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A Letter from the Siddha Yoga Swamis
In Honor or Gurupurnima

Consciously offering dakshina moistens my mind and heart and immediately connects me to the expansive Self. My monthly dakshina practice requires steady self-effort and commitment. Through dakshina, I place myself inside the subtle vibrations of the Guru-disciple relationship again and again. 

a Siddha Yogi from Hawaii, USA

I want to thank the Siddha Yoga Swamis for their words and good wishes in the Gurupurnima Card.
As I read the passage from Jnaneshwari, I wondered why the Lord would say, “Therefore it requires no effort to reach Me.” Hadn’t I learned that our self-effort and the Guru’s grace are the two wings of the bird that flies to liberation?
While contemplating this, I recalled my years of searching and striving while looking for meaning and fulfillment in my life. That was before grace led me to my Guru, who awakened me and revealed that God is already present in my heart.
I arrived at the understanding that, though I still put forth effort, it is very different from my former striving to find God somewhere. It is, rather, to continually practice the remembrance that God is already with me and in me. It’s the effort to come back again and again to my own Self through the Siddha Yoga practices and, in so doing, to release the old perception of myself as separate from God and God’s creation.
When I do this, I also experience that the Guru is fully present with me.

a Siddha Yoga Meditation Teacher

I love that the current homepage banner “In Honor of Gurupurnima” goes from dark on the left to light on the right, and shows the three Siddha Gurus. It is a reminder for me of the meaning of Gu-ru as found in verse 23 of Shri Guru Gita: “The syllable gu is darkness, and the syllable ru is said to be light. There is no doubt that the Guru is indeed the supreme knowledge that swallows (the darkness of) ignorance.”
With the gift of shaktipat, Gurumayi opened the door to the experience of wonder again in my life, and to luminous joy and love. When I do the practices, or simply take the time to pause, breathe, and turn within, I can feel the wealth of the virtues inside—stillness, strength, compassion, and also the presence of the Guru with me always.
With divine awakening, sadhana, and seva, Gurumayi has brought an answer to a central question I had in my life—how to live in this world.

Thank you so much, Gurumayi, for your grace, for the light, love, and purpose you have brought into my life and into the lives of countless others.

a Siddha Yogi from Montreal, Canada

Reading the Swamis’ letter has inspired me. It has led me to contemplate my own bond with my Guru as her disciple. It has increased my awareness of the divine gift I have received—the awakened Kundalini Shakti. I now chant the Kundalini Stavah every morning, honoring the divine energy, and I offer dakshina daily. These practices fill me with much reverence and gratitude as I continue with the practice of mantra japa throughout the day.

The Swamis’ letter has truly renewed my practice of mantra japa. It is now enlivened with the remembrance and experience of the bond of love with the Guru. Each day is leading to the experience of fullness in my heart, with love and gratitude for my Guru.

a Siddha Yogi from Bangalore, India

As I contemplate the Guru in my life, my heart is filled to overflowing. I feel immense gratitude for shaktipat, which has awakened me to the knowledge that I and everything and everyone around me is made up of vibrating, scintillating light. Through the gift of Om Namah Shivaya and mantra japa, I can continually attune myself to this sweet vibration.
As I walk through the wetlands near my house, the goldfinch, song sparrows, and cedar waxwings dance in the sky singing their joyful songs.  Because of Gurumayi’s grace and teachings, I am more aware of and attuned to the glory of nature. I am more accepting of myself with my strengths and weaknesses.  I am more kind, loving, and accepting of others. I see challenges as opportunities to learn and grow. I can be more present in the moment, in touch with my heart, and accepting of what is. Life has taken on greater meaning and purpose, and I have more of a capacity to live life wholeheartedly. 
Thank you again and again, beloved Gurumayi, for this life-transforming path.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

In response to the Siddha Yoga Swamis' letter, I have been reflecting on the Shiva Sutra, gururupayah: “The Guru is the means."
Today, while chanting Shri Guru Gita, I experienced an insight about this sutra. It became crystal clear to me that "The Guru is the means" also implies that the Guru is one with the teachings and the practices she provides. Whenever I pursue the practices or remember her teachings, I am invoking the Guru's grace. I felt that by chanting Shri Guru Gita, I was honoring the Guru and having her darshan.
I feel deep gratitude to the Siddha Yoga path for giving us the practices that bring us closer to the Guru and move us towards the divine knowledge of the Self. 

