I first read this verse in its original Sanskrit form and felt the deep shakti
in the sounds and forms of the words. I felt a mystical vibration as I read the words aloud several times.
When I moved on to the English translation, I read it again and again, wanting to dive deep into the meaning. It brought me closer to the very essence of Shri Guru, to the inner knowing that Shri Guru pervades the universe, nature, energy, and sound.
a Siddha Yogi from Crowthorne, United Kingdom
The other day, I consciously prayed to the mantra as a form of Lord Shiva, to help my mind stay focused. I imagined the mantra as the embodied Shiva, as the word form of Gurumayi. And then an image arose of a Shiva lingam
covered with flowers and emanating divinity. As I focus on the mantra in this way, I experience its grace and I am able to stay centered.
Just now, I opened this beautiful image and was amazed to read the message it contained about the Guru, including, “His form is the paramahamsa
mantra, and his nature is Shiva.”
a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia
When I read the beginning of this verse, I recognized that I tend to think of taking refuge as a sign of weakness—an escape from my difficulties. However, as I continued to read about the glories of Shri Guru, my heart melted open. I realize that my Guru is the very source of my strength, my shakti
. My heart truly yearns to rest, to take refuge, at the feet of Shri Guru.
a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA
As I read this verse, I remembered a meditation experience I had yesterday. While I was contemplating Gurumayi’s Message for 2017, moving with my breath, I began to feel a deep calm. The moment was profoundly still and peaceful, extremely serene—like watching the soft light of the full moon. The feeling was so comforting; it was like my spirit was wrapped in a warm blanket on a chilly day. I was completely content and at one with myself.
Later, as I reflected on the experience, I thought about all my experiences since receiving shaktipat
. I was guided to a place of infinite joy and peace. By taking refuge in my Guru, the wish of my life—to know God—is becoming a reality.
a Siddha Yogi from California, USA