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This magnificent poem titled “Waiting for That Perfect Moment” was posted on the Siddha Yoga path website in June—the month of Birthday Bliss. We are now in the month of November, reviewing Gurumayi’s teachings for the year.
Today, as I was reading this poem again, I recalled a dream I had years ago. In this dream, I was standing at a bus stop, waiting for a bus. Gurumayi was standing behind me. The bus came, the doors opened, but I did not get on the bus. I was just standing there, not moving.
After a few seconds of hesitation, Gurumayi put her hand on my back and gently pushed me toward the bus, as if saying without words what she is telling me in this glorious poem: Don’t wait for the perfect moment to come because "the perfect moment is Now."
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As I look out and observe the world, with the Shakti awakened within me and with the teachings of the Guru guiding me, these answers to Gurumayi’s question—"What does our work entail?”—unfold within me.
As a mother, it means educating my children with the awareness that they have a responsibility to be active in society while staying connected to the inner path.
It implies standing shoulder to shoulder with others to take care of society for the common good, caring for the earth and protecting its waters, air, and land.
It involves acquiring knowledge to protect my inner world from impurities and the outside world from degradation.
Gurumayi's teachings guide me and give me courage and strength to be active on the inner path and
in society, not looking the other way when I see something that is not right.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for giving me inner strength and inspiration.
Though I used to laud myself on not being a procrastinator, Gurumayi’s words nudged me to look at my life and notice where I have been putting things off. I realize that most of my procrastination comes from a space of fear: fear of failure, fear of the unknown, or simply fear of fear.
After reading the poem, I was very inspired to begin the next activity I had been putting off. On that day, it was driving a large vehicle a long distance. After I did it, I felt an upsurge of satisfaction. Similarly, I finally carried out a conversation with my boss that I had been avoiding. And I felt very liberated after that.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for guiding us in our sadhana
I have been really contemplating and longing to understand the universe, the earth, animals, human beings, and my own existence. I have been trying bring my thoughts to one point that could give me correct understanding about the existence of the universe and the meaning of the scriptures. I would get lost in my thoughts when I could not bring them together. I was waiting to reach a perfect understanding that could help me in my practices.
After reading Gurumayi's poem, I understand that I could put more effort into doing my practices instead of trying to find the perfect understanding.
I realize that what I could give to this universe is my blessing.
In reading Gurumayi's poem, I felt transported on a journey past my mind's machinations to arrive at a new understanding of what it means to seize the moment, without demanding perfect clarity and preconceived conditions.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for teaching me to navigate my daily life with more faith, hope, and love—always staying in touch with the Truth within.
A few years ago, when I was in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, one of the Swamis gave me three words as farewell, on my way back to Germany. One of them was: now
. Since then, I have treasured it with gratitude in my heart. There is no day that I don’t remember this word. It has become part of my life.
Now I feel so grateful to Gurumayi for reminding me, once again, that the greatest time is now
. What a perfect moment at the beginning of Birthday Bliss
When I read Gurumayi’s poem, the first thing that came to my mind was: "What am I waiting for?" The insight I had was that there is no need to wait for the perfect time to start things. The moment I wish to start something, I should just begin it—right away. I want to stop procrastinating, especially in my sadhana,
because if I start waiting for the best time, it might never come. This is a great reminder that the right time is now
. And, I wish to start now
I have been thinking about creating a major transformation in my business and work by establishing a new educational institution. I have reflected on it for a long time and feel convinced that it is very much in line with my dharma and that it will contribute to the upliftment of the world.
While I was reading Gurumayi’s poem, it became clear to me how I have been procrastinating about taking solid steps to make it happen—by looking for "that perfect moment" to do it. I read this poem first thing after I got up on June 1, and right then I made the commitment to myself that I will launch my project during the month of Birthday Bliss
2018. I know it can be done and I will do it!
Thank you, Gurumayi, for inspiring my heart and mind to act in accordance with my dharma. Right away, your words took my mind out of the state that felt like "a stupor" and filled it with light and determination.
