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The Glorious Thread—Now and Forever

Siddha Yoga Chanting Satsang
with Gurumayi Chidvilasananda
for Families and Children in Honor of Raksha Bandhan

Shree Muktananda Ashram

August 10, 2014


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The Indian holiday of Raksha Bandhan takes place on the full-moon day of August. The name is Sanskrit for “a bond of protection.” The custom is that women tie rakhis—bracelets woven from thread—on men’s wrists to symbolize a brother-sister bond. On the Siddha Yoga path, Raksha Bandhan is a time to honor the bond of love and protection between Guru and disciple, as well as the bond among seekers. One way that Siddha Yogis celebrate is by tying rakhis on each other’s wrist to signify this bond.

Thread is a symbol woven into other Indian traditions and into many other cultures throughout the world.

In India, young brahmins receive a sacred thread that is looped over their chest and left shoulder in a ceremony called upanayanam. Being given this sacred thread, which is worn by brahmins throughout their lives, signals a boy’s readiness for spiritual study. When Indian women marry, it is traditional that they receive a yellow thread strung with beads and a pendant. With this thread, called a mangala-sutra or “auspicious thread,” the wife grants her protection to her husband.

In many places, thread represents a form of protection. A folk custom in Judaism is to wear a red wool thread on the left wrist for protection. Lamas in Tibetan Buddhism tie a red thread around a disciple’s neck to bestow their blessings and protection. In China there is a legend, known as the red string of destiny, in which the gods tie an invisible red thread around the ankles or fingers of two people who are fated to meet and in some way help each other. This subtle thread will not break, regardless of time, distance, or circumstance.

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During the celebration of Raksha Bandhan, I tied a beautiful rakhi around my young granddaughter’s wrist, offering her my love and protection. She thanked me with a big hug.
Yesterday, we went out to the porch to sit by a large tree on which I have hung many wind chimes. She snuggled in cozy blankets in a lounge chair, as it was a little chilly. One of my very large wind chimes has a string attached to it, leading to the porch rail. I sat on a chair, pulling on the string so the wind chime would sing to her. Then the wind came up, and all the many chimes in the tree sang together like an orchestra. Her eyes widened in wonder and awe at the celestial sounds. She exclaimed, “Oh, Grandma, I love it!”
I felt the Guru’s love enveloping us both.

New York, USA

Yesterday, I saw a beautiful rainbow descending from the sky, but what was unusual is that it looked as if it was coming down through dense, dark, stormy-looking clouds. It reminded me of a meditation I had the day after the Raksha Bandhan celebration. In this meditation, I saw Gurumayi tying a  beautiful rakhi bracelet around the world, as a symbol of her love and protection.

I thought to myself, "No matter how cloudy my perception can get, Gurumayi’s love and protection are always strong enough to dispel any darkness that may appear before my eyes."

Thank you, Gurumayi,  for your rakhi  of love and protection surrounding the world.

New York, USA

What a lovely presentation! From the image of the dawn to the last image of the moon and sky, I had the feeling of being present at Shree Muktananda Ashram. I felt included in all the activities of the day. The shakti was in me and all around me, and love filled my heart for every person, flower, and color.

We are all blessed to have Gurumayi and all the Siddhas protecting us all the time. Thank you, Gurumayi, for this wonderful gift. My heart is full.

Florida, USA

These beautiful photographs and the text connect me to the love and protection of my Guru.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for imparting your grace in so many beautiful and subtle ways.

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

When I saw the photographs, I felt that all Siddha Yogis are connected by a thread of love, discipline, and grace.

Thane, India

I experience the Guru's protection undoing the knots within me. Through chanting, seva, and meditation, I feel the inner energy locks spontaneously releasing. The result is that afterward I feel light and free and happy—like so many of the children and adults who are receiving the grace of Gurumayi in these photos.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for your amazing grace and ever-present protection.

Washington, USA

Such enchantment! Every time I view the images from this glorious day, I feel more love. They inspire me to offer protection to all in this play of love and to my friends here with me.

New York, USA

When I see the shining faces of the children, this prayer arises within: wherever you may travel in life's journey, may you always —always!— know that with each step you are guided and protected by the Guru's divine love. May you continue to experience the blessings of learning and service. May you always support and uplift one another. 

And may we all continue to celebrate the joy of the Siddha Yoga path!

New Mexico, USA

Thank you for these beautiful pictures which touched my heart deeply. They brought me into the event so personally that I could feel myself right there with Gurumayi, having her darshan, tying a rakhi thread to her wrist, bowing at Bade Baba's padukas, sinking into the powerful presence of the Guru.

Aylesbury, United Kingdom

What a colorful celebration! So much happiness and laughter, and so many smiling faces. As I viewed each picture, I could feel each and every heart open wide, with love pouring out, reaching all of us around the globe.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for tying the golden thread of love and protection around all of us.

Nairobi, Kenya

I came back home from work late yesterday, feeling very tired. When I saw these photos, my body suddenly became energized. My mind danced with love. The bond of love and protection gave me inner strength; the flood of love washed away my tiredness.

Gurumayi is so compassionate. Each action, each moment from the pictures gave me the feeling of love and protection. I became like a small child seated before her, my mind and heart there. I felt so much love for the Guru.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for the protection of your grace and blessings.

Basamathanagar, India

Thank you for this divine darshan. It uplifts my mind and heart. Thank you for the glimpse and experience of the pure bond of love.

My heart is overflowing with Gurumayi’s love, and what I feel is deep silence within.

Dhanyawad, Gurumayi ji.

Bangalore, India

As I was looking through the photos from the celebration of Raksha Bandhan in Shree Muktananda Ashram, I realized I was leaning forward and listening, as if I could hear the sound of joy, excitement, and laughter humming through the shining beauty shown in the photos.

It made me think of the conch, or shankha, and how we lean close to hear the sound of the waves rising and subsiding within it, and how awesome it is to hear that sound.

Thank you for sharing the celebration on the website and reminding us of the great protection that is given to us and the glorious thread of oneness connecting all of us on the Siddha Yoga path.

Gurudev Siddha Peeth

The pictures of the celebration of Raksha Bandhan are very touching. There’s so much love and grace from Gurumayi that we can experience sitting here at home.

The four-year-old boy from Mexico looks like Krishna. His love and the way he relates to Gurumayi are amazing. We feel so connected to Gurumayi. She is taking care of us, and the bond is growing stronger with so many beautiful satsangs with her.

We love you, Gurumayi.

Florida, USA

Thanks for sharing this beautiful celebration with all of us through these pictures. Beautiful children. Everybody so happy. Happy colors, happy flowers, happy parents. Yes, protection and happiness together. What a beautiful life we all have!

How auspicious was the day I met Gurumayi! I have felt her protection with me throughout the years. When my children were young, she protected them and me. Now that they are grown up, she protects us and the ones we love. I see her protection in everything that happens.

What good fortune it is, Gurumayi, to have your grace!

Roma, Italy

After scrolling through the wonderful pictures of sevites visiting Shree Muktananda Ashram during this auspicious time, I feel a heartfelt connection to the happenings surrounding this wonderful event and holiday. It seems clear to me that all of us Siddha Yogis are bound by an invisible thread, day in and day out, that unites our hearts and minds with our dear Guru, and moves us forward with greatness.

California, USA