In July 2014, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda spoke with the Siddha Yoga Swamis about the SYDA Foundation facilitating satsangs between Shree Muktananda Ashram and Siddha Yoga meditation centers. Gurumayi herself had requested that an audio satsang be held with the Gurukula Students and visiting sevites in Gurudev Siddha Peeth in honor of Gurupurnima on July 12. In this two-way satsang, Gurumayi gave her teachings to the Siddha Yogis in Gurudev Siddha Peeth and also listened to their sadhana shares.
On Sunday August 10, Swami Anantananda was the teacher for a satsang that was held via audio link between Shree Muktananda Ashram and Siddha Yogis in Mexico City, celebrating Bhagavan Nityananda’s Punyatithi. August 10 also happened to be Raksha Bandhan, an Indian festival honoring the bond of love and protection between brother and sister. On the Siddha Yoga path, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated as a day to honor the bond of love and protection between Guru and disciple. And to the great delight of the Siddha Yogis in Mexico and the sevites in Shree Muktananda Ashram, everyone received rakhis as prasad from Gurumayi.
The venue for the satsang in Mexico City was La Casa de Estudios de Siddha Yoga, located in the south of the city. The beautiful house and grounds with large trees, an expansive lawn, fountains, and a pond had been purchased by Siddha Yoga Dham Mexico in 1990. The managers for Gurumayi’s teachings visit to Mexico in 1993 arranged for three satsangs with Gurumayi to be held there. After seeing how the Siddha Yogis and new seekers benefited from practicing the Siddha Yoga teachings in this setting, Gurumayi requested that the Managers of Siddha Yoga Dham Mexico establish it as a space where Siddha Yogis could study the Siddha Yoga teachings in an oasis of silence and beauty in the midst of this busy cosmopolitan area. Gurumayi gave it the name La Casa de Estudios de Siddha Yoga, "The House of Siddha Yoga Studies." Siddha Yoga Sadhana Retreats, Shaktipat Intensives, satsangs, and courses have been held here regularly.
For this satsang on August 10, over a hundred sevites in Mexico offered seva. Among them were the staff members from the Ashram de Siddha Yoga en la Ciudad de México and La Casa de Estudios, Siddha Yogis with professional skills they wished to offer, Siddha Yogis offering seva for the first time in many years, and new seekers offering seva for the first time ever. In preparation for the satsang, Bhagavan Nityananda’s murti was transported the thirteen kilometers from the Ashram and installed in the courtyard of La Casa de Estudios.
The morning of the satsang, Bade Baba’s stillness pervaded the exquisite courtyard. The power of meditation was in the air. Many of the Siddha Yogis and new seekers attending the satsang had traveled a great distance to participate.
One of Bade Baba's core teachings is: The Heart is the hub of all sacred places. Go there and roam. During the satsang, Swami Anantananda gave a talk expounding on this teaching. Swami ji taught students how to implement Bade Baba’s teaching by practicing witness consciousness—focusing one’s awareness on the eternal Heart that exists behind every activity of the mind. “Remember,” Swami ji said, “thoughts and events come and go, but the power of the Heart never changes.” Participants were moved by what Swami ji said, and by the gentle, peaceful bhava he brought to the talk. They continued to share with each other about his talk in the weeks that followed, and put into practice his instruction to repeat “I am the Heart” every night before going to sleep.
One of the Siddha Yoga namasankirtanas that glorifies Bade Baba is Nityanandam Brahmanandam. This namasankirtana is in the Yaman Kalyan raga, which evokes the qualities of peace, contentment, and great bliss. It was powerful to hear everyone chanting as one voice. The whole house, La Casa de Estudios, billowed with the sound of the divine name, and the children, who were making artwork in the Family Hall, stopped what they were doing to join in.
A traditional arati that is sung in Bade Baba’s Samadhi Shrine in Ganeshpuri is the Nityananda Arati, written by one of his devotees. Young Siddha Yogis everywhere love, love, love this arati! A satsang participant who has visited Gurudev Siddha Peeth said she felt she was transported there during the arati. In Ananda-akasha, the hall where the families and young children were participating, the arati tray was waved by a five-year-old girl, who later asked her mother, “Isn't it true that Gurumayi is full of light?”
“Yes, it’s true,” her mother answered.
The girl said, “That’s what I felt when I was offering arati!”
Two more traditional Siddha Yoga practices during satsangs are darshan and dakshina. Participants were invited to do pradakshina of Bade Baba’s murti when they went for darshan and offered their dakshina. As the participants received Bade Baba’s darshan, they offered their gratitude for his teachings, his blessings, and his enduring presence in their lives.
