King Parikshit Seeks Liberation - Part 1

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I am currently participating in the Prison Project training being held in the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Oakland. We have just heard about a man named James who was executed after being on death row for many years. Like Parikshit, he too knew the time of his death and so he could prepare for it. In James' case, he was able to draw on all he had learned from participating in the Prison Project. 
According to the prison chaplain who was present at James' execution, James maintained the highest integrity and serenity all through prison life and all the way to the end. The chaplain even asked James to write in his (the chaplain's) Bible because he was so impressed by the state James had cultivated.  
Thank you to the Prison Project for showing me the example of James and so many others who have never met Gurumayi in person, yet who serve as models of modern-day discipleship.  

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

I was sitting down to study tonight to prepare for my Siddha Yoga study group tomorrow. We are studying the virtues from Birthday Bliss, one per week. The virtue for this week is Mastery. I looked in a few Siddha Yoga books and wasn't able to find a reference to this virtue; then I noticed the new story on the website homepage. 
I was drawn to read through the story and was astonished to find on the last page the sage Shamika's instruction to his son: "I command you to…perform austerities until you have learned self-mastery." Really, how amazing is that! 
Thank you, Gurumayi; you are so with us! And now I look forward even more to our study group.

a Siddha Yogi from Hurlstone Park, Australia