That Quality Will Become You
In this week's Spot, Sadhguru reflects upon a trip he took to the Samadhi of Mayamma, a female saint in India. "It so happened that some time ago, I was staying at a hill station close to this place and somebody showed me her picture. The moment I saw the picture I said, ‘I want to go there.’" Sadhguru writes about the devotion of Mayamma's followers, and how, "If you dismantle the structures of who you are and you are completely absorbed into something, if that something is powerful enough, it will just imprint upon you."
 
 
 
 

Devotion is like nature. In nature, everything is trying to dispense itself to the maximum extent – everything in nature is always trying to throw itself out to its fullest capability. But human beings are trying to save. Because they save so much of their joy, their love, and everything that is valuable to them, they have to do all kinds of other splurging activities. If human beings could just sit and be absolutely joyful, they wouldn’t spend time in preoccupation of an evening drink or dinner. But because they are going about life like this – saving themselves – they are waiting, ‘When is dinner? When is my wine coming? When is my whisky coming?’ If they were bursting with joy every moment, bursting with love, bursting with ecstasy – would they be preoccupied with dinner, drink, sex or anything? Such thoughts wouldn’t keep them engaged for a large part of their life.

Devotion is just that, that you have demolished all of these boundaries of self-preservation; you are just flowing to the maximum extent that you can flow. Whatever you are devoted to, once you dismantle the concrete structure of who you are, suddenly the quality of what you are devoted to will just reflect upon you, and that quality will become you. I have seen this being demonstrated in such dramatic ways. Whether it is a writer, scientist, sportsperson, housewife or just about anyone who is absolutely devoted to what he is doing, there is a different kind of quality about that person.

Devotion is just that, that you have demolished all of these boundaries of self-preservation; you are just flowing to the maximum extent that you can flow.
A wonderful example that I have seen of this is...there was a lady saint in India. Nobody knows where she came from because she did not speak, but looking at her facial features, I think she came from Nepal. She was in the town of Kanyakumari, which is the very tip of southern India. She would just wander the streets and feed the dogs, so she built a whole family of dogs around her. Even if she did not eat, she would feed the dogs because she loved them so much, and there would always be eight to ten dogs following her wherever she went. Sometimes she went to such extremes that she would go into a restaurant and grab some food and throw it into the street for the dogs to eat. In South Indian restaurants, some dishes are displayed in a glass case in front of the restaurant, like vada, sweets and laddoos. When nobody was looking, she would grab this food and throw it to the dogs, and the dogs would help themselves.

She began getting the harsh social treatment because she was seen as irresponsible, not saintly; she did not fit into the standard definition of a saint. Because of this, she had to face many social situations which were not always pleasant. But then, people would sometimes find her floating on the waves. She was simply sitting on the water and floating all over the ocean. When she wanted to come back to shore, she would swim; otherwise she would just float upon the water and go away into the ocean. Once they saw this, people started worshipping her. Some gathered around her but she never spoke, not a word. She walked and some people walked behind her. If she sat, they sat around her.

Later on, in her old age, someone brought her to Salem, which is a little closer to Coimbatore, and she lived there and left her body there, and her disciples built a Samadhi for her. It so happened that some time ago, I was staying at a hill station close to this place and somebody showed me her picture. The moment I saw the picture I said, ‘I want to go there.’ The three of us – myself, my wife Vijji and my daughter Radhe, who was just about five years of age, drove down and went there. The place was reverberating like crazy. I said, ‘Wow. For someone who never spoke a word, this is too good.’ This is a fantastic place.

It happened to be a full moon day and some of her followers asked us to stay back for prasad that evening, so I said, ‘Definitely, I will stay.’ And Radhe just sat there near the Samadhi with her head shaking, eyes closed, unmoving because this place is like a magnet. Even a five-year-old child could not miss it; it just held her like that. And the best thing was – one of her disciples, this one man who was devoted to Mayamma – he came in front of me and his face had become exactly like hers. Her features are Nepali, definitely not South Indian. I just looked at him and burst into tears – this is a devotee of the highest order. She is another race, this man is South Indian, but his face has shifted itself exactly like hers. It was so amazing seeing him.

Devotion is that kind of thing. If you dismantle the structures of who you are and you are completely absorbed into something, if that something is powerful enough, it will just imprint upon you. That is the idea of devotion, that you become that. It is not about being devoted to somebody or something; it is just that it is the highest level of perception. You can imprint yourself with what you are seeking because you opened yourself up completely.

If you are a little devoted, let's call it a love affair…there is a little love affair between you and me. But any time, you can recover – that is, you were falling in love with me and you recovered just in time. I hope you don’t recover. If I do not fulfill your expectations, if I do not speak the way you think I should, if I do not behave the way you think I should, you will see – that little love affair will be gone. So a little is always dangerous. Don’t try to save it because you can't take it anywhere. You can't take this life anywhere. You have to allow it to go into its full blossom now, here, not somewhere else. Do not try to save the fragrance of life. Those who save will stink. Those who throw it out, you will see them as fragrant beings.

Love & Grace

 
 
 
 
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6 years 7 months ago

Namaskarm,I realy surprised that a holy place is near our town Namakkal.Pranams to Sadthguru.

6 years 7 months ago

Sadhguru you are  the essence of  life. . you flow in it. . we can always feel you around. . i mean it. . JAI GURUDEV !!!!!!!!!!!!!

6 years 7 months ago

I have nothing to say here....only tears are pumping out of my eyes all the time when I just think of Sadhguru/mayamma/devotion ...I don't know why I am being like this most of today...I have nothing other than to bow down to Sadhguru...Sivame en thavame...ennidam varthaikal illai unnai paada...ennidam ullathu kanneer mattume...intha kaanikaiyai yetru kollum

5 years 1 month ago

A surprising truth which we never know.... Thanks you so much Sadhguru

6 years 7 months ago

thank you Guruji Om Namah Shivaya

6 years 7 months ago

This article comes as a clear answer to my confusion. I've been in a life situation where I had to choose between self preservation and sadhana. I am unable to express my gratitude to sadhguru.

6 years 7 months ago

Sadhguru you are the essence of life. . you are in it. . you are in here. . i can always feel you around. .i mean it. . JAI GURUDEV.

6 years 7 months ago

Namaskaram Sadhguru, this is a timely message for me. A blow to my logical and analtical thinking which sometimes peep into my mind. I'll never recover from the love affair with you. AMAZING!

4 years 11 months ago

Sadhguru....namaskarams...I remember reading this blog and since then I have been craving to visit this temple at Salem...I am getting a chance to go there tomorrow...I just spoke to her disciple and I am in tears for reasons best known to you...I read this again soon after talking to him...!!! I know this is not without a reason...Bless me my Master to go there and seek her blessings....

6 years 7 months ago

Great. May I know where is this place in Salem. As I am from the same city, like to visit the place.

6 years 7 months ago

I never tried to speak in sathsang but I was impressed upon the teacher who made me to speak during the last sathsang.. I was thought of explaining something but I said I could see all of participants including my wife present there as Sadhguru and burst into tears after which I could not speak.

6 years 7 months ago

I am greatful to Sadthguru

6 years 7 months ago

Thanks to Mr.Ravi Raju for his playlist about Mayamma. I watched it and enjoyed and enjoyed..... knowing Mayamma's power .

6 years 7 months ago

Intoxicating ! I will never ever try to recover from this Love Affair With U Sadhguru :) :)
Love U Sooo much :) 

6 years 7 months ago

Everything is marvelous.it is a miracle in the world.

3 years 8 months ago

"Those who throw it out, you will see them as fragrant beings.", This salt doll in love

6 years 7 months ago

Sadguru, Pranam.Now I come to know what is devotion really mean,I decided to allow my life to blossom to fullest possible heights.I do not want to to stink.Pl. bless me to throw fragrance. Koti Namaskaram for everything Sadguru. You are my ultimate destination. you are  my liberator.Koti Koti pranam.

6 years 7 months ago

<> I was able to notice this kind of thing with a Poojari of Hanuman temple whose face was resembling the Lord; perhaps that was the level of his Bhakthi as Sadguru has envisaged here.

6 years 7 months ago

wonderful spot sadhguru!
Im going to meet you finally in mahabarat!
love and grace
reb

6 years 7 months ago

Sadhguru can give moral boost to everyone in this world by his wonderful speech which can easily get into the mind of the people directly.

6 years 7 months ago

Guruji... I have not met you in person yet. But I am completely grateful to you. I received the grace, thanks to God! It was on Vaikunta Ekadasi. How can I explain it?! Thank you for everything. This blog post means a lot to me.

6 years 7 months ago

Pranamam Sadguru,i want your blessings sadguru.

3 years 7 months ago

Mayamma I bow down

6 years 7 months ago

For when I look you at you  I see my Guru too....deep words for transformation ...Alchemy.

6 years 7 months ago

Its always been a treat and learning difrrerent dimensions of life.
Thank you!!!

6 years 7 months ago

wonderful spot by sadhguru! he can't stop suprising and inspiring us

6 years 7 months ago

Sadhguru, you know what i want in this current path.  Bless me........

6 years 7 months ago

Dissolved completely........

6 years 7 months ago

Thank so much for those words Sadhguru!  Adriana from Brazil. Come to Brazil!

3 years 4 months ago

"Devotion devoid of you" - Sadhguru, Aum Shri Shambhavi linga bhairavi namah shree devi

6 years 7 months ago

For you remind me of my Sadguru...Words of Transformation and Alchemy

6 years 7 months ago

I want to practice Isha Yoga every day. Not a single day of mine should start without Isha.
I remember you saying once,  "Establish Yoga. And Then Act". Bless me Sadhguru for me to achive this. If I have a tool like 'Isha Yoga' with me every 24 hours, I think, I too can look like You. Please Bless me Sadhguru.     

6 years 7 months ago

the simplicity of a life untouched
and grace of a silent journey
..like a poem or a forgotten song
explode and obliterate my mind

6 years 7 months ago

Sadguruji, Pranams

Thank you verymuch for educating us about Mayamma.

