A very Special Thanks goes out to all of you who send me such sweet and heartfelt notes about your appreciation and your experiences with your Sanskrit & Yogic studies... they mean a lot to me.
I wish you golden light on your
I´m deeply moved by the experience of this
How blessed to spend four days with the amazing
It was Manawesome! I thought so much, sung so much and
learned so much.
And my heart grew so much. Thank you Jivamukti Yoga Berlin and thank you Sri Sri Sri
My heart is filled with gratitude for the
beautiful teachings that you shared with us on Wednesday night at Jivamukti. It is an evening I will
never forget. I was moved to tears.
It is no wonder that your are cherished by
so many. You speak the Truths of life that once heard change lives
With gratitude, respect and
Pam ~ Janaki
Thank you so much for reaching out to those of us who are not lucky enough to live nearby our teachers and our spiritual communities. It is very hard to stay committed to practice without a satsang or a teacher's guidance. Zoey and I are working hard to help facilitate the growth of a spiritual yogic community at our studio and your teachings have been a blessing not just for us but for our students as well.
I will 'see' (or rather hear) you in the next June teleclass.
Love and Light,
Yoga Sutra Teleclass April 2011
Thank you so much for offering the Sutra Club
After 5 years of chanting the first pada, the sutras have
come alive for me with deeper meaning.
I definitely plan to register for the second
Thank you for your guidance in class.
Thank you so much for your help last night. I always love class but really appreciate you spending a little extra time with me. I was obviously confused about non-attachment and was trying to relate it and apply it to the manifest instead of thinking about it in terms of it's application to the Self.
Definitely something to sit with and energize on
Looking forward to class next week.
Ligth & Love,
Thank you for class tonight! The 2 hours tonight flew by so fast.
Thank you for all you share, for your patience, and your kindness.
Sutra Club Teleclass
It was a pleasure to host you! Spending Saturday with you was very
magical.."pearls" "fridge mantras", laughter, language, love..thanks for sharing
what you do with us, we really enjoyed the few hours of Luminous Shabda. Your
relationship with your mother really touch my heart, lessons were learned, thank
I'll be in touch to set up another workshop.
Long Island Yoga Association
I wanted to tell you that your
Luminous Shabda last weekend at East Side Yoga was phenomenal!
I was so
disappointed to not be able to make it on Sunday; but I look forward to singing
with you again soon.
I have really enjoyed listening to your CD while I
practice my yoga asana...it is divine.
In Love and
Thank you for your beautiful voice and sound knowledge of Sanskrit.
I wish you had plans to come to the pacific northwest as I would wish to study with you.
Darlene D. July 2010
What a blessing you provided in your training this weekend. I am grateful for your many pearls of wisdom, grace and humor as a teacher. It is my intention to provide slow and steady care to the seeds planted. Perhaps one may develop into an oak tree
Cheryl Virginia Beach, VA
Thank you Manorama!
I value our satsang so much.
Lesley Student NYC 2010
Your teachings at Omega left a mark on my heart. It was a joy and an honor to learn from you.
Love and blessings to you, Manorama.
Linda G. NY
I just wanted to say "thank you" for the Sanskrit lessons you held at Omega
(Jivamukti teacher training). I absolutely loved them.
I hope that some day our paths will cross again and I can learn more from
you (ever thought about travelling to Germany? ;)
Loved your classes and the enormous warmth you exude. :)
Thanks again for everything.
Evelyn May 2010
I am writing to send you many many thanks. Your Sanskrit workshop this weekend at Wake Up was extremely powerful. I went for a very long walk this afternoon after your class, and the whole time I couldn't stop practicing pronouncing the different vowels and words I'd just learned! (can't get enough of the "ya'ra lovah"....) Pade pade, I know, but I feel all this new found buzzing energy with which to dive deeper.
It is refreshing to meet people like you, who really get "it." My experience learning with you this weekend was so real and made me feel so alive. You opened so many new doors for me, I am ready to take the journey in discovering what's behind them. You have inspired me to dig even deeper into the layers to find my Self.
Thank you for spending your time teaching others, and it was so great to meet you this weekend. You left a big impression on me, and you have truly inspired me! I can't wait to hear your hauntingly beautiful chanting again :)
Monica Kriso April 2010
Your new album is AMAzing and I have been hearing/playing your voice often.
Jivamukti Yoga Charleston SC
Dear Manorama, I keep listening to your voice (in Namo Namah) as I practice.
is beautiful and peaceful.
How beautiful to hear your chanting. I am very happy that I have been added to your Sanskrit Studies mailing list.
With all best wishes,
Janaki NYC 2009
Thank you for a wonderful day at Yoga Shanti this past Saturday.
I enjoyed the workshop so much although I have to say it's a little intimidating !!!
So much to learn............I know slow and steady : ) I will see you at your weekend intensive in NYC in October...Be well.
Peace and Love,
Student NYC Sept 2009
Words really can not offer the nectar of my feelings and love for you.
When I am around you my skin breathes more freely and my heart opens a little wider.
Thank you for your juice last night. I realized how much I miss you when i see you and at the same time i know i am always with you and you are always with me. My name is perfection in so many levels and the levels continue to unfold. I am blessed and wonder how Damn good I must have been in previous lives to have met you in this one. Om and a trillion pranams.
Parvati NYC Sept 2009
I am a student of Jan Henrickson's yoga teacher training program that was offered in Saskatoon. You came to Saskatoon and blessed us with your presence, knowledge, voice. I think of you so often. Your words were really life changing for me. I want to continue studying with the Jivamukti yoga, meditation and Sanskrit. It all brings such peace to me. You are a wonderful speaker.
Rhonda Normand Saskatoon, Canada 2009
Omega Retreat June 2009
Oh, wow...the Warrior Within Through the Bhagavad Gita Immersion Retreat!
Words can not fully express my deep gratitude to you, Guru Ma. I was moved to tears...more than once...and inspired to hear your reverent words about Guruji and others. So many teachings and layers to explore and sit with. Your lightness through humor and laughter only illuminate these teachings more.
The fire ceremonies continue to burn within me. I am so grateful to be able to sit at your feet.
...awake...engaged...and feeling...at least right now!
The pearls book is so simple and powerful. Just a little bit is like taking a God vitamin.
In love and gratitude always,
Stacy June 2009 NYC
I just wanted to send a note to thank you for the most beautiful Sanskrit workshop in Saskatoon. I have been practicing the alphabet in the mornings as I get ready, and this morning I over heard my 4 year old chanting the sounds as well. It was amazing!
So if I don't learn it perhaps my little person will!!
Nicole June 2009 Saskatoon, Canada
I am deeply grateful for the five days f study with you at Omega. Here is a poem that went through my mind during one of your teachings.
THE WAY IT IS - Willaim Stafford
There is a thread that you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn't change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it's hard for others to see. While you hold it you can't get lost Tradgedies happen; people get hurt or die; and you suffer and get old. Nothing you can do can stop time's unfolding. You don't ever let go of the thread.
Thank you for guiding me back to the suture of awareness.
the person formerly known as:
Dear Manorama ~
Many thanks for a delightful and enlightening day at Yogaphoria. You are such a beautiful expression of inspiration:)
So looking forward to seeing you again for Level 2 at Wake Up Yoga! I am singing my alphabet!!!
With Abundant Gratitude~
June 2009 Yogaphoria, New Hope PA
Thank you so much for the beautiful class you share with us on Sunday. It inspired me deeply and I hope to carry your wise words with me for a long time to come. I'll look forward to seeing you again on Wednesday, too.
Katherine NYC March 2009
I am so grateful for the time we spent together on Sunday, and so many thoughts are still dancing in my head. I am tickled all over and am just beginning to scratch at the surface.
Thank you so much! I look forward to many more meetings and time spent with you.
Cindy LL TT March 2009
I recently purchased the MP3s of your recitation of the Yoga Sutras. Your work is amazing and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and ability.
