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The Scintillating Dance of Lord Shiva

A Video in Honor of Mahashivaratri 2016

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I experienced this video as a beautiful depiction of divine consciousness moving all around us and through us every day! I felt tremendous awe and reverence for Shiva’s hand and its graceful movements. As I watched the falling rain and the melting ice, I became aware that common sights and sounds from nature are a part of that blissful dance. Then I realized that we have the opportunity to recognize beauty, grace, and bliss in every moment.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this wonderful teaching!

North Carolina, USA

I am so blessed to be part of the sacred Siddha Yoga path. The video is so powerful and beautiful. The sight of Shiva Nataraj, dancing in the snow and scintillating lights, carried me to Shree Muktananda Ashram instantly. The moving hand invited me into Gurumayi's world and conveyed to me, "Yes, this is real. I am Shiva, dancing for you."
I experienced the video as a work of wonder and beauty, drawing me into blissful peace—yet at the same time, I found it exciting and exuberant. Watching over and over again filled my heart with reverence and gratitude.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this wonderful gift. My heart is full of your divine love and great joy.

Florida, USA

As I watched this glorious visual expression of the beauty and art of the Nataraj, I felt invited to the dance. The little lights seemed to me like fireflies or stars in motion, as if each light was a soul, a part of consciousness, Shiva experiencing Shiva. The exquisite hand, gently closing and opening along with the sound of rain, took me into the space of the Madhya—the source of Bliss, ultimately revealing the Blue Pearl.

Hawaii, USA

I am so grateful for this beautiful video. I've been bathing in it each morning and sometimes more often.
Life has been particularly challenging the past several months because I have experienced some major losses in my family. In the middle of the workday yesterday, I found myself unsure I could continue. I stopped for a minute to compose myself and reached out to the Siddha Yoga path website for refuge.
There was the beautiful video. Once again I allowed myself to be swept into the dance of Lord Shiva, the dance of my true inner Self. I felt that I had been rescued in that moment, and I found the freedom to take first one step and then another. I stepped back into work and I was so glad, with my Guru's grace, to be a part of it. 
Thank you so much, Gurumayi, for all your grace during this time and the countless times you have been there for me. 

Colorado, USA

I experienced this video as Gurumayi's blessing for me personally as well as for the entire world. The first movement of the hand caught me totally by surprise. The shakti I experienced in that movement, expressing such tenderness and love, instantly broke through a veil around my heart and I wept with joy and gratitude. I felt a powerful flow of love coming from the dancing form of Shiva, and I felt deeply connected to the Guru as my own Self.

Thank you, beloved Gurumayi, for this powerful expression of joy and divine possibility!

North Carolina, USA

Watching this video again, it was almost as if the water was being poured on me. My understanding was that this worship to Shiva is also to my inner Self. This realization is beautiful and reminds me of my true, inner divinity.

New Jersey, USA

Every aspect of this video, from the mudras formed by the hand movements to the drops of water on the crystal lingam, completely focused me on silence and drew me to the Heart. There was such tenderness and gentleness as love expanded to every part of my body.

I went straight into meditation. There, bilva leaves and drops of water fell onto my heart, which became a lingam. Pure silence and love. I sat for a while and then watched the video again, and again went straight into meditation.

Words cannot express sufficiently the love and devotion that I feel.
With deep gratitude, Gurumayi, I bow to you.

Melbourne, Australia

After a day filled with a seemingly unreal amount of tasks, I was so busy identifying with the doer, I had actually forgotten it was Shivaratri. Then, an unexpected coolness and light rain fell in the desert, and the mantra began repeating itself within me. So calming, so beautiful.

When I got home, as always, I went online and right to the Siddha Yoga path website. The scintillating video and audio experience is a living, breathing work of art, and it drew me gently into the Heart of Shiva, into the Heart of my own great Self. My tears began to merge with the compassionate Lord's tears.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for this blessing. Truly, it is heaven on earth.

Nevada, USA

I sat watching this video with awe! My eyes were watching God!

I will keep these images close to my heart and meditate on them. What a sweet remembrance—no matter what is happening, the magnificent, scintillating divine form of the Lord is right here with me! I will recall these images again and again until they live in my heart.

Georgia, USA

I experienced this video as a compelling invitation to enter into the madhya. First, the tap-tap-tap sounds of Shiva Nataraj's drum commanded my attention. Then the shimmering hand opened and closed as if gesturing to me to come along for this mystical journey. Next, the bell was gently rung, like a call to prayer or a soft reminder: "Stay with this experience!"

As I watched the water drip from the icicles with the image of the lingam behind it, I realized it was mirroring the way that Shiva is worshiped in the story of "The Hunter and the Deer." And then, little by little, the murmuring sounds of the falling waters and the bell's sweet tone yielded to stillness, as the mantra filled the screen. How suitable that it appears on a pillar of the bridge at Lake Nityananda! The meditative state into which this video leads me is indeed a pillar of my sadhana, and the mantra is the bridge across which I walk to enter into the madhya deep within.

Illinois, USA

I feel a very ancient power inside myself when I watch this video. It reveals to me a vast, exquisite, eternal reality.

Thank you for this video, so beautifully offered.

Connecticut, USA

This video has helped me create a new lens for perceiving the world! Now when I look out of my window on to the city sky, I sense that everything is held by the divine hand.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for this gift on Mahashivaratri.

