What a comfort to read these passages from the ancient texts. I found it soothing to my soul to know that everything I truly want and need is within my reach through my own self-effort and the grace of the Guru.
Reading through the verses, I received a life-changing understanding that I am not alone in my search for the Truth. I felt that with continued practice and trust in the Guru’s embrace, I can reach my goal.
This verse from the Hatha-yoga-pradipika
speaks volumes! I have often experienced the Guru's grace. And I recognize, as the verse affirms, that without the Guru’s grace I could not go deep into meditation no matter how sincere an effort I make. I could not remain calm in challenging times, or withdraw my awareness from the external world and stay anchored in my Self.
Guru kripa is a profound term that is one of my favorites. On my morning walk today, instead of repeating the mantra, I decided to repeat “Gurumayi's grace.” I continued repeating these words throughout my walk, along with a prayer that I might have the Guru's grace with me always, at every moment.
Then I suddenly started telling myself, "It is only thanks to Guru's grace that I have a longing to merge with my own inner Self. It is only the Guru’s grace that has enabled me to follow the Guru's teachings. Thus, all the efforts that I have been making to carry out my sadhana are also the result of Guru's grace. Without my Guru's grace, nothing is possible.”
And now, when I was studying the teachings on the Siddha Yoga path website, I saw this posting on guru kripa. I felt as if my Guru had compassionately showered her grace on me once again to tell me, "My grace is always with you."
This beautiful illustration for Guru Kripa immediately captured my attention. I realized this image gave me the direct insight that all these elements exist within me—my inner Self contains all these sacred gifts.
Gurupurnima is such an exceptional time, as I watch the moon grow, and take refuge in the Siddha Yoga path website. Shubh Gurupurnima to all!
Hampton Hill, United Kingdom
Many years ago, during a Siddha Yoga Shaktipat Intensive, I had a vision. I was sitting in a boat with my Shri Guru in a very happy state. When I looked out around me, I was surprised that all around was dirt—yet I remained in a state of calm and contentment. Later, as I contemplated the beautiful vision, I asked myself why I felt so much calm even though a lot was happening outside. It was clear to me that this was because of the grace of the Guru and being in her company.
This vision continues to unfold in my life. During this pandemic so much has been happening all around me. Yet because of Guru’s grace, I am inwardly always in the company of my Guru, and this brings me peace, calmness, and strength.
New Jersey, United States
Once Gurumayi’s grace had touched my heart, it set in action an ongoing alchemy that has been transforming the way I perceive myself and my world. Just like the cool, soothing moonlight, her grace keeps permeating my physical and subtle bodies in a sweet, soft, and loving way. So more and more, I am able to recognize divinity in everything and everyone, and to love and appreciate myself and the life I keep recreating.
Massachusetts, United States
The visual representation here is such a profound reflection of its own subject: the Guru's grace. My first impression was one of connectivity—how Guru's grace reaches each seeker through different mediums, such as the moon and the lotus. For example, the moon gives soothing light to the heart and Guru’s grace gives soothing light to my own heart.
Guru kripa means a lot to me in my life; as my jouney has its ups and downs, I know that the light supporting me is the light of grace.
What a perfect way to commence the Gurupurnima month with one of my favorite themes, गुरुकृपा, the grace of Shri Guru! When I saw this word on the Siddha Yoga path website, my heart was replete with gratitude, love and remembrance of beloved Gurumayi ji and her eternal grace that has touched every aspect of my life. For decades, no matter what life may have brought, my Guru’s grace has been a constant presence, guiding me and granting inner strength and equipoise. I have experienced that since I received shaktipat diksha
, spiritual initiation, each moment of my life has been suffused with Shri Guru’s grace.
—the benevolent grace of Shri Guru, that holds within its folds a love so tender, so strong, so pure, so warm, so uplifting, that it may only be defined as divya,
divine. It is a sweet reminder for me that it is Shri Gurumayi’s kṛpā
, her grace, that has awakened my Kundalini Shakti – a momentous event in the life of a seeker that is the fruit of lifetimes of punya
, good merits. It has set me forth on the auspicious path of sadhana
so I may purify my mind and my intellect and perceive the light of the Self within.
California, United States