This verse from the Taittiriyopanishad
expanded my understanding of the breath. I had always thought of the breath as being God's presence within the body, which leaves at the time of death. So the idea that "beings here are born from Breath, they live by Breath, and they enter into Breath when they depart" both amazed me and comforted me.
I am especially grateful for the timing of receiving this verse. A friend of our family who had been ill for a long time passed away around the time this verse was posted. I found it so helpful to think of our friend as entering into Breath, the Absolute, when she departed.
a Siddha Yogi from California, USA
When I read this verse, I feel that I belong to the Breath. I am honored to be part of this undeniable truth, and I feel the protective power of the Breath.
I feel close to this verse. It simplifies my human existence into its very essence. I see that I can experience my breath more consciously and participate as a good dance partner in the movement of prana
in my body, connecting with it and enjoying it.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your Message for 2017 and the many inspiring ways that you give us to study it.
a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA
These verses on prana shakti
from the Upanishads have helped me be aware of my breath a number of times during the day. Just by paying attention to my incoming and outgoing breath, my mind becomes calm, quiet, and free of thoughts—a state that I enjoy. When I start meditation and during japa
walks, I recall Gurumayi's Message for 2017 and focus on my breath. This prepares me to go deep into meditation, and to remain focused and happy during my japa
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your teachings, which connect me to my Self at each and every step.
a Siddha Yogi from Udaipur, India
My cat has been ill for over a week and has not eaten. Yesterday as I sat with her, my hands on her delicate body, I could hear her purr and breathe in and out. As I focused on both my own breathing and hers, I realized that the breath unites us, and that the same prana
that supports me also supports her. This realization dissolved my sense of separation and anxiety for her, and I rested in the feeling of this unity.
a Siddha Yogi from Pune, India
This verse touched me deeply. It articulates what I experienced when my father died.
It dawned on me at that time how similar the first and the last breaths are. I could see that there’s only a thin veil between life and death. The palpable silence that descended on me as my father departed "into Breath" was so profound that I didn't want to move. I wanted to merge into silence.
This experience remained present and sustained me over the next weeks—with my breath serving as the immediate connection to the silence within.
a Siddha Yogi from Geelong, Australia
Recently, I read Swami Muktananda’s book I Am That
and started using the Hamsa
mantra in meditation. As a result—even though I have had breathing-related disorders for most of my life—my breathing has become more natural and relaxed. I now breathe effortlessly from my diaphragm where I had held fear from past injuries.
Reading this verse from the Taittiriyopanishad
helped me understand how breathing with awareness helps my life flow easefully. When I meditate now, I will remember that my breath is a gift from God.
a Siddha Yogi from Connecticut, USA