This story reminds me that self-effort alone will not bear fruit, and that I can attain my spiritual goal only through Guru’s grace.
I pray for steadfastness in following Gurumayi’s Message for 2016, which for me, has revealed the path, showing me both the goal and the means to its attainment. I am filled with gratitude for the Guru’s immeasurable love and grace. As a Siddha Yoga student, may I always offer my full-hearted devotion, surrender, and steadfast self-effort.
a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA
I’m turning this story over and over in my mind. I find it such a beautiful depiction of Gurumayi’s Message: Move with steadfastness toward becoming anchored in Supreme Joy.
As I ponder Anjana’s dedication, I understand that I have the capacity to live in paradise, too, the paradise of the Self. I can give myself wholeheartedly to my own breath—the natural and persevering breath—and allow it to take me to my own inner happiness.
I pray for my intention to blossom and become as ardent and pure as Anjana’s.
a Siddha Yogi from Kentucky, USA
As I followed Anjana's journey, I was filled with gratitude for the direction it gives to me and to so many of us as we travel on the Siddha Yoga path.
Focusing on the images of nature on the Siddha Yoga path website calms my mind. Then, just as Anjana follows the instructions of Shri Matanga, I can follow Gurumayi’s guidance more fully.
I may not journey physically up the mountains as Anjana did, but the sacred images of nature shared on the website have most certainly connected me to nature’s greatness. In this way my heart opens, my mind quiets, and I experience the joy of the Self.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for sharing this beautiful story with us all.
a Siddha Yogi from South Yarra, Australia
I especially appreciate this story because recently I’ve been practicing simply being with myself by focusing on my breath. As I do this, I’m noticing that my usual preoccupations loosen their hold on me. I feel fulfilled by my breath.
The story shows me the surprising power of the breath to bring happiness and contentment. The learning is paradoxical for me: to see that by merely breathing with awareness, I can naturally let go of attachment and gain deeper pleasure than I had wished for in the first place.
a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA
I found so many wonderful teachings in this inspiring story of Anjana and the events surrounding the birth of Hanuman. I hear the tale as an allegory of the Guru’s compassion and of the Guru-disciple relationship: how the devoted disciple follows the Guru's instructions and performs the practices, while trusting in the inner Guru. Following Anjana’s example, I too can learn to be patient, sincere, and persevering, realizing that the goal, the inner Self, is attainable.
The story brought me to contemplate the depth of my own Guru's compassion and how I experience it through all the teachings that have appeared on the Siddha Yoga path website just this year. Beginning with Gurumayi's Message talk, through Love in Action
for Valentine’s Day, a whole new series of meditation sessions, and the commentaries on the Pratyabhijna-hrdayam
, I feel Gurumayi's immense and deep love, beckoning me to leap into the awareness of my Heart and embrace her Message experientially and fully.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your ongoing compassion and teaching. May our hearts always be entwined together.
a Siddha Yogi from New Jersey, USA