Mahasmadhi Retreat 2000
Shri Anandi Ma, heir to Dhyanyogi,
speaks on the meaning of feet and sandals
Sunday, August 20, 2000
From Shakti, Vol. XVII, Nov.
2000 (Dhyanyoga Centers Newsletter)
The significance of the sandals of the Guru has been spoken and
written about in great length, in various scriptures, including
the Guru Gita. Tulsidasji has written in the Ramayana that if the
entire collection of oceans was an ink and all the trees in creation
served as pens, yet it wouldn't be enough to write the glory of
God, to write the glory of the Guru and the sandals of the Guru.
No matter what is written and how much is written, it is still just
a drop of the infinite.
In the Ramayana, when Bharatji found out that Lord Ram went away
to the forest, he went to the forest requesting Lord Ram to please
return home. Bharatji was very sad that the Lord had to go through
all that pain and suffering because of him. He felt he became the
cause of all that, and so he said, 'I'll take your place, if you
would please return to Ayodhya.'
But Lord Ram, naturally, didn't accept that. He said it was His
dharma to fulfill the promises, and it was Bharatji's dharma to
continue what was said as a part of the boons with Dahsharathji.
Lord Ram gave Bharatji His sandals, which he brought back to Ayodhya.
Bharatji ruled for the next fourteen years with the sandals as a
witness, as a presence of the Lord.
When Tulsidasji describes what those sandals represented, he says
that they were given to Bharatji and to the people of Ayodhy. The
sandals were like a little jewelry box that contained the pure love
of Bharatji for the Lord. And the two sandals also carry the essence
of the two letters of the Lord—Raa and ma—which are
the aspects of Shiva and Shakti, which become the key process for
liberation for the individual soul.
Tulsidasji writes further that the sandals served as an armor of
protection for the Raghu dynasty. The two hands were to support
positive and the best of all actions, of all karma. The two sandals
represented the two eyes of the Lord, which were constantly guiding
and protecting. They gave the vision of what is true action, true
So with all these aspects of the sandals, Bharatji was filled with
joy that through the sandals he had the very presence of the Lord
with him. . ..
The sandals of the Guru carry tremendous power and significance.
Just as Raa and ma represent the two sandals, Gu and ru—the
two syllables of the word Guru—are also contained in essence within
the energy of the Guru's feet and sandals. They are very much present
at the subtle level in terms of their energy within the sandals.
The Guru may often have to leave His or Her ashram for various reasons,
and again, when the Guru enters Mahasamadhi and leaves the body,
the physical presence of the Guru has been known to continue through
the sandals. Many, many experiences have been had,
even while the Guru is in the body but away. The sandals have proved
that the physical presence is absolutely there, and years after
the physical departure, the sandals have continued to prove that
the Guru is very much still there. Many people have received shaktipat
simply by touching Guruji's sandals" (pp. 3-5).
"Another tremendous aspect of this retreat was the presence of the
Divine Mother, at the fire ceremony. We had the murti which brought
me the awakening and the experience leading to my meeting Guruji,
the murti through which I had that initial experience of the brilliance
of light—of thousands of suns put together—and my final merging
with that energy. . . ." (p. 6).