For a long time, I have felt Gurumayi ji's presence and guidance in my daily life. I feel her residing within my heart and have inner conversations with her.
At times I wonder whether Gurumayiji thinks of me as much as I think of her. Then, in the satsang
, I thought I heard Gurumayi tell Rohit to say hello to me. I asked myself, "Did Gurumayi ji say my name?"
When we chanted, I heard her addressing Rohit, and I remembered my childhood days with Gurumayi ji. I was so happy. Then I heard Gurumayi ji say my name loud and clear, asking me if I was chanting.
Time stopped for me and I couldn’t contain my tears. There was my dear Guru, quelling all the doubts, clearing the way for me to enter my heart and fully be with her again. That is when I not only understood, but experienced and lived what it is to Be in the Temple.
I have immense gratitude for the translation of this satsang
. It was a great gift to hear the words of Gurumayi, Swami ji, and the speakers in my native language, French, and to be able to understand their meaning.
My posture was easeful throughout the recitation. Pronouncing the verses correctly felt sublime, and in some moments, when I found myself gazing at Gurumayi, I was guided inwardly to refocus on the sacred mantras.
I had been longing to be with Gurumayi and felt so blessed that my wish was granted.
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
I keep returning within to the astonishing moments of connection I experienced with Gurumayi during this beautiful satsang
. I felt she was looking directly at me and I at her. I could feel her glance penetrating my heart and opening me to the sweetest experience of love and mutual recognition.
This experience reminds me of some of my favorite verses in Shri Guru Gita
—verses 59 and 60—which speak to me of the intention and power of the Guru’s glance, verses we had recited just before I experienced this remarkable reconnection. And I’m realizing now that it was a glance from Baba that launched my life on the Siddha Yoga path. I’m so grateful to be remembering this at the time we celebrate his mahasamadhi
I feel I shouldn’t be surprised by the power of the Guru’s glance after forty-five years of sadhana
. However, receiving this gift never feels old or ordinary! For me, its intensity is always new, revealing more and more depth and longing in my heart. There’s always an element of wonder.
Ohio, United States
The Celebration Satsang "Reside in the Realm of Divine Repose" took me deep inside and again showed me who I truly am. With all the dark confusion in the county, the rays of light as we chanted illuminated the true Self, the path of dharma. To spend that time in the company of the Siddhas, chanting with Gurumayi, has vividly reminded me of the joy of the Siddha Yoga path.
What a great blessing to have "Reside in the Realm of Divine Repose” available as a webcast during the next week as well!
California, United States
Last night, during the webcast of the Celebration Satsang, I took my computer into my mom's bedroom so that we could watch the Om Namah Shivaya
chant from the webcast together. My mom is going to be 101 years old in two months and her vision isn't good anymore.
I was amazed that she could clearly sense Gurumayi’s presence, and was captivated by Gurumayi's spontaneity, enthusiasm, and energy. When Gurumayi was playful and smiled, my mom smiled! There was a beautiful peaceful smile on my mom's face when I kissed her forehead goodnight, and that put a big smile on my face, too.
has been a huge gift! I am eternally grateful for the joy and comfort Gurumayi brings to my life and to my mom's life.
West Vancouver, Canada
What a beautiful Celebration Satsang in Honor of Baba Muktananda’s Mahasamadhi—with Gurumayi, and beautiful talks and speakers full of shakti
, the majestic Bade Baba, beautiful flowers and golden leaves, aratis
full of devotion! And, for us, the French people, with direct translation! What a gift!
Rillieux la Pape, France
came as a blessing for my family. Being in the company of Shri Gurumayi, reciting Shri Guru Gita
, and receiving darshan
of Bade Baba and Baba ji uplifted our spirits. As four members of our family were suffering from COVID-19, our participation gave us “courage, conviction, and confidence” that the Guru's grace is with us at all times. My father was able to receive Gurumayi's darshan
in the hospital ICU, and indeed it filled him with inner strength and positivity.
We are so grateful to Gurumayi ji for this wonderful satsang
and her ever-present grace in our lives!
I participated for a second time in the Celebration Satsang in Honor of Baba Muktananda’s Mahasamadhi, and the joy and love that I am feeling now is simply wordless. I felt that grace opened my heart's door, through which I can return again and again to the sublime experience of the Guru. I feel I will protect and honor this divine space forever.
