Santa Caraṇa Raja
An Abhanga by Tukaram Maharaj
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, Santa Caraṇa Raja
, sung by Viju Kulkarni
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Saint Tukaram Maharaj wrote and sang this abhanga
in the 16th century, but I have experienced the same love and bliss in 2018, thanks to Gurumayi’s grace. As Tukaram Maharaj sings here, the company of a saint is rare! We are blessed to have a teacher such as Gurumayi.
a Siddha Yogi from North Carolina, USA
The lines of this poem describe my experience at the door of Bhagawan Nityananda's Temple in Gurudev Siddha Peeth. Just as Tukaram Maharaj predicts, my throat “choke[s] with love.”
I am so grateful for the grace of the Guru who has made this possible.
a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA
invites me directly into the atmosphere of the painted scene of seventeenth-century Maharashtra. I receive the precious words of Tukaram Maharaj as gems. My heart melts with gratitude, and I enjoy satsang
—the company of the Truth conveyed by this great poet-saint.
a Siddha Yogi from Rodez, France
As I listened to Santa Carana Raja
for the first time and followed the words of the chant, I marveled as my restless state dissolved into a sea of calm repose. So little time, such precious reward!
Thank you, Gurumayi, for the potency of your grace, which returns me unfailingly to satsang
with my inner Self.
a Siddha Yogi from Alaska, USA
I find myself praying for the words of Tukaram Maharaj to live forever in my heart.
a Siddha Yogi from Mexico City, Mexico
Hearing this abhanga
, I am ready to embrace the sacred Name fully and allow my joy to increase endlessly. This is the blessing of my connection with my Sadguru!
a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA
Listening to Tukaram Maharaj's abhanga
, I feel tears of gratitude well up as I recognize how rare and precious it is to have a being like Gurumayi in my life, and how wonderful, as Tukaram Maharaj says, to have the “merit” to be drawn to her.
I am also grateful for the grace to love singing God's name.
I continue to walk this path with the understanding that as I do, my desires will be consumed, and I will experience the intoxication of knowing that God is living in my Heart.
a Siddha Yogi from New Mexico, USA
As I listened to, and then read, this abhanga
, I could only thank the Lord for the blessing of meeting my Guru in this lifetime. I imagined my head bowing at Gurumayi’s feet, and my heart soared to heaven in gratitude for all she has given to me.
With love and reverence, I continue to delve deeper into the practice of knowing the Truth.
a Siddha Yogi from South Carolina, USA
Reading Tukaram Maharaj’s simple, profound words aloud, I realize how often I experience the states he describes. When I share with my sadhana
friends, they too speak of how their practices are steeped in the name of God, in love and joy. I love hearing them tell how these states stay in their awareness and flow through their day.
I am filled with awe, wonder, and gratitude to be living in the company of a saint such as Gurumayi.
She is the powerful form of God who lives in my Heart—and her presence there fills my world.
a Siddha Yogi from Adelaide, Australia
This beautiful abhanga
by Tukaram Maharaj fills me with gratitude for having a living Guru in my life.
I understand that only a Sadguru
, a true master, can rightly teach me about God. And I have faith that by following Gurumayi’s teachings with devotion—and with awareness of the balance between grace and sweet self-effort—I can attune myself to my Guru’s Heart.
What a blessing it is to have such an extraordinary Guru as Gurumayi!
a Siddha Yogi from Mar del Plata, Argentina