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Season’s Greetings 2020
from Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

Season's Greetings 2020
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Here is what I experienced as I viewed Gurumayi’s “Season’s Greetings 2020”: In the clouds I see a face that is not happy. But two twinkling hearts of stars give me hope amidst the darkness. Unforeseen, something new begins. I stand between moon and sun, between a darker and a lighter star, pairs of opposites. Then, I leave duality and time behind and focus on the lotus door. I enter the inner path -- a long protected way to the mountain. When I reach the top, there is no path any more. The most beautiful wheel comes into motion. Bliss is exploding in bliss; the stars are dancing!
 

Hindelang, Germany

Viewing Gurumayi’s “Season’s Greetings,” I am inspired to move ahead in my life with determination, steadfastness, and fearlessness, taking small steps and holding on to the love in my heart. As one image flows into the next, I am reminded that my goal is to live in the light of the sahasrara, and that my companion on the path is ananda-bliss.
 

Cuttack, India

When I watched Gurumayi’s marvelous and beautiful “Season's Greetings 2020,” I was deeply touched. I felt that this animation expresses in pictures our sadhana.
 
In the beginning, at the dawn, there is not so much light. But the Guru lights the path, so that we can move forward step by step, with courage and no fear, into the unknown territory. The farther the path is walked, the more light becomes visible and so many souls are following. When the procession of light circles up the mountain, it is reflected in the heart-shaped lake, which for me is the heart of Mother Earth. So even Mother Earth will become happy with all the light she receives in this way.
 
Then, when the top of the mountain is reached, the effulgent sun of enlightenment appears. Great joy is felt. All the stars are dancing. Finally, when the last lotus explodes, only light remains. Deep peace pervades the cosmos. 
 

Gro├čkarolinenfeld, Germany

Two parts of Gurumayi’s “Season’s Greetings 2020” stood out for me. Seeing the mountain and the lake together reminded me of Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, which are located near to each other in the Himalayas. It is a place I have visited on pilgrimage. When I was there, I sensed a dynamic, dialogic relationship between the mountain and the lake. I felt as if they are a couple in the same way that Shiva and Shakti are eternally in relationship with one another. “Season's Greetings 2020” reminded me of the similar dynamic relationships between effort and grace, power and receptivity, the Guru and the disciple.
 

Summer Hill, Australia

This is such a beautiful gift to open in the quiet space between my meditation and my recitation of Shri Guru Gita. The road reminds me of the road to Ganeshpuri when it was lined with ancient mango trees. The gentle path reminds me of the path leading to the top of the hill of Tapovan in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, with every step gently lit by the light of our Guru's compassionate grace and love. This lovely vision of the dawn of enlightenment gives me a deep feeling of peace, hope, and love. 
 

Ludlow, United Kingdom

A few days before Gurumayi’s “Season's Greetings” went online, I had a dream. I saw myself walking up a mountain path. The path was luminous and brightly lit. But the higher I got, the narrower the path became and I had to watch every step carefully. Finally at the top I didn't know anymore
how to move forward.
 
When I watched the “Season's Greetings” video, I was deeply touched by the synchronicity, the path—the golden path—and I immediately understood what I had to do on the mountaintop: sit down and meditate, and become one with the Absolute.

Bern, Switzerland

This wonderful greetings card from Gurumayi is cheering and yet intriguing. As I enjoyed it a second time, I felt this was a reflection of my own sadhana, showing me following the lights as I climb higher and higher. Even as the lights disappear on the other side of the mountain, I know they are still there—just as I know the light of the Self is always there.
 

Hampton Hill, United Kingdom

What a beautiful journey! As I followed the path, I went deeper and deeper inside. The slowly expanding circular image at the end became an experience of light exploding in my sahasrara. My individual sense of being disappeared. I remained in a thought-free meditation for some time.
 
I am grateful to Gurumayi for this amazing Christmas gift.
 

Riverview, Australia

On my first viewing of Gurumayi's “Season’s Greetings” video, I was just mesmerized by the beautiful images unfolding on the screen. On my second viewing, I began to see all of these wonderful metaphors—the exquisite path we are shown at the beginning of our journey, with the Guru lighting every step of the way, one step at a time. We move along this path in a spiral, and sometimes we cannot see how far we have come. But in the end we all reach the pinnacle, which is the splendorous sahasrara
 

Illinois, United States

What a splendidly beautiful expression! Even in the bluish-velvet dark, there is the light of the stars. In them I see a promise that even when we yearn for the light of the sun, those stars will be there to bring hope of the dawn.
 

Mumbai, India

The exquisite piano music in Gurumayi's “Season's Greetings 2020” comes from Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations. This is special to me because I have been studying and practicing exactly this music in the past several weeks! I feel deep gratitude and joy for this wonderful sign of synchronicity.
 
As I watch Gurumayi's “Season’s Greetings,” I love that noble moment of the sun wheel rising and moving so gracefully! My whole being is rejoicing in the sheer beauty of the ornaments.

l feel keenly inspired to continue contemplating Gurumayi's images and how I can relate them to all that we have been learning in the Svadhyaya Study Sessions.
 

Katzenbach, Germany

I am feeling full of joy and love as I view this beautiful “Season's Greetings 2020” lighting up my path. As the sun rose with its luminous light, I felt overwhelmed by the Guru's grace and blessings showering upon us.
 
