Birthday Bliss 2018

Gurumayi Chidvilasananda’s Darshan and Wisdom

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Whenever I see this photograph of Gurumayi, I feel such incredible longing for meditation.  And yet, I do experience the stillness and silence of which Gurumayi speaks—when I am performing puja. The other night, as my attention drifted toward my puja during meditation, I heard Gurumayi’s voice within me, saying quite firmly, “Your puja is inside you!”

Sydney, Australia

Reading Gurumayi’s words about devotion, I remembered that when I came into the meditation room this morning I found a fresh rose on the puja. Where did it come from? I found out that my wife had placed it there in devotion early in the morning, while I was still sleeping. The power of her offering and devotion was incredibly potent and felt very sweet and rejuvenating. Feelings of wonder and hope arose.

South Carolina, United States

Gurumayi’s teaching that true seekers yearn to “experience oneness with every particle of the universe” reminded me of an experience I had in Gurudev Siddha Peeth. While meditating, I experienced myself from the vantage point of a speck on one of the marble walls. It was an experience of a profound witness state, absolute stillness, a feeling of oneness with everything. The experience of oneness was pervaded by a subtle bliss. Recalling it brought back that experience.

Washington, United States

I have recently come to this spiritual path, and the love I feel is indescribable. I feel I am being given great strength to overcome every obstacle. Although life can be difficult, my approach towards it is different now and everything is much brighter.

Thank you so much, Gurumayi. I am grateful that you are with me; I feel your presence.

Verbania, Italy

The moment I received the glorious blessing of Gurumayi’s darshan via this picture, I felt white waves of energy moving upwards through my body. And I knew, as Gurumayi says here, that this was “the movement of shakti in the Heart.”

Lucknow, India

When I feel that Gurumayi is with me, I feel joyful. And when I feel my heart open, I think I am really in a pool of joy!

Thane West, India

No rain has fallen here for months, and just as I was opening the Siddha Yoga path website and praying for blessings, I heard the pattering of a few precious raindrops. For me it was a delightful confirmation of my Guru’s presence. And, this photo of Gurumayi with the umbrella popped up at that exact moment! 

With even the most subtle experience of darshan, my heart experiences the sweet satsang of Gurumayi’s presence, and tears wet my face. I know my Guru has not forgotten me, and I am so grateful for her being and love.

Now, as I finish this writing, a downpour begins, showering blessings upon us all!
Thank you, most compassionate Gurumayi, for being here with us, and sharing your delightful play!


New Mexico, USA

I am so grateful for the steady wisdom and love of Gurumayi. As I received Gurumayi’s darshan through this passage, I felt a sense of peace and patience flow through my mind and heart. I began to experience a deeper feeling of my own self-worth. I began to trust that things were going to be OK. These words remind me that the Guru is always ready to share her grace and love.

California, USA

Two days ago, I took a walk on the grounds of Gurudev Siddha Peeth and then sat on a bench overlooking the beautiful garden. The moment I closed my eyes, I imagined that Gurumayi was coming towards me, inviting me to walk with her. With enthusiasm, I accompanied her in my mind’s eye.
As we walked, I could not stop sharing with her about all the love that she has given me and how happy I am to be in Gurudev Siddha Peeth. I could feel my whole body filled with excitement and, at the same time, I experienced a profound calmness within me.
As we paused, suddenly I felt like I was expressing my love to Gurumayi just like a puppy. I opened my eyes in laughter as I thought, "A puppy!? What a wonderful way of expressing unconditional love!"
Today, I look at the picture of Gurumayi with the dog, [number 12 in this series], and tears of recognition come to my eyes.
Thank you, Gurumayi!

Mexico City, Mexico

I do know that Gurumayi is with me. I have had faith in her love for me for many, many years. And I am convinced that I will attain the highest, with Gurumayi’s grace, guidance, and blessings.

Yautepec, Mexico