Mahashivaratri 2019

Shiva Arati

Worship of Lord Shiva

The Shiva Arati honors Lord Shiva, the Adi-Guru, the primordial Guru. The verses of this arati, popular throughout India, praise the glory of Shiva—the bestower of bliss—as he sits in his transcendent realm atop Mount Kailas in a forest of wish-fulfilling trees. On the Siddha Yoga path, devotees sing the Shiva Arati to please Lord Shiva, the Lord who resides in their own heart.

In honor of Mahashivaratri, you are invited to sing the Shiva Arati each day throughout the month of March.

Recited by the music ensemble in Gurudev Siddha Peeth.

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I am very grateful for this invitation to sing the Shiva Arati throughout the month of March. I fell in love with the melody and the message this arati conveys when I first sang it in Gurudev Siddha Peeth just two weeks ago. To find it on the Siddha Yoga website brought me great joy.
 

Frankfurt, Germany

My heart is smiling when I hear or sing the Shiva Arati. I connect with the sweet joy and bliss of the Siddha Yoga path and recall the Bade Baba Temple where I sang this glorious hymn. It makes me feel uplifted and happy. 
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for the opportunity to sing the Shiva Arati along with the musicians.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA
 

As I listen and sing along with the uplifting and lilting melody of the Shiva Arati, I feel as though my entire body is singing "Glory to Shiva! Glory to God! Glory to the Self!" This chant inspires me to dance and move with the shakti that is pulsing in my heart. As I do, I feel at one with Shiva's dance of creation, maintenance, and dissolution.

a Siddha Yogi from New Jersey, USA

As I listen to the audio of the Shiva Arati, I go deeper and deeper inside the music. The melody and music fill me with energy and joy.

a Siddha Yogi from Agra, India

Every time I hear and sing this arati, I feel that my day is full of great energy, enthusiasm, and happiness.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for helping me to remember this joy.

a Siddha Yogi from Berlin, Germany

When my daughter was a baby, I sang the Shiva Arati every night at bedtime. After she started speaking, she sang with me, using correct pronunciation from a very early age.
 
The sweet melody easily draws my attention to the divine meaning of the verses. I especially enjoy singing the sixth verse and visualizing my heart as a lotus in which Bade Baba is standing.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Dombivli, India

I felt so grateful when I saw that the audio recording of the Shiva Arati was available on the Siddha Yoga path website. As I began to sing, I vividly heard Baba´s voice singing along with me. I felt so happy, loved, and protected.
 
 Thank you, Gurumayi, for this priceless gift.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Monterrey, Mexico

I love the Shiva Arati and its accompaniment with drum and cymbals. I experience it as full of enthusiasm and energy and yet so tranquil.
 
Every time I listen to it, in my mind’s eye I see the murti of Bhagawan Nityananda in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, and my heart fills with love and gratitude.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Rajasthab, India

When I saw this post of the Shiva Arati, I became so happy. As I was singing it, I mentally entered into Bade Baba’s temple in Gurudev Siddha Peeth. I saw Bade Baba's radiant murti in front of me. I naturally fell into meditation.

a Siddha Yogi from Tokyo, Japan

One morning, I went into my garden and noticed that the boundary fence was broken, so I called someone to come and repair it. He said the fence was being pulled over by the neighbor's creepers or climbing vines. I noticed a lot of creepers on my side of the fence, too.
 
Later, as I was taking steps to rectify the situation on my side, I opened the website and read the words of the Shiva Arati. When I saw that this beautiful prayer describes Mount Kailas as covered in creepers too, I was delighted to think of my own home as Mount Kailas and of myself as Lord Shiva!
 

a Siddha Yogi from Sydney, Australia

When I sing or listen to the Shiva Arati, I experience a blissful sense of detachment and can see Gurudev Siddha Peeth and its sacred surroundings in my mind’s eye.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Indore, India

I played the Shiva Arati on the CD “Hymns to Shiva” while inwardly chanting along with Baba.

I am experiencing profound inner stillness, expansion, peace, and contentment. This beautiful arati is vibrating through my body, as I reverberate with the teaching “I am Shiva.”

My heart is filled with gratitude for our very own Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, who awakens us to our true essence—Shiva, the Self of all.
 

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA