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Dawn and Sunrise
New Year’s Day Gallery

Daybreak dispels the night, bringing fresh clarity to the waking world. The sun is self-luminous, constant, and ever-new. In the Siddha Yoga tradition, welcoming the auspicious first dawn of a new year evokes the awakening of the light of Consciousness within each of us.

In the New Year’s Day Sunrise Gallery, Siddha Yogis welcome 2019 by sharing the sun’s early light on this auspicious day from perspectives around the planet. As these many images depict the very same sun, we can appreciate that the one light of Consciousness shines through every heart, uniting us all.

The inspiration for the New Year’s Day Sunrise Gallery came on the first day of January 2013. That morning in Shree Muktananda Ashram, Gurumayi described to participants in Sweet Surprise how she had gone outside to view the year’s first sunrise and found the sky covered by thick clouds. Seeing this, Gurumayi envisioned the global Siddha Yoga sangham sharing their photos of the dawning of the new year, as they had seen it, for all to enjoy. The SYDA Foundation Website Department shared Gurumayi’s request, inviting Siddha Yogis and new seekers to submit their New Year’s Day sunrise photos to a website gallery.

That year and every year since, Siddha Yogis from around the globe have joyfully responded to this annual invitation, sharing with Gurumayi, and with each other, their images of dawn in the New Year’s Day Sunrise Gallery.


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Early in the morning on January 1st, I went for a japa walk on the Marina Beach of Chennai. It was still dark. When I returned it was getting brighter, and I sat on a stone bench to have the darshan of the rising sun. I chanted mantras as I watched. I wanted to take a picture but I did not have my cellphone with me, so I closed my eyes and mentally shared the vision of the first sunrise of the year with Gurumayi.

Chennai, India

Ever since this gallery was introduced to show sunrises around the world on New Year’s Day, I have loved seeing these stunning, breathtaking photos, reflecting the natural unity behind all the diversity of landscapes, seascapes, and cityscapes.

This time, I read the introductory text and felt especially grateful for its reminder that, as we view these many glimpses of the very same sun on the very same New Year’s Day morning, “we can appreciate that the one light of Consciousness shines through every heart, uniting us all.” These words bring a depth to my viewing experience that takes me well beyond the synchronicity and natural beauty of the photos.

Illinois, United States