In this abhanga, the Maharashtrian poet-saint Jnaneshvar Maharaj refers to his listener as “child of the Guru,” an affectionate way of referring to a disciple—one who follows and practices the teachings of a realized Master.
“Give up the ego,” the saint instructs, “and take the light of the mantra So’ham.” These simple words encapsulate a profound teaching for the repetition of So’ham, one of the practices Gurumayi gave us to put her Message for 2019 into action.
When Saint Jnaneshvar urges us to “give up the ego,” he is talking about our identification with our limited individuality, which keeps us from experiencing and recognizing our own great Self. One’s personal characteristics or history – whether one is a doctor, a teenager, someone who plays chess, or an award winner–are useful to perform one’s roles in the world. But they only reflect a narrow portion of who we are. For this reason, the poet-saint asks us to replace the ego, the limiting notions about ourselves, with the “light of the mantra So’ham.” This means not only repeating the words, but also focusing the mind on the radiant Truth that the mantra embodies.