I was living in the Oakland Ashram in 1978, when Baba came to stay in Oakland. Baba spent a considerable amount of time during that period elaborating on the infinite nature of hamsa,
its meaning, and significance, describing hamsa
as a sublime practice.
I took Baba’s teachings as if he were imparting them directly to me.
Like the writer of this story, I have also experienced the hamsa
mantra as my constant companion over 40 years. It is my treasure and my connection to Baba’s shakti
. After so many years of practice, I have imbibed the meaning of hamsa,
and my being is saturated with the experience of oneness with the Absolute.
a Siddha Yogi from California, USA
This story has had a profound effect on me. It made me me ask myself how often I "sabotage" the experiences I receive in meditation or from my Guru's teachings.
Once in a deep meditation, I heard Gurumayi say to me, "Be open to what I bring to you." In reading this story today, I am reminded that my willingness to be open to the Guru's teachings needs to be nourished every day.
a Siddha Yogi from Pennsylvania, USA
What a beautiful experience of Baba! I couldn't help but laugh and fill up with delight, once again surprised to see how incredible the Guru is.
I felt so grateful when I read the author’s final reflection showing how the mind can sabotage us with thoughts that make us feel separate from others and from ourselves. I too appreciate how the practice of the hamsa
mantra is a remedy for this sense of separation and a great companion in meditation.
What a beautiful gem! How wonderful it is to remember that we are the ones who decide how to use our mind to guide us towards the Truth.
a Siddha Yogi from Barcelona, Spain