Gurumayi's Message for 2014

Space

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After I had read the shares from the global sangham on “Flawless, I went for my morning walk to collect items for my Shiva puja in celebration of Mahashivaratri. I was filled with love and gratitude, and the mantra reverberated inside me. Shakti filled the air and my senses. As I searched for  puja offerings, I kept coming across my Guru's colors in nature—a beautiful orange flower, an equally beautiful orange-red shelf fungus…
 
Then a poem came to my mind. I didn't have a pen or pencil with me, but luckily there had been a gentle rain the night before and, finding a damp twig on the forest floor, I recorded the poem on a piece of paper I had in my bag:
 
Wherever I am
I see my Guru’s orange
I am dreaming of becoming flawless
For this is why I was born

a Siddha Yogi from Sydney, Australia

This morning I found myself replacing the word flawless with the word fearless. It seemed to me that that was what I needed to be at this particular time. I also realized that in the state of flawless quietude, there is no fear. Gaining that space is gaining profound wisdom.

Thank you for your grace, Gurumayi. I look forward to seeing how I will engage in other qualities and virtues through this Message.

a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia

After reading the definition of flawless—"without defects, faults or blemishes"—I had an experience this morning that touched me deeply.

When I was meditating on my inner space, I felt that I was being invited by Gurumayi to go ahead and let go of the false beliefs and imagined defects within myself, so that I could recognize my beautiful ability to be in tune with my own true being. I felt like I could now become the receptacle of all the goodness of my inner space which is so pure, bright, and simple.

Thank you so much, Gurumayi, for your darshan and for your tremendous generosity to us.

a Siddha Yogi from Quebec City, Canada
 

For a long time, I have been working to diminish a tendency I have to see flaws in others. When I clicked on one of the small hearts inside the "Love in Action" heart on the Siddha Yoga path website, the word respect appeared. I asked myself: how does respect relate to flawless? Upon reflection, I saw that having the intention to respect takes me out of the mode of looking for flaws in others; it invites me into the flawless space where, instead of seeing flaws, I see the inner Self in myself and others.

a Siddha Yogi from Alaska, USA

As I sat for meditation this morning, I repeated Gurumayi's Message silently to myself. My breathing became very shallow and slow. My body sat still effortlessly. I noticed that thoughts also slowed down and the spaces between thoughts lengthened. Once in a while, I experienced rapid breathing, and then it subsided to very, very slow breathing again. The word niranjana came to mind as I experienced the flawlessly peaceful state.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for your loving gift to us in the Message for 2014.

a Siddha Yogi from Hawaii, USA

When I contemplated the word flawless, my mind turned to an inner field of consciousness that I perceived as still and pure. At first I was able to experience the flawless character of this consciousness when there were no thoughts distracting my attention away from this experience. Then it occurred to me that my thoughts and everything else I considered a disturbance to a spiritual practice were made of consciousness as well, and I would be able to experience flawlessness in everything that appeared in my awareness.

So next time I meditate or chant and I feel that something is distracting me from focusing on my spiritual practice, I can remember to see flawlessness in that.

a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

When I read the definition of flawless, it reminded me of the abhanga Gurumayi has sung by Tukaram Maharaj—niranjani nirakari nirabhasi nitya shuddh—describing the taintless and eternal essence of who we are at the core of our being. Gurumayi sings this in the recording of her Message for 2001, Approach the Present with Your Heart’s Consent. Make It a Blessed Event.
 
I have been contemplating each word of the Message for 2014 as it has unfolded gradually. As I contemplated “Space,” I realized I was that pure space, where everything vibrated with love.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for the gift of shaktipat and the unfoldment of love. We are truly blessed.

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

The beautiful word flawless evokes a sense of deep recognition. The imperturbable constancy of this purity, this freedom from duality, brings a feeling of "Yes, that is so. That is who I am!"  
 
Thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

While reflecting on the word flawless, I’ve been recognizing with wonder and gratitude that my Guru has given me the means to go inside my own being and touch that space of purity again and again.
 
So many delicious moments come to mind—times when I’ve been able to rest my mind in the space where the breath pauses before turning around, meditations in which my mind became absorbed in light, chanting the mantra and feeling as if God were singing to me and through me. I’m also reminded of instances while offering seva or doing my work, or even in conversation, when inspiration has seemed to come out of nowhere, allowing me to offer something truly beneficial and uplifting.
 
Each of these moments is characterized by feelings of spaciousness, ease, tenderness, love, and humility. Each is a time when I have felt complete and totally at home within myself. 
 
I bow my head to you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Wisconsin, USA

I was very surprised to learn that the scriptures of India teach that "to be pure means to be free from duality." I had never thought about purity in connection with nonduality. When I contemplated this intriguing definition, however, it helped me recognize just how much my own dualistic tendencies introduce flaws into my ability to be truly happy.
 
As I recalled times when I could reach a state that was "free from fluctuating emotions and thoughts"— including the deep stillness of my meditations—I discovered that my life is frequently enriched by experiences of niranjana. They arise in many different settings—when I help an elderly friend or neighbor, when I play with children in great freedom, when I am struck speechless (and thought-free!) by the beauty of nature.
 
My responsibility now is to expand these experiences further and further, by remembering the bliss that every moment in the state of niranjana bestows.

a Siddha Yogi from Illinois, USA

As I read the word flawless, I immediately pictured all of the untouched snow that currently covers everything in my sight. The snow is niranjana. And now, when I look out my window, I am reminded of the beautiful flawless space inside of my own Self. By observing nature, by being in nature, I am brought to this place of stillness and pure love.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this beautiful teaching!

an eighteen-year-old Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

“In the scriptures of India, to be pure means to be free from duality and therefore immersed in all-pervasive Consciousness.”
 
This sentence made me realize how much my Western mind conceives of flawlessness, or purity, as a state that is true only in the beginning, and is lost with time and experience. For example, a baby is pure, but an adult has “lost” that purity. A wooden chair may be flawlessly polished, but once it is nicked and dented, it has become permanently flawed. The word flawless had a disheartening connotation for me until this teaching appeared on the website. 
 
The idea that purity refers to freedom from duality and immersion in all-pervasive Consciousness means that I can return to purity, to flawlessness, again and again. Forever. It is all in my state.
 
What a redeeming and empowering understanding of flawlessness as a state, rather than an unchanging condition!
 
Gurumayi, thank you so much.

a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram