By Belle (Bhavani) Mann
Interviewed by Lori (Priya) Kenney
About 20 years ago, I spontaneously received Shaktipat in an advanced yoga teacher training. It was like lightning struck me.
I was suddenly filled with intense love. It wasn’t regular human love; it was Divine love. It was the most unbelievable experience of my whole life. When I got home and walked in the door, my husband said, “You’re different.” I kept that state for a few months.
Yet I was able to understand this only years later, after Gurudevi started teaching about Shaktipat. Now I take Gurudevi’s Shaktipat Retreats, where she gives this initiation intentionally, both online and in person. I love that just being in her presence changes me.
I love the teaching talks given by our swamis. I learn so much from our group’s questions and Gurudevi’s answers during the On-Site Q & A. I love chanting, especially with the group at in-person retreats. At the in-person retreats, I also get a chance to hang out in the bhav and Grace of the Ashram. I have personal contact with Svaroopa® yoga friends and enjoy meeting others. I can talk and laugh with them all.
My many Shaktipat Retreats, in person as well as online, have been powerful in different ways. In my last one, I felt veils of resistance falling away. I hadn’t realized I had been resistant to becoming enlightened. Now I could make a stronger commitment.
After each Shaktipat Retreat I feel changed, even when it takes a couple of weeks to discover how. After one, I felt much closer and loving toward Gurudevi. Another time, my love of chanting increased. I deeply feel these subtle internal shifts. I am grateful for all the ways Shaktipat has changed me. All are gifts of Gurudevi’s Grace and teachings!