Moving Forward in Sadhana

A Letter from a Siddha Yoga Meditation Teacher

February 1, 2016

Dear all,

Welcome to February! Did you know that the word “February” comes from the Latin term februum, which means “purification”? On the Siddha Yoga path, we purify our perception so that we may revel in the divine within ourselves and all creation. February is a special month to engage in sadhana!

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In this new year, for me the word move is about changing my old perspectives and beginning to view life through a new pair of glasses. I think this will be a year of being more flexible and flowing and letting go of my stubborn points of view—in many ways!
 
As I experience this change, I look forward to more opportunities to move and connect more deeply with my Self.
 
Thank you for all your love and teachings, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Pennsylvania, USA

As I focused on the word move this week, my experience of my meditation sessions shifted. I found myself moving from feelings of grief to profound and sweet peace. From deep within I heard, "Such is the grace of the Sadguru!"
 
May my heart forever be filled with gratitude for Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

The movement of the wind
A soft touch upon my face
My Guru's grace
 
The movement of a flower bloom
My being expanding into light
My Guru's grace
 
The movement of love
My heart to others
My Guru's grace
 
The movement of clouds
The sun revealed
My Guru's grace
 
The movement in stillness
In joy, in bliss I reside
My Guru's grace. 

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

For me, the word move means to make a subtle shift to an inner vision that changes my mind, my feeling, my understanding—my day. No matter what is happening, when I shift to witnessing, suddenly I feel peace. I know that God is seeing me with love, and that I am fine. That is a good place from which to make any change I need to make, or simply to revel in the divinity of the moment.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

Reflecting on the word move is helping my sadhana. This word from Gurumayi’s Message inspires me to persevere, to be constant, and to keep meditating on the Self no matter what. And I’ve begun to see how nature reflects this quality of perseverance through its constant movement!
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your constant love for us.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Madrid, Spain

When I contemplate the word move from Gurumayi’s Message, several meanings come up for me, such as putting effort into my spiritual practices, making progress in meditation, bringing my attention to the present moment, offering seva, and being energetic. 
 
From my study of the scriptures, I also understand that all words are forms of matrika shakti. I experience the words of Gurumayi’s Message as moving with sacred energy—as filled with Gurumayi’s sankalpa and grace. I realize I have a choice to receive the word move from the Message as mantra and to direct my mind to flow with its sacred energy.
 
When I make this choice and really engage my mind with the words of Gurumayi’s Message, my thinking shifts, and I am better able to appreciate the innate joy in God's creation.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Hyderabad, India

I am so excited to make move my word for the month. When I take my brisk walk each morning, I enjoy repeating Gurumayi's Message to myself as a mantra. As I move during the walk and focus on the words of the Message, I find I understand the Message in new ways.
 
I also notice that when I move physically while holding the intention to receive new inspiration, I often discover new insights and am able to view situations from a wider vantage point. And right now, simply repeating the word move to myself is helping me to shift out of limiting thoughts and patterns and to meet the world with more openness and positivity.
 
I'm so grateful for this wonderful opportunity to study move together with the global sangham.
 

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

I’m experiencing so much power in the word move. I've noticed that even small physical movements can change my perception. For example, moving to a sunny spot in my house can instantly lift my spirits.
 
With Gurumayi’s Message as my guide, I am able to make the effort to move into the experience of lightheartedness and joy again and again.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your Message.

a Siddha Yogi from Illinois, USA

Upon reading this beautiful letter, I experienced move as meaning to flow with each moment with ease, to follow the natural beginning and ending of each moment and, in this way, to remain present.
 
I then reflected on what inhibits my ability to remain present, to move with the natural flow of things. I realized that, for me, it is attachment and aversion that get in my way.
 
In this letter and in Gurumayi’s Message for 2016, I am reminded to loosen my grip through self-inquiry and engagement with the Siddha Yoga practices. In this way, I hope to cultivate my ability to remain present and naturally aware of my heart.
 
Gurumayi, thank you once again for your loving and compassionate guidance!

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

This morning as I sat for meditation and held Gurumayi’s Message in my awareness, the word move stood out. Questions spontaneously arose within me: "Who is moving? What is moving? How do I know this?"
 
