As I contemplated this beautiful virtue, I saw that true graciousness begins with oneself—through self-acceptance, compassion, forgiveness, and love—and then naturally and generously flows to others. I saw that choosing to participate in the Shaktipat Intensive is one of the ways I am gracious to myself, giving myself the gift of time with my Self. In this way, I open myself to receive the Guru’s bountiful graciousness.
a Siddha Yogi from Kentucky, USA
. I think of this word in relation to divine grace. And I also relate it to the Siddha Yoga culture of welcoming everyone with love and respect and seeing the highest in others. I’ve been learning to cultivate this quality of graciousness over the years, practicing being kind, courteous and just plain nice in everyday interactions with co-workers, family, phone representatives, store clerks, other drivers in traffic—everyone. And the result has been a happier life.
After contemplating the meaning of graciousness
, I sat quietly for a few minutes, holding the word in my awareness. I felt the area of my physical heart expand and grow lighter, and I was drawn into meditation.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your infinite graciousness.
a Siddha Yogi from Connecticut, USA
Graciousness has been an ongoing search in my life.Since I was a child, I was very attracted to people who had courteous behavior, who were gentle and compassionate, and who would smile. For many years, I tried to learn as much as I could about good manners and propriety, trying to practice what I admired in those good people.
When I received shaktipat
and had the experience of immense love coming from within myself, I realized that all those years, I only wanted to connect with the source of that kindness, the place from which graciousness emanates—and that was my own heart.
Thank you, dear Gurumayi, for giving us the gift of awakening to our true Self.
a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram