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Lately I have become aware that I experience fear about my life circumstances. I decided to offer these fears to Bade Baba. When I catch myself worrying, I see myself handing these worries to him. As I ask for his grace with each situation, I feel freed to live my life knowing that I am loved and protected.
I also cultivate fearlessness by repeating the mantra and allowing it to infuse each fearful situation, by meditating daily, and by living my life to the best of my ability with love for myself and others.
a Siddha Yogi from North Carolina, USA
This story reminded me of an experience I had during a Shaktipat Intensive many years ago that became a guiding principle in my sadhana.
I was given the seva
of waving the lights for the arati
, so I wore a sari for the first time. My mind spun with fear that I might trip. During meditation, Bade Baba appeared to me, and I saw a wall of bricks that represented all of my fears. Bade Baba said, “You don’t have to let go of the wall all at once. You can take down one brick at a time.” In a flash, I was walking with Gurumayi on a path made of beautiful bricks. Everything was radiant.
I understood that as I faced each fear I could offer my actions to the Guru, and by so doing, build a life of light and devotion. Facing my fears became a vehicle for surrendering to grace.
When I waved the lights, my fear was gone. It was replaced with an offering of gratitude and devotion to the Guru.
a Siddha Yogi from Illinois, USA
We read this story together in our family. After we read the story, our four children—ages six to thirteen—shared these beautiful reflections:
- When you're scared, you stop shining, and it's like the flashlight falls on the ground. And in difficult situations we must continue shining and expanding the light.
- When we are afraid, we stop connecting with the Guru.
- When you aren't connecting with the light of the inner Self, it is as if you cannot act and you are paralyzed.
- Fear makes things seem bigger than they are.
We as a family are committed to remembering and practicing Gurumayi's Message. As we do, it has been a gift to be able to contemplate the importance of living in a state of fearlessness. This has been especially valuable given the recent events in our city of Barcelona.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for bathing us with your love, your grace, and the knowledge of the Truth.
a Siddha Yogi from Barcelona, Spain
This story so beautifully conveys Bade Baba's compassion for us. My heart is swelling with gratitude and inner courage!
a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA
When I read Gangubai's recounting of Bade Baba's words—his desire for everyone in the world to be fearless—my heart leapt with joy. This teaching resonated with my own experience in Ganeshpuri several years ago. During my one-month stay, I visited Bade Baba's Samadhi Shrine and Kailas Nivas every day. After I left Ganeshpuri, I realized that long-standing feelings of uncertainty and anxiety had transformed into fearlessness. I have felt an unwavering devotion to Bade Baba ever since.
Now, as I engage with the Punyatithi posts on the Siddha Yoga path website, I again feel profound grace. Over the past few days, I have witnessed even more transformation towards peacefulness, and I feel a warm inner connection to love.
a Siddha Yogi from California, USA
I have seen Bhagavan Nityananda's enormous form in my own meditation. He has appeared to me as big as a mountain and as large as a lake. In one meditation, I saw him grow larger and larger and become absorbed into the sky—then he became the sky. Knowing that Bhagavan Nityananda is beyond form evokes fearlessness in me.
a Siddha Yogi from Vermont, USA
This morning when I awoke, I realized I had been afraid about a concern related to my daughter. When I read this story, I felt so much strength inside my heart. I recognized that inner strength arises with the awareness that I am the Self.
Thank you, Bade Baba, for this inner strength!
a Siddha Yogi from Rome, Italy
Reading this story is like having darshan
of Bade Baba. I felt that I, too, was on a pilgrimage to Ganeshpuri. The teaching that Bade Baba imparted seems alive with relevance to this particular moment in my own life.
a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA
A few nights ago I had a dream that a tiger came close to me and opened his mouth. Since then, I've been contemplating the meaning of that dream. Now, reading this story of our beloved Bhagavan Nityananda, I feel more aware of the virtue of fearlessness within myself. I shall take this teaching to heart.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for the teachings and blessings offered through the website.
a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA
Last night, contemplating an intense situation in my personal life, I felt fearful. Then I visited the Siddha Yoga path website, and I read this story. I felt as if Bhagavan Nityananda were speaking to me. With each sentence, I felt waves of self-confidence arise within. I spent the night repeating the mantra and feeling Bade Baba's support.
a Siddha Yogi from Nairobi, Kenya