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November 27, 2012: Photos # 1-6

Waking up this morning, I looked out my window and saw snow falling so gently and softly, covering the trees and the ground in white. As I stepped outside, I stepped into a great and deep silence; everything was still.
 
The stillness that the snow brought to nature this morning also brought me to an inner stillness, which stayed with me throughout the entire day.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I am inspired by the beautiful photographs to renew my vow to appreciate each moment and to remember that there is in fact beauty everywhere around me if I simply stop, breathe, look, and feel.

It is up to me how I choose to look at my world. Thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from New Jersey, USA

November 26, 2012: Photo #1

Today's image reminds me of the perfection of the Self.  
Perfection in the play of light and darkness and how neither without the other is as profound.

a Siddha Yogi from Istanbul, Turkey

November 26, 2012: Photo #1

Today's photograph is mysterious. As I gaze at it, I'm compelled to know more - I want to study it and discover. Where is the light coming from? Is it a reflection? The moonlight?...is it illuminated from within?


a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Nature is a great Master. She teaches us every day how to make beauty and enchantment with the four elements, combining them in such a way that elevates our hearts and minds, connecting us immediately with the splendor inside each one of us!

a Siddha Yogi from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

November 24, 2012: Photo #2

I kept looking at the second picture on November 24. The light on the green blades of grass, standing upright, did capture my attention; but it took me a while before I could see the light on the brown grass, lying down. Seeing this, I experienced a shift in my awareness, where both types of grass were equally shining with light.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for this provocative picture through which I became aware of the light of the Self in an unexpected way. 

a Siddha Yogi from Bussum, Netherlands

The first thing I do every morning is go to the website and look at Nature's Splendor. The beautiful photographs of nature have given me new eyes to see the world. I am paying closer attention to everything and everyone around me and seeing their beauty. Nature, like the Guru, gives unconditionally no matter what my state of mind is. I pray to learn to give in the same way. Thank you, Gurumayi, for continually opening my eyes and heart.

All my love and gratitude,
a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

November 24, 2012: Photos #1-2

The first thing I became aware of when I beheld the shrubbery with rounded leaves was a palpable message of self-containment. The rounded leaves reminded me to return with each breath into the center of my own being, to maintain residence in my own inner Self. I am reminded that this is my most essential task as I go about my day.

Thank you, thank you, Gurumayi, for showing us that nature truly is our teacher!

a Siddha Yogi from Alaska, USA

November 24, 2012: Photos #1-2

Today's two photos reminded me of bounty and abundance.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Thank you for the Nature's Splendor photos. Their beauty strongly evokes the sense of wonder and reminds me to cultivate that sense of wonder throughout the day. By highlighting the beauty in common objects of Nature, they teach me to discover the beauty that surrounds me every day. The Guru awakens us to a life of beauty and wonder. Thank you.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

November 23, 2012: Photos #1-3

What a deep and peaceful experience to watch reflections of the light on the sparkling water, around the blades of grass, and in each drop of water on the white roses! I can feel these reflections of light in my own heart, and it makes me feel peaceful and bright.

A deep thank you to the photographer who catches light in every corner of Shree Muktananda Ashram. Every day, I learn a little more about God's splendor in nature!

a Siddha Yogi from Annecy le Vieux, France

November 23, 2012: Photo #3

Beautiful, beautiful gathering of white roses, each one expressing a pure bond of love. Like the bond between Guru and disciple.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

November 23, 2012: Photos #1-3

The light shining on the lake, the reeds bursting forth from the crystalline water, and the pure droplets of dew glistening on a wall of softest roses—all of these images promise renewal. They reassure me that, as long as I keep returning to the source of all replenishment, my own Self, I will surely attain peace.

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

November 22, 2012: Photos #1-6

Nature's Splendor is so beautifully captured by the photographers each day. In watching today's Thanksgiving images appear, the frost on the little leaves filled my being with sacred silence and soft joy. As I continued, image after image expanded my inner delight. Then the heart of roses came into view: the way it fit into the magnificent tree, and the light and shadows within the roses and on the surface of the tree, formed so many wonderful colors and patterns. The next image took my breath away. The soft, curving band of golden glow against the blue sky and the perfect placement of the winter tree and moon—how wonderful to see through the eye of the artist behind the camera! A beautiful Thanksgiving gift. 

Thank you, Gurumayi! And thanks to all those offering seva to bring nature's gifts to us each day.

With blessings and joy!


a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

Nature's Splendor is like strolling in Shree Muktananda Ashram.

It is like looking with Gurumayi's eyes: seeing heart shapes, tiny creatures, colorful forms of immense beauty. The photos awaken remembrances of experiences of love in the Ashram. They kindle fresh longing and devotion. I feel so blessed!

I feel gratitude to all of the sevites. Thank you for this idea, and thank you for creating and upholding it!

Lots of blessings to you!
Thank you, Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Bad Hindelang, Germany

I'd like to thank all the golden hearts that share with us these beautiful pictures every day. The photos shine like diamonds; everything is so pure and full of light!
 
My experience of receiving these images is that day by day I start to better understand one of the most difficult Siddha Yoga teachings for me. The teaching is that I am not the doer; even when I put all my efforts into performing actions, the Self is the only one who performs actions.

Observing nature more closely I see that trees and plants, which are not taken care of by anybody, grow and flourish—each one according to its nature—with colours, leaves, and sizes in a perfect and harmonious order. In the same way, animals that are not nurtured by humans grow beautifully on their own. I am beginning to see that everything has been given life and is sustained by a divine energy, which pulses in everything and in everyone. It is this energy that makes our hearts beat and makes us breathe.

From this, it started to become clearer to me that I'm not the doer. This is comforting!
Thank you God.

Thank you Gurumayi, who always imparts knowledge to us in every possible way!

a Siddha Yogi from Milan, Italy

It's heart-warming to see all the beautiful creatures and critters that live in the sacred space of Shree Muktananda Ashram!

These photos provide the perfect re-entry into the Heart, right in the middle of my day. Thank you!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

November 21, 2012: Photo #6

I love this picture of two flowers in striking contrast with each other: one old and wilted and the other new—showered by sunlight, full of life and vitality. It's the end of the old and the birth of something new and beautiful!

a Siddha Yogi from Russia in Shree Muktananda Ashram

I have been watching Nature's Splendor for the last few months, and every time I look at the photos I feel my heart full of joy and energy. Every day I open this website to see the day's picture and find them wonderful, exciting, marvelous, and extraordinary!
 
Thank you, Gurumayiji, for this wonderful prasad. 

a Siddha Yogi from Noida, India

November 20, 2012: Photo #1

I love the snow-white brilliance of this golden-eyed cat!  He seems to be strolling along the path with grace and contentment, deeply focused on his goal, and ready to spring into action!  

a Siddha Yogi from Buenos Aires, Argentina

November 18, 2012; Photos #1-4

When I looked at the photos of the frog, my first impression was that the photos were so well done. Then, I read the experience shares. Reading them gave me the message to "go deeper." I looked again. Then, in my own body, I felt what it is like to be floating in water. It was so relaxing, and I felt at peace. This made me realize that I can always, at any time, return to the feeling of floating in water, to the feeling of peace. It is always there, waiting for me.

a Siddha Yogi from Alaska, USA

November 17, 2012: Photos # 1-13

Looking at the November 17th pictures for the first time this morning, I was happy to greet each one: "Hi, there!"  "Here you are!"  "Look at you!"  When I looked at them the second time, I heard inside, "I am. I am. I am," with each image.  Looking at them the third time, Om came up inside, and I felt tremendous love for this creation and the infinite wonder and beauty it offers us every moment, everywhere.

With love, thank you, Gurumayi, and thank you everyone for the wonderful gift of the Siddha Yoga path website. It brings countless blessings to my life every time I spend time here.

a Siddha Yogi from Honolulu, USA

When I look at the nature photographs, I experience great stillness. It is becoming a daily practice: taking some time in the middle of the day and reconnecting with my Self at a deeper level. I'm deeply grateful to the photographer(s) for these exquisite photos, and to Gurumayi for giving us such a beautiful way of experiencing her grace.

a Siddha Yogi from Auckland, New Zealand

 November 19, 2012: Photos #1-4

Oh my goodness! What a delightful creature. I've been watching this slide show over and over.
I love to imagine what might lie beyond those bushes. 

Thank you!

a Siddha Yogi from Rhode Island, USA

November 18, 2012: Photos #1-4

No wonder children love frogs so much. They seem to be having so much fun!!

a Siddha Yogi from Dublin, Ireland

November 18, 2012: Photo #1

This frog is so in his element as he swims and leaps freely. He seems to embody the essence of simple joy. It makes me wonder: if I just let go, follow my heart, and live according to my dharma, will I too experience such joy of pure existence?

a Siddha Yogi from South Carolina, USA

November 18, 2012: Photos #1-4

In looking at the photos of these tiny forms of life, I thought only someone with patient attention could have captured these exquisite creatures whilst they are “in motion,” in their own habitats.  These images are such a powerful reminder to take the time to open our hearts and eyes to see the preciousness and beauty that exist everywhere.

Thank you.

a Siddha Yogi from South Yarra, Australia

November 17, 2012: Photos #1-13

There’s such diversity in God’s creation, such delicacy and beauty at the same time. Nature accepts and welcomes each and every creature in its own particular glory. When we give ourselves the opportunity and the freedom to regard each other with a truly welcoming heart we can be enchanted by the beauty that each one of us carries.

a Siddha Yogi from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

November 17, 2012: Photos 1-13

The tiny creatures in each of these photos are a reminder to me that even the smallest, seemingly most insignificant of beings in this universe, are wonders. Looking at the incredible details of each creature, I can’t help but reflect on the endless love and boundless creativity that God pours into nature. What generosity, what gifts we are showered with in a constant stream!

a Siddha Yogi from London, United Kingdom

November 16, 2012: Photo #1

I am an elementary school teacher. This morning our technology trainer enthusiastically shared a new tool with us that allows students to create and narrate stories digitally. As an example, she used a story told and illustrated by her eight year old daughter, sweetly relating how the little girl had found and befriended a furry brown caterpillar.
 
When I opened the Siddha Yoga path website a few minutes later, and saw the photo of the caterpillar, my heart filled with warm delight at this synchronicity. It reminded me that Gurumayi's teachings are for the benefit of all—not just those who are walking the Siddha Yoga path. The beautiful focus on nature's splendor is a vehicle for connecting the whole world in joy. I can hardly wait to share the photo with my colleague.
 
Thank you Gurumayi!

A Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

November 16, 2012: Photo #1

The caterpillar seems to be one-pointedly focused on moving towards a goal. It could be the leaf or perhaps something even further in the distance. But the sense I get from this picture is that this tiny caterpillar is so determined to forge ahead that literally nothing will stop his progress. What a great lesson in perseverance! If we can just approach and overcome each obstacle that might arise in our path with the help of grace and an attitude of faith and trust, then we will eventually arrive at our ultimate destination.

a Siddha Yogi from Miami, USA

November 16, 2012: Photo #2

As the days and nights grow colder and colder with the approach of winter, how amazing to see this bright pink flower blossom, and a delicate bud below preparing to bloom as well. This makes me remember that, even in the seeming darkest or coldest of times, it is always in our nature to open and flourish, nurtured by the light of the Self.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

November 15, 2012: Photo #1
  
It`s amazing how gently and simply nature can present her beauty to us.
She’s all around us, from the smallest leaf to the magnificent sun. The only thing we have to do is to stop and look, because she is right there, in front of our eyes.
 
The beauty and simplicity of this image resonated inside my heart, reminding me of the purity of love.

a Siddha Yogi from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

November 13, 2012: Photo #1
 
AUM looks so luminous and joyful in the midst of all these sparkling lights. This picture makes feel like dancing with joy. It also reminds me that the light is always there, even through the darkness. While I am offering my prayers and blessings to the world, I am sharing my own light with everyone else. In this way, it creates more light for all of us. It makes it even more precious than ever.
 
Happy New Year to you all!

a Siddha Yogi from Canada

November 15, 2012: Photo #1

This tender green branch set against a glorious backdrop of gold and blue reminded me that, no matter what might be going on in the background, there is always new hope as long as we can just focus on being present in the moment.

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

November 15, 2012: Photo #1

What I love about this image of a single pine branch, and so many of the Nature’s Splendor photos, is the way it highlights the uniqueness and aliveness of each and every part of nature.

A Siddha Yogi from Pennsylvania, USA

November 14, 2012: Photo #1

The golden leaves in today's image seem to be lit from within, like a sunrise illuminated from the very heart of nature itself. On this auspicious day, this Indian New Year, when we have the opportunity to refresh our resolutions and start afresh, this glowing photo seems to light the way forward with great joy.


a Siddha Yogi from London, United Kingdom

November 13, 2012: Photo #12

Something about this incredible bridge speaks to me about the path of Siddha Yoga.

Here is what I'm hearing from this photo - the path of Siddha Yoga is direct, there are strong supports on either side, and it is most beautiful to tread upon.

Thank you for the reminder!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

November 13, 2012: Photo #1
 
When I saw the first image of today’s Nature’s Splendor posting I noticed something amazing—the leaves are forming the symbol AUM. There it is, front and center! As I marveled at this wonder, I noticed another AUM on the left, and another AUM, at the top. WOW! Nature seems to be resounding with the primordial sound of AUM in celebration of Shubh Diwali.

a Siddha Yogi from Tennessee, USA

November 13, 2012: Photos #2 - 26
 
Today in Shree Muktananda Ashram, Nature had a special Diwali surprise for us—the first snowfall of the season! The morning began with rain that was soon mixed with huge drops of snow. Soon, as you can see in these lovely photos, the entire Ashram was decorated with sparkling diamonds—the festival of lights!
Shubh Diwali!

A sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

November 13, 2012: Photo #1

The pearls of light reflected on the leaves in today's photograph remind me of Diwali lamps. Nature's Diwali lamps!
 
Thank you for this wonderful image.
 
Shubh Diwali!

a Siddha Yogi from San Juan, Puerto Rico

                                                            November 12, 2012: photos for the month so far
 
I am awestruck by how the images in Nature's Splendor are guiding me to recognize and experience God in nature and within myself. These beautiful images have become powerful messages and teachings on how to “be,” how to live my life.

When I first saw the image on Friday, November 9 (photo #1), I couldn't believe how the water was/is literally holding up the leaf, so gently and humbly, and with such sweetness—offering the leaf as a gift! I keep returning again and again to this image and am blown away every time I see the water's hands holding up the leaf in complete, joyful offering!

I just reviewed the photos for this month thus far and see how on November 5 (photo #1), the autumn leaves seem to be holding up and offering a golden heart.  And on November 4 (photo#1), a sweet green leaf holds up a delicate pink flower petal in offering. 

In the image on November 11 (photo#1), the tree has gathered its most beautiful leaves and holds them in her tree arms as an offering. Such incredible beauty in each leaf, every branch, each drop of water as they simply perform their duty. 

Like a heartbeat, I keep hearing within myself, "Life is an offering, life is an offering..."

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

November 12, 2012: Photos # 1 – 2

When I saw the pink lily and orchid on the Siddha Yoga path website today I instantly thought of the Goddess Lakshmi. I have been focusing on welcoming Shri Lakshmi into my home and office during this time of Diwali, so I was so happy to experience her presence through these images.

a Siddha Yogi from Illinois, USA

November 11, 2012: Photos #1-2
 
Shubh Dhanteras! The photos today, with their brilliant red and shining golden leaves, seem to be celebrating the ever-flowing wealth and abundance of Nature.

a Siddha Yogi from Mexico City, Mexico

November 10, 2012: Photos# 1-2

Leaves like candles. A tree like a column of light.
Nature sends Diwali greetings.
Shubh Diwali!

a Siddha Yogi from Ohio, USA

November 9, 2012: Photos #1-4

The is-ness of nature… that's what comes to mind as I set my eyes upon these stunning photos of the water and the yellow leaves on the tree. Nature doesn't have a motive, it just is. These photographs are such a sublime glimpse at the perfection of nature.