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

The phrase from the Swamis' letter that caught my attention was "remembrance of the Guru." That remembrance often emerges for me in unexpected ways.

This morning I was sitting on my porch enjoying a cool breeze when I began to notice how the entire landscape had been set into motion by the breeze and how each tree and plant responded in its own way. The breeze, I thought, was like a gentle choreographer, and each plant and tree was dancing in its own way, according to its particular nature.

Then my thoughts shifted. The breeze was like the Guru, whose ever-present grace flows through us, setting each of us into motion, dancing in our own ways. For the moment I was immersed in remembrance of the Guru, alive within me and in everything surrounding me, and in the understanding that this moment of remembrance could take place any moment, anywhere.

a Siddha Yoga Meditation Teacher

I am so grateful for Gurumayi’s teaching on mantra japa. With Gurumayi's grace, I have been able to add mantra japa to my daily practices. After my morning mantra japa, I meditate and this has transformed my meditation experience. Whereas before, I would sit and my mind would spin for quite a while, now my meditation after mantra japa makes me immediately aware of hamsa. Instead of trying so hard to observe the breath and control the mind, as was the case in the past, I am drawn into a place of stillness from which the breath arises, and where I am able to witness the flow of the breath and its sound of ham and sa. The result is light, love, and peace.
Thank you with all my heart for the Gurupurnima month, which allows us all to contemplate our Sadguru and her grace and teachings!

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Every day I read the Swamis’ informative letter helping me to reflect about the sacred bond between Guru and disciple. Today, I am remembering back before shaktipat initiation and the parched quality of my inner and outer landscape. I compare it with my life today, in which vibrations of love and light permeate my inner and outer worlds.
How can I ever express enough gratitude to my Guru for this transformation? I think only the power of love can do it. So with great love, I live my life in deep gratitude as an offering to my Guru.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

When I contemplate the impact of Gurumayi's grace and teachings on my life, I am in awe of how following Gurumayi's teachings continues to transform me into the person I deep down always wanted to be.
Outwardly, my life is not that different, but my experience and my responses have been transformed. More and more, I am able to keep my attention focused on the inner reality, which brings about both the awareness and the bliss of union with the Self. I can see how gradually, step-by-step, it is becoming easier to sustain this awareness for longer periods of time, and how it is becoming easier for me to regain this awareness when I lose touch with it.
Thank you, Siddha Yoga Swamis, for asking us to reflect on the impact of Gurumayi’s grace and teachings on our lives.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

The holiday of Gurupurnima is very significant and profound for me. It reminds me of the mystery of shaktipat initiation, which is the central fact of my life as a Siddha Yogi. When I received shaktipat, I learned everything I need to know to live a purposeful life: I learned that God is real, that God exists within me, and because God exists in me, God exists in others also.
My offering of dakshina in honor of Gurupurnima is a sacred act of affirmation of the eternal bond that exists between me and the grace-bestowing power of God. I make my offering to the light that kindled the light of my heart, and in the act of offering, I become one with that light. Thank you, Gurumayi, for this awakening. Thank you for transforming my life.

a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

In contemplating the letter from the Siddha Yoga Swamis, the sentence that stands out for me is, “The Guru guides us on the path to liberation by imparting her enlivened teachings and practices.”
And…now it is up to me to put into practice Gurumayi's enlivened teachings and practices. What a wonderful way to receive, once again, this important reminder!

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Reflecting on the bond between Guru and disciple, I have found that judgment of myself and others contracts my being, dimming the light of awareness of my Guru's presence within. Mantra japa expands my being, increasing the light of awareness of my Guru's presence within.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I am infinitely grateful to Gurumayi for giving me shaktipat initiation and taking up residence within my heart—always there for me—guiding me, blessing me, protecting me.
Recently, I contemplated how I can more fully integrate my Siddha Yoga studentship with my life in the world. I realized that I felt a subtle sense of separation with many of the people I interact with since we do not share Siddha Yoga in common. I wondered how I could shift my perception and experience.
When I inwardly asked Gurumayi for guidance, I got a very beautiful answer: “Go deeper into the heart. See into the heart of the matter. We all share one heart, and from there we are not separate. You’ll see God all around you and in the people all around you if you have the right vision.”
The words and the power contained in this answer have given me a refined way of perceiving the people around me. I notice I am increasingly aware of people’s sweetness and goodness. More and more, I am having the experience of our shared heart.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Recently, in contemplating the sutra gururupayah, I focused on one of the types of remembrance the Swamis refer to in their letter: remembrance that “the Truth embodied in the mantra leads to full recognition of God’s presence within us.” I reflected on how I have been experiencing this Truth in my own sadhana.
One of the ways I have been practicing mantra japa is by repeating the mantra with the flow of my breath. This helps me to be more aware of every particle of the mantra. As I listen deeply to the mantra with my inner ear, I am immediately aware of Gurumayi’s presence inside of me. I experience a silent inner recognition of my Guru in the form of the mantra. I realize I have been experiencing, through repeating the mantra, that the mantra, the Guru, and I are one.
Gurumayi, thank you for your Message for 2013: Mantra Japa. It is transforming my life. I am embracing the mantra with my whole being and discovering that the mantra is God! What a supreme gift you have bestowed upon us!

a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

Today, I read the Swamis' letter in honor of Gurupurnima and contemplated their words on the sutra gururupayah. After writing in my journal about what their comments on the sutra mean to me, I realized that the Guru gives us everything we need to attain liberation. She first gives us an experience of God within through shaktipat diksha, and then guides us both inwardly and externally, so that we are open and able to glimpse this experience again and again, until we are finally established in an uninterrupted awareness of God's presence within us and all creation. This is true love.

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

When I read the teaching in the Swamis' letter, "The Guru is the means to recognize our own greatness, to experience God within our own being," my attention focused on the word greatness. As soon as I read it, I heard Gurumayi’s voice repeating inside me, “You are great! You are great! You are great!”

Gurumayi has said this to us so many times and in so many ways. One year, the young people were given blue buttons to wear with the words "You Are Great" written on them. I still have mine.

I will put this teaching into practice this month by remembering the Guru within myself. When I find myself doing something, or saying something, or understanding something that reminds me of the greatness of the Guru, I will repeat to myself, "I am great!"

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I was particularly inspired by the Swamis' words, "The Guru is one with the awakened energy and guides the shakti within us step by step, to remove every obstacle that prevents us from fully knowing God within."

I often experience Gurumayi's presence within me in the form of the shakti.

As I contemplated this passage, I realized that, as I continue my sadhana, the shakti reveals limiting tendencies that hold me back in life and keep me from experiencing my own greatness. By gaining awareness of these tendencies, I am given the opportunity to make a conscious effort to overcome limitations. In this way, step by step, obstacles that lie in my path are removed, and I can experience greater and greater freedom. 

a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

I especially appreciate two things about the Siddha Yoga celebration of Gurupurnima this year. One is the month-long celebration, which allows ample time to fully dive into various activities of remembrance; and second, the postings on the Siddha Yoga path website, which make it possible to partake in and share about the Guru's grace and teachings with so many hearts from across countries and cultures, who are uniting in the Guru's boundless love.

Many, many thanks, Gurumayi, for being our beloved Guru, and guiding us from light to light.

Shubh Gurupurnima.

a Siddha Yogi from Delhi, India

As I read the Swamis’ letter, I was particularly drawn to the sentence, "The Guru guides us on the path to liberation by imparting her enlivened teachings and practices."

There are times when I am presented with a problem and, just by opening one of Baba's or Gurumayi's books and reading their enlivened teachings, I gain insight and clarity about how to proceed. Often the choice of the book and page is totally random; however, the teaching is always the perfect answer to the situation. One way I recognize this perfection is that, along with the understanding of the teaching, I experience a surge of energy, a profound sense of its rightness, and a peaceful resolve to follow it that goes beyond my ordinary thinking.

Thank you, dear Swamis, for highlighting this amazing gift from our Gurus, which is so accessible and practical.

a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

This morning, I listened to the story of Nizamuddin and his disciple Amir Khusro on the Siddha Yoga path website. Although I have heard this story before, in this month of Gurupurnima, it filled me with immense gratitude for my great good fortune to have a Sadguru in my life. It definitely is the most precious gift from God. So, I first want to express my heartfelt thanks to God for blessing this earth with our Guru, whose grace has uplifted so many people around the world. I feel very fortunate to have a Guru who has incessantly been a source of joy and a fount of protection through the ups and downs of my life, and who has always been a sacred river of divine knowledge of the Self that flows over my entire life.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Thank you to the Swamis for welcoming us all into this month of remembrance and reflection on the ways our Guru is guiding us all to liberation.

This morning, I meditated after revisiting Gurumayi's DARSHAN video and the Slideshow of Gurumayi’s Birthday Celebration. I was drawn into the sweetest state of communion with my own Self. Afterward, I was reflecting on what a wonder it is that God has led us to a jagadguru, a spiritual Master with devotees throughout the world—one who continually finds ways to reach and be with us wherever we are and to guide us into our own hearts, where she is always present.

a Siddha Yogi from Michigan, USA

Thank you, Swamis, for reminding us about celebrating Gurupurnima with the practice of dakshina. 

Dakshina for me is the golden opportunity to manifest in this reality a physical expression of the vibrations of deep gratitude emanating from my heart to my Guru.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

When I saw the beautiful invitation to offer Gurupurnima dakshina online on the Siddha Yoga path website, I realized that through this online option, I can offer dakshina directly at any time as I celebrate the precious gift of the Guru's grace during the month of July. I don't need to wait until July 22. So I decided to make an offering of dakshina a daily practice as part of my Gurupurnima celebration.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for your immeasurable grace and blessings.

And thank you to the Siddha Yoga Swamis for the beautiful letter you wrote.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Each day following daily meditation, I will write in my journal about Gurumayi's impact on a different aspect of my life. Today, I started with the physical body. Other topics will be work, family, relationships; then I will move into experiences of doing the Siddha Yoga practices and how they have changed my outlook or behavior.  

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

As Elizabeth Greig said in her account of the Birthday Celebration, there is always more on the Siddha Yoga path. To move from the steady stream of wisdom, virtues, stories, shares, and images of the Birthday Bliss month to Gurupurnima is perfect! To now have the opportunity to express my gratitude through dakshina during this Gurupurnima month is another gift.

a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia

Last night before going to bed, I went into the website and beheld the beautiful pictures of Bade Baba, Baba, and Gurumayi. I experienced a sparkling waterfall of grace, gently cascading down, flowing into a pool of light. Suspended in the moment, I bathed in the pool of my Guru's grace, blessings, and love. Then I went to bed, drifting off to sleep with the soothing vibrations of Om Namah Shivaya.

With deep faith, I know that as long as I continue sadhana on the Siddha Yoga path, I will someday, with my Guru’s grace, be permanently immersed in the pool of bliss, the light of the Self—one with Bade Baba, Baba, and Gurumayi.  

I thank Gurumayi for the most precious gift of my life, shaktipat initiation.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Moving from the brilliance and abundance of Birthday Bliss into the splendor of Gurupurnima.
Thank you to the Swamis for your informative and inspiring letter. I welcome this month of reflection and remembrance as a time to assimilate the outpouring of divine gifts Gurumayi bestowed upon us during the month of June.
I also welcome this month as a time to recognize and honor all the ways the Guru continues to be present with me and all of her devotees moment by moment as we walk this divine path guided by her grace.
I celebrate my Guru’s presence with me as the mantra she has given and as the shakti her grace has awakened in my body. I recognize her grace and her presence in the inspirations that arise and the transformation I experience while studying and putting into practice what she teaches. Such fullness!
My resolve for this month is to set aside a few minutes every evening to reflect on and write about the many ways I experienced my Guru with me in moments during the day. I’m looking forward to a wondrous July.

a Siddha Yoga Meditation Teacher