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Niścintatā I
The State of Harmony

Niścintatā is a Hindi word referring to the state of being in harmony with oneself and one’s surroundings. Gurumayi requested that this gallery of black-and-white photos be created for the Siddha Yoga path website because these images evoke timelessness. Gurumayi gave the word niścintatā as the title for this gallery.

Gurumayi shared the story that when she was a child in India and she would ask elderly people how they were doing, they would often reply, with a very sweet smile, a gentle tilt of their head, and a lift of their hand, “Maĩ niścint hū̃. I am free from worry.” Gurumayi remembers this with great affection. It made a deep impression on her.

Gurumayi’s teachings are about just this: it is within every seeker’s ability to become free from worries—it is possible to experience the absence of mental agitation. This gallery is an invitation from Gurumayi to get in touch with niścintatā, the state of being in harmony.


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This photography is pure poetry. The texture and light are exquisite. Nature nourishes my soul, and these photos make my heart sing. To me, the world is a better place because this beauty and peace are being shared here.

California, United States

I absolutely love looking at these photos. The beauty and profound stillness stir my heart and remind me that God is indeed in everything. 

Athboy, Ireland

When I turned to these photos, at first I wanted to see the lush greens and cascades of color I am used to seeing in images of nature on the Siddha Yoga path website. Then I settled into really experiencing the images of winter in particular, on the grounds of Shree Muktananda Ashram. The stark tracery of bare tree branches, icy cold waters crackling in frost, deer picking their way through snow patches—all evoked for me the experiences we are having in daily life now. We are stripped back to basics, we must tread carefully, while still revealing petals of beauty even in the midst of the cold winds of change.

Ocean Shores, Australia

These pictures drew my awareness inward and my mind became very quiet and focused while I looked at them. This is monsoon time in India, a holy period when seekers are encouraged to turn within. I welcome these photos as a wonderful gift of support from the Guru to help me stay absorbed within myself! 

New Delhi, India

The picture with bright, white magnolias touched me. I was especially drawn to the two flowers near the center, separate and also united. I experienced harmony and peace in my mind and heart. 

Bussum, Netherlands

This gallery is so inspiring for me. As a young woman, I used to enjoy taking black-and-white pictures of nature. I think I was looking for the feeling I find in these pictures: timelessness, harmony, simple beauty. They are truly beautiful in a pristine way. 

Montreal, Canada

Gurumayi's intention for us to experience harmony as we connect with the essence of these lovely photographs touched my heart today. I felt strongly the hearts and intentions of the photographers as well, as they looked at and listened to the earth, discerning which image in which moment to preserve from which angle, so that they could make an offering of it to their Guru.
In one photo of tall trees, a muted image, I could visualize the branches swaying slightly in the breeze. Going into these photos, I feel a deep, joyful, awakened peace within. It feels like an experience of Gurumayi’s Message for 2020.

California, United States

Perceiving the illumination within these images as an act of divine creation, I feel a sense of oneness with creation, a sense of peace and harmony.
I am especially drawn to the photo of the edge of the melting ice, with the smooth reflective area of the water contrasting with the gorgeous texture of the rippling water. No matter what form water takes, I can see that it is all one creation.
This reminds me of my intention to be more patient by remembering that everything in my life has one essence—Consciousness.

California, United States