My heart melts with love as my mind becomes absorbed in the beauty in these images: the water hugging the leaf, the ripples flowing behind the duck...so beautiful!

Thank you for this daily gift, Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

November 9, 2012: Photo #1
 
So-o-o...beautiful! It is amazing to realise how much the beauty outside can make our soul feel ecstasy. Wow! Thank very much for this incredible picture of the colorful leaf on the water.
 
Thank you endlessly, dear Gurumayi, for giving us the opportunity to be in touch every day with the nature’s splendor of Shree Muktananda Ashram. Thank you for everything on the Siddha Yoga path website!

a Siddha Yogi from Bromont, Canada

November 10, 2012

Nature’s splendor takes so many forms! I want to share with everyone in the global sangham that in the month of November, 2012  there will be two eclipses– a solar and a lunar eclipse.
 
On November 13 – 14, there will be a total solar eclipse. It will be visible over parts of Australia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, South America and Antarctica.
 
On November 28 there will be a penumbral lunar eclipse (when the moon passes through the earth’s shadow). It will be visible over Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, and most of Asia.
 
An eclipse is a time of heightened energy. Here is a link to a page on the Siddha Yoga path website that explains how we can exercise vigilance and take beneficial actions before, during, and after an eclipse.

a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

November 9, 2012: Photo #1

WOW
that leaf is one of the most incredible photographs I have ever seen! The colors and textures make my heart S-I-N-G. Thank you so much for these inspiring images!

a Siddha Yogi from Ohio, USA

November 8, 2012: Photo #1

Bedrock­. Solid, immovable, constant, like the bedrock of the Guru's grace.
It remains, steady and permanent.
Thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

November 8, 2012: Photo #1

This rock is so solid and unshaken. Its perfect mirror reflection is also perfectly still and serene.

I had just been searching the internet for news about the nor'easter winter storm that passed through New York City last night. When I opened this Nature's Splendor page and saw the rock, I immediately noticed a shift in my state. Seeing the photo, I felt my own inner strength, steadiness, and equipoise. From this state, I am able to truly offer blessings and prayers from my heart.

Thank you so much for this daily gift.

a Siddha Yogi from Virginia, USA

The words "ever new" came to me as I viewed today's sparkling photo. What abundant blessings! Thank you, Gurumayi, for your "ever new" blessings!

a Siddha Yogi from Maine, USA

The stunning shades of blue in this picture—both in the sky and reflected on Lake Nityananda—evoke in me a sense of peace, and the awareness that winter is upon us!

May the peace inherent in nature be evoked in everyone's heart today. May we welcome the changing season with a smile and support one another in staying warm.

a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

The dawning of a new day - oh sweet world!

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

When I viewed the beautiful image of the pastel leaves against the darkened blue branches, a line from a Yeat's poem came to mind: "How do we know the dancer from the dance?" The leaves are preparing to drop, yet are still illuminated with color and life. To me they appear to be in motion, circling gently in an effort to rise through a column of light to their final destination. In this final display of their physical glory, they begin their life-force journey of merging back into the primal elements.

Today's image of the leaves on the ground tells me that the journey has been completed, and that what remains to the eye is the end result of their worldly cycle, and beyond is the resonance of their giving and receiving— the state of stillness, the dissolution into Aum.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Living in a big city, I miss the grandeur of the falling autumn leaves. So I'm inspired by this image of the stream bank blanketed in soft red leaves. 

It feels like Nature is caressing the earth with her finest fabrics. There is so much peace for me in this image.

a Siddha Yogi from New York,USA

Thank you so much for helping us to share in this joy each day and to be able to feel the oneness of everything.
 
I looked at the variations of colour in the leaves and thought about how we are not only at different points in our sadhanas but also how, in our very own sadhanas, we move from one stage to another, one growth point to another.  It is such a wonderful thing to think about how the Guru is so aware of each of us and how she so graciously gives us exactly what we need at each point to move forward.  
 
And that brings me to the second point that the tree ever so gently lets go of the leaves, each one at exactly the right time. With Gurumayi’s grace and our own self effort we also learn, on this extraordinary path, to do the same in our lives.
 
Thank you Gurumayi with all my heart.

a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia

I stare wonder-struck again and again at nature’s perfect beauty. Just one snap-shot of nature as she is can bring me to the experience of perfect joy in my heart.
Thank you!
 

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

Today nature celebrates Baba Muktananda's Mahasamadhi echoing verses of the Kundalini Stavaha. She has cloaked the trees with her red luster; she appears in the form of a serpent, a puja, the four-petaled lotus, the sacred padukas, the sunrise, and the nectarean full moon.

May we all be showered by Kula Kundalini's blessings through Baba's eternal presence in our hearts.

a Siddha Yogi from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Today's image of the Japanese Maple tree reminds me of an abstract painting. The range of colors and shapes is so playful, and it evokes in me a sense of wonder, as well as a wish to creatively express myself.  

Thank you, Gurumayi, for showing me that my own playfulness and creativity are reflected everywhere in nature, and are one and the same.

With love,
A Siddha Yogi from New York

Just before sunrise this morning, the sky over Shree Muktananda Ashram was the most spectacular pink color. Just now I opened today’s new Nature’s Splendor photos, and saw the pink flower petal – the same hues as the dawn sky! It brought me great joy to see Nature’s splendor mirroring Nature’s Splendor.

a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

I am an 18-year-old devotee in New York, and I would like to share my experience of viewing Nature's Splendor. As I was looking through the Nature's Splendor pictures from the past month, I came upon the striking image of the statue of Ganesh. I could feel the shakti coming out of the picture, and it triggered a strong memory from my childhood. As a child, I had a poster of Ganesh up in my room. On it was written following invocation: "May young Ganesh who shines like the rising sun always protect me from fear and from difficulties. O Ganesh, I salute you. Whoever remembers you is blessed indeed." After I remembered this, I began repeating it in my head. As I did, all the tension of the day dissolved, and I felt nothing but contentment and gratitude.

Thank you for the seva you offer in helping me and many others to share with the global Siddha Yoga community.

Best,
an 18-year-old Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Reviewing the spectacular images of this fall season at Shree Muktananda Ashram, I'm struck by how the entire landscape may again shift very soon. One season quickly passes into another, time continues to revolve. Seeing the murti of Baba Muktananda amidst the elements of nature is so precious, so comforting, as it symbolizes the Guru's grace as a constant in this worldly passage, protecting us and anchoring us; reminding us to turn within to prayer, to meditate, to invoke compassion, and to supplicate in humility before the greater forces of our lives.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

This sacred worship of Baba’s steady and loving presence is a true celebration of his 30th Lunar Mahasamadhi. Studying these images and the nature pujas, I delight at the unexpected ways Baba appears!

With all my love and gratitude.
a Siddha Yogi from New York

The tree with the golden leaves is so dazzling.

Shubh Baba Muktananda's Lunar Mahasamadhi!

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

The deeply red leaves have such a presence! Subtle and powerful, they command the same beauty as a mighty sunset. They are like old friends in the way that they put my heart at ease.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I LOVE the pictures on the website! Today the orange reflections of trees in blue water, intermingled with ripples and waves creating a visual feast, a luscious, vibrant, nearly magical scene that I delight in staring at...the endless, boundless beauty and creativity of God's hand is awesome.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

In 1997 I was at Shree Muktananda Ashram at this time, in October during Baba Muktananda's Mahasamadhi. It was a very important time for me. I remember the splendor of nature red and gold, the fresh air, an unforgettable atmosphere.These photos remind me of that wonder. I seem to still be there!

Thank you!

a Siddha Yogi from Livorno, Italy

I felt a burst of joy when I saw the peacock feathers reflected in the water. Nature, through Guru's grace, bestowing Shaktipat. Wishing everyone a most auspicious Shaktipat Intensive!!

In love and gratitude,
a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

Wow! Today's image, the day before the Intensive, is a reflection on the water that's like the peacock feather! An anticipation of the darshan and all the grace we are about to receive from the Siddhas! We can already feel the shakti blessing us all. Thank you Gurumayi, Baba, Nityananda!

a Siddha Yogi from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Thank you for the colorful rippling water! This image, for October 26, reminds me of peacock feathers. The blue is beautifully brilliant.