How blissful to recite Shri Guru Gita
with Gurumayi on the full moon day in honor of Baba’s mahasamadhi
. It was such prasad
and so powerful that I am experiencing a wonderful new lightness and love resonating through me.
How fortunate we are to be in Gurumayi’s presence in this way and at this time—to be transported to a realm of pure light and love.
Ludlow, United Kingdom
All this month, I have been observing a sort of month-long retreat for myself with the theme of “Experience Baba’s Light.” So I welcomed the opportunity to participate in this Celebration Satsang honoring Baba.
During the recitation of Shri Guru Gita
, I happened to look up and saw Gurumayi looking straight at me. In that moment, two of my recently created affirmations popped into my awareness: Light sees the light. Light listens to the light.
I felt that the words of Shri Guru Gita
I was reciting and listening to were manifesting this light. And Gurumayi was embodying that light completely as she radiated joy. In that moment I felt that light was indeed seeing the light. A wave of exuberance passed through my being.
It was an amazing, blessed satsang
. My faith and trust in the teaching, “I am light,” have been strengthened. Indeed, I feel as I have been invited to reside in the realm of divine light, and take shelter there. My heart is filled with immense gratitude.
I am always so appreciative of the practical guidance Gurumayi shares with us as the pandemic situation continues. When Gurumayi said that during this time, the teachings of the sages have become even more alive for her, I thought to myself, “Gurumayi’s teachings are becoming more alive for me.” I turn to them more and more to help me move forward during the challenges I am facing. I feel like Gurumayi’s words are putting a compass in my palm, leading me directly to my heart, where I hear the wisdom of what to do next.
I loved the analogy Gurumayi created about our emotions being like the countless waves crashing on the beach, one after another—and her suggestion that we be like the surfers who are always looking out for that one wave that will be awesome to surf. I know that if I miss the next great wave or even fall off it, I will simply return to Gurumayi’s teachings and continue watching for the next great “wave of happiness.”
South Yarra, Australia
felt like a Shaktipat Intensive. Even as I entered the hall (my living room), I felt the familiar coolness of an Intensive hall. And the shakti
continues to resonate. My mind is open wide and so still; joy is filling my being. What a divine gift Gurumayi has given us.
In reflecting on Gurumayi’s words that a little love goes a long way with children, but adults need love again and again, I recognized this tendency in myself. Although I have received so much from the Guru, my longing returns. In reflecting on this, I remembered my early years on the Siddha Yoga path. I had not met Baba in person, but I experienced his presence everywhere. I understood that the Guru is with us always. This satsang
has renewed this clarity and inspired me to take more concrete steps to reinforce this divine foundation. I am so grateful for this satsang
that seemed like a Shaktipat Intensive; I will offer the usual Intensive fee in dakshina
California, United States
What an extraordinary event; I definitely experienced it as a Shaktipat Intensive. As I was reading The Sacred Power
last night, I started experiencing a tingling in the crown of my head, which stayed with me through most of the night. It was still there when I woke up and continues to be there now. I recognize it as the energy in the sahasrara
. It feels like an open window to the moon—sweet, blissful, connected.
During the satsang
, I felt so much love, gratitude, and joy. Then, while we were chanting Om Namah Shivaya
with Gurumayi, I started feeling sadness. I became acutely aware of missing her. When this happened, I noticed the tingling at the crown of my head stopped. Just at that moment, Gurumayi said, “We are chanting!” My focus returned to the chant, the wonderful sensation at the crown of my head returned, and it remains there.
I feel so very blessed and grateful to have Gurumayi’s guidance in my life.
New York, United States
What a wonderful satsang
! I felt Gurumayi awaken in me new power to pass through this pandemic period. My heart is peaceful. Gurumayi also showed me how to be with young children. I am a grandmother of six! It was as if the young Rohit represented all the children in the world; Gurumayi taught me through him. Gratitude fills my heart; I feel so blessed.
Yesterday, after the satsang
I experienced feelings of love and gratitude to Gurumayi. At the same time, I experienced a lingering sadness because I have missed Baba so much over the years. I went out to the garden, and in addition to my many beautiful tiny blue orchids, there was a new orange, fully blossomed orchid. I didn’t even remember this plant being there; in the past three years it has never bloomed. My sadness vanished; I saw this orange orchid as a beautiful token of Baba’s presence.
During the last study session, we received guidance on how to formulate an affirmation. In my inner vision, I saw the letters “I am light” coming out of a warm, bright light.
Some days later during the satsang
in celebration of Baba’s Mahasamadhi, I learned that Baba Muktananda taught seekers to say to themselves, “I am light.”
At this moment I realized that my inner Self is one with the Guru and that the living Guru is helping me to find my inner Self and become one with it.
Here in the southern hemisphere we celebrated Baba Muktananda’s Mahasamadhi in the deep quiet of the moonlit night. As the starting time of the satsang
drew near, I was pondering the great bounty of grace and the tangible help that Gurumayi has given so freely—and the fruits I have been
reaping from my increased discipline and focus.
Suddenly my thoughts all disappeared, and the quiet space that remained filled up with pure love. I felt absolutely content and happy. Out of this happiness this affirmation arose: “I am good.” It was then that I remembered Gurumayi’s title for the satsang
: “Reside in the Realm of Divine Repose.”
As the satsang
began, my affirmation “I am good” very soon was transformed into “I am light.” Throughout the recitation of Shri Guru Gita
, I had an image of a golden, beneficent, healing light wrapped around the earth. It was like an electricity grid, powered to brilliance by the voices of many, many good people gathered in the Siddha Yoga Universal Hall in the company of Shri Guru, reciting ancient, sacred mantras.
Gurumayi’s final words in the Celebration Satsang invited us to reflect on our intentions in relation to what she had shared—about our world, about what is needed, about our responsibility, and about taking concrete steps. As we sat in silence together, I felt the culmination of the Svadhyaya
Study Sessions, and the strength in creating affirmations for ourselves and our sadhana.
What I’ve come to trust from the Study Sessions is that I am
in direct contact with the inner Self. And even if an immediate response does not arise in the moment, a seed is planted that germinates, takes root, and grows. Gurumayi planted a seed of commitment, conviction, and action in me with her invitation. As we chanted the mantra, I felt the syllables resonating with power, nourishing what the Guru had planted. While no specific action arose in that moment, I felt “tuned,” and ready to receive guidance—and act from that.
As our Gurus have taught us, we are capable of reflecting the greatness of the Self in every moment.
Rhode Island, United States
I felt immense gratitude for the talks that opened up this Celebration Satsang on such themes as the goal of sadhana
, the Blue Pearl, and the sahasrara
. This felt to me like a continuation and culmination of all that we’d explored during the Svadhaya
Study Sessions. These teachings uplifted me, and gave me the conviction that finding this wonder in myself is possible. They also felt in alignment with Baba Muktananda’s hope and intention for all students of the Siddha Yoga path—realizing that God is within each one of us.
Gurumayi’s playful interactions with Rohit left me jubilant! Each moment felt as though I was sharing a piece of the sweet mango slices this young sadhu
was delighting in. The inclusion of Rohit in the celebration made me feel as though Gurumayi was bringing me back to the lighthearted spirit I experienced when I was his age. The pure nature of children is perhaps a clue to the experience of what true bliss must be like.
Connecticut, United States
Reciting Shri Guru Gita
with Gurumayi after participating in the Svadhyaya
Study Sessions was a wonderful opportunity to bring everything together. In the final session, Swami Akhandananda had asked us to hold the awareness that the syllables are the sound form of Consciousness. I was so grateful to practice this at a time when the sound of the syllables was coming directly from Gurumayi! I tried to absorb the syllables through my entire being. It was a great blessing, one that I will keep with me each time I practice svadhyaya
from here on out.
I also loved the clarity and authenticity with which Gurumayi speaks about the difficult times we are in. Her direct guidance gives me the energy to draw from deep within myself, and from all my years of sadhana
, to be the best I can be.
And the final moments when Gurumayi covered her face with Baba’s picture, showing us how the Gurus are all one, were magical for me.
How absolutely delightful and nourishing it was to celebrate Baba Muktananda together with Gurumayi in the Siddha Yoga Universal Hall! I felt ushered once again into the sacred abode of Shri Guru, the abode of supreme peace and refreshment. As we recited Shri Guru Gita
with Gurumayi, I felt like I was actually in the Temple chanting with her. Serenity and deep inner knowing danced like moonlight across the waters of my mind as I listened to and recited this text that we have been learning so much about in recent months.
Gurumayi’s reminder about our duty to protect, love, and advocate for the children in our lives and all over the world touched me deeply, and I received it as a sacred command from the Guru to implement without delay.
