My Shaktipat Experience

By Evy (Kalyani) Zavolas, interviewed by Margie (Maitreyi) Wilsman

“Each Shaktipat Retreat with Gurudevi Swami Nirmalananda has taken me deeper,” says Kalyani Zavolas.  Years ago, the first time she put her thumb on my forehead I didn’t feel very much.  Over time, I’ve learned that what I feel depends on my receptivity.  Now, I’m so much more receptive.  I have attended at least 5 or 6.  Attending Gurudevi’s Shaktipat Retreats regularly has been beautifully effective!

“Despite my lack of feeling much the first time, I kept signing up for more.  Each time Gurudevi placed her thumb on my forehead to give me Shaktipat, I felt the openings deeper in my body — specifically in my heart.  I could not get this heart opening any other way.  Despite all my Svaroopa® Vidya practices — chanting, meditation, japa, vichara, yoga therapy and asana — a stuckness around my heart persisted.  Attending Shaktipat Retreats, I got it unstuck.

The last two I attended were very close together.  Why not I decided?  In the midst of a major life change, I need extra help: openings, bliss and Guru’s Grace.  What better way to get more Grace? 

These last two retreats were deeply intense and so beautiful.  I received abundant, tangible openings.  The openings have become deeper and deeper.  I now realize that the openings I need are so deep that nothing else can get in there.  Shaktipat has not let me down.

I feel more supported each time I am in Gurudevi’s presence.  Just thinking about the upcoming Shaktipat Retreat in February brings tears to my eyes.  What an opportunity to attend again!  I feel honored, humbled and grateful to be attending.  At each of these retreats, I learn more about the openings that I am getting.  Swamiji always gives amazing talks with new and expanded explanations that give me deeper understandings of what I am experiencing.

For me, it is really important to attend.  Words don’t quite express what I am feeling as I prepare to attend again.  I think I got the last open spot in the upcoming February retreat, but I know there is another retreat in May.  I hope my sharing of these benefits will inspire others to attend.  Namaste.

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