In a satsang
at the Siddha Yoga Meditation Center in New York, we chanted Om Namo Bhagavate Muktanandaya
in the bhakti raga
in honor of Baba Muktananda’s Mahasamadhi. As the chant ended and meditation began, all my senses were heightened and I was ecstatic. I heard a soft sound, like ocean waves, as if the hall was breathing in and out. The pulsating sound was all around and in me. This extraordinary experience went on for some time.
As I contemplated this experience, I realized it was as if the entire hall was breathing the soundless sound, arising and subsiding in the space of flawless quietude. I could feel the soft sound as well as hear it. It was one of the most beautiful sounds I have heard in my 29 years on the Siddha Yoga path.
Thank you, Gurumayi.
a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA
During my piano lesson last week, I learned more about sound and harmonics. My teacher explained how harmonics (the additional sounds that come from a note when it is played) arise. It happens that in certain situations, a note can be produced without anyone striking the instrument's key or string. For example, on a guitar, the first stroke of a string makes a note. When this sound´s vibration travels, it finds another string which is in repose and makes it produce another note. An unstruck sound!
It came to me that Gurumayi's grace is like that vibration traveling and reaching me. If it finds me receptive (serene, quiet,
and in repose like the guitar string), then my own sound, my own note will arise and vibrate in harmony with grace!
a Siddha Yogi from Mexico City, Mexico
Some years ago, when I was in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, I was participating in a hatha yoga class. I was full of happiness. At one moment, I looked up and saw that Gurumayi had entered the room. She was walking toward me. When I saw her I felt an immense power—the power of the Guru—and became completely motionless.
Then I heard an indescribable, deep sound within me, like a sweet drum. This sound entered into my heart and has transformed my life. This sound lives within me. It's the remembrance of my beloved Guru.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this immense gift!
a Siddha Yogi from Torino, Italy
Sound…soundless...how inextricably linked they are. Sound arising out of the soundless and then dissolving back into it, each in turn revealing the other, endless movement in utter stillness. It is the very dance of Shakti and Shiva.
Watching them manifest in my own breath calms my mind and leads me back to my own heart, where I can hear them both and know them as the vibration of love itself.
Such simple, powerful teachings, so compassionately supporting us, so gently and surely taking us home. Thank you, Gurumayi.
a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA
For the month of January, I decided to focus on the "soundless sound"— the ultimate sound, the unfathomable vibration: AUM.
During one meditation session I took the help of three images. The first was the image of a shining strip at the edge of a cloud, which trailed behind an unfathomable vibration while growing out in all directions. The second was the image of ink drops falling into a glass of water, streaming behind an unfathomable vibration as they grew larger and then dissolved. The third image was of a drop of water falling onto a hot surface, trailing behind an unfathomable vibration while growing, dissolving and evaporating.
As I kept on visualizing the unfathomable vibration in each of these images, my mind became still. I felt a wave of sensation surging upwards from the lower part of my body. When it reached my ears, I heard, "AUM, AUM, AUM.
" I could feel a sweet pulsation over my lips, my tongue, and my nose.
Thank you, Gurumayi. I loved watching the unfathomable vibration and hearing the ultimate sound, AUM
a Siddha Yogi from Sydney, Australia
Gurumayi’s teaching on soundless
brought back an experience I had in 2007 while visiting friends in Washington State.
My friends had taken me on a hike up into the mountains, and as we ascended, I was struck by the profound silence of the mountain. The silence entered my consciousness in a way I’d never experienced before. I remember thinking, “Wow! I can hear the sound of the silence.” It was, for me, a deeply moving spiritual experience that has never left me.
Through the grace of our beloved Gurumayi, I now know that I had the darshan
of the “unstruck sound.” I had the darshan
My eternal love and gratitude, Gurumayi!
a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA
When I looked at the beautiful golden colors of the teaching "Sound," I envisioned the shining murti
of Bade Baba. I feel that Bade Baba’s murti
carries that sound with it.
What a wonderful gift to wake up every day and open the Siddha Yoga path website and find a wonderful surprise there waiting for us.
Thank you so much, Gurumayi. Thank you for your love.
a Siddha Yogi from Aichach, Germany
Upon first seeing the new teaching, "Sound," I thought of all the beautiful sounds that are present in my life. At this moment, I hear the trill of early morning birdsong and the mantra is playing. In nature and in life, so many other divine and gorgeous sounds abound: the laughter of a child, a cat purring, the sound of the wind, a whispered endearment, the compassion in a friend's voice. It seems we are surrounded by a tapestry of sounds that bespeak beauty and care.
Then I read the definition of sound,
which reminded me of the primordial, soundless sound from which all this comes: AUM
The beloved AUM
seems to emanate from the depths of our being, calling us back home to our true nature. It beckons us again and again.
Thank you, dearest Gurumayi, for the embrace and inspiration of this divine teaching.
a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA
I participated in Gurumayi’s California teachings visit in 2002, the year of her Message: Abide in Silence
. During one of the programs we were asked to recall a moment of inner peace and silence in our daily lives. My mind took a direct flight to my meditation room at home. Paradoxically, my heart envisioned a family dinner scene. I have four children who were very young at that time. So, our dinners were far from quiet and silent. I saw myself hushing them and pleading for some peace and quiet. However, observing the scene from a fresher perspective, I became aware of the profound love and inner silence lying beneath the bubbling joyful sound around the kitchen table. My heart burst with gratitude.
Ever since that moment, I welcome with gratitude the myriad of sacred sounds that enliven my daily life.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your vibrating presence in my family’s life.
a Siddha Yogi from Buenos Aires, Argentina
When I saw the word sound,
I found myself thinking of the act of sounding the depths of the sea, the depths of Consciousness. A wonderful new perspective that combines the journey and the attainment.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this beautiful rich Message.
a Siddha Yogi from Ironbridge, United Kingdom
. The first image arising after letting the word have its effect on me was a plentitude of birds singing the morning glory, the beginning of a new day with its brightness and fullness and auspiciousness. What a wonderful image full of light, colors, and an orchestra of the sounds of nature awakening to the new day, full of energy and joy!
a Siddha Yogi from Zurich, Switzerland