Śiva Āratī

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.

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I have sung the Shiva Arati with great joy almost daily this month. I love the words, the rhythm, and the waves of bliss that rise up. This singing has transported me to Gurudev Siddha Peeth and reminded me of the blessed Ashram schedule.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for giving me yet another doorway into the experience of the Self.

a Siddha Yogi from London, United Kingdom

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

This morning, everything was white outside. During the night, a blanket of snow had silently covered the landscape. When I saw on the computer screen the name of Shiva, it dawned on me that Shiva's abode is not limited to the snow-covered Mount Kailas. Shiva is everywhere; Shiva is supreme Consciousness.
I began to listen to and sing the Shiva Arati. Spontaneously, my body began to sway gracefully from side to side, and I felt I was on a boat crossing an ocean, cradled by joyful waves.

a Siddha Yogi from Rodez, France

Singing the Shiva Arati took me to Gurudev Siddha Peeth, to the murti of Bhagawan Nityananda in the courtyard. It reminded me of singing this arati in front of the murti in the evening before retiring to bed.
After singing the Shiva Arati this morning, I sat silently for a few minutes and felt as if I had been transported to a place of total silence and stillness.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for giving us so many means to enter into the abode of bliss and experience our true Self.

a Siddha Yogi from Udaipur, India

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

This morning I felt an inner prompting to visit the Siddha Yoga path website. I was delighted to see the Shiva Arati featured, and I appreciated reading the history in the introduction.
As I listened to the audio, ecstasy overcame me. I remembered singing the Shiva Arati before the murti of Bhagavan Nityananda, following Shri Guru Gita or Shri Rudram, on Sunday mornings at the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Oakland.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for blessing me with the opportunity to sing the Shiva Arati along with the musicians. What a fantastic experience—the highlight of my day!

a Siddha Yogi from Arizona, USA

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

This morning after I finished reciting Shri Rudram, I looked at the Siddha Yoga path website and found the Shiva Arati, which Baba incorporated into the Ashram Schedule, to be sung after Shri Rudram. Perfect, I thought! So I immediately started to sing it. It was wonderful, and it filled my heart with happiness and love.

a Siddha Yogi from Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

This morning I decided that before lunch I will sing the Shiva Arati, just as I did each day when I visited Gurudev Siddha Peeth.

Thank you for this invitation. I love the words, the melody, and the rejuvenation I experience when I sing the Shiva Arati.

a Siddha Yogi from Berlin, Germany

Having recently returned from Gurudev Siddha Peeth, I was thrilled to open the website and see the Shiva Arati. It is sung with such verve and love in Gurudev Siddha Peeth.  

I immediately chanted the Shiva Arati from the website text, and my body and mind were filled with a scintillating joy.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA