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In the picture of the children spelling out YOPIP, the "I" the children are making reminds me of the shape of a prayer stick.
a five-year-old Siddha Yogi from California, USA
The description of the YOPIP satsang and seeing the photos triggered so much gratitude in me. In 2012, the seva I offered has expanded my capacity to go beyond my comfort zone and has provided such wonderful opportunities for personal growth. It has been such a privilege.
Reflecting on the collective offering of seva among sevites at Shree Muktananda Ashram and across the globe, illuminates for me how this Year of Putting Into Practice supports the flexible and strong infrastructure that allows the Siddha Yoga path to thrive.
To be a part of offering and receiving the fruits of YOPIP and to be a part of the global sangham led by Gurumayi boggles my mind. And my heart shouts: THANK YOU!
Happy New year, Gurumayi, and thank you, thank you, and thank you. I have just read about YOPIP, and it has made me so happy. It has reminded me of my sadhana in Siddha Yoga for the last 22 years and the joyful memories that I have of offering Guruseva. I love offering seva: I feel a lot of shakti and joy, and it teaches me so much about how to live my life and how to serve in each moment.
Exeter - Devon, United Kingdom
I have gotten in the habit this year of looking at the Siddha Yoga path website first thing in the morning. Often times it is even before meditation. This morning I saw YOPIP! My heart leapt up as I explored each and every picture several times. What a feast for my heart! Joy welled up as I saw one shining face after another—young and old from so many different places in the world! I was so inspired by the Love in Action that I saw. I find it so heart-warming to learn about how the work of the SYDA Foundation is being accomplished with such enthusiasm, so very sweetly, and with such focus! Thank you, Gurumayi, for YOPIP! May this exquisite joy of seva envelope the whole world in 2013!
After this delightful feast of YOPIP I went very deep into meditation. My heart was wide open. Very, very refreshing. Thank you, Gurumayi!
New Jersey, USA
While I was looking at the photos about YOPIP, I just felt like I wanted to jump in with you, the sevites of the SYDA Foundation, and do the same practices that you did throughout the year 2012, guided by Gurumayi. Me too, I want a “Year of Putting into Practice."
Happy New Year!
I am currently a visiting sevite at Shree Muktananda Ashram, and this morning I was speaking to two other visiting sevites. We all participated in the satsang on YOPIP and learned about this inspiring initiative. We were trying to figure out how we could make a list of the 70 qualities and virtues of YOPIP that are on the t-shirts each staff member received so we could study them and implement them in our practice of seva. A minute later one of the visiting sevites came back into my office and said, "YOPIP is on the Siddha Yoga website!" I thought this was a beautiful manifestation of the fruits of YOPIP! Thank you to all the staff and sevites in the SYDA Foundation.
I was overjoyed this morning when I saw all the new photos of the YOPIP satsang. I have been offering home seva for many years, and like so many others, I've felt this year to be a milestone in my understanding of the bounty of seva. As I watched the photos, I realized once again that I am there with the Shree Muktananda Ashram sevites and they are here with me, every day, all offering seva together.
As I watched, the distance between South Fallsburg and my town in Florida dissolved; the miles went away and I was truly there with you all. And this is how I feel when I am doing seva here at home.
When I got to the photo of Hanuman, I looked at my monitor and gave him a big smile. He has been so helpful to me in understanding the importance of offering seva to my Guru and my path. It is a wonderful, wonderful, blessed gift.
This weekend, I have been reflecting on 2012—what I have learned and what teachings I have been putting into practice. I have also been reflecting on how I want to approach 2013. Seeing the pages on YOPIP, reading the words and seeing the photos, made me realize that I too have been Putting into Practice what I have learned on this path. It has been a wonderful year of learning and growing and implementing the Siddha Yoga teachings. And I look forward with great anticipation to A Sweet Surprise
and its teachings for 2013! Thank you, Gurumayi!
Phenomenal! Just when I thought the website content couldn't get any better, it did. YOPIP is a fantastic achievement of all the sevites in the Ashram. Enthusiasm jumps out of these pictures, and I feel inspired to approach my work with the YOPIP Spirit!
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
I have gotten in the habit this year of looking at the website first thing in the morning. Often, it is even before meditation. This morning I saw YOPIP! My heart leapt up as I explored each and every picture several times. What a feast for my heart! Joy welled up as I saw one shining face after another—young and old from so many different places in the world! I was so inspired by the Love in Action that I saw. I find it so heart-warming to learn about how the work of the SYDA Foundation is being accomplished with such enthusiasm, so very sweetly, and with such focus! Thank you, Gurumayi, for YOPIP! May this exquisite joy of seva envelop the whole world in 2013!
After this delightful feast of YOPIP I went very deep into meditation. My heart was wide open. Very, very refreshing.
Thank you, Gurumayi!
New Jersey, USA
Many times over, during these rich and wonderful months of relishing the teachings that are available on the Siddha Yoga path website, I have felt moved to write a share—and haven’t done it. This time, reading about and viewing the photos of the YOPIP satsang, moved me to action.
I recently returned from Shree Muktananda Ashram, where I offered seva as a visiting sevite. While I was there, I learned about YOPIP during a department meeting, and the acronym went straight into my heart. This morning, as I arose, I was drawn to the computer and there was this wonderful description of the history of a principle that aligns all of us, those around the world and those in Shree Muktananda Ashram. While reading the details and taking in the images, it was just like being there! I feel deep gratitude for the seva that I am fortunate to offer from my home and for the Siddha Yoga path that is the heart of my heart.
Thank you, dear Gurumayi, for
all that you give and all that you are. Thank you, everyone, for the seva you offer.
Thank you for telling us about the T-shirts. I'm looking forward to reading the back of the T-shirt and reflecting on how I've put all of those lovely qualities into practice in my life this year.
Happy nearly New Year to you all.