As I followed this line of inquiry, deepening my own understanding and experience of what it means to move, the qualities of curiosity and interest were alive and buoyant within me. My sense of my body, of the inner energy, of the center of my being—all this seemed to become more invigorated and refined.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for the power and grace of your Message as it lights my path.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

When I first reflected on the word move, I felt encouraged to get up and get going!
 
As I further reflected on the word, I also connected with it as referring to moving into the space of my heart. I experience this kind of movement when I gaze at the beautiful photos on the Siddha Yoga path website and feel wonder, joy, and sublime appreciation. I also experience moving into my heart when I am in the Universal Hall and, especially, when I hear Gurumayi speak.
 
Preparing for and participating in A Sweet Surprise Satsang have also been moving experiences for me. I feel refreshed with renewed vision and appreciation. This shift has increased my commitment to the Siddha Yoga practices and given me fresh eyes to see the wonders of this path. I am most grateful. 
 

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

Last night I began my meditation practice by repeating the words of Gurumayi's Message with love and curiosity. I paid attention to the waves of the inbreath and outbreath, and I repeated the mantra Om Namah Shivaya very gently. I felt a great longing to connect with the place of stillness and lightheartedness within me, to allow my mind to rest. Suddenly, from within me, the words of Gurumayi's Message arose: Move with steadfastness toward becoming anchored in Supreme Joy. With great delight, I inwardly nodded, encouraging myself: "Oh, yes! I am moving, I am moving right now!"

What a delight it is to read the letter for February today! I feel deeply inspired to explore and to discover more about the word move.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Katzenbach, Germany

Yesterday I was wondering how to best approach a new task in the seva that I offer. I came up with a few options, but I felt unsure as to how to proceed. So I paused to read the letter, “Moving Forward in Sadhana”. The letter inspired me to move ahead with my initial ideas and to collaborate with my colleague. Together we considered various options and soon came up with a clear plan of action. I found myself filled with enthusiasm for the practice of seva.
 
I am grateful to have the opportunity to deepen my study of Gurumayi's Message, one word at a time, and to explore the many ways I can apply it to my life.

a Siddha Yogi from Vancouver, Canada

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this letter. It filled me with enthusiasm! My heart was moved, and a fresh wave of intention and focus arose.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this experience and for such a profound Message for this year.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Modiin, Israel

One movement I have noticed in my sadhana as a result of Gurumayi's Message is that I am more committed to a perspective I began contemplating last year: not arguing with what is happening in my life.  I have adopted the attitude that everything is as it is because that is what is optimal for my spiritual growth.
 
My changed perspective has allowed me to better see things from others' viewpoints and to remember that others have their own specific paths and destiny. I am remembering that my learning is for me—for where I am on my own path—and that everyone learns in their own way and moves at their own pace.
 
I feel much more at peace. As a result of Gurumayi's Message, I have found a willingness to move a lot more.

a Siddha Yogi from Ocean Shores, Australia

The word move struck me as significant, as soon as Gurumayi gave us the Message for 2016. And, recently I had an experience of the power of remembering to move.
 
I was traveling across a crowded bridge for business. I needed to travel quite a distance and then return in time to offer seva. As I was sitting in traffic and getting concerned that I was going to be late, I consciously chose to remember Gurumayi’s Message for 2016. This led me to remember my knowledge of the Self, and immediately all I felt was joy and freedom—not just freedom from worry, but confidence in my understanding that God provides and that God is in charge.
 
As traffic began to clear, the drive back across the bridge was a breeze. I was on time and energized by what I experienced as a demonstration of the power of the Message.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your guidance in every moment of my life.
 

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

I have just read the February letter, and it has filled me with a sense of eager anticipation. 
 
To me, Gurumayi's Message for 2016 is like a tapestry woven with an infinite number of scintillating threads. This letter clearly describes some of the ways that I can take hold of one of these threads and follow it into the heart of the Message-- the full experience of inner bliss.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Alaska, USA

When I think of the word move, I recall how I have been moved by so many things since hearing Gurumayi's Message for 2016.
 
My heart feels more open to the simple, touching aspects of life, aspects that indeed bring joy. Whether I am working with clients and co-workers, or hearing the sound of a child laughing or crying, or simply watching my wife go about her everyday activities, my heart is touched. I feel a deeper connection; there is a more immediate and meaningful movement within and from my heart. The Message is helping me perceive the world, the people around me, and my Self in ways that lead me to greater joy.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Vancouver, Canada

I’m grateful for this inspiring letter and for the many ideas we are receiving to help us practice and experience Gurumayi's Message for 2016.
 