I am so grateful to Gurumayi for all her gifts throughout 2020, and for this path of love, shining with the light of her grace and love.
 

Pune, India

This exquisite greeting card describes in a very beautiful way my experience of this blessed year 2020. It connects me with the hope, joy, confidence, and enthusiasm in my heart, and makes me feel ready to receive the coming year 2021. 
 

Hermosillo, Mexico

In viewing Gurumayi’s “Season's Greetings” card, I became a child again, anticipating every moment, and growing lighter and lighter with each pulsation of love. I am still feeling that light of joy, caring, and giving from Gurumayi that has sustained me through 2020.
 

New York, United States

I was in awe when I perceived Gurumayi's beautiful “Season’s Greetings 2020” overflowing with joy and splendor beyond my imagination! I experienced a deep connection with the Guru’s light within me. I discovered new appreciation for the ways the Guru lights my spiritual path and guides me towards liberation.
 
Knowing she is with me every step of the way, I bow to my beloved Gurumayi with love and gratitude.
 

Milan, Italy

I feel deeply touched by Gurumayi’s “Season's Greetings 2020.” As the beautiful piano music accompanies me on the journey, I feel drawn along the lovely path. As each light illuminates the way to the summit, I feel my oneness with the entire Siddha Yoga sangham. With each step, a new light, and I feel: Here I am! I am here! I am one with the path, with all the other lights, and with Gurumayi!
 

Colorado, United States

“Season’s Greetings 2020” struck a very personal and heartwarming note for me. As I viewed it a number of times, I remembered my search for God, looking for the Truth when I was in my teens in the 1960s and 1970s. More than once in those years, I would look into the night sky and wonder, imagine, pray for the Truth, pray with all my heart to know God—"Please God, guide me to you!"
 
As the images in the video moved from the sky to the lotus, I remembered when I first began to walk the Siddha Yoga path. The path has always been well lit, with the heart of the Truth in front of me as I journey up the mountain. With a strong sense of resolve, I know I will fully experience the rays of light streaming from the top of the mountain.
 
What a powerful gift this video from Gurumayi is!

California, United States

It is so wonderful to receive Gurumayi's blessing for the holiday season. I experienced such a confirmation of a recent contemplation I’d been doing on what has sustained me during this difficult time. I realized that two things have been consistently with me: the Guru's grace and an ever-increasing awareness of the power of nature.
 
During the past nine months that I've stayed home, I've been able to receive tangible blessings from the satsangs held in the Siddha Yoga Universal Hall and to develop a deeper connection with my immediate surroundings. It is my wish that these two supportive forces will remain with me as I move into the future.
 

Texas, United States

What a wonderful, auspicious, and luminous gift Shri Gurumayi has given us! I was amazed to see the beauty of this wonderful video. It also reminded me of Gurudev Siddha Peeth in Ganeshpuri. It gave me a feeling of enthusiasm and wonderment. For me it represents the blessedness of our lives as Siddha Yoga students.
 

Thane, India

I found the “Season's Greetings” card from Gurumayi to be playful and profound at the same time. I viewed it three times, seeing it as a dharana, a centering exercise. As I watched where the images were taking me, I knew that we walk the path to moksha, liberation, illumined by the light of knowledge we have received through our Gurus' grace.
 
I loved seeing the sun chakra rising and its reflections in the lake of the heart. The mountain/volcano erupting with golden stars filled me with joy and awe since just a few days ago, the Halemaumau crater on the big island of Hawaii erupted! Gurumayi's oneness with the world and all of us is a great wonder to me.
 

Hawaii, United States

This heart-touching video made me laugh and feel an intense, inexpressible love. It is filled to the brim with good wishes and divine visions; it gives me trust and the awareness of being protected. It is thrilling from start to finish. It enhances my patience and my love for the Siddha Yoga path.
 
May I walk the path patiently and with discipline, within the light that the Guru kindles, step by step, with her love.
 

Hindelang, Germany

As the lights showed the path, one by one, I found myself entering a space of Christmas in my heart, and was then suddenly flooded with forgiveness, in the Christmas spirit. 
 
Gurumayi's love is boundless.  

Patna, India

The evolving images in this luminous “Season’s Greetings” brought to my mind the light and love that sit at the core of this shimmering universe. They also inspired me to reflect on the sublime light rising within my soul.
 
I felt the classical piano music draw my mind inward towards the peace in my heart and fill me with delight!
 
I offer my heartfelt gratitude to Gurumayi for a year filled with grace, teachings, and blessings.

Montreal, Canada

On Christmas Eve, I opened the Siddha Yoga path website to celebrate love, family, and connection with Gurumayi and the Siddha Yoga sangham. I was delighted to receive the most precious gift from Gurumayi, her “Season’s Greetings 2020.”
 
Watching the images unfurl, I was taken along an inner journey that felt both ancient and new. I felt as if I were each light along the path. And at the same time, I felt that each light was Gurumayi’s grace lighting the way. The music made me smile with joy as it sparkled with movement.
 
When the sun rose as a gorgeous mandala, it symbolized for me the state of perfect balance that I believe occurs when grace sets our heart free!

South Yarra, Australia

I am so grateful to Gurumayi for this heart-opening holiday gift of love and light! The unfolding of each beautiful image drew me ever deeper into the peacefulness of my being and held me spellbound. My heart is overflowing with joy, love, and gratitude! I feel so blessed by the presence of this magical, precious path in my life.

California, United States