As I read and reread the exposition, I became more and more enthusiastic and rooted in my commitment to assimilate the Gurus' teachings. When I finished it, I knew exactly what to do next! I called up another Siddha Yogi and invited her to be my study buddy. She had also read Swami ji's exposition and wholeheartedly accepted my invitation.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for the Siddha Yoga path website, through which the Siddha Yoga teachings, and step-by-step guidance in how to make them our own, are so readily and exquisitely available every day.
a Siddha Yogi from Belo Horizonte, Brazil
When I read this teaching, my heart melted with the power of Gurumayi's words. As I received this teaching about devotion, my mind surrendered into the stillness of my heart.
Thank you for this powerful teaching on assimilation.
a Siddha Yogi from Maryland, USA
One way that I've been learning the Siddha Yoga teachings by heart and imbibing them is by participating in one of the Live Audio Stream Meditation Sessions each day, for nearly two years. This has deepened my 36-year practice of Siddha Yoga Meditation immeasurably. My gratitude has deepened immeasurably, too.
a Siddha Yogi from Pennsylvania, USA
For a number of years, I have heard about the four essential elements of Siddha Yoga studentship: study, practice, assimilation, and implementation. But I never quite felt I knew what assimilation meant or understood how it was distinct from, yet synergistic with, the other three elements.
So I am delighted and very grateful to receive this exposition, which makes so clear for me what assimilation is and how to practice it. In fact, I can now see that it corresponds to the reflective journaling and review of journal entries that I have been drawn to, intuitively, as a way of bringing my experiences and the teachings more fully into my being, as a way of digesting them, and making them my own so that I can embody them in my daily life.
a Siddha Yogi from California, USA
Thank you for this heartfelt exposition on the Guru’s words and the power of assimilation. It has really inspired me to revisit my practice of pausing after meditation to allow my experience to resonate within me and then articulating it in my journal.
I have found that even an experience that might at first seem less significant, upon closer examination and reflection, actually carries an important insight for me. The act of writing makes it more concrete and allows me to absorb it more into my being. I then often carry these "well-baked" insights into my day by writing their essence on a card that I carry with me and refer to during the day to remind me to act from the place of truth and stillness that comes from contemplation.
a Siddha Yogi from Sydney, Australia
The guidance in this exposition is so helpful! I do find that articulating my experiences—in my journal, in writing shares for the Siddha Yoga path website, and in conversations with fellow Siddha Yogis—is a great support in assimilating the teachings. I also find that reviewing my journal entries over time, especially as I perceive the threads that weave through my experiences and understandings, deepens my awareness of the current of grace in my life and of how I am living the teachings.
I am so grateful for the focus on assimilation this month. As I reflect on the practice of assimilating the Siddha Yoga teachings, I connect with the depth of Gurumayi's and Baba’s intention that their teachings truly become a part of us. This fills me with awe and deep appreciation.
a Siddha Yogi from Missouri, USA
I always feel so happy when I’m offered concrete ways to deepen my experience of the Siddha Yoga practices. The concrete action that stands out for me in Swami ji ’s exposition is journaling.
I’ve been studying the Pratyabhijna-hrdayam
this year, and I’ve found it difficult to retain the subtleties of these teachings. Currently, I journal only sporadically. I realize that if I apply more effort in journaling, it will help me assimilate the teachings I’m studying. I’m grateful for this suggestion.
a Siddha Yogi from Vermont, USA