This morning, after studying the Sanskrit verse, I memorized the English translation and then sat for meditation. I repeated the mantra for some time to focus and purify my mind and then allowed my awareness to rest in the Witness. The play of thoughts continued for a while, but as I witnessed them, they gradually subsided, and my mind became still and full of light.
Later in the day, remembering that inner light warmed my spirits as I walked outside in what is still, in New England, a winter landscape. I was able to see the beauty in the gently falling snowflakes.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this teaching, and for all of the ways you have given us to deepen our meditation practice.
a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA
Yesterday, when I read this teaching, I enjoyed the words but wondered how I could apply them. Then this morning, I awoke from a dream that had left me with an anxious feeling. I wrestled with it for some time and then decided to sit for meditation.
While sitting, I became aware of thoughts arising. However, I simply rested and watched as the thoughts arose and fell like waves. Breathing calmly, I allowed the feeling from the dream to be present in my awareness. I soon experienced a sense of pure witnessing, which was all I felt myself to be. The initial feeling was still there, but I was no longer busy with it. As I continued to meditate, this sense of witnessing deepened, and I felt like a feather gently drifting downward into silence itself.
Now, as I contemplate this teaching, it feels perfectly resonant with my experience and awakens a deeper recognition of the Guru’s grace in my sadhana
Thank you very much, Gurumayi.
a Siddha Yogi from Berlin, Germany
This is such a lofty teaching. Reading it and knowing I’m seeing a deep, transforming truth makes me feel soft inside.
I often forget what true perfection is. I notice a tendency to get lost in thinking that I’m supposed to fit an old picture of some imagined external perfection. Of course, these thoughts lead to the opposite of stillness.
This verse reminds me to discriminate, to witness such thoughts, to find compassion for myself within, and settle into my deepest Self. This is a beautiful gift. Thank you!
a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA
For the past four months, I have been practicing observing my mind, and I have learned so much about its nature. I have found that most of my thoughts are unnecessary. When I realized this, I began to allow my mind to rest in its true nature by doing mantra japa
. I have been doing this steadfastly, and I have sometimes experienced no mental activity other than the mantra and the awareness of my existence.
By continually witnessing my mind with the help of mantra japa
, I am becoming able to treat happiness and sadness equally. In fact, I am learning that sadness only exists in my mind and that I can always make my mind happy and experience the joy of the Self by becoming the Witness. In this way, my life becomes a walking meditation.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this experience and understanding.
a Siddha Yogi from Gandhinagar, India
Yesterday, my daughter and I spent some time sitting quietly in nature. As I absorbed my mind in the lovely sights and sounds all around us, I experienced contentment and a deep sense of relaxation.
In that state of stillness, I saw something moving on the edge of my field of vision. There were a couple of deer bounding toward me, initially totally unaware of me. One changed course as soon as she saw me. The other deer stood and calmly watched me for some time before quietly joining her companion.
When they had both gone, I became aware that I was basking in the joy and perfection of God’s creation all around and within me.
For me, time in nature is an enjoyable and effective way to still my mind so I can perceive the light and grace of the Self.
a Siddha Yogi from California, USA
I sat for meditation this morning only to find my mind racing with thoughts, the way it used to do years ago. But then my awareness naturally and effortlessly shifted from the thoughts in my mind to the space behind the thoughts. I have learned over the years that, if I make the effort to sit for meditation, my own inner Self, my own light, and my own shakti
guide me to the Witness behind and beyond the thoughts.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for the grace to perceive this.
a Siddha Yogi from Iowa, USA
As I have engaged with Gurumayi’s Message each year, I have felt my mind become lighter, more agile and creative. My life has reflected this: I experience greater joy, clearer communication, and a wellspring of gratitude to Gurumayi. I understand that, through her grace, my mind is being purified.
This beautiful verse describes what occurs when I mentally repeat Gurumayi’s Message for this year. No matter where I am, or what is going on, repeating the Message brings my mind to rest in the Witness. From this place, I have access to all my joy, courage, and intelligence.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for leading us again and again to experience the reality of our own perfection.
a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia
I appreciate the three-step order in which this verse guides us to perceive our own perfection. Rather than saying we have to begin by making our mind still, it teaches us that the first step is to allow our mind to rest in witness-consciousness. As we do this, thoughts naturally subside, allowing the mind to become still. In that stillness, we can perceive the perfection of the Self.
I had a direct experience of this teaching when I first embarked on the Siddha Yoga path. For years before that, trying to still my mind was, for me, an exercise in frustration. It was a revelation to hear Baba teach that, instead of trying to suppress my thoughts, I could simply witness them as forms arising and subsiding in Consciousness. Once I stopped resisting the thoughts and simply observed them, the thoughts lost their power, and my awareness was free to flow toward the stillness in my heart. And only then did I begin to discover what was meant by the bliss of the Self.
a Siddha Yoga Meditation Teacher
This verse reminds me that I need to continually renew my intention, in meditation and in my daily life, to become the witness of my thoughts and feelings. And it teaches me that this effort will naturally, step-by-step, bring me to the place where I can hold the experience of stillness and my own perfection, my own Self.
Thank you for this posting and all of the postings that make the ancient wisdom accessible for us.
a Siddha Yogi from New Hampshire, USA