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An Excerpt from Shri Guru Gita

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This morning, as I recited Sri Guru Gita, I kept in mind Gurumayi's Message for 2019. I focused my mind within before each verse, and I was able to watch the verse as if from a distance. I felt that the verse was flowing naturally from its source. Verse after verse, each one felt as though it was coming from a deeper and deeper source—a brilliant and peaceful place within.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Annecy-le-Vieux, France

I was delighted to find a reference to so'ham in the third verse excerpted here. In many years of reciting Shri Guru Gita, I hadn't noticed this! I feel as if Shri Guru Gita is now revealing to me deeper knowledge to support my practice of Gurumayi's Message for 2019.
 

a Siddha Yogi from California, United States

The Guru is “without form, and without attributes.” This part of the verse strikes a chord in me, and I reflect on the experience of pure awareness. Especially when I am walking in nature, my mind spontaneously becomes aware of that which is without form and without attributes and which is extremely blissful. I know this is sacchidananda, an experience of my nature as eternal, blissful consciousness.

a Siddha Yogi from Iowa, USA

Every day after I recite Shri Guru Gita, I bow to the Guru’s sandals on my puja and I pray to Gurumayi. I pray for the guidance to perform all my duties in service to the Guru, peacefully and free from ego.

a Siddha Yogi from Lucknow, India

As I reflect anew on these verses, the region of my heart center comes into my awareness. The enlivened power in the space of my heart seems to be saying, “Yes, focus here, worship here, meditate here. The Guru, the Beloved, is here within.” This prompting is strong, reminding me again and again to return to the heart. 
 
With this remembrance comes a feeling of love, of joy. Yes, the Beloved is here in my heart.
 

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

This morning I recited Shri Guru Gita along with a recording, in our upstairs computer room with the sunlight streaming through the window. Gradually I was no longer aware of sitting. At times I listened specifically to Gurumayi’s voice, and as I did my heart filled with love. I followed the text both while reciting aloud and while listening, and I soon became absorbed in its rhythm.

Toward the end I became aware that my mind had grown silent, gently flowing with the sounds of the syllables, and I realized that I had been established in state of witness consciousness for a while. As I arose after completing the recitation, I spontaneously felt that Gurumayi was divine light and I was that divine light also. I had the experience, as the last verse here says, “Indeed, I am That.”
 

a Siddha Yogi from New Jersey, USA

Today I contemplated these verses from Shri Guru Gita as I walked the nature trails by my home. I held the word reflection in my mind and noticed how this awareness shifted my experience of the walk. I felt extremely curious and my senses were so alert. I delighted in the dance of the grasses in the cool breeze, the mandala that appeared momentarily when I threw a stone into a pond, the sea-foam green moss that enrobed a fallen tree branch. Often these observations would inspire a deep, full breath that filled my body with contentment. My inner state became so peaceful and joyous!
 
At one point during the walk, my attention shifted to a situation that has been challenging me for some time. I applied this same reflection to the challenge, and for the first time was able to feel love and compassion for all the people involved. This felt incredibly healing, the first step toward the forgiveness I have been seeking.
 
My gratitude abounds for these sacred texts, and how their own reflection in my mind opens a wellspring of wisdom and bliss.
 

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

These verses remind me that the Guru is not limited by form or attributes. More important for my study at this time, they renew my understanding and deepen my awareness that the Guru doesn’t only exist outside of me—rather, the Guru is inside the center of my heart. I am that inner Guru! Reciting Shri Guru Gita every week is my means for reaping the benefits of the ever-dawning realization that “I am that.”
 

a Siddha Yogi from Texas, USA