Chinese New Year 2018: The Year of the Dog

About Margaret Simpson

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Margaret Simpson has been following the Siddha Yoga path for over thirty years. She offers seva as a Siddha Yoga meditation teacher. She also serves as a writer and editor—both from home and as a visiting sevite—in the SYDA Foundation Content Department. Margaret is the author of A Perfect Life, a biography of Baba Muktananda for young people, and was a regular contributor to and occasional guest editor of Darshan magazine. She hosted a Siddha Yoga chanting and meditation group in her home in Laurieston, Scotland from 1994 to 1997, and in Bath, England from 2003 to 2013.

Margaret is a professional writer with novels, books on history, and television scripts to her credit. She currently lives in Wiltshire, England.

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This story showed me clearly the value of dharma—righteousness—and unconditional love.
By the end, Yudhishthira’s story reminded me of my favorite teaching: “See God in each other.” His embodiment of this—in the way he honored the Truth, the divine, even in a dog, his loyal, friend—touched me deeply.

a Siddha Yogi from Bienenbüttel, Germany

This story, so beautifully retold, has moved me to tears. 
The qualities of love, faith, trust, steadfastness, and endurance are equally displayed by both man and dog. I am moved by the fact that not only is the gratitude of the King to his dog equal in measure to the dog’s service, but also that their entire relationship took place without words passing between them, in silence and humility.

a Siddha Yogi from Beccles, United Kingdom

I completely understand Yudhishthira's dedication to his dog.  Had I the merit to enter Svargaloka when my beloved dog was by my side, I would have insisted that she enter with me or I would have declined the invitation. May there be room in heaven for both of us.

a Siddha Yogi from West Vancouver, Canada

When reading this divine story with my ten-year-old daughter, we both smiled when Yudhishthira refused to go with Lord Indra without his dog. As mother and daughter, we know that no matter how magnificent heaven may be, the bond of unconditional love and loyalty has no rival in our heart.
Thank you for the blessing of beginning the Year of the Dog with such a profound and meaningful story.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

What a tender and timeless story! I felt as if I were walking with Yudhishthira through the challenging mountain passes. And, in fact, I thought, this is what I do every day. I don’t traverse mountain passes per se, but I do move through demanding daily activities and interactions. For me, the challenge is to keep going with unwavering love and devotion.
I will remember this story, and can't wait to read it to my grandsons when they come to visit!

 a Siddha Yogi from Toronto, Canada

I was born in the Year of the Dog and feel very connected to this heartening story.
I have been involved in wolf and dog rescue for most of my life. To me, these animals are angels with fur! They teach me how to give without expecting anything in return. The more I spend time with them, the more I want to imbibe their playfulness, compassion, and unconditional love.
Thank you so much, Gurumayi, for this poignant story. I have learned so much from it, and I will hold it deep inside.

a Siddha Yogi from New Mexico, USA