• Gurupurnima 2015
  • Gurupurnima 2015
  • Gurupurnima 2015
  • Gurupurnima 2015

Shri Guru Paduka Panchakam
Five Stanzas on the Sandals of Shri Guru

Updated: Jul 3Updated: Jul 4
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Today as I read the words of Shri Guru Paduka Panchakam, I thought of Baba's sandals that were installed in the Siddha Yoga Meditation Center. Each time I bow before them, I am overcome with gratitude for the path Baba set me on. I find that just remembering the Guru's sandals in my daily life leads me to choose the most loving approach, again and again.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for the gift of this website. Thank you, Baba.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

This photo of the padukas and the delicate flowers around them is very soothing for me. They seem so close, as if they are coming towards me. I feel they are filled with Guru’s grace, as vast as the sky and full of strength.
 
Today, after reading about the significance of the Guru‘s sandals, I offered red and white flowers and perfume to the padukas on my puja. Then I chanted and meditated with the awareness that my practice was sacred and could reveal within me what the padukas symbolize.
 
These padukas bring me back to the center of myself, to the simplicity of the heart, to the place where I feel my Guru knows my yearning, my efforts, and my love.
 
Gurumayi, Merci!
 

a Siddha Yogi from Ramonville Saint Agne, France

I am very happy to begin the month of Gurupurnima reciting these beautiful verses from Shri Guru Paduka Panchakam, honoring the Guru and the Guru’s sandals.
 
When I meditate, I do experience the truth of these words:
 
Salutations again and again to Shri Guru’s sandals,
which impart the knowledge of Brahman.
 
During meditation, when thoughts swirl around in my mind, I bring my awareness to the Guru’s sandals and mentally place my head on them. When I do this, thoughts lose their hold on me, and I’m drawn into the center of my being, into the silence of the Absolute.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

When I recited Shri Guru Paduka Pancakam in front of the sandals on the puja, I experienced it as so much more than I ever had before. After a while it felt as though I was no longer chanting, but rather I was being the chant. My thinking mind had become silent, but the words and melody were coming out of my mouth.
 
I noticed that the prayer had transformational quality. I became aware that I was in a very different state after the recitation than I was before —calmer, more peaceful, and more connected with my heart. I see that in offering devotion, there is so much receiving.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this experience.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Berlin, Germany

For many years I have enjoyed reciting the Shri Guru Paduka Pancakam just prior to the Shri Guru Gita. But today, as I saw this beautiful artwork, I was inspired to recite it on its own and perform worship to the Guru's sandals at my puja. As I did so, my mind became clear and focused, and my heart opened and softened. Following the recitation I became aware of the Guru's tangible presence, and I noticed an expanded sense of unity and peace.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Berlin, Germany

The power of the Guru's sandals is a mystery for me. Yet reading these verses I feel a deep sense of contentment. I feel: “That is what I want, what I wish, what I need to be truly happy.”

a Siddha Yogi from Rome, Italy

This invocation has always moved me. Reciting it this morning, beautiful memories washed through me— of singing it with Gurumayi, and with the sangham at the Siddha Yoga Meditation Center I used to live near. I felt tenderness, love, and devotion well up in my heart.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this beautiful photo of the Guru's sacred sandals.

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

Each time I read the story of Baba’s shaktipat in Play of Consciousness, I am moved by the love and reverence with which Baba honors his Guru’s sandals. He shows me that when I honor the Guru’s sandals, I am taking a pilgrimage to the holiest of all places within—the heart, where I find the realization of my own true nature: “I am That.”

a Siddha Yogi from Buenos Aires, Argentina

When Gurumayi bestowed shaktipat diksha upon me, everything changed! So, when it comes to the deep mystery and immense value of the grace flowing from the Guru’s sandals, I’m all in!
 
I am forever grateful for the Guru’s grace, which has revealed truth, love, and contentment within my own being—a discovery far beyond the reach of my thinking mind and self-effort alone. 
 
The Guru’s sandals have become, for me, the perfect symbol of the spiritual path and its goal: the recognition of divinity in everything.
 
I bow my head upon my Guru’s sandals, the grace-filled portal to the knowledge and experience of true freedom.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA