The Value of a Human Birth

From Where Are You Going?
By Baba Muktananda

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I am really inspired by this teaching story [“The Value of Human Birth”]. I have found that it echoes various themes within Gurumayi’s talk Be Practical, Be Grateful, which opened up a whole new chasm of understanding for me. I am realizing that in order for this human birth to be priceless, I need to be “a face” for the “sacred place” of this heart, body, mind, and soul. I see that this sacred responsibility requires whole-hearted participation in and commitment to all the varying dimensions of my life.

As I practice serving at this new level of accountability and integrity, there is a heightened rasa. I feel joy and I feel an empowerment that could perhaps be called freedom. How ironic that embracing responsibility leads to freedom! Therein, perhaps, lies the gift of this human birth—priceless, indeed!

Many thanks to Gurumayi, and also to the SYDA Foundation, for making this wealth of learning and sharing so available for us.

a Siddha Yogi from Surrey, England

Thank you for posting this story on the website. I am reminded of all the incredible
life-changing experiences of the Self I have had throughout my life. I am reminded of how beautiful, uplifting, and precious my life is. The way I spend time here on earth is precious. I want to make every moment precious. I need to remember again and again everything I have received and all that I have to give. Thank you!

a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia

Thank you for this beautiful teaching and a reminder to me that my life is indeed precious! I closed my eyes and Baba’s words sprang up within me—“Bow to yourself, honor yourself, God dwells within you as you.” I visualized my body becoming a beautiful temple; and in the center I saw the flame of love, peace, and contentment. This experience can only happen in a human life.

a Siddha Yogi from Nairobi, Kenya

Yesterday I celebrated my birthday. Some of my friends came to chant Shri Rudram as part of the celebration. Before chanting we all shared. Maybe since the occasion was a birthday, each of us spoke about the significance of having a human body to walk the earth. One of my friends is about to give birth, and the other two friends are new parents of a two-month-old baby. We were grateful for the good fortune of having this good company and that we could honor each other. We were grateful that we have received and practiced, and continue to receive and practice, the Siddha Yoga teachings. We were grateful that we pursue the highest goal of a human birth—that we seek to become established in the awareness of the Self.

Now, visiting the webpage, I see we are all very connected and I am grateful for this beautiful way of receiving the teachings. I am grateful for this website, which is also such good company.

a Siddha Yogi from Mexico City, Mexico

Today was one of those days when everything felt like hard work and I didn't feel in the “flow.” As I sat thinking about my day, I clicked on to the story by Baba: "The Value of Human Birth." It immediately brought forth feelings of self-worth, acceptance, love, and deep appreciation for the preciousness of my own life, and profound gratitude for the guidance to the real Truth this story generated within me. Thank you.

a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia

The Value of Human Birth, what a wonderful story! I taught third grade in a very impoverished inner-city school. The children saw so much in their short life that taught them that a human life was not valuable. As much as I could, through my actions and words, I taught them that they were special, that their life had value, that every life has value. And each day I remind myself, as Gurumayi has taught me, that I am precious to God. Thank you for this beautiful reminder.

With Love,
a Siddha Yogi from New Hampshire, USA