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This beautiful piano improvisation moves me very deeply. While I listen to it, I see myself walking through my path of life, reliving different moments in my sadhana
Images of friends on the spiritual path come to mind. Laughter and tears. Moments of joy with my physical and inner Guru. Reading, studying, meditating, offering seva
. I picture my beautiful children and my loving husband. Tears of gratitude roll down as I continue to listen.
This special music evokes in me profound feelings and memorable sweet images.
Mexico City, Mexico
It’s fascinating to contemplate the relationship between assimilation and fragrance. The connection for me is in the breath. When I breathe in the extraordinary fragrance of jasmine or rose, my mind stops, and I feel elevated as I access the transcendental through the realm of the senses.
Maryland, United States
After reading this delightful exposition while listening to the music of the album Remembrance
, I asked myself the question: “What is the goal of assimilation?’ This answer came into my mind: “Inner attainment—to rejoice in the heart.”
Assimilation for me is, for example, taking the time to savor good food by closing my eyes and turning my attention toward my heart. This sweetness of the heart is also what I have come to experience while chanting and listening to Siddha Yoga hymns and prayers, and while silently repeating the mantra.
Through regular Siddha Yoga practices over the years, I have implemented “a system of drip irrigation” of the kind that Gurumayi has described as an analogy to assimilation, and that process of “drip irrigation” has borne delicious fruits for my sadhana
The teachings in this exposition on assimilation have given me the perfect way to study the commentary on samanubhuti.
I find that each part of the commentary is overflowing with an abundance of wisdom. By dividing each part of the commentary into bite-size portions and pausing to study and understand each one, I am able to more easily assimilate them slowly, absorb their nectar, and then implement them in my life.
Maine, United States
Many years ago, as I practiced my sadhana
, I often felt quite removed from the Siddha Yoga teachings. Although I wrote them down and studied them, still, I didn’t feel I could truly understand or immerse myself in them.
But gradually that impression changed as I continued to deepen my study of the teachings in various ways. In particular, I discovered the power of contemplation, which I believe is the most valuable tool in my sadhana
. The Siddha Yoga Home Study Course
, especially, has proven to be a vital element in my growing understanding of the teachings. Additionally, I have dedicated myself to writing in my journal.
Over time, as I have immersed myself more deeply in contemplation and study of the Self, I feel that I have established a close connection with the Siddha Yoga teachings. Now, as I listen to the improvisational piano tunes from Remembrance
and recall the years I have spent in contemplation and assimilation of the teachings, I feel submerged in a sweet longing.
México City, Mexico
The past few years I have experienced many changes in my life. Some of these have required me to let go of aspects that I had long identified with. This process has brought me to a crossroads. I have been wondering what’s next for me.
After reading this exposition, I realize that at this point in my life, what’s next for me is to take a deep breath and focus on assimilating all that has happened in the last few years. This knowledge brings me a sense of peace because it reassures me that the direction of my sadhana
will unfold with grace leading the way.
Florida, United States
Gurumayi’s teaching to take a pause between our daily tasks stood out for me. I try to do this between my dental patients. Repeating the mantra during this brief pause calms me and centers me.
Ville St. Laurent, Canada
I express my gratitude to my beloved Guru for showering her continuous guidance in our life through different means. When I read these lines, they remind me just how much the practice of assimilation broadens my understanding about the Siddha Yoga practices and teachings. Every time I get a new insight about, or understanding of, one of the practices, assimilation helps me to incorporate every new learning with the previous ones. In contrast, without assimilation sometimes a very deep insight remains momentary and then fades away.
Whenever assimilation actually takes place within me is such an extraordinary moment! It is a pure note streaming forth from the instrument of my mind, triggered by the hand of the heart. It is a sweet communion. It is as beautiful as seeing a full rainbow unobstructed on the horizon.
Recalling an experience of the Truth and letting it speak in the light of Shri Guru's teachings brings to life in me the recognition that so many great gifts are continually and generously being given to me, and that it is my duty to honor and explore them. Letting their meanings unfold, reading new perspectives, and savoring this beautiful alchemy of assimilation are all for me additional gems of the Guru’s grace.
I took time this morning to look inside, to practice assimilation. I find that music deeply nourishes me. Even when I experience difficulties, I know it is the Siddha Yoga teachings that sustain me.
Florida, United States
I am grateful for this clear exposition and the benefits it can bring to my sadhana. It helps me understand that my being needs a time, a space, and a proper attitude to absorb the teachings.
My intention is to take care to be aware of this process of assimilation.
Reading this essay on the practice of assimilation while listening to the beautiful music from “Remembrance
” was like a balm for my whole being. I have been engaging quite intensely in scriptural study recently, receiving insight after insight from the sacred texts. At times I have been quite literally leaning over the text, rushing to avidly load my plate up with the next paragraph, so hungrily has my mind wanted to grasp it.
I see that it is time now to soften, settle into my posture, take smaller portions onto my plate, and—assimilate! I’m very grateful for this beautiful reminder.
I am grateful for the clarity of this in-depth explanation of the process of assimilation that Gurumayi emphasizes in her teaching. I certainly feel that the drop-by-drop approach to assimilation works best for me, as I sometimes feel overwhelmed with how much I need to learn and grow in my sadhana. It gives me great comfort knowing I just need to continue to work on knowing my Self slowly but surely, knowing all the while that my Guru is the constant in my life now and forever.
What enchanting music from “Remembrance
” to listen to as I read this commentary on “Assimilation.” It helps me close my eyes and focus within. Then the words and my breath seem to lead to my heart.
It’s so sweet, so lovely for me to learn to assimilate the Siddha Yoga teachings in this way.
San Giorgio a Cremano, Italy
This piece of music accompanying “Assimilation” has been one of my favorites for years. So beautiful, so sublime. And exactly what I needed to hear at this moment!
It washed over me like a soothing balm, enveloping me in its comfort, penetrating my core. I felt it remove any discomfort and agitation that was there. Truly a healing experience! I am forever grateful for music—it is my medicine.
As I read “Assimilation,” I remembered learning in college about the importance of understanding the meaning of each word in a text in order to be able to assimilate the content. I found it challenging to pause my reading to look up meanings of words I didn’t know, but it turned out to be well worth the effort each time.
I am grateful to reflect on the small efforts I can make each day to assimilate the teachings. Gurumayi’s teachings are always foremost in my mind. I am ever so grateful to receive them.
California, United States
Seeing the impact that the Siddha Yoga practices and teachings have had on my life has enabled me to recognize their value. My deepening appreciation of the Siddhas’ teachings helps me to continue on my spiritual path. It strengthens my dedication to sadhana
and to my determination to one day realize its goal.
For me the best time to give my full attention to the practice of assimilation to Gurumayi's teachings is when I am on vacation. I am relaxed, and have no deadlines to meet, no phone calls to make or answer. The early morning time is mine alone and this is when I give my full attention and self to reading and studying Gurumayi's teachings.
I find that the words of each teaching unfold deep within as I repeat them slowly again and again, allowing them to anchor themselves into each cell of my being. And then—I am in total bliss!
Surprisingly, the words sometimes surface on their own during the time I am having fun with my family. Then I inwardly smile, thanking Gurumayi for this practical way to remain connected to the knowledge of light.
I have learned so much from reading “Assimilation,” realizing first and foremost how this practice has been missing from my sadhana
I reflected on how often I race from one activity to another and in the process lose the essence and true joy I could experience if I only took a moment to pause in between.
This essay on assimilation reminds me to stay with my breath and repeat the mantra inwardly as I move through my day.
Florida, United States
What a loving and tender experience I had while reading about the precious practice of assimilation as it relates to our sadhana
I put on one of my favorite fragrances and let the music from Remembrance
enter my being as I read. I closed my eyes and was transported to different locations—the places I had been when I first discovered the Siddha Yoga teachings and practices we received this year. Transported back to those moments, I returned to the wonder and appreciation of the new experiences.