With great gratitude,
a Siddha Yogi from Pennsylvania, USA

Colorful play of consciousness!

a Siddha Yogi from Ohio, USA

Thank you for the amazing array of nature photographs today, October 25. I have one word for the photo of the field grass covered in water droplets: Ecstatic.

In another photo there is a heart in the space created by leaves. For me this is a metaphor for the seeing God within in everything — at first it may appear that there is nothing there, but if you turn your attention to God you see that God is present in that space.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Whenever I feel any kind of negativity or I want to refresh myself, I take refuge in nature. For me, nature is the best source of love, enthusiasm, and vitality. In the midst of the city, I get this energy by visiting the Siddha Yoga website daily. And I get connected with my own source. While seeing every photo of Shree Muktananda Ashram, I praise God, I love God, and I thank Gurumayi for all that happens in my heart. Each photo puts a big smile on my face and peace, inside me. As with Gurudev Siddha Peeth, I am in love with Shree Muktananda Ashram too. Actually, my heart is expanding.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for everything.

Love,
a Siddha Yogi from Uttar Pradesh, India

Today, October 24, is the Indian festival of Dasera. It looks like nature is celebrating this day with all of her colors, especially the brilliant gold of the leaves and the flowers. This holiday celebrates the triumph of the Goddess and the serpent is a symbol of the Goddess, Kundalini Shakti.

Shubh Dasera!

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

Nature radiates so simply and profoundly—the inner flame made visible.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

As I watched each of today’s photos appear before me in the slideshow, one thought arose over and over again: “Wow!”

The potent colors of nature elicit such joy in my being—pure delight. I can’t help but smile when my eyes behold the lustrous red leaves of the Japanese Maple trees, the soft warm glow of the blanket of clouds, and the heart-shaped pod on the pavement.

Thank you, God, for expressing your divinity through nature! Thank you Gurumayi, for the Siddha Yoga path website!

a Siddha Yogi from Virginia, USA

Contemplating this powerful image

I feel purified,

refreshed,

exhilarated!

It expresses the "fruits" of sadhana...

Thank you Gurumayi

and the wonderful photographer and the sevites and Shree Muktananda Ashram's garden!

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

Today October 23rd , the ninth day of the Navarati Festival, honoring Saraswati Devi, and four days before our Global Shaktipat Intensive, the power of the strong waterfall cascading down from the lake, reminds me of slokas 13 and 14 of Shri Guru Gita, where the blessedness of the water of the Guru’s feet is described: it can wash away ignorance, end karmas, and ignite the light of Knowledge.

May Goddess Saraswati, whose name means flowing waters, and who is fair like the silver-color in the second picture, shower upon us her blessings of wisdom, discrimination, and clear and heart-to-heart communication.

With love and devotion,
a Siddha Yogi from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Just as the drops merge into the pool of water in the exquisite photo posted today, the essence of my Shaktipat experience in 1988 was exactly this.

After returning from attending an Intensive, I lay on my bed reading Baba's book Play of Consciousness and I heard,"Have no fear; I am with you," after which my entire being dissolved into scintillating light particles.

This seminal event triggered the beginning of a subtle change within that continues to unfold, and I continue to contemplate its meaning.

I cannot possibly repay my beloved Gurumayi for this experience. The best part of all is that the capacity to experience and offer gratitude was awakened within. What a blessing!

a Siddha Yogi from Texas, USA

The splashing water evokes a feeling of freshness that I experience when I do the practices. As I experience the pure Heart through meditation or chanting, my entire being feels rejuvenated, uplifted, and refreshed.

Thank you for the Siddha Yoga practices infused with the Guru’s grace. Thank you, Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

The fog on Lake Nityananda is quieting and meditative. Just right for this time of preparation before the Shaktipat Intensive.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Today, October 21, is the first of the three days of Navaratri that honor the Devi in the form of Mahasaraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, speech, music, and art.

She is always associated with water; her name means, “the one who flows elegantly.” She is dressed in pure white and rides a white swan. So today’s Nature’s Splendor photos exquisitely evoke the form and power of Mahasaraswati.

Jayadevi!

With immense gratitude,
a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

Experiencing the light in each image this morning: “What a luminous world we live in.”

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

As I watched the flower unfold a big smile came over me—the Kundalini Shakti manifesting so exquisitely! The flower as it blossomed looked like a whirling dervish dancing in a circle. I felt its movement. I can't wait for the Shaktipat Intensive as I know so much more will be revealed. What a beautiful way to start my day, with so much joy in my heart as I contemplate the blossoming of the flower and that of my own heart.

Thank you, Gurumayi for guiding this awesome unfolding within me.

In gratitude,
a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

As I clicked through the photographs of the beautiful pink flower unfolding, I felt as though I was approaching Gurumayi's chair during darshan, and plunging into the depths of my heart. My whole being was so expansive when I saw the final photograph of the fiery, luminous core of the flower fully in bloom.

Thank you for taking me on this journey to my heart, Gurumayi.

With gratitude,
a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

This is a brief note to say how much the Siddha Yoga path website has been supporting my daily meditation. Each day I choose at least one form of engaging with the website. And I feel that simply looking at a photograph of "Nature's Splendor," practicing the dharanas, or even reading a Siddha Yoga story or a comment posted by some devotee brings me a lot of joy and encouragement for following a discipline of meditation.

Thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Brazil

On Sunday, October 21, the Siddha Yoga Shaktipat Intensive is being held in Shree Muktananda Ashram. I want to share with you one of the splendorous ways Nature will be celebrating this auspicious event. The annual Orionids meteor shower will reach its zenith in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday morning, so it will be offering its most dazzling display to herald the day of the Shaktipat Intensive.
Sadgurunath Maharaj ki Jai!

a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

When I first saw the image of the bridge at Lake Nityananda, I thought that the bridge had been decorated with a garland. Then I looked closer and realized I was seeing a bright red vine—nature had garlanded the bridge. How beautiful.

a Siddha Yogi from Illinois, USA

As I looked at the image of Lord Shiva dancing upon the demon of forgetfulness (Apasmara), I realized that the poem by Bhagavantappa on the Siddha Yoga path website, "How Could I Ever Forget My Guru's Grace?" was also addressing forgetfulness. Enjoying the synchronicity of the poem and photo, I took a moment to identify how present the Guru's grace is in all moments of my life and to count my blessings. Thank you.

a Siddha Yogi from Ireland

The few moments that I spend viewing the myriad pictures of nature connect me to the respective qualities within myself. Nature is so alive, so beautiful and perfect! It communicates in silence!

I start by identifying myself as that which is depicted in the picture, feeling the expansion and depth and, at the same time, serenity, calmness, power, playfulness, steadfastness, so on and so forth. I feel oneness within and without as I go beyond the physical aspects and connect with God’s creation.

I admire God’s works of art: the colors and textures, the shapes and forms, the stages of life as seen in leaves and the waning and waxing of the moon. I am reminded of Gurumayi’s poem from Smile, Smile, Smile! and feel I, too, am his work of art!

I am so grateful for having this opportunity to pause, reflect, and connect.

Thank you, Gurumayi, I love you!

Thank you, dear sevites, for supporting this superb initiative.

a Siddha Yogi from Delhi, India

As I look at the photos of fall at Shree Muktananda Ashram, I am transported to my early days in Siddha Yoga as a graduate student in upstate New York—fresh, in a new country and culture, barely two months in Siddha Yoga, enchanted by the first autumn of my life.

Though I was so close to Shree Muktananda Ashram, I never had the great fortune to visit it then—and in all these 22 years since, I’ve only heard what it was like or seen it on the Internet or had some glimpses here and there. To be able to see the videos and now the photos of nature every day on the Siddha Yoga path website—I feel I am right there again in upstate New York. The only difference is this time I’m in Shree Muktananda Ashram, soaking every bit of it into my being.

