The Practice of Recitation on the Siddha Yoga Path

An Excerpt from Shri Guru Gita

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I have begun to connect to the practice of svadhyaya for the first time this year through a daily recitation of Shri Guru Gita. This practice brought immediate benefits. Despite initial struggles with the text, I found my mind stilled at the end of each recitation and nourished with a sense of lightness. It has quickly become the foundation on which I am able to engage positively with the day ahead.
 
Throughout the day, I have also found stillness arising in my mind more often, allowing me the space to remember to return to the breath and to Gurumayi’s Message for 2017. In these moments of grace where my mental agitation subsides, I feel a sense of refreshment and renewal and connection to the Self of all. This is a great boon for me and wonderful encouragement for my sadhana.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for the Siddha Yoga practice of svadhyaya.

 a Siddha Yogi from Southbourne, United Kingdom

When I repeat Gurumayi's Message for 2017 to begin meditation, I feel I have the experience of these verses of Shri Guru Gita. With the first line of the Message, I feel Gurumayi's love filling up my heart space. Then at the top of my in breath, in synch with the second line of the Message, my heart lifts off with the truth of anandam so'hamityuta. My small self transcends its normal experience through the radiance and love of the Guru, and I know: “Indeed, I am That.”

a Siddha Yogi from Colorado, USA

I was delighted to see these verses. Over the last months, I have been exploring Gurumayi's Message for 2017 while reciting Shri Guru Gita. Today, during my recitation, I felt the chanting resonate in a whole new way. Each breath felt as if it was permeating my whole body, and the words of the text felt filled with power, leaving me peaceful and blissful. I am looking forward to further exploring the blessings of Gurumayi's Message!

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

The Guru is “without form, and without attributes.” This part of the verse strikes a chord in me, and I reflect on the experience of pure awareness. Especially when I am walking in nature, my mind spontaneously becomes aware of that which is without form and without attributes and which is extremely blissful. I know this is sacchidananda, an experience of my nature as eternal, blissful consciousness.

a Siddha Yogi from Iowa, USA

Every day after I recite Shri Guru Gita, I bow to the Guru’s sandals on my puja and I pray to Gurumayi. I pray for the guidance to perform all my duties in service to the Guru, peacefully and free from ego.

a Siddha Yogi from Lucknow, India

This morning, before reciting Shri Guru Gita, I sat with the beautiful words of Gurumayi's Message for 2017. I wanted to allow the words to soften my heart, to let in the Guru's light before I began reciting.
 
Then, as I was about to begin, I felt a yearning to offer every word to the Guru, to make the words come alive in my heart and mouth. I wasn't able to sustain this all the way through, but when I could, it brought many sweet tears. I felt my heart softening, the barriers melting a little more. The tears were a gift.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, so much.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Chipping Norton, United Kingdom

As I reflect anew on these verses, the region of my heart center comes into my awareness. The enlivened power in the space of my heart seems to be saying, “Yes, focus here, worship here, meditate here. The Guru, the Beloved, is here within.” This prompting is strong, reminding me again and again to return to the heart. 
 
With this remembrance comes a feeling of love, of joy. Yes, the Beloved is here in my heart.
 

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

This morning I recited Shri Guru Gita along with a recording, in our upstairs computer room with the sunlight streaming through the window. Gradually I was no longer aware of sitting. At times I listened specifically to Gurumayi’s voice, and as I did my heart filled with love. I followed the text both while reciting aloud and while listening, and I soon became absorbed in its rhythm.

Toward the end I became aware that my mind had grown silent, gently flowing with the sounds of the syllables, and I realized that I had been established in state of witness consciousness for a while. As I arose after completing the recitation, I spontaneously felt that Gurumayi was divine light and I was that divine light also. I had the experience, as the last verse here says, “Indeed, I am That.”
 

a Siddha Yogi from New Jersey, USA

Today I contemplated these verses from Shri Guru Gita as I walked the nature trails by my home. I held the word reflection in my mind and noticed how this awareness shifted my experience of the walk. I felt extremely curious and my senses were so alert. I delighted in the dance of the grasses in the cool breeze, the mandala that appeared momentarily when I threw a stone into a pond, the sea-foam green moss that enrobed a fallen tree branch. Often these observations would inspire a deep, full breath that filled my body with contentment. My inner state became so peaceful and joyous!
 
At one point during the walk, my attention shifted to a situation that has been challenging me for some time. I applied this same reflection to the challenge, and for the first time was able to feel love and compassion for all the people involved. This felt incredibly healing, the first step toward the forgiveness I have been seeking.
 
My gratitude abounds for these sacred texts, and how their own reflection in my mind opens a wellspring of wisdom and bliss.
 

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

These verses remind me that the Guru is not limited by form or attributes. More important for my study at this time, they renew my understanding and deepen my awareness that the Guru doesn’t only exist outside of me—rather, the Guru is inside the center of my heart. I am that inner Guru! Reciting Shri Guru Gita every week is my means for reaping the benefits of the ever-dawning realization that “I am that.”
 

a Siddha Yogi from Texas, USA