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An Excerpt from
Guide to Sanskrit Pronunciation
I am so happy to read these beautiful, devotional verses of
. The melody resounds in my heart, and joy arises! Reading these verses is the very best way to start my day. I feel the protection of Lord Rudra all around me, and my heart dances in love!
At first, it was difficult for me to recite
with the correct rhythm and breathing. But I continued listening to an audio recording and practicing the recitation. Now when I recite this sacred text, I feel energy filling my heart and my whole body. Reading the meaning of
, I understand that Lord Shiva is standing behind me and protecting me every second of my life. Reciting
has helped me become calmer and more positive, more grounded and focused in my daily activities.
With all my heart, I thank Gurumayi for giving me this purifying practice of reciting
, Gurumayi ji.
One morning decades ago in the courtyard of Gurudev Siddha Peeth, a group of us sat silently in
with Gurumayi. Peals from bells and the sound of conches in the Bhagavan Nityananda Temple announced that the recitation of
would soon begin. I slowly rose and moved out of the courtyard toward the Temple where I recited
for the first time. I felt pure, light, and expansive.
I now chant
weekly at the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Oakland. Unfailingly, it expands my sense of freedom and
These inspiring excerpts remind me to read the translation of
to explore the many benefits and blessings conferred by this auspicious chant.
This lovely verse depicting Lord Rudra as “resident of the mountains and giver of all good” made me think of the radiant, serene form of Lord Shiva, sitting with eyes closed, meditating as though he were a mountain himself. As I remember this form, my body and mind are suffused with inner peace and the stillness and strength of a mountain.
Reading the teachings that Lord Rudra “represents the fire of the divine” and is “resident of the mountains,” I pictured lava, beautifully and gracefully both destroying and creating anew. I imagined that Lord Rudra is like this fire of nature, emerging with radiance from a deep place within, taking on a multitude of forms, transforming my life in mystical and tangible ways.
Whether walking on rocks of lava or contemplating the relationships in my life, I can feel the tangible blessings of grace. These verses brought me awe and reverence for the mysterious perfection and generosity of the Guru, of Lord Rudra, and of God.
Reading aloud these verses from
, I imagined myself seeing the auspicious form of Lord Rudra and receiving his blessings of prosperity, purity of being, and knowledge of the Self. This is such a great reminder for me of why I love
. I felt I experienced Lord Shiva’s
in these verses!
Thank you, Gurumayi, for sharing this gift with us through the Siddha Yoga path website.
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