To ensure that it becomes part of me, and that these pictures and videos are not a fleeting event, I sketch them for my personal use. I pause the videos and draw the scenes; I colour them, the whole sequence of the videos and the photos. I see them again and again. I play memory games and recollect them and relive them on my mental screen as image and experience so that they become an integral part of me. When I travel, I sit by the window of the car or plane and lose myself seeing the moon, or the setting sun, or the fields, or trees, or the wetlands, or lakes, like a child seeing it for the first time.

Thank you for allowing us to be soaked in the arms of nature at Shree Muktananda Ashram—every day is new, and every photo is a blessing.

a Siddha Yogi from Delhi, India

This photo of light cascading on the partitions reminds me of time passing through phases and evolutions.

As we near the end of 2012, I look back on this year and see how my life becomes more rich with each phase of time – moon cycles, months, seasons. Each one building on the prior, like in this photograph.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for the abundance of guidance you have given this year through the Siddha Yoga path website.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

The simple image of a wooden screen covered in golden sunlight is very powerful. As I look at it, I feel peace wash over me and I just want to sit quietly in that space of stillness for a while. The serenity of nature is all around me, reminding me to go within to experience the serenity of the Self.

Thank you.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

When I stare for 20 to 30 seconds at Lord Shiva Nataraja and the golden, colorful tree behind Nataraj, I see an AUM syllable formed by branches and leaves of the tree at a number of places—Nature’s Splendor. This reminds me: AUM is Shiva, Shiva is AUM, I am Shiva.

a Siddha Yogi from Maharashtra, India

Thank you to the sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram for sharing about Navaratri and about the 16 photos in the slideshow!

I had actually not noticed that there was more than one photo, and so may have missed all the exquisite pictures if it were not for this share. Thank you!

The photos of the rainbow particularly astonished me. The entire sky was imbued with the serenity of the Goddess. And the rainbows seemed to crown the sky and Lake Nityananda with the royal majesty of the Goddess.

Shubh Navaratri!

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

Thank you for the beautiful pictures, they symbolize positive change. Fall leaves remind me of releasing; allowing freedom. Bright flowers reflect renewal; feeling joy and lightheartedness. Rainbows awaken the sense of wonder; experiencing divinity all around and within.

How splendid to see leaves, flowers, and rainbows on the site today, my divya diksha day (October 16.)

Gurumayi, thank you for shaktipat. The Guru-disciple relationship is an auspicious blessing. I am forever thankful.

With Love and Gratitude,
a Siddha Yogi from Pennsylvania, USA

Shubh Navaratri to all! Yesterday evening, Monday, October 15, was the first night of Navaratri, the nine nights devoted to celebrating the Devi, the supreme Goddess, the divine Shakti. In Shree Muktananda Ashram the sky at sunset honored the Devi with unusual soft orange and lavender hues, and by manifesting the most exquisite double rainbow that lasted for 20 minutes! You can see these amazing sights in the slideshow images today.

And I want to share a sweet synchronicity—there are sixteen new images posted today and in the Devi Mahatmyam, a revered Indian scripture that is recited during Navaratri, the Devi is described as Kanya Kumari, eternally young, forever sixteen years old. Throughout India, Kumari pujas are performed for Navaratri. The most elaborate forms of these pujas may include sixteen girls, one of each age from one to sixteen, who are worshipped as different forms of the Devi.

Jayadevi!

a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

This morning I prepared for meditation by chanting Shri Rudram and then listening to Baba's Full Moon Dharana. As my awareness moved deeper within, the vastness of the inner space took on the form of what appeared like the viewer on a camera, layered, larger, then a bit smaller and then even smaller. At the center of the view was a radiant point of light, no bigger than a pixel. And, from that pixel emerged the words, "I am Shiva."

After meditating, I returned to the Siddha Yoga website to look at the "Nature's Splendor" photo for the day. Much to my surprise and delight, there, in front of the magnificent autumn colored tree, stood Lord Shiva, dancing the cosmic dance.

Thank you, dearest Gurumayi, for the brilliance of your teachings. And thank you to the dear sevites who ensure that the Siddha Yoga teachings are available in such a colorful, light filled way on the Siddha Yoga path website.

With lots of love and gratitude,

a Siddha Yogi from Missouri, USA

One of the delights of these pictures is finding AUMs and hearts. Today (October 15) I see the AUM in the golden leaves. And in each picture I see an almost fully shaped heart. If these two pictures were merged and adjusted ever so slightly, they would form a full leafy heart!

a Siddha Yogi from Tennessee, USA

God’s graceful palette has colored Shree Muktananda Ashram’s forest with the shades of fall: crimson, golden, yellow, perennial green—and added loving touches of pink to awaken our forgetful mind.
Chitshakti Vilas: whispers the wind. Nature is like a big broadcasting station, constantly playing a symphony of color, sound, and smell.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for teaching us how to tune in to it from our Heart’s hub!

a Siddha Yogi from Buenos Aires,Argentina

I love today’s photo of Shiva Nataraja! The tree seems to be an extension of His being—the branches are the Lord’s limbs, and the blazing autumn leaves are myriad flames emanating from Him. I’ve read that Nataraja, the Lord of the Dance, symbolizes God as the source of all manifestation in the universe. Seeing this image is like witnessing God in the very act of creation.

Thank you to the photographer for conveying this divine experience!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

The changing fall leaves in this photo seem to be emerging from the ring of fire around Lord Shiva, as if they changed colors just for Him!

I would like to be like those leaves, making myself into an offering to glorify the Lord.

a Siddha Yogi from West Virginia

What a majestic image of Lord Shiva dancing before a beautiful fall tree. It is as if the tree is an extension of Shiva’s dance—the branches matching the curve of his limbs.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

Early this morning I looked out my window and was entranced by the sight of the brilliant Shiva moon journeying across the clear pre-dawn sky. Then a few moments ago I made one of my several daily pilgrimages to the Siddha Yoga path website, and lo and behold—the Shiva moon has reappeared! It stirs my heart to have the darshan of this benevolent celestial being, again and again and again.

With gratitude,
a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

When I view the photos of nature at Shree Muktananda Ashram which show dewdrops coming from the leaves, pine needles and such, I am reminded of something Gurumayi said long ago in a talk. She talked about rasa as a divine essence. I am always delighted and so grateful when this blessing comes into my heart.

Thank you, Gurumayi, again and again!

a Siddha Yogi from Maine, USA

Yesterday's beautiful image of the pine needles with dewdrops reminded me of the changing seasons and the regenerative cycles of nature. The single filament thread of the spider's web and the numerous worlds reflected in those tiny drops of water spoke to the myriad forms of all manifestations from their source of light. A single thread begins to weave complex texture and detailed forms that we recognize and are delighted by through color, scent, touch, and feelings.

Today's image of those gorgeous deer immediately brought to mind the three faces of God, observing and playfully immersed in a magnificent display of nature, divine both within and without.

Thank you for touching my heart yet again.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

I recently spent four weeks at Shree Muktananda Ashram at the start of summer, when each day new flowers bloomed in myriad shapes, sizes, and colors, and the new growth in every green shade brought the vibrant freshness of nature's splendor to the fore.

Now as Nature changes Her seasonal cloak once more the diversely rich palate of golden fire that paints the forest and meadow is truly amazing to behold.

Love is Nature adorning Herself so beautifully simply for the Joy of it.

a Siddha Yogi from Perth, Australia

I’ve been at Shree Muktananda Ashram as a visiting sevite for four days. Today, Baba Muktananda’s Solar Mahasamadhi, I visited Bade Baba’s Temple at noon time. Bade Baba was surrounded by the most beautiful hues of orange roses—many, many orange roses. He was cloaked in the colors of autumn.

Later on, I looked at today’s image in the Nature’s Splendor section of the Siddha Yoga path website and saw the huge orange, heart-shaped canopy of leaves standing so tall above the other green tree tops. The leaves in this heart-shaped canopy matched the roses in Bade Baba’s Temple perfectly.

Nature’s synchronicity is flawless.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

The capturing of the beauty of nature - the natural beauty - is thrilling! Knowing that I’m on a shared journey as I appreciate each photo makes my heart sing. Thank you.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

The twenty-two photos on Nature’s Splendor posted today take me on a pilgrimage. The golden reflections and fall images pull me in as I am guided gently to my inner and outer consciousness like the breath breathing in and breathing out.

It is a dance of Lord Ganesh as he watches over us through nature and the moon. I am touched by the details and the expansiveness and delighted with the journey the photos take me on concluding with offerings to Shri Ganesh. My heart is giddy. Thank you for this generous offering.

a Siddha Yogi from London, England

The reeds in the water look like a Chinese pictograph, reminding me that the language of God is expressed everywhere in nature in the form of pattern, rhythm, cycle, and sacred geometry. Nature is constantly teaching.

“As above so below,” the symbolic figures seem to express. The sky-blue water reflects the peacefulness that lies around in sweet detachment.

“Just as the sky is not tainted by its clouds…” Jnaneshwar Maharaj says.

Thank you Gurumayi for teaching me how to appreciate the incredible beauty of the landscape above and below, within and without!

With love and reverence,
a Siddha Yogi from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Thank you for the exquisite Nature's Splendor photographs!

Since I have started looking at these amazing pictures, I have found that they come alive in my day! I have noticed that what is shown on the Siddha Yoga path website shines forth in nature! I have found a wonderful play between viewing the pictures and looking outside!

I have seen Monarch butterflies drinking nectar, beautiful colored clouds, squirrels leaping across lawns, and fragrant blossoming flowers in a whole new way.

I now see these elements in nature shine forth, and I am filled with a sense of recognition, joy, and connection.

Thank you!

a Siddha Yogi from New Jersey, USA

When I saw the photographs of the African Grey parrot in the tree, I had to laugh–I was looking through the photos with my own parrot perched next to me.

It has been so enjoyable to contemplate the daily nature photos and then notice synchronous little moments throughout the day that call back the same stillness, wonder, and occasional grin of delight. As a squirrel darted in front of my car yesterday, I saw in him or her the same playful exuberance of the squirrel bounding through the grass on the Ashram lawn. When I take the time to honor the Self in the plant and animal forms on the website, I can't help but perceive the Self in the familiar plants and animals around me. God in a squirrel costume! God in a parrot costume!

Thank you, Gurumayi. And thank you, dear sevites, for refreshing my vision.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I did not expect the huge rush of delight, joy, and love I felt when I saw the African Grey’s pictures. I looked at them a few times and felt amazing wonder at the details of its feathers, eyes, colors. My heart felt like it was bursting, and I was so grateful for everything! I don’t understand the reasons for this overwhelming response evoked by the parrot, but I am grateful for it. Thank you for this series of pictures which always remind me of the countless and priceless treasures of this creation. Thank you and love to Gurumayi—and to the sevites, the technology, and Mother Earth!

a Siddha Yogi from Hawaii, USA

The picture of the parrot is like looking at my own Self—looking at me in a feathered form. The pattern of the feathers on its face reminds me of the petals of a lotus around the blue pearl. My heart is still in wonder.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

This morning, September 23,
I looked at this image for a long time.
I noticed how still I became,
and then my mind questioned:
Why is this picture so beautiful?
So exquisite in its balance and equilibrium?
The Guru!
The light on the path!

Thank you all for sharing your light.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

Thank you for those gorgeous photos which take me to the sweet grounds of Shree Muktananda Ashram. They are so vibrant with colors and so respectful of the beauty of Nature. I just went through the entire month of September, while listening to the Raga Taranga CD, and I feel like I am literally walking within the gardens of the Ashram. They are taking my heart and mind there. Thank you for sharing this beauty and reminding me of how humble and generous Nature is. Thank you Gurumayi for your bountiful grace and teachings.

a Siddha Yogi from Toronto, Canada

I feel so blessed to be able to view these photos each day. They are a wonderful, calming, peaceful reminder of a very special and loving place. Thank you to all the sevites who work to make this possible.

With great respect and great love,
a Siddha Yogi from Florida USA

Every few days this month I have returned to the magnificent Nature's Splendor photos from September 1st. First comes an otherworldly view of Lake Nityananda and the sky above it. Then, one after another, are images of the full moon in an ever-darkening sky. The first time I saw this series of moon photos, I watched it in a slide show, and the images slipped from one frame to the next with no perceptible sign to my eye. I knew only that I was staring at the glowing moon, mesmerized, as the sky gradually darkened around it. The sky darkened, the moon shone ever more brightly, and my state soared.

I am unutterably grateful for this beauty and for the now countless forms of instruction, darshan, satsang, and soul renewal being offered to me—to us all—on the Siddha Yoga path website.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for your abundant grace.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

The exquisite detail of today’s photo of white orchids on a black background reflects the precise intelligence behind the design of all creation—divine Consciousness. The manifestation of light and detail from the depths of darkened stillness illustrates the emanating power of God's creative play. The beauty of the image creates a moment of joy and bliss as the "ahh" of recognition arises in the viewer. This photo is a tribute to the three attributes of the Supreme Self—Sat-Chit-Ananda. As Baba's Mahasamadhi approaches, it is wonderful to be reminded of the true nature and state of being of the Sadguru.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Contemplating the pictures of nature at the Siddha Yoga path website helps me to clean my mind, to sweep darkness away. It reminds me that I can always shift my mind to a higher state of consciousness. It helps me to connect to my inner beauty. It makes me feel calm and reminds me of the blessings in my life.

The pictures also remind me that nature is always giving, always bestowing its beauty. No matter if someone stops to watch it or not, nature is always flourishing and giving its beauty and aroma, without expecting anything back. I see this as a great seva by nature. And, ultimately, I see the Siddha Gurus in these pictures of nature, for the fact that they are always bestowing their grace, Shakti, and glory!

Thank you, Gurumayi, for all this beauty!

With love,
a Siddha Yogi from Brazil

This beautiful image of the water flowing reminds me of the grace that flows through the physical body when one receives shaktipat. As it flows into its Self, an awakening of peace, love, joy, and oneness settle within where God resides. And because of this awakening we can now see and experience God, not only in ourselves, but in each other, nature, and everything. This precious gift of shaktipat is everlasting and loves to be nurtured with the practices of Siddha Yoga: meditation, chanting, and dakshina.

Thank you beloved Gurumayi, for all your love and compassion.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

The blade of grass, with its blossoms shining around its dark core, reminds me of how Kundalini Shakti burns away the inner dross in the sushumna, allowing the divine light of the Self to shine forth.

Love always,
a Siddha Yogi from New Hampshire

I opened the Siddha Yoga website to view the photo for today—the golden reddish-browns and backlighting on a grass field. It is as if nature knows how to garland itself.

Beauty
Reverence
Devotion

I am grateful for this reminder.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

My first thought when viewing this photo was, Kundalini Shakti! The grace-bestowing power of the Guru.

Thank you for this scintillating, golden photo as I remember my shaktipat experience with everlasting gratitude, love, and devotion.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I just loved the photos of the squirrel on the website this morning, running around over the grass, busy getting ready for winter. The squirrels here in Seattle are doing the same thing. For me there was just something so sweet about it, and a little humorous, and a nice reminder how practical animals are.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

When I opened Nature’s Splendor this morning and saw the gorgeous image of Lord Ganesh I remembered, “It’s Ganesh Charturthi.” And I was so excited to be able to celebrate Ganesh’s birthday all together on the Siddha Yoga path website!

I am awe-struck by the beauty of this photo and how it captures, for me, so many of the qualities of the Self and displays them so vividly.

As I identify some of the qualities with my eyes, I actually start to feel more and more uplifted and can experience them within myself as I name them!

Perfection
    Clarity
        Beauty
           Benevolence
                 Inner Light
                     Radiance
                           Steadiness
                     Majesty
                Wisdom
         Strength
     Serenity
Timelessness

What a feast for the eyes and heart!

Thank you, Gurumayi, for showing me how to recognize God in everything and how to relish that gift.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Looking at the photo of the deer, I imagined Gurumayi gazing at it, seeing it as the Self. Then I imagined I was looking at my own reflection—how beautiful! Later, the following quotation, that I heard Swami Kripananda share in a Sadhana Retreat, came to mind:

When you look upon the world, go beyond the seer and what is seen, and
become aware of that which is looking at itself.   -Jnaneshwar

As I contemplated that quotation, I was able to touch, and hold for a time, the experience of pure awareness.

