Blessings of Joy

A Letter from the Siddha Yoga Swamis

December 2, 2014

Dear Siddha Yogi,


Welcome to December—to the holiday season! It is a time of joy and peace, and people in all parts of the world have begun celebrating. On the Siddha Yoga path, the winter holidays are special because they give us yet another opportunity to offer blessings to one another.

So as we greet December, let us say:

Sarve bhavantu sukhinah.

May all be joyful.

This blessing is in verse four of the Universal Prayer, which is included in The Nectar of Chanting. The full verse reads:

     May all be joyful.

                             May all be healthy.

                                                         May all see only auspicious sights.

                                                                                 May no one have a share in sorrow.

Joy is the very nature of the supreme Self. All of creation comes from joy, is sustained in joy, and returns to joy. Because joy is the essence of everything, we can bring it forth from within, from our own Self. And when we cultivate joy within, we manifest it in the world around us. In this spirit, we give this blessing: May all be joyful. We wish for sorrow to fade away and for all to be peaceful, happy, healthy, and strong. We wish for all to behold the presence of the divine in day-to-day life.

And in this season of joy, let us also look ahead to what awaits us on New Year’s Day 2015: A Sweet Surprise ! In this satsang, we will receive Gurumayi’s Message for the new year—the focus of our study and practice throughout 2015.

Sarve bhavantu sukhinah. May all be joyful.

We wish you good tidings, peace, and happiness.

Warm regards,
The Siddha Yoga Swamis

Correction: A previous version of this letter stated that the Universal Prayer was created by Baba Muktananda. The source of the Universal Prayer is not verified.