When I read this verse, I imagined the time when it was first shared so long ago, perhaps with just a few disciples sitting at the feet of their Master. How wonderful that this wisdom can now be received by seekers worldwide.
Before meditation yesterday, I sang the Sanskrit verse three times and then read and reflected on the English translation. Then I closed my eyes. Immediately, the power of these ancient words drew me inside. I became aware of the inner Witness—silent, still, serene. Later as I moved through my day, remembering that experience filled me with great peace.
Many, many thanks to Gurumayi for this powerful teaching. And thank you to the website sevites for bringing it to us.
a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA
I have read from both Gurumayi and Baba that the mantra, Om Namah Shivaya
, is the great redeeming mantra—it redeems the one who repeats it. Since meeting Gurumayi, I have been repeating this mantra as much as I can for 19 years, and I have felt more and more—especially during this month of Mahashivaratri—that I am Shiva, that he lives in me as me. But this awareness has been subtle until now.
Just now, as I read these words of “The Highest Knowledge,” I felt new conviction arise in my heart, as though the Guru’s words have become reality for me. I feel Shiva is my true identity. The goal is within reach.
Thank you, with great gratitude to the Guru, for giving me a true taste of this reality.
a Siddha Yogi from London, United Kingdom
When I read this verse this morning, it stirred something deep inside of me. Here was sacred truth, the highest knowledge, expressed in a few words. It felt as if God were speaking directly to me.
I spent some time thinking about the meaning of this ancient teaching, and realized that even though I was longing for the truth, thinking alone would not bring me to that experience of oneness with Shiva. For this, I needed to meditate. Feeling a renewed reverence for the profound power of the mantra to take me to the highest, I closed my eyes and went inside to a place of deep stillness. This morning has been such a gift.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for so gracefully leading us to the highest.
a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA
During the past years, through personal experience in meditation and the Guru‘s grace, I have come to understand that Shiva manifests as every cell in my body and all of creation. Recently, I have also been practicing sadhana
with the understanding that Shiva, divine Consciousness, also manifests as my thoughts, feelings, and actions. I am learning that all that exists is Shiva manifesting as scintillating particles of light in different degrees of contraction and expansion, from the form to the formless.
Thank you, Gurumayi!
a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA
Baba’s teachings, Gurumayi’s teachings, one sublime scripture after another—all directing me to know my own Self as God, all reminding me that I am empowered to do this. I have the means—the awakened shakti
in my body, my practice of meditation—in fact, all the practices and teachings I’ve received on the Siddha Yoga path. I have had many glimpses of this truth that God is my own Self. The Guru’s grace and the power of her sankalpa
are the wind in my sails. I am impelled to keep moving forward, to keep saying “Yes,” and to accept my own good fortune and great destiny.
Thank you, Gurumayi.
a Siddha Yoga Meditation Teacher
For many years I have related to this teaching with a strained effort, trying to understand intellectually that the mantra, Consciousness, and my own Self are one.
Now, reading it here, I feel as if I understand it anew. The pulsation, the energy of the mantra that I experience when I gently focus within—of course this is Consciousness and my own Self! Suddenly, it’s so obvious!
In the audio webcast meditation session, “Know the Self,” Swami Dharmananda spoke of the importance of having one-pointed focus on the goal of meditation: the Self. This teaching is illuminating how I can make the right effort to focus on the goal.
I am grateful to Gurumayi for bringing the ancient teachings alive. And I am amazed and delighted to experience this through the website.
a Siddha Yogi from Colorado, USA