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Niścintatā
The State of Harmony II

Niścintatā is a Hindi word referring to the state of being in harmony with oneself and one’s surroundings. Gurumayi requested that this gallery of black-and-white photos be created for the Siddha Yoga path website because these images evoke timelessness. Gurumayi gave the word niścintatā as the title for this gallery.

Gurumayi shared the story that when she was a child in India and she would ask elderly people how they were doing, they would often reply, with a very sweet smile, a gentle tilt of their head, and a lift of their hand, “Maĩ niścint hū̃. I am free from worry.” Gurumayi remembers this with great affection. It made a deep impression on her.

Gurumayi’s teachings are about just this: it is within every seeker’s ability to become free from worries—it is possible to experience the absence of mental agitation. This gallery is an invitation from Gurumayi to get in touch with niścintatā, the state of being in harmony.

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A leaf shed
returns to its essence
Square lines repeat
Smooth surfaces--
grass and lake stretch away
Soft, warm light
 
Branching network of trunks,
blessings silhouetted
against the ether
delicate arms iced
with snow
 
Snow that
shimmers and glows
luminescent, iridescent, 
The Guru’s love
abounds
 

Thornbury, Australia

Looking at this gallery, I felt deep stillness in my heart.
 

Khamgaon, India

My heart fills with joy and gratitude every time I experience the harmony I find in the photos of Nishchintata. Seeing the images in black and white makes it easier for me to appreciate the texture, pattern, and light of these scenes in nature. I love immersing myself in the beauty of nature through the heightened sense of awareness I receive here. 
 
I’m so grateful to all who offer seva to make these photos available to us. And I so value Gurumayi’s inspiring vision.
 

California, USA

Evening walk around the neighborhood streets
Holding up the collar against the chilly winds
I look up at the glowing twilight
And behold the moon which will be soon full
Leaves crunching under my feet
They sing Niscintata, Niscintata, Niscintata
There is always spring.
 

Marrickville, Australia

I just love the simplicity of looking at the black and white images here and focusing my attention on the light. This gallery reminds me that every time I learn something new in sadhana, I am so grateful for the light shed on my experience. I become aware of courage replacing the anxiety that arises from the feeling that I am "going it alone." And I experience contentment—I am “free from worries”—in the knowledge that grace abounds in new forms.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this wonderful offering on the website. Thank you for the constancy of your grace.
 

California, United States

As I quietly contemplated the strength and beauty of nature, each photo connected my being with the energy in all creation.
 

Nantes, France

Laughing water dancing, plunging downward, 
Frozen to serene stillness, 
Shining like diamonds in winter light.
My heart sees miraculous beauty through your lens of love, my beloved Gurumayi.
 

New York, United States

Seeing into the nature of things,
I feel the texture of each deep pattern.
I see myself, my body, its wonders mirrored in every frame.
Prana moves, shifts. I ease outwards while my awareness deepens.
I perceive the deep architecture,
the silent harmony, waves of my being…
 

Connecticut, USA

Your grace,
my Guru, like
moonlight glimmering on
the delicate branches of this 
red heart
 

Thornbury, Australia