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Celebrate Baba Muktananda's Birthday
By Jnaneshwar
 
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Each time I've read the selected verses from Jnaneshwar Maharaj, I've been drawn to the final verse, "As he rises, the bee of Consciousness, held in the lotus of the subtle body, gains its freedom."

Reading Jnaneshwar's words this morning, reflecting on the rising of the sun in my life that was Baba Muktananda, I remember learning from Baba that I am not the thoughts in my mind nor the emotions that play through my being. I am the one who can witness the play of these fluctuations without getting caught up in them. That teaching was revolutionary for me and so liberating.

Thank you, Baba. The Guru appears and the sun rises.

a Siddha Yogi from Illinois, USA

I began meditation this morning with a prayer, inspired by Jnaneshwar's teachings "Salutations to You, O Guru." I prayed to the Guru to dispel the illusion of knowledge and ignorance, that I may become the light that is always within and serve the Guru from this awareness.

Following this prayer, I settled into meditation by visualizing my whole being as one with the light of the Self. I began repeating Om Namah Shivaya with great attention, remembering that "Mantra is the vibration of the Supreme Self."

As I became absorbed in the mantra, I saw the image of the sahasrara from Gurumayi's Message Artwork, translucent and powerful at the crown of my head.

As I came out of meditation, I rejoiced in the fruits of receiving and studying daily Gurumayi's Teachings on Mantra Japa posted on the Siddha Yoga path website.

a Siddha Yoga meditation teacher

Early in the morning on May 16, while I was doing my salutations to the sun yoga routine, the asanas became a bodily prayer asking the golden sun to grant my eyes the power and my body the perception to appreciate the sacredness of this world. 

Then I opened the Siddha Yoga path website and saw the magnificent sunrise picture and read Jnaneshwar Maharaj's words. I rejoiced in the Guru's greatness. What a perfect dawn, illumined by wisdom!

a Siddha Yogi from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Yesterday, in Jiangxi, I awoke to an experience of what Jnaneshwar Maharaj describes as "the darkness of worldly life." I practiced mantra japa throughout the morning. Later in the day, I called on Baba and Gurumayi for help. Immediately, I heard the mantra—its sound and its vibration—deep within me, and profound peace suffused my whole being. I feel very grateful, knowing that there is indeed a "sun within the darkness of worldly life."

a Siddha Yogi from Hong Kong

Jnaneshwar’s phrase about the Guru delighting in the beauty of the first level of speech reminds me of my experience of meditation since participating in the Global Audio Satsang in honor of Baba's Birthday. I focus on the vibration rising within as I meditate. This vibration often turns to light. It is always beautiful. No words are associated with it. All I do is tune into it, and it is there. I see it as the mantra, the Guru, and as me, the repeater of the mantra.

By grace, I become absorbed in this vibration while meditating, lying down, or during pauses throughout the day. I plan to study more about the four levels of speech today.  

Thank you, Baba, for this path. Thank you, Gurumayi, for making it so alive and loving for me.  

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

Last night I was reading Baba’s book, Secret of the Siddhas, and I was struck by the power and beauty of Baba's words. I felt he was a Master in so many ways, especially, as Jnaneshwar says, "skillful in clarity of explanation." Baba was a poet, and he is perfectly present for all of us through his books. Thank you, Baba, for opening my heart to the wisdom of the Siddhas.

a Siddha Yogi from Connecticut, USA

I awoke today with a sense of ease and began my daily practice of puja and meditation. My posture was so easeful and my mind so still. The mantra blended perfectly with my breath. When I looked at the clock, I was surprised to see an hour had passed. As I cleaned the puja tray and bowed to Bade Baba, I was filled with the understanding that I have not a worry in the world—I am free, I am happy, I have received everything from my Guru. Only later did I realize that today was Baba's Birthday.

Thank you, Baba.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Early in the morning of Baba’s Solar Birthday, I was watching the sunrise. Just as the resplendent orb appeared over the hills surrounding Shree Muktananda Ashram, the clouds on the horizon merged into the shape of a gigantic eagle that hovered over the sun. The eagle's wings spread out in utter freedom, its chest illumined by the rays of the sun. How much it reminded me of the mythical bird Garuda, Lord Vishnu's mount!

Later I read Jnaneshwar's verse: "At the dawning of the day, the eyes of Self-knowledge are opened; and the birds in the form of individual souls leave their nests of identification with the body."

I said to myself, "Ah, a sign of Baba!"

a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

Happy Birthday, Baba! Happy Baba's Birthday to all! As I read Jnaneshwar Maharaj's words, the morning sun shone through the window directly on me. I like to look for signs of Baba on his birthday, and this felt like he was showering his blessing on me and the world and saying, "Yes, I'm here!" I then meditated and brought the imagery of the sun with me. My meditation was filled with the Guru's light, mantra, and love.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I woke up this morning, opened the Siddha Yoga path website, and took in the image of the beautiful sunrise on Lake Nityananda. I read the powerful and devotional quotes from Jnaneshwar three times, contemplating what I was reading about the Guru and the sun. The "aha" moment came so sweetly: it's Baba's Solar Birthday! The Guru is the sun that dispels darkness and nurtures a disciple’s progress on the path. Gratitude has been welling up all morning—gratitude for God, for Baba, for Gurumayi. The Guru's love, like the sun, has melted my heart into a pool of love.

Happy Baba's Birthday!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Today I am especially happy because it’s Baba's Solar Birthday and my son's birthday, too. We were gifted with a son on Baba’s Birthday in 2010. 
 
I decided to chant Shri Guru Gita with my family early in the morning. After we chanted, we sat in silence for some time. I felt great joy and the power of Shri Guru Gita in my heart. 
 
I am also very moved by today’s posting. When I read this post and contemplate it, I feel the same joy and power in my heart.

Very great thanks to Babaji and Gurumayiji.

a Siddha Yogi from Akot, India