• Baba Muktananda's Divya Diksha 2014
  • Baba Muktananda's Divya Diksha 2014
  • Bhagavan Nityananda Punyatithi 2014
  • Bhagavan Nityananda Punyatithi 2014

In Honor of Swami Muktananda's Divya Diksha

Baba Muktananda's Divya Diksha Nature GalleryUpdated: Aug 21
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I was reading Baba's description of his Divya Diksha day. I came to the page where Baba describes a ray of light from his Guru's eyes. I recalled how, one day in my kitchen, I took down a photo of Baba to clean it. As I looked into Baba's eyes, a ray of light passed from them into my eyes. It was so brilliant. I could do nothing for a couple of minutes except to stand still with his photo and relish this gift from Baba.

I love remembering wonders of the Guru in my life!

a Siddha Yogi from Nelson, Canada

Every year at this time of Baba's Divya Diksha anniversary, I contemplate my own experience of shaktipat initiation.

I feel like a completely new person, and yet that new person is so clearly the same person I was on my fifth birthday, when, as I looked out at the vast blue sky, I decided that my life was going to be an exciting adventure and that I was going to discover something of great significance.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for the stupendous gift of spiritual awakening, and for making my dream, and the dreams of countless others, come true in this life.

a Siddha Yogi from London, United Kingdom

This morning, after reading Baba’s account of his Divya Diksha day, I sat and meditated. I think one of the reasons Baba took time to write down his experience of shaktipat initiation was so that it would help the many Siddha Yogis around the world believe in the light of the Self that the Guru has awakened within them.

Thank you, Baba. Your presence is always within me.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

As I was reading Baba's account of receiving shaktipat from Bade Baba, it reminded me of the most auspicious day in my life—when I received divine initiation from Gurumayi about 25 years ago in Shree Muktananda Ashram. I was transported into the divine realm of my heart, and my life was changed forever.
I will always be grateful to Gurumayi, Baba, and Bade Baba for their divine gift of grace. Thank you, Siddha Gurus, for your blessings.

a Siddha Yogi from Iowa, USA

This year, through the Siddha Yoga path website I celebrated Baba’s Divya Diksha in the quietude of my meditation room overlooking a tranquil lake. I truly feel blessed and grateful that I can bring the Ashram into my home.

After my morning practices—reciting Shri Guru Gita and singing the Nityananda Arati—in a state of tranquility, I turned to my computer to see the teaching for this most auspicious day. I was in awe as I read Baba’s account of his Divya Diksha day. Each image transported me to Ganeshpuri, where it all happened. I experienced total silence, peace, and gratitude as I looked at the Nature Gallery and read the shares from Siddha Yogis around the world. This was satsang in my own home.

Thank you all, for making the teachings accessible.

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

I am very thankful to Gurumayi ji for sharing with us Baba ji’s wonderful experience through the website. As I was reading these paragraphs, there was a vibration of energy within me that moved my entire body.

Once again, thank you to those who offer seva for the website, which has made the feeling of oneness with Gurumayi ji possible.

a Siddha Yogi from Mumbai, India

My heart overflows with gratitude for Bade Baba's gift to this world through bestowing shaktipat diksha on Baba on this auspicious day in 1947, and for sending Baba to the West to share this gift.
I received shaktipat from Gurumayi almost thirty years ago, and today my life is filled with light and love. I see God in my fellow human beings and want to serve them. It is my supremely good fortune to have the privilege of walking the royal path of Siddha Yoga to liberation.
Thank you, my beloved Gurus.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Yesterday, my husband and I purchased some beautiful roses to grace our meditation room, where we would be chanting and performing arati to honor and celebrate Baba's Divya Diksha day. I was so happy the store happened to have the perfect deep-red roses I had in mind as an offering to Baba.

It wasn't until we got home that we noticed there was a sticker on the cellophane wrapper with the name of the type of roses on it—“Freedom.”

How perfect for Baba, whose very name means “the bliss of freedom.”

a Siddha Yogi from Winnipeg, Canada

As I listened to the account of Baba’s Divya Diksha in the Celebration Satsang at the meditation center, my heart felt each and every step Baba was taking. I felt I was taking those steps, and my inner Guru was witnessing me.

