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Darshan of Gurumayi’s Message Artwork for 2016

January 1, 2016

Dear all,

        Happy New Year!
                Nutan Varshabhinandan!

What a perfect beginning to this new year. Today, on January 1, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda gave her Message for 2016 to Siddha Yogis and new seekers around the world in A Sweet Surprise Satsang. We have received a sacred teaching from Gurumayi that we will hold in our hearts and minds, and put into practice, each day.

You might be wondering, “Can life get any sweeter than this?” It is my great delight to share with you, “Yes, it can!” On this New Year’s Day, Gurumayi is giving us her Message Artwork for 2016.

I invite you to have darshan of Gurumayi’s Message Artwork as you set the course for your Siddha Yoga studentship in 2016. This artwork will undoubtedly draw forth your own insights and experience of Gurumayi’s Message.

Return again and again to reflect and meditate on this Message Artwork as part of your study, practice, assimilation, and implementation of Gurumayi’s Message for 2016.

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Warm regards,

Swami Ishwarananda

Swami Ishwarananda
Siddha Yoga Meditation Teacher


About Swami Ishwarananda

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Swami Ishwarananda has been following the Siddha Yoga path for more than forty years. In 1980, he took monastic vows to become a Siddha Yoga Swami. Swami ji serves Gurumayi as a Siddha Yoga meditation teacher, and he has traveled throughout the world to teach in satsangs, courses, Sadhana Retreats, and Shaktipat Intensives.

Swami ji teaches with great clarity and wit, encouraging students to discover for themselves the essence of the Siddha Yoga teachings and practices. He especially loves to teach students how to meditate.

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Gurumayi's 2016 Message Artwork visually represents, for me, a sense of the transformation I have been experiencing recently. While going through a challenge, I have learned so much about the true meaning of love, about what love is, and how to live this new understanding and show it to others. It feels as if a magnificent sun has broken through dark clouds.

Thank you so much, Gurumayi, for being by my side.

Maryland, USA

The range of materials, subjects, and perspectives of these artistic expressions —from the natural to the highly industrialized (the highway lights!) —remind me that everything is an expression of the Shakti. These pieces also remind me of the depth, imagination, and creativity of each and every person in this world.
I appreciate the outpouring of beauty, and also the opportunity to see the Guru's Message reflected through the hearts of so many.

Massachusetts, USA

I live beside the most amazing turquoise and transparent Caribbean Sea. Gurumayi´s Message Artwork for 2016 reminds me of this sea. When watching the ocean, I am aware that so many expressions of life arise from water. Today as I look at the water, I can only see my Guru. I feel the presence of the divine and sense that my Guru has become all expressions of life.

Thank you, Gurumayi. Your teachings and guidance have taken me into the deep recognition of the Truth. I feel loving devotion, peace, joy, and gratitude.

Cancun, Mexico

I have viewed the Message Artwork many times because it always pulls me inside. On one occasion, I experienced a strong, visceral stirring deep inside of me that transported me to the center of my being. I was reminded that the awakened Shakti is so much more powerful than the mind can comprehend. This experience is encouraging me to be conscious of the interplay between self-effort and grace as I imbibe and practice Gurumayi's Message for 2016.

Connecticut, USA

Whenever I contemplate Gurumayi’s Message Artwork, the sounds of the A Sweet Surprise satsang 2016 echo in my mind.

And reading this share has deepened my understanding and inspired me to apply my understanding to my daily activities, like conducting a class or cleaning the house. As I contemplate the Message Artwork, I feel the abundant flow of Guru’s grace.

Basamathnagar, India

To me, the Artwork is like a melodious song filled with inner silence.
Thank you, Gurumayi.

Thane West, India

We are expecting our second child very soon, and I have not felt well with this pregnancy. When I visited this section of the Siddha Yoga path website, I found myself absorbing Gurumayi's Message Artwork in all its magnificent detail. I felt as though nectar was being poured into my being from the top of my head, flowing downward into the tips of my arms and legs.
I sense the Message Artwork restoring my equilibrium and filling me with love and peace.
Thank you, Gurumayi. I am amazed at how the power of your teachings is transmitted all the way across the planet via this website!

Bangalow, Australia

In the moment that I first saw Gurumayi's Message Artwork, I felt my heart touched by the light of love, and I began to cry with great emotion. Since then I constantly come back to contemplate the Artwork because it fills me with happiness.
Thank you, thank you, Gurumayi.

Mexico City, Mexico

Today I viewed Gurumayi's Message Artwork and it brought back a feeling I had as a child. I understand now that it is joy.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for reconnecting me to the joy I always have in my heart.

Oslo, Norway

When I viewed Gurumayi's Message Artwork, my experience was at first difficult to articulate. Today I realized that it brings me to a depth of joy I have never touched before. The shapes, colors, textures, and movement manifest pure creation. Awe fills my entire being and with that, I bow reverently to Kundalini Shakti.
Gurumayi has given us a priceless glimpse of the Self through this year’s Message Artwork.

Maryland, USA

As I viewed Gurumayi's Message Artwork, soon after hearing Gurumayi in A Sweet Surprise Satsang, I experienced huge waves of peace. I could feel each of her words as a flame of love, reaching very deep into my heart, in that place where we are connected and distances are nonexistent.
Every year I experience Gurumayi's Message as a torch that illuminates my spiritual path, and I am so thankful for all the teachings.  

Mersin, Turkey

As I looked at the words of Gurumayi’s Message, I felt that these are such beautiful words that hold the power of sweet, divine love. The Message gives me hope for an illumined year ahead. Gurumayi’s Message Artwork gives me a feeling of support, of lovely care, and inspires me to be in tune with the Guru’s love in my heart.
Thank you again and again.

Bergamo, Italy

This morning I meditated on Gurumayi's beautiful Message Artwork. I relished both its form and its formlessness, and I felt I was experiencing the bliss of freedom, the state I associate with the Guru. With this Artwork and the other wonderful images on the website, I feel I am learning to see the world through the eyes of my Guru.
Thank you, beloved Gurumayi.

Ironbridge, United Kingdom

As I viewed Gurumayi's Message Artwork for 2016, I heard these words repeating in my heart and mind: "Consciousness flowing in an ocean of grace.” I experienced a feeling of a sublime truth flowing in my being bringing inner harmony and peace.
Thank you for this blessing, Gurumayi.

Massachusetts, USA

This year, I heard Gurumayi’s Message for the first time, and this is my first visit to this website.
While viewing Gurumayi’s Message Artwork, I was drawn in, and I found myself deep inside silence. I think I was meditating for the first time.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this gift.

Oregon, USA

I feel Gurumayi’s Message Artwork reminding me to focus on the waves of my breath. This reinforces my conviction that Gurumayi’s Message for 2016 will support and guide me—in a most beautiful, soft, and harmonious way.

Ohio, USA

I am grateful that Gurumayi's Message Artwork has been displayed so soon after she gave her Message to us on New Year's Day. As I participated in the satsang via live audio stream, I experienced A Sweet Surprise Satsang as rich, multifaceted, and overflowing with opportunities to refresh my sadhana. As I imbibe Gurumayi’s Message Artwork, I feel, even more palpably, what promises to be a deeply fulfilling year.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your living, breathing teachings that support us every step of the way to full Self-realization.

Alaska, USA

Since listening to Gurumayi's Message, I have felt my body loosen; it now feels more fluid and less bound, yet my awareness is very centered in my core. When I view Gurumayi's Artwork, this feeling is even more enhanced and it becomes nectarean.

Arizona, USA

What a sublime image for 2016! Immediately upon seeing it, I felt a smile spread throughout my being. I feel free and happy when I look at it. For me it signifies that in 2016, I will embrace Gurumayi’s glorious Message and be very light in body, mind, and spirit.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your love, guidance, and blessings! I am eternally grateful.

Virginia, USA

Participating in A Sweet Surprise satsang made me feel that, through Gurumayi's grace, I was allowed to experience the very essence of my being—perfect bliss. And now, when I view Gurumayi's Message Artwork, I once again feel drawn to the center of my being, that same beautiful space where I am pure Consciousness.

California, USA

I am overwhemed by Gurumayi´s Message Artwork. It is so evocative!
I can feel the kundalini energy pouring out. I can see myself in it as a Siddha Yoga student: how everything I do is the work of Kundalini and how my path as a Siddha Yoga student unfolds naturally, as I continue to discover new and specific lessons from it.

Madrid, Spain