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.