Sweet Surprise 2019 via Live Stream from Shree Muktananda Ashram will be held on January 1, 2019. The first part of the Sweet Surprise will be audio with visual images, and the second part will be video. The live stream begins at 10:00 a.m. and concludes at approximately 1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (USA).

Sweet Surprise will take place in the Universal Hall via the Siddha Yoga path website. You can also participate at a Siddha Yoga Ashram, meditation center, or chanting and meditation group near you.

General Information

Registration Information

Technical Details

Cancellation Policy


General Information

Is registration required?

Yes, registration is required. You can either register at a Siddha Yoga Ashram, meditation center or chanting and meditation group near you, or you can register on the Siddha Yoga path website. To register online, you will need to sign into your Siddha Yoga Online Account on the Siddha Yoga path website. Click here to register online.

How do I create a Siddha Yoga Online Account?

Click on the link “CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT” located in the top right corner of the Siddha Yoga path website. An email will be sent to your email address requesting you to validate your new account. Please create your new account in advance of your participation.

In what languages is Sweet Surprise available?

Sweet Surprise is available in English, with simultaneous translation into French, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Is there visual content in Sweet Surprise?

Yes. The first part of the live stream will be audio with visual images, and the second part will be video. Please ensure that you are able to see any visuals that will be a part of Sweet Surprise.

How long will Sweet Surprise be available?

Sweet Surprise 2019 is a live stream on New Year’s Day. It will be available as an audio webcast approximately eight hours after the conclusion of the live stream.

Will the Sweet Surprise Webcast contain video elements?

No, the Sweet Surprise Webcast will only contain audio and visual images that include Gurumayi’s Message talk.

What happens when I join the live stream after it has begun?

When you join after the live stream has begun, you will only be able to participate in the remaining part of Sweet Surprise. You will not be able to rewind or see any part of the live stream again once it has concluded.

Registration Information

May I invite friends to participate in the live stream in my home?

You may invite as many people as you like, as long as they have all registered. You may register all the participants on your computer, or they may register at home on their own computers and participate with you. If they register at home, it is your responsibility as the host to ensure that everyone has paid the registration fee. Please request that they bring their confirmation email.

Can I register guests from my Siddha Yoga Online Account?

Yes, you can register as many guest participants as you want from your own account. This is a new registration feature for Sweet Surprise 2019.

  • Guests registered in your account must participate in the same location and at the time you will participate.
  • In order to register guests, you need to register as well.
  • You may register your guests during your own registration process or after you have registered.
  • You will see the steps on how to register guests as you proceed through the registration process.

Can I register online to participate at a location?

No, online registration is only for participation on a personal computer. Contact the location where you wish to participate for local registration details.

I have registered to participate online on the Siddha Yoga path website. May I change my registration to a participating location?

Yes. You may cancel your registration by emailing a request to webmaster@syda.org. Your credit card will be refunded, and you may register at the location where you wish to participate. See the cancellation policy for details.

I have emailed (or called) the location where I wish to participate, and I haven’t heard from anyone. What should I do?

Contact the Global Intensives and Events Office at: Global-IntensivesandEvents@syda.org.

May I change the location where I’ve registered?

Yes. You may change locations by cancelling your registration at the first location and then registering at the location where you wish to participate. See the cancellation policy for details.

How many times may I participate in Sweet Surprise once I've registered?

Registration allows you to participate in Sweet Surprise once. To participate multiple times, register and pay the fee each time.

Technical Details

How can I ensure that my computer is set up for the live stream?

You can prepare your equipment and work space optimally for the live stream by taking the following steps:

  • Ensure the browser you use is the latest version.
  • Make sure your computer does not have any pending software updates.
  • Assess your internet speed to ensure it is optimal.
  • Make sure all other applications on your computer or device are closed, such as Skype, software updates, other browser windows, etc., before the live steam starts.
  • Ensure you have a Siddha Yoga Online Account and that you can log in in advance of the live stream.
  • Review all the information below. For further technical support, see Technical Information.

Are there recommended browsers and internet speed?

The recommended internet browsers are Google Chrome and Firefox. The minimum recommended internet speed is 4 Mbps. For lower internet speeds, you will be able to participate with lower video resolution and you may experience pauses or break up of the stream.

The timer on the player is moving, but I don't hear any sound. What should I do?

Check that the speakers are turned on and the volume is up. Also check that the audio settings in your computer or mobile device are not muted. If you are using Safari as your browser, you may try to stream with a different browser.

What should I do if the live stream does not start or is breaking up?

You may need to refresh your browser by pressing the following key(s):

  • Press Ctrl+F5 if you have a Microsoft Windows computer.
  • Press Cmd+R if you have an Apple computer.

How do I change the visual quality of the live stream?

The visual quality of the live stream will be automatically adjusted according to your internet bandwidth.  However, if you want to change the visual quality of the stream, click on the settings icon tool icon in the lower right corner of the player. Choose a higher resolution if the still images are flickering, and choose a lower quality if the stream stops or does not load properly.

Cancellation Policy

What is the cancellation policy for participation on a personal computer?

  • If the event has not been launched and the request for a refund is made while registration is open, the fee will be refunded minus a 10% processing fee.
  • The fee cannot be refunded once the live stream has begun.

What is the cancellation policy for participation at a Siddha Yoga Ashram, meditation center, or chanting and meditation group?

To cancel your registration, please contact the location where you registered.

  • If you cancel prior to the start of the event, the fee will be refunded minus a 10% processing fee.
  • If you cancel after the start of the event, the registration fee will not be refunded.