As Gurumayi directed in the satsang “Choose, Respect, Sustain,” I have been chanting the mantra daily.
This morning, wanting more clarity about how to offer my blessings through the mantra, I returned to the minisite on “Prayers and Blessings,” a site I’ve looked at many times over the last two decades. Today I was met with a new experience of these words on that minisite: ”When we offer prayers and blessings with full faith and clear intention, we call forth the innate goodness of our own Self and send that pure energy into the world.”
As a friend and I contemplated this sentence, I had a clearer understanding of my own right action today. I felt more able to hold grief and sorrow and ground myself in the golden column of light. My friend shared similar feelings. And then we chanted three five-minute rounds, each in a different raga.
California, United States
Since the satsang
“Choose, Respect, Sustain,” I’ve been repeating the mantra Om Namah Shivaya
every day. My repetition is very slow, almost in slow motion, syllable by syllable.
I experience each syllable as a ball of energy dispersing into different parts of my body. It is tangible. It gives me a glimpse of the power of an enlivened mantra.
Today, while chanting Om Namah Shivaya for five minutes, as Gurumayi instructed us to do in preparation for Mahashivaratri, I felt an ecstatic inner column of light ascend up through me. At about the level of my heart there emerged from the light—yet still part of it—a divine being made of the same golden-white light. I took this shining being to be the Goddess. When I inwardly conferred with Gurumayi, I heard her indicate that this was true and a gift. It all felt very natural. I can still see the Goddess inside my mind's eye.
The simplest instructions from the Guru, when followed, bestow the most wondrous outcomes!
Oregon, United States
This afternoon as I read the news of the day, I noticed lots of emotions arising. I wondered what to do and remembered Gurumayi’s guidance to chant Om Namah Shivaya
for five minutes a day. I had already done that today and decided to do it again.
As I chanted, I felt a longing to chant with friends. I called up some friends. Several were available, and we chanted together by phone. As we chanted, our voices merged into a powerful unity.
I envisioned a rainbow of the mantra encircling the globe.
California, United States
I am amazed how often the phrase "Choose, Respect, Sustain" comes to my thoughts. Every moment of the day, I notice opportunities to choose my next thought, feeling, word, action, or reaction.
At times I choose out of habit, but more and more I am able to choose consciously. I ask myself: will my choice lead me to the Truth? Is my choice respectful? Is it sustainable?
Sometimes my choice ends up having a different outcome from the one I expected, and then I contemplate my behavior and change it if needed. For example, I remember a time I said something to someone and my words ended up hurting them. I learned from that how important it is for me to speak more gently.
I am so grateful for the abundant teachings Gurumayi gave us in the satsang.
“Choose, Respect, Sustain”—the more I contemplate these words, the more my understanding unfolds within me. The choices I make of my thoughts, actions, and speech are gently being guided by these three magical words.
I was contemplating, “Why is this so? Why is such a gentle shower of new insights taking place?” These are simple, everyday words and yet I am mesmerized by what they are doing for me. Today, as I started my recitation of Shri Guru Gita, I was once again contemplating these words. I realized that every word uttered by a Siddha Guru becomes a mantra, a chaitanya mantra, a mantra that is Consciousness itself. How fortunate I am that I get to imbibe enlivened teachings! No wonder they reveal their potency right away to me.
Awestruck, I feel magic at every step of the way of this amazing journey.
I have been returning again and again to the beautiful memories of the satsang
. I visualize Shri Sarasvati glistening in the landscape around the Bhagavan Nityananda Temple and simultaneously in my own being. I recall humming with Gurumayi in the various pitches, chanting the sacred Shri Guru Gita
text, and listening attentively to Gurumayi bestow so many teachings. This has helped me to find my inner courage and enhanced my ability to listen within to the Self.
For a very long time, my husband and I had been trying to sell an investment property with three longtime renters living there. Finally, our realtor called with a full-price offer, but with the stipulation that we vacate the residents. I recognized that this was not the dharmic thing to do. We decided to trust this inner recognition and accept only the full price part of the offer. Our realtor advised us against this, explaining that it would likely cancel the buyer’s offer. Yet we stood firm. In the end, the buyer agreed. The renters were allowed to stay.
I have a deep trust that allows me to listen to the inner wisdom and to follow it.
Oregon, United States
When Gurumayi talked about the teachings, I felt a surge of gratitude and recognized my profound connection with them. The Siddha Yoga teachings give words and concepts to experiences I have had. Studying and practicing the teachings opens me to new experiences.
The teachings reveal what my heart already knows. For me, being with the teachings is an encounter with the Truth. As I imbibe them, my mind becomes peaceful, my heart opens, and my body relaxes. Little by little, life becomes easier and more satisfying. This is a kind of bliss that not only stays with me, but builds up as I read, listen to a talk, or watch a video of the Siddha Yoga teachings. I am in awe and profoundly grateful for what Gurumayi gives so generously to me and to the world.
As Gurumayi instructed us to begin humming with her in the various pitches, I felt a connection between the outer humming and a roaring within me. In my inner vision I saw myself as a lightning rod catching a lightning bolt of shakti,
which ignited my being. Humming and vibrating, I felt aglow with divine love.
I pray to have this satsang
stay alive within me, guiding my thoughts, words, and actions.
Oregon, United States
When I heard Gurumayi tell us to be strong, I took her words to heart and decided to apply them in bringing about positive change in my department at work.
I analyzed the problems, looked for solutions, and developed ideas. At the next team meeting I courageously presented my point of view in a calm and clear manner. Everyone listened! It seemed as if a dam had broken and the water flowed freely again. This led us to discuss concrete steps, have a plan, and hold a vision. Everyone is now motivated!
I learned from this experience what incredible results can be achieved in my life and my world when I follow the Guru’s instruction.
As I read the share that Gurumayi mentioned at the end of the satsang
, which referred to Carlos del Cueto’s invitation to the satsang
, I reflected on my own life.
Like Carlos, who knew since childhood that his dream was to become a musician, I knew at an early age that Siddha Yoga was my path and I resolved to follow it. And like Carlos, whose commitment to the path supported him in realizing his childhood dream, I recognize the many blessings I have received through the years as I followed my young self’s resolve.
has always uplifted me, even in moments of doubt or questioning. These practices have revealed to me that in my heart there is unconditional love for my Guru, for God, and for my path. As I have practiced the daily five-minute Om Namah Shivaya
repetition that Gurumayi spoke about in the satsang
, the experience of the presence of God—the Self—within me has once again been unleashed.
I am grateful for the satsang called, “Choose, Respect, Sustain.” When I heard Gurumayi ji say that everyone in Shree Muktananda Ashram woke up and saw everything outside as glistening, I realized that it is up to me to choose what and how I see. I can see things as either “glistening”or gloomy, either “scintillating”or sad, either “pulsating” or lazy.
Gurumayi repeated the words “glistening, scintillating, pulsating—GSP”a few times. At first I thought of Gurudev Siddha Peeth and recalled my first darshan there. In a flash many memories arose. Then, as I myself repeated “glistening, scintillating, pulsating—GSP” a few times, I understood this as an affirmation of how Gurumayi ji is embracing all of us. And I saw Goddess Mahasarasvati with different eyes.
To sustain the teaching I chose to focus on, I made a flash card and I put it on my puja to remind myself that everything is “GSP.”
New Jersey, United States
I was moved to hear the Sarasvati Stotram at the opening of this satsang. Two hours before, I was taking my bath and started by repeating the mantra of salutations to the water, Om jalaya namaha, which I learned from Gurumayi's Guidance, “Gladness of Spirit.” Whenever I do this practice, I always feel the water becoming charged with a sweet healing energy. After repeating this mantra, I experience a divine blessing.
To my absolute amazement, this time I felt the body of Sarasvati filling my entire being. I found my mouth repeating the name Sarasvati as if to let me know who she was. I felt her energy gently taking root in different parts of my body. It reminded me of the practice of installing the Guru within, which I learned during the Month-Long Course many years ago.
Afterward, I had this imperative need to wear white clothes for the satsang, “Choose, Respect, Sustain.” I am now looking forward to seeing how this amazing experience with the goddess Sarasvati will unfold within me.
During the “Choose, Respect, Sustain” satsang, I noticed how often Gurumayi said the word glisten. Each time she said it, I heard it as “g—listen,” and I thought of Gurumayi’s Message for 2022. It made me wonder how the word glisten fits in with the Message.
The association I arrived at was this: when water or ice receives the light of the sun, it glistens. Similarly, when we receive the light of the Guru's teachings, we too glisten, reflecting the light of the Self. This short rhyme helps me keep Gurumayi's Message before me: “We listen, we glisten.”
Massachusetts, United States
What a magical experience this entire satsang was! When Gurumayi asked us to close our eyes while she shared how the rain had come down and had frozen onto the trees and leaves, and how everything was glistening and shimmering—for a brief moment, I felt myself to be within the scene Gurumayi was describing, and the scene was entirely within me. The duality between the seen and the seer had disappeared.
Farnborough, United Kingdom
The satsang called “Choose, Respect, Sustain” was more than I could have dreamed of! As I watched Gurumayi reciting Shri Guru Gita, I closed my eyes and swayed. At first I inwardly saw orange light surrounding her silhouette; then gradually the colors changed to white, with the light around her body turning to the sacred color of the Blue Pearl. I opened my eyes and hummed, and when I closed my eyes once more, it happened again. I felt warmth in my back moving up to my head, bringing wonderful healing energy to my back.
The power of the Siddhas is truly a blessing.
New York, United States
During this satsang, watching little Rohit as he listened to and looked at Gurumayi with focused attention and respect has inspired me to be like him. I was reminded of verse 49 of Shri Guru Gita, which says, “The supreme form of Shri Guru is nectar to one who has the eye of discrimination.” I also admired the steadiness he displayed in his interactions and speech, especially for someone of such a tender age. Yes, watching him made me very happy!
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Most evenings as I prepare dinner, I watch the sunset through my large living room windows. I typically look for an “M” or a heart-shaped cloud. On the evening of the satsang
honoring Goddess Sarasvati, I was compelled to go outside and watch the sunset. As I looked up in the sky, I saw an exquisite golden-peach cloud, which was distinctly in the shape of a swan, Sarasvati’s mount. My heart swelled with joy; I was so moved by the experience.
Arizona, United State
I am very grateful to read these shares. A person I had hired to do some work at my home arrived an hour later than planned—just as Gurumayi was speaking. And so I knew I must lovingly turn my attention to the task of working with her and miss the satsang
. These shares give me the opportunity to experience moments from the satsang
Arkansas, United States
Recently I had the good fortune to be granted tenure at my university. In fact, the formal approval of my tenure occurred on Ganesh Jayanti, the day before our recitation of Shri Guru Gita
in the Universal Hall with Gurumayi. I was overjoyed to bathe in the images of Shri Mahasarasvati—the goddess of speech and learning. I made an intention to become worthy of my tenure, to serve wholeheartedly. Gurumayi is the ultimate teacher, the Sadguru
, who inspires me every day to “choose” to offer what I do with “respect,” and to make every effort to “sustain” the dharma of my life and of my world.
Virginia, United States
When I look out my apartment window, I have a beautiful view of a mountain with a large vacation property next door. The property is expansive, and I see deer, bears, and many birds.
For the last year, my view of the beauty has been marred by a fallen fence and a pile of yard waste. At first I was frustrated with the neighbor’s thoughtlessness. Then I simply endured the scene before me, sometimes wondering if it reflected my own inner state and other times focusing on the positive—that the disarray served as a shelter for many animals. I often prayed that beauty would be restored to this spot.
Shortly after the amazing satsang
, I looked out the window and was delighted to discover that the entire fence had been perfectly re-erected and most of the yard waste had been removed. Beauty was once again restored to my view.
Similarly, after listening to Gurumayi and sitting in her presence, I felt as though purity and beauty had once again been restored to my soul.
California, United States
The large bowl of water before Bhagavan Nityananda’s murti
reminded me of the water of the Guru’s feet that is said to wash away impurities. The water reminds me of the Guru’s compassion!
Years ago at the start of my sadhana
, while reciting Shri Guru Gita
I sometimes had the sensation of blessings of water coming down over my head. Now I experience so many tears, so much love, such delicious partaking of every word of Shri Guru Gita
California, United States
Being with Gurumayi in the satsang
“Choose, Respect, Sustain” has brought cherished memories to which I return again and again.
One such memory is the image of four-year old Rohit sitting on Gurumayi’s knee. At one point, Gurumayi asked Rohit to say to Carlos, “Thank you, Carlos, for the piano lessons.” Without the slightest hesitation, Rohit repeated, “Thank you, Carlos, for the piano lessons.” In fact, Rohit followed Gurumayi’s many instructions without hesitation.
In my eyes, this is a living picture of attunement. No matter where I am in the world, by progressively contemplating and assimilating the Guru’s teachings, I can draw ever closer to Gurumayi’s presence. With every step I take in her direction, I will be better able to follow her commands with a trusting willingness, and the day will come when I will see the world through her eyes.
I participated in the satsang
“Choose, Respect, Sustain” at home with my three-year-old daughter. Her attention and focus seemingly waxed and waned.
At one point during the recitation of Sri Guru Gita
, she was playing with a reading-skills game. It involves picking up words with a little magnetized rod. My daughter doesn’t read yet, so she asks me to read the word for her.
Today, the first word she picked up was “sing” and the second was “question.” It made me smile! Shri Guru Gita
is the song of the Guru based on Parvati’s question to Shiva about the nature of Supreme Reality. I felt that even the game was in tune with the satsang
. I knew that my toddler was receiving the teachings in her own special way!
I am grateful for Gurumayi’s grace, which pervades every aspect of our family’s lives.
Connecticut, United States
Yesterday, my beloved Gurumayi taught me how to make blessed water!
I began right away this morning. I put water in a beautiful bowl in our small meditation room before reciting Shri Guru Gita
. Afterwards, I sprinkled the blessed water around our home and in our garden. As each drop of water fell around me, I felt my heart vibrate with joy.
I feel so blessed! My heart dances in ecstasy!
For me, being in Gurumayi’s presence is an experience beyond time and space. I become fully present and aware. I often sense that so much is being transmitted, unknown to my mind but joyfully recognizable to my spirit. This amazing satsang
was no exception!
With my heart alight with anticipation and wonder, I felt an inner pillar of strength radiating up through my whole being.
I am humbled as I contemplate and apply the multitude of teachings I have received. I relish the supreme gift of blissfully reciting Shri Guru Gita
with my Guru. My eyes are soft with tears of gratitude.
Oregon, United States
A miracle occurred for me during the satsang
"Choose, Respect, Sustain."
My ninety-year-old mother was in her final days. The night before the satsang
, I wondered whether she might pass during the recitation of Shri Guru Gita
the following day.
I prayed to Gurumayi to be with my mother and guide her in her transition.
During the satsang
, in the middle of the recitation, my sister called. She said our mother had just passed—peacefully, and covered with a blanket Gurumayi had given her.
I was overcome with joy and gratitude for my mother’s blessed and auspicious transition. I felt she was being held in Gurumayi's love. I continued to recite Shri Guru Gita
for my mother's soul.
New York, United States
Shortly before the beginning of the satsang
“Choose, Respect, Sustain,” my two daughters and I were talking about their dreams for the future.
My thirteen-year-old said she wants to be a doctor and give her kindness and love when healing her patients. My younger daughter was silent at first, contemplative, and then she said with great conviction: “I want to be me
. I want to see my soul.” I admired her intention and assured her I would support her in realizing it.
When I heard Gurumayi mention an up-and-coming satsang
for children, I was so happy! I was reassured that with Guru’s grace and the Siddha Yoga practices and teachings, both my daughters would realize their souls’ intentions.
On Vasant Panchami, which also happened to be our wedding anniversary, my husband and I received such sacred prasad—Shri Gurumayi's darshan, a recitation of Shri Guru Gita, and Shri Gurumayi's divine teachings.
Gurumayi taught us about time, and this teaching reaffirmed my steadfastness in continuing with my daily sadhana since each moment is precious and should not be wasted; time itself is priceless. The power of prayer and self-effort was another teaching that left me awestruck. Gurumayi has instilled in me the courage to not give up, but to persevere and to trust in the divine hand.
My academic background is in the legal field, and so I was deeply moved to learn the treasured teaching that following a regulation or a protocol should flow smoothly like water and not be unbendingly enforced; instead, it’s important to observe and understand each situation with flexibility.
The Houghton, South Africa
What great and rare fortune it has been to participate in the satsang “Choose, Respect, Sustain” and to recite Shri Guru Gita with Gurumayi. I was so enchanted by her beauty and by the exquisite way that Bade Baba’s murti was clothed in pure white. Everything in the Temple, including all the flowers, was really splendid and scintillating.
I received many teachings from Gurumayi through this satsang. For me, the most important one is that I have to strengthen my sadhana in order to become stronger in my committment to know the Truth. I received such a boost for increasing my self-effort that today I feel more enthusiastic than ever in pursuing my spiritual practices.
Participating in this satsang was the perfect inspiration for me. After the title was posted, I contemplated it. I recognized that I consciously choose to perform svadhyaya and meditation every day. And as I do these practices, I will respect my choice—and sustain it by offering it to Gurumayi ji.
When Gurumayi ji spoke about repeating the mantra every day for five minutes, I decided to begin right away. Before going to bed, I listened to Om Namah Shivaya in the Darbari Kanada raga. While sleeping, I dreamt of a shiva lingam that I’d seen in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, and water was dripping onto it. It was so soothing to my heart. My entire being was pulsating with the power of the mantra.
This was a direct experience for me of Gurumayi’s teaching from the satsang that repeating the mantra would bring “experiences that you can treasure.”
My heart is full and I still cannot take in what a huge gift from Gurumayi this satsang was for us. So many teachings to reflect on and to explore more deeply! Before the satsang I went out for a walk and, already in anticipation of the satsang, I experienced everything outside to be especially beautiful and vibrant.
During the recitation of Shri Guru Gita I loved watching Gurumayi, although normally I would have judged myself for doing so. This time I was in a wonderful flow between being fully absorbed in reciting and focusing on each verse, and then looking up from time to time, watching Gurumayi, and enjoying her physical presence.
I am now especially looking forward to the month of February, when I will repeat the mantra as Gurumayi instructed us to do, and will remember her during this magnificent satsang.
This wonderful satsang, for which I thank Gurumayi deeply, has renewed my intention to take nothing for granted, neither for what happens outside of me nor for what happens inside me. It also reinforced my intention to recite Shri Guru Gita as much as possible, with respect and devotion.
It was so lovely to be with Gurumayi again in satsang and to recite Shri Guru Gita with her.
Although this past year has not always been a happy time for me, recently that has turned around; I am feeling happier more spontaneously and easily. I feel it has been a conscious choice. I choose happiness, which in turn deepens my respect for all that is good and great in myself and my life, and this happiness sustains me in body, mind, and heart. So it was particularly affirming and joyous for me when Gurumayi said, “Be happy. You know, when you are happy, it makes me happy.”
Now that I am happy, my wish is that I can spread this happiness wherever I go.
Peppermint Grove Beach, Australia
I loved every moment of being with Gurumayi in today's satsang, both while reciting Shri Guru Gita and while listening intently to her speak. Over the past thirty-five years of my sadhana (which began on Valentine's Day!) I have felt an ever-deepening heart connection to my beloved Guru, whether or not I was able to be in her physical presence.
Nonetheless, it was a joy to sit at my Guru's feet in this profound way, when I could feel her powerful shakti and love literally pulsating through cyberspace! Each time I am with my Beloved, my heart expands further and I feel uplifted, purified, and deeply loved.
North Carolina, United States
I feel very grateful to Gurumayi for her presence in the satsang
“Choose, Respect, Sustain” today and for the introduction we received to the element of water as a distributor of shakti.
I was experiencing this introduction and the recitation of Shri Guru Gita
around 2 a.m. here in Australia. Just as Gurumayi had finished telling us about Mahasarasvati and the water that had frozen on the trees on the Ashram grounds, rain began to come down in a gentle patter outside my house. As we began to recite Shri Guru Gita
, I felt the sparkling of the light on the frozen water that Gurumayi had described, and a shimmering of the water through my body, like a sprinkling of that grace of the Guru.
When I woke this morning, I could still feel that shimmering blessing in my body—an experience of Shri Guru Gita
I had not ever felt before.
My heartfelt gratitude to Gurumayi ji for today's recitation of Shri Guru Gita in the Siddha Yoga Universal Hall. Reciting Shri Guru Gita is my favorite practice.
For quite some time I have been practicing this every day in the morning as the sun rises and its rays enter my window. I start by playing Kundalini Stavaha on my tablet, followed by reciting Shri Guru Gita, and many times followed by a namasankirtana. I keep an indigo-blue glass filled with water beside me to capture the beneficial vibrations from this practice.
“Choose, Respect, Sustain”—these have been the pillars that have constantly guided my actions throughout my decades of sadhana
. If it weren’t for these pillars, I would not be where I am today.
and recitation of Shri Guru Gita
were a wonderful sequel to Sweet Surprise
2022. When Gurumayi so generously spoke about the sacred water, the recitation of mantras, Goddess Mahasarasvati, the fire that can either protect or consume you, and even more, it helped bring me new perspectives for understanding Gurumayi’s Message for 2022.
I have always wanted to be a student, and have always been thirsty to learn more and more. This path nourishes me, satisfies my thirst for learning, and feeds my soul. I am overjoyed to be this fortunate.
Each element of the satsang
was an invitation for me to choose a better perspective, to respect this sacred perspective, and to hold it in my awareness so that I will be able to sustain it! I look forward to exploring the value of what I choose at each moment, and then assimilating its significance for my sadhana.
a Gurukula student in Gurudev Siddha Peeth
It was so moving to see Gurumayi and hear her teachings this morning during the beautiful satsang
called “Choose, Respect, Sustain.”
Here in New Zealand we have been a little anxious about water for a few months now. This morning, Mahasarasvati blessed us and sent sacred raindrops to fill our hearts with grateful joy. It was so beautiful! As we all began to recite Shri Guru Gita
, the rain started to fall! It hasn't stopped yet either, so our water tanks are filling up by the grace of God and all the deities, especially dearest Mahasarasvati, who is served by water.
Auckland, New Zealand
When the camera focused on Bhagavan Nityananda very closely, I felt that his eyes were like endless space. I experienced great stillness.
I live in New York State, not far away from Shree Muktananda Ashram. So after Gurumayi asked us to close our eyes and visualize the light glistening everywhere outside, I opened my eyes—and the tree outside my window was sparkling like it was made of crystals! I was able to see this beautiful sight inside and out!
As the live video stream was ending and the beautiful ice and water appeared on the screen, this thought came to me: “The water is frozen but is always flowing underneath. Even when we may think nothing is happening, our sadhana
is always alive and full of love.”
New York, United States
I am so grateful for today's recitation of Shri Guru Gita
with Gurumayi in the Siddha Yoga Universal Hall. I’m especially grateful for the gift of seeing and listening to Gurumayi and receiving teachings directly from her via this live video stream.
Gurumayi said, “Kala
,” while we were reciting verse 135. After the satsang
I returned to that verse and discovered this Sanskrit word means “time.” That verse speaks about how Shri Guru Gita
liberates us “from the fear of time and death.” In fact, I often worry about time: when it is not clear when certain unpleasant or painful things in my life will end, or whether and when certain things will happen, or if there will come a time when... It is so beautiful to remember that through my regular recitation of Shri Guru Gita
, these fears of mine can easefully and powerfully dissipate.
