After listening to this chant, I reflected about what it means for me to “bow to Bhagavan Nityananda.” When I bow to my Guru, my heart opens, my ego softens, and my thoughts become still. Bowing is like a practice for me. The moment my forehead touches the floor in front of my puja, my gaze turns inward and I experience indescribable freedom. I feel my Guru’s love like a waterfall gently flowing over me, nourishing and supporting me on all levels. Surrendering to a Siddha is such a liberating experience! I feel firm confidence that my Guru will lead me safely to the goal.
In this month of August, throughout the day I find I have this chant on my lips and it gives me such joy, such deep contentment.
I have been visualizing the splendor of the form of Bade Baba in the Temple. I recall the beauty of the flowers adorning him, remember his smile, and take in his firm gaze.
I thank him with all the gratitude I can feel.
Today I started my practice of offering arati
for Gurumayi, Baba Muktananda, and Bade Baba by singing Jyota se Jyota Jagao
and then Karpura Arati
as I lit the camphor. I did it with the intention of purifying my relationship with the Guru, and to get ready for the celebration in honor of Bhagavan Nityanada's Solar Punyatithi.
Then, when I started to sing Nityanandam Brahmanandam
, tears streamed forth, opening and washing my heart completely. I reflected on my relationships with others, making space to feel more love, understanding, and forgiveness in these times of social isolation. Admiring the images of the three Gurus on my puja
, I received all the love, support, and understanding that I needed.
I know that I just have to open my heart to receive everything that I need—and yet, I always receive much more!
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
What a beautiful way to help my mind experience its true nature! I found myself chanting on and on, letting the loop repeat as the night grew dark—my eyes closed, remembering Bade Baba's Temple by the river in Ganeshpuri, and the deep quiet of the devotees meditating there. The quiet returns as I settle into the experience of this chant.
North Carolina, United States
From the early morning of Bade Baba’s Punyatithi, this chant was resonating within my mind. So I decided to buy a blue turban and shawl for the murti
of Bade Baba that I have at home.
Though I searched a lot for them in the nearby market, I didn’t find the right size and design. Frustrated, I entered a local florist’s shop to purchase flowers for puja
. Suddenly, a stranger came into the shop, and asked about where he could buy clothing for a statue of Lord Krishna. The florist guided him to a shop nearby. Though I have lived in this area for several years, I was totally ignorant of that shop.
When I went there, I was able to buy just the right kind of shawl and turban for the murti
. I became very happy and felt so blessed to be able to give them to Bade Baba on this auspicious day.
Today in Australia was Bade Baba’s Punyatithi. I found myself chanting Nityanandam Brahmanandam
at many different times throughout my day, imagining Bade Baba walking, imagining that in my center, Bade Baba was present and alive. It was a sweet day of appreciation as I fulfilled my obligations.
Then I came home and found this chant—with my beloved Gurumayi—on the homepage of the Siddha Yoga path website. I felt very close to Gurumayi’s love, which I experience as Bade Baba’s love.
South Yarra, Australia
What a joy to be able to listen to this on my computer! I discovered it when it was posted a few days ago and have been coming back to it daily—letting it play for hours. In this way, Bade Baba has been accompanying me to work these past few days. How auspicious and blessed his company is!
One of my favorite chants! I was always drawn to it after I heard and sang it as a young teen. I feel so uplifted; my heart sings with joy each time I hear it. With the double blessing of listening to Gurumayi sing it with such love, the experience is even more sublime.
New Delhi, India