Gurupurnima 2017

Teachings by Baba Muktananda on the Guru-tattva, the Guru Principle - Part I

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After reading Baba’s words, I keep reminding myself of the presence of the Guru in everyone, in everything, and in all situations.

Recently, I had a dream in which I was talking to Gurumayi. Gurumayi asked me, "So how are you feeling talking to me for the first time?” I replied, "Gurumayi, it is true that I am talking to your physical form for the first time, but I feel that we have talked before, that we know each other well.”

I am very grateful for this understanding.

a  Gurukula student in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, India

Baba’s teachings on guru-tattva remind me of an experience I once had during a Siddha Yoga Meditation course.
 
I had just entered the hall after a break, and as I bowed at the front puja, I was engulfed in shimmering golden light. This light started around my eyes and extended to all objects and to all the people in the hall. Everything was part of this light, including me. I could see my own hands filled with light, and I was in a state of stillness while witnessing this light. This experience lasted for quite a while, and then, gradually, everything took shape and form again.
 
I will never forget this experience. Since that time, I know that everything is a play of Consciousness, and I am a part of that play.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Richmond, Canada

Recently I have been reciting Shri Guru Gita more often. It feels like a great way to progress on the spiritual path, and a way to express my profound gratitude to Gurumayi during this month of Gurupurnima. Today, while chanting Shri Guru Gita, this teaching from Baba on the guru-tattva came to mind. The study of Shri Guru Gita is, for me, a wonderful way to go deeper into Baba’s teaching on the guru-tattva.
 
Merci Gurumayi, de tout mon coeur (with all my heart).

a Siddha Yogi from Ramonville Saint Agne, France

Many years ago, during my second year as a Siddha Yoga student, I had a revelation: I realized that the voice in my heart and the voice of the Guru were one and the same. As this knowledge arose from within, I knew that this voice in my heart had always been with me but that I didn't know what it was before.
 
To this day, I wonder at the mystery of the Guru principle. I pranam to the Guru within and without. Yet, from that highest point of view—the guru tattva—there is no within and there is no without. There is only One.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Chertsey, United Kingdom

When contemplating this teaching from Baba, I feel it reflects the great mystery of life. Truly, understanding it in its fullness undoubtedly leads to enlightenment. What else would be left to know? In the meanwhile, as I continue my sadhana, I am so grateful to have the individual form of the Guru to teach and guide me all along the way. And, yes, this is the form that I can love, and who teaches me that, in the end, love is all there is.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Vienna, Austria

When I received shaktipat from Baba Muktananda, he gave me an experience of the formless aspect of the Guru—love-filled, blissful supreme Consciousness. This experience was beyond the capacity of my mind to comprehend or hold on to easily. But over the years, focusing my mind on the beloved form of Shri Guru has brought me back to that experience again and again. As Gurumayi says in her book of poetry, Pulsations of Love, it is
The form that I can always love…
Which in turn takes me to the formless.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

The Guru speaks to me
in myriad ways,
through:
 
the people I meet
the natural world
the things that happen
the teachings of Gurumayi
the promptings of my own heart.
 
The Guru has always been with me.
The Guru is the one who leads me home.

a Siddha Yogi from Vermont, USA