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  • April 2024
  • April 2024

Renewing the Inner and Outer Landscape

Intending,Supposing, Judging...
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Recently a situation arose in the area in which I offer seva. Two of the sevites became unavailable which left the seva supervisor on her own. I realized that my supervisor needed support, and I considered offering to step forward—but then a sense of inferiority began to take over. I kept thinking about all the functions I couldn’t do. I related to Gurumayi’s words about our self-judgments: “They can derail you from fulfilling your own cherished intentions.”

Soon after, I participated in a one-day meditation event, during which I heard the inner Guru say, Step up to the plate. I knew exactly what this meant. I had to offer my service.

I contacted my seva supervisor, who was delighted with my offer of support. We will work out what I can offer. My heart is very happy that I will be doing whatever I can. I realize I can learn some new skills to be helpful.

I am grateful for realizing how a habit of feeling inferior can hamper my yearning to serve.
 

Burnaby, Canada

Gurumayi’s teachings in Renewing Your Inner and Outer Landscape are truly treasure chests filled with gems of divine insights. Each one has come at exactly the right time for me.

By holding these teachings close to my heart as I go through my day and as I face difficult circumstances, by contemplating them and allowing them to surface in meditation, their magic awakens within me. Each teaching reveals its secret and very personal command from my Guru. This empowers me to understand what is happening in my life in an uplifting and grace-filled way.
 

Paspels, Switzerland

Recently I’ve been frustrated with long-standing thought patterns that drag me down. Gurumayi’s suggestion that we “can become more amenable to thinking and acting differently” is just the tonic I need to become more alert to the opportunities to continue changing and growing toward identification with the Self.
 

Connecticut, United States

For me, devoting myself to my sadhana means being faithful to a deep, unshakeable commitment to transform myself, day after day, under the guidance of my Guru. It’s by following my Guru’s teachings that these inner transformations, which are often silent and mysterious, take place. Yet sometimes, my resistance to change can be tenacious, and I fear that it will cause me to refuse a tremendous opportunity to transform myself. But I experience, over and again, how the incredible power of my Guru’s grace helps me to overcome my most stubborn resistance, and this fear is starting to disappear. When I do let go of my resistance to change, I see a torrent of love gush forth from deep within.
 
To be able to transform myself under the guidance of my Guru is the most wonderful of destinies. I love the person that I am becoming, and I can see a light on the horizon that’s already bringing me so much joy. 
 

Quebec, Canada

I have loved reading and rereading these words of Gurumayi. Recently, I had to say goodbye to my beloved dog, my companion of the last decade. She rested next to me at my puja, shone with endless joy and enthusiasm, and seemed to know me deeply.

After losing her, I struggled to imagine how to go forward—until Gurumayi’s teaching arrived to urge me onward. The Guru’s words have helped me to examine certain beliefs and experiences, such as why change is so hard and why I had been feeling that all love was gone. Now I see that I am still here, I am still able to welcome the sunrise. I am beginning to gain a greater understanding that the Self is, in truth, beyond death.

These words are, in particular, a gift to my heart: “Grace is my companion.” I can now accept that part of my sadhana involves learning how to love and let go. For me, the Guru’s words are pure grace, illumining my mind’s darkness and urging me back toward the heart’s light. 
 

Washington, United States

I’m so grateful that Gurumayi has given us such clear and practical guidance. I have noticed that I display both insecurity and narcissistic tendencies. I am aware of the narcissism surfacing when I am doing something that I haven’t yet mastered, and I try to mask my inefficiencies. Often, when my skills are questioned, or a suggestion to improve them is made, I tend to shut down or get defensive. The way that I intend to reverse this situation is by being honest with myself about what I’m doing and by being open to growth.

I believe that my insecurity began in childhood and runs very deep. In extreme cases, it can make me shrink and become incapable of interacting with others. I have discovered that I am able to reverse this process by remembering to repeat the mantra and remembering my Guru’s love and compassion.
 

Melbourne, Australia

Recently, after once again reading this teaching from Gurumayi, I had a realization. I recognized that ever since I first heard Baba’s teaching, “God dwells within you as you,” more than four decades ago, I had continued to think that I was separate from my Self.

Over the many years of my sadhana, I had maintained a view of myself as a conglomeration of virtues, shortcomings, likes, and dislikes. This self-image somehow coexisted with the idea that, somewhere inside me, there resided a magnificent, immortal power, which was somehow different from the real me.

Yet, after reading Gurumayi’s teaching, I have started to shift my understanding and see that this divine power truly lives within me as my true Self. It abides within my very own heart. This has led me to form a new intention to focus on perceiving myself as the undivided One that I am, have always been, and forever will be.
 

California, United States

I had an immediate thought when I read Gurumayi’s guiding words this morning: How does she always seem to know what I am pondering at this moment?

I find Gurumayi’s teaching so timely and profound as I keep asking myself—personally and professionally—what is the right balance? I find that putting myself down or thinking of myself as greater than others are breeding grounds for being judgmental and for feeling irritated and confused. What a relief to learn from Gurumayi that none of this is beneficial. Being who I am and striving for a better me so that I can love more fully is so much clearer and more beautiful.

What a glorious path we are on—guided by Gurumayi, who shares her wisdom and love again and again.
 

Cologne, Germany

I have a wise older friend who is a Siddha Yogi. Over the years we have talked about various topics and shared our thoughts. I have been impressed again and again with her flexibility of mind and openness.
 
At times, when someone had a different perspective from hers, she would say, “I like your perspective better than mine. It’s more inspiring for me to think of it that way. I’m going to adopt your way of thinking.”
 
I loved that! To me, my friend was exemplifying Gurumayi’s guidance to “strive to move out of the darkness of the mind and enter into the light of the heart.”
 
I learned from my friend that it’s not necessary to rigidly hold onto my point of view. I, too, can be flexible in my thinking and include the perspectives of others. I can shift my thoughts when it seems like that would be beneficial. Sometimes when I want to free myself from a limited way of thinking, I bring my friend and her example to mind. 
 

California, United States

Sometimes my sadhana feels very dry and opaque, as if nothing of value can penetrate. This teaching felt like rain on the desert floor—particularly the part about waiting for others to do what is actually my responsibility.

I read the teaching yesterday, and today I noticed a subtle difference in my interactions with people. Normally I am holding back my love, and I am careful about my time. This behavior makes me feel in control. Today I found it easier to be present and give attention and love. And I thought: if not now, then when? 
 

Florida, United States