• Happy New Year 2015

The Words of Gurumayi’s Message for 2015

Definitions and Commentaries by Swami Shantananda and Maitreya Larios

About Maitreya Larios

Maitreya Larios is a Sanskrit scholar and a research fellow at the Heidelberg University in Germany, where he earned a PhD in classical Indology. He began practicing Siddha Yoga in 1990 and served on staff at Shree Muktananda Ashram during summers from 1996 to 1998. Maitreya lives in Heidelberg, Germany, with his wife, Anuradha, and one-year-old son, Kabir.

About Swami Shantananda

Swami Shantananda received shaktipat initiation from Baba Muktananda over forty years ago, when Baba gave him the mantra in Gurudev Siddha Peeth in Ganeshpuri, India. In meditation, Swamiji experienced the letters of the mantra dissolving into a vibrant, luminous power that rose up his spine to his head and gently wrapped itself around his mind. He then entered a deep inner space of silence and sweetness, from which he witnessed his quiet mind. Later, he learned from Baba that the Witness is the Supreme Self. He recognized, “This is who I am!” In 1977, he took monastic vows to become a Siddha Yoga Swami. Swami ji serves Gurumayi as a Siddha Yoga meditation teacher, drawing on his own profound experiences in sadhana and his extensive knowledge of the Indian scriptures. Swami Shantananda is the author of the book The Splendor of Recognition, an illuminating commentary on the Pratyabhijña-hrdayam, a key text of the philosophy of Kashmir Shaivism.

Updated: Jan 29 Updated: Jan 29
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It happens for me while I’m working, effortlessly. It is meditation with my eyes open. It’s very strong. It lasts for a few seconds, sometimes a few minutes. I experience the Guru’s grace so profoundly. Nothing can move or disturb that state. It’s happening very often nowadays. I dive in and bathe in the ocean of grace.

a Siddha Yogi from New Jersey, USA

Last evening, as I contemplated what Easefully means for me, I saw myself in the Bhagavan Nityananda Temple in Shree Muktananda Ashram. I was sitting there so naturally, feeling welcomed by Bade Baba’s divine words, "The Heart is the hub of all sacred places. Go there and roam." What an extraordinary meditation! I really felt that I was with God and God was with me.

Thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Naples, Italy

These definitions and commentary beautifully reflect my experience of Siddha Yoga meditation over many years of practice. The experience has become even stronger since I received Gurumayi's Message for 2015 in A Sweet Surprise satsang.

Like the "steady pouring of oil," I experienced Gurumayi's grace flowing through the words of the Message, and also through her teachings on the Siddha Yoga path website. For example, every day this week I've begun meditation by silently repeating the words, “Always make space for the presence of LOVE, and make it visible” from Gurumayi's poem, "One Special Mandate.” As I repeat these words, I become aware of the space in my body; then physical boundaries dissolve, and my awareness expands into the vast, love-filled space of the Eternal.

This blessed time spent in meditation each day allows me to practice making love visible through my actions. My heart overflows with gratitude to my beloved Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

Here, in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, in the department where I offer seva, we have been coming together for thirty minutes each morning to explore our understanding of Gurumayi's Message for 2015. We were inspired to start doing this immediately after participating in A Sweet Surprise satsang on January 1.

We have studied dictionary definitions for each word and shared our understanding and experiences of these words. It was amazing to see how this study helped me to deepen my understanding of the Message and to keep it in my awareness throughout the day.

Two days ago, we were discussing the word Easefully. A Spanish-speaking person shared that in Spanish, “easefully” can translate as “naturally.” 

Today, after reading the same definition on the website, I felt we were aligned with the shakti, and I experienced immense gratitude.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for your Message for 2015.

a Gurukula student in Gurudev Siddha Peeth

Ever since I participated in A Sweet Surprise satsang, I've been using the meditation instructions that Gurumayi gave on that day. When I read the Sanskrit definition of Easefully, my attention was drawn to the fact that my body, mind, and heart have all been at ease at the same time during meditation. This was not the case before; one or the other of them often seemed to be uncomfortable. It is almost as if my entire being has relaxed in the recognition that this Message can take me to the goal.

a Siddha Yogi from Sydney, Australia

As I've reflected on each word of the Siddha Yoga Message for 2015 and studied the words throughout the day, I've felt a deepening into the meaning of the Message for my meditation practice and for my life.

Today, I felt totally in sync with the Message. My daily meditation practice was so natural and easy, and the experience of meditation naturally and easefully spilled over into my awareness throughout the whole day. I felt close to the inner Self and intimately close to the Guru principle as life unfolded in interactions and events.

It was reassuring to remember that meditation is, by its very nature, easeful—something that happens naturally and spontaneously—and that the effect it has on my entire life is also a natural and easeful process.

a Siddha Yogi from Texas, USA

All the definitions of the words in Gurumayi’s Message are illuminating. They have deepened my appreciation of Gurumayi’s intention and will provide delicious food for thought throughout the year. Thank you!

I love the way the word Easefully is defined here and the way it brings the whole Message together. The definition reinforces the feeling of grace I experience as I repeat the Message as a mantra when I meditate. And it makes me more aware of the natural, effortless way the Message brings me to my heart and instills peace when I remember it during the day.

a Siddha Yogi from Kentucky, USA