What has given me sustenance ever since my mother first introduced me to the Siddha Yoga path many moons ago? The Guru’s love.
Whatever may be going on inside, drifting across my mental screen, and whatever may be taking place outside in my surroundings, the Guru’s love is ever present—like the steady beat of my own heart. Whether I consider what’s happening to be uplifting or not, whether I look at what’s happening as positive or not, whether I think what’s happening is great or not, that pulse of love is always there; it keeps on beating.

Just as in Indian classical music, where there are talas, specific cycles of beats, that correspond to the piece being played (four-beat talas, six-beat talas, sixteen-beat talas, and so on)—or in Western music, where there are different meters (triple time, common time, compound time)—the Guru’s love has its own unique rhythm. It has its own way of pulsing. And I hear this rhythm. I feel it. It is sweet. It is comforting. It draws me to its source, where I experience the virtues coming to life.

In this spirit of gratitude for the ever-fresh nectar of the Guru’s sustaining love, I am so delighted to introduce you to Gurumayi’s vision and creation, her teachings for St. Valentine’s Day: Love in Action 2020.

Time and again I have observed that Gurumayi’s teachings are relevant to all of us. No matter how different our personalities may be, no matter how different our opinions and views, no matter how different our circumstances, our status, our social class—no matter how many thousands of differences we may have between us—when we take Gurumayi’s teachings to heart, they lead us to the experience of love.

Gurumayi’s teachings resonate with life; they are enlivened with the Guru’s shakti. Knowledge shines through them. Wisdom is grounded in them. They give rise to insights that turn our attention to the treasure we have been blessed with. They inspire us to make the effort to wipe away the ignorance of many lifetimes and befriend the light of the Self. It has been my experience that Gurumayi’s teachings are always pertinent to the matter at hand, and they always support us in reaching our ultimate goal of liberation.

I have understood that one of the most beneficial actions I can take is to ensure that I give myself time to contemplate Gurumayi’s teachings. Every day, I look for ways to bring Gurumayi’s teachings into my life. This has become such a joyful approach to my life. Each time I reflect on Gurumayi’s words, each time I apply what I have learned from her teachings, I feel like I am immersing myself in a stream of cool and tranquil water. My understanding is refreshed. My perspective is renewed. My thoughts are elevated. I tap into being happy. I feel safe, inspired, and at peace. Each one of Gurumayi’s teachings gives me the strength to know that whatever pain and suffering I may be going through will open the doors to love. If, in any given moment, I am feeling down—or downtrodden—I know that love will keep me buoyant, and that it will grant me darshan of God’s pure nature.

Thank you for reading about my experience of the Guru’s love. I’ve shared it with you as a means of introducing Gurumayi’s Love in Action 2020, which I’ll now explain in some detail.

Love in Action 2020 depicts Gurumayi’s vision for the earth. In this beautiful, animated, narrative painting, the earth is being soothed—and then restored, regenerated, and brought into balance and harmony. At a time when so much of this earth is seeking relief from the ferociousness of the elements and the unpredictability of illness, this painting portrays an oasis where everything is working in congruence. This is an environment in which life flourishes, in which the gentle, creative hand of God is visible in all the natural beauty and heavenly abundance. If nothing else, for the few moments you are interacting with this painting of love, you will experience respite from the noise of your mind.

Gurumayi’s teachings are embedded in the visuals of Love in Action, along with teachings, maxims, and proverbs from many of the world’s great sages and saints, writers and poets. All of the teachings that Gurumayi has chosen relate to love—the many facets and dimensions of love, and what love looks like when we make it manifest in this world. The teachings also evoke qualities of the specific images they correspond to—the plants, the animals, the gemstones, the kalash of a temple. They remind us of all that this world has to give us, and of all that we have to learn from this vibrant, throbbing universe. Taken together with the painting itself, the teachings give us a glimpse into how we can make this world a better paradise.

I have found Love in Action to reveal that when we apply these teachings in our daily lives—when we allow the fragrance of these teachings to infuse every cell of our being—the effects are immediate. By bringing our best self forward, by taking responsibility for protecting our planet and rebuilding its exquisiteness, we are able to connect deeply with the earth. We are able to recognize that each moment of life is in fact a precious gift. On this earth we can discover the path that leads us to our own sacred shrine. On this earth we can learn how to find love, how to make the effort to recognize, accept, and appreciate love in all its various forms. Truly, this earth is amazing. It is nourishing for one’s being. It is calming. Aesthetically, it is astonishing.

I’d like to extend a personal invitation to you to engage with Gurumayi’s Love in Action 2020. I hope that as you do so, you understand the profound wisdom that is inherent in this painting. Moreover, when we collectively envision a world in which the land, the waters, the air, and all creatures are protected—
        when we have the intention,
                the wish,
                        the vision,
                                the dream,
                                        and the prayer
                                                that this entire earth
                                                        be nurtured and safeguarded,
it will set an example for the next generation, and the next one, and all the ones after that. They will aspire to do their best. They will aspire to give their best. They too will aspire to embody love in action.

Human beings have shown many times, over the course of history, that we can achieve so much when we tap into the positive energy that exists within each of us. We affect each other, and we affect our environment. I am looking forward to experiencing the shift I know I will feel as I explore Love in Action along with the hundreds and thousands of you around the world. I hold, in my awareness, an image of each of us exploring Love in Action at the same time. I hold an image of each of us becoming one with the Guru’s compassionate love—and, as we access our own state of love, sharing this love with the rest of the world.

The Heart is the hub of all sacred places. Go there and roam.
Bhagavan Nityananda
If you feel love, know that you are special.
If you are special, know that you are love.
Gurumayi Chidvilasananda
ನೆಲದ ಮರೆಯ ನಿಧಾನದಂತೆ
ಫಲದ ಮರೆಯ ರುಚಿಯಂತೆ
ಶಿಲೆಯ ಮರೆಯ ಹೇಮದಂತೆ
ತಿಲದ ಮರೆಯ ತೈಲದಂತೆ
ಮರದ ಮರೆಯ ತೇಜದಂತೆ
ಭಾವದ ಮರೆಯ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮವಾಗಿಪ್ಪ
ಚೆನ್ನಮಲ್ಲಿಕಾರ್ಜುನನ ನಿಲವನಾರೂ ಅರಿಯ ಬಾರದು

Like treasure that is tucked into the earth,
        and flavor contained in fruit,
Like gold that is embedded in stone,
        and oil hidden in a sesame seed,
Like the splendor of fire that is concealed in wood,
        you, O Chennamallikarjuna—
                O Lord who is as white as jasmine flowers—
                        are the Absolute,
        and the greatness of your being,
                masked as it is by fluctuating emotions,
                        eludes perception.
twelfth-century poet-saint of India
Будет и мой черёд -
Чую размах крыла.

My turn shall also come:
I sense the spreading of a wing.
Osip Mandelstam (1891-1938), Russian poet
El día que tú naciste, nacieron todas las flores.

The day you were born, all the flowers were born.
Traditional Mexican birthday song
ब्रह्माण्डं खंडयन्ती हरशिरसि जटावल्लिमुल्लासयन्ती
स्वर्लोकादापतन्ती कनकगिरिगुहागण्डशैलात्स्खलन्ती।
क्षोणीपृष्ठे लुठन्ती दुरितचयचमूर्निर्भरं भर्त्सयन्ती
पाथोधिं पूरयन्ती सुरनगरसरित्पावनी नः पुनातु॥ ३॥
May the pure and sacred waters of heavenly Ganga
that emerge from the blue above, as if breaking the universe in two,
that run through the curls of Lord Shiva
and flow among the caves and trees of Mount Meru—
may these waters fall torrentially upon the earth.
May they wash away the faults of all people
and make the oceans and seas overflow their banks.

May Goddess Ganga,
the sacred river that wends through the city of gods,
bestow her blessings upon us all.
Adi Shankaracharya,
revered sage of eighth-century India
Il mondo nasce per ognun che nasce al mondo.
E in ciò è il mistero della tua essenza e della tua funzione.
Tu sei antichissimo, o fanciullo!
E vecchissimo è il mondo che tu vedi nuovamente!

The world is born for each one who is born in the world.
And in this is the mystery of your essence and your purpose.
You are ancient, O child!
And old is the world you newly see!
Giovanni Pascoli (1855-1912),
Italian classical scholar and poet
Pūʻolo waimaka a ke aloha.

Tears are bundles of love.
Hawaiian saying
柳は緑 花は紅

Willows are green, flowers are crimson.
Japanese proverb
Everything has become new for me,
since Siddhanath changed my life.
My mind is new,
the moon is new,
the sun is new.
The whole world
appears fresh and new
as if rinsed with water.
Since I washed my mind and body
with the soap of So’ham,
I have become like new.
I am transformed.

Now Lalli has become
the great Shakti,
which leaps with bliss.
fourteenth-century poet-saint of Kashmir
English rendering by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda
Passava os dias ali, quieto, no meio das coisas miúdas. E me encantei.

My days were spent there, in quietude, amid small things. And I became delighted.
Manoel de Barros (1916-2014), Brazilian poet
There is boundless love within.
It is supremely true.
We inhale and exhale because of its pulsation.

