Thirty-three years ago, while serving at Gurudev Siddha Peeth, I went on a pilgrimage with three other Siddha Yogis to Paithan, the hometown of Eknath Maharaj. We visited the small, exquisite temple which is Eknath Maharaj's samadhi
shrine. There we made offerings and received his prasad
. Then we enjoyed a glorious sunset on the banks of the sacred Godavari River, a few moments’ walk from the temple.
As I read this abhanga, “Eka Dharaliya Bhava,”
I recognize that, in addition to expressing the great vision of the awakened spirit, it is a perfect description of our experience of Paithan. Eknath is describing what he saw around him in this magnificent abode of a Siddha.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for sharing with us this wondrous expression of looking at the world through a great being's perception.
a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA
I feel that Eknath is encouraging us to embody the continuous awareness of God and the ongoing understanding that we are not separate from God. This led me to remember Baba talking about sahaja samadhi,
the natural state of immersion in the Self, and singing abhangas
such as the one we have here. This memory, along with writing about my experience, is reminding me of the sweetness in my life on the Siddha Yoga path.
a Siddha Yogi from Kentucky, USA
This is a very nice and inspiring song. It signifies the importance of God in our day-to-day life. I believe that God is in everything, including the animals and birds. Though we are sometimes busy and stressed, God is with us. And Gurumayi is always with us, no matter what happens.
a fourteen-year-old Siddha Yogi from Dombivli, India
This morning, remembering it was Eknath’s Punyatithi
, I decided to sing this beautiful abhanga
. As I sang, I experienced a great opening in my heart, and as I sat afterwards, I felt full of joy and energy—as though I was glowing. Though I had initially been feeling listless after too little sleep last night, I now experienced a light-hearted and open attitude toward carrying out the rest of my daily responsibilities.
Thank you, Eknath, for sharing your great state with us through this enlivened abhanga
a Siddha Yogi from California, USA
Shubh Punyatithi of Eknath Maharaj!
When I read that he lived following the teachings of his Guru, it inspires me to live that way, too. There are so many great things to do in this world. Sometimes it is difficult to know which ones are most beneficial and important. Eknath serves as a model. I will follow the guidance of my Guru, for I have seen over and over in myself and others that the path Gurumayi shows always leads to the highest upliftment for all.
a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA
I love imagining people in the villages of Maharashtra back in the 16th century, hearing this beautiful abhanga by Eknath, maybe even singing it themselves. I love thinking of them hearing the highest scriptural truths sung in their own language, telling them, "God is ours." I think of Eknath living with his family, dwelling in his village, tending to his everyday responsibilities—and all the while, with the divine vision granted by his Guru, perceiving God everywhere.
Eknath’s teaching is so straightforward, so accessible. Reading his words, I experience the same kind of love, clarity, and compassion that I recognize in the teachings of Baba and Gurumayi.
a Siddha Yogi from Wisconsin, USA
I never realized I wanted to know God until I met Gurumayi. Now I walk with God.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for exquisitely reminding me through Eknath's words why I needed to know God.
a Siddha Yogi from London, United Kingdom
This morning before meditating, I contemplated the Message Artwork. Throughout my meditation the image arose again and again. As my meditation deepened, the textures of the Artwork gradually dissolved into light. My awareness filled with this light.
Today was a holiday in our city. As I walked among the crowds of people celebrating, I continued to experience light. I saw the people, the clouds, the river as emanations of that light. When I arrived home, I read Eknath’s abhanga
with quiet joy and gratitude to my Guru.
Sustained by the gift of Gurumayi's Message Artwork, this has been my day: “Wherever one goes, one will experience God’s presence.”
a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia
Since I read this abhanga
this morning, I have been repeating its refrain all day, first out loud and then silently, to a sweet melody I once heard. And so, since this morning, I have "only one feeling"—the feeling of joy in seeing God everywhere.
a Siddha Yogi from Dombivli, India
Just this morning as I was waking up, I asked Gurumayi to help me see God, to know that I am in God and God is in me. How special to read this abhanga
proclaiming that God is everywhere!
a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA
What a heart-opening experience I have had this morning studying this beautiful abhanga
As I took my morning walk, I held Eknath's words in my awareness: "One should hold on to only one feeling, that God is ours.... One can see God everywhere." As I heard the birds and saw the trees, people, plants, houses, and construction vehicles, I experienced them all as God. I experienced that I was surrounded by the presence of God. Everything around me was living, breathing God—dynamic and immanent.
I am grateful to Eknath for illuminating my understanding in this beautiful way.
a Siddha Yogi from California, USA
Almost every morning, when taking my bath, cooking, or doing some work, I sing this abhanga
and other songs written by poet-saints of India. This gives me much energy, love, and bliss. While singing, I become aware of the meaning of the songs. I feel oneness with God, and I experience God in each and every thing. Then the whole day becomes blissful in the presence of God.
a Siddha Yogi from Khargone, India