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What a beautiful and penetrating commentary on devotion, on
. Many years ago, I read Gurumayi’s words, “With great respect and love, I welcome you all with all my heart." Reading these words, I was filled with intense love and devotion. When I learned what
meant, I recognized that
was my path.
The commentary reminded me of the exquisite practice of placing the Guru's image in the temple of one's own heart. I also appreciated the lovely instruction to bring aspects of nature into one's self. It dawned on me that it is the Guru that I see in all of nature's beauty. Then I sit spellbound, filled with
, filled with the ecstasy of love and devotion.
This commentary has unveiled for me a deeper understanding of what
is. I had thought that it would only be considered
if it spoke to a rapturous, complete immersion in the object of worship, an experience that is rare for me. Now I recognize this devotion already resides in my being. Just by reading these words, I feel that inner peace and sense of completion that I have longed for.
Yesterday I was chanting
Om Namo Bhagavate Muktanandaya
. As I became immersed in the chant, I experienced nectarian sweetness and divine blissful energy in every fiber of my body, just the way it is explained in this commentary.
Tears of love for my beloved Gurumayi were flowing from my eyes—and I was laughing as well! I became intoxicated with devotion and love for Gurumayi, and in Gurumayi's love for me. I felt her presence right in my body, in my mind. I was wondering how to hold my heart—it was overflowing with love. There was infinite love and bliss!
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this experience!
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