Mumbai, India

What an experience of joy! I can't remember a video touching me as this one did. The sweet mudras; the cleansing, healing rain; the bell; the blue pearl - all are balms to my soul.

Ohio, USA

I love this video! I immediately wanted to watch it again as soon as it ended. A short while later, I was reading the words to the bhajan, Suna Suna Ke Mana, and I felt that the video was an expression of the words of the bhajan. The bell in the video reminded me of the “unstruck sound” described in the bhajan. And, when I read, “O the nectar of divine love drips down unceasingly,” I immediately thought of the image of the melting icicles in the video. The final seconds of the video are so powerful that I easily can glide into meditation afterward.

Thank you, Gurumayi.

South Carolina, USA

What a sublime reminder of the “The Scintillating Dance of Lord Shiva” everywhere, in every particle of this world, even in what may seem to be ordinary moments, such as instances of rain falling.

I look out my window on this windy, wintry day in New England and realize that watching the video has changed my perception: the sway of the slender white birch, the rise and fall of the outstretched arms of the maple, the wave of the juniper have all become part of this dance. And when I go for a walk a bit later, I will join the dance.

Massachusetts, USA

Thank you, Gurumayi, for this beautiful gift. It gave me the experience of the universal Self—of the dance of Lord Shiva. My experience of this video stayed alive within me all throughout the night of Mahashivaratri.

Shubh Mahashivaratri to every creature.

Thank you, dear Gurumayi.

Rome, Italy

I hear Lord Shiva calling to me:

Come and dance with me.
Experience me in my radiant fullness.
Come and dance with me.
Behold the light within.

I will let my resistance melt away like the icicles. May I dance forever in the arms of the Lord.

North Carolina, USA

On my 94th birthday, I'm so happy to be able to view this beautiful Dance of Shiva! I watched it six times.

Thank you, Gurumayi.

New York, USA

As I watched the video, I felt deeply connected within. The sound of water took me to a deeper state of silence. When I saw the mantra Om Namah Shivaya and listened to the sound of the tamboura, my eyes closed automatically and I experienced complete silence and beautiful joy. I understand this is the joy Gurumayi is guiding me towards.

Thank you, Gurumayi ji, for your teachings and constant guidance.

Nasik, India

I feel the dance of Lord Shiva is still scintillating within me as I write these words. The beat is the pulsation of my heart and the pulsation of the universe.

Kollam, India

After viewing this amazing video, I feel I know how to celebrate this day prior to my night of chanting Om Namah Shivaya: by being in the world with my mind absorbed in the mantra.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for such a glorious gift. I will be returning to it again and again as I join in the celebration around the world.

Hawaii, USA

Watching this video was an amazing blessing. It took me to a still place within my heart. I felt ancient, serene, and drawn deeply inside. I continued to watch the video with great delight and joy, and experienced compassion and benevolence radiating from the gestures of the beautiful hand. As I listened to the sounds, they became for me the sounds of God. I felt pure.

Thank you, Shri Gurumayi. I bow to you with all my love and gratitude.

Richmond, Australia

Thank you for this wonderful video that allowed me to dive inside the very heart of all movements—the dance of Lord Shiva.

Shubh Mahashivaratri, dear Gurumayi.

Montréal, Canada

Simply beautiful! The video drew me in to the sight of Shiva Nataraj, the sound and beat of the rain, the tinkle of the bell, and the mudras behind all manifestation. It reminded me of how everything emerges from Shiva and is Shiva.

California, USA

Watching the dance of Lord Shiva, I feel as if the dance is happening right in front of me and that I am the part of this dance. Om Namah Shivaya.

Thank you, Gurumayi ji, for giving us this blessed mantra.

a twelve-year-old Siddha Yogi from Nasik, India

In my study group tonight, the discussion revolved around the nature of Consciousness, and specifically how to stand in the magnificence of Shiva, while being pushed and pulled by daily life. When I arrived home and saw this video, I felt that the invisible shimmering forces that hold the universe in place were being revealed to all who witness this video honoring Shiva.

The clouds and rain seemed to me to represent the unstoppable torrents of nature. Amidst this powerful energy, the hand appears again, bringing equanimity and graciousness. We arrive at a pillar inscribed with the mantra, as though the universe is making it crystal clear: this is how we learn to dance.

What magic! Thank you, Gurumayi.

California, USA

Wow! The dance in front of my eyes is still going on inside me after the video ended.

Thank you, Gurumayi. This is beautiful.

Florida, USA

Watching this exquisite video I felt my mind become still and my attention was pulled inward. The words “I honor Shiva, the Self of all” arose within me, and then silence, sweet and tender silence.

Horsham, Australia

On this most auspicious of days, Mahashivaratri, I feel so blessed to be walking the Siddha Yoga path with the supreme grace of the Sadguru awakened in my heart. Watching this inspiring video, I feel like divine nectar is bathing my being and sparkling in my awareness. The radiant images are suffused with the Guru's shakti, and my heart is pulsating with a feeling of devotion for Lord Shiva.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for this doorway to the heart.

Berlin, Germany

I feel so fortunate to be blessed with the Guru’s grace—the grace-bestowing power of supreme Shiva!

After I viewed the video, this prayer emerged from my heart: Let there be peace. Let there be love. Let there be compassion.

Mumbai, India