I felt so much love and gratitude for Baba ji and Bhagavan Nityananda. My whole being was imbued with the power of quietude. The quietude was everywhere. As we chanted Om Namah Shivaya and meditated, my meditation became deeper and higher. I experienced Bhagavan Nityananda's universal heart in the form of calmness—a vast blue pool of calmness everywhere. I felt that Bhagavan Nityananda was pouring his tranquil state into my heart.

Thank you, Baba Muktananda. Thank you, Bhagavan Nityananda. Thank you, beloved Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Basamathnagar, India

When I read this vivid description of Baba Muktananda’s Divya Diksha and again heard it in the Celebration Satsang on August 15, I felt as if everything was happening before my eyes. I was in Ganeshpuri, witnessing every detail with great love and dedication. This took me to another realm—maybe Siddhaloka—where there is no suffering. There is only love, love, and love.

Thank you, Bade Baba, Baba, and Gurumayi, for giving us a path where we need only remember the Siddhas in our hearts in order to receive their blessings.

a Siddha Yogi from Udaipur, India

Seeing the actual photograph of the audumbara tree that Baba walked by and described after receiving shaktipat initiation, I am filled with awe and gratitude for the Siddha Yoga path. It reminds me of an experience I once had in meditation of Tukaram Maharaj. In it, Tukaram told me that my sadhana would be much easier than his because I have knowledge of the Siddhas, and he did not have this.

To me, what Tukaram said is exactly what this photo and Baba's description of this tree represent. Here we have a living Siddha who actually walked this path. Not only did he do it, but he outlined the entire landscape of sadhana in striking detail.

Now, Gurumayi is combining Siddha Yoga history, teachings, scriptures, stories, photos, and music in such an accessible and understandable way that the path of going from jiva (individual soul) to jivanmukta (liberated while living) is fun, enjoyable, and doable for us, wherever we may be.

Thank you, Gurumayi and Baba. May we accept your mahaprasad and delight in our sadhana.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

Yesterday we chanted Om Namo Bhagavate Muktanandaya in honor of Baba’s Divya Diksha. During the chant, I focused my mind on Baba's picture, which is on the puja. I thought that I would also honor the great Self, God without form, who is at the center of the universe. I held the thought that my personal God and the formless God are one. In that moment, the dark rain clouds in the sky lifted and with a beautiful evening sunset, the sun gave us its darshan. The rays were shimmering with many colors, but mostly with golden light. I thought, “Baba is with us here and now.”

a Siddha Yogi from Münster, Germany

When I reread Chapter 10 in Play of Consciousness after meditation early this morning, I felt waves of love flowing through me. I remembered my own meeting with my beloved Gurumayi, reliving in vivid detail that moment again more than two decades ago when the light from her eye had indeed entered my own eye, and I felt my entire self being completely surrendered to her, the Truth, and the path. My life has been changed forever. I have so much gratitude for Gurumayi’s profound guidance and support.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

a Siddha Yogi from New Mexico, USA

I am filled with joy as I read this most beautiful of excerpts about our beloved Baba's Divya Diksha. Baba's all-embracing smile reassures me that all is well.
Thank you, dearest Gurumayi, for all of the love that you bring to us every day through this most amazing website. I am continually inspired by its messages and images from the heart. Thank you also to the website sevites.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Baba's description is so vivid, and his intense devotion for his Gurudev is so powerful that I can only bow my head in awe and wonder at his divine gurubhava, this intense identification with the Absolute, the eternal Nityananda.

What a great and blessed day that transformed not only Baba's life but the lives of countless people around the world!

Thank you, Shri Gurumayi, for making the dawn of this sacred day so alive and so present for us. It transcends all time and space, and we can all be once again celebrating together as a sangham this most glorious, auspicious, and divine initiation.

a Siddha Yogi from Montreal, Canada

“What an auspicious day!” Baba said in Play of Consciousness. And it truly seemed like that this afternoon when my stepdaughter gave birth to her own daughter.

It reminded me of Bhagavan Nityananda's blessing to Baba, and all of us—that blessing of initiation that is a new birth of spirit. An auspicious day indeed, and one on which we feel a multitude of blessings.

a Siddha Yogi from Armidale, Australia

I can't imagine what my life and the lives of my family would be like had this sacred event not occurred on August 15th, 1947.

We were all blessed mightily by what took place on that day.

Thank you with all my heart, Bade Baba. And thank you, Baba and Gurumayi, for the stream of grace in which we are bathing today.

a Siddha Yogi from Wisconsin, USA