I thank Gurumayi with all my heart for teaching me that the seemingly simplest word can shift everything and bring me back to the Heart.
Yesterday I led a meeting. Afterwards a participant asked me how I thought it went. I shared my interpretation of some of the words and actions of one of the speakers. Right away I felt uneasy and saw that I had projected a negative spin onto this speaker's motives. I realized it wasn’t necessary or helpful to do this, and I apologized to the person I had talked with.
When Gurumayi talked about people huddling together and discussing her words, and about how people can be selfish in their interpretation, I saw myself in her description. It was a gift to have Gurumayi focus so pointedly on this tendency of mine. It was also affirming that the inner guidance I had received just yesterday was so aligned with what Gurumayi spoke about today.
For me this was an example of what Gurumayi said about how “the Guru’s teachings are not always dipped in honey,” but how following them is what brings us to the experience of honey.
California, United States
Verse 99 of Shri Guru Gita
, whose first line appeared at the end of today’s satsang
, is such a perfect gift to receive in this way from Shri Gurumayi. And today’s satsang
, “Choose, Respect, Sustain,” once again revealed the depth, vastness, and great power that this verse holds for me.
Every month, every day, every minute, this verse reminds me to choose the right things, to respect the right choices the Guru teaches me to make, and to sustain the righteousness that is nourished by this practice.
I am so grateful for the recitation of Shri Guru Gita
this morning and to have been in Gurumayi’s presence. I am also grateful to have now read the share under Carlos's invitation to this satsang
. The respect this Siddha Yoga student has articulated for us is awash with the “glistening, scintillating, pulsing” of the teachings.
In my life there are so many great reminders of why I'm here. Yes, I choose, I respect, and I sustain. Yes, though I have often felt awestruck that this miraculous path chose me, it is true that I have made a conscious choice to be the Guru’s student. The respect I feel for the rare privilege of hearing, studying, applying, and implementing the Guru’s great teachings lies deep in my being and fills my heart. My devotion and love sustain me, and sustain my focus in sadhana
. The water of the Guru's feet is a miracle of fathomless dimensions, as is my gratitude.
I bow my head with reverence for Shri Guru.
California, United States
For me, today's satsang
with our beloved Gurumayi was a sacred experience of joy and reverence. Gurumayi's joyful countenance reminded me—once again—that being happy and joyful is a spiritual practice, not just a flight of fancy or good luck. What also stood out for me was Gurumayi’s reminder that sometimes the rules or protocols (or actions we may follow by rote) are not always aligned with the moment at hand.
I am so happy that we were able to experience this satsang
so we could bathe in Gurumayi’s wisdom and love for her devotees. It was also divine to see Mother Nature's bounty on the grounds of Shree Muktananda Ashram.
Florida, United States
During the satsang
my mind became very quiet. I never used to understand when someone would say, “My mind became very quiet,” but now, after reflecting on my experience today, I am starting to get an idea. During the recitation of Shri Guru Gita
all my worries and thoughts just came and went, as easily as the breath. I could not remember any thought, only that it had gone by. After a very challenging week, this has been such a blessing.
During the satsang
, I wondered, “When it is that easy to attain a quiet mind, what would happen if I practiced humming in the days ahead—because the challenging things are still there?” I remembered my mother once telling me that my grandmother always sang and hummed—and was always happy. And now that I have heard Gurumayi recommend humming, I can’t wait to practice doing this and to experience this happiness again. Hummm...hummm...hummm. Om. Om. Om.
What a joyful experience! I have just traveled to visit my 91-year-old mother as she transitions to assisted living. She has always loved Gurumayi and Gurumayi's teachings. I set up her tablet so she could participate.
She expressed so much delight in seeing Gurumayi again. Although she wasn't able to recite Shri Guru Gita
, I was able to. I recited it while she slept. The recitation felt like it was blessing her new home and all the people here. I am so grateful that this is where I was able to participate.
New York, United States