Thank you, Gurumayi!

Thank you, Sevites!

a Siddha Yogi from New Hampshire, USA

My heart was opened by the beautiful image of the deer on your website today. Immediately, I was reminded to practice the austerity of "gentleness," as Gurumayi has instructed us. This beautiful creature speaks to my mind, saying to be alert, aware, and focused, but to embody gentleness in my approach. Gentleness is a quality I greatly admire, and one which I often need to be reminded of, as an antidote to the tendency of my mind to easily bristle and become agitated.

So, a deep breath in and out. Ah-hhh. Thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

When I saw the photos of the crescent moon my heart jumped. Every single image is so beautiful. I love the moon and I love nature. They remind me of Gurumayi. The nature photographs have inspired me to connect even more with nature and listen to its wisdom.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Daily, I access the Siddha Yoga path website to see what's new. One thing I always see is the pictures of nature. Lake Nityananda; the trees, leaves, flowers, sky—nature is so beautiful in Shree Muktananda Ashram! And the photographer has been so talented and sensitive to register the images.

I've been trying to define what makes these pictures so beautiful—the luminosity, the brightness.... At first I thought that nature is different in SMA because of the Guru’s shakti and the spiritual practices that are held there. But the other day I had an experience that I would like to share.

I was lunching in a restaurant and suddenly looked at a tree and saw it had the same brightness and the same light that I see in the photos on the website.

That same tree I had seen ever so many times, like so many other trees, was now shining.

Then I realized it was my vision that had changed: the way I see the world, the way my mind sees the world. The tree has always been there, shining; the day was no different from other days, but this time I was seeing it differently.

I'm remembering when Bade Baba said to Baba to look and see chiti shining in a stone. These photos on the website are helping me see the glow of Consciousness in the world around me.

Thank you, Gurumayi. And thank you the photographer and all who were involved in this project.

a Siddha Yogi from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

I was by Lake Nityananda, writing in my journal, when this beautiful deer stood for a long time, gazing at Gurumayi. And Gurumayi too was watching this deer. I loved watching them, looking at each other. Who is the seer and who is the seen?

a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

I just went through all of the September nature photos and experienced a big, happy inner smile.

I am reminded that such beauty is forever present and available to one and all—one only has to pause and cultivate one’s appreciative eye.

Thank you.

a Siddha Yogi from California

Thank you very much for the beautiful Lake Nityananda and full moon photos

I feel so full to see the real facet of the full moon from Shree Muktananda Ashram. I remember that I saw this yellow, big, and bright full moon on August 3, Bade Baba Nityananda’s Punyatithi Celebration day, at the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Sydney.

Also I would like to share that photos no. 8 and 9 of the moon on September 1 look very similar to mine, which were also taken on that day.

I certainly think this is an amazing experience.

a Siddha Yogi from Sydney, Australia

Looking at the photo for today, September 11th, an immediate feeling of tranquility arises within me. The tiny dots of light on the water suddenly also look like stars in the sky. The song "Let us be united" comes to my mind—the line "...and perfect be our unity" feels like the matching words for this wonderful photo.

Thank you!

a Siddha Yogi from Germany

The daily photos are like a complete pause in my day. Every time I watch them, my state shifts into a space of repose, total peace. It's like I become the seer, and the seeing, and the seen...my mental clutter stops, my being absorbs the astounding qualities of each picture...their light, their power. An amazing focus takes place (similar to when I go out to shoot pictures myself, which I enjoy a lot.) These images have an exquisite quality that gives me so much in my day. I am adoring the daily experience. It is beyond purely visual. It becomes blissful, poetic, melodic even! My seeing the world changes and I appreciate life, nature, and its splendor in a magnificent and quiet way. Thank you so much to Gurumayi. And thank you to all the sevites making this possible.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I am a visiting sevite at Shree Muktananda Ashram. I am offering Garden Seva.

Yesterday we were working by Lake Nityananda, diligently extracting the seeds from dried lavender buds while chanting Om Gurudev. I thought how blessed I am to be right here, surrounded by a group of devotees from different parts of the world, honoring nature, meditating with eyes open and blissfully praising the “Temple Without Form.”

The wind started blowing and the gathering clouds took majestic shapes. Cumulonimbus, stratotocumulus…my fellow sevites said. My inward eye saw condensed Shakti playfully dancing and reshaping in the sky adopting countless different, unique shapes; a myriad of gravity defying phenomenon to see.

The sun behind the clouds, like Shiva’s five fold cosmic actions: creating, maintaining, dissolving, concealing, and as the feather shaped cloud in the web photograph, endlessly bestowing Grace…

As Above, so Below.

Nitya Suddha, the Pure Nature of the Eternal.

Sadgurunath Maharaj ki Jay!

a Siddha Yogi from Buenos Aires, Argentina

It was the middle of the night, I couldn’t sleep. I was pulled to my computer and started to watch these wonderful pictures of nature. They were amazing. Peaceful for the heart. A real companion of this quiet night. A presence of my beloved Guru. Thank you for all this wonder in nature. Thank you to all sevites who make this sharing around the world possible. It is grandioso!

a Siddha Yogi from Montréal, Canada

Thank you so much for the beautiful Nature’s Splendor photographs on the Siddha Yoga Path website. Today’s photographs of the moon and Jupiter are so exquisite. It is always so wonderful to see the moon, which represents the mind, together with Jupiter which represents the Guru.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

On my morning walk with my dog I have been seeing many butterflies and they always make me think of Bade Baba. One morning they were uniquely abundant and seeing these beautiful yellow butterflies with velvety brown patterns on them had a particularly strong impact on me. Seeing them I became very present in my body and was aware of Gurumayi everywhere, of being love within Gurumayi’s love. I walked that morning in the company of my dog with a huge smile on my face and in my heart.

When I got to the computer that morning I was looking forward to the Nature’s Splendor photo of the day on the Siddha Yoga path website and something inside of me knew I was going to be sweetly surprised by it, it was like I was about to unwrap the sweetest gift.

When I got to the computer that morning I opened the page and…the photos were of a yellow butterfly with velvety brown patterns on it. In gratitude I sat in silence, experiencing Gurumayi within and without, savoring being love within Gurumayi’s love.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

It is such a delight to view the photo web postings first thing in the morning. It is like a journal entry for the day and guides how I perceive the day ahead of me. The exquisite and colorful focus is refining my awareness of the infinite details of God in the world. I stop more and notice my world around me, moment to moment. Thank you Gurumayi, I feel very alive! And very grateful to be alive.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

How much power a small being like a butterfly has! The full power of God dwells in every little thing! Wonderful!!!

Lots of love,
a Siddha Yogi from Switzerland

The presence of a cute little turtle in the photos triggered very powerful images to my mind.

I remembered the story of Vishnu's second avatar, Kurma, the tortoise, sent to help the devas obtain the nectar of immortality. Vishnu helped create the world by supporting it on his back. This is also the function of the Guru in our lives: to support us, give us stability, and restore our own dharmic order during the churning of our inner ocean, our way to self-realization.

Turtles are so special. The turtle naturally withdraws and goes within when necessary. The turtle’s whole life is one of steadfastness, patience, wisdom. The turtle is always at home within itself. And just like Aesop's fable of the hare and the tortoise, I was reminded not to be careless, overconfident, and take things for granted—always grateful, but practical, step by step.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for this WONDER-ful path.

a Siddha Yogi from Buenos Aires, Argentina

The photo of the moon over the flag today reminded me of an experience I had yesterday evening. I was lying down resting, watching the moon rise in the cloudless night sky. Its presence felt benevolent, powerful, and loving. Verse 59 of the Guru Gita came to mind, "May the divine glance of the Guru ever dwell upon me," and I was reminded that no matter where I am or what I'm doing, the Guru is with me.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

When I saw the beautiful Nature’s Splendor photos of the turtle and the hummingbird in Shree Muktananda Ashram posted on the Siddha Yoga path website I was reminded of a talk Gurumayi gave on her birthday in Shree Muktananda Ashram on June 24, 2011.

