Keeping the company of the Truth has become for me an experience of the Guru’s presence in everything. The light and love of the Guru flow and envelop me in the form of everything that surrounds me. That love shines as me. I experience love for all the aspects of my life, great and small. When I begin to drift away from this Truth, I experience the Guru moving through me as this love, inviting me back! This is an astonishing gift, every time.
My love for Gurumayi soars!
a Siddha Yogi from Nevada, United States
Inspired by Gurumayi's words in the 2018 Sweet Surprise
Satsang, I created an intention for the year to experience continuous satsang
. I practice pausing and connecting in nature, in conversations of deep listening with friends, and in offering prayers and blessings. At some point I began to notice that I was becoming calmer and more easeful in my daily interactions and that the awareness of satsang
was bringing me peace of mind. I have also been meditating again and again on the sacred space within, and I have found a reservoir of serenity deep inside. Satsang
has become a sacred space where I dwell in the presence of my Guru.
I am eternally grateful to Gurumayi for showing me the way to the profound depth of my own heart.
a Siddha Yogi from Maryland, United States
This year, I decided to recite the Surya-gayatri
mantra at the beginning of my meditations. I quickly realized that on sunny days the sun is flooding my being and that this darshan
is easily available to me. Later, it came to me that a sunny day is a golden day and a cloudy day, a silver one—the light shines through no matter what the weather is. I started to feel the sun’s presence all the time.
Then, as if by magic, it happened that the sun would peep out on cloudy days as if to say, “Hello, I see you too.” It started to feel like we were interacting whenever my mind freed itself.
As this practice matured, I realized that the sun being veiled or shining brightly actually happens in my own Self, and that both are fine. It now feels as if our interaction is happening within me. Rain or shine, we are never apart.
This is the power of satsang
a Siddha Yogi from Montreal, Canada
Repeating the mantra with the awareness that I am having satsang
, reminding myself that everything in my awareness—including my thoughts and body—is a manifestation of divine Consciousness, and journaling about my insights and experiences in doing this have all helped to make my experience of satsang
, of connecting to the divine presence within, more constant.
What has also helped is practicing self-inquiry with the title of the 2018 Shaktipat Intensive: Who Am I
? As I’ve repeated and contemplated this question, both in quiet moments and moments of activity, I’ve come to experience more deeply that my fundamental nature is not at all bound to what I am doing or the role I am assuming in a given moment.
Overall, I feel more peaceful, content, lighthearted, and present as I go about my days. I’m eternally grateful to Gurumayi for her grace in the form of this Message.
a Siddha Yogi from New York, United States
I enjoy having a morning walk in a park near my home. From there, I can see how the sun rises in the sky and illuminates us all. Just at that time, I start remembering and honoring Lord Surya by reciting the Surya-gayatri
mantra. It then becomes a very powerful and joyous satsang
a Siddha Yogi from Oaxaca, Mexico
This year I have learned to breathe! The Meditation Sessions via Live Audio Stream 2018 have taught me the glory of pranayama
. Through these lessons, I began to breathe more deeply. Then, during my meditations with the Surya-gayatri
mantra, my breathing became even deeper, with a powerful pause between the in-breath and the out-breath. Sometimes it felt like the mantra was breathing me
, reminding me to exhale or inhale again as I went deeper into meditation and the exquisite experience of the breath.
I used to find it difficult to repeat the mantra Om Namah Shivaya
on the in-breath and again on the out-breath, because my breath was so shallow. No longer! I can now repeat the mantra as slowly as I want to (even twice!) in time with my breath. The feeling I have now—that the mantra Om Namah Shivaya
is truly mine and I am becoming the mantra—is just amazing.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this precious gift, and for the Meditation Sessions via Live Audio Stream 2018.
a Siddha Yogi from Colorado, United States
As the year 2018 is coming to an end, I feel so very close to Gurumayi’s Message, Satsang.
I have formed some good habits for having satsang
: watching the sun rise; lighting a diya
, an oil lamp, on my puja
; searching for signs of Om
and hearts in nature; connecting with the Siddha Yoga path website; practicing meditation daily; and more.
These experiences of satsang
draw me to the space in my heart where loving warmth spreads and a feeling of contentment surfaces. This awareness
overflows into my mundane life. I’m so grateful to Gurumayi for guiding me to seek and experience the company of the Truth!
a Siddha Yogi from Nairobi, Kenya
Each day this year, I begin my day by looking at the Message artwork and practicing a few rounds of pranayama
. I follow this with meditation with the Surya-gayatri
mantra for a half-hour. Meditating in this way, with awareness of Surya Devata, the deity of the sun, I receive support for implementing Gurumayi's Message for 2018 in my daily life.
a Siddha Yogi from Gurugram, India
This year I focused on mantra japa
as a practice. Repeating the mantra within, I found the mantra in my breathing and I found a feeling of Gurumayi’s presence in my heart. Now I am thinking less about the future and the past, and living more in the present. I am creating satsang
a Siddha Yogi from Mumbai, India
My resolution for the year has been to notice moments of satsang
during each day, pause to offer gratitude, and then hold these moments in memory. Each evening, I journal at the end of the day. I record "Satsang
Moments," and write about at least three of these moments. These have included the flash of a cardinal, snow shining in the sunlight on the mountains, a friend's warm smile, connection with a stranger, grace resolving a difficult encounter, the flow of tai chi
as I practice by the river, the power of reciting Sri Rudram
In this way, I am cultivating remembrance of satsang
throughout my day, as it flows from the silence of meditation. This practice deepens my gratitude and recollection of the “power within,” the source of all satsang
a Siddha Yogi from North Carolina, United States
I have practiced Gurumayi's Message for 2018 in many ways. When I looked at the vast blue sky and beautiful green trees from my office window, I connected to my breath and felt at peace. Regular visits to the Siddha Yoga path website and reading Gurumayi's teachings and poems taught me how to “pause and connect” within again and again. Visiting the local Siddha Yoga meditation center helped me to be aware of the power of the company of the Truth and of lovers of God. Offering seva
took me to a place of silence and gratitude where I felt I was in the company of Gurumayi and of my own inner Truth. Sitting on my balcony and remembering happy moments, blessings, and the presence of grace in my life led me back to my breath and the joy and peace of satsang
with my own Self.
I am grateful to Gurumayi for an endless number of moments of satsang
throughout the year.
a Siddha Yogi from Gandhinagar, India
Before hearing Gurumayi’s Message for 2018, I thought of satsang as the weekly event at the local Siddha Yoga meditation center. But when I heard this year’s Message, I found a new meaning for satsang—connecting with the Self. Throughout 2018, I have practiced connecting to the Truth within again and again and creating my own satsang. This inner travelling has felt so natural to me.
a Siddha Yogi from Khargone, India
For me, this has been a year of finding delight in saying, whispering, chanting, or silently repeating prayers, hymns, mantras, and sutras whenever the opportunity met with my loving inclination. Satsang
would emerge from these repetitions in a fine sense of stillness captured at the center of my being. The fruit of this inner satsang
has been increased love, care, and consideration for the people who populate my days—a most precious boon.
a Siddha Yogi from New Jersey, United States
Every morning, I sit in my backyard, next to the avocado tree, and I wait for the sun to move into the sky. I watch the light filter through clouds and darkness. Sometimes I take a photo just as the sun has turned yellow-orange, just as its form shifts from wafts of color to a solid ball of light. I meditate to the Surya-gayatri
mantra as sunlight feeds the garden. I feel the presence of God. I soak up that sun and bring it with me all through the day. At work, I focus on that light when frustrations arise. I have satsang
with my heart. I am grateful to Gurumayi for pointing us to the sun.
a Siddha Yogi from Florida, United States
Whenever I sit quietly to meditate while listening to the Surya-gayatri
mantra, I instantly feel transported across the centuries, and experience inner satsang
of the oneness that links me to the ancient sages of the Rig Veda and their immortal teachings. This satsang
carries me beyond any constraints of time and place, beyond the ninety-three million miles between the sun and me to the eternal oneness and love of the Real, illuminated by Gurumayi’s grace.
a Siddha Yogi from California, United States
Gurumayi's Message for 2018 has led me to a wealth of new experiences of satsang
—from connecting on a subtle level to a subway car full of fellow passengers to joining with the natural world on a summer walk in the country. The other day I walked out of my condo and said to myself, “All this is God,” with true joy in my heart.
a Siddha Yogi from Toronto, Canada
Every morning when I wake up, I take time to “pause and connect” within and ask myself, “Who am I?” My answer comes through a dharana
I created for myself, in which I repeat “I am light. I am Consciousness.”
This focus helps me to become grounded in my true identity. During meditation, I breathe in and out with this awareness and become immersed in inner peace.
I make an effort to carry the peace I experience in the early morning into my daily routine. During the day, whenever I focus on my breath, this dharana
arises and helps me connect with my heart—even while driving my car or in the midst of a meeting. I simply become aware of who I truly am, and feel joy welling up as I experience satsang
I am grateful to Gurumayi, whose grace has helped me discover so many inspiring ways to live a meaningful life.
a Siddha Yogi from Pune, India