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Be Angelic

Teachings by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

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A few days after our country, France, shut down, my niece initiated a very sweet family rendezvous. Every day at 6:45 p.m., my niece, her partner, their seven-year-old daughter, and I have a virtual meeting to offer our prayers through chanting. Before chanting, one of us proposes an intention for the chant. We then offer the chant for different people, such as the doctors and nurses, people dying alone, old people living in retirement homes, poor people without income, and the great people who support others.
 
It is always powerful and never sad, because it comes from our heart and our inner strength.
 

Concarneau, France

When I heard Gurumayi’s talk “Be Angelic,” I thought to myself, “How can I have an angelic attitude?” Ever since then, I have been drawing with chalk on the sidewalk in front of my house. I put my heart into making uplifting things for people to read as they walk by.

I started writing palindromes (words or sentences that can be spelled the same forward and backward) and I watched people walk by and saw the joy on their faces. So I decided to take this a step further and I started writing quotes that I thought would be helpful for a time like this pandemic.

I felt lots of love in my heart. It made me feel so much joy to feel other people's joy. I made more and more chalk drawings—of riddles and virtues. I feel so angelic when I write with chalk with an open heart. This has brought much more happiness into my life.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for your powerful words. I am so grateful.

a thirteen-year-old from California, United States

In response to Gurumayi’s teachings in this talk, I have realized that I can develop an angelic attitude by not looking down on anyone or anything; I need to remember that everything has its own value. All of nature has value, so I should not think that insects are low and humans are superior. When I see life like this, I can develop a more angelic attitude .    
                                            
I hope that my angelic attitude will spread so that my angelic behavior will  uplift others like a lotus blooming attracts everybody.

Dehradun, India

Immediately after Gurumayi gave this talk, I remembered that I had a crystal angel in a drawer in my home.  I found it and placed it on my puja as a reminder to be angelic.

How do I spread angelic light?  When I consider this question, I experience a soft crystal-clear light filling my forehead and shining outwards in all directions.

This morning, I decided to offer Shri Guru Gita for my friends and neighbors.  As I recited the text, I experienced the clear light shining from my forehead and outwards to all of these people. To me, this is the angelic light.
 

Sydney, Australia

After waking this morning, I remembered being in the Temple with Gurumayi and Bade Baba via live video stream. Gurumayi’s question came to me: “How do I develop an angelic attitude?” I inwardly prayed for an answer.
 
Immediately, pouring in through the crown of my head came the most beautiful, sparkling, gold-and-white light, which enveloped me in joy and fullness. I could feel an angelic presence descending into all my cells. This truly beatific feeling pushed out any troubles or negative energy; there was just light and joy within me. I could feel no ill will. I was happy. I let judgment go.
 
I saw that this transformation is just a breath away, through grace, through asking. This is a practice I will continue!
 

California, United States

Once about eight years ago I had an experience that felt like being visited by an angel. It was not an angel I could see but I felt its benevolent presence and was truly awestruck.
 
So when Gurumayi said, "Become angels," I recalled that presence. The experience was of a huge, nearly overwhelming love, immense silence, and all-encompassing peace. It filled the studio where I lived. I did not want it to leave. I did not want to get up and go outside. I just wanted to be with that angel and bask in its presence.
 
Now, when Gurumayi speaks about “developing an angelic attitude,” I get in touch with that memory, and I recall that immense love, peace, and deep silence that surrounded me. I am grateful to Gurumayi for her boundless love, and for helping us remember who we are and where we are going at this challenging time.
 

California, United States

Since the time I heard Gurumayi speak about cultivating an angelic attitude I have wondered, "How do I do that?" I did some research and I found two important characteristics of angels: giving to others and serving as messengers of God. So I decided to practice an angelic attitude by being a bearer of positive news to others.

I have spent time contacting friends and relatives in the past few weeks, and I have strived to present a positive attitude, and so have the people with whom I spoke. It felt as if we lifted ourselves up and we would not only cope with, but also thrive in this new, uncertain environment. I am so grateful to Gurumayi for her many satsangs and teachings which have taught me to thrive and use my time in productive and uplifting ways.
 

Pennsylvania, United States

The words “Be Angelic” took on a whole new meaning for me. It starts with being kinder, more patient, and stronger within myself.

I feel so grateful for all the healing, love, and powerful advice Gurumayi gave us so generously during this satsang.
 

Ville St. Laurent, Canada

As I read Gurumayi’s teachings on “Be Angelic” about bringing her Message for 2020 “to the foreground” no matter what is going on inside you, I realized I had been practicing this recently with remarkable results.
 
This week I was in the hospital to have a procedure on my heart. During the hour or so I was waiting to go into the operating room, I took solace in repeating Gurumayi’s Message, “Peacefulness of the Self,” over and over again like a mantra. I felt calm and happy. Two anesthesiologists appeared at the foot of my bed and one joked, “You look so relaxed that you don’t need our help.” Once I was in the operating room, one of them said, “Truly, I feel calm just being around you,” and the other one said, “You are a beacon of peace in these anxiety-filled times.”
 
It was a startling reminder to me of the power of the Siddha Yoga practices and teachings and how our state can impact and uplift the people around us.
 

Kew, Australia