Chinese New Year 2016: The Year of the Monkey

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Updated: Feb 10Gurumayi's Message in Nature Gallery
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Thank you for introducing us to this story from the Jataka Tales. This one reminds me of Baba because of what I’ve heard about his love for mangoes. I felt his shining face enveloping me.
 
I am looking forward to finding out how everything will turn out. I’m hoping the outcome will bring benefit to all—both humans and monkeys. 

a Siddha Yogi from Katzenbach, Germany

I was inspired to study the teachings on the Siddha Yoga path website in connection with the word move from Gurumayi’s Message and with the title of the audio satsang "Love in Action."
 
As I reflected on the words move and love in the context of this story, I observed that the monkey chief is moved to action by benevolent love. I see that, in response, the monkeys of his tribe trustingly and lovingly follow his command—offering their service by removing the flowers and young fruit. To me, both the monkey chief and the monkeys exemplify love in action.
 
The king, on the other hand, seems to me to be moved by selfish desire. He does not hesitate to poison his servant if this is needed to test the fruit. He seems to move only for the pleasure of his senses.
 
I can't wait to see how the story unfolds between Brahmadatta and the monkey chief.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Montreal, Canada

My four–year-old son was amazed to see the beautiful, colorful paintings in this story. He is looking forward to hearing what happens with the Bodhisattva in Part II. As a mother, I feel blessed that the content of the Siddha Yoga path website is child-friendly. As a student of this path, I feel that the Bodhisattva is like the Guru. I consider my Guru's guidance to be for my benefit, and I realize that I have to take responsibility to incorporate her guidance into my life so that I can experience long-lasting joy.

a Siddha Yogi from Thane West, India

The monkey chief’s benevolent leadership and foresight are inspiring. In my role as a parent, I am especially interested to see the active role he takes in the effort to keep his tribe safe. I seek to apply the qualities of foresight and benevolence as I make the effort to guide my children and family, focusing on the actions we can take in the present to create a beneficial future.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA