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Darshan of Gurumayi’s Message Artwork for 2017

March 1, 2017

Dear seekers,

As many of you know, we have been fortunate over the years to receive a visual representation of Gurumayi’s Message. I’m thrilled to inform you that beginning today, you have the opportunity to receive darshan of Gurumayi’s Message Artwork for 2017.

With Gurumayi’s Message for 2017, we have been doing a concentrated study of the breath. What is the color of the breath? How do you measure the width and depth of the breath? Where is the beginning and the end of the breath? Prana-shakti is nada-bindu-kalatitam; it is beyond nada (the unstruck sound), bindu (the point containing the universe), and kala (the manifestation of the world). This description, nada-bindu-kalatitam, is used in Shri Guru Gita to describe the Self—and prana-shakti is the essence of the Self.

I’ve always loved to see how an artist perceives that which is transcendent. Such work inspires in me a feeling I can’t always name—but it’s a feeling that is profound, and powerful, and true. My mind might initially focus on a particular stroke of the painter’s brush, or on the technique used to create a play between light and shadow, or on the subtlest echo of a symbol or figure in the background. Yet there comes a point, as I’m gazing at the canvas, when I notice my breath has taken on a different quality. I am no longer seeing with merely the optical instrument of my eyes. I recognize that there is a witness seeing through me.

This experience, in all its exquisiteness, is fleeting—though there are times when it lingers. When it does, I want to hold on to the experience with all my might, but it can be like trying to grasp at a wisp of smoke with my bare hands. What’s so great about Gurumayi’s Message Artwork is that once I assimilate it into my consciousness, I can call forth this image again, and again, and again. I can return to it in my mind and be gifted with new surprises. This Artwork is, to me, the sakara rupa of Gurumayi’s Message. It gives form to that which is nirakara, or formless.

I encourage you to take note of what you observe each time you reflect on this Artwork—whether that observation is made through your analytical mind or the unconditioned intelligence of your heart. Record any and all insights you come to. Ask yourself: what do the different elements of the Artwork—its shapes, colors, and textures—mean to me, in my practice of Gurumayi’s Message for 2017? How does my study of this Artwork strengthen my understanding of Gurumayi’s Message? How does Gurumayi’s Message Artwork propel me from sakara rupa to nirakara rupa? Ask yourself, with eagerness and inquisitiveness: what’s in store for me?

When you prepare to first receive Gurumayi’s Message Artwork, I recommend you set aside a minimum of fifteen minutes to do the following:

  • First, be with Gurumayi’s Message Artwork.
  • Next, meditate.
  • Then, if you have a few additional minutes, you can write in your journal.
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Eesha Sardesai

Eesha Sardesai
Siddha Yoga Student


  About Eesha Sardesai

author Copyright SYDA Foundation

Eesha was introduced to the Siddha Yoga path by her parents when she was born in 1991. She has been serving on staff in the SYDA Foundation Content Department since 2014. Between 2011 and 2014, Eesha served as a visiting sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram in the Content and Food Services departments.

Eesha earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in English (with a focus on creative nonfiction writing) and Communication and Public Service. Before she began serving on staff, she worked as a writer at a food magazine.

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Focusing on Gurumayi’s Message Artwork for 2017 connects me to my breath and the sacred inner space. In this way, I am inspired to practice Gurumayi’s Message to purify my inner being. As I reflect on the Message Artwork, it dawns on me that if I embrace the Guru’s light fully, it will illumine both my inner and outer world.

Dombivli, India

Gurumayi’s Message Artwork inspires me to keep my heart pure and strong, and to be more vigilant as well as generous as I share my goodness with people around me and with nature.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your loving wisdom and protection.

Colorado, USA

Each time I contemplate Gurumayi’s Artwork for 2017, I am reminded that regardless of what happens in the outer world, the light of the Supreme Self within shines upon us all.  So I breathe in, confidently feeling that everything is all right, and then I breathe out, enjoying the exhalation all the way to its completion. 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your teachings.

New Mexico, USA

Ever since I first saw Gurumayi’s Message Artwork for 2017, I have been intrigued and contemplating what it means to me. I felt the Artwork was saying something about the world, but could not put my finger on what that was.  
This morning, it dawned on me that the Artwork is showing me how the shining rays of the Heart can uplift and heal the world. Then I realized that, in order to participate in that, I must release the power within my own heart by focusing on my breathing and relishing the space between my breaths.

Bangalore, India

When I contemplate Gurumayi's 2017 Message Artwork, I become conscious that something profoundly beautiful is happening within my heart. It’s as if a dimension beyond words is revealing itself to me.
I had a similar experience of being deeply moved some years ago when I first saw the word Upanishad. Without knowing its meaning, I repeated it to myself, and came to feel it was like the beauty within the long, many-layered sound of an ocean wave when it rolls up to, and falls back from, a sandy beach. That experience led me to Siddha Yoga.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this beautiful, evocative Artwork, and Happy Birthday!

London, United Kingdom

Since I first saw Gurumayi’s Message Artwork for 2017, I have been amazed by it. I have contemplated it for hours and found so much meaning in it. It is as if I find all the elements in the composition to be in the world as well as inside me. Recognizing this, I feel my heart lighten with joy, and then I experience a beautiful and deep meditation session.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for such a great gift!

Chiapas, Mexico

When I saw Gurumayi’s Message Artwork for the first time,  joyful tears came to my eyes. The images seemed to represent the sacred dwelling place of the Guru within my own heart. My eyes wander in the landscape of this image and try to catch details. A few are definable by my mind. Most of them remain mysterious, a secret that only the heart is able to decipher. I am deeply touched.

Hindelang, Germany

Every time I visit this precious landscape I feel it invites me to enter in, and I am drawn to a visual image in the painting that transports me. I always feel that I am in the presence of a divine being or place. Then, I am drawn into such a peaceful inner place, and even if I do not have time to meditate, it takes me inside and refreshes and centers me.

Today when I visited, I sensed Bade Baba sitting as if in an enclosed calm place. Feeling very near to him, my chest filled with so much energy I started swaying, and I was drawn into his deep stillness. I still feel it.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your generosity and love. 

California, USA

As I gaze at the beauty of Gurumayi’s Message Artwork, I experience the beauty and love in my heart.
Thank you, Gurumayi ji, for this precious gift.

Khamgaon, India

Such a beautiful Message! As I pause to ponder and align with Gurumayi's words, my experience of myself expands.
And with every brushstroke in Gurumayi’s Message Artwork, I become aware of the immensity of the Supreme Self. I feel as if there is a holy place within me, enlivened with the sacred essence of life. Gratitude flows.

Marrickville, Australia

This artwork is staying with me; every day I think about it and love it. Sometimes when I close my eyes to go to sleep, especially after reading an uplifting book or meditating, I experience a soft golden or white light that seems to come from the sahasrara. It's beautiful and soothing, and that's what the artwork reminds me of.

Texas, USA

When I first viewed the Message Artwork, tears came to my eyes, and I was reminded that a deep part of myself was viewing its beauty.
Then I had a sense that when I follow the breath while repeating Gurumayi’s Message, I am inhaling and exhaling light.

New York, USA

From the first time I saw Gurumayi's Message Artwork for 2017, and every time I’ve looked at it since then, my attention goes to my breath. The inbreath and the outbreath become regular and more profound. Then my gaze turns inward, my eyes close gently, and my mind, very softly, becomes quiet and peaceful.

 Naples, Italy

When I let myself be absorbed in Gurumayi's Message Artwork, I saw the light of the supreme Self illuminating and revealing the beauty of the different colors of my soul. I felt openness and a sweetness inside. May I see this same beauty in all creation.

Saint Macaire, France

When I saw Gurumayi's Message Artwork, I felt great joy and a sense of deep peace. I spontaneously started breathing more deeply and felt a connection to my heart.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this potent and powerful Artwork. 

Toorak, Australia

Lately, I have realized that I do not stop to be present in every moment. So every time I remember, I try to stop, breathe, and be present. I did this today with Gurumayi’s Message Artwork. I breathed and felt myself in front of the painting; I noticed the details. As I did this, I began to feel silence and peace. I felt I was having darshan of Shri Guru.