Peter G. Pittsburgh, PA 2008
Dear Manorama, Thank you so much. You are amazing. I am so grateful to have you as my teacher.
Director, Lotus Yoga Montclair NJ Nov 2008
I wanted to thank you for a great weekend at Jivamukti Yoga Charleston. I'm memorizing the Sutra and hope to see you soon.
Your resonance is heavenly. It takes me to a very sweet place every time. I've only listened to part of the Samadhi Padah, on the Yoga Sutra CD but I have to tell you I love your voice, and your enunciation. Also, I love the cover.
It was so, so wonderful to be with you Monday. Your presence brings me
to a place of sweetness and quiet. I am always pointed inward through your guidance.
Thank you for providing a spiritual anchor.
I would be at all your programs if I could. For now, I will look to the podcasts.
I am so happy to have attended the Sunday program. Being in your presence continues to become an ever-more-rewarding and enriching experience. I soak in the energy and carry it with me.
My most humble gratitude to you,
Rosanne Student NYC 2007
Dearest Shri Manorama,
My name is Jen and I am one of the new Jivamukti teachers you inspired during this years training at Omega. I fell in love with sanskrit, and finding a way to study more deeply has continued to rumble around and in me since the training. I just want to take a moment to thank you for the gift of your teachings, but above all your presence. I continue to be inspired in my practice and teaching by your words, and by the memories i have of your light shining through to us. I hope that my path will again bring me into your guidance in the future.
jen JMYS TT 2007
What can I say, it was a very FULL weekend. I must say I learned more this past weekend than I have learned in quite a while thank you . It was such a pleasure to finally meet the woman behind the voice that drew me in about a year ago. Ma yes I really do go to sleep to your 'In All Beings' cd it soothe the soul and clears my mind, and I now have a better understanding of the music and culture and will be on a quest for more info about it. Well, what's the Point right. I have a better understanding of keeping point.
Edward Dallas Tx 2007
Manorama (dearest lady),
Thank you for once again providing an inspiring and eloquent course on Sanskrit. You have such a wonderful sincere teaching style, weaving in humor with humility giving one a thirst and hunger for more, so I will be practicing with your handouts and CD. Having your presence in Texas is always welcomed.
Shanti Donna K. Austin Dallas Tx 2007
Words cannot express how much I enjoyed your "Warrior
Within" workshop; I am certainly looking forward to your return to Dallas in
January! In the meantime I am trying to stay engaged and especially adhere to
your sage advice about not staying stuck on any one thing for more than
Namaste and Peace!
Dallas Tx 2007
Dear Dear Manorama ji,
Thank you for being my teacher.
Thank you for visiting and blessing our space. May your remaining travels be joy-full.
Thank you again, from the depths of my heart.
My love for Sanskrit increases whenever I hear your voice
or see your face.
Pranams and All my love,
Co-Director Satsang Yoga, SC
Just checking to make sure you're safe & sound back home in NYC! Wanted to extend, a big thanks from all of us for such a wonderful weekend!
Thanks again for sharing your passion for Sanskrit & Yoga philosophy!
Holy Cow Yoga SC
Thank you for writing. Students are still in deep appreciation for
your visit, and are telling your stories to others.
Such a beautiful gift to have you here with us.
Looking forward to your upcoming visit at Satsang.
I was listening to the cd you gave us with you chanting Patanjali's Yoga Sutra.
Satsang Yoga Co-Director, SC
The Gods and Goddess workshop this past weekend was an absolutely phenomenal program...
I am still absorbing...
like maybe for the rest of my life??
so much love to you, dear Teacher....
You are indeed a true teacher and beloved.
Lisa NYC 2007
Your Bija CD is amazing and very powerful. Your soothing voice along with the vibrations of your chanting leads me deeper and deeper into stillness.The experience is one of serene inner peace and balance. When listening to it, I feel completely present in the moment. Thank you for sharing these wonderful Bija mantras with us and for creating a CD I could meditate to wherever I go.
Namastasyai Namastasyai – Namo Namah
I listened to the Bija Mantra CD last night. Beautiful. The CD itself is a bija; through your teaching you are able to bring us in the now and then able to raise us into awareness through the vibration of the chanting. Powerful is an understatement. Congratulations Guru Ma. Namo namah.
a. Student NYC 2007
Just a quick note to say thank you so much for spending time with us
today. It was such a delight to learn from you. At the beginning I
felt completely intimidated, I must admit, but then I opened up my mind
with your help--and I learned so much about being a teacher and about
yoga and, of course, Sanskrit.
Thank you, especially, for reminding me that I have to know myself to
be a teacher. I suppose I knew that, but I didn't understand why I
don't feel ready quite yet to teach yoga--your comment today really
made me understand that I have some investigating to do first. How
Again, thank you. I am sure that our paths will cross again in the
Student NYC April 2007
Thank you. Last night was just what the doctor ordered. When I am feverish of mind
you are like a cool compress on my forehead.
Hello Manorama, Thank you so much for everything. Class has been amazing!
Thank you for yet another memorable meeting.
I so enjoy our time together... your soul speaks to my soul. :)
I am lucky to have your love at work in my life.
I love you back, infinitely...
Mar 3 Feb 2007 NYC Student
I just wanted to thank you again for being so generous with you teaching and spirit. You added something so special to our teacher training that touched all of us. It was an honor to have you join us. I look forward to studying with you personally and with our students in future trainings.
Jude & Isaac
Exhale Spa Yoga Coordinator, May 2006
I cherish our time together and all I have learned so far. Moving into the next year I am looking forward to going further into it all with you. Be well.
Xxx lah, Dec 2005
great to hear and read from you. thank you for being with me. The last months I often thought of you. Last but not least because of your wonderful teaching gifts and commentaries on Shri Brahmananda Saraswati. I would love to say thank you for giving us the beautiful chanting CD.
I am curious what comes next. Let me know. My yoga practice is steady and joyful. Hope to see you next year somewhere to enjoy more of your precious teachings.
Jörg, Dec 2005
Thank you for the fantastic workshop at Corepower yoga studio in Denver. It was an amazing and inspiring experience. What can I say; you just get better!
Darrel, Feb 2006
Core Power Yoga
it was a pleasure having you out here! Thanks for coming out and for the awesome workshop the feedback was great. Thank you also for the kind gifts they are much appreciated. Thanks again for everything!
Dave, Feb 2006 TT Program
co-owner of Core Power Yoga
I just wanted to thank you again for such a moving and informative workshop today. I felt compelled to write you an e-mail, and I am NOT an e-mail person! I have a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages. I enjoyed teaching, and I would like to think that I was a good teacher (I did get positive feedback from my students), but I wasn’t passionate about teaching English. So I didn’t do it for very long, primarily because I felt that I would be doing a disservice to others and myself. Your passion for Sanskrit is obvious, and you are a truly gifted and inspirational teacher. I am so grateful that you shared your knowledge and energy with all of us today. It was an amazing experience that exceeded all expectations. I know I will be very busy with my teacher training until June, but I hope to study Sanskrit with you in the future. I also hope/pray that when I start teaching Yoga, at least one of my students will depart with the same feelings that you sparked in me today.
Thank you again!
Feb 2006 TT Program, Student IYI Yoga
I have received today the CD of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra. It's very nice! I will surely use it during my next chanting.
Thank you very much.
Greetings from Turin, Italy.
Luca Daghino, Feb 2006
As I sit here typing out my notes I took on Sat. from your class,
I am wanting to tell you something
I am sure you have heard before.
Shawn said it @ the end of class & I will repeat it now.
You have a gift, Manorama.
you are a very special teacher,
you connect with all of us
because you were here
when he was here.
One cannot make light of this.
I love when you talk fondly about the Ashram,
& I love your stories about the Guruji.
They have a timeless appeal,
but coming from you,
something strikes a cord in me.
Manorama, you are a Guru in your own right, yes this is true. .
