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Shri Guru Gita

Shri Guru Gita Recitation with Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

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For many years, as soon as I sit to recite Shri Guru Gita, I experience Kundalini starting to sway and dance up and down my spine. Sometimes I ask her: "Who are you?” “Are you God?” “Are you the Guru?” “Are you the goddess Shakti?" And I always hear the same gentle but precise answer within: "I am, I am, I am…."
 

Ully-Saint-Georges, France

I am filled with gratitude this morning, as I recite Shri Guru Gita. The recitation of this sacred text is a resting place for me. This practice allows me to set aside my worries and anxiety. As I recite the sacred mantras, I feel I am surrendering to the Shakti. My awareness becomes focused on grace. In these moments, I feel I’m being showered with peace and love.
 

Pennsylvania, United States

I have often asked myself why I usually feel so relieved and free after reciting Shri Guru Gita.
 
Recently I found an answer in verse 157 of this sacred text. It states: "One who knows the Truth always bathes in the waters of the Guru Gita to wash away his worldly impurities and to become free from the snares of worldly existence."
 

Unterlangenegg, Switzerland

On Mother’s Day my teenage daughter and I recited Shri Guru Gita along with the online audio version. I felt very blissful throughout the recitation. Afterwards, when we were meditating, I experienced that I was in Baba's Samadhi shrine in Gurudev Siddha Peeth. I could smell the scent of tuberose and mogra, and I could feel Baba's shakti.
 
I am so grateful for the ability to recite Shri Guru Gita with the online audio, and for the many other ways that we are able to experience Baba's teachings and shakti.
 

Midstream, South Africa

I recite Shri Guru Gita each day without fail. After the recitation, I feel so energetic, confident, and fearless.
 

Mumbai, India

I am ever grateful for this recording of Shri Guru Gita with Gurumayi. This morning I offered the blessings of the mantras and meanings of the sacred syllables within the text to beloved India. Many Siddha Yogis around the world offered recitation of Shri Guru Gita for India today as well. I pray that the Guru's grace lights the hearts of all in India so there is no suffering.
 

South Melbourne, Australia

I am grateful for this recitation of Shri Guru Gita with Gurumayi. After my recitation, I feel so energetic and blessed.
 

Barwani,India

Today I discovered the wonderful dialogue within Shri Guru Gita as though for the first time. While reciting the text, I felt myself identifying with both of the two roles represented, that of the disciple Parvati and also that of Lord Shiva, the teacher.
 
I felt the incredible longing of Parvati for the knowledge of the Guru, and I felt the deep love and compassion of Lord Shiva. I experienced the great care with which Lord Shiva imparts his knowledge to Parvati. And I experienced the totally open heart and undivided attention with which Parvati absorbs his teachings.
 
What an incredibly beautiful love story Shri Guru Gita is!
 

Unterlangenegg, Switzerland

Reciting Shri Guru Gita is one of the most beautiful practices of my sadhana. It energizes my being and connects me to my Shri Guru. Each verse is so rhythmic that whenever I recite wholeheartedly, my hands automatically go up in the air as if I were dancing.
 
I really love verse 125, and sing it with extra enthusiasm. It feels like Baba is singing with me, and we are enjoying the recitation together. I always have “a contented mind” when I feel the presence of my Shri Guru in my life.
 

Allahabad, India

Some local Siddha Yogis and I have been reciting Shri Guru Gita in our own homes each Thursday morning at 8 a.m. with the recitation on the Siddha Yoga path website. I love it and participate every week.

I set an alarm on my phone to be sure I’m up in time to take a shower, put on fresh clothing, light incense and candles, and have a cup of tea. Before the recitation, I offer intentions for the upliftment of the world, for good health and well-being for everyone, and for a personal goal that is close to my heart. After the recitation and short meditation, I rise and wave a candle to the Guru’s photo as I sing Sadguru ki Arati. What a wonderful way to celebrate the day dedicated to the Sadguru!
 

California, United States

For me, Shri Guru Gita is a bath for the soul. It calms and quiets, removes sorrows, renews trust, cleanses negativity from my mind, and replaces it with lightness and positivity.

As I sit in silence at the end of the recitation, I realize the value of what the Guru teaches and the freedom that it brings. In that moment, open and honest with myself, I accept myself, just as I am.
 

Hawaii, United States

I was reciting Shri Guru Gita with great focus on enunciating each syllable. As the recitation progressed, I became aware of the sweetness in each sound. Soon I felt this sweetness trickling from my heart and gently moving around inside my body. It was so nourishing.
 
Afterwards I felt a tenderness towards everything. And at times throughout the day I paused and breathed into my heart center, to reconnect with this beautiful experience.
 

Manchester, United Kingdom

With the support of Guru's grace I’ve been reciting Shri Guru Gita every day for ten years. Every single word in this sacred text gives me peace and bliss. It allows me to enter into my heart and experience my own divinity. For any question that arises for me, the answer comes through reciting Shri Guru Gita. These daily recitations make me feel the atmosphere of Gurudev Siddha Peeth in my own home. I am very fortunate!
 

Bangalore, India

This morning before reciting Shri Guru Gita, I made an intention for myself and for peace and love in the world. For me, setting intentions makes my practice of svadhyaya more powerful and full of sweetness. When I began my recitation, I was not feeling very well, but as I chanted Muktananda Mahan, tears came to my eyes, and I felt that the Guru was washing away my negativities. After the recitation, I prayed to Bade Baba, and I experienced tranquility—a sweet, blessed, and beautiful state of mind.
 

Surat, India

Every morning I listen to the Shri Guru Gita recitation on the Siddha Yoga path website while getting my kids ready for school. Every single morning Gurumayi's voice fills my heart. It is both my pillar of strength and the warmest comfort at the same time.
 

Wisconsin, United States

A few weeks ago, I was looking for a chant on the Siddha Yoga path website when my search took me here. Upon hearing Shri Guru Gita, I began to weep tears of gratitude. Now I play Shri Guru Gita often, and I have returned to my earlier practice of reciting the text. As I listen to this recording, memories from my time at Gurudev Siddha Peeth in Ganeshpuri come to mind. I am full of love, and I am still weeping with gratitude.
 

Buenos Aires, Argentina

When I face a rough time, like a difficult interpersonal situation or a death in the family, I turn to reciting Shri Guru Gita for support. It is such a great refuge for me. The divine mystery of Shri Guru Gita from my point of view is the way it aligns me with the beautiful flow of the shakti. It is such a blessing to know that I can connect through this sacred text to the experience of God, Guru, and grace.
 
I’m so grateful to Gurumayi and Baba for this precious gift.
 

Massachusetts, United States

This morning I joined together with other Siddha Yogis to recite Shri Guru Gita, each from our own home. Even though we were not in the same physical space, I felt we were all together. The energy was subtle. It seemed to me as if the snow and the mountains around me were also participating by offering a soft white blanket of protection. I felt the Guru’s grace.
 

Sainte-Adele, Canada

A few weeks ago I had surgery on my knee, which has caused me physical and mental discomfort. Today I turned on the recording of Shri Guru Gita on the Siddha Yoga path website and listened to it while lying in bed. The pain in my knee eased and my mind quieted! It was the first time since the surgery that I felt at peace.
 

Hawaii, United States

This morning after reciting Shri Guru Gita, I went out for a walk feeling lighthearted and joyous, verses from the sacred text reverberating sweetly through my mind. Suddenly a loud, angry altercation broke out between two people on the other side of the street. I stopped, as waves of compassion flowed out from my heart towards the two people. I felt the soothing vibrations of Shri Guru Gita embracing us all. There was no judgment, only love and compassion. My heart was full and still.
 
