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Gurupurnima

Gurumayi Chidvilasananda’s Darshan and Wisdom

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My state has risen like the sun on seeing Gurumayi's image and reading her words. My heart instantly expanded, and I rejoiced in this day. In an instant, my perception of my cold body and the cold, wet weather outside has been transformed.
 

Perth, Australia

While I see the Guru’s presence through my eyes, it is felt in my heart. When I close my eyes, the Guru, the Self, is right here. I smile and relax into that presence.
 

New York, United States

I first saw Shri Gurumayi in person standing in front of Gurudev Siddha Peeth in February 2003. Looking back, I see that I immediately understood Gurumayi’s words in this first posting. I sensed that the Sadguru’s heart is beyond anything I was used to. I knew her heart was full of compassion, and in that moment my heart filled with devotion to her.
 
Whenever I remember that moment, I experience anew the depth of the power of love in the heart.
 

Kopargaon, India

After invoking the presence of Shri Guru as I sit before my puja, I start my meditation. After a few moments, I find myself immersed in divine light and experience no distinction between within and without. I am as pervasive as divine light, while absorbed in love and bliss.
 
After meditation, I find myself filled with happiness and enthusiasm, ready to carry out my daily activities with equanimity.
 

Udaipur, India

Message 16 from Gurumayi says it all for me. I feel it miraculously answers my inner question as to what my focus should be these days. It guides me to focus on cultivating divine virtues on a daily basis, while experiencing the Guru’s love and grace whenever I connect with myself within.
 

Bangalore, India

I was somewhat restless before seeing this photo and reading Gurumayi’s teaching about mantra, but as soon as I started to repeat the mantra, my mind became calm. I felt as if Gurumayi was touching my head and moving it gently.

Chennai, India

As I receive this teaching, I feel the stillness of nature arising within my heart. I feel myself returning to myself, just as Gurumayi describes nature as “always in the process of returning to itself.” What a soft, joyful, beautiful feeling arises within me!
 
I'm heading out now for a walk with my dog, with eyes and heart wide open to immerse myself in nature's state of meditation. 
 

Castlemaine, Australia

In a meditation once, I received a card for a spiritual name from Gurumayi.  The card was blank; it had no name, just white light beaming out of it.  
 
Later, I wanted to confirm this experience in person. In darshan I asked Gurumayi for a spiritual name and her hand looked just like it does in this picture. Her words here about “the iridescent force of that light” help me realize that my goal is to keep striving to experience merging into this great light and to live from there.
 

Washington, United States

Reflecting on image 11, I see that I have found prayer to be a direct way for me to enter the heart, both my heart and what I experience as the heart of God. At a time when my usual comforts have been taken away, I have been praying by writing to Gurumayi in my journal. After I write, I focus inside and experience guidance that shows me a way forward. Then I feel more confident in my direction.
 
As I pray, I can feel that the Guru is with me each step of the way. 
 

Massachusetts, United States

This week I read each of the teachings in “Gurumayi Chidvilasananda’s Darshan and Wisdom.” I was particularly drawn to the teaching about prayer that appears with photo #11.
 
That night as I was praying, all of a sudden I felt Lord Shiva enter my being and permeate all of it in the tiniest fraction of a second. I had an inner knowing and vision that it was Lord Shiva in the form of Shiva Nataraj, and that I was indeed Lord Shiva myself.
 
This experience makes me feel empowered and worthy of the highest. And I now find myself remembering to repeat Om Namah Shivaya more frequently, with the heightened understanding that Lord Shiva, my Guru, and I are one. This gives me strength.

New York, United States