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Jyota se Jyota Jagao

Sung by the music ensemble in Shree Muktananda Ashram

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Jyota se Jyota Jagao
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When I took my first Shaktipat Intensive in 1982, I was brand-new to the Siddha Yoga teachings and practices. I knew nothing about shaktipat or anything else. All I knew is that each time we chanted Jyota se Jyota Jagao, I would have tears streaming down my face, along with feelings of joy and an inner longing that felt like an awakening of love and reverence.

New Mexico, USA

When my little girl was still a baby, each morning we offered puja together: I sang Jyota se Jyota Jagao and her whole body would dance in rapturous delight in my arms. Now she is four, and when it comes time to sing Jyota se Jyota Jagao at the Family Satsang, she loves to dance with the "Jyota se Jyota feeling" pouring through her body.

Every night since she was born, I've chanted to settle her to sleep. Three nights ago, as we lay down together, gratitude arose in me. I began to sing Jyota se Jyota Jagao softly, like a lullaby. As I sang, my little girl closed her eyes, put her hands over her heart, and smiled contentedly. After a few moments, she opened her eyes and said, "Mama, I could really feel Lakshmi (the goddess of abundance) in my heart. She’s really there tonight!"

Thank you, Gurumayi, for the grace, love, and wisdom you offer us through all the Siddha Yoga practices. Thank you for lighting our lives with your love.

Newport, Australia

It has been my experience that, in every center and Ashram I have ever been to since 1974, everyone always gets totally into singing this hymn. I can say with full certainty that of all the satsangs I've ever been to, there was never one where the singing of Jyota se Jyota Jagao wasn't truly heartfelt. It's always been a very happy and auspicious moment.

Thank you, Baba. Thank you, Gurumayi.

California, USA

What I remember most about the first time I participated in a Siddha Yoga event was my experience of profound joy while singing Jyota se Jyota Jagao.

I was fifteen years old then, and prior to that day, I had understood and experienced God as an all-powerful being who was far away. I loved God, but also feared God. This arati woke me to the truth that God was within and without, that love was God's nature, and that the Guru lit the flame of God's love in one's heart.

This was my shaktipat experience. My life from then on has become anchored in the Guru's unconditional love, protection, and guidance.

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

When I sing Jyota se Jyota Jagao with full attention, I often feel like the sun is coming up inside and that Baba and Gurumayi are taking their seat in my own body and heart. It always feels like a new beginning.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for giving us an arati drenched with your love and inspiration.

New York, USA

I was pregnant with my second child when I first went to a Siddha Yoga meditation center. I didn't know anyone, and at first I felt shy and separate. But when I sang Jyota Se Jyota Jagao, I felt hope; I felt warmth and love. This beautiful hymn brought me back every Friday for the satsang at the center. Eventually, I brought both of my children with me—and now I bring my grandson!

Singing Jyota se Jyota Jagao always returns me to that deep feeling of love and connection to the Guru, and to all of my fellow lovers of God.

Thank you, my beloved Gurumayi.

Washington, USA

One day recently, shortly after we began singing Jyota se Jyota Jagao at the conclusion of a satsang, I felt a very vibrant joy start to arise everywhere—and I could see this joy vibrating in everyone around me. The joy was so palpable, you could reach out and touch it. As I was seeing this joy, my attention was drawn inside me and I could see and feel this same joy in myself.

All of a sudden the joy in me and the joy outside merged. The experience was of pure oneness: no barriers, no feelings of separation—just pure joy. At that moment I knew without doubt that God was everywhere.

Since having this experience, I have been remembering and contemplating it almost daily. And every time, there is something new to discover. I can truly say this experience has transformed my vision of the world forever.

Thank you, Gurumayi, thank you, Baba, and thank you, Bade Baba, for the love and grace you have showered upon us.

Shree Muktananda Ashram

In 1987, I traveled with several other sevites to Siddha Yoga meditation centers in the western United States, conducting Siddha Yoga teaching and learning events, and joining the devotees in their weekly satsangs. Many times, I experienced the high point of the visit taking place during the singing of Jyota se Jyota Jagao. This was the moment when everyone and everything became unified.

On one occasion, a snowstorm took place the night before a Shaktipat Intensive. This was in a town where snow almost never falls, so no snow removal was available. Sevites of the center came together with extra enthusiasm to ensure that everything was ready for the Intensive and that participants could safely arrive.

Gurumayi's presence was palpable throughout the preparations, and as Jyota se Jyota Jagao began at the start of the Intensive, I clearly saw Gurumayi enter the room and sit in her chair—even though she was in India at the time. During the pause in the Intensive, I asked another sevite if she felt Gurumayi was literally there with us, and she replied yes—during Jyota se Jyota Jagao.

To me this hymn is a treasure and a connection to the heart space we all share.

New York, USA

Today when I woke up, in my mind I was singing this arati, and as I was singing, I felt that I was doing seva in the Ashram. After the day’s work, when I opened the Siddha Yoga path website, I was surprised to see this arati. Really, the words of this arati are true. The light of my Guru's grace has enlightened my whole being.
Thank you, Gurumayiji. Thank you, SYDA Foundation.

Bhilwara, India

Opening the Siddha Yoga website and seeing Jyota se Jyota Jagao brought a smile to my face because whenever I sing this hymn, I feel a mystical sensation of the wonderful Kundalini energy becoming enlivened in my body. It's as if the energy wakes up or becomes alert to a memory of its own blissful existence. And it never fails that when I sing it, my whole being rejoices in recognition of love and bliss. 

Iowa, USA

I have been singing Jyota se Jyota Jagao in my mind first thing in the morning for weeks. It just comes on its own. The first lines of the refrain repeat again and again for a while, and then the beginnings of other verses a few times. Then I sing the whole prayer. It happened today, as on the other days. And then I opened the Siddha Yoga path website and saw the hymn on the front page!

What a gift to be able to practice today with the words on the website!

Thank you.

Modiin, Israel

When my wife first brought me with her to a Siddha Yoga meditation center many years ago, I could not immediately relate to what was happening there. I told her this was nice but that I didn’t think it was for me. However, the very next week I was back at the center because I needed to hear “that song” again.

Looking back at that time, I believe that the energy contained in Jyota se Jyota Jagao had entered and ignited my heart. To this day, singing this beautiful invocation continues to awaken feelings of love and longing in me.

New Jersey, USA