Sweep Your Heart

Dear Gurumayi,

On Sunday morning you spoke about the importance of maintaining cleanliness in all parts of Shree Muktananda Ashram. You said we should maintain more than just a façade of cleanliness. As I reflected on this, it made more and more sense to me—why clean only the spaces that people see regularly if the intention behind cleaning goes far beyond superficial impressions?

Just a few hours after you spoke I had the good fortune of being able to fulfill your command directly. I spent the afternoon with two other sevites cleaning up two storage spaces near the Meditation Cave in Anugraha. I scrubbed, swept, mopped, vacuumed, washed walls, and relocated spiders.

In the short span of two hours, the three of us were able to completely transform two rooms from gloomy, stuffy, dust-ridden areas to open, clean, and inviting spaces. The task of cleaning the rooms was neither difficult nor monotonous. It felt like it was a reflection of Baba’s teaching, “Take a broom and sweep your heart.” Gurumayi, you continually teach us to allow our inner greatness and golden qualities to shine out.

Thank you for everything you teach us, Gurumayi.

Happy Birthday!

I love you,
        a devotee