The bond of love between the robins and Gurumayi touched my heart.
After reading about it, I noticed that many times I can be very unaware of nature. Through this story, I learned that if I can pay a little more attention, then I too can connect with nature.
The day after reading the story of Mamaroo and Paparoo, an amazing thing happened. I was returning to my room after the morning practice of svadhyaya
. The story was still resonating in my mind. As I walked, I was chanting Om Namah Shivaya
to myself. I soon noticed that a small bird was flying from tree to tree along my path. I could hear his sweet chirping throughout my walk and my chanting.
My room is on the third floor. As I climbed the staircase, I couldn’t see the bird anymore. I thought he must have left. Yet, lo and behold, as I entered the third-floor corridor, I saw that he was sitting on the parapet wall, just outside my room. He looked at me very sweetly, whistled, and then flew away. I was extremely moved. My heart recognized that something deep had happened, something which I recognized as the Guru’s grace.
Gurudev Siddha Peeth, Ganeshpuri, India
When I read in this introduction, “....when it comes to being in the presence of Shri Guru, there is always more than meets the eye," I was reminded of my experience some years ago in Gurudev Siddha Peeth.
During a recitation of Shri Guru Gita, Gurumayi caught my wandering eyes. I was directed to sit behind the pillar for Shri Guru Gita from that day to the end of my visit! At the time it looked and felt to me like a reprimand. Little did I know just how much that direction would support me in my life and sadhana.
Some years after that visit to Gurudev Siddha Peeth, I developed an untreatable eye condition that required greater focus and use of my peripheral vision. Although this was a difficult time for me, the compassion and benevolence I had experienced in Gurumayi’s direction all those years ago had prepared me to handle this life-changing condition.
Farnborough, United Kingdom
Just before reading Time to Dream with Nature
I had completed reciting Shri Guru Gita
. I had offered my recitation to the healing and protection of one of my horses who had recently injured herself. Afterward, in meditation, I had a realization that Gurumayi protects me and my animals. I felt that the animals in my care and nature in my part of the world all rejoice on Gurumayi’s birthday!