New York, United States
As always, seeing the archival footage of Baba’s world tours filled me with tender remembrances of him and extraordinary moments I’ve had since receiving shaktipat
from him in 1975. What was different for me today was reading Baba’s words from Mukteshwari
, intermingled with the rare footage. Baba’s words about experiencing inner peace as being a human’s highest goal touched me so deeply this time. I thought, “Yes! That’s what I want for myself above all!”
When Gurumayi joined us, I experienced a profound buoyancy, a lightening of my preoccupations with the state of the world, chaotic as it appears to be right now. Gurumayi’s reminder about taking action, about attuning ourselves to the shakti
so that others can be uplifted in our presence, and about considering how our states and actions ripple out to innumerable others gave me such a feeling of fullness and empowerment. What Baba had been speaking to us about all those years ago is, for me, so very alive today in our beloved Gurumayi’s existence in this world.
Massachusetts, United States
on October 31 was a double celebration for me: it was Baba’s Lunar Mahasamadhi and the 50th anniversary of my divya diksha
. Watching the early video footage of Baba, I remembered when I first met Baba and the transformation in me that ensued.
I rejoiced in having Gurumayi’s darshan,
and I was deeply moved when Gurumayi spoke of the importance of giving love to children and of doing something concrete to help uplift our world.
I feel immensely grateful to be exactly where I am, supported by the Siddha Yoga practices, and helping my family, including two young grandchildren. Each day offers ways for me to practice the virtues—among them patience, love, generosity, and friendliness to our precious world.
North Carolina, United States
was a wonderful surprise for my wife and me. We were just about to leave the house, when I felt drawn to visit the Siddha Yoga path website because it was the anniversary of Baba's
Mahasamadhi, a very special day for me. We had no idea a satsang
would be broadcast live, and we were so excited to see Gurumayi and Bade Baba's temple!
Gurumayi's presence was so loving and powerful. Although it has been a long time since either my wife or I have been in Gurumayi's physical presence, this satsang
reminded me that the Guru is always present. She is present in my own heart, especially when my heart is in repose.
New York, United States
I have recently been feeling overwhelmed by the whole global situation, starting to wonder if I had the strength to face a second pandemic wave. After this satsang
, I am completely renewed. I feel I have received clear and practical steps for these times.
First, I will take care of myself and won´t allow myself to fall into the realm of fear and doubt; I will instead focus on the fruits of my sadhana
. Second, l will give my time to those around me, especially to my daughter. I can help her establish a deeper connection with Bade Bada. We could cook some dishes together, offer them to Bade Bada, and afterwards eat it as prasad
, acknowledging the gift of having a Guru in our lives. Finally, I commit to my society by setting an intention of help and support whenever I can.
How wonderful it was to watch the blue moon over the ocean here in Hawaii during the satsang
in celebration of Baba’s Mahasamadhi. How wonderful it was to recite Sri Guru Gita
with our beloved Gurumayi in the Universal Hall. Such rasa
, such sweetness.
I feel so blessed to be on this sacred path together with Siddha Yogis around the world. We are so fortunate, especially during these trying times.
I am filled with gratitude to Gurumayi. Her love fills my heart over and over again!
Hawaii, United States
I was touched as I listened to Gurumayi talking about children, the need to be nice and sweet with them, and to offer them concrete help and support. I am a teacher and I sometimes forget how vulnerable children are, given all they have to master in their life. On the other hand, I am realizing more and more how much light they carry within.
As I was reflecting about Gurumayi’s words and what they mean for my life, the doorbell rang. As I opened it, I saw two little ghosts offering me a Halloween poem and smiling at me. Here where I live in Germany, we don’t have that tradition of Halloween so I was completely surprised! It felt like this was an extension of the satsang
I’d just experienced. So I ran to find some sweets and as I gave them to the little guys and admired their costumes, I could feel Gurumayi’s presence, her love, the sweetness of the children, and how much delight this short moment evoked within me.
I am grateful to Gurumayi for this very concrete teaching.
At the very beginning of the satsang,
I felt as though Baba was standing behind me and putting his hands on my shoulders. This lasted only a second or two, but was so reassuring! It felt as though Baba was reminding me to pay closer attention to both my outer and inner posture, perhaps refreshing my posture as a Siddha Yoga student, as well as reminding me that Baba always stands behind all of us. As he used to say, all the Siddhas are backing us up.
