Just before I read Divya Sukta
7, my mind was filled with critical thoughts about a colleague. I was about to leave for work and my first meeting was to be with her. As soon as I read this teaching, I felt at ease. The tensions in my mind gave way to a sense of positivity and serenity. I understood that, no matter what, I needed to be respectful and courteous in my conversations with her. And that's what happened. It made for a beautiful start to my work day.
Since then, I have been focusing on holding onto this understanding, both at work and at home.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for showing me the way—at every step!
Yesterday, I was having a challenging interaction with one of my children. I was about to say something that I felt was justified, but would not classify as "nice." But then I remembered Gurumayi's words: "Be nice to one another now." In particular, the word now
stood out to me.
Since Gurumayi said "now," I felt I could not proceed with what I'd been about to say. Her words helped me drop my idea that I could be nice later
when I was feeling more calm and more connected to my child. So I took a deep breath, paused, and focused on regaining my composure. Things got much better from there!
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this powerful teaching that gives me such a practical way to open to the grace and goodness in my daily life.
When I first read this Divya Sukta
, it dawned on me how much easier it is to be nice to those who are nice to me
, and how challenging it can be to keep myself from reacting in an unkindly, or at least indifferent, manner when I am not treated nicely by someone else. However, being nice here
, with everyone I interact with in my daily life, is essential to my sadhana
. It connects me to the dharma of giving in the sacred cycle of giving and receiving.
To help implement this teaching, I created an acronym for myself—a practical reminder to help me in my daily interactions. First, I need to notice
when I am about to react in an unkind manner. Second, I invite
my inner Self to take the lead. Thirdly, I choose
to be nice. Lastly, I embrace
the change, knowing that grace is always present.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for creatively inspiring me to uplift my daily interactions with “effortless effort.”
Buenos Aires, Argentina
This morning I had a meeting with a friend about a business project we are planning. We have been friends for years, and have never done any work or business together. This was our first official meeting.
I had been thinking a lot about how a business relationship with a friend will work. Before our meeting, I sang the Shiva Manasa Puja
and then I visited the Siddha Yoga path website.
I was so happy when I read Gurumayi's words "Be nice to one another now.” Holding this teaching, I started our project relaxed and with confidence.
Thank you so much, Gurumayi, for this teaching.