Since the beautiful night of Shiva, my soul has been singing the Shiva Arati
. While involved in mundane things, I will suddenly become aware that the arati
is within me, singing itself in the deepest recesses of my heart. I feel Gurumayi’s shakti
vividly surrounding me. I feel loved, and I am deeply aware of the sweetness of devotion and the love of my Guru. What a beautiful experience!
South Carolina, United States
For me, this is such a beautiful, visual prayer. As I listen to it, I feel as though I can actually see the forest, with the bees, the flowers, the swans, and peacocks. I can see the Goddess Parvati, and I can see Lord Shiva. It bathes me in a feeling of joy and contentment.
The words of the last verse inspire me to sing this arati
every day, especially in these days leading up to Mahashivaratri.
New Delhi, India
Although I am sitting at my computer in Queenstown, New Zealand, listening to this beautiful hymn on the Siddha Yoga path website, I feel as though I am transported to the courtyard in Gurudev Siddha Peeth. As I listen, I remember and relive the experience of singing this arati
in front of the murti
of Bhagavan Nityananda. I feel at peace, protected and enfolded by the sacred atmosphere of the Ashram.
Even though it has been twelve years since I last visited Gurudev Siddha Peeth, I have bathed in the glow of this experience almost every single day since then. My being resounds with enormous gratitude.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Lord Shiva has been my favorite deity ever since childhood. I feel his gaze upon me, and I feel him with me. Singing this arati
makes me feel connected to him.
The Shiva Arati has been close to my heart since childhood. During these challenging times, when my family and I are quarantined, listening to it fills us with an enormous amount of energy.
This Arati connects swiftly into my inner need for worship of the Self. I feel it vibrating with a glowing awareness of the love that dwells in my heart. As I listen to it, I sense life flowing in a joyous feeling of happiness, brilliant as sunlight.
Ohio, United States
Listening to the Shiva Arati
, I feel Lord Shiva’s blessings pouring into me. Every time I listen to it, I go deeper and deeper in my connection to Shiva—the great Self of all!
Since returning home in December 2017 from the Pilgrimage to the Heart
Retreat in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, I've been singing the Shiva Arati
along with this recording.
Each time I do this, I feel I am sitting right in front of Bade Baba's murti
. As I sing, my heart melts into the music.
While I hear this arati, I feel sweetness and joy in my heart.
Hod HaSharon, Israel
As I sang Shiva Arati
tonight, it was full of positive energy and joy. Memories came back to me of singing it in front of Bade Baba's murti
in Gurudev Siddha Peeth many years ago. That night was dark and tranquil, and the singing was full of sweetness and joy.
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
When our family visited Gurudev Siddha Peeth, we sang the Shiva Arati
in the Bhagawan Nityananda Temple. My six-year-old daughter loved it! She wanted to stand in the front row. She loved the words and the tabla music between the verses. At home, every evening for the past month she has been reciting the Shiva Arati
with the recording on the Siddha Yoga path website. She puts on special clothes and waves an arati
tray the whole time.
My heart is smiling when I hear or sing the Shiva Arati
. I connect with the sweet joy and bliss of the Siddha Yoga path and recall the Bade Baba Temple where I sang this glorious hymn. It makes me feel uplifted and happy.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for the opportunity to sing the Shiva Arati
along with the musicians.
As I listen and sing along with the uplifting and lilting melody of the Shiva Arati, I feel as though my entire body is singing "Glory to Shiva! Glory to God! Glory to the Self!" This chant inspires me to dance and move with the shakti that is pulsing in my heart. As I do, I feel at one with Shiva's dance of creation, maintenance, and dissolution.
New Jersey, USA
As I listen to the audio of the Shiva Arati, I go deeper and deeper inside the music. The melody and music fill me with energy and joy.
Every time I hear and sing this arati,
I feel that my day is full of great energy, enthusiasm, and happiness.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for helping me to remember this joy.
When my daughter was a baby, I sang the Shiva Arati
every night at bedtime. After she started speaking, she sang with me, using correct pronunciation from a very early age.
The sweet melody easily draws my attention to the divine meaning of the verses. I especially enjoy singing the sixth verse and visualizing my heart as a lotus in which Bade Baba is standing.
I felt so grateful when I saw that the audio recording of the Shiva Arati
was available on the Siddha Yoga path website. As I began to sing, I vividly heard Baba´s voice singing along with me. I felt so happy, loved, and protected.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this priceless gift.
I love the Shiva Arati
and its accompaniment with drum and cymbals. I experience it as full of enthusiasm and energy and yet so tranquil.
Every time I listen to it, in my mind’s eye I see the murti
of Bhagawan Nityananda in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, and my heart fills with love and gratitude.
When I saw this post of the Shiva Arati
, I became so happy. As I was singing it, I mentally entered into Bade Baba’s temple in Gurudev Siddha Peeth. I saw Bade Baba's radiant murti
in front of me. I naturally fell into meditation.
One morning, I went into my garden and noticed that the boundary fence was broken, so I called someone to come and repair it. He said the fence was being pulled over by the neighbor's creepers or climbing vines. I noticed a lot of creepers on my side of the fence, too.
Later, as I was taking steps to rectify the situation on my side, I opened the website and read the words of the Shiva Arati
. When I saw that this beautiful prayer describes Mount Kailas as covered in creepers too, I was delighted to think of my own home as Mount Kailas and of myself as Lord Shiva!
When I sing or listen to the Shiva Arati
, I experience a blissful sense of detachment and can see Gurudev Siddha Peeth and its sacred surroundings in my mind’s eye.
I played the Shiva Arati
on the CD “Hymns to Shiva” while inwardly chanting along with Baba.
I am experiencing profound inner stillness, expansion, peace, and contentment. This beautiful arati
is vibrating through my body, as I reverberate with the teaching “I am Shiva.”
My heart is filled with gratitude for our very own Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, who awakens us to our true essence—Shiva, the Self of all.