Every time that I see the brilliant orange flag that signals “the Guru is in residence,” my heart is uplifted and I feel jubilant! The flag reminds me that Gurumayi’s residence is in my heart, and to me that represents the celebration of my years of sadhana.
Hawaii, United States
For me, the letter “M
” resonates with the word “mother.” Specifically, it brings to mind Mother Earth, as well as my own mother, who gave birth to me. I experience Baba and Gurumayi in both of these. My love for the Guru is unfathomable, as is my love for nature and my own mother.
I love the practice of noticing the letter M
in nature. The moment I see one, I feel Baba’s auspicious presence around me, my heart vibrates, and a sweet smile spreads on my face.
When I read Eesha’s beautiful letter, my heart opened. Five weeks ago my partner died of cancer. I have been following the Siddha Yoga path for twenty-four years, and my partner has been in my life for twenty-one of those years. Yet it is only now that I am understanding what is meant when people say someone is “the light of their life.”
Although she knew little about the Siddha Yoga path, my heart and my thoughts have been fixed on her being safe and well looked after now by the great Siddhas who are no longer on this plane. And so I rejoiced when I unexpectedly read Eesha’s letter today.
My partner’s name was Emma, and to me and other loved ones she was always Em, or M. After discovering what Gurumayi teaches us about the letter M
as a sign of Baba’s presence,
I can now easily imagine her spirit being loved, protected, and guided during the next part of her journey—for I understand she is already at the center of Baba’s being.
London, United Kingdom
In Eesha’s introduction she mentions how we can discover the letter “M” as a sign of Baba’s presence in our day-to-day life. The moment I read this, I decided to look into my cup of chai and there it was—a distinct “M.” This experience reminded me that I thought of Baba when I was at the supermarket this morning. The way I was walking reminded me of the way Baba walks in videos that I have seen. I am grateful for this introduction, which made me conscious of Baba’s presence in my life.
As I look at these photos, I remember that I am surrounded by the letter “M” and surrounded by Baba’s love. I have an immediate experience of Baba’s love in my heart, and I smile. I feel that Baba is reminding me that love is the essence of who I am and the reason why I’m here. I feel Baba’s legacy living on in my heart every day.
Arizona, United States
I love seeing the beauty of Shree Muktananda Ashram through the vision of M
. Every time I come to this gallery, my mind becomes at ease and all my worries melt away as I explore and search for the hidden magical M
New York, United States
What an amazing, unifying experience! I love the photos and I love nature, but to look and see through the artists’ eyes? That feeling of oneness of vision was deeply moving and humbling.
This gallery is so magnificent, so creative, so new.
On the night of Baba’s Lunar Birthday, my three-year-old son and I had such fun looking at the “M” gallery! We stopped at each image, found the M, and traced it with our fingers. His eyes twinkled with delight each time he spotted this letter. “Muktananda! Muktananda!” We repeated the name over and again, giggling with delight.
Shortly after, my son was looking at the icons on my cellphone. He exclaimed, “Look! An M!” as he pointed to one specific icon. Sure enough, there it was! Now, whenever I look at my cellphone, I will see the divine name of God.
New York, United States
What joy this gallery has brought me today! As I began watching the slides, my mind, breath, and body became focused. With each additional picture the “Aha!” of recognition brought spontaneous laughter, tears to my eyes, and a swell of love in my heart. Such a seemingly simple intention yet so much grace!
Montana, United States
When I first looked at this slideshow, I really had to look hard; I was so excited! The second time around it felt like I was more sensitive—I slowed down, trying to see with my Guru’s eyes. All I could focus on was each letter M, garlanded by flowers, sky, and more nature.
Now as I look at nature all around me, I see Baba’s letter M everywhere, in the distant hills, the clouds, the nearby forest, the palm fronds, the gentle waves in the lake. At last my eyes are seeing that which is auspicious.
As I was reading Eesha's words about finding the letter M for “Muktananda” in nature, I was distracted several times by the intoxicating scent and beauty of a cut flower on my nearby coffee table. I had cut it yesterday as a bud, and didn't know if it would open. Today, on Baba's Lunar Birthday, it has opened! It is a magnolia blossom.
Mmmm, magnolia, the letter M! I am grateful to Baba for reminding me of his sacred presence via this magnolia blossom.
North Carolina, United States
Searching for the M
in each picture was so much fun for me! With focused attention and eyes peeled, I felt happy to come upon the sacred symbol Om
and images of Baba’s heart in nature as well as the letter M
! I found myself smiling, and then throughout the day I continued my search for M
in my own environment—in clouds, in the garden. I felt I was connecting again and again with Baba.
I saw a beautiful M in the sky tonight, made up of clouds right in front of Baba's full moon. It made me think of Baba—and of Gurumayi's full smile!
M. K. Road, India
After I pressed “Play slideshow,” it was fun racing to find the M before the next photograph! A moment of playfulness—“Ahh, there you are!” Thoughts of how an M should look dissolved into openness, possibilities, and the relief in knowing that M is everywhere!
The introduction to the “M” gallery is touching me very deeply, especially the final sentence.
To practice seeing with Gurumayi's eyes, to view the photos and find Baba's initial as a symbol of his identity, to see the world and find God everywhere in it— what a sublime endeavor! What a sweet, creative idea to keep our thoughts on God, on the Guru, on our beloved Baba in the midst of our surroundings.
In this search I turn my mind to discovering what God wants me to see. How can I turn my eyes and see what is hidden within? How can I turn completely to see beyond the veil? I too hope that I can recognize Baba—not only his M
initial, but what he truly is. I too hope that I can understand how he is with me and I with him. I hope that I can live up to Gurumayi's hope.
These photos are beyond wonderful and looking for the M
in each one caused me to laugh out loud!
When looking at all these M-
iraculous photos of nature, I realize that my Baba is truly everywhere, laughing and spreading joy and his teachings constantly.
New Mexico, United States
While viewing this photo gallery, I can feel the tangible presence of Baba. I am flying in bliss. I am so happy to receive Gurumayi's teaching that “he is with you every step of the way.”