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Baba Muktananda's Mahasamadhi

Honoring Baba Muktananda on the 31st Anniversary
of his Mahasamadhi
A Letter from the Siddha Yoga Swamis

October 1, 2013

Dear Siddha Yogis,

Namaste.

On the Siddha Yoga path, the month of October is dedicated to honoring Gurumayi’s Guru, Baba Muktananda, on the 31st anniversary of his mahasamadhi. On the full moon day of October 1982, Baba left his body, attaining final union with universal Consciousness. In the tradition of the Siddhas, this unique and extraordinary event is known as mahasamadhi, “the great merging.”

Baba was an enlightened being, one who is fully established in his own divinity. As a result of this realization, Baba lived in the natural state of samadhi, continuously aware of the light of God shining within all creation.

When such a being departs this world, they do so in the state of samadhi. After mahasamadhi, the shakti of an enlightened being continues to be ever-present and all-pervasive, uplifting the world and illuminating the lives of devotees.

Gurumayi says:

Understand that Baba’s blessings are with you. . . . Baba has given each one of you not just a spark, but a great fire. He has kindled a great fire inside you. Let it blaze.

This divine inner fire is ignited within a seeker through shaktipat diksha, spiritual initiation. For centuries initiation by shaktipat was guarded as one of the most precious and powerful secrets of yoga. It was Baba Muktananda who, for the first time in history, brought shaktipat initiation to countless seekers from all parts of the world.

According to the scriptures of Shaivism, this descent of grace is an expression of the Lord’s will to reveal the divinity within a human being. A Shaktipat Guru is an embodiment of the grace-bestowing power of God. Out of supreme compassion, Baba and Gurumayi impart this sacred initiation that awakens Kundalini Shakti, the inner spiritual power. Through the unfolding of Kundalini Shakti and by engaging in the Siddha Yoga practices, we experience our own Self.

Baba Muktananda created the Shaktipat Intensive as a vehicle to bestow shaktipat initiation and Gurumayi has dedicated the yearly Global Siddha Yoga Shaktipat Intensive to honoring Baba Muktananda's Mahasamadhi. By means of her sankalpa, her intention, Gurumayi bestows shaktipat initiation in the Intensive.

The Shaktipat Intensive for 2013 is entitled

This October, our invitation to you is to honor Baba Muktananda's Mahasamadhi by participating in the Shaktipat Intensive on October 26.

As often as you can throughout the month, take time to chant Baba’s name, Om Namo Bhagavate Muktanandaya; read Baba’s books, which are replete with his wisdom and great compassion; dedicate your practice of mantra japa as a form of worship of Baba; and engage with the teachings posted on the Siddha Yoga path website. You can also join other devotees in satsang at a Siddha Yoga meditation center to honor Baba during this time of his mahasamadhi.

Salutations to the light of Baba’s grace!

Warm regards,

The Siddha Yoga Swamis

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Baba is still with me and comes to me periodically to give me instructions. Recently, he told me that I was trying too hard and that "It's much easier to rest in I AM."

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

I am so happy to welcome a month full of remembrance of Baba Muktananda and eagerly await the full moon: a day and night to celebrate the fullness of love I have received from "his great fire."
 
And then there is the Shaktipat Intensive of October. The title alone fills my mind with peaceful repose: The Incomparable Bliss of Samadhi.
 
Each time I enter a Shaktipat Intensive, I immediately become aware of a palpable field of grace, and I am drawn deeply into a space of love and gratitude. I am welcomed to the cave of my own heart, and my longing for the goal of sadhana is refreshed. The environment of the Intensive evokes an overwhelming gratitude for Sri Guru—the rare and beautiful gift of having a fully realized spiritual master in my life.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

Today marks 25 years since I participated in my first Siddha Yoga Shaktipat Intensive. As I read this letter, my heart pounds and my eyes well with tears with so much gratitude for this extraordinary gift, for having a Guru, for the Siddha Yoga teachings and practices, and especially for the opportunity of offering seva.

My life has been showered with so many blessings, realizations, and transformation. Thank you, Gurumayi; thank you, Baba; thank you, Bade Baba. Thank you for your grace.

a Siddha Yogi from Gold Coast, Australia

Walking across UCLA's campus when I was a student there over 30 years ago, I saw a poster of the most intriguing man with eyes that radiated the fire of divine intelligence. "Come Be With Baba," the poster read. And so I went. I drove down to the tent in Santa Monica, and my life has never been the same since. That afternoon of satsang was my one and only time with Baba in the flesh, but in spirit he has never left me. From then on, I dreamed of him regularly.

"Love is a secret ray of the eyes," Baba said. It remains my great good fortune that this ray from his eyes fell on me that day. "May the divine glance of the Guru ever dwell upon me."

Thank you, Baba, for that day and that moment. How can I repay you for the life I have led, sustained by the light you have shed?

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

As I read this beautiful letter from the Swamis, my heart simply sings out “Yes, yes, yes!" To be honest, I continue to be “blown away” as I reflect upon the wondrous gift that I received from Baba 35 years ago. Little did I know then what I was receiving nor did I have a clue about the impact that his grace would have upon my life. I just knew something good was happening.

Today, I revel in the knowledge of what has and is taking place in my being. Sometimes my journey has been difficult as the purifying energy does its cleansing on all levels. Sometimes I have been touched by the wonder of grace and subsequent experiences. Today I rest in a state of the deepest gratitude and love for Baba. What he has given me, all of us, is priceless. I am filled with love and devotion.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA