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The illustration shows a flowering rudraksha tree, a form sacred to Lord Shiva.
Today I am celebrating the thirty-first anniversary of receiving shaktipat diksha, divine initiation, from Gurumayi during the Shaktipat Intensive broadcast by satellite from Gurudev Siddha Peeth in India on Easter 1990—just the second Global Siddha Yoga Shaktipat Intensive. Reading this account of how Gurumayi composed the words and music for this namasankirtana and how she chanted it during the first Global Shaktipat Intensive in November 1989 evoked a flood of memories for me—and gratitude for her presence and grace in my life all these years.
Lord Shiva continues to dance in my heart.
North Carolina, United States
The first time I chanted Jaya Jaya Shiva Shambho
was during a Children's Intensive held during Gurumayi's visit to Mexico City in 1998. I was just eight years old. Chanting with all the children felt so joyful as we sang together ecstatically!
After the chant concluded, I offered Gurumayi a bouquet of red roses in darshan
. She smiled and gave me a big hug. To this day, the melody of this chant evokes profound longing in me, along with the vivid memory of being enveloped in the Guru's love.
New York, United States
This chant enlivens every cell in my being. It fills me with joy, with power, and with love for God!
Jaya Jaya Shiva Shambho
has a “place of honor” in my sadhana
. It was the namasankirtana
I chanted in 1988 in my first Siddha Yoga Shaktipat Intensive,
when I received spiritual initiation from Gurumayi. Any time I chant it, not only does it evoke the timeless, sweet memory of that most auspicious event in my life, but it also connects me immediately to the exalted and very concrete experience of the awakened Kundalini Shakti. I feel it flowing throughout my being, filling me with joy, contentment, and a renewed sense of profound gratitude for the Siddha Yoga path.
Sitting in front of my puja
and chanting Jaya Jaya Shiva Shambho,
I prayed to have an experience of Shiva. After a short time, I felt warmth in the area of my heart and a sweet sensation of joy enveloped me. And I had the insight: This is Shiva, this is the presence of Shiva within me.
As I continued chanting, I recalled images of Gurumayi’s presence in my life. I recalled moments when I experienced Gurumayi’s care and love. A deep feeling of gratitude followed, as I realized how much love Gurumayi has for me.
As I chanted Jaya Jaya Shiva Shambho
with the recording today, I felt a surge of joyful energy rise within me. I recalled happy times in which I chanted it with Gurumayi, on video or audio, or live with musicians at the meditation center. A smile spread over my face and my mind became serene. In the melody and rhythm I experienced the dance of Shiva.
This magnificent chant embodies and celebrates every particle of my 37 years of sadhana
. Strong, inspiring, uplifting, harmonious, it warms my heart and nourishes my mind. For me, the music that Gurumayi and Baba have given us is a treasured gift. There is nothing like it anywhere!
What would my days be like without aratis
, hymns, and namasankirtanas
? How would my heart express its love and longings? Words inevitably fall short, but the beautiful music resounds and rings and resonates on, expressing and carrying my heart forward, step by step by step.
I am grateful for all that Gurumayi has done to expand this exquisite opportunity and legacy! What a joy it is to chant Jaya Jaya Shiva Shambho
today, remembering the first time I ever heard it and chanted it with Gurumayi in 1988.
Washington, United States
This was my first time chanting Jaya Jaya Shiva Shambho
with Gurumayi on the recording. I immediately recognized the feeling of pure joy that bubbled up in me and I loved it!
I love chanting Jaya Jaya Shiva Shambho
so much, not only because I am chanting God's name, but also because this namasankirtana
holds delicious memories for me. This was possibly the first chant after the mantra that I really made my own. So as I chanted along with the recording this morning, I felt myself become very soft and fluid, and my heart filled my entire body with the gentle perfume of love.
Later in the day I was trimming back a rather rebellious lavender bush. As I snipped at it and lavender perfume filled the air, I was reminded yet again that I am close to the Self at all times.
Hampton Hill, United Kingdom
What a great synchronicity for me to see Jaya Jaya Shiva Shambho on the Siddha Yoga path website homepage. I usually work in a location close to my home, but recently I have been driving further distances to work in a number of different locations in outlying areas.
While I drive, I have been playing and chanting along with Jaya Jaya Shiva Shambho. Because of this practice, I arrive at work in bliss! Later, I leave work looking forward to the drive home when I again immerse myself in the joy of this namasankirtana. Though I don’t usually enjoy driving, now I associate driving with chanting Jaya Jaya Shiva Shambho and I relish it!
California, United States
Chanting Jaya Jaya Shiva Shambho
with Gurumayi always uplifts me. No matter the state of my mind or body when I begin to chant, I experience an inner energy rising up and dancing within me. I may be sitting still, but this inner energy stretches up to the sky. My body sways gently, my eyes moisten, and there is an inner smile that fills me with optimism and shakti