The Practice of Recitation on the Siddha Yoga Path

An Excerpt from Shri Bhagavad Gita

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As I was reading this excerpt, I pictured the image of Lord Krishna imparting his great wisdom to Arjuna in my mind. I paused to read the words silently in the dynamic powerful tone that I imagined Lord Krishna would use to speak to Arjuna. My heart expanded and was full!
 
Just knowing that I'm fortunate to have a Siddha Guru, a true spiritual Master, in my life is so powerful. I quietly recalled all wonderful ways the Guru has shown me the path and imparted her teachings.

a Siddha Yogi from New Delhi, India

This excerpt from Shri Bhagavad Gita beautifully expresses the feeling I’ve had since I felt embraced by the Guru the first time I attended a Siddha Yoga satsang. I feel that the Guru has taken my hand and guided me since that time. I have moved to a place of deep love within myself.

a Siddha Yogi from Nairobi, Kenya

Reading the words “Find a wise teacher…” takes me back to sitting in a hall at Shree Muktananda Ashram, listening to a talk from Gurumayi that awakened my deepest desire from childhood. It was to find a true teacher, who led by example and could help me understand the scriptures and put them into practice in my daily life.
 
How grateful and fortunate I am to have found such a teacher in the form of our beloved Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Yeovil, United Kingdom

The words “On this path no effort is wasted, no gain is ever reversed…” resonated in my being and stayed with me for days to follow. Since this quote stood out for me, I wrote it in my journal while contemplating its meaning. This contemplation is strengthening my love, devotion, and faith in the Guru.

a Siddha Yogi from New Delhi, India

I feel so much hope when I read these precious words. I feel protected by divine grace and part of something greater than my own day-to-day experience. The way Lord Krishna reveals the value of every effort in sadhana, and the power of every spiritual practice, feels like a loving gift, full of compassion and understanding.
 
I hear my inner voice saying: Keep going, you are doing great!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I am filled with gratitude as I reflect on how fortunate I am to have the company, compassion, and grace of a true teacher, as the first verse here from the Bhagavad Gita states.
 
I usually recite Gurumayi’s Message as well as some of the Gayatri mantras before meditating. As I sat this morning, I recognized I was spontaneously immersed in a state of inner silence. There was nothing to do and nothing to say. I reflected afterward how, through the Siddha Yoga teachings, Gurumayi is guiding me to the truth within. With her guidance and my own effort, I am becoming stronger in the practice of yoga.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your continuous reminders of the true nature of the Self.

a Siddha Yogi from New Jersey, USA

Profound peace. Profound stillness. With the simple act of reciting these few verses, I feel the tide of shakti rising within me, washing over me, drawing me into meditation. What sweet alchemy, that reading these few words on the Siddha Yoga path website can unlock such experiences.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for using the website as a vehicle for your teachings. I am beyond grateful.

 a Siddha Yogi from Pennsylvania, USA

This excerpt from Shri Bhagavad Gita filled me with intense love. Its truth explained my experience. It filled my mind, body, soul, and spirit with gratitude. “Find a wise teacher.” I have, through the Siddha Yoga path. The realization of my rare fortune awoke within me and washed over me like the falls of Lake Nityananda.
 
“On this path no effort is wasted, no gain is ever reversed.” How compassionate! How miraculous! Thank God! My mission, intention, dharma, purpose in life is to be “strong in the practice of yoga,” focused on gurubhava so that I may fulfill this holy scripture’s guarantee and “reach the Supreme Person that I am.”
 
Thank you, Shri Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Georgia, USA

Immediately, the words entered my heart and mind, my breathing stilled, and my eyes closed in a blissful meditation. Gratitude for my Guru filled my entire being.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

These verses guide me in understanding what right effort is. I have found my wise teacher. I honor her, I ask her my questions, I serve her, and I embrace her guidance on the path to wisdom. With my mind focused on the great Self, I cultivate strength through the practices of Siddha Yoga. Doing even a little of these practices, I find a place of protection again and again.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, with all my heart.

a Siddha Yogi from Castlemaine, Australia

This morning, during the recitation of Shri Guru Gita, deep devotion and gratitude for the compassion and greatness of my beloved Guru arose within me. Then, when I read the excerpt from Shri Bhagavad Gita on the Siddha Yoga path website, I had the feeling of being Arjuna, standing in front of Lord Krishna.
 
I was particularly moved by the verse: "Strong in the practice of yoga, with a mind that is rooted in me and in nothing else, you will reach the Supreme Person that I am.” Contemplating these words, the image of a beautiful tree arose in me. Its roots were following my breath, going deeper, taking root in my heart. It was an experience of the flow of grace—the fruit of my practice of svadhyaya.
 
I understood that practicing Gurumayi's Message for 2017 has created within me a connection between the different practices of Siddha Yoga that make up my sadhana. What a wonderful fruit and immense benefit!

a Siddha Yogi from Macerata, Italy

Ah, such beautiful words, full of truth. The relationship with the Guru is the staff of my life. The essence of this relationship is gratitude. Whenever I pause during my day to ponder the Siddhas, I feel the blessing of gratitude welling up within my being, drawing me deeply into myself. I feel in right relationship with everything: the tone of my thoughts and feelings shifts, my viewpoint and focus soften. I am humbled by the constant inner presence and attention of the Siddhas.
 
On a deeper level, I feel that gratitude itself is a gift from the Guru. If it weren't for the initiation of shaktipat, I would not see the world through such golden eyes; I would not be able to touch and be touched by the center of joy within. When I surrender to this place of gratitude, I feel myself swimming in a shoreless ocean of gratitude, rising and falling in waves of ever-fresh delight.

a Siddha Yogi from Marrickville, Australia

My heart leapt when I read Lord Krishna’s reassurance that “On this path no effort is wasted.” Every good deed done in secret, every supportive wish, every appropriate restraint—every bit of sweet effort contributes to my advancement on the path to enlightenment.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

These verses from Shri Bhagavad Gita feel kind, comforting, and humbling to me. Reading the words “no effort is wasted,” I feel encouraged to persevere—even if a moment is challenging or if my goals seem distant.
 
The teaching about “shelter you from great sorrow” reminded me that the Guru’s love and support is always available to me through the Siddha Yoga practices. Even a moment of longing for Gurumayi can transform and uplift me. In this way, living in devotion to my Guru is a powerful and remarkable means of navigating the human experience.

a Siddha Yogi from Hawaii, USA

This teaching illuminates and describes my experience of three decades of sadhana on the Siddha Yoga path. Gurumayi is guiding me on the path to wisdom, through both inner and outer means. This beautiful, indispensable relationship gives meaning and joy to my existence. I always offer an inner bow whenever I remember Baba’s message inscribed above the archway leading into the inner sanctum of the Bhagavan Nityananda Temple at Shree Muktananda Ashram, “I owe my existence to my Shri Guru.”

a Siddha Yogi from Oregon, USA 

Reading these deeply heartening verses has inspired me to reflect on the path to wisdom that Gurumayi has guided me on over these many years. I remember the many questions I had that created such longing in me. I was barely able to articulate them — yet they all boiled down to “How do I love and allow love? What is right action?”
 
Now, from my current vantage point, I am deeply aware of and profoundly grateful for the penetrating effect of Gurumayi and Baba’s teachings and grace over the course of my sadhana. Their presence, their wise teachings, have indeed answered my questions, lightened my being, and brought constant joy into my life.

a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia