August
Nature Gallery I

august Nature Gallery IIaugust Nature Gallery III

On the Siddha Yoga path, we acknowledge the presence of the Divine in all of creation—and this divinity is revealed in myriad forms in the natural world. The beauty and wonder we find in nature can inspire us, as seekers, to recognize the beauty within us and everywhere around us.

The Nature Gallery contains photographs taken in the wondrous environs of Shree Muktananda Ashram, where Gurumayi currently resides. The Ashram is located in upstate New York, surrounded by expansive forests and rolling hills, brimming with wildlife. Take your time as you view the gallery. Allow the images to transport you to the serene stillness of the Guru’s abode, and let nature’s splendor connect you to the splendor of your own great heart.

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Sun scatters darkness
Clouds hold
Hidden gems
Rain
Falls
Sparkles as
Sunlit flowers
Marvelous grace
Illumines all.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Missouri, USA

The Nature Gallery is one of my favorite minisites on the Siddha Yoga path website.
 
I am always delighted to see the amazing photos of the beautiful and sacred grounds around Shree Muktananda Ashram. It seems as if these photos radiate an energy that instills a profound love of nature and helps me to become aware of how significant the smallest shrub, wildflower, or tree stump is. And I am inspired to renew my commitment to respecting and preserving all aspects of  these glorious living entities.
 

a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

Viewing the August Nature Gallery gradually made me feel as if I'd been invited to play a game whose basic rule was "Find as many things as you can that have the same vibrant color as the Guru's robes—and as the flame of love."
 
First I found that orange hue among the abundance of flowers in Bade Baba's Temple, and in the garland of roses draped around his photo. Then it rose up to greet me in the sunshine reflected, like molten gold, in the waters of the lake, in the Monarch butterfly's wings, and on the bird's beak and breast feathers. And after a while it reappeared in the Temple roof, the flag signaling that the Guru is in residence, and the sun's rays illuminating the sky as it set.
 
How glorious it is to watch how Mother Nature paints herself in the hues of summer!
 

a Siddha Yogi from Illinois, USA

I move with intention towards the center of a sunflower, buzzing in ecstasy.
 
How exquisite this cool sip of nectar from a flower.
 

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

The photographs in Nature Gallery II for August are such a splendid depiction of the joys of summer. I can practically taste the perfection of that one ripe blueberry and the curves of the pear—while that not-quite-ripe strawberry made my mouth water in anticipation of what is yet to come! And the lush green foliage behind the flowers and the birds and the butterflies is such a vivid reminder of the abundant rains in recent months that have nourished all those leaves. The sunflowers too, enticing the butterflies and stretching toward the heavens, are such perfect emblems of this warmth-seeking, warmth-embracing season.
 
I am so grateful for these opportunities to appreciate the delights of each and every season.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Connecticut, USA

What these photographs offer me is the reminder of the vast in the small, the grand in the everyday, love in the tiniest detail and largest landscape. This is a true blessing. Thank you. 
 

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA