To help me understand the meaning of verse 9, I recited the Sanskrit text three times, read the English translation, and then closed my eyes for reflection: “The Guru is not different from the conscious Self.” Immediately my awareness was drawn inside, and I experienced the spiraling inner energy that I identify as the Guru’s shakti
, which is the energy of my own Self, awakened by the Guru’s grace.
Then, as I reflected on the last part of the verse, I wondered, for someone like me who has received shaktipat
from my Guru, what does it mean “to make an effort to seek him.” I realized that seeking the Guru is an ongoing process; studying and practicing the Guru’s teachings and turning inside for inner guidance are ways that I make an effort to seek the Guru, to live my life in tune with the Guru’s shakti
, with my highest Self.
a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA