Baba Muktananda's Mahasamadhi

In Honor of Baba Muktananda's Mahasamadhi

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I was struck by Kabir's phrase, "The Guru is great beyond words." My experience has been just that—beyond words. Meeting Swami Muktananda in 1974 and receiving shaktipat were my good fortune, which continues enriching my life to this day.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I keep reading this poem by Kabir. And I keep looking at this statue of Baba in the gardens of Gurudev Siddha Peeth. They are connected for me.
I offered seva in the Gurudev Siddha Peeth gardens for nine years. I walked those grounds thousands of times. I know and still remember where everything is. I can see it clearly in my mind’s eye.
Thank you for reminding me that I never really forgot or left Gurudev Siddha Peeth. It is still deeply etched in my being. I just have to remember. Remembrance. Thank you.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

As I read the ecstatic poem of Kabir and the beautiful shares from Siddha Yogis posted beneath it, I am reminded of how wondrous it is that we, today, can have mystical experiences like those of the great poet-saints.

How truly great is our good fortune! Thank you, Baba. Thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Seeing the statue of Baba reminded me so strongly of Gurudev Siddha Peeth. I remembered the day in 1978 when I visited the hut next to the Devi Temple in Vajreshwari where Baba had stayed. The hut was very small and rustic with no amenities.

As I walked back to Gurudev Siddha Peeth on the dusty road, I began to reflect on the many hardships Baba underwent during his sadhana. I felt enormous gratitude for all I was receiving from Baba. A deep conviction arose within me. I vowed to honor Baba by committing to follow the practices he gave us. And since then, I have continued to do that with Baba and Gurumayi’s grace.

The contentment I was seeking now pervades my life. My gratitude knows no bounds.

a Siddha Yogi from Michigan, USA

As I read Kabir’s lines about the world beyond the physical senses, I was reminded of a Siddha Yoga satsang at the center in our city. Following the chanting of Om Namah Shivaya, and about one minute into the meditation period, we heard an eight-year-old girl whisper excitedly to her father, “Daddy, inside is bigger than outside!”

In meditation, I’ve come to know that the inner realms are boundless and that to enter there through my Guru’s grace is to experience total freedom and unimpeded bliss.

How fortunate we are to have such a Guru!

a Siddha Yoga Meditation Teacher

When I opened the Siddha Yoga path website and had the wonderful darshan of the statue of Baba that is in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, I felt deep love for Baba. I experienced in that moment that my feeling was being expressed through the words of saint Kabir.

During my visits to Gurudev Siddha Peeth, I have visited this statue quite often and have spent many grace-filled and peaceful moments there. I was re-experiencing those moments when I viewed this web post and read saint Kabir’s beautiful poem.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for these grace-filled moments.

a Siddha Yogi from Surat, India

I love this poem, because reading it leads me back to my experience of shaktipat. As a young woman I yearned for a sublime inner experience, but when I tried to meditate I became lost in thoughts. Then I met Gurumayi. I was struck by her deep stillness, and as she looked at me a recognition stirred inside.

The next day, I was drawn to meditate. As soon as my eyes closed, I could see my mind. It was chattering restlessly. The thoughts became faster and faster—and then they just stopped. Everything was perfectly still. Out of the stillness came the sounds Om Namah Shivaya. It was as if a sacred choir was inside me. Each syllable was filled with immense love. The sounds rose to my heart center and exploded into bliss. From here, bliss spread through my arms, my legs, my head, and out into the space around me. Each repetition of the mantra brought new waves of bliss. My body was swaying with ecstasy.

After twenty minutes, the experience gently ended and I opened my eyes, filled with awe. This, I knew, was truly meditation—Gurumayi’s priceless gift to me.

“The mercy of my true Guru has made me know the unknown.”

a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia

As I read the line from Kabir, “to fly without wings,” the space of my heart expanded and I immediately envisioned the spacious interior world that is unveiled through the Guru’s grace. I recall my exhilaration, after receiving shaktipat from Baba, of discovering the vastness and inner sense of freedom when identification with the limits of the physical world dissolves—even for a moment.

One meditation experience was particularly instructive. I was searching for a new place to live in New York after being priced out of a large loft space. I was worried about what square footage I could afford when one day in meditation I experienced the inner vastness where I could soar and fly without wings. I heard myself say, “Wow! There must be twenty thousand square feet in here!” I could only laugh at my concerns about being cramped in small quarters when this vastness was only a breath away. No matter how often my identity recedes into its small room, I know this space of freedom and possibility always exists with only a simple turn of the mind and remembrance of the Guru.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA