Now that so many of the most beautifully colored leaves are to be found on the ground rather than in the branches of the trees that grew them—both in these photos and in the landscapes around me—I am reminded that there is a parallel to my own sadhana
to be seen here.
Just as these leaves will ultimately be absorbed into the earth and provide underground nourishment to all the life that remains invisible in the winter season, so too will all my experiences over the past year be absorbed into my being—and my learning—in order to nourish my future growth, no matter how invisible that growth may seem at any given moment.
It's also clear to me that I can contribute additional nourishment at any time through the Siddha Yoga practices, and my study of the teachings. I find all this most encouraging!
Connecticut, United States
The dancing Shiva—Shiva Nataraj—looks so golden in the image. As I saw him, I was drawn to reflect on the five acts of Lord Shiva and how I have been experiencing them in my life recently. I found that even moving through these photos was an experience for me of connecting with the five acts of Lord Shiva. I am so grateful to visit Shree Muktananda Ashram, this lovely abode of Gurumayi, through these images. And I am grateful for the inspiration, understanding, wisdom, synchronicity, grace, guidance, and love on the Siddha Yoga path.
Kentucky, United States
In this month in which the holiday of Thanksgiving reminds us of the virtue of gratitude, these photos evoke deep gratitude in me for the gift of all the glorious autumn colors still visible all around us. Despite the seasonal changes yet ahead for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, I feel so blessed that even in November, Mother Nature displays her generosity in presenting us with the bright hues and delightful color contrasts so evident in these photos.
Oregon, United States
Missouri, United States
I am so grateful for the Nature Gallery. This year it has become an evening practice for me before bedtime to relish the beauty of nature in this gallery. This connects me to gratitude for my life, the Siddhas, and sadhana
New Mexico, United States