Stories Told on the Siddha Yoga Path

The ancient art of storytelling is a beloved tradition and an essential teaching tool on the Siddha Yoga path. The scriptures of India—the Upanishads, the Puranas, the great epic tales—often employ stories as vehicles to convey their teachings. The Gurus of the Siddha Yoga path tell these stories, and countless others, in imparting their wisdom to students. Stories can be understood on many levels and often reveal new layers of understanding as you revisit them over time.

The stories recounted on this page of the Siddha Yoga path website are told to benefit both adults and children. When presenting these stories to children, you can enhance their experience and help them reflect on the teachings being imparted—and you can do this for yourself as well. Here are some ways to engage with a story, whether you read it alone, with friends, or with your family:

  • Read the story aloud, giving each character a distinct voice and personality.
  • Act out the story—an approach especially effective for children and families. You can assign roles and even create simple costumes.
  • Make a drawing or a painting of any image that comes up in the story that particularly stands out for you. Explore the meaning of these images.
  • Discuss the essence of the story with family or friends. Ask yourself what key insights the story reveals and how these insights relate to your everyday life.
  • Reflect on how this particular story might connect to Gurumayi’s Message or to any other Siddha Yoga teaching you are currently studying.

With this kind of active engagement, seekers of all ages can explore the depth of these stories, ponder the knowledge they convey, and bring the teachings into daily life.


The Story of KalidasThe Way of the Tiger


A Story about Scarcity of GratitudeStory of the Boy with a Cup
The BellStory: A Search in the DesertStory: A Cautionary Tale
Devi Anasuya, the Mother of the GodsLord Vishnu and the Creation of the UniverseStory for Chinese New Year 2021: Manraj the Ox


Stories on Gurumayi's Message for 2020A Story in Honor of Chinese New Year 2020: Rat Race



The Bee and the ElephantHanuman's Quest for KnowledgeYudhishthira’s Faithful Companion - Based on a Story from the Mahabharata


Lord Krishna's Everlasting Grace - Based on a tale from the MahabharataThe Four Princes and the Semal TreeThe Rooster and the Fox


Anjana's Prayer - Based on a story from Shri Skanda PuranaHow Shri Hanuman Got His Name
Shri Hanuman's Great Leap - Based on a story from the RamayanaShri Hanuman and the Mountain of HealingThe Treasure within Shri Hanuman's Heart
The Swan & the Crow - Based on a story from the MahabharataBrahmadatta and the Monkey Chief - A story from the Jataka Tales


I Am His Humble WorshiperFollow the Middle Path - A Story told by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda


Sage Narada & his Veena - Based on a Story Told by Baba Muktananda
King Parikshit Seeks Liberation - Based on a story from the Shrimad BhagavatamGajendra Moksha - A story from the Bhagavad Purana, Rendered by Gurumayi ChidvilasanandaA Sage Teaches a Sage Bhaktirasa - A story from the Bhagavad Purana, Rendered by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda


A selection of three poems - Atharva Veda, Mundaka Upanishad, Mahanarayana UpanishadSage Yajnavalkya and King Janaka
The Master and the 108 Lamps - A Story told by Gurumayi ChidvilasanandaUddalaka and Shvetaketu - A Story Told by Gurumayi ChidvilasanandaSheik Nasruddin and His Donkey - A Story Told by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda
Eknath Found It - A Story Told by Gurumayi ChidvilasanandaThe Guru's Cat - A Story Told by Gurumayi ChidvilasanandaThe Value of Human Birth - From 'Where Are You Going?' by Baba Muktananda