Recently, a friend and I were discussing Gurumayi’s Message Artwork for this year. The next day, before I meditated, I thought again about the Artwork. Afterward, I lay down in shavasana
, and the most marvelous experience occurred. With my eyes open, I beheld a screen with sparkling, golden rays outlining a honeycomb across the sphere of my view. I could still see the ceiling, yet in front of it was a delightful vision of golden lines in a hexagonal pattern. As I closed my eyes to rest in shavasana
, with the glowing honeycomb still in my inner view, I relished the sweet nectar of this experience.
This felt like darshan
—the sweetest confirmation of the power of a little effort and opening to Gurumayi’s supremely generous, loving gift.
New York, United States
In meditation this morning, the image of Gurumayi's Message Artwork came to me and I saw it in a completely new light. At first the nature of the mind appeared to me as a sky of scintillating stars. Then I saw the honeycombs in the Artwork as the places where busy bees are doing their practices, building a foundation for their sadhana
. Then I experienced that in meditation, I am taken into the great void, where I experience the
honey, the bliss—the ananda
—of my sadhana.
Florida, United States
In my morning meditation, after studying Gurumayi's Message Artwork for some time, I closed my eyes and began to repeat the first line of the Message. Immediately I experienced an ache behind my eyes that usually signals that I am about to go very deep. Then a powerful energy rose up into my head. The energy was so strong that it took my full attention. It dissolved everything in my mind and filled my whole head and neck, and then flowed down into my heart, where it vibrated intensely. When the timer went off 45 minutes later, I took some time to transition and slowly come out of meditation. This energy stayed with me, softly vibrating in my whole being.
Georgia, United States
When I saw Gurumayi’s Message Artwork, I felt like my mind is an ocean, and I need to reach the deep silence which exists deep down in that ocean. At the uppermost layer there are the sounds of waves emerging and subsiding, which symbolize my thoughts. As I move down to the innermost core, I find that there is only me everywhere. It was nothing but pure Consciousness.
When I viewed Gurumayi’s Message Artwork, the words and the Artwork acted like a kind of space-time portal for me. My being entered a loka
, a plane of existence, where a soft, warm, humming, honey-like feeling of bliss surrounded my awareness in all directions. I disappeared but did not feel lost.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for the blessing of this exquisite darshan
As I read through Swami Shantananda’s introductory words, my curiosity grew and grew about what I would receive from the experience of Gurumayi’s Message Artwork. Then, while gazing at the Message Artwork, I focused on the natural rhythm of my breath. I noticed that the words of the Message were dancing inside me and I experienced a state of deep mental relaxation. I was absorbed in a still place inside. I felt at home.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for revealing the beauty of the Heart to everyone.
After participating in Sweet Surprise
on the Siddha Yoga path website, I went to look at Gurumayi’s Message Artwork. I felt amazement because my mind, usually so restless, immediately stopped to contemplate it.
The Artwork made me feel as if I were inside a beehive, where industrious thoughts, like bees, were building the dense network of daily connections. Then my gaze was attracted into the blue oval at the center, and my breath became wider and deeper. From that moment on I was able to experience great peace as I entered more and more into the design.
Flashes of light began to appear, and I entered the blue oval, which had turned into a lake reflecting the sky. I became aware that the image was my own house, the seat of my thoughts and my individuality. But it was transformed: now it was the pillar of light illuminated by Goddess Kundalini—my true home.
This experience, coming so early in 2019, will help me trust the gifts that my mind can offer me.
Being together like bees
following our dharma
our center appears as blue space
May I repeat my practices like a bee,
flying for nectar and water.
May my mind gain dharmic thoughts,
and emit honey-sweet fragrance.
May there be enough honey for the young ones
and for generations to come.
I fell in love with Gurumayi’s Message Artwork the moment I saw it. I felt Gurumayi was talking to me and leading me to the inner core—to the center of the mind. I felt I had come home. Due to technical difficulties I had not yet heard all of Sweet Surprise
. When I went to bed on January 1, however, I carried the Message Artwork within my heart and I felt an abundance of love.
I still long to hear Gurumayi’s Message talk. However, I feel that her Message Artwork contains it all. As I write this, I feel the Artwork is living within my heart. I feel the vibrations of contentment, peace, and silence, as I hold the Message Artwork in my heart.
My senses are captivated by this beautiful universe of Gurumayi’s Message Artwork.
In the Artwork, I see a golden shimmering periphery and a deep blue center. Around the center, what I see is a beehive, where I imagine that many beings are living in their bodies, just as time- and space-bound as I am.
The Message Artwork reminds me that I have the choice to seek the consent of my mind—whose true nature is Consciousness—to rest in the center, that dark blue center where time and space don’t exist.
I feel it is quite natural for the senses to look for gratification in the periphery. But at the same time, my mind can remain unattached and pure even in the midst of a busy beehive. For this reason, I can always choose to be “heart-bound.“
Gurumayi’s Message Artwork seems to me like a wishing well with water and lights within golden particles. When my mind tries to find the true nature of the lights, I can do this—as long as my mind is still.
The Artwork inspires me to make my mind a friend. Through this practice, I know I can nourish my sadhana
and experience joyful blessings.
Texas, United States
This is the direction that I feel that Gurumayi’s Message Artwork for 2019 is pointing me toward:
Savor the ecstatic honey of the world.
Absorb the light of God.
Realize the unity in God’s creation.
Dive deep into the Self.
Gurumayi's Message Artwork touches my heart. I'm swimming through it in the infinite, shimmering sea of Consciousness where my mind is still. Here, I am calm. I can act, without reacting. I am divine. Creativity flows forth. I am stirred to dive deep into the golden nectar of the gods. I want to return again and again for more nectar—more sweetness, more stillness.
Washington, United States
In contemplating Gurumayi's Message Artwork, I felt that my mind was in the middle of everything. I realize that I can free it from all my thoughts and fill it with light, luminosity, and the amazing colors that are around me. After contemplating, I am feeling relaxed and able to enjoy the most beautiful things in life. I can also feel all the blessings that have been given to me.
For me, the circle in Gurumayi’s Message Artwork suggested a circle on a stage into which I was invited to step and in which I would serve my Guru. I sensed a command to step up and out of my habitual, beloved solitude to be there for whatever Gurumayi asks of me—out in the world.
Maine, United States
I followed the steps that Swami ji outlines to prepare for darshan
of Gurumayi’s Message Artwork. As I looked at the colors, forms, and textures in the image, I felt as if I was drinking in the captivating, radiant colors, as well as the sparkling streams of light behind them. I felt my heart expanding and experienced myself sinking deeply into my own consciousness.
As I turned my attention to the words and read the first line, I felt my mind being pulled inward towards a deep, fathomless, still, yet moving, space within. After this, I let my eyes focus on the words, and then let go of the focus. The Artwork seemed to come alive! I felt I was watching streams of Consciousness pouring into my mind. I was meditating—in an alert and alive meditation in which I was aware of the awakened core of my being. This, for me, truly was darshan.
As I behold Gurumayi’s Message Artwork for 2019, it dances in and around my heart. The image keeps drawing me in and then pulls me back. As my eyes take in and move between aspects of the Artwork, my heart feels expansion and possibility. The back-and-forth dance that occurs for me is like a gift that keeps on giving and giving. What prasad
California, United States