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An Introduction to the Month of July

July 1, 2020

Dear readers,

Recently, I have fallen even more deeply in love with the moon. For many years I lived in a hilly, forested area where rain or drizzle was the default mode for the sky, and I rarely gave a thought to the moon. Now, living in the high desert of Arizona in the southwestern United States, I see the moon almost every night—and sometimes in the mornings and afternoons! I enjoy the moon waxing toward fullness and waning towards the tiniest of crescents. But always my mind and heart are most enchanted by the full moon.... Read more

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With every paragraph of this letter, I felt my heart expanding more and more. A sweet longing arose within me to experience Gurumayi’s presence within my heart—to be in her divine company and to immerse myself in my beloved Shri Guru. That’s what I want to do in this sacred month of Gurupurnima—by remembering Gurumayi every day, by meditating, by diving into the questions given in the Message Workbook, by watching the moon, and by offering dakshina.
 

Bangalore, India

For a long time, I have been wanting to connect more strongly to my continuous offering of dakshina in my monthly practice. Upon reading this sublime letter and receiving the invitation to celebrate Gurupurnima, my heart was stirred and I felt a longing to do exactly this.
 
I am inspired to read The Transformative Cycle of Giving and Receiving on the 20th of each month, the day I make my offering. I look forward to adding this element to my practice. I know that each reading of this exposition will give new life, new understanding, and new energy to the divine and shining Siddha Yoga practice of dakshina
 
I feel so grateful for the abundant ways I am given to experience the steadfast longing in my heart and the gratitude that fills my being.
 

Oslo, Norway

The reflections in this letter have inspired me to refresh and renew my dakshina practice through reflection and tweaking the way I approach and engage with this practice.
 
I have committed myself to begin each workday by offering a coin at my puja, as a symbol of the dakshina that I offer monthly. As I do this, I will remind myself that the fruit of my work contributes to the Siddha Yoga mission. And I will pray that my thoughts and actions bring goodness and happiness to this world, and that I feel connected to Gurumayi’s love and grace through the day.
 

Sydney, Australia

Before I began to practice dakshina, the thought of money brought a sensation of limitation and apprehension. Now, offering dakshina in gratitude to Gurumayi and in support of the Siddha Yoga mission has transformed even mundane monetary transactions into worship.
 
While shopping for food, I remind myself that I am looking for the freshest and most vibrant nourishment with which to honor the temple of the body. As I take care of my home, I remember that I am preparing for the joyful presence of my beloved Guru.
 
When I think, "Will there be enough?," the practice of offering flings the portals of my heart open in gratitude. Yes, I realize, there is more than enough! 
 

New York, United States

I feel I’ve received a gift, gloriously unwrapped by this introduction to the month of July—an invitation to refresh and deepen my practices during this auspicious month of Gurupurnima. 
 
My heart is filled with joy and gratitude for my Guru, my path, and my fellow Siddha Yogis who have imbibed the Guru’s overflowing grace and who support her work. 
 
I am so grateful to Gurumayi for teaching me and turning me toward the divine light within.
 

Michigan, United States