You Are Beautiful
An Account of the Christmas Day Celebrations in Shree Muktananda Ashram
December 25, 2012
By Shambhavi Christian and Rohini Menon
Gurumayi has said many times that on the Siddha Yoga path every holiday, every celebration, is a very good reason to remember God, to glorify God, and to offer gratitude to God. Every holiday is a time to take a moment and experience the divinity within. Every celebration is a time to look around and give one’s best—both within and without, to ourselves and to others; and then carry the amazing spirit of the celebration into our daily lives.
In keeping with this intention for celebrations, the Christmas Day festivities in Shree Muktananda Ashram contributed to everyone’s experience of God’s presence scintillating within and without. The Guru’s grace flowed like a river throughout the celebration, refreshing everyone’s spirit.
A Photo Gallery of Christmas Day Celebrations in Shree Muktananda Ashram
These images are for viewing on the Siddha Yoga path website only.
Do share the web address,www.siddhayoga.org, with family and friends.
Images ©2013 SYDA Foundation®
Every day I have a feeling of great joy, of a joyful meeting. I switch on my computer and a magic door is opened. I see people who are dear to me; they smile at me. I love each of them so much. And I see they love me, too. We have never met, and there are thousands of miles between us. However, I feel a warm loving stream filling up my heart and any illusion of separation disappears, dissolving miles and boundaries.
There is only one boundless Heart: the Heart of the Lord, the Heart of the Sadguru, the Heart of the Sangham, my Heart.
Thank You, O Sadguru, for your love.
Thank you all for your love.
Thanks to 2012 for all the invaluable blessings and gifts.
Podolsk, Russian Federation
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year 2013.
While reading the Christmas celebration article, I was so absorbed that I felt I was actually going through all the happenings and enjoying each moment. I felt the vibrations while sitting here in my office reading about namasankirtanas
, the Giving Tree, and all the other events. Thank you very much for making all this possible.
Every morning, after my morning practices, I open the website and connect with the global sangham through the Siddha Yoga path website. I just felt like I celebrated Christmas in Shree Muktananda Ashram. I can't wait till tomorrow, the New Year!
Thank you again and again for this wonderful gift. Merry Christmas and Nutan varsha Abhinandan!
I felt like I was there in Atma Nidhi on Christmas Day experiencing the day along with the sevites at Shree Muktananda Ashram. I could not have asked for a more perfect gift for the holiday season.
Every day you are giving us A Sweet Surprise through the Siddha Yoga path website. Before going to sleep at night I visit the website, and the next morning I eagerly wait for a new surprise. Today, in the morning in the office, when I went to the website it was really a great and a big surprise! It was awesome to read about the celebration and having the beautiful gift of your darshan! Really, so happy to see you, Gurumayi!
Also, thank you to the website department and all other sevites for making this possible.
Happy New Year!!!
Reading about Christmas Day at Shree Muktananda Ashram has been the best Christmas gift ever! There are so many jewels in it that I will be studying for a while in order to fully make Gurumayi´s words a reality for me and my family.
Thank you so much for making us a part of your celebration. I truly felt like I was there in Annapurna and Shri Nilaya hall with all of you, smelling the scintillating Giving Tree, listening to Gurumayi chant, enjoying the children’s sweet voices, dancing in ecstasy.
May we all continue to spread the love that this amazing path brings to our lives with everyone around the world! And thank you, everyone at Shree Muktananda Ashram, for your generous and luminous hearts!
Merry Christmas, dear Gurumayi, and THANK YOU!
Heartiest Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! For the first time in my life, I could really, really feel happiness in a true and grand way by seeing and feeling the happy faces of those around Gurumayi and with her. I could actually feel her and the devotees’ happiness inside me; and I am grateful to her and those sevites all around her, whom I could really feel inside my heart. A big thanks from the core of my heart!
It is so wonderful to hear of the happiness on Christmas day and to be part of Gurumayi's garland of love covering the earth. Thanks to all the sevites for serving by celebrating so beautifully. Thanks to all Siddha Yogis for lighting the world with gratitude.
