An Invitation to Sweet Surprise 2019

Live Audio and Video Stream in the Siddha Yoga Universal Hall 
Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Dear readers,

It is our great honor and delight to extend to you a most heartfelt invitation to join us in the Siddha Yoga Universal Hall on January 1, 2019, for Sweet Surprise. We would like to share an interesting fact with you about this name, “Universal Hall,” which many of you have come to love, love, love! In the year 2013, Gurumayi gave this name to the Siddha Yoga path website whenever she would hold satsang via live stream, either audio or video.

We, Theresa and Ramana, are thrilled to have received the seva assignment to be masters of ceremonies for the second half of Sweet Surprise 2019. Let us explain what we mean by “second half,” and in doing so reveal a little bit about the format. Sweet Surprise will take place on Tuesday, January 1, from 10:00 a.m. until approximately 1:30 p.m. EST. It will be held on the Siddha Yoga path website, via live stream from Shree Muktananda Ashram. The first portion of Sweet Surprise will be a live audio stream with images on screen, and then the second portion will be a live video stream!

Both of us find that throughout the year, as our lives unfold in expected and unexpected ways, the Message Gurumayi gives in Sweet Surprise shines steadily on. And as we continue to study Gurumayi's teachings and do the Siddha Yoga practices, our understanding becomes more refined, and we experience the light of the Message shining even more brightly.

It’s with great eagerness that we await the precious moment when we will cross the threshold into the new year, 2019. We hope you will all join us on January 1 in the Universal Hall for Sweet Surprise!

Register for Sweet Surprise 2019

Very warm regards,

Theresa Perez and Ramana Vanderbeek
Masters of Ceremonies for Sweet Surprise


About Theresa Perez

Theresa Perez Copyright SYDA Foundation

Theresa Perez was introduced to the Siddha Yoga path by a friend in 1998 when she was fifteen years old and has been a dedicated student ever since. She has a deep love of the practice of meditation, and began offering seva as a Siddha Yoga Meditation Teacher in 2008.

Theresa also serves as a Project Manager in the Content Department, offering seva from home and as a visiting sevite. She was a staff member in the SYDA Foundation from 2011 to 2014, during which time she served as the head of the Content Department.

Theresa earned a Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Writing and Production from the Berklee College of Music and a Masters Degree from the Rome Business School. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works as a consultant and creative director for arts & cultural organizations.

About Ramana Vanderbeek

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Ramana Vanderbeek was born to a family of Siddha Yogis and began to serve as a visiting sevite at Shree Muktananda Ashram as a teenager. He has offered seva in the Ashram in the Music Department as a vocalist and in the Garden Department.

Ramana earned a bachelor’s degree in theater from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, which he attended on a Linehan Arts Scholarship. At present, he lives in Baltimore, where he works as a professional actor.