One participant shared, “As I waited on the darshan line, I felt I was participating in a sacred and historic occasion. I did have a lot of thoughts on my mind—mostly about what I would to offer to Bade Baba. But when I came before his murti and offered pranam, I realized I had no thoughts whatsoever. My mind was still and silent; my heart was serene. This feeling of serenity, and of connection to the Heart, stayed with me in the days after.”
It was so connecting and heartwarming for sevites here at the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Oakland to see the Mexican devotees basking in the splendor of Bade Baba's Punyatithi through their offering of seva
, chanting, and arati
. The Siddha Yoga path website brings us home to the heart and reminds us again and again that we are an international family of Siddha Yogis, united in service. Seva
truly brings us together. What an extraordinary privilege it is to offer our actions for the upliftment of this world.
To watch these pictures of the devotees in Mexico City is to swim in love—in their radiant love for each other and for their Guru. It feels as if the arms of a great mother are enfolding me.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for connecting us to the global sangham
in this powerful way. And thank you to all the participants in this sangham.
Thank you to all the sevites, visible and invisible, who made this blessed event possible.
Thank you, Bade Baba, Baba, and Gurumayi, for the Siddha Yoga path. May we all always remember that we are the Heart!
Mexico City, Mexico
It is so beautiful to see the photos of La Casa de Estudios in Mexico City. My heart melted when I saw Bade Baba's murti
and the beautiful presence of all the devotees around him—and so many young faces as well. Their faces are full of light and devotion. Seeing them opened my heart to experience in my own heart my love for the Guru and the Guru’s teachings.
Thank you, Mexico! Thank you for opening your arms to embrace the babies, the children, and the teens. It was also so beautiful to see everyone together inside the hall and outside on the grass as one Siddha Yoga family.
I had the good fortune to participate in this satsang
. At the conclusion, the families were invited first to do pradakshina
of Bhagavan Nityananda´s murti
while the rest of us continued to chant.
As I watched the babies, boys and girls, mothers and fathers doing pradakshina
and having darshan
, I felt moved. I felt the strength and joyfulness of the new generations of Siddha Yogis. And it was very clear to me that my dharma
as an adult is to support them and to contribute to carrying forward the Siddha Yoga legacy. It was beautiful.
Mexico City, Mexico
Salutations to the lotus feet of Bhagavan Nityananda! The joy enters my eyes and comes to my heart. What a beautiful celebration—filled with devotion and love for life!
I want to congratulate and thank the Siddha Yogis in Mexico for the service they offer to help make the Siddha Yoga practices and teachings available in Spanish.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for making it possible for all of us to be connected regardless of location or time. Thank you for believing in your devotees. I am very happy to be a Siddha Yogi. I am very sure that Bade Baba is happy that his teachings are available throughout this beautiful world.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
When I saw the smiling faces in the photos, I could feel the joy. I salute the sevites for stepping forward to make this a successful event.
There are so many gifts in these pictures. Thank you, Mexico. Each of the photos seems to contain a silent teaching.
Seeing the photos from this glorious day in Mexico opens my heart immediately to the many times I offered seva
in Mexico on Siddha Yoga teaching tours. When I read about the many sevites who stepped forward to make this joyous event possible in just twelve short days, I was profoundly moved. And I had the recognition that so many sevites from all over the world are standing ready to serve Gurumayi's mission! This is awe-inspiring.
At the time of this beautiful satsang
, I was a visiting sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram offering seva
to prepare for the satsang
. Every time I had a seva
call with the sevites in Mexico City, they would speak with so much anticipation and excitement, I could experience their happiness and joy. It was contagious! I felt really grateful to be able to share with them the love they were experiencing, which ultimately was a deep love for Bade Baba.
Thank you to the sevites in Mexico who offered seva
for this event.
Thank you, Bade Baba, for your grace and love.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for reminding us that our hearts are always connected.
Mexico City, Mexico
Many thanks for sharing these wonderful and inspiring photos from the satsang
held in La Casa de Estudios de Siddha Yoga in Mexico. I feel that I can definitely see God in these photos, and I also can see people experiencing God in the photos. They are so very uplifting. The bond of love that exists between the Guru and the Siddha Yogis in Mexico in the form of joy and devotion is tangible.
Thank you again for inviting the global community to share in the sweetness of the day.
