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A Sweet Surprise 2013

New Year’s Day 2013 Celebration

Shree Muktananda Ashram

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Thank you for posting these photos on the website. I could recognise some of my good friends from the summer holiday I spent in Shree Muktananda Ashram!

I really loved the picture of Gurumayi putting her hand on the window where the snow was gently falling down outside. It made me feel really good on the inside and it teaches me how the Guru is so close to nature.

a nine-year-old Siddha Yogi from The Peak, Hong Kong

This morning, as I paused on photo 3 to sit for Bade Baba's darshan while listening to the exquisite music, I was awestruck by the incredible opportunity to visit the Temple like this! I realized that if I were visiting in person, I would bring an offering. I decided to start an envelope to collect dakshina when I come for darshan on the Siddha Yoga path website. I immediately felt even more strongly the power of what Gurumayi is offering us through the website—her darshan in myriad forms. I labeled the envelope "website dakshina," as a tangible expression of my gratitude for this amazing offering from Gurumayi and the SYDA Foundation sevites.

Thank you, Bade Baba, for this sweet inspiration.

California, USA

How auspicious to be able to receive Bade Baba’s and Gurumayi’s darshan from the photographs posted on the Siddha Yoga path website of the New Year's day celebration in Shree Muktananda Ashram! Every image is pulsating with love.
Thank you for bringing us all into this beautiful celebration! To see so many young faces brought delight to my heart. As did Gurumayi’s radiant smile and seeing the love between Guru and disciple. To be in the presence of darshan occurring is such a precious gift. To meditate with all of you just for a few moments is nectar.
Thank you, Gurumayi! Thank you to all the wonderful sevites in Shree Muktananda Ashram.

Perth, Australia

What joy it is to behold the beauty of these slides. The colors, the radiance, the bliss on each face draw me into every scene. I am one of the children delighting in the snow. I am meditating in the hall with Gurumayi. I see Gurumayi holding someone’s hand and it is my hand. Gurumayi touches Bade Baba’s sandals with my hands. It is an honor and a privilege to be invited into Shree Muktananda Ashram through these photographs. I love this wonderful reminder to honor my own life; to do my own work with love and devotion and to appreciate the beauty in the world around me. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Florida, USA

I attended A Sweet Surprise satsang on January 1, 2013, at the Siddha Yoga Meditation Center; and I registered again to take it with my family on January 5, 2013, through webcast. We decided that we would start at 7:30AM, and when I woke up this morning I switched on my computer to check whether everything was working fine to ensure there were no technical problems. At that same moment, in another tab, I opened the Siddha Yoga path website; and my eagerness increased when I saw a new posting: "New Year's Day in Shree Muktananda Ashram Photo Gallery." When I clicked on that, I felt so blissful to start my day with so many beautiful images and a very touching audio clip.

After my family and I participated in A Sweet Surprise webcast, I showed them the New Year's Day Celebration photos. While I was showing it to them, my mom said, "It’s heaven!" and everybody's heart was filled with love.

Thank you, beloved Gurumayi, for so many treasures!
Thank you, Website Department; thank you, Photography Department; and thank you, Music Department.

Ulhasnagar, India

Beautiful! Everybody is so happy, so filled with joy. Thank you, Gurumayi. Thank you to the Siddha Yoga website team, and all the other sevites for sharing with us the joy of the New Year's Day Celebration photographs.

Mumbai, India

I love seeing all the galleries full of pictures of the SMA celebrations! It’s such a wonderful and simple way for us all to feel united, the entire globe celebrating together.

I have now included visiting the Siddha Yoga path website as a daily spiritual practice, and I love it! Thank you, Gurumayi, for giving us the means to all feel included; thank you for such beautiful darshan!

Happy 2013!

Mexico City, Mexico

It is such a joy to have these wonderful images and sounds available to us through our computers. It brings those of us at a distance close to Shree Muktananda Ashram and Gurumayi. Thank you to all whose seva has made this available.

Santa Fe, USA

I would like to share a sweet anecdote from the New Year’s Day celebrations in Shree Muktananda Ashram. After Gurumayi’s talk at the conclusion of the A Sweet Surprise 2013 satsang in Shri Nilaya, all the children in the Ashram were invited to come to the hall for Gurumayi’s darshan. Among them was a ten-year-old girl who was visiting the Ashram with her parents for the very first time since she was a baby. When darshan concluded, Gurumayi invited this young girl to go with Gurumayi to the Bhagavan Nityananda Temple in Atma Nidhi. While they were in the Temple the girl said, “Gurumayi, the Ashram is so beautiful! I love being here. Everything outside is so white – there is so much snow. That’s what makes the Ashram inside even more colorful!”

Shree Muktananda Ashram

Tomorrow, my husband and I will be taking A Sweet Surprise via webcast. It’s so great that we are given this golden means to do so from our own home. I was about to go to bed and for one last time, I thought, let's see if there is anything newly posted on the Siddha Yoga path website. I have really been enjoying and delighting myself with these nectarean images of Shree Muktananda Ashram....and here it was! The New Year's Day slide show.
I immediately called my husband to come, and we were both glued to the screen. We are preparing and so much looking forward to A Sweet Surprise satsang. It felt to us that these images were a beautiful and sweet preparation for the satsang.

Thank you.

Toronto, Canada