Today, when I saw "The Hunter and the Deer" on the website, I thought I knew the story. But when I started reading it, I was surprised: it offered me new teachings about love, sacrifice, commitment, and bliss. In the story, when Lord Shiva appeared from the lingam, my heart overflowed with love.
Thank you, Gurumayiji, and many pranams.
a Siddha Yogi from Indore, India
Throughout this holy day of Mahashivaratri 2014, my heart had been feeling very tender toward the creatures of this earth. As the day went on, it felt as if the shields around my heart had melted and the reality of the need to protect the earth, and all its creatures, became pressing. It was not until this evening when I read "The Hunter and the Deer" that I realized it was Shiva who had been softening my heart to allow for this compassion.
I humbly bow in gratitude, as I continue in prayer for the earth and its creatures.
a Siddha Yogi from Pennsylvania, USA
Two years ago, I was a visiting sevite at Shree Muktananda Ashram during the time of the Mahashivaratri celebrations. Not long afterwards, while I was walking on the Silent Path, a family of eight deer crossed in front of me, hesitantly at first, and then with increasing eagerness and courage. As I watched them, the story of "The Hunter and the Deer" came back to me and I became absorbed in a state of tranquility. Since then, I have cherished this experience in heart and memory as a moving reminder of this story.
a Siddha Yogi from Wisconsin, USA
Thank you for posting this story as Mahashivaratri approaches.
I know this story and have heard it many times before. But today, when I saw the image of the shivalingam
on the front page of the story, I felt tremendous love and shed tears of joy. It was a really beautiful feeling of love and purity. I want to stabilize myself in that.
I am feeling the same kindness for all living beings that the hunter showed to those deer. I am also feeling great love and respect for the mantra. This story truly contains something that starts flowing inside us after we read it with respect.
After experiencing that love, I was silent. It is beyond everything.
a Siddha Yogi from Pune, India