Recently as I waited for surgery (one of many attempts to restore the hearing in one of my ears), I reflected on the support I’ve received from family, friends, and the Siddha Yoga community and teachings. An atmosphere of calm seemed to permeate the entire room and everyone in it.
The day after the surgery, when I still could not hear, I became fearful. But I remembered Gurumayi’s Message and all that I have studied and practiced this year. Almost effortlessly, calm overrode fear, and peacefulness became my unbroken state.
Eight days later, upon waking I heard sounds moving through my ear. It was like a parched riverbed experiencing the flow of sweet, clean water after a long drought. It was, and is, incredible! I remain quiet while my body heals, drinking in the richness of a stereo sonic environment, and filled with awe and gratitude.
West Vancouver, Canada
Over the Christmas holidays of 2019, our 16-year-old puppy had a heart attack. My husband and I spent much of those holidays in the emergency room, completely thrown off-center.
On the way to participate in Sweet Surprise
on New Year’s Day, we talked about how we wanted to return to being centered. I said that Gurumayi’s Message for 2020 would surely give us the direction we needed.
When I heard the Message, I felt a milky kind of nectar pouring over my heart, comforting it, and instilling in it a sense of protection and calm. With that, my awareness dropped down into the Self, and I could feel my pain loosen. I experienced the serenity that Gurumayi was speaking about and with it, the assurance that all of us would be protected.
And right at that instant, I saw the image of our beloved pup bounding over in his little doggie body to sit at the feet of Bade Baba in Siddhaloka.
North Carolina, United States
Recalling Gurumayi’s Message for 2020, I look out at the sparkling, highlighted leaves on the pear tree and a scintillating presence pulls me inward into the space of knowing. As the leaves glisten and dance in the breeze, I already envision the painting I will soon be creating.
I asked for peace today, and I found it in the sparkling leaves of the pear tree.
New Hampshire, United States
Hello, sweet Friend.
Ahh! You come to me in the sweet silence of my heart, tenderly, warm.
My body is aglow.
I feel your brilliance lighting up my inner sky
with radiant love beams, soft, cool-like lasers
purifying my entire inner landscape.
In this sweet silence, your incredible love
is so enchanting, so enveloping.
It entices my timid heart to come closer.
I know you love me.
Georgia, United States
This year I have the strong feeling that I am actually practicing
Gurumayi’s Message. I have started to write poems and record my thoughts about the Message, and I feel that in this way I can get deeper into the Message than I have in the past. This practice is also helping me learn to express myself with words.
I feel that I am living inside
the Message as opposed to simply repeating it or talking about it. Living in
the Message in this way has made me feel that I am becoming one with it. I feel that I am truly understanding the meaning the Message has for me.
During Sweet Surprise
, when Gurumayi gave her Message for 2020 in Hindi, it landed deep inside me. I relished its familiarity, its sheer closeness. Here was something I could hold on to; I felt it was the key to my own Self.
London, United Kingdom
When I breathe in the first word of Gurumayi’s Message for 2020, I feel calmness take hold of my body and the rain starts to fall from my eyes. When I breathe out the last word, I am full of compassion for myself and I am surrounded by the stillness of God's love.
Nana Glen, Australia
This morning, facing a long list of things to do, I decided to visit the Siddha Yoga path website. When I opened the page announcing Gurumayi’s Message for 2020 and looked at the image and the words, I felt my breath deepen and slow down, and my mind relax. Deep peace settled in my being, and I heard a quiet voice within gently saying, “Do what needs to be done."
In that moment, I knew that the Self never changes and the Self knows what to do. I realized that no matter how daunting the tasks at hand appear to be, what matters is the state of my heart, which is timeless. I feel renewed enthusiasm now for approaching the tasks ahead.
Frome, United Kingdom
Contemplation of Gurumayi’s Message for 2020, and practicing that focus during meditation, have brought me a more direct understanding of what atma vichara
, “study of the Self,” really means. My meditation now has a clear, strong, yet soft focus, and the subtle scintillation of the light of the Guru's grace arrives before my inner vision. With sweet relief, I can feel my mind letting go of all its impressions and settling into a serene inner night sky.
California, United States
As I opened the webpage displaying Gurumayi's Message for 2020, I experienced a silent pulsation between my eyebrows. The serene energy pulled me into depths of silence within.
In the days leading up to Sweet Surprise
2020, a spontaneous prayer arose within me for my 93-year-old mother to experience peace. Afterward, I realized it was also a prayer for myself during a challenging period in both our lives.
When Gurumayi gave us her Message for 2020, my heart swelled with joy, and I smiled both inwardly and outwardly. I reveled in the sweetness of experiencing yet another manifestation of my steady, powerful connection to my Guru's heart.
I delight in Gurumayi's wording of the Message. Its first word speaks to me of the fullness of my own Self, the deep and abiding well of love, serenity, and bliss that is always accessible to me when I pause to check inside for even a moment. I love repeating the Hindi, followed by the English, as a mantra before meditating and often during the day. When I do this, my breath slows and deepens.
Thank you, beloved Gurumayi, for your auspicious blessings enfolded in your first Message of the new decade!
North Carolina, United States
The grace of Gurumayi's Message for 2020 has opened a vast ocean of serenity within my being. I go there often now during the day to sit in this profound silence and smile with great joy.
Gurumayi’s Message for this year has become like a mantra for me. I repeat it often, and it often repeats itself inside of me too.