Pulsating Consciousness … Divine energy coursing through every thought, feeling, action … Purification … Insights … Connecting us to the Guru’s grace … Stilling the mind … Revealing the light of the Heart … Protecting … Leading us to liberation.
Gurumayi has given us, and the entire world, an extraordinary gift: Mantra Japa
. By following her teachings on mantra japa
, we have experienced transformation. According to the Indian scriptures, receiving an awakened mantra from a sadguru
is a rare and cherished event––mantra diksha.
For millennia, in many spiritual traditions, the enlightened knowledge and practice of repeating sacred syllables was accessible only to chosen initiates, and the use of japa malas
was often limited to prescribed places and circumstances.
Similarly, from Vedic times the knowledge of shaktipat initiation was a closely guarded secret, and the bestowal of shaktipat itself was very rare. Baba Muktananda was renowned for giving shaktipat openly to thousands of seekers at a time. What unprecedented generosity.
Gurumayi has continued to bestow shaktipat on a historic scale. And now Gurumayi has made the ancient, esoteric practice of mantra japa available and accessible to all. Through the Siddha Yoga path website, Gurumayi has imparted the enlivened Siddha Yoga mantras and elucidated the nature of mantra and the practice of mantra japa, including the use of the japa mala.
The Indian scripture Kularnava Tantra says, “Many are the gurus who are like lamps in homes, but rare is the Guru who illumines all like the sun.” It is our great good fortune to have such a Guru—a jagadguru—a Guru for the world.
A key aspect of Gurumayi’s teaching has always been her practical guidance for how to integrate mantra japa into the activities of daily life. For example, in the 1980s Gurumayi introduced the japa walk—the practice of devoting a walk in nature to mantra repetition with a japa mala.
Gurumayi’s vision for the practice of mantra japa is exquisitely expressed in the new video montage, “Joining Hands in Prayer,” on the Siddha Yoga path website. For me, Gurumayi’s vision evokes the zenith of the spiritual journey. The images and teachings in this montage invoke grace and blessings in every home, workplace, and temple; every garden, field, and forest; every village, city, and country; every lake, river, and ocean; every mountain, plain, and valley; every child, adult, and elder—around the world, and for the world.
I want to take this moment to thank Gurumayi. Thank you, Gurumayi. Thank you for your Message for 2013, Mantra Japa. Thank you for teaching us to infuse the mantra into every breath. Thank you for giving the mantra to seekers everywhere.
Even though this year is concluding, there is never a conclusion to Gurumayi’s immense compassion. I hope you have made time available and are getting ready to participate in the next A Sweet Surprise satsang. Gurumayi will be giving her Message for the new year on the first day of January 2014.
Sadgurunath Maharaj ki Jay!
Siddha Yoga Meditation Teacher