In Honor of Baba Muktananda's Mahasamadhi 2015

In Honor of Baba Muktananda’s Mahasamadhi

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The first time I experienced Baba's darshan was during an evening satsang at Shree Muktananda Ashram, in 1979. As Baba came into the hall and moved down the aisle, it was as though the sun had entered the room. Even though he walked along so lightly, there was a sense of tremendous power, solidity, and brightness emanating from his being.

Later, when I came up to receive Baba’s darshan, he looked at me with recognition, as though he had always known me. I felt that I had come home. Now, once again, having Baba's darshan in these beautiful photos, I recognize how he has continued to be a bright and ongoing presence in my sadhana.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for this exquisite darshan with Baba, and for your steady and loving presence in my life.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I first met Baba in Oklahoma when I was a graduate student at the university there. Baba held a dancing saptah, and he was full of ecstasy. It was a beautiful time that I will always relish. I remember watching Baba playing the tambourine and chanting God's name. His energy filled the room, and it was transformed into a space full of joy and grace.

These pictures are a reminder to me of that wondrous time. Baba lit up my life and the world during those years, and I continue to experience his darshan in my waking and dream states.

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

During this month, I have begun to recognize that I experience my Self in many different ways in my daily life. And, most profoundly, I have realized that my very human beingness—with all my uniqueness, challenges, and idiosyncrasies—is the Divine expressing itself in perfection right now.

All through these flashes of awareness, I have felt unconditional love and respect for myself, a deep trust in life, and a sense of spontaneous joy and liberation. These experiences make me want to meditate more and more, so that this can become a steady experience.

Thank you, Baba, for the awesome gifts of your grace!

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

I had never met Baba or Gurumayi, but Gurumayi was coming to the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Oakland, and a friend brought me to meet her. As we waited in the main hall, we chanted Om Namo Bhagavate Muktanandaya. At one point, in anticipation of Gurumayi's imminent arrival, everyone stood up—still chanting—and faced the back of the hall, where she would first appear.
In the back of the hall was a photo of Baba, larger than life. As we chanted, I noticed the eyes on Baba's image came to life—they were looking at me! And not just at me, but into me—into the deepest part of my being. I had never before experienced anything like this, and I knew at that moment that the Guru who was about to come through those doors was no ordinary person. And I knew my life would never be the same.
Through this experience I felt that it was Baba who’d set the stage and opened my eyes for my first encounter with a living Siddha.
Thank you, Baba! Thank you, Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Seeing the photo of Baba Muktananda seated on the steps of his house (now his Samadhi Shrine) in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, I remember the silent power, cool refuge, and waves of love that I experienced in meditation there in 1988, during the Mahasamadhi Celebration.

I was relatively new to Siddha Yoga. With other visiting devotees, I was asked to prepare to share my experience of starting to practice the Siddha Yoga teachings for a satsang. But the satsang ended before my turn came to stand up and share.

I went to Baba's Samadhi Shrine to meditate on what had happened. The power of Baba's freedom and love allowed me to fall right into a meditation in which I saw workmen hammering inside my mind. When I asked them what was going on, one of them said, "We're building a temple for the Lord's name to be repeated." Then I understood that the Guru's shakti was purifying my mind, making it fit for the Lord's name, and that the Name would lead me to freedom and love.

Gurumayi, thank you for sharing Baba's love with us, through your love for him!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA