Want a dramatic and immediate change of your experience? Try this simple yet powerful idea….
It’s called Parvati-Bhava. In verse 106 of the Guru Gita we are introduced to the concept of bhava: “Gurubhava – complete immersion in the Guru”. The word bhava comes from the Sanskrit root bhuu =”to exist, to become”, and is the expression or attitude of becoming one with, or becoming totally absorbed in one’s object of concentration or focus. So for instance, Gurubhava means being totally immersed in the Guru, or identified with him. In many sacred texts, this concept is referred to as “becoming of equal taste” with the Guru. One of Baba Muktananda’s favorite meditation practices involved the identification of each part of his body, mind and spirit with his Guru, Bhagawan Nityananda, and in this way he experienced Gurubhava to the fullest.
Similarly, you can practice Parvati-Bhava, and become one with Parvati. It is she who sparks the discourse of the Guru Gita by asking Shiva to reveal the path of awakening to her. If you have been reading or listening to the Guru Gita as though it is an interesting and inspiring story – try this next time: see yourself as Parvati. See yourself as seated next to Shiva, and hear Shiva talking directly to YOU about how YOU are going to get enlightened. Do everything you can to make this vision real for yourself. Mentally construct the environment of being with Shiva, look around at the views you have on the beautiful summit of Mount Kailas. Sit in a posture of complete rapture, as you would if God were telling you what you most longed to know. Get into it.
There are five times when Shiva says “O Beautiful One”. Who is he talking to? You! Shiva calls you his Beloved three times. He calls you O Noble One and O Wise One. Allow the depth of this relationship with the divine to go deeply into your awareness and into your heart. And regardless of whether you’re a man or woman in this current incarnation, when Shiva refers to you as Devi, you can know him to be addressing your highest nature as the divine Goddess. The qualities of Lakshmi, Kali and Saraswati certainly reside within us all.
Your identification with Parvati can bear many forms of rich fruit. Not only does it shift your emotional stance and your inner point of assembly, it can also show you how to practice svadhyaya – the study of sacred discourse. Notice verse 74. Shiva is smoothly going along with his discourse and what does Parvati do? She interrupts him! Her question shows that she is not passively letting Shiva’s words pour over her – she is actively paying attention to every word she hears.