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 devotee 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 devotee 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 devotee 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 devotee from New York, USA
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 devotee from Alaska, USA