• 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.

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Last night, during satsang at the Siddha Yoga meditation center in my city, I had the experience of my body releasing into an immense bliss. I realized that the bliss always exists inside me.
The experience was so immense that, after a while, I found myself drawing back a little, even as I continued to meditate. I understood how the body needs to prepare and become capable of holding this immensity. Still, I feel that, even though I didn’t go completely into this experience of bliss, I was heading toward the state that I will live in one day by continuing my sadhana, supported by the grace and teachings of my Guru.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

Thank you for this definition and commentary on Inward. I’m so glad that we are exploring Gurumayi’s Message word by word. This morning as I emerged from meditation, it seemed to me that, although I had been floating in very sweet and restful energy, many thoughts had passed through my mind. However, I couldn’t remember any of them. It was as if none had had the power to draw my attention—they had just passed through. I think this is because, even though I don’t seem to have gone very deep within, I had been heading in the right direction. And that focus had its own power, more than the mental activity.

a Siddha Yogi from Michigan, USA

Thank you so much for explaining the Sanskrit meaning of Inward. I have been exploring the different ways it illuminates the action of turning. I see it also conveys a sense of drawing nearer to the center. Each time I practice turning my awareness inward now, I am aware of drawing near to my own heart, to my beloved Guru. This gives such a sweet and loving impetus to my steady effort.

a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia