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Sadguna Vaibhava – Splendor of Virtues
Virtues from Gurumayi for Birthday Bliss

Sadguna Vaibhava
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When I was first introduced to the Siddha Yoga path, I couldn’t believe how genuinely nice everyone and everything was. I felt welcomed and safe. Very naturally, I wanted to know more about this new path, and spend time in the company of such nice people.
 
Niceness to me is like innocence; it reminds me of children, of pure love, of smiles. It comes from the sweetness of heart. What a perfect divine virtue to celebrate in the month of Birthday Bliss!
 

New York, United States

On the day when the virtue of niceness went up on the website, I decided to put this virtue into practice. I went to my puja and asked Gurumayi for guidance on how to practice niceness. That day my mother called me and told me a long story. I usually would ask her to make it shorter, but something inside me told me listen to her, and I did. Immediately I felt my heart open. Next a neighbor came and was feeling annoyed. My inner guidance told me to listen to her and not take on her problem, but to give her the opportunity to talk to someone. As I did, she became very calm, and again my heart opened wide. Throughout the whole day I experienced small things like this. It was amazing, and I felt so light. 
 

Obing, Germany

My father was a good, kind, generous, loving man who highly valued the virtue of niceness. He was known for two iconic sayings: “There’s enough hate in this world without you adding to it” and “It’s nice to be nice.”
 
Through his example, he taught us to be nice, to respect everyone, and to show our caring and concern for others in big and small ways. I am so grateful to him for teaching us to be nice from an early age so that I could grow up recognizing the importance of being nice and practicing it throughout my life.
 
That Gurumayi has chosen niceness as one of the virtues for Birthday Bliss fills me with the sweet joy of remembering my father with great love.
 

Massachusetts, United States

Not so long ago, I saw a photograph of the Queen of England. I thought, “She’s nice.” Next, a comment arose from within me: “You have a nice mind.”
 
Then I got it. What I think says more about the qualities of my mind than it does about the virtues of the Queen of England!
 

Sydney, Australia

I love this virtue. It’s so simple and sweet, yet profound. It gives me such a beautiful way to approach life, my interactions with other people, and myself too. It provides such an easy way to reflect on an action or statement: “Is this nice?” Taking the time to be nice is such a powerful way to create ripples of kindness in this world.
 

Washington, United States

Many years ago Baba Muktananda responded to a letter I sent him. In his response Baba wrote, “You are a nice man.” I was taken aback and didn’t accept it as a compliment. In America we have a saying (first used in a sports context): “Nice guys finish last.” And that was how I saw it. I thought Baba had made a mistake because he was not completely familiar with American culture and language.
 
It took a long time for me to realize that Baba didn’t make mistakes! And it wasn’t until I saw that Gurumayi includes niceness among the Sadguna Vaibhava, the divine virtues, that I realized that Baba had meant his response as high praise. Now I am so grateful. This new understanding gives me many things to contemplate—including the value of the Guru’s words.
 

New York, United States

In this warm afternoon, after four hours of scything, I went to the border of the nearby river to clean and sharpen my scythe. I noticed the high wild grasses on the narrowest part of the riverside pathway where the motorized mower can’t work. I remembered that every day an old woman walks on this pathway, and at the same time I recalled today’s virtue, niceness. And so, I took my scythe and cleared the pathway, filled with the happiness that comes from serving humanity, from being nice.
 

Rodez, France

Niceness seems like such a simple thing, but has such an amazing impact. When I am nice to my music students, they relax and enjoy their music lessons more. When I’m nice to people I work with, the atmosphere is calmer, and tasks get done with greater ease and efficiency. When I’m nice to myself, negative judgment falls away. Each simple act of being nice perpetuates more niceness.
 

West Vancouver, Canada

This morning it dawned on me that I have the most powerful motivation to practice the virtue of niceness: Baba’s essential teaching, “See God in each other.”

This teaching instructs me to recognize the divine presence in each human being on this planet. Being nice to others and to myself is a practical way I can express honor and reverence for this divine presence.
 

Illinois, United States