It has been delightful to discover, in looking through July’s “Nature in Shree Muktananda Ashram,” the photos of the moon in all its phases—waxing to brilliant fullness on Gurupurnima, and then slowly waning.
One photo of the moon in gallery V is particularly mesmerizing for me. Taken in the predawn hours, this photo captures the luminous halo of the waning moon—one half reflecting the sun’s light, the other half shadowed in darkness. It was just a few days away from becoming a new moon. And I noticed a planet very close to the moon, which I discovered was Mars.
Georgia, United States
Looking through the fifth set of these July nature photos taught me a valuable lesson about being in nature: to be sure to look up, to look down, to look more closely—and more slowly—than I usually do, and to see with new eyes.
In viewing the photos with that approach, I saw that one Black-Eyed Susan had an especially prominent central cone that to me resembled a chocolate birthday cake with candles. So I imagined it was offering a birthday cake to celebrate the birth of another glorious summer day. I was also immediately drawn in by seeing the delicate fawns as they made themselves at home on the Atma Nidhi lawns. It was delightful to sense how comfortable they felt, visiting the Ashram and nuzzling its greenery. And the surprising swaths of deep blues among the trees near the lake in another photo created a stunning abstract painting for me.
As always, I was grateful for the chance to take a virtual stroll all over the Ashram grounds myself!
Illinois, United States
I was blissfully chanting along with the powerful recording of Om Gurudev
as the slides played on the screen, with the nearly full moon shining through the window. The captivating images stirred great delight in me. I experienced deep and tender appreciation of nature; it was a truly gratifying experience.
Washington, United States
The beautiful photographs on this minisite always seem alive with grace. Still, I was suprised to discover that number 93 in the second series is actually a short video of a running stream with a lovely deer in the background. It seemed so alive, I thought I could hear the water trickling over the rocks. It was so good to feel that I was present on the grounds of Shree Muktananda Ashram during this wonderful month of Gurupurnima.
I love visiting the Siddha Yoga path website several times a day. That’s how, on a repeat look through this gallery, I spotted a sweet, still baby deer sitting gently in the reeds. I hadn’t noticed it before.
This is why I love visiting the website multiple times a day. It provides a treasure trove of beauty, of learning, and of opportunities to have a deep experience of the Lord within.
New Mexico, United States
This gallery makes my heart overflow with tenderness, sweet devotion, and coruscant light like a rainbow—especially the images of the daisies, Bade Baba’s Temple, the chipmunk, and the photo of the blue geraniums with soft red robes in the background. The same blue geraniums bloom in our garden with soft red sage behind them. As I look at my geraniums, it will bring me back to this experience of darshan.
This is one of the precious gifts I have already received during this month-long satsang