Feb 2006, Ananda Ashram Participant
at your feet
Today, enjoyed seeing what an accomplished and polished teacher you've become. And you sure stayed on
point!!! And learned a lot--you're really good at giving material for both new and "old" students. And so clever--you discussed abhyasa (repetition was your strong definition), then demonstrated it, even in the reading, as well as in the chanting. It's
these underlying threads that string everything together that shows your real mastery of both subject and method of presenting it to your students. And of course, it appears casual, almost effortless. As it is!! For you are in the flow and just let it happen. Now that's great teaching! From the inside, from the heart.
Ananda Participant, Feb 2006
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the incredible session, jai. not to mention the simultaneously and the surprising deciphering that helped me more clearly understand the ongoing unfolding of my india experience.
I have been so inspired from our connection and session and it is manifesting so sweetly in my classes and in my heart and silences in between.
I look forward to our next session.
Student NYC March 2006
Jaya Guru Ji! I am eternally grateful for you in my life and thru your devotion to Guru Ji, i am blessed with his presence as well
Early morning apperance day pranams to you and Guru Ji
Ambika, March 2006
First, I want to extend to you my most heartfelt thanks for the workshop last weekend at Ananda Ashram. It was my first time with you, but you touched me deeply. As much as I have longed to receive a mantra for years, I have never asked for one. After spending time with you, learning from you, chanting with you and receiving such a blessing in that experience, I knew that you were the one to ask. Thank you for giving me the gift of mantra and blessing me with your wisdom, clarity, and heart.
With Deepest Gratitiude
Student NYC March 2006
Just a quick note to thank you for your presence in my life. Every day since I met you has been filled with magic. Not a day goes by where I don't think of you or mention you to someone when they need inspiration. I look forward to seeing you on Thursday.
Much Love and Pranams,
Student NYC, Mar 2006
sending you love....
and thoughts and hope for rest....
I miss you...but always know you are with me...
silently reflecting on the blessings
I am so fortunate to receive from Guruji's
beautiful presence in my life....
interesting, I was working so hard (pitta-like)
on the Brahmananda mantra
and yesterday it just flowed from me.... :-)
I love you.....
return safely home
Student NJ March 2006
My heart is always soothed by your shining light presence, your wise words and your twinkling eyes. You are a beacon in a swirling sea. With deepest reverence
Student NYC March 2006
You are….my heroine, my friend. Thank you
Student NYC Feb 2006
I am living in Varanasi and playing the sitar. it is such a joy! My sitar’s name is Nagalaksmi. I worship her as the embodiment of Mataji. I just wanted to write to tell you I love you and I feel so lucky, b/c I truly feel you are here always with me. I love you thank you ma
Student India Mar 2006
After our workshop today at CYC, I came home, picked up my copy of Rumi, and read this:
We have fallen into the place where everything is music.
Daylight, full of small dancing particles,
And the one great turning, our souls,
Are dancing with you, without feet, they dance.
Can you see them when I whisper in your ear?
Thank you for your gracious whispers that arrive like thunder and strike like lightning, and yet, ironically, have taught me - more than anyone else’s shouting - about the immense power in the simple act of being silent. It was a privilege to be in your presence, and to witness your practice of creating the ideal learning space where everything was, in fact, divine music. When you ask me in the future if I am, as you advise, “doing something”, I am determined that my answer will be that I am I am still listening.
Connecticut Yoga Center TT, Student Mar 2006
This was a very special weekend for both myself and Laine--thank you for both your kindness during class and for the opportunity to join you for dinner on Saturday night.
Kitty and Laine and I got together this morning to start our Sanskrit study group. Last year Kitty and I kept talking about making it happen, this time I said let's schedule a time, even if it's only half an hour--so we're off and running!
I'm left with a profound feeling that all is well. Some day I will wax poetic, for now, I just want to reach out and say hello and express my gratitude for your warnth.
love and blessings,
Connecticut Yoga Center TT
Student Mar 2006
thank you for a beautiful program last night as always...
I felt lovingly guided to the core...my center...
to my truest self...
with loving reverence...hugs and pranams...
Student NYC March 2006
Amyji and Manoramaji,
i wanted to write and let you know how much i enjoyed the workshop. i was delighted to be with both my teachers once again
(and i didn't have to wait till the fall). Your workshops are like landmarks on my life's terrain. Points were i contemplate were i am coming from where i am and where i want to go. i am deeply grateful for your presence in my life, you both mean the world to me. Amy you live and breath anusara in you laid back hippie style and Ma, you enliven and fill the space with your amazingly
clear like a bell voice. i love you both please continue your work together, it is special and necessary
i place my love in you
Leap Into Spring Participant March 2006
This is Munjal, I took your Sankrit class at Prana Yoga here in Miami about a month ago.
You'll be glad to hear I've been reading more about it, and working at it on a regular basis. (at least as regular as one can given daily life and its happenings). I also read thru the Devanani book and really enjoyed it. Coming from a background that is based heavily in science (in my case, mathematics and computer logic/programming) I found the articles to be quite stimulating and interesting. Where else can I find information about Sanskrit in this manner?
I look forward to taking your Level 2 class which Dona informed everyone of as taking place in June.
Prana Yoga Miami Student Mar 2006
PS. The Shakti-Pod is great! Perfect for geeks such as myself. :)
They LOVED you as usual! They were completely transformed :)
One of them (Melissa) told me she already signed up for Sanskrit 1 with you. Thank you so much -
Manager, Laughing Lotus Yoga TT Program
NYC, April 2006
Thank you for the CDs... They're really good!
Writer for Fit Yoga
NYC, April 2006
Dear Beloved Manorama,
The Fire Ceremony CD… pure light…………………Thank You
Love and Hugs
NYC, April 2006
Eye haven't really expressed to you yet how this newest offering of yours has impacted me. Of course, the student in me is so excited to have this as a learning tool and have access to these ancient prayers but moreover ... the sound of you chanting these sacred mantras is so profoundly moving, that eye am rendered absolutely still and become intoxicated by the tangible vibration of pure love eye am in awe of your devotion and commitment
my endless pranams
NYC, April 2006
Just a little note to thank you for a wonderful, blessed experience at the Mayflower on Monday. You indeed are a special person and I find it wondrous that I met you on day 39 of the mantra I completed yesterday: Om Namo Narayanaya. Once my busy season is over, I’d like to meet you again and talk about really learning Sanskrit. Its calling me!
Best regards and Love,
waves of appreciation for our puja....positive, some positively shocked at the resonance of the experience. gotta love that!
I give thanks for you and our blessed meetings. I studied visarga sandhi and sutras today on the train. I am using a brand new notebook which will be devoted solely to sentences.
Love Love Love YOU, Ma Devi!!!! OM.
Shri, April 2006
Thank you for making this Learn to Pronounce Yoga Pose CD available... I know it will be very helpful
Chrystal Rae, Student Dallas 2006
What is the chant that is played on the Sanskrit Studies website? And is it available on a CD? I happened upon it today - it is beautiful.
Dear Manorama Ji,
You have been in my thoughts ever since I left your apartment on Thursday. I am so grateful to have you in my life. Your kind words, understanding eyes, wisdom and guidance are just what I need at this moment. Thank you. Many blessings to you my dear Manorama Ji.
With much love and respect,
Mindy, Student NY 2006
Kevin just played the video from your website 3 times in a row, and then saved it on his computer! You could see by the 3rd time, he was practically chanting along... We're both really looking forward to seeing you again soon!
Love & Devotion,
Al-devi, Student CO 2006
I am so grateful to have you in my life. Thank you doesn't even begin to say what I feel in my heart. I love you to the end of infinity... I am enjoying my visit with my parents - staying in the center - moving with the cycle.
Enjoy your time with family!
Nirji, Student NYC 2005
My Dear Teacher:
Sending you love tonight....
what a lovely lesson....
felt a shift...grateful for your love and grace....
So Much Love....
Jenn, Student NJ 2005
Wonderful to hear from you Manorama!
Not a day goes by that you are not present in my life .. either audible (one of your CDs) or just in my head (reading/writing the sanskrit material from this past summer's workshops).
You may have already heard we started a little sanskrit study group that meets every other Tuesday. Last Tuesday we decided to pick a chant from one of your CDs to practice so we can sing to you when you next come to Toronto. We did not know for sure when you would return to Toronto, but thought if we all thought positively and believed it would happen, it would.
Suz L., Toronto Student 2005
coffee telepathy mangalam
nice neighbors mangalam
clean fan mangalam
new doorknob mangalam
tour t-shirts mangalam
sarva mangalam bhavatu bhavatu bhavatu
sarva mangalam bhavatu bhavatu bhavatu
sarva mangalam bhavatu bhavatu bhavatu!
(enter dueling drummers)
i feel lighter tonight; thank you for that,
ro, Student NYC 2005
I hope all is well, and that you're ready for the craziness of the holidays!
I think of you all the time. My Ashtanga invocation is getting much better - I finally got it memorized! It took a while for it to stick!
With love and devotion,
Al-devi, Student Colorado 2005
Thank you from the deepest and most humble cavern in my heart
for your love and your wisdom.....
you have gently and carefully, with tenderness
burrowed a little hole and let in a ray of light....
with just the right touch at just the right time....
that point of entry - fitting just for me....
helping me to find my own strength, my own inner vibration....
my own source upon which to draw strength and grace...
so that one day...perhaps...
I can extend it out to others more freely, completely...
...fully....without fear or pain...of getting nothing in return....
If you could see me before you, and look into my eyes, they would be two pools of humility, sprinkled with reverence and faith...reflecting back the love that your presence and teachings, through the grace of Guruji, has showered over me....
Love and Pranams
Jenn, Student NJ 2005
I had to leave very quickly on Sunday in order to get the rental car returned on time, and wasn't able to offer a proper goodbye, or express my gratitude to you and Amy. Last weekend was very beautiful and I'm grateful for the teachings and the time at the ashram. Thank you also for the photo of Guruji - it warms my heart. You are a wonderful teacher and I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Julie, Student NYC 2005
I totally enjoyed this weekend! I look forward to hearing back from you.
Bonnie E. Josephs, Student FALL IN LOVE retreat 2005
Thank you very much for the course you gave us, at Kripalu, during the past week-end.
It was so interesting that I'm wondering if I may go ahead and take level 2 in the City.
Anyhow, it was very informative, fun and interesting. That was a great job. Thanks again.
Patrick (the French), Student NY 2005
Oh what to say? It was so lovely what you did on class tonight--the whole lullaby thing, and the way you touched their feet, and chanting with you--I think they were blown away. I felt so happy to be able to share with them this beautiful gift of your teaching, and to be together with you. Thank you so very much.
Also, you looked so lovely in your white and that blouse was just amazing on you!
I adore you and am so grateful for this lovely gift you gave to us tonight.
Narayani, Student NYC 2005
I just wanted to thank you for an amazing experience. its more than the wonderfulness that is the language of Sanskrit, more than the knowledge we gain of mantra, the inner peace... it is that place within that shines, reflecting universal light through a polished crystaline heart. thats what you share with us. tonight we start the first meeting of our study group and i'm very glad
that we have the continued support to further go deeper into this knowledge...
-jordan, Student Toronto 2005
How are you today? Our thoughts are with you. We had a great time. Pamela last night said she's never really been in awe of anyone like she was of you at dinner the other night. She says your already a professor. We're lucky to have you in our lives.
have a nice day!
D., Prana Yoga Miami Director 2005
Your perfect little cakes arrived today at Samadhi....and 3 flew out the door as soon as Anna put them out. One, of course, went to me, and I'm so excited to learn all my pose names. I've been saying Caturanga as perfect as possible lately, and am going to introduce 'svasa' an 'prasvasa' as breathing cues soon.
I hope you're well, and I think of you often. I'm excited to bring you back to Denver to teach us all!
Love and Devotion,
Al-devi, Student Colorado 2005
Thank you so much for a lovely weekend. You are a gifted teacher and I feel so lucky to be able to study with you.
love and pranams,
Sarah, Student NYC 2005
love love peace peace, rod and i have been learning alot from your
work...thank you so much...peace and more love,
colleen, Co-Director Yoga Shanti 2005
My Dear Teacher,
Words can not express my feelings about your trip to Naturally Yoga. My heart is bathed with your love and spilling with gratitude....I hope to share more yet I know you have a very busy week. I hope to come Friday. MY time with you is so precious and pure.
Love and gratitude.
Sheryl, Student NJ 2005
Director Naturally Yoga
I know your release party is in just a couple of hours...I wanted to let you know that I'm there with you in spirit - I wish I could be there with you in person!
Pass those vibrations on to all the attendees, and shine it out onto the world in your very special way! You are definitely the goddess of luminous Shabda. :)
Can't wait to get your new CD - I've been working hard on pronouncing my poses correctly, and I've started counting to my students in Sanskrit...soon I'll introduce breathing in sanskrit, too. Making better friends with the letters E & AI right now, slow going with the Ashtanga invocation.
Missing you, and thinking about you. Love and devotion,
Al-Devi, Student Colorado 2005
Hi Manorama -
Just wanted to thank you for a lovely weekend. We are very fortunate to learn from such an experienced teacher - you made the subject manageable and it was great to just learn, sit, and chant.
See you again,
Alison, Student Toronto 2005
Thank you so much for coming this weekend. We are so blessed to have Your presence here.
And also for joining us for dinner - that was great fun; I had forgotten what it was like to learn from you.
You have me back - I'll bedoing Level 1 here next month...
Rocio, Student NYC 2005
How are you??? Your website is soooo beautiful!
Debi, Director Bliss Yoga 2005
My Dearest Manorama,
I wanted to thank you for coming tonight - it means so much to have your presence here. You were beautiful and amazing tonight, as always, but each time it always blow me away how much love just pours out of you, an endless well of Guruji's light...I am grateful to have had the chance to offer my little bit of help to make this possible...
The Rama chant was a pleasant reverie into my last lesson...
Thank you again for everything. Thank you for being in my life.
Love to you,
Rocio, Student NYC 2005
Congratulations on a most successful evening. I'm glad I was able to be a part of this special occasion, and it was a true joy. Get
some much deserved rest for the next couple of days and I'll talk to you soon.
Ryan, Manorama’s Assistant 2005
Dear Manorma ji
Jai Ma! Thank you for being a part of the Jivamukti weekend. As always, you reinvigorate the Nadam for me, what a blessing.
Thank you again for teaching us.
kristina and david, Students NYC 2005
Upon my return, played your Sarve Bhuteshu CD while I did an embodiment session. Both my client and I blissed out. Began working on the Saraswati mantra--1 hr. for first copy. It's full of double and triple letters--terrific way to learn devanagri! After I left you friday, my insides were dancing. As soon as my lips smile that "little smile," I am in a bliss state or meditative serenity, or silently beautiful and wonderful.
See you in Jan.
Om and namaste,
Prema, Student NYC 2005
Dearest Manorama ji,
I was so excited when you gave me the go ahead to listen to your new CD!
There is so much to say about it I could go on forever.
I listen with awe as you skillfully and gently guide us, your students, through these beautiful invocations presented with tenderness and clarity and become aware of one thing ... Love.
There is so much love emanating from this CD.
Your love for Guruji
love of sound and vibration
love for your students
love for lineage
No words can ever express my gratitude
so I send you silence and reverence
You are love
pranams x 1008
I am writing to say again thank you for such an amazing time at the ashram in June with you and Felise and a wonderful group of people. I felt lucky to be a part of that.
I hope that I have the opportunity to study and chant with you again in the future. It was blissful.
Kristin Cory, Retreat Participant, June 2005
Thank you for the wonderful e-newsletters. I want to express to you what a full and rich experience our weekend at Wake Up Yoga was....you are a skilled and joyful teacher. Looking forward to further updates
David G., Student at Wake Up Yoga 2005 PA
Ok, New website.... SO BEAUTIFUL!
I wanted to tell you how I felt about spending this past weekend at Omega with you and I realized that I can't really put it into words. Silence seems to express it more completely and truthfully somehow. Please stay in my life and continue to teach me
Love and devotion,
heather, JMYC NYC 2005
This is tony from the weekend sanskrit at kripalu. I just wanted to thank you for your more than wonderful teachings. I am very pleased with all I learned from you that weekend. What you might not know is how much you taught besides sanskrit to an ear that was listening. I have brought a lot home from that weekend. I look forward to learning more from you in the future.
Tony, Kripalu 2005
I wanted to drop you a note and say how thrilled I was to finally meet the woman who my dear friend Norma talks about all the time. It was truly my honor to meet you and have the privilege of being the recipient of your knowledge and wisdom. You and your teachings made a deep impression on me and I left with an indescribable sense of inner peace which is still with me. I listen to your CD often and it brings me to where I need to be. Thank you for all.
Laura, Kripalu Participant, April 2005
Namaste Manorama -
I really enjoyed the time I spent with you. You are an incredible person with such wisdom! I look forward to seeing you again soon. Thanks for Everything!!!!!
Holly, NJ Student 2005
thank you. thank you. thank you. I feel so blessed to know you and study with you and be in your light wisdom and presence in this lifetime.
Kristina, NYC Student 2005
Thank you for a wonderful weekend of study. I so enjoy having you at the studio. You are welcome anytime.
We should most definitely discuss your returning again...sutra, sanskrit, gita...If you have fall dates open we can look ahead.
Many blessings to you for your teaching and insight.
A lotus for you,
Val, Director of Yoga Shala CT 2005
What a pleasure it was to meet you and experience your teaching. A co-worker asked me if I'd quit my job because I looked so peaceful. Blessings upon you and honor to all those who came before you.
Tim, CT Yoga Shala 2005
Thank you so much for an excellent experience this weekend! I really enjoyed every minute of it! Though I know we only scratched the surface of Sanskrit I hope to keeping adding a bit more to what we’ve learned. SLOWLY!!!
Enjoy the spring like weather we are having today -
Tami, CT Yoga Center 2005
I wanted to thank you for this weekend in Miami . I cannot believe how much I learned in just two days. I seem to have gotten obsessed with Sanskrit. I keep copying the alphabet over and over again and I have talked of nothing else since I got to work this morning (which could be a problem as I am an ENGLISH teacher!). I started rereading the Yoga Sutras last night, and as I read
each one, I copied the words in the script for more practice. I really enjoyed learning with you and I am already looking forward
to July for 1B. (By the way, I just ordered your CD from the website… I should have bought it yesterday, but…oh well.)
I hope you had a safe flight home. Thank you again for everything this weekend… I loved every minute of it and I cannot wait to see you again
Laura, Miami March 2005
Om Shanti Sri Manorama,
I wanted to express my gratitude to you for your wonderfully inspiring discourse on Friday night at Prana Yoga in Miami. Thank you for your knowledge, your voice, and your gifts... Namaste' with Blessings
Eden Goldman, Miami March 2005
It was so wonderful to participate in the satsang with you today. I learned so much in such a short time. Since moving to NY from Vancouver 3 years ago and studying at Jiva, I have wanted to take Sanskrit classes with you. Today was very inspiring and helped me realize that I need to take more time and sacrifice for my devotion, other than viceversa. Devotional chanting, and just learning, is so important to me, and I want to make it of more importance in my life. I do hope that I will get a chance to study with you. Today you spoke just what I was feeling after the chanting of the Guru Mantra. I could feel the energy of the Three dancing around and inside my body, it was a blissful experience. Thank you for that. Om Shanti. Namaste.
Ashley, Student March 2005
Oh my goodness--I can't believe a month has gone by and I haven't written to you! Thank you, thank you, for everything you did for us on that wonderful Friday afternoon. Seeing you that day was the best thing that could have possibly happened to me. I passed the test! We all did. I can't stop remembering how you so lovingly taught me to write the vowels--I did it! No hesitation, either! You are so wonderful and generous and I love you so much. I put the lavender oil on my feet that night (and for the four nights after, as you instructed), and I swear to you, I slept like a baby for the first time in weeks. I'll see you next week on Wednesday at Jivamukti--can't wait.
Have a beautiful day.
With love and devotion,
Narayani, Student 2005
Thank you. The students were so touched by you. And others... well I think it may be some time before they realize how special that was. We love you very much and i'm so glad you are a part of the TT program and a part of the center. We put Guruji's picture on our altar... Everything's good here. It's beautiful today.
Dona, Founder Prana Yoga Center Miami, March 2005
Thank you for a mind expanding weekend at the Yoga Shala. I wish I didn't miss the last of it! I wanted to let you know my "parting thoughts" - that I now know a little about what I don't know - as opposed to not even being aware about what I don't know. I also have the not entirely upbeat, "it's so vast..." feeling. It reminds of the last time I saw an episode of The Elegant Universe. I kept thinking, "I can't teach another yoga class until I become an astrophysicist!"
I hope to come back when you come back to the Yoga Shala... or somewhere. I keep having the vision of you saying, "Not to worry..." as you mimicked going across a river.
Thanks for sharing the teachings. I've already woven a few of your gems into my classes and have honored you several times! I'm going to ask Roey to get together and practice with me when she gets back from Hawaii. Hope you are enjoying your next gig, wherever you are right now!
Wendy Boller, CT Yoga Shala 2005
I am so grateful to you for all your patience and love-- for being my teacher and a true true devi and goddess.
Love your Shri
Sarah W., Student 2005
Thank you for the wonderful workshop @ Integral Yoga TT program. I was always very fascinated by Sanskrit ever since I was little, but since the workshop I am very eager to start learning more about this language. I have to say, my daughter was very jealous of me taking a workshop taught by you!!!
Love & Light Within
Aki, IYI TT NYC 2004
Just wanted to write and say Thank You for our meeting last week...it was amazing, I am so looking forward to our next one together. I will see you soon..(not soon enough!)
Jessica, Co-Director Yoga Shanti
I have been wanting to write to you since I got back from that very sweet retreat with you and Amy. It was such a gift for me to have met you. You so inspired me with your beautiful chants, your lovely and wise spirit. I play your CD's all the time. I have been trying to learn some of the chants but my tongue is not always willing to hit the right spots. My meditation has deepened quite a bit. Something touched me deeply at the retreat and shifted my ability to move into a deeper state of conciseness. Not sure what happened. For example, I had my hair done yesterday and had to sit in a chair for quite a while. I found myself cross legged in the chair in a deep meditation in the middle of the beauty shop unaware of the bustling all around me. I must have been quite a sight with pink foils in my hair.
just ran a retreat at my home last Sunday with a yoga teacher friend. It was wonderful. We had 8 women for yoga, chanting, hiking, meditation, conscious eating and journaling. It was our first one. She has done many in her 30 years of teaching. It was a big success and we will do it again in the fall. Having been to Ananda with you and Amy really helped me get ready for giving my first retreat.
My friends name is Puja. She lived at Kripalu for 8 years and studied under Amrit Desei. She fell in love with your CD. We practice together 2 mornings a week and now meditate after listening to your CD and chanting with you. We meditated with Guruji Thurs. Morning. What a gift having him in your life! I would love to have you come here to Katonah. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, hope to see you again soon.
May you have peace and love always,
Roey, Fall In Love Retreat Participant Nov 2004
Amy & Manorama,
I was so inspired by you both at the retreat. On many levels, I felt like it was a homecoming. Thank you again for an amazing weekend. I look forward to the next opportunity to soak in your bright lights.
Chloe, Fall In Love Retreat Participant Nov 2004
Hi Jen -
I met with Manorama over the weekend and absolutely loved the lesson & her (of course). I feel like I have so much more to learn from her and talk with her about .