On my walks now, I have been reflecting on Gurumayi's teachings and noticing the scent of jasmine, citrus blossoms, and salty air. I feel grateful, grounded, and free.
South Melbourne, Australia
I often hear my inner voice telling me “You’re not doing it right” or “You’re not as disciplined as you should be.” In reading “Assimilation,” I became more relaxed and began to notice all the Siddha Yoga practices I had performed and all of Gurumayi’s teachings I had digested.
With this realization, my inner voice changed and is now telling me: “You’re doing okay!” And I gave myself a little pat on the back.
I am grateful for “Assimilation,” for it has allowed me to pause and reflect on my life and my inner growth.
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
As I reflected, I realized that I seem to have been “cramming,” so to speak, for some spiritual exam. There have been so many gems on the Siddha Yoga path website, and I have found myself rushing through them to make sure that I don't miss the next one! Thanks to this beautiful essay, I now realize that I have not taken the time to really breathe and absorb the stories, bhajans, and other gifts that the website has been offering on a daily basis.
Fortunately, I have taken time to journal and in doing so, have had some profound reflections this year. Now my intention is to take more of my time for the practice of assimilation, so that I can allow future website gifts to seep more deeply into my being—like the gentle process of “drip irrigation” that Gurumayi has spoken of.
Delaware, United States
Lately, my mind has been galloping in all different directions. Last night, it occurred to me that it’s been a while since I’ve journaled. So I decided I would return to my sadhana
notebook, and revisit “Gurumayi’s Guidance” to help me slow down through contemplating. Then this morning, I find this essay called “Assimilation.” A coincidence? Hardly!
First I listened to the soothing musical offering, resting my head on what felt like a soft, silky pillow of sound. Then I read the exquisite essay. I understood that a subtle, yet rigorous, effort is necessary in order to assimilate Gurumayi’s teachings. I recognized that, when I rush to try to take in too much at once, I am bypassing that essential effort.
So this reminder of Gurumayi’s guidance about the value of pausing, returning my attention to my breath, and employing scent and sound will certainly help me in slowing down, anchoring myself, focusing my attention—in order to fully assimilate the teachings and to grow more deeply in understanding.
Colorado, United States
I love how the melodic phrases from Siddha Yoga chants are “assimilated” into the improvisational piano tunes from the CD Remembrance, like fine strips of lace sewn on a velvet fabric.
Listening to this music helps me assimilate the powerful experiences I recently had when I participated in two live stream events. What a sweet and gentle passage from summer to fall this melody is for me!
California, United States
This is a beautiful essay about the process and practice of assimilation. Its synthesis of this process is both lyrical and deep, and a great reminder for me of the many ways that Gurumayi has infused assimilation into our practices. I intend to reread, reabsorb, and firmly assimilate the teachings in this essay.
I am grateful to Gurumayi for weaving our practices together with pauses, melodies, the fragrance of heena
oil, and her divine teachings and love.
Oregon, United States
I have savored every single word in this inspiring discussion of assimilation. At each step of the way all I wonder is, “How come the deepest longings of my soul always get addressed so simply and profoundly?”
I am delighted at this opportunity to review all that I have learned from Gurumayi’s guidance throughout the year. I have a very long way to go, but I am on my way! I am now inspired to carry out the “drip irrigation” technique in my learning and in my sadhana. I know the Siddhas are watching over me, guiding me, supporting me, and shining the light on the path so all I need to do is keep moving forward.
I have just moved from one home and one country to another, and this essay is so perfect for me at this point in my life.
The teachings in “Assimilation” are so beautiful and full of wisdom. For a while, reading it took me very far back in time—to 1984, when I began the Siddha Yoga practices. This came soon after I met my beloved Gurumayi and received shaktipat initiation in my first Siddha Yoga Shaktipat Intensive.
I am very grateful for the lovely present of Eesha’s writing about assimilation.