The Divine Light of Guru’s Grace
A Video in Honor of Makara Sankranti
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1Jnaneshvari, 16.1–7, 11–13; Swami Kripananda (ed.), Jnaneshwar’s Gita: A Rendering of the Jnaneshwari (Albany, NY: SUNY, 1989) p. 256.
After reading the verses of Jnaneshwari
and watching this video of the glorious sun rising, I opened myself to its grace. As I did so, I had the sensation that I was absorbing the sun in my being. I sensed its presence within, expansive and warm. I felt its benevolent energy and radiant companionship spread to all the cells in my body.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for the presence of your grace in the form of the sun in my being.
a Siddha Yogi from Connecticut, USA
I was so pleased to see this passage from Jnaneshwari
. Immediately after A Sweet Surprise
Satsang concluded, I kept trying to remember a passage from Jnaneshwari
about how the sun of the Guru’s grace dispels darkness in the disciple.
I could not remember it exactly, but I decided that based on this feeling, I would study Jnaneshwari
this year. Now I realize what a keen observer of nature Jnaneshwar was. I can’t wait to immerse myself in his divine poetry and wisdom this year.
a Siddha Yogi from California, USA
As I read the verses, it seems to me that Jnaneshwar is speaking to us as if we are already realized beings. He seems to be including all of us and making us part of the victorious enlightened ones. This is both touching and uplifting.
Thank you so much for bringing these words to us during the auspicious time of Makara Sankranti.
a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA
Watching this sunrise, I experienced that a sun is also rising within me and my whole being is illuminated inside and outside by the radiant light of my own Self. Watching became a meditation for me by itself.
Thank you, Gurumayi ji, for being with me in the form of this inner light.
a Siddha Yogi from Vadodara, Indi
As I watched the sun rising in the video, I glanced out of my window for a second and saw a pair of swallows dancing across my field of vision. As they danced, I felt that they represented my Guru, Gurumayi, and me, dancing in split-second consonance, in harmonious accord.
a Siddha Yogi from Auckland, New Zealand
As I was watching the beautiful sun in the video, after some time the spherical sun itself was nowhere in my vision; instead, what I was seeing was the golden light across the entire screen. When I closed my eyes, I could see that light in my heart, which was shining with a shimmering, golden light. It was a beautiful experience that took me deep within.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this deep experience of the sun god. Thank you for letting me experience that the Guru's light shines within me, always nurturing me and guiding me.
a Siddha Yogi from Lucknow, India
As I allowed the mesmerizing words of Jnaneshvar’s poetic commentary to wash over my being, I was filled with a deep stirring in my heart.
It was, however, just this morning—while reciting Shri Guru Gita
, and as my room filled with the radiant light of the sun—that I thought of Gurumayi and realized the meaning of Jnaneshvar’s words for me:
as the Guru’s luminous grace fills my being, I too become that luminosity, which is my very nature.
a Siddha Yogi from San Felipe, Mexico
The weather is cold and grey here in London. But as I watched the video and read the words from Jnaneshvari
, the sun rose in my heart.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for reminding me of what is already there, any time of the year—the light of the Self is always shining!
a Siddha Yogi from London, United Kingdom
While I was watching the sunrise on the screen, I remembered the sunrise in Gurudev Siddha Peeth. When I was there as a visiting sevite
, I loved to go to Dakshin Kashi,
a beautiful field there, every morning and watch the sunrise. I felt the divine and benevolent power of the sun, and this prayer would arise in my mind:
“Oh, benevolent sun, may your radiant rays, which travel around this planet, make all the people, plants, and animals happy and content through your touch.”
Today, while watching this video, I felt this prayer come back to me. My heart became very happy.
a Siddha Yogi from Großkarolinenfeld, Germany