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Siddha Yoga Holidays 2017

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New Year's Day January 1
New Year’s Day is an occasion when we come together to engage in the Siddha Yoga practices, to celebrate a new beginning and invoke grace for the year ahead.

Mahashivaratri February 24
Shivarati (lit., night of Shiva).
During the Indian month of Magha, as the moon wanes and illumines the morning sky in its crescent shape, devotees honor the great night of Shiva, Mahashivaratri. It is said that on Mahashivaratri, a single repetition of Shiva’s name and the benefits of worship performed on this night are multiplied a thousandfold.

One of the ways that Siddha Yogis honor Lord Shiva on this holiday is by repeating the mantra Om Namah Shivaya. This sacred mantra of the Siddha Yoga lineage means, “I bow to Shiva, the divine Self within.” Siddha Yogis receive the mantra Om Namah Shivaya from the Guru, and the mantra is infused with the Guru’s grace. As we repeat it, the power of the mantra leads us to the experience of our own inner divinity.

Baba Muktananda's Lunar Birthday May 10

Baba was born in May 1908, on the day of the full moon. Siddha Yoga students celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Swami Muktananda, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda's Guru, honoring the grace that comes through the presence of the Guru in our lives.

On the Siddha Yoga path, Baba’s Birthday is a time of utmost joy and gratitude; it is an occasion for remembering and honoring the treasure-house of grace and teachings Baba has given to this world. Because of Baba Muktananda, generations of seekers around the world have been able to study and practice the Siddha Yoga teachings.

Gurumayi Chilvilasananda's Birthday June 24
We celebrate the birthday of the Guru with special joy. In honoring the birth of our Guru we give thanks for the presence of a perfected master in our lives: the one who awakens us to the longing for liberation, the one who will not cease caring for us until we have reached that highest goal.

We remember the words of the great saint Shankaracharya on the immense value of a human birth:

Three things are rare indeed and they are due to the grace of God -- namely, a human birth, the longing for liberation, and the protecting care of a perfected sage.
(Viveka Chudamani Verse 3)

Gurupurnima Jul 8
In India, the full moon of the month of Ashada (July-August) is honored as the most auspicious and important of the entire year. This moon's luminous brilliance and perfect form are seen as expressions of the Guru's gift of grace and the attainment of Self-realization. Siddha Yogis focus on the practice of dakshina during this holiday.

Bhagavan Nityananda Punyatithi Aug 8
(lit. Punya - spiritual merit; tithi - observance, remembrance)
Bhagavan Nityananda (d. 1961) is renowned in western and southern India as one of the great modern saints. Also known as Bade Baba (elder Baba), he was the Guru of Swami Muktananda, who often said Bhagavan was a janma Siddha, a born Siddha or perfected yogi. We remember this day in August 1961 when his time on earth was completed and he merged with the Absolute. It is said that when a great being dies, his punya, or merit, is shared amongst those who remember him.

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Baba Muktananda's Divya Diksha Aug 15
This holiday is the anniversary of the day that Swami Muktananda received divine initiation from his Guru, Bhagavan Nityananda. Swami Muktananda described this as "the most auspicious of all auspicious days."

Baba Muktananda's Mahasamadhi Oct 5
Baba offered the blessings of Siddha Yoga meditation to the world. We remember the dates in October 1982 when his time on earth was completed and he merged with the Absolute.




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