Madrid, Spain

My goal is constancy in practicing Gurumayi’s Message, being with my breath and connecting to the Heart more fully, moment by moment. The Message Artwork has already become a means to bring me, again and again, to the inner landscape, where the inner and outer breaths meet, where I can immerse myself in light.

New York, USA

When I looked at the Message Artwork, I felt a strong energy in my forehead, as if something were drawing my mind to stillness. My breath became subtle. As I sat gazing at the Artwork, my mind became silent.
While writing this share, I’m still feeling the same energy that is helping my mind stay silent.

Surat, India

Today, as I saw Gurumayi´s Message Artwork for the first time, I immediately felt that I was viewing a scene very familiar to my heart, a place where the light always exists. I felt immersed in joy—pure joy!
Thank you, beloved Gurumayi, for giving us this precious gift. It is helping me to continue to make your Message my own.

Zapopan, Mexico

I had a little wish in my heart today as I logged onto the website. It is my Mother's eightieth birthday. She is a long-time Siddha Yogi who offered seva for Gurumayi and for Baba. I hoped there would be a special blessing for her today—and here it is, Gurumayi’s Message Artwork!
Such an auspicious day. Thank you, Gurumayi!

 New Delhi, India

Just a few minutes of focusing on Gurumayi's Message Artwork for 2017 connected me with my heart and with a deep longing for God. Then, during the meditation that followed, I experienced the desire to know God as the very presence of God. Through contemplation of the Message Artwork, I experienced this oneness!

Niteroi, Brazil

When I saw Gurumayi's Message Artwork, I was filled with inspiration. To me its form appears very free and abstract. Even the words in the image look so extraordinary. I felt like doing an art project!
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this marvelous gift.

a nine-year-old Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

At the first glimpse of Gurumayi’s Message Artwork, I felt the effulgence of my heart. After viewing it for ten minutes, I went into meditation using the words of the Message, and then the visual image of the Message Artwork came in spontaneously! This powerfully enhanced my experience and understanding of the Message. Now, an hour later, I am still experiencing silence.

New York, USA

After standing in front of the Message Artwork and breathing in the colors and the words of the Message, I sat to meditate. I found I was connected more and more deeply with my heart and crown centers. They were alive with light and felt soft, luminous, and expansive. Whenever I lost focus, I simply returned again to the words of the Message and was drawn back into the heart again. What a blessing!

Chipping Norton, United Kingdom

“What is the color of the breath?” As I contemplated this question, I opened Gurumayi’s Message Artwork —beautiful!
I felt inspired. One of the ways in which I shall contemplate and express Gurumayi’s Message for 2017 is to pick up my brushes and paint again!

New Delhi, India

As I immersed myself in Gurumayi's Message Artwork, I found my heart beating faster. I felt an excitement building, and I became aware of the image inviting me, beckoning me to go deeper into it.

In my meditation, I realized that the landscape of my heart remains largely unexplored, yet the Message Artwork has shown me that there is richness and variety to what appears to be below the surface. I resolve to accept the invitation to explore this richness! 

Wisconsin, USA

Seeing Gurumayi’s Message Artwork filled me with love and calmness. I began to listen to the sound of my breath. It brought me back to being present in the moment.

Quezon City, Philippines

Gurumayi's Message came alive for me as I gazed at the Message Artwork. Light permeated my being, starting at my forehead and then showering downward into my heart region. My mind became still. My breath became quiet, and peace and bliss filled my entire being. My eyes closed as I fell into an effortless meditation.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for this experience of the light within.

Massachusetts, USA

Taking in Gurumayi's extraordinary Message Artwork, I found that after about a minute, my eyes naturally closed and I was pulled into meditation. As I observed the colors, depth, and texture of the Artwork, I felt as if I was journeying to the inner worlds.
I look forward to returning again and again to this captivating Artwork.

Bath, United Kingdom

Wow! As I viewed Gurumayi’s Message Artwork, I immediately felt strong energy in my forehead, particularly in the region of my third eye. My analytical mind was quiet, and I felt infused with enthusiasm and aliveness. I experienced Gurumayi’s Message in a vibrant new way.

Iowa, USA