I felt this glimpse of true compassion was a gift for me from Shri Guru Gita.
 

Manchester, United Kingdom

Last night I had a dream in which a luminous being guided me through the streets of many cities and showed me the misery and pain of some of the people. I realized how fortunate I am to have the support of the Guru’s teachings and the Siddha Yoga practices. I have decided to recite Shri Guru Gita to offer blessings to everyone who is experiencing difficulties.
 

Unterlangenegg, Switzerland

What a gift it is to be able to recite Shri Guru Gita at home each day and feel connected to my sadhana family through the live recording!
 
This morning, after reciting these exquisite verses, I feel expanded, still, and filled with contentment and a sweet strength. I am ready to meet the world in a way that will make it a bit better for someone else.
 

Vancouver, Canada

I am so grateful for the beautiful companion in my life—Shri Guru Gita. It weaves through my days whether through print or recording, and carries my heart along with it. Every beat anchors me and resonates in my being, along with the teachings it expresses.
 

Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Canada

As an artist, I get very excited when I discover a new idea or technique. The possibility of uplifting people with my art always inspires me. Today I was again very excited about a new idea, but my intention was to take the idea to a new, higher level than my mind could imagine. So I placed the idea in the shrine of my heart and recited Shri Guru Gita with full concentration, and then meditated.
 
I felt the idea stewing in my heart like a fine dish in the oven. Afterwards, I noticed that my idea had changed; it had become more luminous, more beautiful, more divine, and simply stunning.
 
I understood that the practices I had performed had calmed and purified my mind, allowing for this beauty to emerge.
 

Unterlangenegg, Switzerland

I recite Shri Guru Gita daily. Practicing in this way brings me calm, steadiness, and joy. After my recitation, I meditate for a while. This gives me inner peace that I can return to throughout the day.
 

Allahabad, India

Every morning, before I recite Shri Guru Gita, I look at an image of Bade Baba and ask him what sankalpa or prayer I should bring to my recitation. This morning, I quickly received the guidance to offer my recitation for peace on earth. So I faced north, in accordance with verse 141, and began to recite.
 
I have noticed that whenever I offer my recitation for other people, or for world peace, I experience the inner shakti as more active, and it feels as if the recitation is even more powerful than usual.
 
Every day I set my alarm, but I always wake up before it rings—in time for Shri Guru Gita. So I feel the Guru’s grace is supporting me both physically and through inner guidance. After each recitation, I experience a lot of peace, joy, and blessings, including a deep meditation. In this way it is not just a practice for me but a gift in itself.
 

Surat, India

This morning when I recited Shri Guru Gita, I recalled the guidance we had been given during the recent Svadhyaya Study Sessions with Swami Akhandananda. In doing so, my recitation became light and easeful. It seemed as if streams of sunlight were sparkling and skipping across each verse. And, having spent so much time in the Temple recently through the many live video streams, it felt as though each word, each line, each verse was dancing joyfully to Bade Baba as an offering of gratitude for his being and endless love. Afterwards I felt an inner peace and calm I will carry with me throughout the day.
 
I am so grateful to Gurumayi for the abundance of blessings and gifts she has made available so munificently over the past months in the Siddha Yoga Universal Hall. 
 

Wattamolla, Australia

For me this recitation of Shri Guru Gita with Gurumayi in the Bhagavan Nityananda Temple is so potent, like a blazing fire.

During the whole recitation I feel the divine shakti moving in my body in a strong way. I’m so happy to feel the Guru inside, to feel so clearly that I belong to God and God belongs to me.
 

Milan, Italy

Since attending the Svadhyaya Study Sessions, I feel like I come to Shri Guru Gita in a completely new way. Instead of “doing” Shri Guru Gita, I “experience” Shri Guru Gita. There are heightened moments when I experience the sacred mantras arising from and being received back into the Self: the ebb and flow; the in-breath and the out-breath; the dialogue between Parvati and Lord Shiva. Shri Guru Gita is sacred indeed and such a gift to support my spiritual journey to its destination.
 

Melbourne, Australia

As I started listening to Shri Guru Gita on the Siddha Yoga path website, I felt sad about the state of our world, and my throat was tightly shut. So I just listened and read the words inwardly to myself. After a while, I heard a voice inside me say: When you feel ready, you can start to sing along!
 
My throat opened up and I joined in with the recording. With each verse, I felt stronger and stronger inside. By the end of the recitation, my sadness had been transformed into silence and peace, and my heart overflowed with love.
 

Unterlangenegg, Switzerland

I recited Shri Guru Gita today while focusing on the breath. In my meditation afterwards, I experienced such sweetness. I feel so inspired by the talks on svadhyaya. Shri Guru Gita is the center of my life now. I am so grateful for this practice of focusing on the breath and for Shri Guru Gita.  
 

Washington, United States

In today’s recitation of Shri Guru Gita, I followed the guidance we’ve been receiving in the study sessions, and the energy in both my body and mind became so strong that I had to make an effort not to fall into meditation.
 
Afterwards, when it was time to meditate, oh, what a delight it was! I experienced my mind as clear as a mountain lake and as quiet as nights in wintertime. I was completely awake and at the same time totally calm and free.
 
It was a great experience of the Self, and it felt so normal and utterly natural! There was just me and nothing else, and at the same time I felt connected to everything.
 

Unterlangenegg, Switzerland

Yesterday I received some worrisome news about a family member’s health, and this morning I woke up with a yearning to recite Shri Guru Gita. Doing so gave me courage and peace. I give thanks to my Guru for this invaluable practice.
 

Mexico City, Mexico

I love to recite the powerful Shri Guru Gita. After each recitation, I feel my mind has become deeply calm, and energy courses through my entire body.
 

Gujarat, India

Reciting Shri Guru Gita awakens me in every way. It reminds me who I am, who the Guru is, and what it means to be alive. It is truly a great mantra!
 

California, United States

I heard Shri Guru Gita, the greatest love song, for the first time when I visited Gurudev Siddha Peeth in 1991. Gurumayi would herself lead the recitation every morning. At that time, I struggled with the Sanskrit verses and with managing the rhythm, pronunciation, and the pauses.
 
However, Gurumayi’s presence led me to the hall every dawn. I adopted the graceful posture of Gurumayi and everyone around me, as I held the book in my hand at heart level and chanted a few familiar verses. I was enthralled by her presence and the sounds.
 
After returning home, I approached a more experienced Siddha Yogi in my town and asked her to teach me how to recite Shri Guru Gita. Most patiently, she tutored me until I had learned to recite the complete text.  
 
Since then, svadhyaya of Shri Guru Gita has been an integral part of my sadhana in this lifetime. I ardently pray that this practice remains with me for all lifetimes to come.  
 

Vadodara, India

Reciting Shri Guru Gita with Gurumayi on this recording made me feel very much alive. I could have kept chanting forever, it was so sublime to be in this atmosphere!
 

Somerville, Australia

In the past few days, I have noticed that after I recite Shri Guru Gita, I am filled with incredible energy and can do things at an astonishing speed. It’s my firm conviction that this is only possible because of the power of Shri Guru’s grace in each and every word of Shri Guru Gita.
 

Nagpur, India

Reciting Shri Guru Gita with Gurumayi recalls for me the times I was physically present at Shree Muktananda Ashram. Nowadays when I recite this text, which I do almost daily, I focus on pronouncing all the Sanskrit words correctly. And I recite it as if the Guru already lives inside of me—I honor the Guru inside myself. I still have to pull my wandering mind back very often, but I hope that one day I will be able to recite Shri Guru Gita with reverence, purity, and humility.
 
I am very grateful.
 

