Scriptural Verses from the Yoga Vasishtha
Yoga Vasishtha; Swami Venkatesananda, The Supreme Yoga: Yoga Vasishtha (Delhi, India: Motilal Banarsidass, 2010) p. 30.
I have been reading these verses from the Yoga Vasishtha
again and again. One night, I decided to approach a situation in my life equipped with “the spirit of inquiry.”
I sat in my meditation place, closed my eyes, and allowed feelings I had been pushing down to rise in my consciousness. At first it was uncomfortable. But as I let myself be with these feelings, gently and curiously inquiring into their origin and essence, they began to dissipate, like clouds evaporating in a breeze.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for offering these sacred verses by which I can heal and grow.
a Siddha Yogi from California, USA.
I am very grateful that Gurumayi has given us these verses from the Yoga Vasishtha
as a way to study her Message for 2018.
The Yoga Vasishtha
has been my study and contemplation companion for the last two years. Although there are times when I find it challenging to understand, I still find its teachings to be nectar for my soul.
When the Siddha Yoga path website pointed us to specific verses to shed light on the glory of satsan
g, I felt Gurumayi’s divine hand of grace helping me to grasp them.
I came to the understanding that I am the company that I seek. For me, now, this is an underlying principle of satsang
a Siddha Yogi from San Felipe, Mexico
I now realize that I inadvertently experienced each of the four gatekeepers today in the face of some uneasy feelings. I practiced self-control by performing my morning practices and taking refuge in the Guru; satsang
by chanting and meditating; and self-inquiry by wondering what would happen if I focused on the space between my breaths.
I was filled with delight and contentment.
I gained contentment from the answer to a question that I had been wrestling with for a long time. And I experienced an even deeper sense of contentment and security from knowing that I have Gurumayi’s grace and the Siddha Yoga practices to support me through everything in my life.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this sacred path.
a Siddha Yogi from Maryland, USA
As I read these words towards the close of my workday, I noticed a feeling of relief.
The verse helps me realize that when I engage in satsang
and practice inquiry and self-control, I experience the qualities named here—contentment, wisdom, and happiness.
This is loving confirmation for me, as well as encouragement to continue my efforts on the path.
a Siddha Yogi from Hurlstone Park, Australia
How encouraging it is to think that if I follow my life’s path with composure and delight—enjoying the company of the Truth along the way—I can attain my supreme goal in this lifetime.
I am filled with gratitude for this beautiful gift, this glimpse of the sacred path to liberation.
a Siddha Yogi from Colonia, Uruguay
I have been particularly curious about the spirit of inquiry. As I sat to recite Shri Guru Gita
this morning, I invited this gatekeeper into my satsang
and asked for insight into a situation I’d been mulling over without much satisfaction. Immediately I received a gem of wisdom about how my approach had been getting in my way. My heart flew open in gratitude. I knew I was in the company of the Truth.
As I recited Shri Guru Gita
, every verse came to life for me in a completely unexpected way. I felt that I was imbibing sacred food for my soul.
I see now how the “spirit of inquiry itself is the greatest wisdom.” Simply inquiring was enough to open my heart.
a Siddha Yogi from Kentucky, USA
While I was reading verse #2, the word contentment
struck a chord in my heart. I asked myself, “What effort do I need to make to be more firmly established in contentment?”
I envisioned myself crossing the river of daily life, stepping with great focus on the firm stones of grace-filled inner guidance and careful attention to reach the shore. I felt inspired to make this effort and confident that contentment would follow.
What a joyful and rewarding experience!
a Siddha Yogi from Genova, Italy