Our Weekly Reoccurring Programs
1st Saturday of the month at 7:00pm
If you are new to the Siddha Yoga path or to the Siddha Yoga Meditation Center in Atlanta, you may wish to attend an orientation on your initial visit.
An informal Orientation Program held the first Saturday of each month at 7:00pm before the regularly scheduled Saturday Evening Program begins at 7:30pm. This is a special time to welcome you and help you become more familiar with the center and with the practices of Siddha Yoga. It is also great time to invite family and friends to the center as well. Everyone is warmly welcomed!
Chanting & Meditation :
Saturdays: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Wednesdays: 7:45pm - 9:00pm
“Chanting is the highest nectar, a tonic that fully nourishes our inner being. If we want to experience love, the greatest means is chanting God’s name.”
— Swami Muktananda
At a certain point, ordinary words can no longer take us where we want to go. Through chanting, we use music and sacred mantras to enter into a dialogue with the divine.
Chanting is a natural way to tune in to the frequency of love. Chanting combines singing and music with mantras—words and sounds that vibrate at the highest level of awareness. The vibrations emanating from repeating the names of God or chanting sacred Sanskrit texts have a tangible effect on our own inner being. The sweetness of chanting stills the mind, dissolves worries, and opens the heart. The saints describe chanting as a way of becoming saturated with God's love.
Chanting gives us direct access to the spiritual world. It balances our subtle energy system, allowing for deeper meditation. Chanting forms an integral part of the practice schedule at Siddha Yoga retreats, centers, and ashrams.
Shri Guru Gita:
Sunday's 9:00am - 10:30am
Followed by a light breakfast
Baba Muktananda, in his introduction to The Nectar of Chanting, describes the 182 verses of Shri Guru Gita as “one long mantra” and extols it as “the one indispensable text” of the Siddha Yoga path. Baba teaches that reciting Shri Guru Gita is a form of swadhyaya, study of the Self. The recitation of Shri Guru Gita is an immersion in sacred sounds and a form of mantra japa.
Shri Guru Gita is a hymn, composed in traditional Sanskrit verse forms, that describes a dialogue between Lord Shiva, the primordial Guru, and Goddess Parvati, his consort and disciple. In this dialogue, Lord Shiva expounds on the nature of the Guru, the power of the Guru’s grace, the importance of devotion and service to the Guru, and the ways the Guru leads the disciple to the knowledge of the Self.
Lord Shiva praises the greatness of this hymn by referring to it as “mantraraja,” literally, “king of mantras,” a supreme mantra—in verses 52, 61, 107, and 133. In verse 133 the Lord says:
"Gurugitaksaraikam tu mantrarajam imam japet"
Even one letter of the Guru Gita is a supreme mantra. One should repeat it.