The prana circulates throughout the body due to the throb of love.
It is love which has given the eyes the ability to perceive forms.
This independent love is eternal bliss.
It is the abode of the Siddhas.
Baba Muktananda
Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941),
Bengali poet of India

Unbeaten by rain
Unbowed by wind
Free from greed
Devoid of anger
Always smiling serenely
Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933),
Japanese novelist and poet
May you experience the world as it is—ensconced in God’s heart.
Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher and writer, sixth-century BCE
Den Weg des Herzens gehen.

Walk the way of the heart.
German proverb
बहुत पहले से उन क़दमों की आहट जान लेते हैं
तुझे ए ज़िन्दगी हम दूर से पहचान लेते हैं

Long before, I came to know the sound of those footsteps.
I recognize you, O life, from a distance.
Firaq Gorakhpuri (1896-1982),
Urdu poet of India
Walk straight ahead
and soon you will merge
into supreme Shiva.
Lalli followed this path
and found him.
fourteenth-century poet-saint of Kashmir
English rendering by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda
यथोर्णनाभिः सृजते गृह्णते च यथा पृथिव्यामोषधयः संभवन्ति।
यथा सतः पुरुषात्केशलोमानि तथाक्षरात्संभवतीह विश्वम्॥

Just as a spider unspools a silken thread
        and absorbs it back into its own being,
just as the earth sprouts herbs
        and so many healing plants and trees,
just as hair grows from the body of a human being,
        so this entire creation, this manifest world,
                springs forth from the Imperishable One.
Mundaka Upanishad 1.1.7
Rest your mind on the leaf of peace.
Rest your gaze upon the flower of love.
Let them be, and be with them.
Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

The sky is high so the birds can fly freely.
Yuan Lan, Buddhist monk
of eighth-century China
आधी बीज एकलें ।
बीज अंकुरलें रोप वाढलें ॥धृ॥

एका बीजापोटीं, तरु कोटी
कोटी जन्म घेती सुमने-फळें॥१॥

व्यापुनि जगता, तू हि अनंता
बहुविध रूपे घेसी, घेसी
परि अंती ब्रह्म एकलें ॥२॥

In the beginning there was just one seed.
This seed sprouted, and from it, a sapling grew.

From the womb of one seed emerged innumerable trees.
And from these trees came countless flowers and fruits.

O boundless One,
O you who pervade the entire world,
You have assumed many and various forms.
Yet ultimately, you, O Lord, are one.
Shantaram Athavale (1910-1981),
Marathi poet-lyricist and filmmaker of India
गगनीं मी पंडुसुता। चंद्राचेनि मिसें अमृता।
भरला जालों चालता। सरोवरु॥
तेथूनि फांकती रश्मिकर। ते पाट पेलुनि अपार।
सर्वौषधींचे आगर। भरितु असें मी॥
ऐसेनि सस्यादिकां सकळां। करीं धान्यजाती सुकाळा।
दें अन्नद्वारा जिव्हाळा। भूतजातां॥

O Arjuna,
          I am the moon, a moving lake of nectar in the sky.
With moonbeams pouring down in limitless streams,
    I nourish all vegetation.
In this way, crops of all kinds are produced
    that give food to every living creature.
Jnaneshvar Maharaj, thirteenth-century poet-saint of Maharashtra, India
Ruhe (German) “peace, calm, rest, stillness”
हळुवार (Marathi) “gentle, soft, tender, caring”
Миру — мир (Russian) “peace to the world”
અમન (Gujarati) “peace, harmony”
Thoughts of you render my world anew.
Green Heart Icon Gurumayi Chidvilasananda Green Heart Icon
Mary Kawena Pukui (trans.), Olelo Noeau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings (Honolulu, HI: Bishop Museum Press, 1983), saying #2750.
Rabindranath Tagore, The Mystic Poets (Nashville, TN: Skylight Paths, 2004), p. 52.

About Lilavati Stewart

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Lilavati Stewart began following the Siddha Yoga path as a child in 1970, when her mother opened a Siddha Yoga meditation center in their home in Melbourne, Australia.

Over the years, Lilavati has facilitated and hosted many Siddha Yoga teaching and learning events, including Intensives, family retreats, and satsangs. As a speaker, Lilavati inspires enthusiasm for applying the Siddha Yoga teachings in daily life by sharing experiences from her lifetime of Siddha Yoga sadhana.

In her professional life, Lilavati owns a commercial interior design business and also works as an executive coach, supporting leaders in business. She lives in South Yarra, Australia, and is a mother of two children.