Season’s Greetings 2014 is a gift from Gurumayi—a gift conveying her love and blessings to all the world. Gurumayi guided the creation of this beautiful greeting; she gave her vision for the sounds and images that compose it, for the movements and the stories that weave through. The greeting reflects Gurumayi’s Message for 2014:
The soundless sound arises and subsides in the space of flawless quietude.
There is a sense of awe, of reverence and gratitude that accompanies each shape as it appears in the greeting. There is a wonder about what’s coming next—what image will follow the first, what sounds will fade into one another. Think about what these sounds and images evoke for you. How do they connect to your understanding of Gurumayi’s Message for 2014? Stay with this contemplation, and allow your own insights to arise from it. There are many ways to understand Season’s Greetings 2014; to support your study, here is one interpretation.
The greeting depicts the creative potential in the infinite realm of Consciousness, our own Self. It depicts the astonishing cycles of manifestation and reabsorption that are always taking place in Consciousness. Each image, sound, and movement manifests from Consciousness; each image, sound, and movement merges back into Consciousness. And from the beginning to its culmination, this cycle is infused with love, the love that shines in all of God’s creation.
In the Season’s Greetings, we see a great lake surrounded by mountains. The lake represents the vast expanse of Consciousness. A beam of moonlight is reflected on its waters, reminiscent of the sushumna nadi this is the luminous central channel in a human being, through which the inner spiritual energy, Kundalini Shakti, journeys once awakened by the grace of Shri Guru. It is Kundalini Shakti that supports our efforts in merging with Consciousness, with the supreme Self.
Various flames emerge from the depths of the lake and rest on the serene waters. One by one, the flames form a circle around the reflected beam of moonlight as if they were a sangham an assembly of spiritual seekers, of vibrant hearts. Then, a large flame arises from the waters to take its place amidst the circle of flames. The flame moves forward as though entering the heart of the viewer.
In the Upanishads, the ancient scriptures of India, the supreme Self is represented as a steady flame shining in the anahata chakra the heart center along the shusumna nadi. The eternal flame of the Self illumines all our activities as human beings. Through this light we come to recognize our true nature as Consciousness. We come to know the one source from which our thoughts, feelings, and memories emerge, and into which they return. The same luminosity brings forth the universe and pervades everything in creation.
In the Season’s Greetings from Gurumayi, the light of this divine flame shines in the smaller flames. Though one and the same for all, the light of the Self manifests in the smaller flames as a variety of iridescent colors
The shankha, the sacred conch, emerges from the waters. In her Message for 2014, Gurumayi teaches that the shankha is a symbol for the primordial resonance of Consciouness—AUM—from which the universe manifests and into which it returns. In a human being, this resonance arises from the anahata chakra. The word anahata means “unstruck” in Sanskrit, and it refers to the self-born nature of the primordial resonance.
The melodious sounds of the flute and the lapping of water that accompany the images represent the different nada, or unstruck inner sounds, that also emerge from AUM. When we attentively focus on anahata nada, these sounds lead our awareness back to AUM and into the flame of the heart, our own Self.
The flames then dissolve into a multiplicity of diffuse colors, and the colors become a backdrop for the shankha. Moments later, that backdrop begins to swirl concentrically, as though it were being churned. This churning recalls a story from the Shrimad Bhagavatam Purana.
In the story, gods and demons are seeking the nectar of immortality. They learn that this nectar lies at the bottom of the Ocean of Milk, so they team up to churn its waters. They use Mount Mandara as a churning rod and loop the great serpent Vasuki around it. Each group takes one end of the serpent and, slowly, they begin to churn. In time, great fortune comes of their effort. An exquisite gem rises up out of the ocean, as do animals like the wish-fulfilling cow Kamadhenu and the four-tusked elephant Airavata. Even the Goddess Lakshmi, who bestows wealth and abundance, emerges majestically from the Ocean of Milk. And finally, after the waters churn and churn, comes the pot of amrita, the nectar that grants immortality.
Like the Ocean of Milk, the colors around the shankha churn until what is left is nectar—the bliss of Consciousness, represented by the pure blue of the backdrop. So you can think of this whole scene as depicting Consciousness, moving in your being to bring about liberation, the supreme attainment. This movement happens through the grace of Shri Guru, and through your dedication to the purifying practices of sadhana. And it leads you to the nectar of immortality, to the infinite blue light of Consciousness.
Then, at the conclusion of Gurumayi’s Season’s Greetings, the shankha transforms into one brilliant point of light: the Blue Pearl. The Blue Pearl is the essence of our own Self. Though minute in size, it holds within the entire universe and the vast expanse of Consciousness.