Because a loved one has been dealing with a health issue that hasn't been improving, last night I was really wanting to go to the Temple to pray to Bade Baba. So I opened the Siddha Yoga path website—only to find a photo of Bade Baba and this beautiful video, “Enchanting Vision”!
Chanting while immersing myself in Bade Baba's divine presence, I felt much more peaceful and so grateful. With all that's going on in the world, this video has been a much needed refuge for me.
California, United States
This morning as I started my daily worship, I realized I had not truly worshipped Bade Baba for sometime. I began to revel in remembering coming to the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Oakland for the first time in 1975. The large blue picture of Bade Baba that hung above the Guru's chair moved me deeply. As I looked into his eyes, I kept repeating within, “I know you, I know you; I don't know how I know you, but I know you with every part of me!”
When I began taking the bus to visit the Ashram, Bade Baba would appear to me on the bus. Recalling this, I felt today that I was born in this time and received shaktipat purely out of Bade Baba's grace and intention. I felt deep reverence and joy. Then I opened the Siddha Yoga path website and discovered “Enchanting Vision.” I was so happy as I felt that the sankalpa, the intention, of the video had reached me on the subtle plane and had inspired my blissful morning of worship.
California, United States
It is evening and I just viewed the video “Enchanting Vision” and experienced the darshan
of our beloved Bade Baba. I chanted his name and received his divine light in my heart.
Prior to viewing this beautiful video, I had been inexplicably filled with sadness throughout the day. I was moved to write a poem and the words “I am” arose from within as a refrain that led me to find deep compassion and love for others and myself.
I realize now, as the day is coming to a close, how Bade Baba was with me, holding me in his loving embrace and showing me the light of forgiveness just hours before I found this sweet video on the Siddha Yoga path website. He knows what we need even before we are fully aware ourselves. I bow in gratitude to the One who lives within each of us.
Bayamon, Puerto Rico
I am grateful to have had this wonderful experience of having darshan
with Bhagavan Nityananda.
Whenever I can enter the Temple and have the vision of Bhagavan Nityananda so beautifully adorned with flowers, especially the flowers from the sacred land of the Ashram, I am transported to paradise. I can smell the perfume of India. I can be filled with the golden light of his scintillating body. As I receive his gaze, my heart is nourished with pure bliss.
As the seasons change, I love to admire the different compositions of the flowers, the leaves, the candles, the necklaces, his turbans, and his magnificent form, and I melt into peace, joy, pure love. Ahhh, at the feet of Bhagavan Nityananda I rejoice; I visit heaven.
Reading the last two sentences of the introduction to this video while listening to the chant, I am deeply touched by so much compassion. I cannot change most external situations, but to “let this darshan
clear the pathways within”—this is a real way forward for me. I wish so much that it may happen for all of us. May we all be purified by Bade Baba's grace and experience this eternal bliss. May we move from the external to the eternal.
This morning as I sat for meditation, my mind was drawn to the Bhagavan Nityananda Temple at the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Oakland. I had the sweet good fortune of offering seva
there for thirty years. I recalled Bade Baba’s still and silent form before me as I would go through every step of preparing the Temple for opening—singing the opening verses, waving the candle, refreshing the flowers, and adorning him for the day. I was filled by his magnificent presence. I was calm and smiling.
And then I found this “Enchanting Vision.” He is everywhere. He is my heart and I am filled with gratitude.
Oregon, United States
For a few days now, I’d been feeling stuck in unwanted negative thoughts and apprehensiveness. I was trying to bring my mind back to the mantra and to my breath. This morning I offered pranam
to Gurumayi ji and prayed that she would give me the power to have a still mind. In the next minute I opened the Siddha Yoga path website, and saw that Gurumayi ji had already given me a great, invaluable, timeless abode of stillness in the form of “Enchanting Vision.”
I played the video, inhaled the fragrance of the morning trees, and began to chant with the video. I asked Bade Baba ji to heal my mind with his silent gaze. Within a minute I was immersed in stillness, steadfastness, and love. Now I can move ahead with the gifts I received while having darshan
of Bhagavan Nityananda.
After having Bade Baba's darshan
, I felt still and quiet inside. The first word that came to me was equanimity
. I want to take this inner stillness with me in my day, and act and be from that place.
When I look into Bade Baba's eyes, my heart fills with love and power. I feel safe and secure. His gaze takes the burden of the present situation from my heart and shows me the way into the light.
In fact, never in the last thirty-five years of my sadhana
has my path been easier than now. It is amazing how so much pressure from the world can bring forth so much magnificence and light. I know it is the play of God, the play of Consciousness, and I can only marvel in humility.
This is such a beautiful setting, with all the colors of the flowers and the magnificence of Bade Baba’s murti
. I received so much from the images in the video.
In particular, I loved the images in which some parts were in focus and others out of focus, while Bade Baba was always present in his clarity and fullness. They reminded me of how my sadhana
unfolds over time. Sometimes my present may be clear while my distant future is still coming into focus. Or my present may be out of focus as I try to bring my distant future into clearer focus.
In the video itself, the view would always transition back to Bade Baba in his magnificence, reminding me that he is always with me, supporting me and loving me through whatever is unfolding in my life.
How enchanting Bhagavan Nityananda’s form is! This morning, when I saw his wide-open hands, I was naturally drawn deep inside and contemplated the nature of giving with one’s hands fully opened. It was inspiring and fascinating.
As I was doing my morning practices, I was aware of some confusion in the mind about what path to follow in my life. Then an answer flashed in my mind: "Follow the path of the Heart.” Shri Gurumayi has always guided us to follow the path of the Heart, which is filled with love.
When I opened the Siddha Yoga path website after my meditation, I was blessed to have the darshan
of Shri Bhagavan Nityananda in the video “Enchanting Vision.” The darshan
itself felt like a cleansing bath, washing away whatever confusion and sadness that had remained in my mind.
Florida, United States