Ripley, United Kingdom
Looking at these pictures brought joyful memories of offering seva
for this great day; memories of meeting and greeting people—young and old—whose faces were beaming reflections of Bade Baba’s ever-present love and compassion; memories of Bade Baba’s magnificent murti
, alive with prana
, bestowing so many blessings upon the Siddha Yoga sangham
of Mexico and the whole country; and memories of the entire beautiful celebration satsang
I treasure what Swami Anantananda said about practicing the awareness of “I am the Heart,” because the power of the Heart never changes and because, as he put it: “It is the Truth.” So every night I softly whisper: “I am the Heart, I am the Heart, I am the Heart.” And with that in mind, I glide into sleep.
, Gurumayi, for such a great blessing!
Mexico City, Mexico
When I entered the Temple, Bade Baba looked so happy. There are times when he looks so indrawn, and other times when he doesn’t seem to be looking at anyone at all, but that day he looked at every single person who entered the Temple. He seemed so happy. I think I never saw him look that happy. His expression made me cry out of happiness.
I had the honor of offering arati
on the day of the satsang.
The energy of the devotees around Bade Baba as they waved the lights and sang the arati
was extraordinary! So full of devotion, enthusiasm, and happiness.
Thank you, my beloved Guru.
Mexico City, Mexico
When I began looking at the pictures of the sweet Siddha Yogis in Mexico, I noticed a tenderness welling up in my heart and felt my eyes begin to brim with tears. Looking at these images, I experienced a pure sweetness, welcoming and genuine smiles, and loving kindness.
The beauty and loving care given to the murti
of Bade Baba and the seva
offered at La Casa de Estudios seemed to reflect the Heart itself. I am inspired to roam in the Heart and recognize all places as sacred. Devotion pours forth in waves from these images.
Thank you, Gurumayi. Thank you, Siddha Yogis in Mexico. Thank you, dear sevites one and all.
As the kite soars in the temple of the sky, so does the Mexican Siddha Yogis’ love soar in the temple of the Heart.
Thank you, Siddha Yogis from Mexico, for inviting us to the satsang
honoring the temple of the Heart.
New York, USA
It was so wonderful to see the images of this beautiful satsang
. Looking at the photos, I experienced my heart opening in recognition of the devotees’ longing. The participants looked filled with devotion, focus, and love.
Thank you, Gurumayi. Thank you, devotees.
Derby, United Kingdom
¡Qué día tan hermoso!
It was an historic event! Bade Baba’s murti
came from the Siddha Yoga Ashram to the Casa de Estudios, blessing the entire country on his way. I had the chance to drive behind his car and watch the city being blessed with his presence.
During the satsang
, colors, smiles, and love filled the spirits of young and older Siddha Yoga students alike. I felt love all through my body, and a stream of lovely drops flowed from my eyes—and still continue to flow when I think about it. I have a lot of gratitude for this special moment in my life.
Mexico City, Mexico
I had the privilege of offering seva
for this amazing satsang
. During the week, so many things were accomplished and we were all like busy bees putting every piece together. Still, what reigned was a bubbling enthusiasm, creativity, stillness, and so much love and devotion for Bade Baba.
Looking at the pictures, I can see the fruits of our loving service. Darshan
of Bade Baba's murti
was such great prasad
. The experience of the satsang
itself came back as I looked at the photos: it brought even more happiness to my heart.
Thank you for sharing this event with the global Siddha Yoga sangham.
Valle de Bravo, Mexico
Nityananda´s love is shining from the center of my heart.
My heart pulsates from the center of the great Heart.
I love my Guru.
Thank you very much, Gurumayi.
Mexico City, Mexico
Thank you for bringing this blessing to our home. I am feeling very happy and have the experience that I participated in this satsang
Thank you very much.
How beautiful this place in Mexico is! The pictures remind me of the pictures taken at Shree Muktananda Ashram, and I had the experience that whenever Siddha Yoga students come together, beauty emerges!
It is so important that we—the Siddha Yoga sangham
—come together and celebrate our light within!
Thank you, Gurumayi, for all the Siddha Yoga centers and chanting and meditation groups in this world!
Thank you to all the Siddha Yogis and new seekers who actively participate and offer seva
in Siddha Yoga events. I bow my head to you.
As I was looking at these photos, my mind became still and silent; it was like a blanket of silence and love covering me.
I offer gratitude to the sevites of the Siddha Yoga path website, whose seva
transported me to Mexico where I was able to have the darshan
of the love of the Siddha Yogis of Mexico.
I offer gratitude to the Siddha Yogis of Mexico, whose beauty, devotion, and joy in offering seva
was so apparent and inspiring.
I offer gratitude to Gurumayi and Baba and Bade Baba for bringing me to the understanding that God dwells within me—not only as me—but as you, all of you, every one.