The story reminds me that we create problems for ourselves by indulging in sense pleasures; we can redeem ourselves from their grip only through prayer—and surrender. It also reminds me of the teaching that we create our own destiny, as Gajendra experienced so directly for himself.
Thank you, dear Gurumayi, for the wisdom of this story and for your kind presence in our lives.
a Siddha Yogi from Cuttack, India
When I read the share from the Siddha Yogi from Sydney, Australia, about removing the pride and replacing it “with my true love for chanting," the word chanting
was immediately equated with the word God
in my mind. I suddenly realized that chanting is God and so is the person chanting. It was an amazing revelation for me!
Thank you, thank you, Gurumayi!
a Siddha Yogi from Alabama, USA
The launch of the Chanting Tour led me to engage more deeply in the practice of chanting. Before then, I mainly practiced meditation and mantra repetition. I was not so attentive to the power of chanting the name of God. So I made an effort to engage with chanting and placed my resistance in God's hands, like the elephant Gajendra. Now I can feel the benefits: my mind naturally calms down when I chant, and I can feel the presence of God near me and even in me. It is simply wonderful.
Thank you so much, Gurumayi, for uniting all of us with this delightful practice. It is a pleasure to visit the website, so rich in commitment and teachings, so that we can recognize our own divinity.
a Siddha Yogi from Quebec City, Canada
It was great to see this story this morning. For me, it is a great reminder to always praise the divine. Thank you for these daily reminders.
And thank you for providing the references about Gajendra Moksha
. I looked up the scripture and then found the English and transliteration of the Gajendra Moksha
verses. They’re beautiful!
Jai Gurumayi! And thank you to the Siddha Yoga path website team!
a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA
May the Gajendra Moksha
story be an allegory and teaching for our entire world.
Thank you, Gurumayi.
a Siddha Yogi from California, USA
The story of Gajendra Moksha
shows us that humility is a direct path to liberation. Gurumayi invited us, in the New Year’s Message, to contemplate this divine virtue. And now, with the Gajendra Moksha
story, we are reminded again to focus our attention on humility.
This story offers me new contemplations and insights into the attributes of gentleness and humility. Questions arise: how to be humble when you have the size and power of an elephant? How to be a leader with great power and stay gentle, humble, and polite? How to put our strength into truly selfless service? How to chant and dance, not as a display of pride and arrogance, but as a true offering?
Pride always seems to get in the way. Like the elephant and the crocodile, we can’t let go. We fight so hard until we are on the edge of "dying for our pride." Only God’s compassionate, all-forgiving, and benevolent grace can rescue us. Liberation and humility go hand in hand.
Thank you, Gurumayi. It is so great to read and study this story this morning!
a Siddha Yogi from Montreal, Canada
The crocodile reminds me of my limiting beliefs that really can get a grip on me. And the only way they can be shaken off is by calling the Lord’s name, either with mantra japa
Thank you, Gurumayi.
a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA
Thank you for this wonderful story, Gajendra Moksha
! I found it when I came home tonight, and was reading it with relish, waiting for the lessons I knew it would teach. As I started to understand its relation to my own sometimes ignorant behaviors, the images of the story became like a movie in my head, and I was totally taken up.
When Gurumayi spoke of Gajendra surrendering so beautifully and offering the lotus to the Lord, suddenly a vivid memory came to me of that exact scene portrayed in a statue near the fountain in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, and all the feelings of connection and admiration I had for it! I had always loved that elephant statue when I walked by, with its tender supplication to the Lord, but I never had heard the story before now.
Thank you for taking such tender and amazing care of us all, Shri Gurumayi. A rush of great joy fills my being and my world, and I am again so very grateful for you in my life.
a Siddha Yogi from New Mexico, USA
As I read this story aloud, step by step I could feel compassion and love. I could actually feel how compassionate the Lord is. The large statue depicting this story, which is in the gardens of Gurudev Siddha Peeth, came to my mind. And my understanding of the power of chanting has deepened. Love for chanting the Lord's name has moved another step forward.
This story has filled me with gratitude and millions of thank yous for the Chanting Tour. Chanting is my favorite practice, and each time I chant, I feel I am calling the Lord with all my heart.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your compassion. Thank you for this story.
a Siddha Yogi from Bhusawal, India
This story really deepens my understanding of the significance of chanting the name of God. It tells me to remove my pride and replace it with my true love for chanting.
Thank you so much, Gurumayi, for this inspiring story.
a Siddha Yogi from Sydney, Australia
To me, this story is a very powerful inspiration and reminder of the true power of the virtues of humility, devotion, and complete surrender to the power of chanting the divine name of the Lord.
Makaranna represents for me the inner, deep-rooted tendencies of my own ego and mind, which at times grip me strongly and drag me down. Honestly, there are times when I feel helpless and caught up in this inner struggle. Thanks to the practice of Siddha Yoga chanting, as I chant with focus, the heavy burden on my heart magically melts away.
I feel supremely blessed to be on this glorious Siddha Yoga path, to be blessed by the infinitely abundant grace and love of beloved Gurumayiji.
a Siddha Yogi from Pune, India