurumayi's Heart, maybe just for a few minutes, but so tranquil, so pure! A tangible and timeless experience.

Still roaming there and typing my experience, as I want to cherish it forever.

Thank You So Much Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Pune, India

Shubh Gurupurnima!

I am feeling so happy and amazed to see how our beloved Shri Guru connects with all of us.

Yesterday night before going to bed, I was reading the book The Perfect Relationship. I was about to close the book when I stopped at front pages where there is a picture of Baba sitting at his Guru's feet and I read the words, Sadguru Bhagavan Nityananda, to whom I owe my existence. I felt connected to these words.

The next morning, on the occasion of Gurupurnima, I again remembered those words that I read last night.

Now, after attending the Celebration Satsang, I just visited the website and I was surprised to see the same quote at the entrance of the Temple, “I owe my existence to my Shri Guru.”

Oh, Gurumayi, I may not understand the complete meaning of these words, but I am feeling connected with them and with you. You are my Guru and I am your disciple and this is the perfect relationship.

Salutations to Gurudev

a Siddha Yogi from India

Entering the Temple on the sacred Ashram grounds and beholding the golden image of Bhagavan, I felt like I was there. The candle flames flickering was the silence speaking. It's amazing how this technology creates a bridge across time and space to the timeless presence of the Guru within. It's miraculous how it conveys Guru's grace.

Shubh Gurupurnima everyone!

a Siddha Yogi

O Gurumayi, I sense your presence in all of these video clips of Shree Muktananda Ashram—you are reaching out to us in the most practical, beautiful, and imaginative ways possible! I wanted to be at Shree Muktananda Ashram on Gurupurnima, and I am at the Ashram on Gurupurnima! My cup runneth over, and I see magic everywhere in the world around me.

Today I have put everything aside so that I may dedicate my day to the practices, and honor the immeasurable prasad of having a great Guru in my life. Just before I began chanting Shri Guru Gita this morning I received a text message from a sweet devotee with whom I offer seva, and we have agreed to get together later on today to share our experiences of how we are experiencing breakthroughs in our dakshina practice.

Shubh Gurupurnima! Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving me the grace to experience the essence of this world, which is giving and receiving.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

What a great good fortune that on a regular working day we can celebrate Gurupurnima! Thank you Gurumayi-ji for Gurupurnima Prasad!

a Siddha Yogi from Ohio, USA

Last night, I set my alarm to wake me at 4:55 a.m. so I could chant Shri Guru Gita as an offering to the Guru. But I was worried I might be so tired I would sleep through the alarm. Then, like the devotee who wrote from Brazil, I, too, received an unexpected early morning phone call. It was from two devotees in Delhi, calling to wish me Shubh Gurupurnima, and to remind me to trust that the Guru's protection is always with me. When the call ended, I looked at my clock. It was 4:54 a.m. - just in time to rise and shine to chant Shri Guru Gita. Thank you, Shri Guru, for your countless blessings. Thank you for your grace. Thank you for your protection.

a Siddha Yogi from Arizona, USA

The hum and buzz of construction sites and morning traffic outside my window in Manhattan slowly give away to deep stillness within myself as I start watching chapter one on the Siddha Yoga Path website: "Deep Yearning for the Truth.”

With my eyes closed, immersed in this stillness, I hear the healing sound, vibrant and soothing sound, Aum... I stay immersed in this velvety, expansive space of sound for a long time. When I open my eyes, another chapter is available which was not there before! Its title, the very experience unfolding for me, chapter two: "As Above, So Below". Deeply moved by experiencing the sacred sound Aum inside and on the outside as well, the knowledge that the Guru Principle is everywhere arises. My heart is overflowing with gratitude for my Guru has given me the experience of the highest Truth right where I am. Shri Gurudev Sharanam! Thank you Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Thank you for the beautiful Chapter 2

As I was watching the golden dome of the Temple and the moon, and reflecting on the title of this chapter, As Above, So Below, I experienced the moon rising in me, and a longing to merge with the moon inside.

Witnessing the moving lake of golden nectar took my breath away.

Tonight I've been at home immersing myself in all that there is on the Siddha Yoga path website, all the ways for us to join in the celebration of Gurupurmina. I have not wanted to do anything but this! As it's late at night here in Australia, I'll be going to sleep soon, cloaked in the moon’s energy, the Guru's grace, on this Gurupurnima.

I also wanted to say how great it is to be able to offer dakshina online. To be able to make this part of my practices and to be able to make an offering of dakshina on the day of Gurupurnima!

With love and gratitude to Gurumayi

a Siddha Yogi from Australia

This morning, on this day of Gurupurnima, I had a dream. In the dream, I was offering my salutations to Bade Baba in his temple. As I bowed, and joined my hands in pranam, at first there was this impression of separation, that it was "Me" bowing to "Him.” I decided to close my eyes. When I did so, I saw him in my heart, shining in his Golden Light. As I focused on his form within, the experience grew and expanded. Little by little, I started to become aware that “Him” and “I” were not different, that we were the same! As I was bowing to him, there was no "Me" or "Him" anymore. There was only Love, only unity of the Heart.

Thank you Bade Baba, for this precious darshan; thank you for your golden presence in our lives! Thank you Gurumayi for your abundant love, for your Gurupurnima Blessings.

a Siddha Yogi from Toronto, Canada

O, Bade Baba
You are the fullest moon
Your light shines like a thousand moons
blessing each one
with your radiance.

I must be divine
to even get a glimpse of you
I must be pure
I must be you.

The Guru has given me
everything.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

This morning my telephone rang "by mistake" at 4:00 am. Someone called the wrong number. Thank you Baba, for waking me up so I could have Bade Baba's glorious darshan first thing on Gurupurnima morning.

a Siddha Yogi from Brazil

As I entered the Temple and approached Bade Baba's murti, I became more and more aware of the stillness inside me. Then, when the camera focused on his face I felt a "boom" inside my body and I felt energy pour down through me, through to my feet. I had to stand firm and grounded! And then I felt love, such love, as I looked into his eyes - or was he looking into mine?

I heard the words, so sweetly: "You want to know me? Look within.”
My heart is still thumping and I am still feeling that love.
Thank you.

a Siddha Yogi from England

After my meditation practice I looked out the window and I noticed for the first time a bunch of sweet and delicate flowers dancing with the wind. Funny how I'd never seen them before; and my eyes could suddenly see and appreciate the beauty and radiance in them. Normally they would simply be just another flower—but somehow today these seem so special.

I experienced profound Recognition within my heart:
Guru Om, Guru Om, Guru Om.
I feel blessed.

a Siddha Yogi from Ireland

A busy day. I sit at the computer and suddenly I am entering a sacred place. Birds sing. I move through woods...ahhh I am in the Temple with Bade Baba.

As I move closer, closer I expand until Bade Baba and I become one. Only his eyes and love are present now.

Thank you!

Shubh Gurupurnima

a Siddha Yogi from Australia

I have been eagerly waiting to join the Online Event, A Blessed Life: The Guru Is Within

Thank you for taking us on a journey along the Silent Path, across the bridge...preparing all the way to enter the Bhagavan Nityananda’s Temple and to experience Bade Baba's darshan on this auspicious day, Gurupurnima.

I was experiencing all the elements of nature, smelling the forest, hearing the birds, experiencing the glistening sunlight on my body. Holding the title of the Chapter 1: A Deep Yearning for the Truth, I held this prayer, this wish as I stood before Hannuman, Shiva Nataraj, and Bade Baba.

I was hoping to see the words written above the temple door, and my wish was granted! It was wonderful to pause and acknowledge that I do owe my existence to my Shri Guru.

I experienced sweetness inside, my heart and my whole being is smiling as I experience the Guru’s love and compassion showering on all of us. A feeling of deep contentment, and immense gratitude.

And, I really love seeing the subtle soft colours of the roses!

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

a Siddha Yogi from Perth, Australia

Oh luminous, golden One. You are wearing Aum, you are Aum. You shine more than the moon, all the stars and the sun combined. Your rays of grace renew our hearts and show us the way home~~back to Aum.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for giving us this immeasurable gift! Shubh Gurupurnima to all!

With gratitude and devotion,
a Siddha Yogi from California, USA