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Gratitude

The Protection of Knowledge

Siddha Yogis Share Their Experiences of Gratitude

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I have been offering seva with the Muktabodha Indological Research Institute for the last year. It has been a transformative experience. I regularly feel a deep and intimate connection with the great sages whose writings I am working to preserve. I have also found that my own study of the scriptures has deepened, and has begun to shift my outlook on the world and my own self profoundly.
 
A few weeks ago as I was reciting Shri Guru Gita, I felt students of the future reaching back to thank those of us who are working to preserve these teachings. So through this seva, I feel deep gratitude for the gifts of the teachers who came before me, while also receiving gratitude from the future. Such a sweet and sacred connection through the ages!
 

California, United States

I am so grateful to have read this share, which articulates how I have felt all these years. As if it weren't enough to receive shaktipat from an ancient lineage that I had known nothing about previously, I have had since then all the auspicious blessings bestowed by learning from the foundational texts of the Siddha Yoga path. This once esoteric knowledge is so full of bliss and the secrets of life. How lucky I am! How lucky we are!
 

California, United States

One night I had a dream that I was blinded. Then I heard Shri Guru Gita being recited and the blindness was lifted. I began reciting Shri Guru Gita regularly; I was especially drawn to verse 34 and memorized it.
 
The next time I had this dream, verse 34 came back to me and I repeated the English translation to myself: “Salutations to Shri Guru, who with the collyrium stick of knowledge opens the eyes of one who is blinded by the darkness of ignorance.” The blindness in the dream lifted immediately.
 
Beginning with shaktipat initiation, and during the ensuing thirty-nine years that I have been studying the Siddha Yoga teachings, the knowledge I have gained through the Siddha Yoga teachings and the Guru’s grace continually shines light on every aspect of my life.
 

Nebraska, United States

When I was on staff at Shree Muktananda Ashram twenty-five years ago, I came across a small Muktabodha display in the Upper Lobby of Anugraha. The display included a card with a few words of Sanskrit and their translations. I was drawn to this display as if by a magnet, and I would stare at it and this card again and again, day after day. I was compelled by something beyond my control to start studying Sanskrit and the Indian scriptures.

That studying has continued to this day.

Val-Morin, Canada

The cradle of teachings
rocking our hearts
into deep peace and sublimity.
 

Pennsylvania, United States

Another way that “the texts of the Indian scriptural tradition” have become accessible to the modern world is through Jnaneshwar’s Gita, Swami Kripananda’s rendering into contemporary English of the Jnaneshwari by Jnaneshvar Maharaj. For me, Jnaneshwar's Gita is a treasure chest of indescribable value, and I am very grateful to be able to hold this work in my hands. Every time I open and read this book, I discover gold bars of truth, pearls of wisdom, gems of beauty, and galaxies of knowledge.

Without the help of the sacred texts, it would be impossible for my mind to come to rest. For me the value of knowledge is best described by Jnaneshvar in chapter 16, verse 139 of the Jnaneshwari: “When knowledge is attained and the process of knowing ceases, the state that remains is called tranquility.”
 

Unterlangenegg, Switzerland