London, United Kingdom
When I saw the spider web in the photo above this poem, I was certain that this was the same giant, magnificent one I saw in Gurudev Siddha Peeth when I was walking the Silent Path during my first Pilgrimage to the Heart
Retreat! I found it so beautiful that I stayed to enjoy this work of art from nature. It was gigantic yet so fragile!
It made me wonder how much effort I myself make to build my life, and whether I have anything like that spider's dedication and steadfastness.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for reminding us to use our time without losing a minute, and that this very moment is "that perfect moment" to create something beautiful, and to give ourselves entirely to our goals.
New Jersey, USA
My heart melts as I read these beautiful words from my Guru.
I am so grateful for this reminder of the importance of now. It is through sadhana
that I am more and more able to be in touch with now. When I am in the present moment, I perceive the constant pulsation, I am, I am, I am
. I feel it in my breath, in my body, and everywhere. In these moments I experience bliss and perfection, no matter what is happening in my life.
I am immensely and profoundly grateful to you, Gurumayi, for teaching me to know and cultivate this happiness that I didn't know existed before I met you.
Reading Gurumayi's poems, I treasure the teachings within, as well as the exquisite writing style and beautiful words. While my mind is finding immense pleasure in her language, my soul is opening to the teachings Gurumayi is sending me.
In this poem, "Waiting for That Perfect Moment," the teaching about procrastination is one I really needed at this point in time.
Thank you for this wonderful gift, Gurumayi!
What stands out for me in this poem is this question: "You know now, don't you, that this is a serious matter?"
I feel this poem gives me total freedom to choose to accept whatever the sun has to give. Gurumayi's words invite me, even urge me, to act without the tiniest delay. To me, the last sentence is like the saving lifeline. I feel immensely grateful for this strong reminder against forgetfulness and procrastination.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for waking me up—again and again—and imparting to me, with immense sweetness, this life-saving stimulus. My "Happy Birthday" wish to you is saturated with gratitude.
On waking, and still a bit sleepy, I read these words and felt a shift in my mind. Gurumayi's words landed as a call from my soul, urging me to honor the moment. So I went to meditate with renewed zeal and enthusiasm, cherishing each and every breath, each and every repetition of the mantra. The meditation became a garland of exquisite, meaningful moments following one after another, and I was in the middle of them, watching and enjoying each one.
The question for me now is: What if I went about all
my day’s activities in the same way? And what if I brought my full attention to the many things I have been procrastinating about?
Through this poem, I experienced once more the power, grace, and immense love that flow through Gurumayi's words.
With this poem, I feel the depth of our Guru's call to all of us. As I read, I remember my true resolve to reach the ultimate goal. I sense a new desire to gather my strength, to rebirth myself from within, and to make of this very day the most precious day of my new life.
Thank you, beloved Gurumayi; today and every day I bow to you with immense gratitude.
New York, USA
As the sun is setting on my birthday today, I have just read Gurumayi's poem—twice! Everything in her poem had great personal significance for me. It helped me remember that we all face challenges and that instead of resisting them and thinking that life should be different, I can shift my perception and understand that this is just the nature of this reality.
And now, as the sun is setting on my birthday, I can gratefully "bid it farewell, acknowledging how gloriously it has shone" on me today.
I am so grateful that Gurumayi has added this gem of a poem to the treasure house of her poetry. This amazing poem so perfectly addresses, and provides the right approach to, the topics which are entangling my mind most in this stage of my life.
I now feel inspired to focus on the right action in any given moment, be it in the spiritual or the mundane realm. I understand that such focused attention on taking the right action will attune me to how Consciousness is unfolding and expressing itself in my life, will bring all my inner layers into better harmony, and will provide me with a sense of fullness and contentment.
How inspirational! Gurumayi's compassionate words fill me with motivation. I am at a juncture of life where these words of guidance are so apt for me.
Thank you, Shri Guru, for uplifting me and encouraging me to keep moving in my life and sadhana
I am marvelling at Gurumayi’s sweet, wondrous words of wisdom. My soul is ecstatic to read about the work "leading to invisible experiences." As my inner world unfolds more and more, the deep richness of my inner experiences is sometimes incredible.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for the gift of this poem. I accept it gladly, with all my heart.