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As I continue to contemplate this poem by Gurumayi, I see a deeper meaning to the line “Your resilience is a boon.” As the pandemic shifts and life seems less fraught with distress, I am so grateful for the focus I maintained on my spiritual practices during the shelter-in-place period, for they grounded me in the Guru's grace. I am so grateful for the grace and guidance we received from Gurumayi during the pandemic, and I attribute the resilience I experienced to be a gift.
I now understand that resilience is born of gratitude. It is precisely during the tough times that the scintillating energy of resilience attains its maximal power and visibility. It is precisely through the renewing spirit of gratitude that one flourishes, and then one's thriving demonstrates one’s resilience in moving forward. I see that devotion comes from resilience, and resilience from devotion.
California, United States
Gurumayi's words “Let your heart move into the safe haven of God’s abode” were an invitation to come home inside myself where divinity and truth reside. Her words remind me to keep my mind focused on the Guru and the mantra instead of things that upset me. When I find myself focusing on something that is not uplifting, I stop myself and repeat Gurumayi’s benevolent words. I am grateful to Gurumayi for her birthday gift. I treasure it deeply.
Massachusetts, United States
Recently I have found myself moving beyond so many levels of limited understanding of myself—my concepts of who I am and what my limitations are, my thoughts and my senses—and then I touch this vast, free space of joy. I can let go of all these contracted feelings about who I am. What complete freedom!
It was so wonderful to feel Gurumayi supporting me in this journey through her poem “Resonance of Joy.” I felt her there with me. We are there together, as we have always been, and as we always will be.
On the morning of Gurumayi's Birthday, I meditated after reciting Shri Guru Gita. I found myself drawn within to “that point of light” in the crown of my head. I felt its bliss and its power. Such is the power of grace; I am drawn to this light, slowly but surely, one step at a time. What a miracle; what an adventure!
California, United States
As I read this poem by Gurumayi, each word flowed from the screen and settled inside me. I felt so close to Gurumayi, knowing that each line was a guide for me to follow, a signpost to finding my own Self.
Early this morning I sat in my garden and looked down at a pot of lavender at my side, and felt Gurumayi was there too! The bees were having a great feast taking in the nectar, and I felt they too were celebrating Gurumayi’s Birthday. This has been the best Birthday Bliss for me; I have felt I have been to countless birthday celebrations.
Hampton Hill, United Kingdom
The movement sweeping though Gurumayi’s poem
has lifted my heart with joy!
The playful exuberance of her message, like a fresh breeze,
lightens my being in an instant.
Her bliss is a power stronger and more irresistible
than any earthly pull.
I am captivated, inspired, and renewed at once
by her grace, her love, her divinity.
Arizona, United States
What a gift from our beloved Gurumayi!
When I first read the word Resonance and viewed the sublime imagery of rolling hills adorned with purple flowers, the image of a magnificent gong came to mind. It drew me into the vast space of the gong, and to the center of my being. The vibrations of a gong begin with the strike of the mallet. I felt that this action is where my responsibility comes into play.
In reflecting on Gurumayi’s poem, I feel inspired and empowered to take steps to deepen my understanding and practice of the Siddha Yoga teachings.
New York, United States
I read Gurumayi’s poem today for the first time, just after I’d been for a walk to my favorite oak tree. I often commune with my friend. Today I asked him (or her) to imbue me with steadfast determination. And now, here are my beloved Guru and this poem!
I view Gurumayi’s poem as a wonderful expression of her love and compassion for me, encouraging me to experience the joyful fruits of my own sadhana. And I realize that only by moving forward can I experience those fruits, one of which is heightened intuition. I hear Gurumayi saying to me, “Do it! You can do it! I can’t do it for you.”
I am grateful to Gurumayi for teaching me self-sufficiency.
Beccles, United Kingdom
I received Gurumayi's poem as a sacred blessing, inviting me to engage my senses in order to fully experience joy. I have been blessed to live in a small forest, and I walk among its beauty and biodiversity each day. Today I will bathe each of my senses in the joy and peace of the forest.
Georgia, United States
After my husband and I offered rose blossoms to the padukas
on our altar in honor of Shri Gurumayi’s birthday, my husband read her poem aloud.
As I listened, I felt I entered the space of the Heart. There I experienced utter calm and deep solitude. I felt I was anchored in immeasurable delight as I reflected on my understanding of the intention of Gurumayi ji’s poem.
The Houghton, South Africa
I am so thankful to Gurumayi for this beautiful poem. For me, it is a reminder to pursue my sadhana
with dedication, resilience, love, joy, and enthusiasm.
After reading the poem, I sense new inspiration to keep moving—to continue following my inner spiritual journey until I attain my goal of Self-realization. It is encouraging to feel I can relish the fruits of my self-effort while still walking the path.
I am filled with gratitude for Gurumayi's presence and guidance in my life.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reading Gurumayi's poem felt like a blessing. Even though it is poetic, I found it to be filled with practical wisdom for my everyday life. I love Gurumayi’s teaching to “celebrate the process”
of one’s life. As an artist, I have found that creating a work of art is always most fulfilling when I focus on the process more than the outcome.
I am so grateful for Gurumayi’s reminder of how important it is to enjoy life’s journey with focus and perseverance.
New York, United States
The last three lines of Gurumayi’s poem help me perceive Consciousness both within myself and in the external world.
I have been reading this poem again and again to remind myself that I can
allow myself to roam in “God's abode.” The practice of mantra japa
supports me. With steadfastness and Gurumayi's compassion, I find I can pay attention to the state of stillness within, where I know that I am bliss, that I am peace.
Gurumayi's beautiful poem “Resonance of Joy” touched my heart as I read it. Gurumayi’s teachings have now become clearer to me, inspiring me to keep moving until my mind becomes fully present and focused on the attainment of the Self. Her words guide me to listen for the sound of joy everywhere—in raindrops, in the whispering of the wind in the swaying trees, in the sweet melody of the birds’ chirping, and in the vastness of the sky. They guide me to leave all my “baggage” behind and move ahead in life with joy.
My heart knows that Gurumayi ji is looking at me and listening to me in every moment. I can feel her presence and am filled with bliss without any outer reason.
While reading Gurumayi's poem—or shall I say blessings—my heart started to move. It was opening up and opening up more and more, like ripples stretching out into space. Joyful space and joyful vibrations.
I am so grateful to Gurumayi for touching my heart in this way.
Maryland, United States
When I read this poem, my heart leapt with joy as I felt Gurumayi has written this poem just for me to hear and practice at this perfect time. Recently I’d been struggling with a personal issue that left me feeling betrayed. Nevertheless, thanks to all of Gurumayi’s teachings that I’ve been reading on the Siddha Yoga path website during this Birthday Bliss
month, I was able to move to a space of forgiveness, and started moving on—mostly.
I take this poem as an acknowledgment from Gurumayi that I have indeed started moving on, but that I need to continue with steadfastness, and with joy, on my way to “the safe haven of God’s abode.”
I will cherish this poem and read it again and again as it reminds me that my Guru always knows what I am going through, and that I am under her constant protection. I strongly believe that my Guru has taken my heart as her abode so that it may be filled with sacredness, peace, joy, and love.
My mother always used to say, "No matter what happens in life, never stop walking the path. Never give up; keep moving with the time at hand."
Gurumayi ji's words in this beautiful poem “Resonance of Joy” felt like a warm, strong, loving hand on my back reminding me of my mother's words. I want to continue to move in grace and with the support of my Guru’s grace.
New York, United States
Gurumayi’s poem “Resonance of Joy” touched on so many themes that are current in my life today! Her observations about the ubiquity of movement encourage me to investigate further the places where I have sensed a certain stagnant energy, even though doing so might require that I leave my comfort zone. Her praise of “your dedication” and “your resilience” is a powerful reminder of these and other virtues—inherent within me and radiating out into my life—that I do not always fully acknowledge.
I was especially grateful for Gurumayi’s invitation to bring the full force of all of my senses to the glorious experience of joy, which itself will surely propel me forward with greater confidence and enthusiasm. And the final sentence was particularly reassuring to me in its affirmation of the most important destination on my journey—“the safe haven of God’s abode.”
Illinois, United States
The beautiful artwork at the top of Gurumayi’s poem created a foundation within me of quietude and stillness, which supported me in being able to deeply take in Gurumayi's words. I will be returning to this powerful combination many times.
Oregon, United States
Gurumayi's poem gently and steadily leads me to open the exact door of my mind that enables me to experience that, like everything else, I too am Consciousness. Propelled by Gurumayi's constant encouragement in her teachings and in this poem, I am able to experience joy even during times of hardship.
Reading this poem at this time directs me to keep going, keep remembering to turn toward the awareness that everything is Consciousness. When I do hold this awareness, I do experience joy. And when I experience this joy, I am better able to support my friends and family in their struggles. The generosity of Gurumayi’s love and grace in this gift of words inspires me to forge the virtue of resilience and to share her poem with my friends, so they too can feel the support of Gurumayi's ever-present grace.
South Melbourne, Australia
As I read this poem by Gurumayi, the word movement
stood out for me. I realized that yes, everything is moving, and because of this movement I am feeling alive.
After reading this poem, I decided to meditate on it. During my meditation I experienced the movement of prana
, the life force, in my whole being, from the tip of my toes to the crown of my head. It was so peaceful. I will meditate again and again on this poem, which I recognize as prasad
from Gurumayi ji.
a Gurukula student in Gurudev Siddha Peeth
As I read the last lines of Gurumayi's poem, a vision of Bade Baba standing with his arm raised, pointing to the heavens, came to me. My heart opened and I realized my heart was being absorbed within his heart. Within I could hear the thrum of his heartbeat—so like the infinite sweetness of the sound of AUM
—and my heart beat in synchronicity.
I felt so much peace, so much joy in remembering how I felt as a newcomer to my Guru so many years ago.
California, United States