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Baba Muktananda's Mahasamadhi

In Honor of Baba Muktananda's Lunar Mahasamadhi

 

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"Opening the doors of Self-awareness, he reveals the Lord within us."

I first met Baba in September 1979 at Shree Muktananda Ashram. After reciting Shri Guru Gita one morning, I was walking through the front lobby and looked over to see Baba striding in through the front doors. He walked right up to me and stopped. Pointing his finger directly at me, he looked deeply into my eyes. At that moment, everything fell away and I was given the unforgettable experience of becoming one with everything in the universe, resting in a vast, exquisite love.

As Baba walked away, I gradually came back to my normal—yet altered—awareness and realized he had given me an extraordinary, immeasurable gift. To this day I recall this darshan with profound gratitude.

Thank you, Baba! You revealed the nectarean Lord within me.


a Siddha Yogi from Colorado, USA

Years ago, I began to notice that I would feel uncomfortable before I went to visit my family. My concern was about falling into old, unproductive habits. Although I had never met Baba in his physical form, he came to me one night in a dream. He anointed the top of my head with a warm oil and told me to enjoy my family.

That blessing has remained with me, helping me to love my family with more perspective, and with joy and compassion. To this day, that blessing from Baba continues to give me the guidance to "love all."

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

"He has come, filled with nectar, to make our lives immortal."

During a Shaktipat Intensive, Baba approached me, brushed me with his wand of peacock feathers, placed his hand on the top of my head for a moment, and then moved on. After a few steps Baba stopped, turned back to where I was sitting, and laid his hand once again on the top of my head. He just stood there, holding his hand on my head. As he did this, a thick, nectar-like feeling of pure love flowed from his hand into my head and down through my body. I glided instantly into deep meditation.

a Siddha Yogi from Michigan, USA

"A bliss-intoxicated yogi has arrived to awaken us to the sound of So'ham."

Recently, I went on a vacation, bringing Baba's book I Am That with me. It had been years since I had read it; and as I began to revisit Baba's teachings on the So'ham mantra, I was aware of how powerfully they were entering me.

Most days, I only read two or three paragraphs; and then I had to stop, because I was being drawn into ecstatic experiences of the breath moving in and out. The sound of my breathing, barely audible, was intoxicating like the sounds of a peaceful ocean.

I felt I was being breathed by something vast and infinite—and at the same time so loving and comforting that I could let myself fully release into the experience.

My mind was quiet and content for days on end. And I returned from my vacation truly rejuvenated and more deeply connected with my Self.

Thank you, Baba. Your teachings are so alive.

a Siddha Yoga Meditation Teacher

In October 1982, I was performing a very mundane task at work when I suddenly felt overwhelming joy and bliss. A few days later, my mother called to say that she read in the newspaper that Baba had taken mahasamadhi. I began to feel sad, but it evaporated quickly as I recalled the grace I had experienced at work around the time that Baba left his body.

I knew then, and still know now, that Baba is always dancing and singing in our hearts. Thank you, Gurumayi, for continuously reminding me that, as Hari Om Sharan sang, "jiva and Shiva are one."

a Siddha Yogi from Connecticut, USA

Last evening, my daughter called me from Colorado to share how magnificent the rising full moon was. I stepped outside to see a bright moon playing peek-a-boo between the swiftly moving clouds. We were simultaneously gazing at the same moon, Baba's Mahasamadhi moon. We remained together on the phone for a while, simply enjoying Baba's presence in this beautiful form.

Hari Om Sharan's words seem so appropriate: "He has brought the sacred light to show us the path to God." Thank you, Baba, for showering us with the light of God.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

A dear friend of mine is going through serious health challenges at the moment. I was massaging his scalp the other day to help him relax. While I was doing that, immediately an image of Baba came into my mind, and I saw my friend's face start to glow. It was a very powerful experience. I could feel Baba's presence so strongly.

The next day, I decided to share this with my friend, who had never heard of Baba. When I showed him Baba's picture, my friend exclaimed, "I can't believe it! I kept seeing his face while you were massaging me, and I had no idea who it was. His face just brought so much peace to me."

The power of Baba's grace is so strong and continues to envelop me, even though I never physically met him.

Thank you, Baba, for all of your blessings!

a Siddha Yogi from Wisconsin, USA

This morning when I looked at the picture of Baba, all of a sudden I could see Baba inside of me, and I felt that this was darshan—to see him inside of myself.

a Siddha Yogi from Iowa, USA

"He has come to turn our minds inward and enlighten us to our true nature."

When I learned that Baba had taken mahasamadhi, spontaneously I sang with joy. I shocked myself being so happy in that first moment. But later I realized that it was his blissful energy entering me.

Of course, it is both a sad and happy day for me. Baba’s physical form was such a joy for us to be with. But he has given me such an incredible vision that I could never be truly sad. I feel his living presence so often. Gratitude fills my heart with each wonderful memory, especially when I acknowledge the transformation that has occurred within me. I can see this world in such a divine light now. It is all because of my Guru's grace!

a Siddha Yogi from Arizona, USA

As I was rushing through this early morning, I began to hear the notes of Om Namo Bhagavate Muktanandaya on the website. I was drawn to stop, sit, and chant. Immediately, I slowed down—the agitation of thinking about the many tasks ahead was swept away. I entered a space of calmness and serenity. My inner state shifted into an experience of contentment and trust that everything would be fine today.

Then, I re-read the song that Hari Om Sharan composed for Baba. The words reminded me of my experience of shaktipat diksha that I received from Gurumayi in an Intensive many years ago. I thought of how that awakening has literally changed my life, and continues to do so.

The moment I choose to connect with the awakened Shakti and nurture it with the Siddha Yoga practices and teachings, the ever-expanding vast ocean of tranquility is there within me. I can move through my daily life acting from that awareness. What a blessing!

With an overwhelming feeling of gratitude and love, I bow to Gurumayi and Baba for the gift of shaktipat and the Siddha Yoga path.

a Siddha Yogi from Rome, Italy

I never met Baba. Yet I'm looking forward to the day when I can say that I've always known him. That I've known him before my mind, beyond time. That I've known him always and forever.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

I was very fortunate to be at Gurudev Siddha Peeth one morning in the summer of 1978 when Hari Om Sharan sang this bhajan before Baba. "An Ecstatic Yogi Has Arrived" was an ecstatic conclusion to a wonderful morning filled with songs of love and devotion to the Guru.

One phrase that stands out for me is: "Whomever he looks at—even for a second—within them chiti-shakti awakens." That certainly was my experience of spending time with Baba.

At Gurudev Siddha Peeth that summer, I used to offer seva in the Annapurna dining room and the kitchen. One morning, as I was mopping the dining room, Baba came out of his quarters and proceeded to walk across the dining room and into the kitchen. As he passed me, he briefly looked up and gave me an assuring smile. There was so much contained in his smile. I knew that he wasn't just acknowledging that I was doing good work. I experienced on a deep level that we were one, and I was instantly filled with great delight at this recognition.

Thank you, Baba; thank you, Gurumayi, for your gracious glance.

a Siddha Yogi from London, United Kingdom

Shortly after meeting Baba in 1981 and embracing the path of Siddha Yoga, I purchased a recording that had this bhajan sung by Hari Om Sharan in Hindi. I immediately fell in love with it and played it over and over. Even though I didn’t yet know the meaning of the words, the rhythm and melody of the song were filled with devotion and joy and were totally captivating. Each time the refrain of "Mastana yogi..." came around, there would be a rush of bliss, and the audience on the tape would clap and sing along with glee.

I loved this song so much because it reflected perfectly my own feelings evoked by meeting Baba—such deep devotion, along with a tremendous feeling of playfulness and joy!

As I read the words in English now, those same feelings arise.

Thank you, Baba and Gurumayi, for showing us how to live as ecstatic beings. Thank you, Hari Om Sharan, for this song that expresses my own inner feelings so well. May we all experience the arrival of that ecstatic yogi within!

a Siddha Yogi from Virginia, USA

Seeing this poem brings back to me the seemingly miraculous transformation I experienced when I met Baba: from atheism to the recognition that God existed within me as me—and in each person as the "I" in them. It was the awakening of my capacity to love, as well as to trust in myself, others, and grace. All this flowered in a life that became rich and full beyond my hopes and expectations.

a Siddha Yogi from Ohio, USA

"An ecstatic yogi has arrived to awaken the inner Shakti!"

Baba, smiling and very real, instantly emerged in my awareness when I read the first line of the song. I could sense his power, ready to erupt in a second into an earth-shaking belly laugh.

Then my mind shifted to the night of his mahasamadhi. I was sitting in meditation, not having heard the news yet, when energy began to rumble inside me. It then moved upward into the space of my head where I saw the attributes of my limited identity gather up and drift away. Remaining in their place was a large interior space filled with bristling, living energy that I knew was Baba’s presence. There was no question. Baba had arrived inside!

I began swaying in ecstasy, filled with the bliss of Muktananda. After a while, my familiar self began to reshape itself. But this time, it was being formed from that same blissful energy, as though Muktananda were the foundational substance that gave rise to my identity. I understood in that moment that not only was I filled with Muktananda, but even when I perceived myself as limited, I was made out of Muktananda.

I learned the next morning that Baba had taken mahasamadhi. The ecstatic yogi in his complete freedom had arrived once again to stir the inner Shakti to life, and I knew inwardly that Baba would always be with me.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

"He has come to turn our minds inward and enlighten us to our true nature."

Baba turned my mind inward very rapidly even before I met him in person. I received shaktipat initiation through repeating the mantra at an introductory Siddha Yoga program, one month before I took my first Intensive with Baba. Miraculously, I sat down to meditate the very next day and meditated every single day of that first year—with surprising ease and comfort. So began my apprenticeship in turning inward.

Thankfully, Baba's ability to enlighten me to my true nature also didn't take long to manifest, transforming my life in remarkable ways. I felt lighter, more loving, more self-sufficient—and at times a wave of happiness would wash over me for no external reason at all. I was living Baba's meditation revolution!

I am grateful to Hari Om Sharan for giving us so many joyful ways to express our gratitude for Baba's boundless grace.

a Siddha Yogi from Illinois, USA