Sung live in Shree Muktananda Ashram
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The Jaya Devi Arati honors the many forms of the goddess and recognizes that, as seekers, we experience Goddess Shakti in our lives through the boundless grace of the Guru.
On the Siddha Yoga path, this evocative and joyful arati is sung to a melody composed by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda.
This arati is especially popular in South India. It is dedicated to the goddess in the form of Lalita, “the playful one,” and Tripurambe, “mother of the three cities”—a reference to the divine Shakti as the principle of pure Consciousness underlying the three states of awareness (waking, dreaming, and deep sleep).
In the Jaya Devi Arati, the goddess is called Amba, “mother,” the creator of all. She is also celebrated as the force that transcends the forms of the world and leads spiritual seekers to the final attainment, an enduring union with God.
By singing this arati to the goddess—especially while performing the waving of light that is the ritual known as arati—we recognize and celebrate this deity’s divine qualities and evoke these same qualities within ourselves.
As I listen to Jaya Devi Arati
, I am filled with joy, love, and remembrance of Guru's grace. A smile rises from deep within me and spreads outward.
I sway, intoxicated in the fragrance of the sweet time when I sang this arati
to the Divine Mother in Gurudev Siddha Peeth.
I sing this beautiful hymn again and again. As I sing, I feel the presence of Shri Mahalakshmi in each of my cells. Overflowing joy—a shower of bliss—arises in me.
Since Navaratri started and I heard this beautiful arati
on the Siddha Yoga path website, I have been singing it early in the morning when I offer puja
. I light candles, wave an incense stick, pray, and then join the music ensemble in this beautiful hymn. Afterwards, I sit for meditation for twenty minutes before going to work. It is a sacred time for me, which has been enhanced by this opportunity to sing Jaya Devi Arati
just as if I’m there at Shree Muktananda Ashram.
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Listening to and singing Jaya Devi Arati
, I feel gratitude for having the experience of shaktipat
Through this hymn, I have learned that music is a perfect way to be in satsang
with Shri Guru’s presence in my life.