Oloron Sainte-Marie, France
Oklahoma City, USA
the SYDA Foundation
New York, USA
With respect and love,
What an amazing parade of full moons dancing across my computer screen, connecting the entire globe under the illumining brilliance of Baba’s light and love on the day of his 30th Lunar Mahasmadhi! From waterscapes in New Zealand, Japan and Florida, to desert vistas in Santa Fe, new Mexico and Lima, Peru, to cityscapes in Rome, Dallas and Mexico City—it seemed that every corner of the planet was bathed completely in the blessings and glow of Baba’s full moon.
How incredible to be joined in this way, wherever we might be in the world and in our lives, by the power of Baba’s moon and by the outpouring of his love shared by so many devotees who paused to look up at the sky, wherever they might be, and remember Baba in photos or simply in silent recognition and prayer. What good fortune that we can revisit these moments of connection, devotion, and grace over and over again, every time we visit the website and watch the golden full moons of Baba crossing the sky from one side of the earth to the other.
London, United Kingdom
Shree Muktananda Ashram
With great love and respect,
With all my blessings and love,
China in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, Ganeshpuri, India
Thank you so much for sharing how Storm Sandy has affected everybody in Shree Muktananda Ashram. It is so heartening to see how the Siddha Yoga practices are sustaining at a challenging time. We shall remember that when the chanting and meditation group comes together to recite the Guru Gita this Sunday. We send you and everybody who is affected by the storm love and blessings.
the United Kingdom
As we conclude the celebration of Baba's Mahasamadhi, we are sending our love and blessings to everyone affected by the storm.
I am so grateful for the photos updating us on the situation in Shree Muktananda Ashram. I was so moved to see all the sevites including the Siddha Yoga Swamis and children offering seva to bring everything back to normal. It reminded me of the story "The Lord’s Club" that Baba and Gurumayi often tell, and how everything that we do in Siddha Yoga is "to have a vision of God within."
a six-year-old Siddha Yogi from California, USA
New York, USA
United States Minor Outlying Islands
Shree Muktananda Ashram
The day after Storm Sandy arrived in New York City, I visited the Nature's Splendor on the Siddha Yoga path website. There, sitting strong and mighty was a photo of Lord Ganesh in Shree Muktananda Ashram. Lord Ganesh is known to be the remover of obstacles, and the uneasiness I had been feeling instantly dissolved into peace. I felt connected to courage and power within myself and shared the link to the image with others who had been affected by the storm. Thank you!
Seeing the pictures of Shree Muktananda Ashram: the trees, the sevites cleaning up, continuing seva in such situation too, my heart is filled with blessings and gratitude. The most tangible feeling is that of a deep sense of gratitude and love for the sevites and also to the trees which are fallen-broken; as if my heart is rushing out to embrace you saying to each one of you, My love and blessings to each one of you. Thank You for your selfless seva, for your courage.
I chose Gurumayi’s teaching: “When you focus on the steadiness of God’s presence within, your heart is filled with courage.” This particular teaching many times has been an anchor for me during trying times. So, holding this teaching in my awareness I meditated on the steady presence of God within me, thereby connecting my heart with the heart of each one. Today I meditated on it, as a form of prayer, a form of a blessing to everyone who is faced with this storm.
From deep within I offer my love and blessings to each one of you in the Ashram and to everyone in the places around, who is faced with this difficult time. We all are together; we are one, always connected through the inner reservoirs of the divine courage within. We all are enveloped by God’s love, the Guru’s protection. All my love to you all.
Gurudev Siddha Peeth, Ganeshpuri, India
All day Monday, everyone in the large sangham here at the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Oakland was talking about, thinking about and sending blessings to folks in the path of Storm Sandy.
Devotees were sharing news they had received from Siddha Yogis on the east coast and Canada. Every conversation ended with one question, "What's happening at Shree Muktananda Ashram"! News came from someone at Shree Muktananda Ashram that "We are safe and joyful." We knew that power was out, the roads were closed and Sullivan County was in a state of emergency, and that everyone in the Ashram was full on, but what remained was "we are safe and joyful!"
Then Monday evening the chant we had here at the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Oakland for Baba's Mahasamadhi was packed. It was a beautiful way to end a day full of prayers and concerns: several hundred devotees chanting with hearts filled with gratitude for our Gurus and the sustaining practices of our divine path!
Three days ago, I read these words in Gurumayi's book, My Lord Loves a Pure Heart that when we chant and repeat the word shantih three times it is a protection from calamity.
So, I sing Om shantih, shantih, shantih to offer my blessings and protection to all creatures which are suffering because of this Sandy storm. May each one sever the union with pain and become established in yoga.
With my deep love,France
Thank you for sharing the images of the garden and grounds of Shree Muktananda Ashram after the storm. It gives us an idea of what it takes (love and commitment) to upkeep the pristine beauty of the Ashram that you all have been sharing with us through Nature photographs every day. It touched my heart—day after day every day, 365 days of the year, the discipline and labour of love brings so much joy and peace to us through the splendid gardens and grounds.
We honour and are grateful to each one of you for the beautiful gift of the Ashram and gardens that we are able to see through your seva.
I am also grateful to be reminded that as a Siddha Yogi in times of difficulty we can always pause, pray, and send our blessings from where ever we are.
Once again thank you for sending the photos—we really really feel a part of Shree Muktananda Ashram and its life now.
Much love and blessings
Switzerland offering seva at Shree Muktananda Ashram