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English rendering from The Nectar of Chanting (South Fallsburg, NY: SYDA Foundation, 1984) p. 150.
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I imagine Shiva casting his glance upon me, and I feel the best of all elixirs flowing inside me.
By meditating on Shiva, by repeating his name, by singing the Shiva Arati
in the early morning, I am filled with wonder.
a Siddha Yogi from Rodez, France
This verse is a strong reminder to me to stay focused on the deepest gift of Lord Shiva—the company of the inner Self.
I’m aware that many kinds of gifts come and go in my life, and I am grateful to God, and to the Guru, for these blessings. I recognize that they represent God’s abundant care for me—and that even gifts can be distracting if I allow them to be.
On Mahashivaratri and always, I long to remember that I am happiest when I connect with the love, grace, and sweetness of the Lord as my very own compassionate, accepting Self.
a Siddha Yogi from Ohio, USA
Recently I attended a fundraising event for a service organization I belong to. There were lots of people talking, eating, and drinking, with music and various games all going on simultaneously. As I watched all this, I paused to connect with the joy within.
As I focused inward and my perception aligned with the joy bubbling in my heart, I felt a oneness with all that was around me. At the same time the feeling arose that all these outer enjoyments were but manifestations of the Lord. I now can see that I was experiencing the truth of the last line of this verse—for my awareness of the external circumstances did not keep me from remembering to reconnect with the delight of the Self within.
a Siddha Yogi from New Jersey, USA