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Learning and Serving II

Young Siddha Yogis Practicing the Siddha Yoga Teachings
Shree Muktananda Ashram

Families from around the world visit Shree Muktananda Ashram to offer seva in support of the SYDA Foundation. While staying in the Ashram with their families, children and young adults learn about the Siddha Yoga teachings and practices, including chanting, meditation, seva, dakshina, and hatha yoga. They often listen to stories from the scriptures of India and express these stories in creative play. They also share what they have learned through art and musical activities. The children enjoy offering seva, such as baking cookies and gardening. The young adults often offer seva supporting the younger children to learn and serve, along with learning skills in SYDA Foundation departments, such as multimedia and music.

This gallery shows some of the many ways that young Siddha Yogis have learned about and experienced the Siddha Yoga teachings on visits to the Ashram over the last several years.


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I was filled with divine satisfaction seeing the radiant young faces in these photos. I also felt Gurumayi's love for them.
The photos of Gurumayi enjoying a young boy’s drawing reminded me that when we celebrated Gurumayi's birthday earlier this year, during the pandemic, my seven-year-old granddaughter made a sketch of a cake and Gurumayi and flowers and wanted to send it to dear Gurumayi. So we offered her sketch, together with a birthday card, at the puja in the local Siddha Yoga meditation Center on Gurumayi’s birthday. We all felt how much Gurumayi ji loves all of us.

Cuttack, India

I felt very nice seeing the pictures, especially the ones where Gurumayi was also there. I couldn't stop looking at her. I felt a lot of love for her. 

a six-year-old from Mumbai, India

Every time I look at all these children, I think how blessed they are. My heart swells with great joy, lightness, and enthusiasm. Their faces seem aglow with bliss and glee, which feels palpable and contagious. For me, they represent connection to the Guru as they offer seva with sweet, earnest devotion.

St. Laurent, Canada

I find this particular gallery of pictures so sweet! Each time I visit it, I have a big smile on my face by the time I leave it. It is wonderful to catch these glimpses of our next generation of Siddha Yogis displaying confidence, playfulness, thoughtfulness, and earnestness. Each one is so full of their own unique personality and shining qualities. These delightful photos connect me to the childlike innocence and simplicity within my own heart.

Guildford, United Kingdom

I find this particularly gallery of pictures so compellingly sweet! Each time I visit it, I have a big smile on my face. It is wonderful to catch these glimpses of our next generations of Siddha Yogis, sometimes confident, sometimes playful, sometimes reflective or earnest, and yet each one so full of their own unique personality and shining qualities. 
I am grateful for the way these delightful pictures put me in touch with the childlike innocence and simplicity within my own heart.

Guildford, United Kingdom

It's amazing to me to have the opportunity again and again to savor these photos of the children “learning and serving.”
While I’m looking at the pictures, I recognize the deep connection, the deep commitment within me to the Siddha Yoga lineage. I see that in the presence of our Guru we all—adults and children, parents, and those offering seva—bow at her feet. We express joy, gratitude, and sweetness.
I’m so grateful to Gurumayi for the Siddha Yoga path website and these photos. They inspire me to touch my own inner divinity and dance in this world with enthusiasm and love.

Torino, Italy

Looking at the photos of the children, I am grateful for the tenderness of their devotion, their curious, beautiful openness. I celebrate their aliveness and now sit in pristine silence—the thickness of the shakti enveloping me.

California, United States

Looking at the photos in this gallery, I feel that the children who are engaged in the Siddha Yoga practices will make the world a better place.  

Rosendahl, Germany

These images of the children melt my heart — seeing them walking in the rain, the expressions on their faces as they look out the window, the way the smaller ones stand in the Temple on tiptoes before the padukas. Several images caused me to pause a long time, my heart so full I simply couldn’t move on to the next image.

Washington, United States