From Upanishads

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Swami Muktananda, unpublished talk, April 6, 1980.
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In the Sanskrit language, divya means divine and sūkta refers to a statement that illumines the highest Truth. Divya Sūkta: Teachings about the Divine.
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How wonderful it is to know that this divine therapy is always available to us! What solace and happiness does this bring!

Thank you.

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

I believe life itself is very much like music—with its highs and lows, its fast and slow pacing, and its ups and downs. So chanting the name of God helps me tune myself up and harmonize with the varied situations I experience in my daily life.
I have also learned from experience that, in order to replenish myself and regenerate the cells in every part of my body, I need the rasa released in chanting. So, whenever I allow the sound of the chant to flow through my body, I feel that I myself become the chant. Only then do I find true and enduring vitality, tranquility, and contentment. There is no better therapy, indeed!
Thank you, Baba and Gurumayi, for nourishing my mind and my soul with the most sublime therapy—the name of God.

a Siddha Yogi from Buenos Aires, Argentina

So nice to hear Baba's and Gurumayi's voices. In addition to God’s name, this is also great therapy. All should have this therapy.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for this treat, this rasa.

a Siddha Yogi from Iowa, USA

Oh, what sweet elixir to hear Baba's and Gurumayi's voices in the audio recording. I played it over and over again and then spent the evening chanting!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Chanting has always been my favorite Siddha Yoga practice. I come from a family of musicians and singers. So music has always been the language through which we communicate and celebrate. I have learned from an early age that chanting is the best means to heal and transform, within and without.
After receiving shaktipat initiation, I was motivated by the sweet joy Siddha Yoga chanting had brought to my own sadhana to introduce chanting as a regular family practice. My eldest daughter was very shy as a child, and would often stutter when nervous. She says that chanting the mantra has helped her overcome her speech and reading difficulties. My youngest son says that he loves chanting because it “replaces all the words in his head” and because it increases his concentration and gives him a keener, yet peaceful, mind.
We have all benefited enormously from our family practice of chanting, and each one of us is deeply grateful for the gifts received.

a Siddha Yogi from Punta del Este, Uruguay

Ever since the beginning of the Chanting Tour, I have included chanting in my morning japa walk, and I take with me the daily teaching on the website.

This morning, I decided to go to a nearby natural reserve, so that I could enjoy a longer stroll in closer contact with nature. The forest was beautiful in its pre-dawn glow, and an unfathomable feeling of oneness seemed to embrace it all. I chanted Narayana. My heart was overflowing with reverence and devotion with every word I sang. It dawned on me at that moment that devotion was the means and the goal itself—devotion was God himself. And, by chanting his name, I was savoring the honey of his divine love. I also realized that when I chant feeling "I am That," I am one with God, and I taste the rasa of his divine power and protection within and without.

Thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Buenos Aires, Argentina

I have been practicing Siddha Yoga for the last fourteen years, and I have always felt I could not recite Shri Guru Gita aloud by myself. I recited it silently. I very much longed to chant out loud, and tried many times. But I could not get beyond shloka 70, because my mind started playing tricks on me, saying things like "There is something wrong with your voice" or "You need to be a professional singer to recite Shri Guru Gita aloud."

However, on the morning of March 22, the day the Chanting Tour began, I sat to recite Shri Guru Gita, with great anticipation and devotion, as an offering for the Tour. And something wonderful happened! Without noticing it, I chanted all the verses of Shri Guru Gita aloud!

Ever since that day, I have recited the entire text aloud, and I experience so much rasa in it that I want to keep chanting it over and over again. Truly, chanting carries rasa.

Thank you, my dear Gurumayi, for this wonderful gift.

a Siddha Yogi from Vadodara, India

In this new teaching, the word devotion seems highlighted for me. When I am filled with devotion and sending out the chant's vibrations of love from my heart to the Guru, to the world, I am really sending out love to myself, the great Self, and then the nectar of rasa is reflected back to me from the magical mirror of the Self!

Thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

While reading this teaching in Divya Sukta, I am drawn to contemplate the word carries. I realize that when my heart is overflowing with devotion during chanting, I feel carried on waves of divine nectar and taste its droplets of bliss.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Just last week, during the satsang at the Siddha Yoga meditation center, I was having the experience of truly relishing repeating Baba's name. As the chant got faster, my joy increased and each syllable seemed filled with a heavenly nectar.

It is so sweet to see this experience described by the one whose name I was chanting!

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

I recently began a daily routine in which, after many years of trying, I have been able to curb an addiction to sugary foods. I'm grateful that I no longer crave sugar, and I ask myself: "Where else is there sweetness? Ahhh, in chanting the name of God!"

Thank you for this teaching today. I love reading, "The name of the Lord is so sweet and so nectarean. You can't find anything sweeter than that." I shall keep Baba’s words nearby as I continue to make my best efforts.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for this Chanting Tour. May everyone hear the song of their own heart echoing as we chant.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

For the last few decades, I have been chanting God's name, and it has been a treasured practice for me. After reading Baba's teaching, the phrase, "Whoever drinks the name becomes like him," kept resounding within.

Just yesterday, after reciting out loud Gurumayi's Intention for the Chanting Tour, I entered into meditation and was graced with a divine experience. I became Gurumayi! I was sitting in her chair in a hall, immersed in bliss as I chanted with all the Siddha Yogis present. Their faces were beaming with joy. When I looked at my robes they were orange, and when I looked at my hands they were Gurumayi's hands.

Thank you, Bade Baba, Baba, and Gurumayi, for teaching me the power of repeating the name of the Lord!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I have been contemplating the teaching raso vai sah, and what I realize is that to know the Self is to experience ecstasy and bliss and that Siddha Yoga chanting has the power to bring my awareness to this space. I also understand that the Guru is the embodiment of ecstasy.

This morning, while I was taking a shower, I was repeating the mantra. I visualized my body being cleansed by the mantra and radiating the light of the Self. I now know that I embody bliss as well.

Jaya Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Niteroi, Brazil

I am a visiting sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram, and this morning I took a quiet walk around Lake Nityananda. The sun was shining, and I could hear the ice on the lake slowly melting. I was inspired by a previous share on the website to sit on a rock and meditate on the sounds of nature.

As I closed my eyes, I could hear the wind blowing, the birds chirping, the squirrels scurrying, and the drops of water trickling down the ice and reuniting with the lake below. I remembered the Divya Sukta teaching, and knew I was experiencing the Lord, the rasa.

I opened my eyes, and the first thing I saw was a chair directly opposite me across the lake. I felt that Gurumayi had been sitting in that chair, gracing me with this wonderful experience. As I visualized her sitting there, I heard her say from within, "You are the Lord, you are the rasa."

How fortunate are we? We are the rasa!

a Siddha Yogi from Utah, USA

Inspired by the Chanting Tour, I have resolved to spend a longer time chanting each day than I normally do. Last evening I was very tired. I thought I would only chant for a few minutes before going to bed. 
The namasankirtana yesterday was Om Namo Bhagavate Muktanandaya. As I began to chant, I was immediately immersed in an ocean of love, as a fish is immersed in the sea. All semblance of being tired vanished. Each repetition of Muktanandaya filled me with the longing to chant that name again. Each syllable I chanted drew forth more and more love from the ocean of love. There was nothing else that I wanted to do but to chant the name of Muktananda.
As the walls reverberated with the sound of the chant, my heart became ever more saturated with love. Although I was alone in the room, I felt I was chanting with the entire cosmos. My chanting was drawing forth the rasa of my own being. There was nowhere else to go and nothing else to do. I was home.

a Siddha Yogi from Alaska, USA

As I reflect on this teaching from Gurumayi, I am brought back into an experience I have been having lately.
When I chant or repeat God’s name—or even think of God’s name—I experience sweet juice flowing out from the name. It seems to be unending, as if the name were an inexhaustible reservoir of sweetness, of love. I remember a devotional song in the Marathi language that says: “O Lord! Your Name is so much sweeter than nectar.”
Gurumayi, thank you for the blessing of chanting.

a Gurukula student in Gurudev Siddha Peeth

I read and reread the words, "The divine name makes the invisible visible," and what came to me was the name Gurumayi--the name of my Guru, who is the divine made visible. I am so full of gratitude for the Guru, because of whom I will never doubt the existence of an invisible God.
In her generosity, Gurumayi has given us the knowledge that by chanting the name of God, we can experience God within. Through chanting, God is made tangible by our own voices. We can taste the sweetness of God on our tongues. How beautiful, simple, and supremely reassuring.   
Thank you always, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

In contemplating how the invisible becomes visible I recalled a recent moment in the kitchen grating some lemon rind. With the action of the grater, that remarkable lemony fragrance was released into the air and filled the kitchen. What was fundamental to the lemon but could not be sensed in it quiescent state became manifest.

Similarly, through the practice of chanting the name I experience an elixir being released from within. The essential joy that is fundamental to my own nature, though not always apparent to my every day mind, becomes abundantly manifest. And if the subtly layered fragrance of a lemon is difficult to put into words, then how much more so that ambrosial mix of divine rasa that sweeps through me in the midst of a chant.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Ever since the Chanting Tour began, my practice of chanting has become more subtle and my perception of the world within and without has refined. My renewed chanting focus has enabled me to pause and dive into the source of stillness within. Consequently, my witness-consciousness is now able to unveil wonderful, previously invisible, treasures in my sadhana. Wherever I go, I perceive essential beauty and taste the sweetness of life—no matter how paradoxically concealed the rasa sometimes seems to be.
This inspired perspective gives me inner freedom to discriminate between illusion and Truth; and thus, be aware of and honor my great Self within, and the divine web of life without—the One hidden in all.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for empowering my chanting practice with your grace!

a Siddha Yoga Meditation Teacher

For quite some time, I have followed the practice of meditating on nature for five minutes each morning. This morning, when I stepped outside, I was immediately immersed in the brightness of the sunlight reflected by the snow under a very blue sky; and I was sweetly aware of the coolness of the air against my skin. As I watched my breath, I drank in the exquisiteness of the moment. I felt so content. I felt that this moment was perfect, that this was a moment to savor. I thought, “This is rasa."

When I came inside, I re-read the Siddha Yoga definition for rasa from the website glossary: 1) Flavor, taste. 2) A subtle energy of richness, sweetness, and delight. I knew that what I had experienced was the savoring of rasa. The sublime contentment that I experienced was communion with the Lord.

a Siddha Yogi from Alaska, USA

Last night as I headed off to bed, I noticed this teaching on my wife's computer. I'd seen it earlier, but it seemed quite remote and I couldn't see how it applied to me. As I walked into the bedroom, I began to repeat the words to myself. I lay down and noticed that I was still repeating them. As the repetition continued, I felt a wave of bliss building inside me. I noticed that the word Lord had been replaced by Bhagawan Nityananda's name.

The bliss became stronger and stronger until I was floating in a sea of ecstasy. Bhagawan Nityananda's name was exploding inside me. Later that night, I dreamed I was helping Gurumayi open the blind of a huge window. When I woke in the morning, my heart was full of joy. As a result of this experience, I can say with utmost confidence, "Truly, the Lord is rasa!"

a Siddha Yogi from Vancouver, Canada

In celebration of my birthday, I decided that a perfect culmination to the day was to go to the Siddha Yoga meditation center for a chanting evening. I invited some friends to join me. As we chanted with one voice, the chant began to reverberate within me, and a delicious sweetness began to emerge. Mixed with the sweetness was longing and devotion. I felt filled up with happiness.

The opportunity to chant God’s name and experience the exquisite bliss, the rasa within, is a great gift! During the chant, I also felt unified with the Chanting Tour in a sublime way.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

After reading this posting, I was pleasantly surprised to become aware of important recent changes occurring in my life. Since increasing my practice of chanting these past months, I have let go of many unnecessary activities, de-cluttered my house, and arranged to spend more quality time in satsang and with friends.

I realize that the inner rasa of bliss that comes from chanting has supported me in making life choices that create more sacred spaces in my life. Now, more and more, the rasa of bliss of my outer world matches the rasa of bliss of my inner world.

Thank you, Bade Baba, Baba, and Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Thank you to those who have shared their understanding and experience of this teaching. During the first chanting satsang in Sydney, I had an experience but didn't really know what it was. There was an actual taste in my mouth. My mouth was filled with perfume—hints of roses, kumkum, and heena. The taste lasted for quite a while. Later, when I chanted Jaya Jaya Shiva Shambho with the recording on the website, the taste was no longer there but its essence in my heart remained.

a Siddha Yogi from Sydney, Australia

Last night in a study group, we were discussing the chapter in Gurumayi's book The Yoga of Discipline entitled, "What enters your ears goes straight to your heart." We were glorying in the idea that chanting was a way of practicing the yoga of discipline. We also explored what it might mean, as Gurumayi teaches, that the purpose of the senses is to perceive God.

