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An Introduction to the Month of March

March 1, 2021

Dear reader,

The month of March brings us one of the most auspicious nights of the year—Mahashivaratri, “the great night of Shiva.” This year, on March 11, as the moon wanes to a lovely thin crescent, we can participate in celebrating a night so supremely sacred that the benefits of the spiritual practice we perform during these hours will be multiplied a thousandfold....Read more

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It was wonderful to read about Julian's love for Shri Rudram.

I first became aware of Shri Rudram in Gurudev Siddha Peeth many years ago. Every morning I offered seva mopping the floor of the Annapurna Dining Hall, and while mopping I could hear Shri Rudram being recited in the nearby Nityananda Temple. I marveled at the intensity and power of those mantras and felt a deep admiration for the group that recited them so fluently and effortlessly.

Years later at Shree Muktananda Ashram, I had the opportunity to recite Shri Rudram one evening. It was the first time I recited it in a group, and it was a most joyous, intense, and powerful experience. It demanded total focus. Afterwards I felt as though I had bathed in holy water.

London, United Kingdom

I learned Shri Rudram and recited it once a week while serving at Shree Muktananda Ashram. Since retiring a few years ago, I have continued this practice in my home every Monday morning to begin my week. As I recite Shri Rudram, accompanied by the SYDA Foundation recording, I focus on the power of Shiva in my life and I offer the blessed mantras for the benefit of other people and the world.

North Carolina, United States

When I read this sweet reminder about Lord Shiva being “the bestower of divine knowledge who is easily pleased by the simplest of devotional actions,” I was very happy to remember the simplicity, immediacy, and accessibility of God’s grace. For me, it begins with a longing, and my longing is always heightened as Mahashivaratri approaches. I feel a stirring in my heart, an excitement—this great time has come around once more!

During the weeks leading up to this special day, I’m naturally drawn more inwards, I want to offer the practices, I feel a longing to have that pure experience of Shiva inside my heart. I know I have to lay the foundation for this experience, to open the door for Shiva to appear in my awareness, to make the connection. And I do this through “the simplest of devotional actions”—by repeating his divine name.

I’m so grateful for this grace-filled path.

Oslo, Norway

What a gorgeous letter to introduce March! It’s especially interesting to me because I have been feeling as if Shri Rudram has been knocking on my door lately! I located the CD and the text and placed them where I could see them every day. My longing has been growing daily. Now, thanks to the March letter, I know the auspicious moment has arrived: I am going to recite Shri Rudram right now! 

Connecticut, United States