I keep coming back to this abhanga
to drink of its gentle reminder. The Name repeats itself within me continuously. All I need to do is bring my awareness into the state of remembrance, and there it is, singing its sweet silvery song within. The tiny image of the ektara
at the end is just the perfect little symbol.
Thank you, Shri Namdev, for reminding me that I already know.
a devotee from Vermont, USA
The sentence in poet-saint Namdev's abhanga that stood out for me today is, "Repeat the Name in such a way that the continuity is never broken." As I read the word continuity, the image that flashed forth was a japa mala, with its continual circle of beads. In contemplating this image, I see the practice of mantra japa as an embodiment of this continuity, with the Guru bead representing that the Guru is key in this unbroken awareness.
a devotee from Connecticut, USA
During this week, I had felt that I was too busy to read the shares following Namdev's abhanga. But this evening, I was compelled to read them. And now, a few minutes later, I am sitting here at my keyboard, enveloped in bliss.
While reading these shares, in particular those of the young people, my heart burst open. I want to thank you all for bringing Namdev's gift to life for me.
a devotee from Oakland, USA
Thank you for making this abhanga
available to us on the Siddha Yoga path website. As a child, I used to listen to and enjoy these abhangas
, never realizing what they really meant. As I grew up, that practice fell away. When this abhanga
appeared on the website, it started again. I made a conscious effort to understand it with the help of the English translation, to memorize it, to listen to it on Gurumayi’s CD, and to sing it with feeling.
It’s very beautiful: Japa kari aisa akhanda khandena...
Thank you, Gurumayi, for rejuvenating my sadhana
a devotee from Pune, India
As I was reading Namdev’s words today, I noticed the way he speaks to his mind. I’m surprised that it never occurred to me that I could do the same—that I could speak sweetly and compassionately to my mind.
Speaking as the voice of my higher Self, I can remind my mind that what it’s looking for is right there in the sound of the breath coming in and going out. I can free my mind from distraction by absorbing it in the pure vibration of the mantra. I don’t have to keep driving it into unnecessary action. I can let it recognize its true nature and rest in its oneness with God.
My Guru has made that possible for me. And I already experience that my mind is happy.
A devotee from Wisconsin, USA
As I read the verse with So'ham
, I am reminded of my experience of hearing my two-year-old daughter repeating So'ham
on her own. She was repeating the Name with total delight and absorption and play.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for bringing such profound grace to my life, my daughter's life, and the whole world. As a Siddha Yoga student, I pray that we may always be as open and committed to repeating the Name in our hearts and minds as my young child was in that moment.
a devotee from Colorado, USA
When I read this abhanga
, I envisioned the statue of Namdev on the Siddha Marg (the path of the Siddhas) in the gardens of Gurudev Siddha Peeth. I offered seva
near that statue for many years. The statues of the Siddhas on that path were always alive for me.
is also alive for me. I read it over and over. And then, as I breathe in ham
and breathe out so
, I can truly experience being “a form of the Lord,” as Namdev states.
Thank you, Gurumayi.
a devotee from California, USA
Last February, I attended the Pilgrimage to the Heart Retreat in Gurudev Siddha Peeth. During the retreat, I felt particularly attracted to the glowing galaxy of the poet-saints of Maharashtra—Jnaneshwar, Namdev, Janabai, Eknath, and Tukaram. I dove into their world in my daily visits to the Ashram library.
They repeated the Name continuously and, steeped in devotion, carried on all their daily activities in the company of God. I realized they were giving me a key to enlightenment, teaching me how to see the extraordinary in the ordinary, naturally, just by breathing in and out the Name.
Reading Namdev’s abhanga
reminded me that even during sleep, the repetition of So’ham
goes on by itself. So even when I forget, my breath is always affirming “I am That.” However, I have been consciously taking hold of the golden thread of mantra japa,
and it is leading me back to the constant awareness of what is already going on within me. I am becoming steeped in devotion.
a devotee from Buenos Aires, Argentina
As I read the words of Namdev's abhanga, I found myself drawn into a quiet, welcoming space. I was also compelled to go find my copy of Gurumayi's CD to hear the music of it. Listening to Gurumayi as I stood looking out at the wintery woods behind my home, I was astonished and grateful, as layer upon layer of resonance brought the words to life within me.
I was reminded that it is not enough to just read the words, or agree with them, or even love them. Their most precious gift lies in the experience of their power to take us beyond the mind—and this is the gift that Gurumayi offers to us.
I offer my respect and love once again, grateful for this experience of remembrance.
a devotee from Washington, USA
Yesterday, I took some time to walk on the beach of a mountain lake. I reminded myself to be grounded and present, and suddenly I heard the waves and the wind whisper So’ham
to me. In that moment, I experienced that everything was attained. I wondered, "Why am I not always in this state?" And I realized that I stray from divine awareness when I allow myself to be distracted by the outer world, instead of using the outer world to help me maintain my focus firmly within.
This poem amazes me, because it so beautifully describes my experience.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for living within me as me and for reminding me of this through the wind and the waves.
a devotee from California, USA
Hearing from Namdev was a really great experience because it was so-o long ago that he was alive yet all the teachings he gave us are still connected to the teachings Gurumayi gives us. It’s also really beautiful that he was so devoted to God.
an eleven-year-old devotee from New York, USA
I offer seva
in the SYDA Foundation Website Department, and yesterday I was reviewing the designs for Dharī Re Manā Tū
. As I was looking carefully at each slide, my six-year-old son, who was off from school that day, kept interrupting me, asking me to find his “favorite song by Gurumayi” to put on his music player.
I was a bit exasperated at this request because we had been looking for this elusive favorite song for months and couldn’t find it. All he could remember about it was that it had drums.
So I paused my seva
task and, with renewed purpose, began the search again.
Finally, after playing many chants, abhangas,
, my son heard something he recognized on Gurumayi’s CD Beloved
. He exclaimed, “That’s it! That’s it!” It was Dharī Re Manā Tū
. He’s listening to it right now—over and over and over.
a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram