Chinese New Year 2016: The Year of the Monkey

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During and after A Sweet Surprise Satsang, I feel I was somehow like these monkeys—living happily, savoring delicious, golden fruit in the form of the teachings and grace I had received.
The first part of the story reminds me that, even in times of joy, it is good to stay vigilant and attentive by witnessing how things evolve, and seeing how I can watch over the golden fruit of my experience of Gurumayi’s teachings. It reminds me that each of my attainments on the path should be protected with love and understanding.
One of the things I do now to preserve the golden fruit that I receive is repeat the words of Gurumayi’s Message to myself immediately before and after doing my other spiritual practices. This daily remembrance infuses all my practices with inspiration and the strength to be steadfast.

a Siddha Yogi from Ramonville-Saint-Agne, France

Reading the story again and again led me to think deeply. I felt that the monkey chief was so kind and generous and acted as a parent to the whole tribe—by selecting the best tree for their dwelling and also by taking care of their daily food. I was inspired by his example to ask myself some questions: Am I kind to the same extent? Do I need to shift my approach to experiencing joy? Is my family limited to only certain people? What more can I do for my larger family of Siddha Yogis all over the world? In what way can I offer seva to the Siddha Yoga Guru, Gurumayi, who is taking such good care of me and all the students on the Siddha Yoga path?

a Siddha Yogi from Dombivli, India

On reading the second half of this story, my eyes streamed with tears and my heart opened. I feel so grateful to Gurumayi, who has dedicated her life to uplifting others and who serves as a bridge for me to protection and freedom. I can feel how much she loves us and wants us to experience Self-realization. I know that my effort is to incorporate her teachings into my life and to offer seva from my heart.

a Siddha Yogi from Yeovil, United Kingdom

I was so eagerly waiting for the second part of this story, and here it is!
Such a profound teaching—my heart is moist with the generosity of the monkey chief. This story shows me the importance of having a clear vision about the future and of making love manifest. The teachings and posts on the Siddha Yoga path website serve as a healing support for me in many life situations.
Thank you so much, Gurumayi, from all my heart!!

a Siddha Yogi from New Delhi, India

What stands out for me as I read this story is learning that the king actually has a longing to experience meaning in his life. As I see it, he has tried to experience meaning in many ways that are unsuccessful and sometimes have negative effects on others. I am inspired when his longing is finally fulfilled through having the darshan of the monkey chief and receiving his transformative teachings.
This story reminds me of the immeasurable value of having a true Guru in my life to guide me from darkness to light, from ignorance to knowledge, from acting in ways that benefit only myself to acting in ways that benefit all.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Like King Brahmadatta, I was touched by the monkey chief’s sacrifice and wisdom. For me, this lovely story was a powerful reminder that joy and meaning in my life come not through satisfying desires, but through offering loving service and kindness to others. Reading the story, I remembered times in my life when offering to others has taken me from feeling uneasy, like Brahmadatta, to feeling deeply happy. The story has already inspired me today to choose loving actions.
Thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

The selfless action of the monkey chief reminded me that, for me, the highest good of all is to serve with the well-being of others foremost in my mind. This is of utmost importance to me, and I have faith that this kind of action has a beneficial impact that can be far-reaching.
I also understood from the story that, when I align with the guidance and protection extended to me through the Guru’s grace, these blessings continue to extend through me to my loved ones and the world around me.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your grace. 

a Siddha Yogi from Berlin, Germany