Holly, Montclair NJ
Dearest Manorama Devi,
I cannot begin to express the gratitude I feel in my heart, for your love and guidance. Something truly amazing happened this weekend I just don't know what to make of it all except to surrender and see where it takes me next. There's never a dull moment around you Devi - M... never a dull moment.... I am truly grateful for the deep silence I feel in my heart. I feel very much at peace. Today while meditating in class, I saw the image of Guru-Ji's Guru at my third eye. His image came to me, clear as a bell - during the deepest part of my meditation. I truly feel blessed Manorama, to have all of these sages by my side and to be in such amazing company. My heart feels as if it will burst with love. Shri - Shri - Shri - Manorama-ji - shri...
Norma, Fall In Love Retreat Participant Nov 2004
What an absolutely invigorating and enlightening weekend! I extend my deepest thanks to you and to Amy for the chance to spend time with both of you for the first time. I feel so energized, and I just want to keep it going and going. I truly loved the intro to Sanskrit. I am so intrigued I plan on studying more; I have the feeling you'll be seeing me in Manhattan at IYI sooner rather than later. What a great group of people at the retreat! I hate to sound like a broken record, but I feel so blessed at having had the opportunity to participate with all of them. The energy generated was fantastic. In closing (for now!) I have to tell you that I had your CD playing for the entire drive back to W. Gilgo Beach, and Karen and I enjoyed it so much. I'm one of those drivers who tend to get very tense traversing that whole Bronx-NYC mess on the roadways, and I just breezed through - we made it door-to-door in two hours. You have my deepest thanks for creating such a memorable experience for me, and I know that Karen really loved it, too.
Rosanne, Fall In Love Retreat Participant Nov 2004
Dear Manorama (and Amy),
I just returned from a weekly private yoga session with Suzanne Seltzer. Having worked with her most of this year, I've never seen her possess the positive energy and spirit as she did this evening. Even after being stuck on the subway for 20 minutes. The retreat last weekend allowed her a shift in perspective, and it was beautiful to witness such a different energy in Suzanne. I wish I could have been at Ananda myself last weekend. I look forward to seeing you both soon.
Marjorie, Student NYC Nov 2004
Just a quick email to thank you for a wonderful weekend Retreat. My sister had a fantastic time on her first retreat.
Thanks for all you're attention -
Christe Sanis, Fall In Love Retreat Participant Nov 2004
I want to thank you for a truly beautiful class on Sunday. You are truly inspiring, and I just can't even really put into words how much I enjoyed the class, the teachings, and the opportunity to hear such a beautiful language. Thank you.
Annie, NYC Sept 2004 Laughing Lotus Student
It's Wendy from LL. You were extraordinary tonight. It was a pleasure to bathe in your light. Everyone left absolutely lit up. What a treat! Wish I could join you on this weekend with you and Amy.
Wendy, NYC Sept 2004 Laughing Lotus Student
I attended the workshop you gave in Dallas, TX a couple of weeks ago and I loved it! I had no idea how wonderful and intriguing Sanskrit would be. I've not been quick to learn language in the past, so I was surprised to find out how much Sanskrit makes sense and appeals to me. As a teacher of yoga, it is important to me to learn Sanskrit. The workshop you gave was perfect timing and I am so glad to have the understanding of Sanskrit that you shared with us before starting school this fall because, while I enjoy the class I am taking now, it is very academic in approach. I wanted to say Thank You! And let you know that your sharing of Sanskrit has meant, and will continue to mean, a lot to me. You are a wonderful transmitter of sound, energy, and understanding! Best wishes to you in all your endeavors!
Lynn B, Dallas Texas Sept 2004
Thank you for a beautiful weekend! It was such a gift to study with you. And the connection transcended any that I have ever experienced at multitudes of other yoga workshops throughout the years. Your teachings go so far beyond a language and really touch at the core. Thank you. It was wonderful to witness your devotion and admiration for your guru. He lives on through you. His presence was very powerful in the room yesterday and it was a unique and touching experience. Thank you so much for a life-altering weekend.
Kim L., Dallas Texas August 2004
I participated in your workshop in Dallas. I wanted to thank you for coming to Dallas and putting on the workshop. It was so great. It has helped me so much with my yoga. I started practicing yoga in college and have kept it up off and on through the years. I taught my first yoga class on Tuesday. The Sanskrit workshop deepened my understanding of the meaning of the poses. I used my pages from your workshop to sound out the names correctly. Sanskrit is so much easier than Latin. We had 6 years of Latin in my grade school along with French, Spanish and German and it was difficult to get through all the declensions. Sanskrit makes more sense. I am planning to continue with the study. Thanks again for coming. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate it. Keep Kendall updated on your book. Also, I really love your CD.
Barbara V., Dallas Texas August 2004
Dear Manorama ji,
You have touched my heart and reminded me of my personal Guru jis all of whom have gone. But they will live forever in my heart and I remember them esp when I meet people that embody their qualities that I loved so much. One of them was Ibu Gdang “Mother Teresa” of Indonesia - whom I had the honor to meet and work on her Ashram on Bali 2 years ago, shortly before she passed away. The way you talk and carry yourself is much like her way.
Sending my best wishes your way for a wonderful day
Marie, Dallas Texas August, 2004
I have been in Amma's Ashram now for a month and it has been so sweet and right that I am here. There is an Ayurvedic College that Amma has opened 10 minutes from Her Ashram and Amma told me to go to the school. It is 4 and 1/2 years and one year of internship. A main subject is Sanskrit, and it was really helpful that I have had some time already learning Sanskrit with you. Thank you for helping me in my life so much and I always carry your teachings within me. I want to let you know how glad I am to have been able to study with you and let you know how special that was. Sending you light love and deep inner peace. May grace always light your path sweet Devi Ma.
All my Love,
Anavadya, NYC Student 2004
I attended your workshop in June 2004 in Toronto at Tina Park's yoga studio. You will be happy to know that I have been working on learning the alphabet and the pronunciation of the Sanskrit letters. I am hoping that you are planning to come back to Toronto to teach.
Andrea, Toronto Canada 2004
I just wanted to thank you for the inspirational and truly beautiful weekend in Dallas! I have been enjoying the CD, as has my three year old son and my 11 month old daughter. My son asks for the "Rama Rama Rama" song, it's very cute, especially since he usually disapproves of most of my music choices. My daughter dances along, looking very peaceful.
DeAnna Nielsen, Dallas Texas 2004
Just checking to see that you made it home. I can't understand how, after knowing you for 4 days, I can miss you as much as I do, but you really touched me. Your CD is definitely #1 in Yoga Class with all of us trying to chant. Bard and I are working on Maheshvara Sutras.
Thank you so much for coming to Sun Valley!
Brandis L. Sarich, Sun Valley Idaho August 2005
so so loved having you here as our treasured guest teacher, as a friend, and as a great inspiration to all. Thank you for making the journey and making time for us. Everyone is thankful.
With Big love, all love, and big blue skies to you -
Pilar S. Tumolo, The Sacred Cow Yoga Studio Director, Sun Valley Idaho August 2005
Namaste, My dearest beautiful Shri Shri Manoramaji,
How happy it makes me feel to know that you are "on-tour" with the sacred teachings! So many souls will be touched by Guruji's wisdom and blue-sky compassion because of your efforts. It is just so thrilling to know that Sanskirt is going on the road! hip hip hoorah! Shri Devanagari Kai Jai! all my love and good wishes for safe and good travels, lovely friend,
Sharon, JMYC Director 2005
I am thrilled that you are coming to Dallas in a couple of weeks and look forward to seeing you again at the Sanskrit training. Your presence will be such a special addition to our yoga journey. Kendall has done a terrific job in uniting our yoga community here and we both agree that your teachings will help take our practices to a higher, deeper level. look forward to seeing you soon!!
Camille Varland, Dallas Texas Student 2005
Manorama & Felise-I loved the whole retreat experience. I went swimming early this morning and was thinking of how Celeste's face looked when she told of her experience in the temple. It was the first time I saw any joy on her face and I was so happy for her. As for me, I feel myself at a wonderful transition-I took my keyboard and played in the woods one morning to a captive audience of 3 deer, 1 fawn and a chipmunk. I took the fact that they didn't run away as a good thing. They pateintly sat and looked at me-probably wondering what kind of animal would make those strange sounds-basking in the glorious morning sun. It was a true disney moment. I plan to explore some musical adventures at the Ashram, some day trips.. We'll see where it leads. When I came home, my husband hesitantly told me that he had somehow managed to dump my jewelry box over and half of my antique things went into the paper shredder. They are now in pieces. I didn't flinch and let it go. So I am making progress.
Love-see you soon.
Sharman, Ananda Ashram Retreat Participant June 2004
My most heartfelt appreciation to you for all your efforts and teachings this past weekend. What love and compassion you put into all of us and the beautiful teachings you shared. Sanskrit definitely speaks to me, I felt it from the first time I heard it chanted in yoga class, and it speaks even more powerfully to me now after this weekend. In the beginning when you first shared that Guruji said "I am like the blue sky" "I am not of this body and mind", I sat back and reflected on it not fully relating or comprehending. When we visited his temple and I read his words,it was again "I am like the blue sky". It was beginning to make sense to me, slowly sinking in, what he meant by that as my experiences over the weekend grew. When we left the ashram on Sunday and we were driving home, I was daydreaming out the window at the open blue sky and an intense feeling of calm came over me....those words went through my head again, "I am like the blue sky". At that moment, I understood....For a moment, I felt more 'like the blue sky' than myself. Thank you for helping to open my eyes to that understanding and for sharing some of his invaluable teachings that I feel so honored to receive. I look forward to learning more and seeing you soon.
Jennifer, Ananda Ashram Retreat Participant June 2004
Thanks so much for a wonderful retreat last weekend. I haven't done a silent retreat in over two years and the effect is still with me as I write this. When I have a little more time, I will email some questions about Nada Yoga and Sanskrit training. Hopefully, we'll meet again soon. Thanks again.
Alan, Ananda Ashram Retreat Participant June 2004
Just a note to thank you for this past weekend. A wonderful setting. I enjoyed listening to you, the discussions and learning about sanskrit and the wisdom of your Guruji. Much food for thought.
Mark Ospala, Ananda Ashram Retreat Participant June 2004
We have your cd in our car & Parker LOVES it. She wants to listen to it all the time & over & over. I even hear her singing the chants when she's alone in her room going to sleep at night & also in the bathtub. She especially like the one that's in harmony,
I've made some very nice friends through Sanskirt and mantra. Love your classes.
Carole G., IYI Student May 2004
Dear Sweet Manorama...
my heart swells and my eyes brim with sweet tears of gratitude... thank you so much for your words and support. A divine current runs through me when you share the teachings - the love essence of Divine Mother transmits itself through your precious being! I am so grateful. om shantih
Jan Henricksen, Canada May 2004
Dearest Dearest Manorama,
may many blessings continue to come to and through you. Thank you for giving this workshop, thank you also for letting me and David know of your adventures and good works. Even though we may not be attending we can hold you in our heart/mind and connect to you through Guruji's grace and all will be well, sweet and beautiful.
Om Shanti, love,
Sharon Gannon, Co-Director of Jivamukti Yoga Center, May 2004
Thank you for your beautiful words and presence.......there is a reason that we were thrown together in this way.......
with much love and respect,
Colleen Saidman, Co-Director Yoga Shanti 2004
You where great today!
Felise J. Berman, Ananda Ashram Mini Retreat Participant May 2004
Thank you for enriching the graduation program as you did. All our families benefited from your teachings. Hope you'll enjoy these photos.
Sylvie, Yoga Shanti TT 2004
Wanted to say thanks again for the great workshop on Saturday. That, along with the whole ashram experience has renewed my dedication to meditating daily. I have three preschool age kids, and its easy to forget or just get lazy. I think of the story of your mom drying cow dung and hope I can be as good an influence on my kids! Look where it led you!
Heather Black, Ananda Ashram Mini Retreat Participant May 2004
It was so great to see you on Saturday. Thank you for being at our graduation. I'm still absorbing the immenseness of it all. Your words of wisdom will be remembered always. My family loved your explanations of everything that has become second nature for the TT's at Yoga Shanti but seemed different to some of our families and friends. The weekends we spent with you were so special. I love re-reading my notes and remembering all of Guruji's wisdom which you were so kind to share with us. I will have to make my way up to the Ashram one of these weekends to enjoy a retreat with you. Until the next time, be well and many blessings.
Ann H., Yoga Shanti TT, May 2004
Thanks very much for being at Yoga Shanti Saturday night. It meant a lot to me because you were such an important part of our teacher training. Thanks again for the insights and the inspiration.
John P., Yoga Shanti TT, May 2004
Thank you so much for your Sanskrit class, I was fascinated by it. I hope to come up to Ananda and study with you in June, but I do know that you created a wonderful interest in your passion for my classmates and myself. And of course your chanting is so beautiful.
Thank you and Namaste,
Kerstin M., Laughing Lotus TT Student, April 2004
You were and are Guru's devotee, par excellence. Your loyalty to him and your dedication your present life, an adventure which I am sure makes him---as all of us--- very proud of you, are signs which are visible from everywhere. I am honored to be your friend.
George B., From dear Guruji's best friend, April 2004
Was so blessed to participate in class with you this past weekend. And my friends loved the Ashram and found fountains of ease and sleeeep and wisdom. even one class with you takes this little body and chanting voice to another level - I want to take 1B with you this month -
love to you,
Kristina L., Ananda Ashram Mini Retreat 2004
It was an honor and real heart/mind opening experience. Thanks for your humor!
P.S. Your CD is wonderful. My son Jess particularly likes the Lord Rama track.
Zara W., Ananda Ashram Mini Retreat 2004
Thanks for a wonderful meditation at Jivamukti yesterday. The use of (cow) dung exceed all expectations.
Namaste, Matt L., NYC IYI Student 2004
Thank you for the wonderful teachings and fire ceremony Wednesday night. :) Being in your presence is a blessing.
Elizabeth, NYC JMYC Student 2004
You can not imagine how much you travel around in my head and how you have impacted my life... I take you with me.
Ceci, Miami 2004
I love listening to and chanting with you in the mornings.........Thanks for making that CD. It is a a divine blessing in my life.
Sharyn, Miami 2004
Thank you for your wonderful course.
Bayard VH, JMYC Student 2004
a delight to work with you.....
Steve Gorn, April 2004
Thank you does not do justice to the way that I feel having spent a weekend at Ananda with you. My gratitude cannot be expressed with language; trust that it comes directly from my heart. You have touched my life in limitless ways in such a short period of time. I love you for your wisdom, your dedication and your compassion. It is always a pleasure to spend time with you. I especially loved your instruction about the Gayatri mantra and the insights that you shared. It has informed my thinking even in the past 24 hours. I hope you are well and I look ever forward to seeing you again soon.
Shana K.S., Ananda Ashram Spring Retreat Participant 2004
Just want to thank you for an awesome and informative week 2. Thanks and see you Wednesday
Matthew L., IYI April 2004
been playing your cd in classes and everyone loves it!!
Greg, LL TT April 2004
See you're doing Wednesday nights once a month at Jivamukti. I'm going to try to come to one of them. I meant what I said at Colleen's last month. To me, the best part of those weekends wasn't the Sanskrit or the Yoga Sutras or the Bhagavad Gita. It was you and being in your presence.
John P., Yoga Shanti TT, March 2004
Hi Manorama ji,
Al and I listen to your CD everyday and I have learnt most of the Mantras except the last one - AL. However, I will practice that. Thank you for producing this beautiful CD, which I am now addicted to. We really enjoyed your teachings and Ana Margaret often wishes you were with us when we have difficulty in pronouncing some Sanskrit words. Hope to see you again soon, looking forward to hearing from you.
