The Master and the 108 Lamps


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I learned that you have to be patient, because even though what someone is doing might take time, they might be doing it for you.

an eight-year-old Siddha Yogi in Shree Muktananda Ashram

Before I started to read the story I looked at the golden mountains behind the title of the story, and my heart was touched by the beauty and the strength of the picture. What power! It is so alive! It is filled with Consciousness.

Then I started to read the story. When I read about how the seeker finally surrendered, I could experience the light, and tears ran down my cheeks. I could feel this light, this love, this amazing bright golden pure light. And I remembered my shaktipat experience. It was this same experience of light; only light exists. 

What an incredible gift. Thank you Gurumayi!!!!
Thank you so much again and again!

With love,
a Siddha Yogi from Hinwil, Switzerland

This story of the seeker trying to extinguish the Master's lamps really touched my heart. Even in the midst of earnest desire for enlightenment, the seeker was so ignorant of the true nature of the Master's gift. How compassionate the Master is, allowing the seeker to be confounded in his ignorance until he has his breakthrough. It was sobering to recognise my own tendency to pour water on the spiritual flame ignited within me by the Guru's grace, and so comforting to see that the light of the Master's love is so powerful it can withstand our limited understanding and ignorance, if we stay focused on our desire for enlightenment.

a Siddha Yogi from Sydney, Australia

As I read this story, at first I thought, "My goodness, what an impatient man." As the story went on I thought, "How many times have I tried to extinguish something in front of me in order to get what I perceived as something more full of light?" I recognized in my own self the exhaustion that can come from looking for That through the lens of my misunderstandings.
 
At a pause in between the moments of exhaustion, there is, in the cave of the heart, an opening, where light, or awareness, seeps in, signaling a passageway to get closer to the source of that light. Maybe it is sitting to chant, or meditating, or reading Gurumayi’s or Baba’s words.

My heart smiled as I felt the light of the seeker meld with the light of the Master within and without. That became That, and my heart wanted to experience this again and again.

a Siddha Yogi from Missouri, USA

Thank you very much, Gurumayi, for this great story!
 
I felt that the tale exemplified that as much as the ego tries to have its way, based on its limited experience, if our longing is true, divine love will prevail in time.

a Siddha Yogi from Maryland, USA

At the story’s conclusion, the young seeker merges into the golden light of the Guru’s compassion. With his heart ablaze with love and awe, now his only desire is to serve the sacred work of his Master.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for the golden rays of your teachings that reach and uplift us wherever we are in the world. Thank you to all whose selfless efforts help make this possible.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

This story brought such peace to me. There have been times when I have felt that my actions and thoughts diminished the shakti. Because of this I would hold back, get angry, or feel unworthy. This story reveals to me that the inner enemies cannot dim the light of the Guru. I feel a new connection to Gurumayi's love and compassion.
  
Thank you.

Love,
a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

As I was reading the story I kept wondering why the seeker couldn't wait until the morning as instructed by the Master. What was the urgency? Why couldn't he/she partake in the practise of lighting the lamps? Why was he/she so impatient?   
 
As I reflected on this I realised that I, too, need to practise patience. I, too, need to have the patience to light each lamp one at a time, to do things step by step, so that I can imbibe the learning that comes with each step. I, too, need to do my practises with love and patience to let things unfold at the time that is right for me to experience That.

Thank you so much, Gurumayi. I love reading the stories; they fill me with longing and a renewed energy. And they make me smile and laugh too. I love them.

Thank you so much.

a Siddha Yogi from Singapore

When reading this beautiful story my heart was filling up with tenderness and love. My heart became so alive. The longing to be conscious of the presence of God is shining in my heart. This is the flame of the Guru’s grace.

a Siddha Yogi from Montreal, Canada

I was reading Gurumayi's story just before I chanted Shri Guru Gita this morning. It reminded me to chant each shloka with love, the way the Master in the story lights each of the 108 lamps.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for this beautiful story. It has so many elements to contemplate.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA