Āza Uttama Sudina
An Abhanga by Eknath Maharaj
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, Āza Uttama Sudina
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About Eknath Maharaj
Eknath Maharaj (c 1533–99) was a scholar and poet-saint in the Bhakti tradition. Eknath lived with his family in the village of Paithan, in Maharashtra, India, and he composed over 4,000 devotional songs in the Hindi and Marathi languages. Eknath also wrote commentaries on some of the great scriptures of India, and he translated these scriptures from Sanskrit into Marathi. Eknath’s compositions in Marathi, the common vernacular, made his teachings accessible to people throughout Maharashtra. It was Eknath’s Guru, Janardan Swami, who instructed him to teach for the upliftment of all.
This year, by the lunar calendar, Eknath Maharaj’s punyatithi is celebrated on March 7.
Listening to this captivating abhanga
, I felt saturated in the sweetness of my own heart—uplifted and held by a feeling of inner bliss.
This experience reminds me of a teaching I once heard from Gurumayi about the relationship of darshan
to the heart. Eknath Maharaj has inspired me to begin now to contemplate the connection between between darshan
a Siddha Yogi from Wisconsin, USA
I woke up early on the morning of March 7th
, the anniversary of Eknath Maharaj’s punyatithi,
humming “When the Saints Go Marching In!” I began to recall my journey to Gurudev Siddha Peeth to participate in the Pilgrimage to the Heart
Retreat—an experience of darshan
of the Siddha Yoga lineage that changed me forever.
Finding Eknath’s abhanga
here confirmed my sense of good fortune to have received Gurumayi’s darshan
. How gracious is this path! We have the Guru’s shakti
working within us, guiding us to liberation bit by bit.
a Siddha Yogi from Yeovil, United Kingdom
When I read Eknath Maharaj’s words, gratitude arose in my heart for this great poet-saint. I felt that my day had become auspicious.
gives me faith and courage to walk the path of the Siddhas, step by step, with the support of my Guru’s darshan
and grace. I have access to satsang
—the company of the Truth. What more do I need?
a Siddha Yogi from Bienenbüttel, Germany
In reflecting on Eknath Maharaj’s words about darshan
of the saints and surrendering to the saints, I feel I am being guided in how to deepen my experience of satsang
—by recognizing it, and then giving myself to it.
For me, “surrendering” involves a series of actions I can take as I experience satsang;
these may include forming an intention, becoming aware of my devotion, or articulating a prayer. This abhanga
adds a new dimension to my understanding and practice, something I can actively work with.
a Siddha Yogi from California, USA
As I read the words of Eknath’s abhanga
, I am reminded of participating in A Sweet Surprise
Satsang on New Year’s Day and experiencing Gurumayi’s darshan
As I listened to Gurumayi’s Message talk, I could feel her grace enlivening and opening my heart, and cleansing my mind of feelings of duality and separateness through opening a space of surrender within me. In that moment, I felt free of worries.
I feel so fortunate “to cherish the darshan
of the saints.”
a Siddha Yogi from New Jersey, USA