Paramaribo, Suriname

Once a week I take time to recite Shri Guru Gita with the recording on the Siddha Yoga path website. It is always a very special time for me and I am very thankful for this opportunity.
 
Each syllable of Shri Guru Gita feels like divine food for my soul. When I am reciting the verses, it is like I am eating a wonderful sweet—mahaprasad, a blessed gift from the Guru. When I recite, I have no wishes, no agenda. Reciting the divine words opens me up to deep fulfillment.
 

Unterlangenegg, Switzerland

During this period of lockdown in India, I am reciting Shri Guru Gita every day. I experience such a powerful connection with the recording available on the Siddha Yoga path website. I love the melodic transitions and musical refinements that help me increase my concentration and experience the shakti more deeply each day. Singing the arati at the end makes my recitation feel “golden,” and I am able to meditate well afterwards.
 
I’m so grateful to Gurumayi ji for supporting my sadhana, and all of ours, with the great gift of this recording.
 

Udhana, India

When I sit to recite Shri Guru Gita in a focused and easeful manner, harmonizing with the voices of the music ensemble, and I make the effort to pronounce each verse correctly, I often experience the mantras showering me with grace.
 
After the recitation, I feel purified, refreshed, blessed, and renewed.
 

Melbourne, Australia

Years ago a Siddha Yogi relayed an experience to me: back in March 1991, the people in the local Siddha Yoga meditation center had gathered to recite Shri Guru Gita with a prayer that it would rain in their region. During the recitation, they heard raindrops on the roof of the center. That was the beginning of “Miracle March” and the end of the drought in the region for that year.
 
My friend’s experience inspired me, and today I recited Shri Guru Gita with the intention to mitigate the division between people in the United States.
 

California, United States

On my birthday, I asked myself what gift I should give to myself. The answer was clear: “Recite Shri Guru Gita with Gurumayi on the Siddha Yoga path website.”
 
The recitation of Shri Guru Gita brings me close to the bliss of my inner being.
 
I’m grateful for this precious birthday gift!
 

Thun, Switzerland

While we are sheltering in place, my husband and I have been reciting Shri Guru Gita with this recording every day. It has become one of the most beautiful parts of our day, a reason to dress up and celebrate. After breakfast, we clean our meditation room, place candles near all the sacred pictures, and then put on special clothing. As we chant, I imagine myself in the Temple with Gurumayi, our Siddha Yoga friends, and the worldwide community of Siddha Yogis. 
 

New York, United States

Sometimes if I am feeling sad or disconnected, I listen quietly to Shri Guru Gita, and it brings me back to peacefulness and the Guru’s unconditional love. I am so grateful for modern technology and the Siddha Yoga path website that allows me to listen to Shri Guru Gita anywhere, anytime, with my mobile phone and earplugs!  
 

Annecy-Le-Vieux, France

I feel blessed to be able to recite Shri Guru Gita with the recording on the Siddha Yoga path website.
 
It is as though I am participating in this recitation with Gurumayi and the sangham, and afterwards I experience joy, solace, and contentment that stay with me for a long time.
 

Modiin, Israel

I have just recited Shri Guru Gita using the online audio for the first time, and I found it very powerful. When I sat to meditate afterwards, I could feel such strong vibrations of shakti in my body. I felt strong, centered, and enlivened.
 

London, United Kingdom

I was delighted to discover this version of Shri Guru Gita on the Siddha Yoga path website recently. I really like the short meditation after the text. Now I have morning meditation as well as night meditation. Perfect!
 
At the moment, I'm refining my daily schedule of practices for the Very Long Retreat of 2020. So after reciting with Gurumayi using this version, I am playing the CD of Baba's reciting Shri Guru Gita when I have morning tea and prepare for the day. Baba’s company is very peaceful.
 

Sydney, Australia

Shri Guru Gita is my favorite sacred text to recite, and it’s wonderful to know that it’s available for me in every moment; that brings great joy to my heart. And reciting it along with Gurumayi makes me feel that I am really in the Temple of Bade Baba along with her.
 
I am so grateful for this incredible gift.
 

Naples, Italy

Gratitude fills my heart for this blessed online resource at my fingertips. It fills me with joy and anchors my practice during these challenging days. I am embraced with love wherever I find myself and can be steady for those around me.
 

St. Lazare, Canada

The recitation of Shri Guru Gita caresses my soul!
 
It strengthens me, and allows me to face daily challenges from a new perspective.
 

 Milan, Italy

In the midst of various challenges, I recently decided to take refuge in Shri Guru Gita. Despite my mind being very active at times, I found I was able to bathe in a pool of stillness at the end of the recitation. During this moment of stillness, the waterfall in the beautiful "Love in Action" animation for 2020 came to mind. I felt that Gurumayi was guiding me and protecting me.
 

Willemstad, Curacao

Reciting Shri Guru Gita bring me joy and happiness. It fuels my entire being with energy that keeps me grounded and focused for approaching even the most challenging task at hand.
 
I feel overwhelmed with gratitude for this great Siddha Yoga path, its teachings, and its practices.
 

Florida, United States

For me, reciting Shri Guru Gita brings about the experience of equanimity and calmness of mind.
 

Gurgaon, India

As I recited Shri Guru Gita for the first time with the recording on the Siddha Yoga path website, my heart was overjoyed and filled with gratitude for the immense gift and blessing I was receiving. I love to recite Shri Guru Gita every day, and I am thrilled to be able to do it now along with the beautiful voices of Gurumayi, the music ensemble, and others!
 

New Mexico, United States

Every so often I like to enliven my routine by focusing on different practices.
 
I have added reciting this beautiful version of Shri Guru Gita to my daily practices. Even so, I wasn't expecting it to make such a difference! It brings me into a state of deep alignment with my best self, leaving me feeling refreshed, focused, and ready for the day.
 

Wentworth Falls, Australia

I am very grateful to Gurumayi for the refinements we’ve been given for reciting Sri Guru Gita. I find the refinements powerful and inspiring. I feel I have had a deeper experience of the shakti in the verses that are sung in unison and a greater connection to the text. I also feel more alert and better able to concentrate on the text, as well as closer to my inner Self. I feel energized!
 

Nandura, India

I really enjoy reciting Shri Guru Gita with Gurumayi. By listening diligently to her, I am learning how to pronounce each line and deepen my experience. I notice that after this practice, I carry a sense of calm and strength throughout my day.
 
What a wonderful gift from Gurumayi!
 

Eastbourne, United Kingdom

My heart is so full of gratitude for having access to this recitation of Shri Guru Gita through the Siddha Yoga path website. I feel so blessed to be able to recite Shri Guru Gita together with everyone in the Universal Hall wherever we are in the world and at any time we choose. I experience the sounds of the recitation and Gurumayi's voice filling my whole being and spreading blessings to my home and my family.
 

California, United States

After nearly thirty-eight years of reciting Shri Guru Gita nearly every day, I am profoundly grateful for this opportunity to learn the refinements and improve my pronunciation.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this ecstatic recording!
 

Washington, United States

It is thrilling to listen to Gurumayi singing this powerful text. The Shri Guru Gita verses give me confidence in life. Now I understand that singing to the Guru is really a gem that fulfills my wishes.
 

México City, Mexico

Receiving the blessing of this recitation of Shri Guru Gita from Gurumayi is like encountering the living God on my morning walk. Its power uplifts me and transports my inner feeling in the same way that the rising sun infuses each day with its reassuring warmth and brightens my outlook.
 
Today will be a good day.
 

Washington, United States

I am so grateful for this audio recording of Shri Guru Gita. It fulfills my longing to have this updated version available so I can recite it at home with all the musical refinements. After the recitation, I felt refreshed, alert, and bathing in grace.
 

Montreal, Canada