This story resonated with me because it introduces a theme that has been a major part of my sadhana over the last year. Reading about how Anjana took the sage's advice and went from fretful longing to easeful resting in the peacefulness of her own sweet breath reminded me that something similar has been happening for me. I have learned that when I tune in to the extremely simple act of watching my breath while fortifying it sweetly by repeating the mantra, or when I use the breath to chant God’s name, my experience is one of constantly offering love to my Guru's feet.
Washington, United States
Anjana's experience of peace radiated from this ancient story. This has reinforced my experience that God has placed within me the most powerful gift—the transformative blessing of my very own breath.
Two days ago in meditation as I focused on my breath, I literally felt the tension melting away from my shoulders; I even heard my shoulder release. My breath naturally deepened, and my mind became peaceful and happy. My breathing was a therapeutic balm for my whole being, so welcome and needed.
California, United States
Reading this story, I feel so palpably what a gift each breath is. To the extent I am aware of each in-breath as a gift, I can then allow my exhalation to serve as an offering—a beautiful result of my gratitude for breath.
New York, United States
I am awestruck by Anjana’s unwavering devotion. I so admire the way she persevered in the face of adversity and remained committed to her goal. This highlights for me the importance of engaging in sadhana
with commitment and surrender. And I’m appreciating how this attitude reveals the true purpose of spiritual practices—inner transformation.
The Houghton, South Africa
As I read this story, I felt such a synchronicity. A few days ago I was drawn to a stream and waters like the ones in this sacred story. I made prayers and gave thanks, and I felt I received powerful blessings from Gurumayi that are nourishment for my soul to make me strong in my sadhana
during this challenging passage.
As I followed Anjana's journey, I was filled with gratitude for the direction it gives to me and to so many of us as we travel on the Siddha Yoga path.
Focusing on the images of nature on the Siddha Yoga path website calms my mind. Then, just as Anjana follows the instructions of Shri Matanga, I can follow Gurumayi’s guidance more fully.
I may not journey physically up the mountains as Anjana did, but the sacred images of nature shared on the website have most certainly connected me to nature’s greatness. In this way my heart opens, my mind quiets, and I experience the joy of the Self- sweet satsang
South Yarra, Australia
As I ponder Anjana’s dedication, I understand that I have the capacity to live in paradise, too, the paradise of the Self. I can give myself wholeheartedly to my own breath—the natural and persevering breath—and allow it to take me to my own inner happiness, the Truth within.
I pray for my intention to blossom and become as ardent and pure as Anjana’s.
Kentucky, United States