Due to this experience, my mind and heart were more open to receiving the myriad forms of grace in the satsang
. The reverence for food that Jayalakshmi spoke about was especially noteworthy and her naivedya
offering to Bade Baba so clearly embodied that reverence. Every grace-filled element of this most generous and compassionate celebration of Baba Muktananda’s Mahasamadhi made my thoughts, words, and actions more thoughtful and loving for the rest of the day.
Tennessee, United States
Nature joined in with the love we all felt during the satsang
in honor of Baba Muktananda’s Mahasamadhi. It had been a dark, cold, rainy afternoon, but as we recited Shri Guru Gita
, the biggest, brightest rainbow lit up the sky and stayed to the end of the recitation. I could hardly sing for smiling! I had to get up in the middle of the night to send this share in—my heart is still dancing.
East Harling, United Kingdom
I loved every minute of this beautiful satsang
, this prasad.
Each speaker was so wonderful, so clear. I was mesmerized by the images that Eesha drew as she explained the teachings about light and the sahasrara
And Gurumayi's darshan
! My heart is truly overflowing at having had the opportunity to sing with her, see her, listen to her. In her loving interactions with little Rohit, I felt that she was reminding me to be wholly immersed in the present moment, to love what I do, and to do it with love. Her question, “Where are you? Are you chanting?” has renewed and re- energized my commitment to chant the mantra and to meditate every day.
New Delhi, India
Being in the presence of the Siddhas—as I felt they were all very present during this satsang
—was an invaluable gift. In the midst of the world situation we do not have many opportunities to see or encounter shining, scintillating, gleaming faces, as well as to meet cheerful, joyful, and playful people. Yesterday Gurumayi gave us all of this. I could feel her unbounded love and grace pouring forth, and I could not restrain tears of profound happiness and gratitude. This satsang
was for me really healing, calming, soothing, and reinvigorating.
I also could tangibly feel the love and respect of the Siddha Yoga students around the world, all connected and relishing at the same the gift of this very special darshan
. That connection opened my heart even wider.
I prepared for this divine satsang
as if it were a Shaktipat Intensive—by meditating, doing hatha yoga, and reading the books recommended for preparation. I napped during the day so I would be able to stay awake for the whole satsang
, as in our time zone the satsang
ran from 12:30 a.m. to almost 4:00 a.m.!
I was so pleased to be able to share the satsang
with my husband, who doesn't follow the Siddha Yoga path. We watched all the wonderful archival footage and sayings of Baba that started at midnight. The arati
to Bade Baba was so dramatic, all the talks were so beautifully prepared, and it was a lovely surprise to see Gurumayi holding Rohit and making offerings with him. When Shri Guru Gita
started, I continued alone and stayed focused and wide-awake to the end.
I was so glad to hear directly from Gurumayi, especially when she asked us to take concrete steps to make a difference in this world, and how important it is to love and care for children.
When the satsang
began, I found myself diving deep into a state of peace and an understanding about staying in the present moment. And then, when I saw Gurumayi with the blessed little child in front of the most beautifully adorned Bade Baba, it was a reminder for me to get back to my playful and lighthearted self. I also saw that I need to be more loving, compassionate, and playful with my own young son, just like Gurumayi was. She was so loving and attentive around Rohit.
The recitation of Shri Guru Gita
was most exquisite and I found myself focused throughout the recitation, enjoying every verse in the Guru's presence. My posture, my gaze, my pronunciation—I was watchful of each aspect of it, and very joyfully so! I had the most peaceful meditation right after Shri Guru Gita
; I had never felt my breath be this long and this serene. It was truly a powerful experience.
Who would know that with one click, you could be transported to paradise! The opening images of the moon, Baba's moon, with the clouds playfully moving across it, and then being taken on tour with Baba, hats and more hats—it was all just so much fun. And then to see Bade Baba in his magnificence, even more triumphant with his turban and cape of peacock feathers, was astonishing.
Sharing the recitation of Shri Guru Gita
with Gurumayi in the Temple was a precious experience. So much lightness and fun were woven into this satsang.
I shall treasure this day.
Today I am still feeling the vibrations of sheer delight and love.
Hampton Hill, United Kingdom
The live video stream satsang
for the anniversary of Baba Muktananda’s Mahasamadhi was extraordinary! Swami ji’s introductory talk was so inspiring, filled with such exquisite imagery of nature, drawing parallels between the sun, the “blue” moon, the colors of Baba’s robes, and the peacock plumes. The whole world seemed to shimmer with Baba’s shakti
and the fire of collective devotion!
