This morning, I read some of the shares from those who participated in the live stream. They brought back memories of the gloriously shimmering, golden-yellow robe of Bade Baba and the luminosity he emanated. I remembered how I had taken that feeling of radiance into my heart.
Later, I took a walk by a nearby river and up a grassy hill. At first, I thought that I’d missed the sunset. But, as I walked home, I saw a glow reflected on the inside of my glasses frame and I turned to see a luminous, bright yellow sun just setting. It seemed to be the exact color of Bade Baba’s robes with the same resplendence.
I was transfixed with its beauty. I stood there in the middle of this grassy space and began singing verses from the Arati. Birds flew in front of the sun far away and a sole palm was silhouetted on the horizon. My heart felt full of peace and gratitude for my life and my Siddha Yoga sadhana.
Washington, United States
At the time of this live broadcast, it was a midwinter night here. I participated on my computer. As I watched the arati lamp being waved to Bhagavan Nityananda, something green flew with great force toward the golden image of Bade Baba on the computer screen. At first, I couldn’t understand what had happened, but then I realized that it had been a beautiful insect drawn toward the image. It was an insect that normally doesn’t exist in the winter, which had felt the presence of the sun, just as I had.
It is amazing that I was able to spend a winter evening with the sun shining.
“Arati in Honor of Makara Sankranti” was glorious for me. The words of the host touched my heart, and I felt transported to Gurudev Siddha Peeth, where I used to sing this Arati. I also remembered when I learned this Arati by heart. I used to sing it silently to myself while I was traveling or performing my daily duties. Then and now, almost every time that I sing it, I feel ecstasy and a sense of rising above samsara and being in the company of beloved Bade Baba.
On Makara Sankranti, while the pujari was waving the lamp with its many beautiful flames to Bade Baba, I experienced that I became one of the flames, ready to merge with the omnipresent light represented by Bade Baba. Meditating before the photo of the blazing sun, with the guidance of the beautiful meditation instructions, drew me deep within. There I was able to experience the light of the glorious sun as my own Self. Afterward, I felt serene and calm.
I am now in my eighth decade, and often I awake feeling somewhat weak and wobbly. However, when I woke up early to participate in the “Arati in Honor of Makara Sankranti,” I felt clear and present. When it came time to sing, I stood upright and steady. As I began singing, I was transported to Bhagavan Nityananda’s Temple in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, where for years I’d taken part in the morning Arati. Although I’d not repeated these verses for some time, I now felt each syllable rise up in me like a dear friend, like nectar. I felt touched and reassured to know how deeply the Siddha Yoga practices I’ve loved still live on in me.
That afternoon, I connected by video with some of my dear friends. I felt kind words come spontaneously into my mind to share with them. I experienced my inner light shining forth as naturally as daylight. With devotion and practice, through Shri Guru’s effulgent grace, I pray that my lamp shines more brightly every day.
California, United States
As the Arati began, I felt I was being showered with waves of bliss and gratitude. It was so unexpected. I felt electrified. For me, the radiance of Bade Baba’s beauty was so strong that it seemed as if golden light was pouring out of my monitor. I experienced that my room was filled with this light, and my heart expanded far beyond place and time. I felt so much love and deep gratitude for the Guru, for the Siddha Yoga path, and for my Self. It was as though, in this satsang, Bade Baba was pointing straight to my heart and telling me that everything exists there. I was so amazed. After the Arati, I meditated on the Surya Gayatri mantra in order to deepen this precious experience.
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