Garuda and the Valakhilyas, Vishnu and Garuda

Garuda saves the Valakhilya Rishis from falling from the tree in which they are doing tapas. They give him the name Garuda, "Bearer of Heavy Weight." After completing his assignment of delivering the Amritam, without partaking himself, Garuda receives from Lord Vishnu the boon of being his Vahana. (Mahabharata)

Image of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
Being on the brink of Self Realization, having lost consciousness of the physical body and of being a mind, you are only conscious of a vast, bluish white light. You get into this through going into the clear white light and out through the other side of it.
—Gurudeva