Kalpana and AL, Prana Yoga TT, March 2004
It was such a gift to be a part of your study program. I enjoyed every minute of it. Watching you glow with serenity when you speak of your Guruji, as well as your joy in it and your wonderful sense of humor. I learned so much about the Skt texts. I hope to see you again soon.
Ann H., Yoga Shanti TT, March 2004
I want to thank you for your class. Going in I had certain expectations of what the class would be like, but what I got was something completely different and so much more rewarding. The learning environment was really supportive, and up till then I never experienced learning in such a way as you had taught.
Sahil G., Student NYC 2004
thank you so much for making that cd, i listen to it almost every morning with my early practice, and i've got it so that i just slip into corpse posture as you begin reciting Panini (very interesting stuff that, most deliciously daunting and dense). sometimes it is so inspirational i want to fly back to nyc and sit at your feet for a decade or so. yamaataaraajabhaanasalagaa) chapter 15 of the BG. how to know so much about that awesome tree without getting caught in the knowing? and i'm glad i remembered my questions! i hope i will hear from you soon! may all hope and happiness fall gently as so much refreshing summer rain!
jayapaa, China Jan 2004
I just wanted to drop you a note to say how much I am truly enjoying the Sanskrit class. I feel a very deep connection to the language (something I realized this summer, which is why I have been so eager to take a class with you) and also to you. I am really interested in continuing to study Sanskrit and the philosophy/spirituality that encompasses it. So I just wanted to say thank you for opening my mind and ears a little bit more to life.
Nicci R., JMYC Student Jan 2004
It was so wonderful to study with you, I am hoping to make it up to Ananda for the weekend workshop. I played your CD to my four year old daughter Mirabai. She said that it sounds beautiful. "Who is the woman singing, she is a good mother. Does she have a kid?" I said no, and then she said "that's too bad, it would be a lucky kid" I thought that was so sweet. I'm sure you have so many students who are your children, of some sort. Look forward to seeing you soon.
Kate Rabinowitz, East Hampton NY, Jan 2004
Thank you for the 2 wonderful weekends in East Hampton. I have to tell you that they were the most profound classes so far in this training and in my pursuit of yoga. You articulated and explained many thoughts that have been roaming around in my mind for years and attached many words to questions of purpose that I have had. I am looking forward (and also a bit overwhelmed) to venturing through the endless words I wrote during the 90 hours spent with you. You have also been an impetus for my REGULAR meditation practice. I look forward to March.
Warmest and sincerest regards,
Sarah Halweil, Yoga Shanti TT, Jan 2004, Sag Harbor NY
Thank you for sharing your knowledge & wisdom in such a passionate way. These few days over Thanksgiving at Ananda definately left footprints on my heart & soul...
Jasmine, Jivamukti Yoga Thanksgiving Retreat at Ananda Ashram Nov 2003
Sarva-Bhuteshu 'In All Beings'
Manorama's new Traditional Sanskrit Chant CD, Comments 2003:
Congratulations, its beautiful
I like your new CD, I really like it !
- Krishna Das
The sound is devoid of superflous affectation. Pure sacred vibration. Anyone can plug into the sacred space of Divine sound by listening to Manorama chanting. Instantly, automatically uplifting. This is the Guru's plan: Listen, Hear, Know, Feel, Become......That......beyond body and mind. Our love and appreciation for you is boundless
love, Sharon Gannon Jivamukti Yoga Center Co-Director & Founder
Manorama the CD is great. It really enhances the students practice here. The students are lovin it!
Carlos Jivamukti Yoga Center General Manager
My dear Manorama Ji,
I am so happy to learn about the release of your wonderful CD compilation of Sanskrit mantras "Sarvabhuteshu". I wish I could have been present at the grand ceremony on 17th and would have met our special guests Krishna Das Ji, Amy Ji, Narendra Ji and Mahabala Ji, but I would be able to be present there only spiritually. Both of us send our all best wishes for the success of of this ceremony followed by a global spread of the immortal message contained in these CDs representing peace and goodwill for the Universe and all beings thereof.
All best wishes,
Ram Karan Sharma
Prof. R. K. Sharma
Visiting Professor of Sanskrit
University of California, Berkeley -
Manorama congratulations on your new cd. It is so beautiful. I love it and have been playing it continually since it arrived !
Prana Yoga Miami Co-Director
Manorama it was such an honor to receive your CD, your beautiful smile and your supreme voice...you are an angel and lynn and i love, appreciate and support you tremendously.
ViraYoga NYC Co-Director
I am so proud of you, my dear friend, for creating this beautiful CD. Your gift for imparting the mystical power of Sanskrit is now readily available to all who wishes it: wherever and whenever one needs some spiritual uplifiting! I am so proud and blessed to have you in my life!
Amy E. Hale, M.A, M.Phil.
Manorama I played your CD all day for Guruji's Maha-Samadhi anniversary day. Great job girl! I love it!
Nalini NYC Anusara Yoga Teacher / Acupuncture Instructor
Your CD is fantastic.... a vibrational journey into the soul where the bodhicitta lives.
Om Shantih, Alma
(Yoga People TT director Brooklyn NY)
little droplets of sacred sounds
one sip is enough to get me drunk
but why have only a sip when the entire ocean is pouring in my cup?
i love your cd!
i can't say it is the same as being in your company but it comes darn close.
may everyone that listens to it be touched with your sweetness
I am so happy to have your CD, I love it and it brings you close to me. Congratulations on a job exceptionally done.
Sharyn, Yoga Teacher Miami Florida
dear dear manorama ji
i so enjoy your cd
i so enjoy it
how i love your perfect articulation
of the sanskrit words
always the teacher!
how i love to chant along with you
You looked beautiful in the sari singing... (at the NYC CD release party) I am so thrilled for you. the evening was amazing and your voice was sublime. I hope to re-join the class in January.
Dear Manorama ji,
Thank you for coming to Miami to share in the launch in your new CD!!! I love it!!! You always have such a beautiful way to express yourself and share the teachings of your Guruji. I hope you had a wonderful time
in Miami and will return sooner than later! I will look forward to seeing you again!
Thanks for everything!
Meridith, Florida JMYC Student
to my unbelieveably wonderful and beautiful 'goo-ru',
when i think of myself as buddha-mind, the world is buddha mind... :o)
i will never be able to thank you enough for all the gifts you have shown me. i hope everything went smoothly at your opening (i am confident that they did, considering how lovely everyone was.) i give thanks for the short time i was able to see you on the stage (you definitely belong there)...
your student, joyful helper, ardent admirer, and good friend.
jayapaa 'long traveller'
You mean so much to me and so many people in the world.
II wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the Sanskrit I class. It's really opened a wonderful new aspect of my yoga practice, and I definitely hope to continue my study. How was your cd release party? I'm sorry I missed the live performance at Jiva. You've created a magical combination of inner and outer sound that truly makes the mantras come alive for me. I'll see you soon!
Tejovan (Tom) Student NYC 2003
i just want to thank you again for the remarkable retreat ...truly remarkable. thank you for your wisdom your grace your beauty your intelligence your generosity my heart is open more full of lovely teachings lovely thoughts. how i love ananda!
what a place the energy there is terrific
peace and serenity
karen, Ananda Ashram Retreat Participant June 2003
Hi Manorama -
Just want to let you know that I had a wonderful time at this years reatreat at Ananda with both you and Amy. The group was such a wonderful mix of yogi's. Thanks for everything and see you soon!
Christe, Ananda Ashram Retreat Participant June 2003
I wanted to thank you again for all of the special efforts you made both with the retreat and with my birthday surprises. You are so truly special to me. Your special light guides me along my path toward my own divinity. Again, thank you. I hope the sun is smiling on your face today.
Love to you,
Norma, Ananda Ashram Retreat Participant June 2003