March 2015

Reflecting the Light of the Self

A Letter from the Siddha Yoga Swamis

March 1, 2015

Dear Siddha Yogis,


In the first two months of this new year, we have received Gurumayi’s Message for 2015 in A Sweet Surprise satsang, we have worshiped Lord Shiva as the Self of all, and we have refined our understanding of Siddha Yoga meditation. In March, we continue our study and practice. The mantra, which was a focus for the Mahashivaratri celebration, still resonates within, drawing us into meditation.

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Last night, as I was sitting for meditation, I reached a state in which I truly experienced the mantra as my very Self. It began when the question arose: "Who am I?" And without a pause, I heard the mantra being repeated. In this repetition I was completely aware, present, and full of devotion to the mantra pouring through my entire being. In fact, the mantra repetition was my entire being. My experience of this new blissful "mantra body” then carried me deeper into meditation.

This moment showed me that the mantra, God, and I are all one entity. When I am truly present to the mantra, when I allow my entire being to become its nectar, the words are my very Self.

When I saw this letter today, I realized how truly connected we all are on this path. Thank you!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Many thanks to the Siddha Yoga Swamis for explaining how repetition of the mantra purifies the intellect, allowing it to “reflect the light of the Self.” This very clear explanation helped me to understand an experience I’ve had many times over the years. Whenever I’ve had an opportunity to spend extended periods of time focused on the mantra, not only does meditation become deeper, but I also experience more clarity in my outer life. My mind and perceptions become sharper—I can better understand subtle concepts, and shapes and colors are more vivid.
The Swamis’ letter so inspired me that on my way to work today, instead of listening to the news, I practiced mantra japa. I arrived at work clear-minded and eager to begin!
Thank you to Gurumayi for the gift of the enlivened mantra.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

I am grateful to have this letter to support me in my study of Gurumayi’s Message. I am full of gratitude to be on the Siddha Yoga path and to have a living Master, who gives us enlivened teachings which are life-transforming. It is so clear to me now that I want to expand my meditation practice. By meditating again and again, I connect with the timeless presence of my Self. I am very grateful that we will be able to listen to the Message from now until December.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your guidance, grace, and blessings in my life. Thank you so much to all the Swamis whose seva supports us in our study of Gurumayi's Message.

a Siddha Yogi from Hamburg, Germany

I have often described my meditation experience as "Nothing happens." So I am grateful to be reminded in this letter that steadfast devotion to one's meditation practice does make something happen. And that something is magnificent! I appreciate this acknowledgment that the sustained effort I have been making to meditate over many years has been bringing the light of the Self "into the foreground" of my daily experience. It rings as true as a temple bell.
Thank you, dear Swamis, for this eloquent reminder of the power of Siddha Yoga meditation—and the rewards of its steadfast practice.

a Siddha Yogi from Maine, USA

In this letter, the Siddha Yoga Swamis have communicated Gurumayi’s teachings in such a clear and sublime way. What they share from their study of the Siddha Yoga Message helps me to absorb her teachings.
I was really touched by the line stating that we have to focus our dhi on the mantra again and again in order to purify it, making the intellect clear like a diamond and allowing it to radiate the light of the Self. Such simple and yet such powerful words.  
Thank you, Swamis, for the wonderful seva that you offer.

 a Siddha Yogi from Noida, India

The beautiful clarity in this letter is like the brilliance of the diamond that the Swamis write about, reflecting the Self. I feel that this will be a great reference when I’m asked by friends and new seekers why the practice of meditation is so important to me.
My deepest gratitude to the Siddha Yoga Swamis for so eloquently describing this wonderful and mysterious experience that we receive under the guidance of a great Master.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

When I received Gurumayi’s Message for 2015, I inwardly offered a prayer for guidance so that I could actively study and practice the Message. Then we were given the first of a series of monthly meditation sessions, and now we have a whole month dedicated to the practice of mantra japa. My prayer is being answered.
I offer my immense heartfelt gratitude to Shri Gurumayi, for this guidance for my study and practice of the Siddha Yoga Message.

a Gurukula student in Gurudev Siddha Peeth

I love these monthly letters from the Siddha Yoga Swamis! They are helping me to become a better Siddha Yoga student.

I appreciate the clear reminder of what we’ve studied in February, and what we will study in March. This helps me to set an intention for myself: This month, I will embrace the purifying power of the mantra as I repeat it to settle into meditation. And in this way I will continue my study of Gurumayi’s Message for 2015.

Thank you, Swamis, for this invitation.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

The very title of this inspiring letter—"Reflecting the Light of the Self"—is very meaningful for me. It reminds me of how much my commitment to sadhana has benefited not just me, but those around me. Over several decades, through meditation and all the Siddha Yoga practices, I have been profoundly transformed, becoming a better instrument for "reflecting the light of the Self" to others than I could ever have imagined before.

a Siddha Yogi from Illinois, USA

I appreciate how much support the Swamis are giving us for our study of Gurumayi's Message for this year.
I often read Baba’s and Gurumayi’s books to study and remember their teachings about mantra and meditation. Now I understand that noticing what’s happening inside myself as I repeat the mantra is also study. When I take a few minutes to reflect on my meditation experience, I am studying the Message.

a Siddha Yogi from New Hampshire, USA