After reciting Shri Guru Gita
, my heart softened by Gurumayi’s warm expression and her tender engaging with the sweet toddler, I felt the light of the blue moon flooding my inner landscape as the chimes accompanied us out of meditation. That landscape was a lush forest, with roots and vines and other obstacles to be navigated. Yet a silvery path stood out in the moonlight and I knew that this was the spiritual road for me to travel.
I am so grateful to Gurumayi for her guidance and for this tremendous opportunity to come together and connect.
I loved reciting Shri Guru Gita
with Gurumayi after having participated in the Svadhyaya
Study Sessions. Sitting, looking, listening, and breathing properly enable me to listen more carefully to each syllable as I recite. I can feel elation welling up in my heart, as I’m drawn into the present moment, drawn into ”the realm of divine repose.”
California, United States
What a sublime way of honoring Baba this Celebration Satsang was, and what profound gifts we received from Gurumayi! Beauty, strength, humor, and love were all shining forth so naturally, reminding me of how to put my life to good use. The chanting felt like a waterfall of honey, flowing to everyone in the world—healing, calming, balancing.
I can still feel Gurumayi’s words exhorting me to take concrete steps—to be a warrior for the Heart, just as she is. The presence of the Guru continues to expand and blossom within me. I am so grateful to Gurumayi for creating this astonishing, generous, and most timely opportunity.
Washington, United States
When Gurumayi started to chant Muktananda Mahan
, all her unconditional love for her beloved Baba arrived in my heart. It refreshed, inspired, and nourished my own love for my beloved Gurumayi ji and for this golden spiritual path imbued with the Siddha Guru's grace.
I am so thankful for the teaching about the children. Gurumayi showed me how much love, joy, and time she has for the little boy Rohit, as she helped him participate in the satsang
. I felt her love for him flow through me and to my children.
The Siddha Yoga path arrived in my life some years after Baba Muktananda had taken mahasamadhi
. Since then, Bhagavan Nityananda has been very present within me, and Gurumayi has been very present in my life and within me. But Baba? Not so much.
Today, during the Celebration Satsang, while chanting Muktananda Mahan
, I was trying to feel Baba in my heart by holding the image of his face in my mind. In a moment, his face changed to that of my beloved Gurumayi. As if that was not a clear enough message from Baba that he has always been with me through Gurumayi, she made it very clear when she held his photo before her face at the end of the satsang
Villa Victoria, Mexico
What I saw in this Celebration Satsang was the most welcome interaction between adults and a small child that I’ve borne witness to in many months. I thank Gurumayi for modeling the way to be with a child at this strange and strained time of the world; for the illustrative reminder that attentive patience and loving kindness for a young soul goes a long way, offering a sense of safety and calm for both the child and the attending adults; and for making this most generous Celebration Satsang available to so many.
Texas, United States
brought one surprise after the other! There was so much happening, so much spontaneity—I was concentrating so as to not miss a single gesture or word!
Seeing Gurumayi with the little boy Rohit touched my heart immensely. For an instant I imagined myself as Gurumayi, taking care of my little boy, who is two years old now. This experience revealed to me that I can make my life sacred, just as it is, by changing my perspective—seeing myself as Gurumayi, seeing my house as a temple, where we cook food as an offering, and where we spend time together with love and laughter and in chanting the Name. What a joyous outlook, full of dedication and love!
Today's Celebration Satsang with Gurumayi and the recitation of Shri Guru Gita
in the Temple were beautiful.
While reciting Shri Guru Gita
, I focused on staying aware that the syllables in Shri Guru Gita
are the sound form of the Self, as we learned in Svadhyaya
Study Session VII. As I did this, my experience of Shri Guru Gita
deepened and I felt surrounded by love. Then Gurumayi looked up and gazed outward with a look that was deep, penetrating, and filled with shakti
. It felt to me as if she were confirming that this is where to focus during the recitation of Shri Guru Gita
Bade Baba looked beautiful! I also appreciated the talks, the video footage and quotations from Baba, and Gurumayi’s guidance to focus on our practices so that we can be a light for children and others during this time.
Washington, United States
What an exquisite, enlightening, and powerful celebration in honor of Baba Muktananda's Mahasamadhi! My whole being is radiating with an overflowing abundance of love and light after reciting Shri Guru Gita
in the Siddha Yoga Universal Hall. On this day of the blue moon of October 2020, I have been blessed with the grace of the Gurus, and my heart is vibrating intensely with gratitude for the blessings that I have received.