Gurumayi described how she was walking through the Ashram and first saw a humming bird on one side of the building and then Gurumayi saw a turtle when she walked to another part of the Ashram. Gurumayi shared that when she saw the hummingbird she was reminded to keep moving and when she saw the turtle she was reminded to slow down.

Thank you, Gurumayi for the Nature's Splendor images on the Siddha Yoga path website!

a Siddha Yogi from New Jersey, USA

Thank you, Gurumayi, for the Nature’s Splendor images.  They are beautiful reminders, for me, of your poem for Bade Baba, “A Temple Without Form.”The pictures help me to remember that wherever I look, whatever I see is the divine presence manifesting in that form. Remembering your words, I practice this awareness—the dog friend happily wagging his tail, the shrubs and trees touched by the breeze, the changing clouds on the wide horizon, even the traffic and rushing crowds—all exist as part of the Temple without form.

a Siddha Yogi from Hawaii, USA

This evening, when I opened the Shree Muktananda Ashram—Nature's Splendor webpage and clicked on the third image for today, August 29, a big smile arose from within. Earlier in the day I had read how Vishnu, as Kurma the tortoise, is said to bear the land upon his back.

Seeing the photo of the beautiful blue-grey turtle set against the vibrant pine greens and blues, I was reminded of the Siddha Yoga teachings and practices. They are like Kurma as they provide great support and guidance about how to live as a true human being in this world. A prayer of gratitude arose for how graciously the turtle bears the land upon his back and with a wink and a smile invites me to live with the same benignity.

Thank you for sharing the amazing brilliance of nature.

With great love and gratitude,
a Siddha Yogi from Missouri, USA

The nature photos have such an extraordinarily rich quality to them. Rather than just observing imagery, when I look at these photos, I find it is an entire experience, it is like drinking nectar. I wondered, Why am I having this experience? I realized that, in addition to how divinely beautiful they are, they capture the effervescent shakti in Shree Muktananda Ashram. So looking at them allows me to absorb that shakti, that grace.

Thank you, Gurumayi; thank you, sevites!

a Siddha Yogi from Sydney, Australia

Thank you so much for the images of Nature's Splendor offered daily. I have found myself taking much more time to pause and notice the abundant beauty of nature’s offering that surrounds me. With each pause, there is an expansive moment of connection where I take a mental photo and offer it to the Guru, the sangham, and back to nature. I feel so grateful to follow a path that reminds me that in each moment there is pure joy, true bliss, and divine connection—we just have to remember to keep our eyes and hearts open.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Like  the flower…
My heart has opened
and a wonderful feeling
of love and surrendering
fills up my being.

Lots of love,

 

a Siddha Yogi from Unterseen,Switzerland

As I watched the hibiscus flower open, I breathed deeply in appreciation. The Guru opens our hearts the way the sun opens the flowers. There was so much joy, love, and fullness in the opened flower, and there was also total perfection in the closed bud. I could feel its contentedness and faith in the process of blooming. It too held a smile in its being. We are all somewhere along that continuum of unfolding to our full glory and perfect expression of ourselves. I feel a greater contentment seeing the flower's process—yes, I'm on that journey too, and wherever I am is perfect. Even in my less-than-fully-unfolded state, there is the promise of opening and shining fully, just like the hibiscus.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for awakening us to this beautiful journey, and guiding us along the way. Om Purnamidah.

 

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

I had been staying in the hospital for three days with my son, who had just been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition. We returned home and, struggling with what I felt were my limitations as a human being and a parent, I sat down in front of my computer to catch up on the Nature's Splendor photos. As I looked at the beautiful photos of the tomatoes on the vine, at various stages of ripening, I experienced an acceptance of myself as being in the process of growing and learning. The truth that that which is ripe was once green and that which is green will be ripe in the fullness of time seemed to shine from the photos, breaking through the clouds of my thoughts. As I continued to look at the photos—the exquisite lotuses opening to the sun, the play of light and movement on the water, the phases of the moon— each one carried a message that brought a feeling of serenity and an acceptance of the movements of time to my heart. Thank you so much, Gurumayi, for offering this prasad, these gifts that illuminate and reveal the beauty within and without.

a Siddha Yogi from Kansas, USA

As we saw the tomatoes appear on the Siddha Yoga website, my 3-year-old jumped in excitement and said,“I want to eat that,” and she reached out for them. Immediately the story about Lord Hanuman, the epitome of discipleship and selfless service, wanting to eat the sun came to mind and filled me with such sweetness.

Thank you, Gurumayi. for these beautiful pictures of nature that fill us with sweetness, wonder, and beauty.

a Siddha Yogi from Gurgaon, India

Thank you especially for the little lizard of today! Such a delicate creature; light-footed on the rough ground. Seeing the sunlight through its tiny body reminds me of the Swedish word for see-through: genomskinlig, which means something like “able to shine through.”

May we all be like the lizard, able to let God's light shine through us.

a Siddha Yogi from Sweden

When I opened to the picture of tomatoes ripening on the Siddha Yoga path website and saw the sun reflected in each beautiful orb, I was not sure for a moment if I was looking at tomatoes—or looking at the sun. This playfulness touched my heart.

Then I recalled the passage in Play of Consciousness in which Baba writes about the love and silent speech between the sun and the plants on the earth.

My experience deepened and so did my gratitude for the webpage that offers the teachings in this delightful and powerful way.

I go back to the image again and again to reflect on this.

Thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Seattle, USA

When I looked at the images of the ripening tomatoes, it reminded me that everything happens in its own time and at its own pace. In this moment one tomato is green and another nearly red—each perfect in its own right and following the natural dharma of its life. The tomatoes remind me to exist in the moment and see each second as perfect, being exactly as it needs to be. I practice following the dharma of each moment by doing what needs to be done. Being practical.

a Siddha Yogi from Victoria, Australia

As I clicked on each picture of the Nature’s Splendors, I could feel myself merging with its beauty. My breath became steady and my gaze soft as I bowed down to God’s creation. This reminded me of a line in the Siddha Yoga Vision Statement—“For everyone everywhere to realize the presence of divinity in themselves and in creation.”

a Siddha Yogi from Nairobi, Kenya

When I watched this sideshow on Nature's Splendor, I suddenly remembered Gurumayi's quote:

“If you have the ears to hear, then the trees, the birds, the animals whisper great messages to you. If you have eyes to see, the whole world reveals its secrets to you.”    [Darshan Magazine, vol. 121]

Nature is also celebrating Bade Baba's Punyatithi with us. I could feel Bade Baba's energy in every particle of the nature around us. As I do this practice of seeing him in nature, my mind turns within, and I feel his divine presence inside me.

Thank you, Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Mumbai, India

What a gift to begin the day sharing such natural beauty from the Ashram! Seeing the lotus resting on the water this morning immediately released a sense of the Divine within me. For such a precious gift of remembrance and presence, thank you, Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Kentucky, USA

Thank you for strengthening our bond with nature through the wonderful daily images from Shree Muktananda Ashram. The bunches of tomatoes today reminded me of our natural state as human beings: we are all nurtured by the same root, the same water, the same sun, the same air, and we all have God’s spark of light shining in us. Yet, each of us matures at a different rhythm and is just unique, priceless.

With love and devotion,
a Siddha Yogi from Buenos Aires, Argentina

I’ve just viewed the new Nature’s Splendor images on the website—I was delightfully surprised to find three new ones.

As I gaze at the blue lake, I see Nityananda in nature. I experience tranquility of the mind.

As I gaze at the deer, I see Nityananda in nature. The deer appears to be so alert, so still and silent, so beautiful—qualities of Nityananda I have so appreciated when I have been in the presence of Bade Baba in the Temple.

As I gaze at the brilliant golden rising sun, I connect with the sun in my own heart—the brillant, blazing golden sun that I experienced after receiving shaktipat. The sun that was shining so brilliantly that all I could feel was happiness, peace, and love. The sun that I experience blazing brilliantly whenever I turn within.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for these beautiful images of Nature’s Splendor, and for the sublime gift of shaktipat.

a Siddha Yogi from Perth, Australia