These words from the Taittiriya Upanishad give me another angle to understand that teaching: that my senses provide amazing opportunities to appreciate the bounty of beauty in the world.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for always enriching my understanding.

a Siddha Yogi from Minnesota, USA

Reading the Siddha Yoga Swami's share on the words from the Taittiriya Upanishad led me to contemplate how important it is to share our sweet thoughts—steadily.

The mind has immense power, and it is its nature to be constantly thinking. My Siddha Yoga sadhana teaches me to be vigilant and treasure my inner state, because whatever I think, say, or do has a great impact within and without, returning to me, again and again. Therefore, my thinking sweet thoughts can have the ripple effect of making many other people also think sweet thoughts!

I find chanting is the best way to purify and discipline my mind, make it my friend, and share the fragrant love of God—my very Self—through my words, feelings, and actions.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for infusing my mind with the longing to taste the sweet rasa of the Lord!

a Siddha Yogi from Buenos Aires, Argentina

I've often paused during my day to savor moments of beauty—spring blossoms, a gray-blue sky, the morning rain—but not until today did I realize that these moments of beauty are actually reflecting the bliss within me, the bliss of the indwelling Lord.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

The rishi of the Taittiriya Upanishad is in the process of describing the creation of the world when he utters the words, "Rasa is God.Rasa means bliss, nectar, love. It's where things come from. When Baba taught this statement, he'd say that we are born, live, and die in bliss. We abide in rasa as fish live in water; it is our element.

This is a wonderful quote to contemplate in the midst of the Chanting Tour. To taste that nectar, the very flavor of creation, we chant. Baba located rasa's storehouse in the name of God: Shiva. Gopala. Rama.

My experience of chanting Jaya Jaya Shiva Shambho with focus, with fervor, is that the words eventually dissolve into a subtle sensation that is blissful and sufficient in and of itself. Nothing outside is needed to complete that bliss; nothing conditions it. Just as God fills his creation with his own substance, so, in the ecstasy of the chant, we are filled with the knowledge that rasa is God. And that that is Self-knowledge.

a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

This verse resonates so deeply with me. I know that rasa means flavor or taste, but I looked up the word in the glossary on the Siddha Yoga path website to see if there was further explanation. I'm so glad I did. Because the second definition given makes the meaning of the verse even more wonderful: "A subtle energy of richness, sweetness, and delight."

When we align our lives to recognize that we are not different from the Lord, we can live entirely within this rasa. Truly.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for sharing this rasa with us all globally!

a Siddha Yogi from Michigan, USA

This beautiful and subtle teaching from the Taittiriya Upanishad is one I have studied and reflected upon over the past few years. Baba and Gurumayi are constantly inviting us to experience and taste the rasa—the blissful essence—of life. This invitation is present in the myriad ways Gurumayi teaches us to become truly sensitive to the natural world that surrounds and encompasses us.

One of the ways I have practiced this teaching, as I have studied it, is by becoming aware of the beauty that pulsates within the variety of objects and events of life, below their surface features. The more I am able to see the underlying essence, the sublime rasa, within the objects and events of life, be it a piece of music or inner feelings and thoughts that bubble up, the more I am able to relish them. Beyond the inherent joy of experiencing this very subtle flavor of life in objects, people, animals, thoughts, and emotions, the wisdom of the Upanishad offers a stunning revelation: that very joy is actually the light of divinity; God in the form of bliss.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for sharing these exquisite and life-transforming teachings with us through the Siddha Yoga path website.

a Siddha Yoga meditation teacher

When I saw these words from the Upanishads written so beautifully with the iridescent opal colors in the background, it evoked in my heart the nectarean sweetness it refers to.

One of the themes of the Taittiriya Upanishad is that the true nature of all bliss and happiness is Brahman, the Lord or Supreme Self of all. It is this indwelling Lord who is the source of all the beauty, happiness, and joy we experience. Simply by focusing on and understanding the true nature of the drops and rivulets of sweetness that we experience in our daily life and spiritual practice,we are able to enter the immense ocean of joy and bliss.

This sutra reminds me of why chanting is so powerful and liberating. As I savor and follow the meaning of each syllable and the melodious sound of each note inward to its source, my heart tastes the love and sweetness that is the Lord's essential nature. When I do this, I can share this rasa, the divine sweetness of the Self, through my thoughts, feelings, and actions.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for teaching us how to experience God's love and sweetness through Siddha Yoga chanting!

a Siddha Yoga swami