Once I participated in a Shaktipat Intensive with Gurumayi, entitled “How to Attain Supreme Love.” During one of the meditations we focused on the space between the breath. The stillness and serenity were fully there, but my mind would occasionally think I had to have a certain “feeling,” so I didn't think it was devotion.
At the end of the Intensive when Gurumayi spoke further, I was still having doubts. She said that the title of the Intensive had been changed to “Supreme Love Has Been Attained.” Once again I doubted this, thinking, "What? Wait! When?"
Then Gurumayi said, “Stay in this Intensive. Stay in this meditation hall.”
As I reflect on this experience and on Gurumayi’s teaching, cited in this commentary, “Devotion to God is much more than a feeling,” I now can appreciate that indeed this serene state, free from all thoughts and all feelings, does flow very naturally and easily into devotion—devotion for the Guru and devotion for every moment of my life.
Washington, United States
One day, very early in my sadhana
, I found myself contemplating a photograph of Baba Muktananda. I was looking at his picture and describing to myself what I was seeing: such a high and noble forehead, such a steady gaze, and other qualities, which I was perceiving with my eyes, and which were gradually waking up my heart.
After a few minutes, my heart was suddenly filled with the awareness that I was looking at God and God was looking at me. In that moment, Baba Muktananda became alive for me! I was amazed. Reverently and silently I said to him: Baba, you really are divine!
This was the birth of the practice of bhakti
London, United Kingdom
My favorite Siddha Yoga practices are chanting and mantra repetition. When I chant, an inexplicable feeling fills me and tears start rolling down my cheeks. I couldn’t put a word to that feeling. When I read in the commentary that bhakti
may manifest as “a nectarean sweetness that suffuses every fiber of your being,” I felt, Ah! Yes, this is it!
Recently, without any effort on my part, I was blessed with a profound experience when chanting, or even when I only thought about chanting. Immediately an image of Gurumayi chanting blissfully would flash in my mind. In those moments, time stood still. This would also happen spontaneously sometimes, when I wasn’t thinking of chanting but was immersed in my daily duties.
So when I read Gurumayi’s words in the commentary from her book The Yoga of Discipline:
“Through your devotion you also invite the one you worship into your body, into your mind, into your life,” I felt that those inexplicable experiences were Gurumayi ’s blessings and an acknowledgment of my love of God.
Reading this commentary took me back to the darkroom where I once developed photographs, and the magical moment when the image revealed itself to me.
In the same way, in the darkness of my meditation, through the inner alchemy of devotion, I feel the presence of God being revealed to me. And what image appears on my inner canvas? The Guru, the splendor of the heart, the pure manifestation of the divine.
Every day I watch for the virtue of the day, and read the commentary on it. Today I was so impressed by the commentary on devotion, and how beautifully it describes and explains this virtue. After I had read it all, I could understand devotion better, and I felt that I had been sitting in satsang and interacting with the teacher. It helped me understand that the Lord is inside me, and that when I offer my practices to him, that is a form of devotion. I am looking forward to rereading and contemplating this commentary on devotion.
What a beautiful and penetrating commentary on devotion, on bhakti
. 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 bhakti
meant, I recognized that bhakti
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 bhakti
, filled with the ecstasy of love and devotion.
Nevada, United States
This commentary has unveiled for me a deeper understanding of what bhakti
is. I had thought that it would only be considered bhakti
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.
Pennsylvania, United States
Yesterday I was chanting Om Namo Bhagavate Muktanandaya
in Bhakti raga
. 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!