To a question about the temples, Sadguruji had answered that there are many temples that are not popular yet are very powerful. We all would be blessed if Sadguruji can educate us about the places of  such temples and also about places where saints like Mayamma had attained samdhi.

6 years 7 months ago

Tears started to flow as I read the last part "Do not try to save the fragrance of life. Those who save will stink. Those who throw it out, you will see them as fragrant beings." I need reminders like these to keep myself on track. Love you sadhguru.

3 years 4 months ago

The Gatekeeper speaks we do not hear, we absorb and now Bless this moment, blessings Dear dear one, Shiva Shambho.

6 years 7 months ago

Anna my love for you can't express in words......

6 years 7 months ago

Sadhguru now I understand that devotion and surrender are one and the same kindly bless me to attain that state 

6 years 7 months ago

i want to do so many things in life,but I AM NOT ABLE TO DO ANYTHING.give me ur blessings Sadhguru.Bless me to live my life throwing out its full fragrance. 

6 years 7 months ago

pranams to sadhguru...........

6 years 7 months ago

so inspiring.......

6 years 7 months ago

I heard you once say, "Shiva is your life breath." After hearing that  I was struck by the feeling of "'YOU' are my life breath." I completely surrender to you Sadhguru. As write this, I'm overwhelmed and moved.   

3 years 4 months ago

Sadhguru Thankyou for giving us so much knowledge about LIFE

6 years 7 months ago

never want to recover from this love affair...Thank you Sadhguru for everything..

6 years 7 months ago

Sadhguru, I want to do Isha Yoga everyday. I wish all my days to start with Isha. I do remember your words 'Establish Yoga and then Act'.If this happens in my life, even I might look like my Guru. This should happen. Bless me SADHGURU.

6 years 7 months ago

visited www.mayamma.org. Wow....amazing!! Guru can lead to so many other possibilities and divinity! Pranams Sadhguru!

6 years 6 months ago

every  message from sadhguru demolish my opinion and my imaginations and silly conclusions.. I have to grow with my guru...

6 years 7 months ago

so inspiring and touching.....

6 years 7 months ago

It is so interesting. 100% devotion with our Guru

3 years 3 months ago

Merci beaucoup Swamiji pour tous ces enseignements. Il me sont fort utiles pour continuer le chemin. Est-il possible de vous rencontrer lors d'un prochain voyage en Inde. My english is not very good but slowly I think it's possible to communicate or with silent. :)

6 years 7 months ago

:) any comment on this will fall short of what I wish to say...Namaskarams Sadhguru...Thanks is a small word...Just be with me and Hiran like this always...

6 years 7 months ago

I have seen such examples in some couples. After years of living together, husband and wife start taking each other's features. They start looking like sibings. One can easily recognize that he is her husband and vice versa, no introduction needed. It is very difficult for our generation though. I feel I will try to devote fully in my ideal, that's Sadguru.

6 years 7 months ago

Pranam Sadguru ! Next time i will visit south India, will make sure to visit the Samadhi of Mayamma.

6 years 6 months ago

Recently watched a program in vijay tv about mayamma! I felt a loveful kind of experience while watching it! Now I am so happy that my Sadhguru shared his experience about Great Woman Saint 'Mayamma'! Sadhguru, I love you so much!
 

6 years 7 months ago

Exactly I feel the same thing when i see some Isha Volunteers they look like sadguru to me.

6 years 7 months ago

My mind was so deaf and dumb to respond on hearing mystical  happenings before I experienced reverberations on many occasions during my practice.Nowadays, I feel that Sadhguru is with me and watching me during my practice.

2 years 11 months ago

Yes very true... devotion is something beyong love.. total acceptance... maybe that is why it is said that after 40-50 years of togetherness, one of the couple "looks" like his/her partner... as he/she is totally devoted to the other... so no quarrels and the marriage goes on and on.... :)

6 years 7 months ago

hi
mayamma samadhi is near to salem law college, in yercaud road. u can see a board with a direction in the main road. thank you
jayasathya

6 years 7 months ago

Your Spot is always reverberating me, Sadhguru!

En Nandri Eppadi Seivaen.... Sadhguru Naadhaa...Sarvamum Neeyae Endraal!

Anbudan,
Sudha

6 years 6 months ago

bowing down before you with all my love and reverence Sadhguru....

6 years 7 months ago

Bow down to Sadhguru... Thank you for explaining the real dimension of devoation. 

6 years 7 months ago

Only after my practice, I realized mystical happenings are true and even now I feel Sadhguru is with me watching me during practice

1 year 9 months ago

Thanks Guru Prasad. We will definitely strive to maintain the quality of the articles.

6 years 7 months ago

Please check this link - 
http://www.mayamma.org/ . I dont know whether it is authentic but it was posted by a meditator on Isha facebook page. It is quite informative though! :) 

6 years 7 months ago

I bow down to you my beloved master.

6 years 7 months ago

Beautiful.... I pray that grace guides me to such a surrender

5 years 10 months ago

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6 years 7 months ago

OM Namah Shivaya

6 years 7 months ago

i want to blossam here itself.. o.. sadhguru.. great.