The auspicious morning of June 24 had arrived in Shree Muktananda Ashram. And all of nature was celebrating!
When I entered Shri Nilaya to participate in the Celebration Satsang in Honor of Gurumayi’s Birthday, the hall seemed to be buzzing with excitement. Everyone looked so happy, so radiant in their colorful kurtas, saris, and dresses. People’s faces were shining like the sun outside, bright and clear and beautiful.
Then, Gurumayi entered. The love and enthusiasm with which we responded was immense. Our beloved Guru had arrived!
Gurumayi took her seat and smiled at Krishna Haddad, the musical conductor for the satsang. Gurumayi requested that the music ensemble begin the chant Om Namo Bhagavate Muktanandaya in the Bhupali raga.
A verse from Shri Guru Gita came to mind as our joy filled Shri Nilaya.
yatprakāśena bhāti tat,
tasmai śrīgurave namaḥ.
Salutations to Shri Guru,
by whose reality the world is real,
by whose light it is illumined,
and by whose joy people are joyous.1
And how joyous we were! As the chant concluded, we all rose to our feet, cheering and clapping and calling out, “Happy Birthday, Gurumayi!”
As we took our seats, we heard dancing notes being played on the tabla
. A participant stood up and cheerfully called out, “Abundance!” Then, from a different part of the hall, another participant said, “Balance.” We realized that we were hearing the divine virtues—Sadguna Vaibhava
! One by one, different Swamis, Trustees, children, staff members, and visiting sevites stood in turn, each reciting one of the virtues.
With each virtue, the atmosphere in the hall had grown more celebratory, more jubilant. It was so fitting, then, that as the presentation of the divine virtues concluded with “Zeal!” the music ensemble began to play the bhajan
that Siddha Yogis throughout the global sangham
sing every year in celebration of Gurumayi’s Birthday—Nacho Re Mero Mana
. The refrain says:
Dance, my heart, dance today in ecstasy!
Love fills the days and nights with music
And the world is listening to its melody.
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