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Janmadin ki Jay Jay! An Account of Gurumayi's Birthday Celebration, Shree Muktananda Ashram, June 23 - 30, 2016

Janmadin ki Jay Jay! - Part V

Part V

United in Purpose and Resolve

As the chanting satsang was coming to a conclusion, eleven-year-old Tejas continued to share his insights enthusiastically with Gurumayi.

Gurumayi asked Tejas, “Who taught you this? Is it your mother or father? Where did you learn all this wisdom?”

Tejas replied, “Sometimes it’s from my mom, sometimes it’s my dad. Sometimes it’s meditation, sometimes it’s from me. And sometimes it comes from you, Gurumayi!”

We all smiled to hear Tejas speaking so openly and naturally, straight from the heart. Tejas went on, saying that sometimes his wisdom comes from Baba and Bade Baba as well.

Gurumayi said that the Trustees should keep an eye on Tejas. Meera added, “He could be a future leader in the SYDA Foundation!”

Tejas then said, “My dream is for all people to know and learn about the Siddha Yoga path, because then they will be at peace. If everyone is enlightened, bad things won’t happen.”

There was a momentary hush in Shri Nilaya as we heard this young boy’s profound wish and quietly nodded in agreement.

I was so moved by this tender acknowledgment of the power in Tejas’ intention. As Gurumayi said this, I thought about the effect of all the Siddha Yoga trusts working in even greater unity—how tremendously beneficial this would be for the world.

“Tejas,” Meera said a moment later, “you can unite all the Trustees when you become older and a leader…”

Hearing this, Tejas eagerly responded, “Why older? I could do it now!”

Meera laughed and said, “You got it, you got it! You can do it right now!”

Gurumayi asked Krishna Haddad to introduce Tejas to the Trustees who were present in the satsang. “Tejas can shake hands with each of the Trustees,” Gurumayi said. Krishna stood up and took Tejas to where the Trustees were seated in Shri Nilaya. Tejas shook each of Trustees’ hands one by one, smiling broadly as the Trustees acknowledged him.

Earlier in the satsang, Meera had extended a special welcome to the Trustees who were visiting Shree Muktananda Ashram from India. Meera knew them well, as she had offered seva as an assistant in the Board of Trustees office in Gurudev Siddha Peeth in 2009 and 2010.

Meera introduced Mr. Sudhir Buty, a Trustee of Gurudev Siddha Peeth, who was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Bhagyashree Buty. Buty dada has offered seva as a Trustee since 1990.

Meera also extended a warm welcome to Mr. Anand Parikh, who has served as a Trustee of Gurudev Siddha Peeth since 2003, and to Manju didi Kochhar, a Trustee of the Siddha Yoga Sangham of India.

I was excited to see these Trustees as I have known them since I was a child; I would often see them when I visited Gurudev Siddha Peeth with my family to offer seva. I have always been inspired by their dedication to serving Gurumayi and the Siddha Yoga path, and by their constant encouragement to all of us young Siddha Yogis to give our best in all our endeavors.

Now, as I watched Krishna introducing Tejas to the Trustees, a beautiful verse about unity from the Rig Veda came to my mind. I had heard this verse many times before in the Siddha Yoga song “Let Us Be United.” The verse says:

Let us be united
Let us speak in harmony
Let our minds apprehend alike
Common be our prayer
Common be our resolution
Alike be our feelings
Unified be our hearts
And perfect be our unity.1

The Vedic seers exhort all human beings to act in harmony, with a common purpose and a shared resolve. I felt this ancient wisdom was reflected in Gurumayi’s beautiful vision of greater unity among the Siddha Yoga Trustees. As I looked around the hall at the other participants, I saw the dedication and devotion shining in their faces. I thought, how fortunate we all are to be part of the Siddha Yoga sangham, united in our hearts and in our resolve to support Gurumayi’s mission to uplift the world.

Meera began to give concluding remarks, inviting us to look for signs of bliss and light in nature, and to view a very special Birthday Bliss gallery on the Siddha Yoga path website through June—a gallery of images of Gurumayi, titled, Sweet Light, Sweet Bliss.

Gurumayi said, “And the commentaries...”

“Yes,” Meera said, “the commentaries on the divine virtues, Sadguna Vaibhava. Do read each one. Take time to be with them. You will get to know these friends and all of their different qualities very well. Make good friends with the virtues—keep their company.”

 

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1 Rig Veda X, 191.2-4 English rendering from Let Us Be United, A Prayer for the World Community, sung by Ann Hampton Callaway and the Siddha Yoga International Choir. South Fallsburg, NY: SYDA Foundation, 2001. Compact disc.

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As I read this account, I very sweetly remembered these beautiful verses from the Rig Veda. My father loved these verses. He wrote commentaries on them in the form of poems in Hindi. He often sang them, and also helped us to learn these verses.

Thank you so much, Gurumayi ji, for reminding me with such care and gentleness about the greatness of the human heart—a heart which is full of virtues and immense love for all.

Thank you, Gurumayi ji, for guiding me to remember the teachings of the Rig Veda, which instantly uplifted my spirit. It connected me with you in my heart, where I experienced love for all.

New Delhi, India

Over the last week, I have been singing the first lines of the prayer quoted in this account, “Let Us Be United.” And during the week, I felt I did experience unity.

I have the privilege of being part of a team that offers seva for the Siddha Yoga Prison Project. During satsang in the prison, I had a profound experience of the one perfect Self, manifesting as each of us in the room: prisoners, sevites, prison officers. I saw us all as beings of light. I could feel the powerful, subtle presence of Gurumayi blessing us. We were unified. We were one.

As I reflected on this experience, I came to see it as one of the results of my study of Gurumayi’s Message for this year. The Message has strengthened a resolution to align my actions and words with the power of grace. In the prison this week, grace and unity were reflected back to me.

Melbourne, Australia

The prayer from the Rig Veda, “Let Us Be United,” evokes harmony so beautifully. In these challenging times, the words of this prayer inspire me to hold to a vision of a world united with a common resolution for the benefit of everyone.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for supporting the upliftment of all humanity.

New Jersey, USA