Island Harbour, Anguilla
Today during the satsang
with Gurumayi, I was reminded of a momentous experience I had during a visit to Australia in 1992, when I received shaktipat
at the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Melbourne. I was completely new to the Siddha Yoga path. On my arrival at the Ashram, someone told me where the meditation room was and left me to explore further.
After trying to meditate there, I got up and moved across the hallway into another room with a beautiful puja
and a pair of padukas
, sandals of the Guru. As I looked out the window, the evening sun was about to set. In that moment, I had the feeling of coming home. I felt peace, happiness, and contentment, and had no more questions about anything.
In today’s Celebration Satsang, when Gurumayi arrived in the Temple, I felt the same wonderful, nurturing, warm, and very familiar sense of coming home. I feel renewed, protected, and deeply peaceful and content.
Soon after we began the recitation of Shri Guru Gita
, I started having technical difficulties, making it hard to hear or understand the call-and- response voices. I thought about asking for technical assistance, but was afraid I'd lose the connection and my place in the text. So I stayed with the recitation, and by listening intently and keeping my eyes on the text, I was able to keep up! Around verse 150, the sound cleared up and stayed clear until the end of the text.
I immediately saw the lesson for me here: Stay the course, no matter how unclear, unknown, or uneven. The light is there and will become manifest. And it did!
New York, United States
It was a glorious morning, being in the Siddha Yoga Universal Hall with Gurumayi, Bade Baba, and the wonderful teachers, speakers, and musicians! It felt so intimate, like it must have felt in satsangs
with Baba during the early days of his first world tour. I loved reciting Shri Guru Gita
with Gurumayi, and could not have felt more connected to her during the recitation.
I am forever grateful for the countless inner and outer manifestations of the Guru’s grace.
Texas, United States
Gurumayi's talk had a lot of meaning for me. When we were chanting Om Namah Shivaya
, I silently asked Gurumayi, “How can I stay happy during the pandemic?” After I asked, I almost felt unsure, like maybe Gurumayi hadn't heard my question. So I silently asked her, "Gurumayi, did you hear my question?" Right then, Gurumayi nodded. And then later, in her talk, she answered my question.
I am so grateful to Gurumayi for her teachings.
a thirteen-year-old from California, United States
It has been nectarean to be able to experience the grace of the Guru in these moments of spiritual dryness in the world. For me, being in the Guru’s presence is always a divine oasis. That is how I experience it: as an oasis of the nectar of peace.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Participating in this blissful satsang was an extraordinary experience. I was continuously showered with grace. My heart opened up, storing every single word, while my mind photographed each instant of this event. During the whole recitation of Shri Guru Gita I felt huge waves of heat rising in my whole body. I could feel the vibration of the verses resonating in each of my cells.
I am so grateful to Gurumayi for this priceless darshan
While Gurumayi was chanting Om Namah Shivaya
, in the middle of the chant she called out, “Rishab, are you chanting with me?” Well, my name is Rishab and the moment I heard this, my entire being was filled with bhakti
, with devotion. Tears started to flow out of my eyes and each strand of my hair stood on end. I felt that it was Gurumayi’s means of telling me, “I am there to guide you and take you across this ocean.”
During this satsang
with Gurumayi, I experienced many beautiful blessings. When Gurumayi invited and encouraged the little boy Rohit to play the drums and join in the chanting, I felt like my inner child was being invited to take part in the chant and to become fully present and known. This was so joyful and healing for me! My voice changed and became lighter, my heart opened, and I was flooded with happiness.
Buxted, United Kingdom
While we were chanting Om Namah Shivaya
and Gurumayi was looking at the camera, I gazed into her eyes. Just then, I saw her outlined by a very bright light. While I was still gazing at her eyes, white light also streamed forth from her eyes. I was truly mesmerized!
After the chant, while Gurumayi was talking, I heard the call-and-response of the chant coming softly from behind me. The same thing happened at the very end with Sadgurunath Maharaj ki Jay
I feel so blessed.
Washington, United States
What an incredible gift to have this satsang
today! I felt the enormous global Siddha Yoga sangham
supporting me—and each other—with love and wisdom because of all the love inspired in us by Baba and Gurumayi. I am uplifted and so grateful.
Massachusetts, United States