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Scriptural Verses on the Mind and Meditation

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Last night as thoughts swam in my mind, I repeated the mantra. I experienced my mind coming to rest in the stillness of the Self. I knew it was the mantra that brought my mind to find repose in the boundless ocean of Consciousness within. I felt sublime!

Montreal, Canada

The more I am aware of my gestures, my thoughts, my words, my actions, and also the silence which envelops everything, the more I am aware of an inner presence which is loving and tranquil.

When I am aware of this Witness, which is full of simplicity and quietude, I feel I am in contact with the purest part of myself, which knows what to do, and how to do it. I have the feeling that all solutions are found in the present moment, all joys are in the present moment. When my mind experiences the energy of Consciousness, I feel complete.

This verse inspires me to create a field of quietude, within and without, in all circumstances, and to let my mind be full of attentiveness.

Ramonville-Saint-Agne, France

I am so grateful for these sublime words!
I awoke this morning feeling an inner battle raging within me. I sat to meditate, focusing on stillness and silence. Before long, calm and serenity soothed me back into myself, and a resplendent delight filled me.
When I opened the Siddha Yoga path website and read this scriptural verse, I felt so blessed and guided by the Guru's pervasive love and care. 
Once again I was drawn into a state of perfect stillness. Sitting quietly, I felt Gurumayi’s presence, and I was filled with gratitude as I watched the splendor of silence unfold within me.

Sydney, Australia

How perfectly the artwork expresses the meaning of this verse. I find myself entranced by the way the beams of golden light silhouette the leaves of the young shoot. I gaze at the elegant font in which the words are written, and revel in the way the light catches the letters and in the perfect placement of the words on the page. Then I move on to read the meaning of the verse and recognize that, simply by spending time with the image, I am already in the Witness state. My mind is still, and the fullness of the moment that I experience is an experience of my own perfection.

I am so grateful for the richness and beauty of the Siddha Yoga path website.

Corsham, United Kingdom

With the reading of this verse from the Viveka Chudamani, my mind stopped momentarily, and I experienced an expansive stillness. Moments later, thoughts started to arise again, yet they were contained within this expansive stillness. As I reread the verse, I experienced the "I" that was looking through my eyes.

For me this was a powerful teaching that elucidated Gurumayi's Message for 2019.

Washington, United States

After reading the aphorism, I looked at the swan in the circle beneath the text. The swan is perfectly reflected in the quiet water of a lake.
In the same way, by focusing my mind on the hamsa mantra, I extract the “milk of Consciousness” from the water of the world’s lake. As the waves of the lake gradually subside, I will see my inner blissful true nature reflected outside.
This beautiful aphorism encourages me to practice mantra japa all day long. 

Rodez, France

When I read the scriptural verse in “Perceiving One's Own Perfection,” I smiled. It was an answer to my internal question: how am I aligned with Gurumayi today? Just a little earlier, as I was sitting in meditation, the words, "I am deeply loved. I am deeply appreciated. I am so happy to be in this physical form," had arisen within me. For the first time I had not resisted, doubted, or created counter arguments and instead, simply accepted those feelings and delighted in them. Reading the scriptural verse, I understood that my experience had been one of perceiving my own perfection; and I smiled because I felt I was in alignment with the Guru’s teachings.

New York, United States

I appreciate the three-step order in which this verse guides us to perceive our own perfection. Rather than saying we have to begin by making our mind still, it teaches us that the first step is to allow our mind to rest in witness-consciousness. As we do this, thoughts naturally subside, allowing the mind to become still. In that stillness, we can perceive the perfection of the Self.

I had a direct experience of this teaching when I first embarked on the Siddha Yoga path. For years before that, trying to still my mind was, for me, an exercise in frustration. It was a revelation to hear Baba teach that, instead of trying to suppress my thoughts, I could simply witness them as forms arising and subsiding in Consciousness. Once I stopped resisting the thoughts and simply observed them, the thoughts lost their power, and my awareness was free to flow toward the stillness in my heart. And only then did I begin to discover what was meant by the bliss of the Self.

a Siddha Yoga meditation teacher

I sat for meditation this morning only to find my mind racing with thoughts, the way it used to do years ago. But then my awareness naturally and effortlessly shifted from the thoughts in my mind to the space behind the thoughts. I have learned over the years that, if I make the effort to sit for meditation, my own inner Self, my own light, and my own shakti guide me to the Witness behind and beyond the thoughts.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for the grace to perceive this.

Iowa, United States