The Disciples and the Fruit

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This story is beautiful! It is so simple, so tender, and at the same time it is profound and goes straight to the heart.
Since I read it, it often comes back to my mind, and at that moment I know I'm not alone; I feel the divine presence and the love and peace of God's infinite light.

a Siddha Yogi from Napoli, Italy

What stands out for me in this story is that Abhay must have first savored the nectar of his Guru's words by listening to them with his whole being. He allowed his mind to keep their company and they helped him discover that indeed God is present everywhere.
I am grateful for this reminder of the value of taking the time to savor the Guru's words. One way that I practice doing this is to repeat them, allowing their sound to resonate within; then I reflect on them with wonderment, and put them into practice with awareness.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for all the ways that your words guide me to the blessed company of my own heart.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, United States

I was glad to see that the Guru in the story nodded and accepted Kirtan's naive understanding even though the boy had not actually understood the Guru's teaching that God is everywhere. The Guru rejected neither his answer nor the boy himself. This, too, I see as the Guru's grace.
After reading that Kirtan got his "new understanding" from hearing Abhay's answer, I saw that Kirtan was not sad about his ignorance, nor did he get angry or envious. This reminds me that some students "get it" right away, while others learn more slowly, at their own pace—but the Guru loves them all. I feel sure that Kirtan, too, then practiced seeing God in everything all around him, and that the Guru was pleased with him.

a Siddha Yogi from Hindelang, Germany

Sometimes, like the young Abhay, I experience that God is with me, God is around me, and God is within me. This story reminds me that recently I was making my way to the local Siddha Yoga meditation center when I became afraid that I would be too late and that I might miss the satsang. I was surrounded by many people, but I “paused and connected” with myself, and I prayed to the Guru. My mind became completely absorbed in satsang and I experienced the satsang occurring within me, amidst the people around me. I again paused and connected by repeating the mantra. I perceived God in the noises, in the traffic, and again in the people around me. Once I arrived at the meditation center that day I had a happy face. I had paused and connected, and my perception had changed.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this story and its teaching to pause and connect to God. Pausing and connecting leads me to understand that God is everywhere.

a Siddha Yogi from Pune, India

While I was reading this story, an insight came to mind: when I feel alone, it is not that others have left me, it is that I have lost my connection with God!

a Siddha Yogi from Bergamo, Italy

As I finished reading this story, I found myself remembering that all things, all nature, and all thought are nothing but Consciousness. As I pondered this, I felt as though my inner chest was opening and the inner sky began to stretch out into infinite space. Peace and serenity engulfed me. My awareness moved into the center of my heart, the place of satsang, and I remembered with love that the Guru’s grace is the basis for this expansion into the experience of my true nature.

How wonderful the Guru’s teachings are!

a Siddha Yogi from New Jersey, United States

As I read this story, I understood that there is a teaching in everything the Guru says. I realized that to imbibe each teaching fully, I need to focus with faith, love, and commitment.

a Siddha Yogi from London, United Kingdom

This story moved me greatly. It so clearly showed me a tendency I have for words to travel only as far as the surface of the mind when I don’t take the time to let them sink in.
For me, satsang is the means to opening my awareness to a deeper level of truth than I normally access. When the young boy Abhay was able to hear God in the stream, in the wind’s rustle of the leaves, in the songs of the birds, I was inspired to see how he was also able to access that which is beyond the superficial cleverness of the mind. How wonderful that he could perceive the real Truth that God is everywhere and in all things. And how sweet that Truth is!
My awe and gratitude for the Guru-disciple relationship continues to grow with my own understanding. Thank you, Gurumayi, for this experience of the sweet rasa of satsang!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, United States