My first Intensive was in 1976 in South Fallsburg. During meditation, after chanting the mantra Om Namah Shivaya
, the room was vibrating with an energy unlike anything I had ever experienced. I heard the sound of swishing from Baba's peacock wand and smelled the fragrance of heena
oil. I sat with anticipation and waited for his touch. When Baba approached me, he placed his hand on my head and applied a gentle but firm pressure between my brows. I then disappeared into a deep place of silence and peace.
When meditation was over, I remained connected to the awareness that I was one with everyone and everything. There was no separation between me and the love that is always present. Love was everywhere, and I was one with that love.
The blessing of that experience is Baba's eternal gift that transformed my life and infuses my every conscious breath with everlasting gratitude.
a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA
I received shaktipat
initiation from Gurumayi in 1989. During that first Shaktipat Intensive, I felt another me being born—one that was free, blissful, and divine.
Since that time I have enjoyed nurturing that energy through the Siddha Yoga practices. My experience has been that, throughout a normal life filled with ups and downs, that original feeling of being connected to the Divine has never waned, and has in fact grown.
I will be forever grateful to Gurumayi, Baba, and Bade Baba for transforming my life from ordinary to divine.
a Siddha Yogi from Iowa, USA