October 1, 2013
Dear Siddha Yogis,
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.
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!
The Siddha Yoga Swamis