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Divya Jyoti—The Divine Light

May 21Jyota se Jyota Jagao - Verse 6
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For the past few days I have been reflecting about what Jyota se Jyota Jagao means to me and how I experience it when my Guru “lights my lamp” from hers.

When I received shaktipat diksha, or initiation, my Guru lit a tremendous light within me. This light slowly and gradually began to illuminate my beliefs, inner attitudes, thoughts, feelings—everything in me and my life. I was invited to work on one issue after another until I was able to find inner peace with it. This did not happen without crises and working on myself. But after each crisis I felt lighter and freer and my life became easier and more pleasant.

In that sense, it seems to me that my lamp was not lit all at once; for me the unfolding of the gift of shaktipat is a constant process that only works when I actively participate in it and open myself to the grace of my beloved Guru.
 

Unterlangenegg, Switzerland

This morning I prayed that anything blocking my experience of the divine would be removed. Then in meditation I had an inner vision of Gurumayi and felt her shakti pour through me. A series of challenging memories played before me, and I experienced my fears dissolving in the Guru’s love. I was left with deep physical and emotional relief.

Then I had a vision of Baba, and a cobalt blue space opened up and drew me in. This deep blue light was mesmerizing and enchanting. Immersed in this celestial light, Baba and I laughed together. My laughter felt belly-deep and free.

When I visited the Siddha Yoga path website, I saw that today is Baba’s lunar birthday. What a divine gift Baba has been to me personally, and to the world! How can I thank such a one who can remove our burdens with so much love? O Sadguru, you have lit my lamp from your lamp.
 

Illinois, United States

These last few weeks I have been feeling alone and unsure of my purpose. On the night of Baba’s lunar birthday I found myself guided to the Siddha Yoga path website. I sang along with the Divya Jyoti recordings and afterwards felt a quiet, calming, commanding stillness.

Then I prepared to go to bed. As I turned the lights off around the house and it became darker, I noticed a bright light shining from my meditation room. What could it be? As I entered the room, a beam of bright, silver-white light was shining across the room from the window. The clouds had parted, and Baba’s moon had risen above the trees. The moon shone with a radiance I had never experienced before. Light streamed in like a river; it flowed across the room, stopping only when it reached a photo of Baba. I looked back and forth from the moon to Baba. Baba’s smile beamed at me, and I felt his presence embracing me from within. I realized that I’m not alone at all.
 

Melbourne, Australia

Yesterday I visited a beautiful monastery church and was drawn to light a candle and offer a prayer. I lit my tapered candle from the central one and set it in place.

As I looked at the flame, set among the other candles there, my mind became very still. I felt that this flame represented my own inner light, kindled by the Guru’s grace. Great love filled my heart, and I prayed to be able to offer my very best to the world.

I have sung Jyota se Jyota Jagao many times. In this precious moment, the words of the refrain came strongly alive for me: “Light my lamp from your lamp, O Sadguru; light my lamp from your lamp. Remove the darkness covering my heart.”
 

Havant, United Kingdom

Verse 2 in the prayer Jyota se Jyota Jagao says: “We, your children, have come to your door. Show us your auspicious form.” I have been reflecting on what this means to me.
 
For me, the Guru’s form is auspicious because it evokes love in me. It reminds me of my own divinity and helps me focus on my path. In lonely times, the form of my Guru is my anchor and greatest reassurance. In happy times, it is the object of my gratitude. 
 
The more I reflect on the form of my Guru, the more I find it in everything around me and in myself. Truly, contemplating the form of my Guru is in itself auspicious.
 

Unterlangenegg, Switzerland