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Divya Jyoti—The Divine Light

May 15Jyota se Jyota Jagao - Verse 3
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Many years ago, I was invited by a friend to attend “An Introduction to Siddha Yoga.” As I biked to the event, an unexplained excitement began to build inside me.
When I arrived, we all sat cross-legged on the floor of an old church. The satsang began with the singing of Jyota se Jyota Jagao. As the music rang out, a force pushed my head to the floor, where it remained for almost the whole event. Just once, I looked up briefly, and noticed a woman swinging something around her head. The next minute a drop of perfume hit me square in the forehead. As this intoxicating perfume reached my nose, my mind stopped and I was filled with an incredible sense of bliss. Then my head went back on the floor and I remained like that for the rest of the satsang.
Afterwards, I could feel that something was different inside of me. When I looked at the people around me, they felt like members of my own family and I realized that in some way that I couldn’t yet understand, I had found my home. 

Vancouver, Canada

Yesterday I had a direct experience of divya jyoti, the divine light.
I was enjoying the sunny atmosphere of the marketplace with its profusion of spring fruits and vegetables when the inner light of the Self began to shine in my eyes. At the same time, my body was filling with prana-shakti and my mind became focused on repeating the mantra Om Namah Shivaya. I felt I was bathing in the divine light, a light much brighter than the light of the sun, and the spectacle of the world around me became insignificant in comparison to the inner world I was savoring. It was like I was visiting Earth with the eyes of God.
While I was shopping, I saw myself smiling naturally in my conversations and sharing good humor with everyone around me. I viewed the mango I had just bought as one that Baba had transformed into an inner mango with immeasurable delights, while my soul was illuminated by divya jyoti, the divine light.

Rodez, France

Upon reading about the divine light that is evoked in Jyota se Jyota Jagao, my breathing immediately released; I closed my eyes and experienced the light that fills my whole body. In an instant I went from inner tension to inner bliss. 
How great is this path of the Siddhas! I am so grateful to Gurumayi for showing me the way, again and again.

California, United States

A few years ago, as part of the Siddha Yoga Prison Project, we held satsangs at several prisons for the very first time. During one such satsang, we met an elderly man who shared that he had received shaktipat from Baba Muktananda forty years earlier. This took place in prison, while this man listened to a news report about Baba’s visit to Los Angeles. For months after this experience, he told us, he walked around experiencing great bliss.  

We had not planned to sing Jyota se Jyota Jagao in the satsang that day. However, toward the end of the satsang, the man leaned over and quietly asked if we could do so. We did.  

As the sound of this sacred hymn rang out throughout the prison hall, his gratitude seemed palpable. Indeed, a little later, when I saw the man coming for darshan, he was visibly moved. 

Washington, United States

As I listened to Jyota se Jyota Jagao, my mind became very quiet. After a while, I felt as though my heart had become a flame. I experienced that this light of my heart was on an arati tray that I was waving to the Guru.

For some time now, I have been trying not to worry about a specific challenge in my life. Yet, after this experience, I feel a new sense of calm and stillness. I'm so grateful for this.

Christchurch, New Zealand