Today, while reading these words of wisdom, my mind focused on steady practice
. Having been on this sacred path for many years, I have recognized the power of daily Siddha Yoga practices in purifying the mind and opening it to the light of the Self.
During the days and weeks of sadhana
, I may not always have been aware of my inner progress. But every few months, as I looked back and took a spiritual self-inventory, I would realize there was indeed an awareness of my heart being more open.I felt better about myself and others, my meditations deepened, and I was responding more to life’s situations rather than reacting to them.
I have come to understand that lasting change happens little by little, and is even sometimes so subtle that I am not aware of it on a daily basis. In the long run, I found that with Gurumayi’s grace and my earnest effort, my baby steps added up on the way toward the experience of samadhi
, the light and bliss of oneness.
Thank you, Gurumayi!
a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA
As I meditate, inspired by this verse, I am consciously acknowledging my mind as mature. One definition of the word mature is ripe
. I remind my mind that it has been ripened by the teachings, by grace, and by my steady practice. My awareness becomes more subtle with this reminder. My state expands into witness-consciousness, and I see the delight with which the shakti
is creating and dissolving thoughts. Then, I begin to perceive my mind’s desire to know its own essence. With this perception, my mind becomes absorbed in deep meditation. And the incomparable bliss of the Self arises.
a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia
This series of scriptural verses has been illuminating my practice of meditation. I have been taking time before meditating to read one of them aloud several times and then to sit quietly and absorb the meaning of what I've just read. I feel that my mind is being purified as I take this scriptural wisdom inside. I notice that my experience of Gurumayi's Message has deepened over these past few days. My meditations have become quieter and more blissful, and my confidence in my ability to rest in the awareness of the Self has become stronger.
Thank you for posting these powerful teachings.
a Siddha Yogi from Wisconsin, USA
This beautiful teaching brings to mind the words of the previous verse that spoke of perceiving one’s own perfection. I have experienced this tremendous sense of coming home, first in the Shaktipat Intensive, and then frequently in meditation as a feeling of union.
Today, I was contemplating the words, steady practice
. I thought of the virtue of perseverance. Before my introduction to Siddha Yoga, I readily claimed that virtue. But it was in an ego-based way, as a willful pursuit of my goals. Now I understand perseverance to mean the kind of steady practice that opens me to grace and aligns me with Kundalini Shakti, which leads me unfailingly to the awareness of union.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for the experience of oneness and for your guidance as we persevere in our sadhana
a Siddha Yogi from California, USA
Over the past few years, I have come to revere and honor even the briefest moments of samadhi
in meditation. Touching that state, I am beyond time and space. There is only the truth of oneness, of light and bliss, which is timeless. I treasure these moments.
a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA
I enjoy taking an early morning walk to a nearby nature reserve, where I sit by the river to greet the rising sun and meditate. Today, however, the place was full of families picnicking and tourists cycling. I could not find a free bench to sit, so I sat on a rock, closed my eyes, and started repeating the mantra, trying to isolate myself from the rattle and clatter. Breathing in and out easefully, I lost all sense of time and was embraced by deep silence, within and without.
When I opened my eyes, nothing had changed on the outside. The place was still crowded. But what I had previously perceived as noise was now buzzing joy. There was no more “me” and “them.” I could feel a graceful life force threading through us all—people and nature dancing in oneness. I understood at that moment that oneness does not deny individuality but rather shines a light on how separate parts can merge into wholeness in a blissful creative play. Oneness is within us, and we are within it.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for showing me how to relish the sweet rasa
a Siddha Yogi from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Today, as I sat in meditation with the awareness of this verse, I became aware of everyday thoughts and feelings and how they were playing in my consciousness. Soon the background noise settled down, and I eased into a simple state of stillness. There was no drama, just simple presence, followed by the realization that I had become one with my Self. This was reassuring, lovely, and blissful.
On the bus on the way to work, I noticed my mind starting to speed up as though preparing for the day ahead. I was able to halt this pattern and bring myself back to the simple oneness within that I’d experienced in meditation. I felt so grateful for the practice of Siddha Yoga meditation and the grace-filled teachings that help me deepen my experience and transform my state.
a Siddha Yogi from Ohio, USA
Thirty years ago this winter, in a Siddha Yoga Shaktipat Intensive
, I spent an afternoon in this very state—profound absorption in the Absolute and the enormous bliss of oneness. For the next three months, that state remained accessible to me. Then my old state of non-oneness returned to mind. It was then that I began sadhana
in earnest—learning from my Guru, doing the practices, walking the Siddha Yoga path.
“When the mind that has matured…” Ahh! Now, after these years of steady practice, I feel I’m coming home. My Guru, whose grace has permeated every aspect of my life, has been maturing me. My sustained steadiness, never really giving up, has brought back that ready access to the perception of oneness and the experience of bliss. While I’m not gulping it, I can surely taste it. And savor it.
For such a life, with so much maturing growth and such sweetly blissful fruits, I bow before my Guru.
a Siddha Yogi from Hawaii, USA
Although I have not become steady in the state described in this verse, I recognize that I have touched it many times in meditation over the years. So I know from experience that it exists and is attainable.
This year, with Gurumayi’s Message for 2015 and the rich materials we are being given to support our study of it, I sense more than ever that the goal of my sadhana
is in sight. I am currently rearranging my schedule to give utmost priority to my practice of meditation. I’m ensuring myself more space in my days and in my mind to release into the state of absorption in the Self.
a Siddha Yogi from Michigan, USA