Sage Yajnavalkya and King Janaka

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I've been wondering about the sequence in the story of "...sits, moves around, does his work, and returns again." "Returns where?" I found myself asking.

Could it be that the return was always to the Self, and when the questioning explicitly reached the Self as the answer, all questioning stopped?

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Last night after dinner my wife asked me what I had found most surprising about the teaching story of sage Yajnavalkya and King Janaka. I contemplated her question for a moment and answered: “What struck me most was that Yajnavalkya offered a whole series of answers to the King's question—the sun, the moon, fire, and so forth. Only at the end did he come to the Self.”

I felt that Yajnavalkya was honoring the entire universe we live in, and not bypassing its physical manifestations just because the deepest answer is a spiritual one. This seemed to me to be in line with the wonderful nature photos that Gurumayi has been offering us on the website, her whole emphasis on nature over the years, and Bade Baba's statement to his disciples that he is to be found everywhere. I love being reminded of the fundamental unity of the cosmos!

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

I was drawn into deep stillness within after reading the story. It took me on an inner journey. Each element of the story is such a powerful visualization to connect with the light within.

I have begun to practice the elements of the story as inner visualization steps to connect with light within. Yesterday morning after meditation, I contemplated and visualized the rising golden sun and prayed for guidance from the orange rays. When I connected with those rays, I experienced feelings of newness, freshness, and a tingling feeling of joy and excitement that brought a smile to my face. As I continued to travel with those orange rays, suddenly the image of the smiling face of Bade Baba’s golden statue flashed before my eyes. Tears of joy and gratitude trickled from my eyes thanking Bade Baba for this beautiful darshan.

The teachings of this story have guided me and taken me to a deep place of pristine silence within me.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for this beautiful story, for anchoring me in the power of deep silence within.

Lots of love and gratitude,
a Siddha Yogi from Pune, India

Thank you! There is so much light shining through this story. When Yajnavalkya said, "...for it is with the Self as his light that he sits, moves around, does his work, and returns again," the words "and returns again" stood out as most meaningful. To me it illustrates that even though, through a lifetime, the external light may appear to fade over time, awareness of the light of the Self is the ever-present light, by which and into which we come and go.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

This story touches me personally: Sage Yajnavalkya is giving the lesson, "Go deeper, go deeper...”

Thank you, Gurumayi, for being so close to us through these stories, bringing us deeper into our inner Self.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

I have a five-year-old daughter, and we have recently added meditation to our night-time prayer routine. After doing this for a couple of days, my daughter exclaimed in wonder, "Mama, I can see light, even when my eyes are closed!" I told her that perhaps the light in the room was too bright and promised to turn it down the next day. She insisted that it wasn't and that it was the blue light of Krishna. (Krishna is her favourite deity!) I laughed when she said this, turned the lights down, and wished her a good night. The next day morning, when I visited the Siddha Yoga path website, I saw the story of King Janaka and Sage Yajnavalkya! 

It's so amazing and humbling to walk a path that is alive and scintillating with grace and Shakti. Thank you, Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Chennai, India

Thank you from my heart for reminding us again and again who we truly are. Knowing that the light of the Self will always support us from within our own being turns everything we do into a blissful action.

With love,
a Siddha Yogi from Cologne, Germany

For the last two mornings, I have read the story of Sage Yajnavalkya and King Janaka out loud. As a storyteller, I know how telling or reading a story out loud installs the narrative drive and details into my body and being. As a result, I feel that the story is "brewing" inside me, beyond the immediate reach of the intellect.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for offering stories as a means for us to embody the teachings that you wish for us to receive!

a Siddha Yogi from Alaska, USA

To light my path and guide me,
The radiant love of my Guru,
Inside, outside
The fresh inspiration of my spirit,
Inside, outside
The sacred fire of the subtle energy within my being,
The words of the teachings,
The sound of my Guru's voice...
When there is no more movement within myself,
No rising, no setting, no wanting, no acting,
When everything is quiet and tranquil,
The Self reveals itself, by itself
And illuminates everything, every act, every thought, every word, every state of being.
Light of the Self, light of Consciouness, purno'ham vimarsha -- I am. 
Writing these words, silence, smile, and plenitude pervade my consciousness
with a sense of union….
To my Guru,
With love,


a Siddha Yogi from Toulouse, France

As I read this story, I felt a deep and rich sense of peace that comes with the experience of hearing true knowledge being imparted. The story reminds me of the verse in
Shri Guru Gita that tells us that the Guru, the Self of all, is the support of everything.  

Whatever may happen on the outside, whatever is gained or whatever is lost, to have this understanding, through the grace of a living Master, is the greatest gift of all.  

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

This story emphasizes for me the value of studentship. King Janaka could have asked for anything; however, he chose to ask a question about the reality of life. With every answer the sage Yajnavalkya gives, the king continues to delve deeper into the subject. He is not satisfied until the answer reveals the ultimate Truth.

In addition, I love the story because it exemplifies the process of contemplation: the student continues to search, by proceeding from one level of inquiry to another, until what is revealed resonates deeply within himself.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for these wonderful teaching stories.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

How very, very blessed we are to be so guided by the Self; to know and understand and experience that we are That.

a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia

I felt a blissful sensation in my heart after reading this story, as if a flame were burning there. I felt that the Self within is what I can turn to, what keeps burning bright and guiding me in the pitch-black moments of my life. Through the grace of the Siddhas I have experienced this flame during meditation, chanting, and seva. I want to remember that it's there all the time.

Thank you for this story, Gurumayi, and for the practices.

a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia

This story reminds me of the Siddha Yoga Message for 2004: Experience the Power Within. Kundalini Shakti. Thank you, Gurumayiji, for connecting us again and again to the Power within.

a Siddha Yogi from Texas, USA

The great light is in everything from the sun, to the moon, to fire, to our voice, to the Self.
One indispensable light—the light of God! 
Simple, sweet, profound images of light dancing in my being.
With my eyes open I see the light, and with my eyes closed I see the light. 
Simple, sweet, profound images of light dancing in my being.
One Light. One God. One Guru.

Sadgurunath Maharaj ki Jai!

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA