February 1, 2023
With the first month of the new year having drawn to a conclusion, I want to share something wonderful to look forward to in the month ahead. I’m certain this invitation will help build momentum behind your new year’s resolutions to engage with Gurumayi Chidvilasananda’s Message for 2023.
Throughout the world, February is celebrated as the month of love. And as Siddha Yogis, we all love the presence of Lord Shiva, who is the embodiment of Consciousness and who represents the Adi Guru—the first or primordial Guru, the manifestation of the Guru Principle. We give homage to Lord Shiva every year on Mahashivaratri, “the great night of Lord Shiva.” This year, 2023, the Mahashivaratri celebration will occur on Saturday, February 18.
In honor of this sacred night, I invite you to participate in satsang in the Siddha Yoga Universal Hall. The satsang will begin at 7:00 p.m. New York time on February 18, and will be held via live video stream from Shree Muktananda Ashram. I want to assure you that no matter what time it is in your part of the world—whether it is the day or the night—our coming together in satsang will make this a most auspicious time for worship.
The Indian scriptures tell us that on Mahashivaratri, the benefits of our worship—and especially our invoking Lord Shiva through repetition of the mantra Om Namah Shivaya—multiply a thousandfold. Without a doubt, I have experienced—and I’m sure you have too—the unique power of our combined focus, our combined intention, our combined voices when we participate in satsang in the Universal Hall. Add to this the special potency of Mahashivaratri, and there’s no telling what the fruits of our worship can do—no limit to the positive impact they can have on this world.
As I read this beautifully written invitation to the Siddha Yoga Satsang in Honor of Mahashivaratri, I smiled like a child on Christmas morning, and an expansively deep reverberation of the sacred mantra Om Namah Shivaya
billowed throughout my body and scintillated all around me. So for me, the chanting has already begun!
Nevada, United States
This invitation reminds me of another time I observed Mahashivaratri, during the ten years that I offered seva in Shree Muktananda Ashram. My father died during that time, just a few weeks before Mahashivaratri. I went to the chant that year with the intention to offer all the repetitions of Om Namah Shivaya for my father's benefit. I’d plannned to stay for three hours, but I ended up keeping vigil throughout the night, chanting all the while.
Early the next morning, Gurumayi entered the hall and walked to a place just behind the chair I was sitting on. As she paused there, I heard an inner voice that said, “It is good that you offered the merit of the chant to your father.” Gurumayi then moved on to sit in her chair.
To this day, I am so grateful that I was given the energy to repeat the mantra throughout that powerful Mahashivaratri, and that I could offer this gift to my father.
California, United States
This opportunity for all of us to come together, on the day when repeating the mantra yields benefits a thousandfold, feels to me like the chance to send tremendous blessings into the world. My heart is so full!
Maryland, United States
It seemed as if this invitation reached inside me and reminded me of who I really am. It lifted me out of a hard moment. It reassured me that honoring the presence of Shiva within myself and everyone is something I can do now and every day.
Massachusetts, United States