I have been offering seva
in the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Oakland this week. Last night, after the evening Arati,
I was sitting quietly in Bade Baba's Temple. I was thanking Bade Baba for bringing me closer to Shiva.
As I did this, all of my thoughts and feelings, which had been quite active recently, began to subside. All that was left was the feeling of Shiva's presence—and the vibrations of AUM
Thank you, Bade Baba.
a Siddha Yogi from Utah, USA
Recently, I walked the cliff path on the nearby Welsh coast. I was contemplating the Siddha Yoga Message for 2014. I had been concerned about our beautiful coastline because of the damage caused by relentless storms, high winds, and exceptionally high tides. I was happy to see that, on this stretch at least, the damage was not severe.
After my walk, I sat on a bench on the cliff top. The sun was shining warmly on me, below me the waves were arising and subsiding, and within me my breath was arising and subsiding. I felt such sublime peace. I was aware of the steadfast strength and silence of the ancient cliffs that have withstood so many storms; I felt completely absorbed in the wonder of nature and was deeply aware of the stillness and silence that supports us all.
Thank you so very much, Gurumayi, for giving us the understanding to see the perfection in our world.
a Siddha Yogi from Lampeter, Wales, United Kingdom
Late last night, I opened the Siddha Yoga path website and saw the teaching “Subsides.” This morning, when I sat for meditation, my dog, who is always excited when I sit on the ground because he thinks it is play time, came up to me. I usually push him away and get to the "business" of meditation. Today, I looked at him, understood he wanted attention, and began to stroke him lovingly. I did this for a few minutes, being very present with him as he settled down next to me. We both slipped into a deep peace, and when I stopped petting him, he snuggled into my leg and I snuggled into a profound stillness. It was a wonderful feeling of being present. Both the dog and I got what we wanted as the present moment drew us to the place where all subsides.
a Siddha Yogi from Ohio, USA
Last night I awoke about 3:00 a.m. and began to repeat Gurumayi's Message for 2014. After each repetition, I would feel a wave pulsate outward from the center of the top of my head. This single wave would clear and make the entire region waveless. I still had thoughts, I was aware of my body—nothing really changed except there was a very contented feeling that everything had been cleared and was smooth and ripple-free.
After lying in this tranquil state for a while, I would repeat the Message again and exactly the same thing happened each time, all night.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for making your grace so available and accessible.
a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA
Now, as I go into the deep silence of meditation more and more, the mantra AUM
just arises of its own accord without any effort on my part to repeat it. Sometimes as it arises, it resounds so loudly that it sounds like an explosion that fills the whole universe; then it quietly rains down and subsides into the deep silence again from where it emerged.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this experience.
a Siddha Yogi from Illinois, USA
This day has been a lot about subsidence. I am on the mend from a cold so it has been a quieter one—a day suggesting more withdrawal and rest. And, presently, the sun is sinking on the horizon as daytime subsides into the hush of twilight and evening.
The very word subsides
bathes me in a feeling of tranquility, a deep sense of letting go. The pulsation of the AUM
, arising and subsiding, feels akin to the sensation of a mother rocking her child into ever deepening realms of serenity, of peace. It is a beautiful word, evoking a descent into our true nature.
a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA
The pulsation of life arising and subsiding—creation and dissolution. My heart beats and my breath arises and subsides. I attune myself to this rhythm, settling into deep stillness, experiencing my heart. Oh, what pure joy and tranquility! Here I cultivate the knowledge "I am That" and I rest in AUM
—the pure vibration, the source of all.
a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA
Gurumayi’s Message for 2014 has motivated me to make a daily exploratory visit to my inner landscape. It is so wonderful to climb up and down the liquid mountains of the ocean of stillness within. As my breathing arises and subsides, I hear the soundless cadence of waves falling on waves. There are subtle tones that awaken my soul to new beauty. Humbled, my ego dissolves into nothingness and my inner being returns to oneness, quietly whirling around in a dervish dance of ecstasy.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this boon!
a Siddha Yogi from Buenos Aires, Argentina
It snowed again last night, and my house and yard are blanketed in silence. It's early in the morning, well before dawn, and I am seated before my puja
, asking myself, "How do I experience 'Subsides'?"
"Arises" was easier for me. Months ago, I started becoming aware, whenever I became silent, of exquisite sounds arising and pervading my inner landscape. It was as if millions of minuscule crickets or tiny silver bells were sweetly creating wave upon wave of music. This sound was so alive! I could almost see it shimmering, glistening, like snow in moonlight—and it brought me great joy. I always experienced it arising, ever present. I never experienced it subsiding.
This morning I was determined to focus on this sound completely, to see if I could follow it to the place where it subsides. It was some time later that I found myself emerging from deep meditation. I recognized that each time I had absorbed myself in the shimmering sound, my mind had subsided with the sound into the silence from which it had arisen. How beautiful!
a Siddha Yogi from Wisconsin, USA
There is a moment in meditation, after I take a few deep breaths and hear the sound of the mantra, when my shoulders relax and I feel the pairs of opposites disappearing as my mind stops chattering and releases into my heart.
I become aware of Kundalini Shakti moving throughout my body. The outer world subsides and we become one.
a Siddha Yogi from California, USA
This morning, I woke up immersed in a strong awareness of the arising and subsiding of the breath. As I rose and did my morning routines, this sense of the breath arising and subsiding stayed with me very strongly.
When I sat to meditate, I found myself in a deep ocean of meditation that reverberated with the mantra Om Namah Shivaya. T
he mantra was
the pulsating ocean. I felt myself relaxing deeply. I became profoundly peaceful, and the pulsating ocean transformed into pure light. I was light immersed in light.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for bestowing your grace upon me.
a Siddha Yogi from Alaska, USA