Chinese New Year 2016: The Year of the Monkey

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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