Sadhana under the Sacred Pipal Tree
Each month this year, Siddha Yogis and new seekers study Gurumayi's Message through the lens of a teaching Gurumayi gave in A Sweet Surprise Satsang 2017. The teaching for October is
Remember, sadhana reveals your worthiness.
The pipal tree you see below is a delightful way to study Gurumayi’s teaching. In Sanskrit, the pipal tree is called the ashvatta. It is revered as sacred in India. Throughout the ages, many seekers and great beings have performed spiritual practices under these trees—a tradition that continues today.
You can take a virtual seat under this pipal tree. As you click on the glowing leaves, each will reveal a Siddha Yoga teaching or a scriptural quotation about worthiness.
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As I gazed at the beautiful image of the pipal tree with its exquisite heart-shaped leaves, I felt my own pulsating heart. I bowed in gratitude at my Guru's feet, confirming my worthiness as a student walking the Siddha Yoga path.
a Siddha Yogi from Nairobi, Kenya
I find the pipal tree drawing and the messages in each leaf fresh, beautiful, and inspiring.
I started reading message after message, with no special expectation, just enjoying playing with the leaves. I felt I was sitting under the tree in Gurumayi's company. Suddenly, there was a deep inner shift, and I understood that I could experience and appreciate my own worthiness, regardless of my life circumstances. This could certainly be a first step towards recognizing other people’s real worth and seeing everyone as an expression of the Supreme Self.
a Siddha Yogi from Paris, France
When I clicked on the button beneath "Sadhana under the Sacred Pipal Tree," I expected to find a story from the scriptures. When I saw the image of the whole tree, I first was captivated by its beauty and shakti
. It brought a big smile to my face. The pulsing in the leaves reminded me to breathe, to remember my own heartbeat, my own life in all its beauty. Gratitude welled up. It was such a great moment!
Then I playfully clicked on the pulsing leaves. I had the insight that it is worthiness I need to find right now, in this moment—after a challenge in my life. I realized I could find inner balance. And I could feel what I already knew: the Guru's grace, together with holding on to my faith in my own worthiness, is a means to overcome being overly impressed by the outer play. The pipal tree will be my reminder.
a Siddha Yogi from Hindelang, Germany
As I read each teaching on the glowing leaves of the pipal tree, I felt my heart glowing with love. Each teaching brought me to a place of inner peace and serenity. It was difficult for me to watch the words fade away, but delightful to bring them back into the light again each time I selected a leaf.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for these beautiful teachings.
a Siddha Yogi from Connecticut, USA
I love this method of teaching. It reminds me of a pleasure from my childhood: large, brightly colored, hollow eggs made of sugar. Their exterior was ornate and beautiful, and when you looked inside, you discovered a delightful pastoral picture, all of it crystalline and bright. As a child I loved looking inside to see what the egg would reveal.
I had the same sense of joy selecting each of the glowing pipal leaves to see what would be revealed.
Thank you, Gurumayi ji, for the joy I received from these teachings.
a Siddha Yogi from Oregon, USA
As I opened the Siddha Yoga path website this morning and saw the beautiful pipal tree, I took time to enjoy the delicate, shining leaves. Each leaf that I opened had a message that I felt was specifically for me. One of the messages, in particular, remained in my mind and helped me to stay focused on my studies throughout the day.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for such a wonderful, early morning gift.
a Siddha Yogi from Nagpur, India
As I sat under the pipal tree, the teachings revealed refreshed my understanding of my own worthiness. Today, I have an important presentation at work in which I’m supposed to showcase my own capabilities. I have been nervous about this and have felt unprepared. However, Baba's words have given me the support and assurance I need for the day.
I’m realizing that confidence in my own worthiness is more than a mere show of talent. For me, it is about believing in myself and knowing that everything else will follow.
a Siddha Yogi from Bangalore, India