Chanting the uplifting namasankirtana “Narayana” in A Sweet Surprise 2018, Siddha Yogis and seekers throughout the world welcomed in the new year with Gurumayi.
As we chant the name Narayana, we are summoning the blessings of the all-encompassing Supreme Being who sustains and preserves creation and guides human beings on the path of dharma, right action. Narayana, like the sun, lights our way forward, leading us to the dawning of knowledge within our own being and the attainment of the highest Truth.
Chanting the names Govinda, Gopala, and Hari in this namasankirtana, we extol the Lord in his incarnation as Lord Krishna. We invoke the protection of the Lord who guides all beings.
The melody of this namasankirtana is set in the Prabha raga, which evokes feelings of serenity and the joyful expectancy of the dawn.
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Yesterday I went for my weekly visit with a 93-year-old lady who is like a grandmother to me. She asked me if there was some news about yoga, because she knows that I'm engaged in the Siddha Yoga path.
I shared with her that Narayana
is on the website, and I read her the text and invited her to listen to the chant. After just a few seconds of listening, she told me: “It’s wonderful. This is peace… peace.” I said, “Yes, this is the power of Siddha Yoga chanting.”
As I looked into her eyes, I experienced Gurumayi's presence—I was in satsang
Thank you, beloved Gurumayi, for supporting and sustaining my sadhana
in so many ways.
a Siddha Yogi from Verbania, Italy
I felt utter bliss when my fingers touched the keyboard of my laptop and the Narayana
chant began, ushering me into the universe of the Beloved.
I am humbled and eternally grateful for the garland of surprises that I receive from Gurumayi.
Thank you, Gurumayi. You are always so present in my life.
a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA
Thank you for making this excerpt from the recording of “Narayana
” available on the website. I could feel the warmth of the sun inside my heart as I listened and chanted along with Gurumayi this morning. And I made an intention to chant this namasankirtana
for a few minutes each day before meditation, as a way to invoke blessings and protection for the earth and all her creatures.
a Siddha Yogi from Wisconsin, USA
I have always loved chanting this namasankirtana.
Inevitably, the waves of its melody, set to the beautiful Prabha raga,
have had a particularly calming effect on me, almost as if I were being held in the protective hand of Lord Narayana himself. However, I didn't know much about the significance of Lord Narayana, or what blessings I was inviting by chanting his name in particular.
So I am very grateful for the explanatory text posted on the Siddha Yoga path website. I can now appreciate how beautifully the melody reflects Lord Narayana's role as he "sustains and preserves creation." And I understand better why chanting the names Govinda, Gopala, and Hari also contribute to my experiencing a sense of divine protection.
a Siddha Yogi from Connecticut, USA
The first time I heard “Narayana
” chanted live, I was on a seva
visit to Shree Muktanana Ashram and we were celebrating Divali. I was in bliss that night!
Ever since then, I have had the Siddha Yoga CD of this chant available to play. I listen every morning after meditating on the day's teaching in Resonate with Stillness
. Today, it was such a gift to be able to hear “Narayana
” and read the text about it on the website.
I feel so grateful for the nourishment I receive from this namasankirtana.
a Siddha Yogi from Ostuni, Italy
Ever since I participated in A Sweet Surprise
Satsang this year, I have added chanting Narayana
to my early morning routine. Right after meditation, while preparing breakfast, I turn the volume of my speakers up and allow myself to be bathed in the sacred sounds of this joyful namasankirtana.
At times I sing aloud, at times I hum, and very often I swirl around the kitchen, chanting, while the family gathers together for breakfast. My husband and children love this jubilant, yet serene, way of starting the day. It feels as if the sun itself were rising right at the heart of our house—and deep within each of us.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your all-embracing, nurturing protection and your illuminating guidance.
a Siddha Yogi from Punta del Este, Uruguay