As I contemplated this verse from the Brihadaranyakopanishad,
I had a vision of my breath, thoughts and desires spinning out worlds of my own creation, using threads made from the light of the Self.
I realized how easy it is for me to get entangled in the web and forget the Self. Yet tracing those threads back to their origin in the Self, then seeing them spin out again but with the awareness of the Self, illuminated each thread like a spider’s web sparkling in the morning light.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for illuminating my path.
a Siddha Yogi from Illinois, USA
After reading and contemplating this beautiful verse, I became more fully aware of the breath as the generous gift of the Self. With each breath, gratitude arises—gratitude for the gift of life, the gift of pure awareness, and for the grace that reveals to me the inner peace, bliss, and unconditional love of the Self.
With each breath gratitude arises, and with it my wish to offer back to the Self and to Gurumayi.
a Siddha Yogi from California, USA
At the start of my morning meditation today, as I watched my thoughts dissolve in the inner silence, I felt very intense and varied emotions. For a moment I was absorbed by a feeling of confusion and disorientation.
I then became aware of an energy moving within me. I felt a strong wind transforming my thoughts, my emotions, my being observer of the process; in a moment my entire being had become that wind! I started breathing it in. It seemed to me that my breath came from eternity and my life was attached to the invisible wire of that breath through meditation.
Then I started to contemplate my experience in the light of the beautiful words from the Brihadaranyakopanishad.
I realized that my breath and that wind in my meditation were the prana-shakti,
that they came from the Self and led me to the source of my being.
Thanks to this experience, I am now able to connect with my breath with a renewed attitude and a deeper understanding of Gurumayi's Message for 2017.
My gratitude is endless for the grace of my beloved Guru, who gives us the experience of the Self.
a Siddha Yogi from Macerata, Italy
This verse led me to reflect on my true nature and to acknowledge the deep interconnectedness of all created things.
After reading the verse several times, I sat under a tree in my backyard, just breathing in and out with awareness. I experienced my breath weaving a vibrant web of love, within and without. The tree trunk I was leaning on, the grass under my feet, the birds chirping around me were all pulsating in unison with my heart. It dawned on me that everything was attuned to the unfathomable breath of the supreme Self. I realized I was breathing and being breathed at the same time. This illumined a deeper truth for me: the supreme Self was the means and the source.
What a humbling and awe-inspiring experience!
a Siddha Yogi from Buenos Aires, Argentina