What an amazing gift this account of the satsang
on Makara Sankranti is. I have been reading and re-reading the text over the past few days, and it continues to unfold new meaning for my life, my work, and my sadhana
Gurumayi's teaching about the preparation of the wick makes me think about the ways in which we, on the Siddha Yoga path, are constantly preparing ourselves, caring for our bodies, and learning how to be of service, so that the gifts of grace can come through. We are so fortunate to have a Guru who continually shows how to prepare ourselves to receive and to hold the gifts of grace and to carry them forward.
I am so thankful to Gurumayi for making her words available to all of us.
a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA
I am so grateful to be able to read this vivid account of the Celebration Satsang for Makara Sankranti
. It feels as if the global community has been able to participate in it. It has also been lovely to read how Gauri takes in Gurumayi's teachings. During my own reflections, I have understood Gurumayi's words about sustaining excellence to be a call for me to sustain my own best effort.
Also, on reading this part of the account, I felt that I sometimes have my back to our beloved Guru, often because of my preoccupation or busyness. I know that I need to prioritize turning toward Gurumayi in remembrance and prayer in order for my inner relationship with her to remain vibrant, fresh and eternal.
a Siddha Yogi from Guildford, United Kingdom
I'm so moved by the excellence with which Gauri describes what took place during the auspicious satsang
with Gurumayi on this glorious occasion. Gauri is so precise in her description of each part, and then she takes it further; she gives her own reflections on Gurumayi's teachings, engaging us as readers to look at the ways we ourselves receive the teachings. There is such devotion and maturity in her reflections. They inspire me to keep looking more closely at how I hear and receive Gurumayi's teachings and commands—to really listen to the Guru. Thank you, Gauri.
Thank you, beloved Gurumayi, for offering us powerful teachings and numerous ways to excel through following them.
a Siddha Yogi from Oslo, Norway
I feel so fortunate to receive these teachings from Gurumayi. I have the feeling in my heart that, in addition to understanding that seva
is worship, requiring excellence and leadership, how I live my life must also be an act of worship and glorification of God.
Thank you, Gurumayi.
a Siddha Yogi from California, USA
I want to live in peace and harmony with the world. Gurumayi's guidance for how to live and serve is making the fulfillment of this wish very real and practical.
Thank you, Gurumayi. You shine light where I have not even seen there is darkness.
a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA
When I read the account by Gauri and reflect on Gurumayi’s teachings in that account, I truly experience my beloved Gurumayi as the sun, the bestower of light and the dispeller of darkness.
I honor and worship the inner and the outer Guru for showing us the way, constantly guiding us, even with the example of the sevite who did not have the courtesy to turn and acknowledge Gurumayi’s presence. I am grateful that this event led to all of us receiving such precious guidance. The year 2015 is truly about being mindful of all that we do.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your grace and compassion. May I always remember the image of Shiva Nataraj, holding down the demon of forgetfulness. May I also strive for excellence in all my endeavors.
a Siddha Yogi from Mumbai, India
Every portion of this part of Gauri’s account contains great guidance for me. I will follow Gurumayi’s guidance.
In a way, I understand that I have been like the hall monitor also. Several times, I have felt that Gurumayi is right next to me, waiting for me to turn towards Shri Guru. But I have avoided doing so, lacking the bravery to turn to the light. I will attain the courage to turn towards Shri Guru and receive her blessings.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for renewing my resolve.
a Siddha Yogi from Surat, India
I am relishing this instruction from my Guru! As I read, I am aware of the many areas in my life where I can strive further toward excellence. This account fills me with inspiration and a sense of joyous purpose.
Thank you, Gurumayi!
a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia