At the culmination of this month I returned to this beautiful letter again. The title is a great inspiration and expresses a heartfelt prayer: “May my mind dwell on that which is auspicious.
Reflecting on the month, I see that there were many times when my mind was getting very busy and I was suddenly remembering Gurumayi's Message. Then, the moment that I really started to practice it—taking in a first deep breath—I returned to a state of expansion and ease.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this powerful gift.
I am so grateful for Gurumayi’s Message for 2017. I feel it protecting me and guiding me daily to focus on that which is auspicious. When I meditate first thing every morning and last thing before I go to sleep, I use the Message as my guide and take in its love and protection. And, as part of my practice, I am making it a point to read from the inspiring books written by Gurumayi and Baba.
I know that my mind is precious, and I am consciously choosing what I expose it to. In these ways, I feel I’m making the Message my own and experiencing its blessings every day.
It takes me almost an hour to travel to my workplace by bus. This gives me plenty of time to practice Gurumayi’s Message. While doing so, I close my eyes and breathe in all the goodness of nature around me. I infuse the breath with the light of joy, happiness, and positivity, and I give it back to the natural world. This makes my heart overflow with love and kindness for everything, and I find myself smiling.
Then, I thank Gurumayi in my heart for her grace, and this takes me into deeper realms where stillness engulfs me. When I leave the bus, I am very happy and empowered to undertake my duties and responsibilities for the day.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for such a sublime and precious gift. I am giving my 100 percent to make it my own.
Gurumayi’s gift of A Sweet Surprise
Satsang this year has been a delightful boon for our family. Almost every evening my eight-year -old son and I settle into our meditation area. After performing puja
, we listen to Gurumayi bestow one line of her Message and then chant with the recording. Next, I pause the recording, and we meditate for a few minutes. The next evening, we listen to the following line and chant, and so on.
My son is mesmerized by the nectarean sound of the instruments during the chant and by the video of the flame during meditation. He puts his hand over his heart, and says, "Mommy, all of this is so beautiful!"
Thank you, Gurumayi, for giving us such beauty and love for our minds to dwell on and for our hearts to feast on.
I immediately felt drawn to this beautiful teaching, "May My Mind Dwell on That Which Is Auspicious.” For me, this teaching is a prayer—a prayer to remember Gurumayi's Message, to remember the breath, the Heart, the mantra, and to remember to chant and meditate.
In researching the word auspicious
, I learned some of its synonyms are “bright,” “golden,”and “happy.” Such a great prayer for the mind! I plan to repeat this teaching to myself often.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your infinite grace and for your Message!
New Hampshire, USA
I am becoming more aware of the moments in which I am not experiencing joy. Now when I witness a moment of contraction, I choose to practice Shree Gurumayi's Message and I reconnect with my inner joy. For example, a few minutes ago I realized I was tensing up as a habitual reaction to confronting a small obstacle in the flow of my intended activity. But, right then I saw the opportunity to breathe into the moment, enjoying my inner Self!
New York, USA
This is a beautiful letter in so many ways. What I chose to focus on was the question, "What does it mean to 'practice' Gurumayi's Message?"
I have been repeating and reading the Message every day, but I wanted to go deeper into it. I found myself focusing on the blessings, the grace behind the message. Breathing in, I absorb into myself the blessings of all that is given to me in my life. Pausing, I hold my gratitude for those blessings. Breathing out, I offer my love and blessings to everyone.
I look forward to even greater understanding and benefits from continued practice!
I have recently been diagnosed with a challenging illness that is requiring most of my energy. When I am able to, I imagine I am meditating in the Bhagavan Nityananda Temple in Shree Muktandanda Ashram. And I visit the Siddha Yoga path website every day so I can focus on “that which is auspicious."
London, United Kingdom
Today, while participating in a hatha yoga class, my body felt like it was not fully connecting to the asanas
—until I remembered Gurumayi’s Message. I wondered, "What would happen if I repeated the Message on the in-breath and out-breath of a posture?"
So I did that and felt an immediate release of the tension in my body, as I melted into the postures, going deeper and deeper.
Now, I look forward to discovering new ways to apply these sacred words to my daily life.
Upon reading Swami ji's beautiful letter, I was astonished for two reasons. First, I had just begun to realize that Gurumayi's Message is the answer to my prayer to her. I had been inwardly asking her to teach me how to find the space between the inhalation and the exhalation—where God reveals himself. Since the first day of the year I've been meditating with Gurumayi's Message guiding me to that space. This has been very powerful indeed.
The other reason is that I had been thinking for several months about translating the text of Shri Rudram
into Italian, my native language, so I could better understand its profound meaning. I had also scheduled time to recite Shri Rudram
as I do love this text very much.
I am speechless with happiness about these synchronicities between my deepest wishes and what I am receiving.
This inspiration is leading me to proceed on the spiritual path with such enthusiasm and love!
As I woke this morning, my thoughts turned to a situation I was troubled about. I immediately repeated Gurumayi's Message for 2017, and I realized that, for me, the solution to mental noise lies in moving into witness consciousness.
At that moment I repeated Gurumayi's Message again and slipped out of my ego’s sense of identifying with the mind and body. I experienced myself as pure spirit, accompanied by a soft light and the awareness of bliss that arose from my heart.
As I read the title of the February letter, I am reminded of my childhood. Every morning on the way to school, my mom would guide my sister and me to repeat, Tan me manah shiva-sankalpam astu
—“May my mind dwell on that which is auspicious.” Through repeating this intention every day, I felt it settle into my being. Then, if someone said something unkind to me, as happened from time to time in elementary school, I knew not to take it personally and not to retaliate. This regular practice benefited me so much!
After reading this letter, I am inspired to establish a regular practice of repeating these profound words once again!
New York, USA
As I do every day, I was chanting recently while driving my car. Suddenly I could feel the power of the Message coming right from my heart. I was no longer breathing in only air; I was breathing in the essence of the Message.
In this way, I see that the Message is becoming my own.
It is so inspiring to read the letter from Swami Akhandananda.
Since early January, I have been practicing Gurumayi's Message for 2017 on a daily basis—in different places, at different times, and with different intentions. Every time this practice has given me a new experience.
This morning, while driving to work and waiting for the traffic light to turn green, my attention went to my breath. I took a deep in-breath and noticed it filling up my heart. I sensed a golden light glowing from my heart to the top of my head. I was in silence for a moment. Then, breathing out, I felt my heart melting so sweetly.
I joyfully realized that I had been practicing Gurumayi's Message. It was a blissful experience.
As I read this month's letter, I can feel the longing to practice the Message and experience its teachings grow within me. I am aware of a lot of anticipation and expectation. Then, I remember to take one small step at a time, to make small, specific, and regular efforts. I remember the beauty of being fully present. I recognize how the grace of the breath constantly guides me to the experience of love in the Heart.
Toward the end of this morning’s meditation, my normal flow of thought ceased, and a most wonderful bliss arose as I sat and witnessed the stillness and silence for a while.
Later, while writing in my journal, I reflected on how the morning’s experience was the fruit of contemplating and practicing Gurumayi’s Message for 2017. I recognized that Gurumayi’s words are charged with the power of the Guru's shakti
and her intention.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for embedding each word in your Message with the power to transmit its significance.
New Jersey, USA
The alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m. and the thought of my journal crosses my mind. I awaken, excited to see what I might discover today. I make a cup of tea, settle on the couch, and pick up my journal. I write Gurumayi’s Message at the top of the page. Then I put my pen to paper and explore freely. New discoveries are bestowed each day.
Sometimes I start with a question, such as, “How can I make Gurumayi’s Message my own today?” or “How can Gurumayi’s Message help me understand a certain aspect of my life right now?”
My pen feels alive. I experience the meaning of Gurumayi’s Message unfolding in me. I relish the sweet reawakening in my heart.
During the month of January, I practiced Gurumayi's Message while connecting with the awareness of my breath. Today, remembering it was February 1st, I turned to Resonate with Stillness
to see the theme of the month. It was Bade Baba's teaching, ”The Heart is the hub of all sacred places.” I was overjoyed to perceive a connection between Gurumayi’s Message and Bade Baba's words.
Then, when I meditated, I felt absorbed in a beautiful, golden energy. After meditation, my delight was compounded by reading the February letter from Swami ji.
Ironbridge, United Kingdom
When I woke early today and noticed that my mind was beginning to worry, I decided to get up and honor my previous commitment to participating in A Sweet Surprise
Satsang daily through the end of February.
As I opened my computer, I saw the February letter, ”May My Mind Dwell on That Which is Auspicious.” This seemed like a clear message specifically for me, and it reinforced my intention. I thought, “What could be more auspicious than to focus on Gurumayi's Message!”
I spent some time studying the February letter. And then I put the teachings from the letter into practice as I, once again, participated in A Sweet Surprise
I'm incorporating Gurumayi's Message into my morning meditation practice. I repeat the Message as I breathe in, pause, and breathe out. This practice slows my breathing and helps me to focus on the space between the breaths. As I continue to focus on the words of Gurumayi’s Message, I enter a space of deep silence and light.
Throughout my day, I am able to touch this experience again and again by bringing my attention to Gurumayi’s Message and my breath.
North Carolina, USA
For the last four days, I have been repeating Gurumayi’s instruction from A Sweet Surprise
Satsang to myself, "Practice this Message on a regular basis." I really want to make the gift of Gurumayi’s Message my own this year, and to find my place of rest—in the Heart.
I know that this focus for the month will help me put forth more effort to remember to be with the breath.