"When the guru blesses the disciple by placing his hands on the disciple's head or back, then the transformation begins to take place" - taken from article The meaning of Siddhis link posted below for those who wish to read the whole article.
A guru may not necessarily be the 'guru' in the conventional way. A teacher comes in many forms. The person pissing you off in traffic, the constant red lights you get when you are already running late for that appointment. The teacher can also come in the form of a dis-ease within the body, or an emotional imbalance. As long as you are present with it, conscious of it occurring and aware of your own reactions / feelings which can be physical or otherwise than to me you have been blessed by the guru.
Being conscious of such events means the transformation has begun.
The concept of being "blessed" in the face of a life changing disease or even what we would perceive as a negative experience, perhaps the death of a loved one, beloved pet or even an eviction notice may not make sense to anyone. It is very difficult for anyone to look at these things as a blessing. Yet the saying “an attitude of gratitude” comes to mind.
If we were to look back at any or all of our life changing events in our life, and I mean look back without judgement, guilt, shame or blame, I am sure we would see that it was one of the most positives things that could have happened.
I remember my father’s sudden death 17 years ago. It was probably the most heartbreaking event in my life to date. The days, weeks, months and even years that followed were extremely life changing. Everything in my life broke down. I hurt like I thought no one could possibly ever hurt. I lost relationships with people I thought were family, friends and even lover. However from it was birthed new opportunity and a transformation of myself I can only describe as being a blessing.
I meet the most wonderful soul who has become my teacher, partner, lover and best friend. If my father had not died I probably would be still living in North Queensland, potentially still be in a dysfunctional marriage and possibly living with a victim mentality. Now I have the opportunity to recognise gratitude and blessing in every moment.
At the time of my father departing this earthly existence I cannot imagine thinking of him as the teacher who was to be the catalyst for great positive transformation in my life but now in reflection I can see him placing his hand on my hand and saying ‘it’s time for you to stand on your own and embrace change, everything I have taught you is about to be enacted in an amazing pathway of transformation. Go with gratitude for all that is about to occur’. And I suspect he might have thrown some other sage piece of advice in like ‘Ghosts are not real but I might just pop by to say hi one day’. Read the article linked below to understand one thought on apparitions. The Guru in my dad knew transformation would occur simply by his soul moving on. The teacher was him but it was also the event of his death and subsequently all the events that played out after his passing.
More importantly though the transformation continues for me in a cyclic manner and I have perpetuated this cycle, by being conscious. I take the time of being aware of the moment the teacher has places their hand in mine and leading me down the path that ultimately changes me. I call this a blessing for sure. It doesn’t mean at times I don’t hold great fear for what that change brings or that I don’t get lost in the emotional tsunami of it or that I don’t fight it but it does mean I see the opportunity to embrace that change before I even know what that change is going to look like.
I would encourage you all to read the article and pick out bits and pieces that you resonate with. I have thoughts on different aspects of this article and perhaps I will share those thoughts with you but today the opening paragraph really resonated with my current journey of transformation and I wanted to share that with you.
Om shanti beautiful souls.
Swami Amritananda Saraswati, (1981) The meaning of siddhis, Yoga Magazine Bihar School of Yoga http://www.yogamag.net/archives/1981/joct81/sidmean.shtml