a six-year-old Siddha Yogi from California, USA
New York, USA
Santa Fe, USA
a six-year old Siddha Yogi from California, USA
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Mantra japa naturally brings me back to the present moment. When I am present-minded, I feel relaxed and aware, my breath flows more steadily, and I feel more grounded. That focus makes me feel more “real,” more truly myself inhabiting this body, mind, and senses. It is like engaging with a tried-and-true friend who is always there to provide support, protection, clarity, light, and wisdom. When I repeat the mantra enlivened by the Guru's sankalpa, her intention, just the remembrance and practice of engaging with it again and again takes me back to the source, to the wellspring of grace and love that resides in the heart. What could be sweeter?
Since participating in A Sweet Surprise satsang, I have noticed that the mantra is ever present in my mind throughout my day: in the morning as I brush my teeth, at work when confronted with a difficult task or phone call, while driving home, admiring nature's beauty, at night when I close my eyes.
During meditation, I have been using my japa mala and have found that I am better able to keep my mind from wandering as I repeat the mantra over the 108 beads.
The repetition of the mantra brings me a sense of calm and peacefulness in all situations. Through practicing mantra japa, I now experience the mantra always with me, like a companion on life's journey.
Hong Kong, China
Farnborough, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Seeing Gurumayi's teaching about mantra japa, "This is subtle," I ask myself, "What is subtle? What about mantra japa is subtle?"
I realize that what is subtle for me right now is the way my mind seems to pull my awareness away from repeating the mantra—away from stillness—and into some problem, thought, story, or fantasy. As I've paid closer and closer attention, I have been realizing just how frequently my mind does this over the course of a minute, an hour, or a day. And I notice that it is barely perceptible when it happens. In the tiniest split-second the mind gets distracted and begins wandering.
I find I must be intent, vigilant, and persistent in order to keep the energy of my mind moving towards the mantra rather than towards the stream of thinking.
Gradually, over time, I feel that my mind will stay with the mantra more and more often, enabling me to reside in the state of stillness and peace.
This is a challenging practice for me, and it is very subtle!
On seeing this image and Gurumayi's teaching on mantra japa, these words arose:
L'orbe du soleil, "the orb of the sun"
The subtle orb of the sun at dawn at the beginning of this year, 2013
The orb of the Guru, surrounded by the seekers, aligned with the source, pulsating in the vibration of the mantra
The orb of the Guru, sustaining and uplifting the world
The sphere of God, return to mantra japa
The other day, as I walked along practicing mantra japa, I was overwhelmed with a feeling of love for my mantra, the kind of love one feels for a person. It flowed from my heart and through my eyes.
Thank you for showing me this way to open my heart.
London, United Kingdom
Saint Victor la Coste, France
Maine, USA, working in Paris, France
North Carolina, USA
New York, USA
Sunningdale, United Kingdom
I love Gurumayi's Message. Mantra japa has been a practice of mine for many years. I repeat Om Namah Shivaya when walking, cooking, showering, folding laundry. And now, with the Message, I am even more conscious of repeating Om Namah Shivaya.
Recently, another car ran into mine when it was changing lanes. Neither I nor my ten-year-old granddaughter was injured. After we pulled over and I got out, I noticed I was witnessing myself. I was saying the mantra, and when I interacted with the woman who hit my car, I was calm and kind. Everything went smoothly—the police arrived quickly, my insurance company sent a tow truck, my daughter came to get us—and all of that in one hour during rush hour. The woman who was driving the car that hit mine thanked me over and over for how gracious I was.
Practicing Gurumayi's Message kept me calm, cool, and present.
New Mexico, USA
Mantra japa is becoming my favorite practice. I am realizing that the mantra is a constant companion, a wonderful friend always with me even when I may not consciously be aware of it.
I have made it a practice to meditate every morning, practicing the dharana that we were guided into in A Sweet Surprise satsang for this year. And I also repeat the mantra before going to sleep.
During meditation, as I visualize installing the mantra in every part of my being, I can feel the mantra coursing inside me. Sometimes it is in the form of a feeling of tranquility—a serene, soft, soothing, peaceful sensation. And sometimes it is simply the pulsation of the words of the mantra, which become subtler and subtler. This experience remains even after meditation.
The new and exciting thing that I discovered just recently is: There are moments during the day when I am in the middle of activity, and all of a sudden I become aware and notice the same experience happening inside me that has taken place that particular morning in meditation—an experience of the mantra coursing within me and also enveloping me, wrapping me in its loving energy.
Then, before going to sleep, as I repeat the mantra, I feel that I am reconnecting with the same loving energy and talking to my sweet friend! And then falling asleep is like entering in the warm, loving embrace of the mantra.
The next morning is once again time for bathing in the power of the mantra in meditation. The sweet cycle continues, and the mantra fills my days and nights.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for the mantra, for the Message, and for the dharana in A Sweet Surprise satsang.
a student in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, Ganeshpuri, India
Karachi, Pakistan, living in California
Shree Muktananda Ashram
a nine-year-old Siddha Yogi from California, USA
Today on the news channel, we saw clippings of the heavy snowstorm hitting the northeastern part of the United States, with some areas going without power. The heart naturally was inspired to sit and offer prayers and blessings to those affected areas. So, tonight as a family we came together, lit a candle beside Bade Baba at the altar, and prayed for the safe and easeful passing of the storm. We continue to pray and chant the mantra Om Namah Shivaya for strength and protection for all those in the affected areas. It felt very powerful praying and chanting the mantra.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for connecting us to the global sangham through the shares on the website. No matter which part of the world we reside in, we are so connected with each other through the mantra Om Namah Shivaya, which gives the expanding vision of being a part of the global family.
With love and gratitude,
Today I read in Satsang with Baba, vol. 4, that we should repeat God's name with "great reverence and respect." I found this instruction so beautiful that I started to apply it right away. I decided, as a sign of respect, to wash my hands and clean my mouth before picking up my japa mala, and then to bow down in front of my puja to start my practice of mantra japa. It was an awesome experience! After a while I became engrossed in sweet love, and I felt like I became Gurumayi. I had the feeling of how much Gurumayi loves us all to give us such a boon as mantra japa.
Thank you, Gurumayi, with all my love,
My main practices since the New Year are: mantra japa, visiting the Siddha Yoga path website, and the Home Study Course on Kundalini Shakti. It is so joyful, light-hearted, and divine how these three practices interplay and guide me to focus on one particular aspect of the Siddha Yoga teachings: to recognize the Guru's presence everywhere.
I experience that a spiritual practice is not bound to a specific time or place and that wherever I go I can have the awareness of God around me and within. It is like being in a river, where grace is always flowing around you. I just need to be aware of that presence, whether I am looking at a water drop rolling down the window pane, reading the shares on the Siddha Yoga path website homepage, or offering my lunch to the Lord.
A few days ago I was doing some shopping. I had just left a store and was walking my way back to the car when I became aware that the mantra was repeating itself in the rhythm of my steps. The mantra was bubbling up, and I most naturally tuned into the repetition of the mantra. I felt so much joy—joy coming from the mantra, and also coming from the insight that this was Gurumayi's Message manifesting itself at that very moment. The mantra felt very close.
After another moment I decided that, even though my mind wanted to comment more on my beautiful experience, the best choice would be to return to the mantra again. Although the repetition was now with self-effort, the joy remained the same. The mantra is within me and I love it.
Thank you, Gurumayi.
I've listened to A Sweet Surprise satsang three times; and each time, the Message deepens for me. I find myself practicing mantra japa while traveling, shopping, walking my dogs. It has become a constant companion and guide. It has supported me in trying circumstances, lightened quiet moments, comforted me.
I am so inspired by the beautiful sharings about mantra japa; inspired to pause, breathe, listen to the internal peace, and most of all to repeat the mantra. Thank you for sharing your beautiful experiences.
Nana Glen, Australia
Oklahoma , USA
Bath, United Kingdom
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Aotearoa, New Zealand
New Delhi, India
Hong Kong, China
Immense love and gratitude,
New Delhi, India
Thank you so much, Gurumayi.
Mexico City, Mexico
With gratitude and love,
Podolsk, Russian Federation
Exeter-Devon, United Kingdom
With love from one grateful heart,
With deepest gratitude, love, and commitment,
Villennes sur seine, France
With all my love,
Mexico City, Mexico
New Jersey, USA
New York, USA
Mexico City, Mexico