My heart filled with peace as I was looking at the photos and remembering the joy of Christmas in the Ashram. So lovely to see everyone shining and happy! Love to Gurumayi. And also to all the dear sevites who give of themselves so generously! Keep Shiny :)
Thank you for sharing and spreading joy via the Christmas account and sharing the wonderful slide show—these things make our day and life more beautiful! Happiness, joy, and love are dripping from each of the words of the Christmas account and the slide show. It feels like that love is already spreading in the world by sharing good things. It’s so amazing to connect all the dots—while we celebrated Christmas here in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, we all experienced the same joy, happiness, love, and peace in our hearts. Everyone was just so happy and sharing their goodness with others. The vibes of that spirit are still in the air. And today we received this beautiful gift on the website, which gives the clear indication that, Oh Yes, we are connected, and together we are making this world a better paradise by sharing love, joy, and good things!
So Happy :) to see you Gurumayi Ji!
Thank you for teaching us and reminding us of our heart’s beauty! Yes, indeed we are connected with the invincible thread. You poured our hearts full of the nectar of your Love!
Gurudev Siddha Peeth, India
To read the beautiful description of the Christmas celebration was so wonderful! My imagination brought me into the atmosphere of divine love and beauty that is described so well in those words.
Thank you, Gurumayi, and thank you to all the sevites who are making this possible. I love the connection that is created through the website. With all my heart, thank you!
Reggio Emilia, Italy
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My heart filled with waves of love seeing the bright sparkling Christmas tree glowing with love and brimming with the spirit of giving and sharing. Sparkling and showering blessings of happiness, joy, and bliss. It feels so blessed to be able to connect with all and simply share prayers and blessings. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.
Thank you to all the sevites who make it possible for us to receive these blessings on the Siddha Yoga path website.
Thank you, beloved Gurumayi for all the incredible gifts of love you bless us with every day.
With love and deep gratitude,
The view of this beautiful decorated tree reminds me with great joy, of the amazing Christmas Season in Shree Muktananda Ashram last year! As I am Jewish, I had never celebrated Christmas before that. Offering service as a visiting sevite in the Hospitality and Accommodations Department and also helping with Christmas decorations in some of the rooms was one of the dearest experiences of my heart.
Thank you Gurumayi for this opportunity. And thanks to all SYDA Foundation sevites!
Have a great 2013!!!
São Paulo, Brazil
The Siddha Yoga path website is such a blessing! Each day it brings so much joy and warmth to my heart. It reminds me to constantly celebrate the bliss of being a human being, and walking the splendid and magnificent path of Siddha Yoga, filled with the life-transforming powers of the Siddhas. At times I find myself expanding with gratitude at the very thought of my Guru wrapping and delivering a special gift for me on a daily basis. I am always unwrapping these presents, trying to keep pace with their quick delivery. Then again, there is sufficient time to go back to each one of these exceptional gifts to marvel at their beauty, savor the bliss that flows out of them, and imbibe the wisdom inherent in each one of them.
I am enormously grateful to all the members of the website team!
Salutations to my beloved Gurumayi, my daily Santa Claus :)
Thank you so much!
New Delhi, India
No ordinary Christmas this is. No ordinary Christmas tree. I have been sitting with the Ashram Christmas tree, feeling as if I was right there beside it and it has taken me into deep meditation, filling and expanding my heart with deep love and joy as well as the calm of a Holy Silent Night.
Good Will and Peace on Earth to Humankind!
Thank you beloved Gurumayi for these gifts.
New York, USA
So happy to see Gurumayi and Baba! And happy to see the sacred space of Annapurna.
Thank you for sharing the beautiful Christmas tree and thank you, Gurumayi, for your Christmas blessings in the form of this special greeting.
With much love,
I have so much gratitude looking at this tree—the beauty, the sparkles, the lovely wishes in all the different languages. It's the epitome of our wonderful path. So much love, so much inclusion, so much magic and beauty.
I send the deepest love and gratitude to Gurumayi and to the world sangham. We are drenched in love together.
Merry Christmas All!
I'm so glad I came back for another visit to the Shree Muktananda Ashram Christmas tree! I found the hidden message I hadn't seen the first time, which touched my heart. Thank you!
Gurumayi always gives more than meets the eye at first glance.
Hint: scroll your mouse around until you find the golden light, and then click!