Silence

 

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I was feeling a need for silence, and now silence has appeared to my eyes, to my ears, and to my heart like a balm. Yes, now I am with the sound of God.

a Siddha Yogi from Naples, Italy

I find happiness in silence more than ever now. Life has softened for me because of the Siddha Yoga practices, and for that I will be forever grateful.

When I am silent, I find everything I need to continue this life of incredibly unfolding grace. In silence, in happiness, in gratitude, in love, I will continue my practices in my heart. 

You have given me everything, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

How can such images of wintry cold bring such warmth to the heart?

Only in the embrace of silence, connecting us all to the Guru's love, pouring forth from the house of plenitude in which she dwells!

a Siddha Yogi from Mexico City, Mexico

Mmm… I could hear those beautiful berries singing.

Thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Paraparaumu, New Zealand

I hear it now, this stillness, the sound of silence. It is that ever-flowing bliss which permeates everything. 

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

This is my second day of opening myself to the video on silence. Immersed in the sweetness of pure silence, I contemplated its nature.

Silence: a reality both full and empty. This “emptiness” is more a feeling of having and being in a large space, where we are completely at ease, and where time is an ally instead of being a constraint.

Silence is “full”—full of potentiality. It is there that everything is possible. It is from there that the next action, the next thought, the right word to express emanate. It is there that we still have the choice.

The more I am in this silent reality, the more I listen. There is so much to listen to in silence! Silence is talking to us and yet it is silent and profoundly peaceful! A sweet, sweet friend.

Merci infiniment, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Ramonville Saint Agne, France

Before I began my day, I watched this beautiful video. I then opened the drapes—and saw the same snow gently falling in the mountains of New Mexico.

There is no distance between us. We are connected. The sweet silence and love are always there.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for again showing me there is no separation. We are always together.

a Siddha Yogi from New Mexico, USA

The silence video takes me inside to a nice, quiet, contented place.

Twenty years ago or so, I took care of the swans while living at Shree Muktananda Ashram. One day when it was snowing, I walked up the frozen lake with a bucket of grain to where the three white swans lived, in a small open-water place where a stream came in. After feeding them, I suddenly became aware of the deep silence enveloping us.

I relished that experience so much that I wrote to my elderly mother about it. She answered back with words from a poem I suppose she had memorized in her youth: The snow…was heaping field and highway / with silence deep and white.  

Thank you so much, Gurumayi, for these gifts.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Silence... While watching this video, I felt that I was in Shree Muktananda Ashram—and having the darshan of Bade Baba. My mind was silent and my face had a big smile when I saw the flag, inscribed with Shri Gurudev. I started to chant Shri Gurudev.

Thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Nagpur, India

I love this beautiful video poem for its pristine, intimate look at the beauty and perfection inherent in nature. The pervasive silence and the slowly moving snowflakes have a meditative energy.

Looking at this video poetry makes my heart smile in recognition of this beauty. I feel completely confident, content, and open. I can feel the sweetest grace and gracefulness in nature. And I can see myself—my Self—mirrored in this subtle dance between movement and stillness.

Thank you so much, Gurumayi, for this beautiful teaching. Thank you to the video sevites for this perfect imagery.

a Siddha Yogi from Mexico City, Mexico

Thank you for this sublime video.

The kalash reminds me that grace has brought me to a point where the Guru is my focus and sadhana is my highest priority. The magnificent dhvaja, the flag, reminds me of the supremacy of the Guru principle, and my heart joyfully exclaims, “Yes, may the Guru prevail!”

I am so grateful to be a student on the Siddha Yoga path.

a Siddha Yogi from Thane, India

While watching this video, I am struck by the silence manifesting in each simple form within nature: silence in each branch, in each pine needle, in each snowflake, in each single berry. The fullness of silence within each scene embraces my heart and I feel settled and quiet.

Thank you, Gurumayi for these ongoing gifts of inspiration that support us all in our sadhana. Thank you to the gifted website sevites.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

First I was so happy to see the word Silence. Then I saw the images changing and flowing along—a movie! So I turned on the sound button, expecting to hear the sound of the tamboura or the wind, but I did not hear any sound at all.

Then I saw the Temple. My awareness turned within and I came into the space of silence.

Thank you so much, Gurumayi, for this experience of your Message for 2014.

a Siddha Yogi from Bussum, Netherlands

I see such warmth and love in these beautiful winter scenes at Shree Muktananda Ashram.

Silence and movement—my eye catches each leaf and snowflake as they swirl and dance, and I am delighted by so many different rhythms. Tenderness and great beauty—there is movement and tender silence as I peer through the snow-laden berries, and such strength and steadiness as I absorb the vision of the golden spire. I feel like a child discovering each beautiful scene.

With great joy, my eyes arrive at the outside of Bhagawan Nityananda's Temple. Love and delight fill me; there is no emptiness, no separateness. Yet I am the observer, the silent witness of this winter paradise.

Thank you for this amazing teaching, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia

What a precious gift from our beloved Guru!

I had just come home from a full and active day at work. Before offering seva tonight, I visited the Siddha Yoga path website. I immediately experienced Gurumayi’s Message for 2014. The silence and the snowflakes falling drew me back home, to the Heart, to the silent space within and I meditated. Now I can offer seva from the place of quietness, happiness, and gratitude.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for your constant guidance and grace so that I may serve the Siddha Yoga mission from an open heart.

a Siddha Yogi from Perth, Australia

It was a pleasure to watch this video, since here in South India we usually do not see snow. It seemed to me that the snowflakes were like bits of nature's happiness that had blossomed and were floating down sprinkling blessings.

a Siddha Yogi from Dombivli, India

The moment my eyes perceived this footage of Shree Muktananda Ashram and the snow gently falling on the temple kalash, my heartbeat changed. I felt the change so strongly that I lifted my hand to my heart to observe it more closely.

My heartbeat had become so strong that it filled my breath and whole body with its powerful and steady rhythm.

a Siddha Yogi from Sydney, Australia

After contemplating the magnificent white beauty in the video, I smoothly drifted into meditation, like the snowflakes floating around the Temple dome. My inner landscape was blessed with a million starry snowflakes melting silently in the ocean of stillness within. My soul breathed and tasted the silvery rasa of happiness, becoming refreshed and renewed. 

Thank you, Gurumayi, for this blissful moment!

a Siddha Yogi from Buenos Aires, Argentina

In the past few days I had been through a very busy schedule and no matter how much I tried, I could not find the stability and my own silent self. This video is just what was required—silence!!

Thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Miraroad, India

Early in the morning I am sitting on the train on my way to my job. I open the Siddha Yoga path website and my eyes fall on the word Silence. I press the button to start the video and it takes me on a journey over the ocean to Shree Muktananda Ashram, my Guru's dwelling place.

As I look at the beautiful pictures and explore the silence of the snow, falling from the sky and peacefully covering nature, I feel a deep silence in my heart, like the silence in my meditations. In these beautiful winter pictures from the garden and Temple, we see that nature is meditating in silence—and so can we, if we wish to.

Thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Alme, Denmark

When I started watching this beautiful video, I put on my headphones, as usual. Silence—not "nothing"—but a plenitude of scintillating silence. My mind, eyes, and heart were alive with silence.

I realized that silence doesn't mean nothing is happening—snow falls, wind blows, the breath arises and subsides, the eyes see. There is motion and change in silence. And as I gazed at the kalash on the Temple at the end of the video, I remembered that when I am connected to my heart, to nature and life, to the Guru's love, there is always the presence of sublime silence.

a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

This morning I woke up early with the intention to start my day in the silence of meditation. Before I began to meditate, I opened the website and saw, with great surprise, the video called "Silence." What a connection! We are all connected!

Thank you, Gurumayi, for your support.

a Siddha Yogi from Rome, Italy

Silence is all I can hear in my mind, seeing this beautiful video.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for guiding us along the path, step by step.

You have my infinite gratitude.

a Siddha Yogi from Rome, Italy

When I woke up this morning, there was this soft gentle snowfall—the first of this mild winter we've been having in Europe. I immediately felt the special atmosphere. With my morning chai, I opened the Siddha Yoga path website and found—Wow!—the same gentle, serene, silent snowy atmosphere. On my computer screen, outside my window—and slowly entering my heart. The perfect prelude for my morning meditation.

I feel so connected!

a Siddha Yogi from Berlin, Germany

This morning, soon after I arose, I opened the Siddha Yoga path website, anticipating something new. I was gently and compellingly invited into the serene winter landscape of Shree Muktananda Ashram!

As I entered this lovely outer landscape, I was awakened to an inner landscape of peace and contentment. I became increasingly aware of my own breath, which was steady, even, and serene. I became immersed in the state of the inner Self with such ease. As I write this, I remain aware of the rising and subsiding of my own breath, and I visualize myself returning to this awareness again and again throughout this divine day.

a Siddha Yogi from Alaska, USA

These images represent Gurumayi's Message for 2014 so beautifully. Each time I watch the video, it touches that part within me where there is perfect harmony. Closing my eyes, I glide sweetly into that space made of deep silence and everlasting happiness.

Thank you, beloved Gurumayi, for helping us so vividly in our study of the message.

a Siddha Yogi from Joliette, Canada

Silence permeates my soul, just as it permeates each snowflake, each leaf, and berry. My breath deepens, the cares of the day disappear, and I enter the bliss of the Self of all. I am so grateful for this teaching.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Today, after many days of being away from my office, I opened the Siddha Yoga path website with anticipation of some new postings. I was delightfully surprised by the shimmering silence of this exquisite video.

As I watched it, the words of Gurumayi's Message for 2014 started ringing in my mind. Seeing this divine video will tangibly help me to hold the Message easefully in my awareness during the day.

Thank you so much for finding these new and creative ways of keeping us connected to the teachings!

a Siddha Yogi from Bangalore, India