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During my morning meditation on the day of Gurupurnima, I felt such a deep connection with the sacred fire and Lord Nataraj. I perceived each one of the five divine powers Shiva Nataraj grants to his devotees to be unfolding inside me: creation, sustenance, dissolution, concealment, and the bestowal of grace. And then it felt as if the flames rising before Lord Nataraja, the cosmic Dancer, were dancing around me too.
Then, when I opened the Siddha Yoga path website and saw the video “Puja to Lord Nataraj,” I was mesmerized—because just minutes before, I had been
there! The bond to Gurumayi’s grace is so tangible with this kind of alignment.
I took the prayers offered by the Swamis into my heart, and in turn I offered them to humanity.
The purity and power of these actions, so beautifully conveyed, stilled me completely and brought me into my heart.
Massachusetts, United States
I am so grateful to watch this puja
during these challenging times. As the Swamis were offering their oblations with silent prayers, I, too, offered my heartfelt prayers with folded hands, speaking to Lord Shiva from the depth of my being, and feeling the warmth of the flames. Silence enveloped me, and a blanket of peacefulness descended upon me and lingered throughout the day.
Watching this puja
has been very powerful for me! It brought me a feeling of peace, unity, and connection. It was so strong that it has stayed with me throughout the day.
I had the good fortune to be at Shree Muktananda Ashram when this puja
was performed. Now, watching it again and reading Swami Vasudevananda’s introduction, my mind becomes still
and devotion arises in me just as it did back then.
Whenever I participate in an invocation of Shiva, or invoke Shiva myself, I feel a profound upsurge of love. I am so grateful for our lineage, which carries the blessings of Shiva into the present moment.
As I watched the Swamis’ movements and expressions on the video, and as I read the prayers and took in the crackling sound of the fire, I felt my mind drawn into infinite, healing peace.
As the Swamis were offering their worship and blessings to Lord Nataraj, each one seemed to me like the Lord himself. But what was most amazing is that I felt Lord Nataraj was worshiping and offering his blessings to the Swamis!
I’m grateful to the Swamis for making these perfect offerings to Lord Nataraj on my behalf and on behalf of all of us. As the offerings dissolved in the flames, the joyous face of Shri Nataraj appeared to me to shimmer with peace and benevolence. I felt my heart swell, assured that the offerings were perfectly received and will be responded to in many ways we do not yet know.
Ocean Shores, Australia
What a beautiful expression of reverence to the Supreme Power that blesses this world! By observing the sacred offering and feeling part of it, I realized that the ritual in itself is a tangible form of prayer.
Lord Shiva looked so happy to me at the end! I’m so grateful for being able to share in this powerful event and in invoking goodness for this world.
Mexico City, Mexico
For me, this puja
to Lord Nataraja was powerful and profound. I found the invocations amazingly fitting for our current global situation.
With each offering, I beheld a beneficent smile light up the Lord's face, his beautiful eyes radiating joy. I felt, without a doubt, that the Lord had received these prayers and oblations and that the fruit of the puja
Indeed, I thought, the Lord is pleased!
Georgia, United States
What a beautiful and meaningful puja
offered by the Swamis with sincerity and devotion. I watched it several times and almost felt like I was there. The flames of the sacred fire and the love in the air warmed my heart. I had the impression that just by observing this ceremony, I had a chance to participate in the powerful process of transformation.
Oregon, United States
I was strongly drawn to Shiva Nataraj's expression as the Swamis offered puja
to him. His eyes looked so soft and full of love, while his face became more and more pleased and content with each offering to the fire. The crackling sound of the flames reminded me of how electricity runs through wire as it lights things up. Similarly, I imagined the fire connecting each prayer to the universe and lighting it up with benevolent intention for the good of humanity.
Colorado, United States
I entered my meditation room with the intention of chanting to Gurumayi, but when I opened the Siddha Yoga path website and saw “Puja to Lord Nataraj,” I turned to this first.
The Swamis’ offering of these prayers with such devotion, on behalf of the whole world, touched the depths of my soul. A practice so pure, so ancient and sacred, it took me to a place of peace and silence deep within—a place of being rather than doing.
I just sat and watched as Lord Shiva "danced" as the smoke took these prayers to heaven. I am eternally grateful.
Yeovil, United Kingdom
Today we had just finished reciting Shri Guru Gita
and doing our guru-puja
at home, when we opened the Siddha Yoga path website. As soon as I saw the puja
performed by the three Swamis to Lord Nataraj, I felt so connected to Shri Guru and to the sacred blessings flowing through the puja
. The prayers offered by the Swamis reminded me that the Guru's blessings and protection are always with me and my family.
The three Swamis share their beautiful gifts so effortlessly, releasing to the fire with open hands and open hearts all that is sweet, pure, and beneficial.
May I be part of this timeless cycle of giving, and play my part by giving the best of myself and sending my positive actions outward and upward.
St. Lazare, Canada
As I watched the Siddha Yoga Swamis making the sacred offerings in their puja
to Lord Nataraj, I became very still. I was immediately connected to my heart. My focus never strayed and I experienced that I was one with them and wholly present in making these auspicious offerings to Lord Shiva.
I am grateful to Gurumayi for bringing me to that beautiful puja
in that sacred place, and for all the prayers and blessings being offered on behalf of all of us and all creatures of the world.
Florida, United States
Amidst great external distractions, I feel this offering from the deepest part of my being. Going deeper inside, I feel my spirit going higher and higher and realizing that Mahadeva is not affected by the machinations of human beings but is the constant source of peace and rejuvenation.
I thank Shri Guru for the blessing of this insight and indeed for my very existence.