This week I would like to focus on my Guru, Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri. Over the years I gathered as many pictures of him as I could. When I stayed in Ganeshpuri I met his direct devotees, who showed me some rare pictures. In Kerala, I stayed at his first ashram and searched for more pictures. Since Bhagawan left his body in 1961, discovering a new picture evokes the same joy as running into an old friend we haven’t seen in a long time.
A few nights ago I ran into a wonderful video on YouTube. I’ve seen other short clips of Bhagawan before, but this video presents a comprehensive collection of many well-known and previously unknown (at least to me) photos of Bhagawan. The images are accompanied by the chanting of the Guru Gita, The Song of the Guru, which is the principal Sanskrit text chanted every morning in the Siddha Yoga ashrams where I received my yogic training.
So instead of writing on yoga, I thought I would step aside and invite you to embark on a 45-minute journey of listening to the auspicious Guru Gita and enjoying the darshan (sight) of my beloved master, Sri Bhagawan Nityananda.
In fact, having the darshan of a Siddha Guru (perfected being) can awaken one’s Kundalini and set one on the path to spiritual liberation. The sight of a true saint is more valuable and more auspicious than learning every sacred scripture by heart. So I am extremely grateful to the devotee (I’m trying to track him or her down) who put together this treasure of a video. May you receive the full blessing of Sri Gurudev.
Here is the link to the video:
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