For me, walking regularly moves my heart physically to be healthier and moves my spiritual heart to be refreshed, inspired, and joyful. I have the good fortune to live near a lake surrounded by pathways, so I walk every morning while listening with my headphones to namasankirtana, especially now to Rama Raghava. The chant fills me with wonder at the moving, beautiful forms of nature: the shapes of moving clouds, the movements of the wind in the lake's water, the feeling of the breeze, the flight of birds. I watch my mind expanding and choosing thoughts that bring nourishment to my soul—my Guru's teachings and the remembrance of satsang. I feel the Guru’s presence along the way, moving me towards her, towards God.

Many thanks, Gurumayi, for bringing so much inspiration and transformation into my life.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Jerez de La Frontera, Spain

How inspiring to have the focus of this month be on the word move. Last night as we began the month, here in Southern California the winds were moving forcefully throughout the night. Never have I experienced such a powerful movement in the air—with the trees dancing wildly and the hauntingly beautiful howls of the wind swirling through my home. I could feel the shakti so alive, and I lay awake, wide-eyed and in awe. Then this morning I read these words about move! I am thrilled to dive into the study of this word, to see what gems I discover.
 
Thank you!

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Thank you for this beautiful letter with such inspiring invitations to stay engaged with Gurumayi’s Message for 2016. I feel compelled to listen to the call to move and to find a true response in my sadhana. The word that calls me to action, or movement, is commitment. I have always had a very high respect for, and also fear of, this word. Now commitment has started to stir inside me, and I feel inspired to act and make a deeper commitment to my sadhana.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi for your divine guidance and protection.

a Siddha Yogi from Oslo, Norway

Wow! This letter is such a wonderful exploration of the many facets of the month of February! As I read about the meaning of the word February, and about the extra day we have this month due to leap year, I became aware of the blessing that each new month brings to me.
 
As I reflect on the word move, I find myself more aware of my reactions to unwanted or unexpected situations and more able to respond in ways that are different from my usual patterns. When I respond in this new way, it creates more easefulness around me—both at work and at home.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your deep and powerful Message. I find each word to be an invitation to go deeper in my sadhana.

a Siddha Yogi from Mumbai, India

Reading the February letter, I am full of energy and enthusiasm!
 
This year I am making the effort to move by actively engaging with Gurumayi’s Message. I am consciously remembering and applying the teachings I received in A Sweet Surprise Satsang in my life.
 
I feel that I am moving in the direction of being a better human being by engaging with the Siddha Yoga practices. I am especially grateful for the live stream satsangs.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi!
 

a Siddha Yogi from Pune, India

I’m so grateful for the guidance and creative ideas about different ways to "move" that the writer of this letter brings.

I often start out in January with great enthusiasm and hopes for moving forward in my sadhana. Then, as the year advances into February and beyond, the demands of daily life so often call for my attention. At these times, it really helps to have tangible support to keep my focus on the study and practice of Gurumayi’s Message.

It is such a gift to know that my intention to implement Gurumayi’s Message is always supported in so many ways on the Siddha Yoga path website. I’m especially excited that the entire Siddha Yoga sangham will be together this month with live stream programs. More than ever, I’m looking forward to keeping the momentum going, and to moving forward in my sadhana, accompanied by my Guru and fellow seekers.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

Two days ago, I went for a walk around Lake Nityananda. It was a cold day with a bright blue sky. Nature seemed to be resting. There was no wind; there were no singing birds—just the quiet majesty of a frozen lake surrounded by trees.
 
At one point, I stopped to look at the lake for several minutes. Expecting to find stillness, I was surprised to see that the lake’s frozen surface was filled with movement. The ice had a map-like pattern—nothing was uniform. Within the ice, I could see stream-like currents of energy.
 
The first word of Gurumayi's message came to my mind: Move. I then had the insight that the word move is not only related to physical movement. It also relates to our inner energy, and this reminds me to stay alert and open to grace at all times, even when everything appears to be quiet and still on the surface.
 

a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram