Experience Darshan—Baba Muktananda

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Shares from Experience Darshan—Baba Muktananda: Image 1

All of a sudden in the past few days, by the great grace of the Guru, I am rediscovering Baba. Just one little thought of him and I am filled with bursting joy, like falling in love all over again, just as it was when I met him in 1978. I want to remember him constantly, and the mantra is rising of its own accord with ease.

Turning this morning for the first time to “Experience Darshan—Baba Muktananda,” I find to my amazement and delight that all that I have been feeling is echoed and verified in Baba's own words. What wonderfully chosen quotes! They enlighten my experience, and I find myself encouraged to dive ever deeper into the experience of mantra, meditation, and chanting. I feel such courage through this contact with Baba's presence, such comfort.

Thank you so much, Baba. And thank you to the website sevites for bringing me to darshan.

a Siddha Yogi from Rugby, United Kingdom

Before coming onto the Siddha Yoga path, I never knew that the Self is so close to me. I used to think that the experience of the Self is possible only for those who renounce this world. After applying Baba's core teaching in my practices, the experience of the Self has become so accessible. I have understood that this world is a reflection of the Self. I have recognized that I can experience the Self wherever I am. It is right with me as the changeless “I” in the midst of the different roles in my life.

Thank you so much, Baba, for your darshan

a Siddha Yogi from Hyderabad, India

After gazing at Baba's photo for a few seconds, my eyes closed and spontaneously I went into deep meditation. Afterwards, as I was about to write this share, it happened again: I went into deep meditation and felt my mind go completely still. The mantra filled my mind, and love filled my heart. And then I saw Baba's laughing face, and I smiled.  

Thank you, Gurumayi, for sharing Baba's state with us through this powerful darshan photograph. How effortless is meditation in the presence of the Guru's shakti!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Over the years, grace has helped me unfold a deeper experience of Baba's words, "Meditate on your Self." The Siddha Yoga teachings say the Guru and the Self are one. Sometimes for brief moments in meditation, all words, thoughts, and concepts—even words like I, Self, Guru, and God—dissolve and only the tranquil yet vibrant energy of awareness resting in awareness remains.

This, as I currently understand it, is meditating on the Self. This too is a form of experiencing God, the Guru, the Self, dwelling within me, as me.

a Siddha Yogi from Ohio, USA

Thank you for this divine remembrance. I first received a mantra card from Baba himself, in June 1974. I immediately felt the power, the shakti, of the mantra that was right there in my hand. The teaching from Baba that is posted on the website was also on the card.

When I started repeating the mantra, I knew that this path was for real, and that the one who gave the mantra to me was a real Guru.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

The first thought that came to my mind after gazing at this photo was "Muktananda Mahan, Jaya Sadguru Bhagavan."

Salutations to beloved Baba, whose teachings constantly guide me in every phase of my life.

a Siddha Yogi from Bhilwara, India

Reading Baba's words and wanting to remember them, I folded my hands and meditated on my Self. God does dwell in me as me.

An ocean of thanks for teaching me to love myself.

a Siddha Yogi from North Carolina, USA

While reciting Shri Guru Gita recently, I had the strong feeling that Baba was with me, accompanied by a vision of dazzling gold and orange colors, like a halo of protective light.

Thank you, Baba. Thank you, Gurumayi. Thank you, Bade Baba. Thank you for your unconditional and protecting love, which we can witness in every instant.

a Siddha Yogi from Paris, France

While having Baba's darshan, I repeated his core teaching to myself. I experienced going further inward and simultaneously becoming more connected to Baba. I experienced love, and I could almost hear his laughter. I felt the bliss of recognition.

As I turned inward, a very subtle picture emerged in my heart region. At first it seemed like a medallion, and then a mandala. It then became apparent it was Gurumayi's Message Artwork for 2013. Ah, the Self!

Thank you, Gurumayi, for opening us to love in a myriad of ways—your love, Baba's love, Bade Baba's love. LOVE!

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

I have been reading Baba's books every night, and now, as I view his photo on the website, my heart is filled with gratitude for his darshan as I look into his eyes and read his words.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for this gift.

a Siddha Yogi from Nevada, USA

I have remembered this teaching many times in the last thirteen years as I've grown from being a teenager to an adult. Baba's teaching has helped me cross many hurdles and gain new experiences. And it has made me stronger. Each time I practice it, I feel more connected to my beloved Guru and to my own Self.

Thank you, Baba, for all you have given to me and to all of us.

a Siddha Yogi from New Delhi, India

When I saw Baba's picture and read his teaching, my heart leaped up, beating with excitement and love. This core teaching of Baba’s has resonated within my being ever since I first heard it 33 years ago. With each passing year, I feel I am closer and closer to more fully understanding and experiencing what it is instructing me to do. As my practices deepen, I experience more and more how the vibrating light and love within my being are my very own Self, and that Self is who I truly am.

Thank you, Baba, for this life-transforming teaching. It is a beacon in my sadhana.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

Shares from Experience Darshan—Baba Muktananda: Image 2

Yesterday, early in the morning, I enjoyed looking at Baba's picture and reading his teaching posted on the website.

During the day, I had unexpected waves of love and understanding. And at night, before going to sleep, I was wondering where those waves had arisen from.

This morning, when I opened the Siddha Yoga path website again, I realized that those waves of love and understanding were Baba's darshan.

Thank you so much, Baba!

a Siddha Yogi from Montequinto, Spain

Baba’s teachings are so simple and profound. When I read Baba’s teaching, it touched my heart and I felt an abundance of love for Baba. When I saw his photo, I could see and experience the joy and love that are always flowing out for me and for all. Baba, you are great! You have explained the meaning of humanity in such a simple and easeful way.

Thank you, Baba; thank you, Gurumayi, for the Siddha Yoga teachings.

a Siddha Yogi from Nasik, India

Two days ago, I was near the sea. The morning clouds parted, and I was entranced to see a pool of shimmering ecstatic light on the water before me. I have been contemplating the knowledge that I had experienced the darshan of the Self.

The joy deepened this morning when I read the shares from other devotees who described similar experiences, and I recognized so strongly that we are truly one.

a Siddha Yogi from Ironbridge, United Kingdom

When I looked at Baba’s picture today, I felt that he was alive. So much love was welling up inside me. I could see Baba looking directly at me! After a while I recognized, “This is darshan!” And only afterwards did I notice that the title of the posting says, “Experience Darshan.”  

a Siddha Yogi from Vincennes, France

As I look at Baba in this picture, I see a pure, truly authentic, and light-filled being. Then I read his words—words that I have read and heard for more than thirty years—and I am struck with the understanding that if I really imbibe these teachings, I too can be truly authentic and true to my Self.  

As I approach each activity in my life, I can ask myself, "Is this an act of honoring and worshiping the Self within?"  

Thank you, Gurumayi, for the continual access to the Siddha Yoga teachings and their transformative power!

a Siddha Yogi from New Mexico, USA

I have often noticed in Baba's face, that whatever age he was, his skin and face always looked so youthful, soft, and radiant.

a Siddha Yogi from Iowa, USA

What a picture of Baba! I have never seen it before. When I read the first line of his teaching, I found my heart repeating the words in the voice of Gurumayi as she welcomes us all.

How beneficial this month is for every Siddha Yogi—Baba's Mahasamadhi, the Shaktipat Intensive, incomparable bliss, experiencing darshan on the website, and receiving a lot of knowledge from Baba's teachings.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for all you give to us. Thank you, Baba, for giving us Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from Gandhinagar, India

As I sat on my surfboard yesterday, bobbing in the waves, I suddenly felt a rush of love and connectedness in my soul. I felt a powerful impulse to welcome all the other surfers around me with love and respect. For an instant, I was the expansive sky, the whole ocean, the whole of humanity around me. I realized with just a simple gesture of welcoming—to nature and to my brothers in the water—I was truly the Self in all.

Thank you, Baba, for sharing the most direct and simple path to the Self—welcoming others with love and respect!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

When I read Baba's words, "I welcome you all with all my heart," and when I hear Gurumayi say them, my response is a huge upwelling of love at my Guru's welcome. The generosity in that welcome is enormous, and the effect of their generous welcome is that it overflows into the way I welcome others.

Thank you, Baba, for such a simple, direct path to the experience of my own humanity—which is, really, divinity.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I love that Baba says that to welcome another person with respect “is knowledge.” I come from a professional background in academia, and before I met Baba, I understood knowledge to be something that was located exclusively in the mind. What a glorious revelation—and what great freedom—Baba gave me with this teaching about respect: knowledge resides in the heart as well as the mind!

Thank you, Baba, for this extraordinary gift.

a Siddha Yogi from London, England

Baba's words are so encouraging. When I read this teaching I understand that the secret of life is not something distant and unattainable. It is simple, full of joy, and within my reach in every moment.

a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram

Every time I hear or read the words, "With great respect and love, I welcome you all with all my heart," my heart jumps up with anticipation for it knows that these are the words our Gurus speak before they give a talk or a teaching. 

But I also understand that these words are a teaching in themselves. They tell us to open our hearts, to welcome each other, and to see God in each other and ourselves.

a Siddha Yogi from Mexico City, Mexico

Reading this teaching reminds me of the many times that I heard Baba explain that he welcomed us with so much love and respect not to flatter us—but simply because when his gaze fell upon us, he saw our divine nature, he saw the Self. And watching him receive so many hundreds of people in darshan line, it was clear that this was not just his experience—it was his joy.

This made a profound impression on me. And the seeds of unity consciousness that Baba planted in me have been watered by many years of sadhana under Gurumayi’s guidance.

As a result, welcoming others with love and respect has become a natural part of how I move through my world, enabling me to connect with others easily and warmly because I have learned that we truly are all one.

a Siddha Yogi from Illinois, USA

As I looked at Baba's picture, I experienced his presence once again. And once again I was assured that Baba is always with me. I did not have the honor of being with Baba in his physical presence, but Gurumayi has shared Baba with us in so many ways that I feel as if I knew him in person.

Thank you, Gurumayi, Baba, and Bade Baba for all your blessings over the years.

a Siddha Yogi from Nevada, USA

Until I came into Baba Muktananda’s presence, no one had ever told me, and I could never have imagined, that God lived in me. Yet Baba’s welcome and his teachings called forth a deeper knowledge from within me. I began to awaken to the realization that I was inherently worthy—worthy of great respect and love. This was so encouraging, and the beginning of a new life.

Since then, over the years of sadhana under Baba and Gurumayi, my capacity to know and to welcome the Self that Baba saw and welcomed in me has grown. And I believe that, more and more, my eyes and my demeanor reflect back to others their own worthiness and invite their own divine nature to come forth.

I understand now why Baba says that this “is the true humanity.”

a Siddha Yogi from Wisconsin, USA

Shares from Experience Darshan—Baba Muktananda: Image 3

After my first Shaktipat Intensive, in 1981, I woke in the middle of the night. Instead of the familiar anxious thoughts, I heard the mantra—not as a song going through my mind, or as a memory, but clearly as if I were playing a recording that was for me, within me. It had no start or end but continued, unbroken, and I slept so soundly. The Guru had come to live in my heart in the form of the mantra.
 
Right now, I am traveling far from home, and reading these words of Baba’s showed me exactly how to maintain contact with the Guru: by enlivening my practice of japa.
 
Thank you, thank you, Gurumayi. This is exactly what I needed to be reminded of right now.

a Siddha Yogi from Sydney, Australia

When I look at the beautiful image of Baba holding in his hand a mala blessed by the repetition of the mantra, I have the feeling, reading the shares of the devotees, that each share is a blessed seed of the mala, vibrating with love for the Guru.

a Siddha Yogi from Milan, Italy

In 1979, I took a Shaktipat Intensive with Baba in Boston. This photograph brings back so clearly my memory of visiting the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Boston where Baba was staying. As I stood quietly in the lobby, I could hear Baba's footsteps as he walked on the balcony above, and a steady clear click, click, click of his mala as each bead fell into place. I was amazed by the sense of deep reassurance I felt. The pulse of Baba's japa mala was like the pulse of my own heart—steady, natural, and mysterious all at the same time. This beautiful photograph gives me darshan of that pulsation once again.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for these opportunities for darshan as we prepare ourselves for the Mahasamadhi Shaktipat Intensive. Thank you, Baba!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

About 20 years into my practice of Siddha Yoga, a friend visited my Tokyo apartment and gave me a session of energetic bodywork. As we talked afterwards, she said, "As I held my hands over each place on your body, I inwardly repeated the words we use in my energy practice. But when I put my hands over your heart, I couldn't repeat those words because instead, I heard those words you say: Om Namu Shi... Shibay?" I asked, "Om Namah Shivaya?" She replied, "Yes, that's what I kept hearing." She looked around my room, where I had photos of the three Gurus of the Siddha Yoga lineage. She pointed to a picture of Bhagavan Nityananda and said, "And it was him saying the words."

My friend had never been to a Siddha Yoga program. I was awed by how the Guru came to my heart to give her darshan and to offer her the mantra. Later, I realized that Bhagavan Nityananda hadn't just come that moment, but instead, "The Guru always lives in [my] heart in the form of the mantra."

a Gurukula student in Gurudev Siddha Peeth

The first time I heard Baba singing the mantra, I felt its energy corkscrew into my chest, where it continued to circle around and around, filling me with bliss.

Since that time, nearly forty years ago, the mantra has never stopped repeating itself within me. It now pervades my body, repeating itself most strongly at the base of my tongue, between my eyes, and in the crown of my head.

Sometimes, when I've lost touch with my own center, or am on the verge of doing so, the mantra will rise up strongly to protect me and lead me back. And each time I arrive back in my heart, I find the Guru there with me.

Thank you, Baba, for the priceless gift of the mantra. Thank you, beloved Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yoga Swami

With each of these remarkable images of Baba Muktananda—and the joyous teachings accompanying them—I feel as though Baba is beckoning me, welcoming me into the "universal hall" of the upcoming Shaktipat Intensive. Yes, Baba, I will be there!

a Siddha Yogi from New Mexico, USA

I received shaktipat initiation through the mantra during a Shaktipat Intensive in 1991. At one point, as I was chanting Om Namah Shivaya, the mantra seemed to penetrate deep within, and the gates to my heart were flung open. A flood of emotion poured out, as old thoughts, feelings, and memories were released. I settled into a profound stillness and experienced a pure love and contentment, independent of any person or circumstance. It felt as if the mantra had taken up residence in my heart.

This experience continues to unfold. When I meditate, there are times when the mantra arises on its own from deep within. At such times, the Guru's image fills my awareness. My heart opens more than I think is possible. Any sense of separation or distance between myself, the mantra, and the Guru dissolves. I realize that it is the Guru who has taken up residence in my heart through the mantra, and the Guru is my constant companion, ever-present within.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

As I was going to sleep on the full moon night of Baba's Lunar Mahasamadhi, I closed my eyes and began repeating the mantra within. For a brief moment, I saw Baba in radiant blue light inside of my heart. He walked toward me and stood there. Though it was only for an instant, seeing Baba for the first time in this way was true prasad.

Reflecting on this experience in the light of Baba's teaching, I realized that the connection I have to the Guru is more intimate than any other relationship I have. The Guru is more than beside me as I walk the Siddha Yoga path—the Guru is within me. When I remember this, even when I'm a thousand miles away from my Guru, I can repeat the mantra and experience the Guru within.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

To come out of meditation and see this teaching from Baba on the website felt like something of a miracle to me. In my meditation, I had just experienced that every time I mentally repeated the mantra, I felt the Guru was inside of me. This experience is yet another confirmation that my Self, God, and the Guru are really one.

Thank you, Gurumayi, and thank you, Baba, for this unparalleled blessing.

a Siddha Yogi from Iowa, USA

In these few words, Baba has given me two practical methods to connect to the Guru within: by visualizing the Guru in my heart and by repeating the mantra. After reading this quote, I repeated the mantra a few times inside, and I could feel Baba's smile radiating within my heart.

Thank you, Baba, again and again, for merging into the Self of every one of us, and for insisting that the heart’s deepest wish—to stay in true, complete, and lasting contact with the Guru—is already fulfilled, and only a repetition of the mantra away.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Baba's quote reminds me of an experience I had recently. As I was closing my eyes to sleep, I could hear the mantra, Om Namah Shivaya. No chant was playing anywhere in the room, yet I could hear it very clearly. I became present with my breath and began to repeat the mantra in rhythm with the chant. As I did this, I could feel Gurumayi's sweet and loving presence with me in my heart.

a Siddha Yogi from Vancouver, Canada

Baba's words tenderly reassure me that the Guru always lives in my heart: unchangingly and as the mantra.

As I contemplate Baba's words, the image of Gurumayi, repeating the mantra with a japa mala, arises within me. I start repeating the mantra, too. With each round of mantra repetition, I feel a tender expansion in my heart: open and potent with love for the people around me and also for myself. I feel merged into a state of oneness with the mantra and with Gurumayi.

Baba's words fortify me to value my own longing to be in touch with my heart and with the Guru. And he reminds me that repeating the mantra is what I can actually choose to do!

Thank you, Baba. Thank you, Gurumayi. Thank you for your teachings and for your love.

a Siddha Yogi from Katzenbach, Germany

Shares from Experience Darshan—Baba Muktananda: Image 4

With each share I read from devotees around the globe, I feel I am being welcomed into their hearts and into the heart of the country in which they live. I am roaming in the hub of the heart of the world via the stream of grace that flows through the Siddha Yoga path website.

Thank you, Baba; thank you, Gurumayi. I feel the world welcoming me with all its heart!

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

This teaching reminds me that everyone is connected to the same love and deserves to be welcomed with love, including myself.

a Siddha Yogi from Iowa, USA

Every year since the Home Study Course, The Power of Siddha Yoga: Path of the Heart was first offered, I have practiced Baba's and Gurumayi's teaching to welcome and love and respect everyone.

At the beginning of each school year, I remind myself to practice this teaching. As I begin every class, I stand in tadasana, the mountain pose. I mentally practice a heart-opening exercise from the Home Study Course that embraces the students I see before me. Simultaneously, I inwardly repeat, "With great respect and love, I welcome you all with all my heart."

It has become a great way to start each class. It establishes respect and love as the foundation of the entire class. It eliminates much unnecessary talking.    

Thank you, Gurumayi and Baba. May your teachings always be the foundation of my existence.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

After contemplating Baba's sacred words, I realize that it is not only important for me to welcome a person into my heart when I am with them, but also to keep them in my heart when we are apart. I want my thoughts to be always non-judgmental, holding people in the light and love my Guru has awakened in me.

I have found that mantra japa, coordinated with my breath, helps me to transform judgmental thoughts into welcoming thoughts of love and light.

Thank you, Baba, for your words of love, which help to keep me on the path of the heart.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

It was in 2009 that I started practicing this teaching regularly after a short-term stay in Gurudev Siddha Peeth. I didn't know this teaching explicitly at that time, but after returning home, whenever I opened my door to a person, I would welcome them with love and respect. I would ask them if they’d like a glass of water, and in return, I would see how happy they'd feel.

I would automatically do this because I understood that in every person my Guru resides.

Thank you, Baba, for this teaching. And thank you, SYDA Foundation, for reminding me of this experience.

a Siddha Yogi from Ulhasnagar, India

What an amazing picture of Baba! Thank you.

I first started learning to welcome others—which was new to me—at the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Santa Monica. It was 1976. The Ashram manager gave me the seva of running the bookstore there. This was my introduction to welcoming the public, who would hurry to the bookstore after programs.

People were eager to take home with them something to remember their experiences of Baba and the satsangs.

Offering this seva, I learned to be present with everyone who showed up—with their requests and their inquiries. There was a lot of great energy in the bookstore, and it was a wonderful learning experience.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Ever since I first heard this teaching from Baba, I have been practicing welcoming people with love and respect. As the years go by and my connection to my heart deepens, my hellos and smiles feel more genuine. In the elevator in the building where I live, for example, I can tell that my greetings reach my fellow elevator riders because they respond in kind, even if only moments before they had a scowl on their face.

Each time I smile and say hello, be it in the elevator, in the grocery store line, or when I am out walking, I feel as if I bring more love into the world—and I can see it ignites something in the people I greet as well. I love sharing this great reservoir of love that I have. And as I do so, that love seems to grow both inside and out.

Thank you, Baba.


a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

Over the years, this teaching has become the bedrock of my sadhana. The first part, “God is one,” helps me to understand that the oneness of God encompasses everything in my life—that everything takes place within the being of God. That understanding has helped me immeasurably to not get caught up in the ups and downs of everyday circumstances, but to stay anchored in my underlying oneness with divine existence, which is my very own Self.

The second part of the teaching, “He is of the form of love,” gives me the comfort of knowing that this underlying oneness of life is not just some inert glue that holds the universe together. It is love. No matter what circumstances I go through, it is possible to reconnect to that underlying love at any time.

Most importantly, I need to continue practicing the application of this understanding, which is the third part of the teaching—to always welcome others with all my heart. Thank you, Baba.


a Siddha Yogi from Virginia, USA

Shares from Experience Darshan—Baba Muktananda: Image 5

I looked at the latest photo of Baba and immediately began repeating the mantra So'ham, "I am That." It seemed to me that Baba was absorbed in That, in supreme Consciousness.

Then a thought began to arise. As I looked at it, the thought began to reduce in size against a backdrop of expansiveness, until it floated away like a feather. I became aware of the infinitely expansive stillness that had contained this thought. Then another thought arose.

As I watched, I understood that it is only because I hold the thoughts that arise so close to "me" that they fill up my frame of awareness and seem so big and significant. I realized that as soon as I focused on Baba, I was able to let go of a thought and see it for what it was. Detachment was effortless, and That filled my mind.

Thank you Baba! Thank you Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

Baba says, “Where is that place where there is no Self?”
 
During the Global Shaktipat Intensive, I was at work. I was feeling sad because I longed to be at the Intensive, but was unable to change my work schedule. In the early afternoon, I focused upon the Intensive, imagining what might be taking place at that moment.
 
I glanced up at the sky and, to my amazement, saw the image of a graceful white swan as a cloud, floating on clouds like water above my head. What an auspicious sign from nature—flowing and grace-filled! I felt the all-encompassing reach of the Intensive—blissfully so.

a Siddha Yogi from Florida, USA

At the end of the Mahasamadhi Intensive day, we had an amazingly beautiful sunset here where I live in California. When I saw it, I experienced such intense longing for Baba. And as I felt this longing, I no longer felt separate from him. He seemed to be in the shape of the sky and as everything I could see, smiling at me and telling me, "I am right here. Wherever you look I am there."
 
I feel so happy reading this teaching from Baba. It's as if Baba is telling me, “Yes, you did not imagine it. This is the Truth.”
 
Thank you for this wonderful day Baba!

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

I love all of Baba’s rudraksha malas! Putting on my rudraksha malas this morning I was remembering that the seeds are described as Lord Shiva’s tears, which represent his compassion and love for humanity. I also remembered that we wear rudraksha beads to remember the Lord and receive his protection.
 
I'm sure many devotees and Siddha Yogis will be in remembrance of the Self today with the help of Lord Rudra’s loving tears. 

Thank you, Gurumayiji.

a Siddha Yogi from Arkansas, USA

Baba’s teaching reminds me of how I came to be on this path. Although I was raised in a religious home, when I went off to college, I was still longing for an understanding about God. I wanted to understand this world and how I fit in it. I wanted to know what my relationship was to God. 
 
Then in 1988, during a visit to my aunt's, I saw a picture of Gurumayi. I was drawn to it, and I asked my aunt who was in the photo. She explained that she was a Guru, a modern-day holy woman, a saint.
 
Something stirred in me, and I wanted to know more. This led to my coming to Shree Muktananda Ashram just after I graduated from college in the summer of 1988. I met Gurumayi in darshan, and that meeting initiated my journey on the spiritual path. My longing had led me to my Guru, and my Guru is leading me to know God. 

a Siddha Yogi from Vienna, Austria

Baba’s words, “intense longing,” stir those very feelings as I read his teaching. I connect with a great longing in my heart—longing that is in itself sweet and full. This is a state I love. In this longing, I am aware of my humanity and my divinity at the same time. I patiently acknowledge the beauty and challenge of learning over and over that there is no place that is not divine, no person who is not the Self.

In this simple moment, as I sit looking out of the window, the longing expands into unlimited, quiet joy.
 
Thank you, Baba.

a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia

Baba's teaching "The Guru always lives in your heart in the form of the mantra" is beautiful and exquisitely simple. Mantra repetition gives me such solace and protection. It has enabled me to find enough courage and inner support to, little by little, step by step, attend to those things in my life from which I would otherwise shrink due to fear or anxiety.

a Siddha Yogi from Macclesfield, United Kingdom

Since the anniversary of Baba's Solar Mahasamadhi this year, I have had a stronger experience than ever before of his presence, although I wasn't a devotee before Baba left his body. He's right there with me, looking in my eyes as I look in his.

I travel a lot and am often distracted by the world, but during my last trip I merely had to repeat the mantra and I could picture Baba very close, traveling with me. Having Baba with me offers a completely different experience of living on this earth.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I love everything on the website. I like how it says that you maintain contact with the Guru by saying the mantra. I was repeating the mantra just before that teaching from Baba went up.

an eight-year-old Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Shares from Experience Darshan—Baba Muktananda: Image 6

Although I never met Baba Muktananda in his physical form, I have been blessed with three dreams where he appeared to me. In one, I was on the grounds of Shree Muktananda Ashram, where I saw an unending flood of devotees entering the beautiful Shakti Mandap building. The other devotees did not notice, but somehow I was able to see that Baba himself was holding open the door for everyone to enter!

I saw clearly the beatific smile beaming on his face. Despite the moving crowd, the only sound I could hear in my ears as the whoosh, whoosh of his japa mala, which he was swinging with his other hand as he held open the door.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

One evening, during satsang at the Siddha Yoga meditation center in London, as the chant ended and everyone began to meditate, Om Namah Shivaya started repeating itself over and over at my normal speaking rate. I heard it in the same way I hear my own voice inside. I thought, “This is nice. I don't have to repeat the mantra because it is repeating itself!”

After a while, the mantra started repeating faster and faster. The repetitions became so fast that I could no longer make out the individual syllables. They seemed to merge into the sound, hmmmmmmmmmm. My attention followed this sound until I came to rest in an inner stillness that was so joyful.

When I came out of meditation, I felt completely refreshed and rejuvenated and full of love. The mantra is love, indeed!

Thank you, Baba; thank you, Gurumayi, for the gift of the mantra.

a Siddha Yogi from London, United Kingdom

As I contemplate Baba's words, I reflect back over the past decades and realize that mantra japa has been a very precious, supportive partner for me, helping to release the contractions of my being, my heart, and my breath.

I have raised two handicapped children, who are incredible blessings. There have been many challenges through the years, since each of them has serious health problems. Yet, with the mantra, I am able to sit in the space of love as I commune with my children and move through the situations our life brings.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Since the day of the Intensive, I have really been feeling the work of the mantra inside—divine love arising strongly, palpably. Actually, this has been happening a lot more since I’ve been interacting with this website.

The Guru’s grace is amazing.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

When I received shaktipat from Baba Muktananda I was engulfed in an experience of ecstasy like nothing I’d ever known. At that moment, the words rose up from within, “You can love that much. You can love like that!” Eventually, the experience subsided, and I was able to go to work the next day and function very well. However, remembrance of the experience remained, and my understanding of what is possible for me in this lifetime changed forever.
 
The mantra I received that day continues to guide me back to the ecstasy that Baba’s grace released in me. When I become still, the mantra is there, repeating itself in synch with my breathing. When I sit for meditation, or during moments in my day when my attention turns within, I can feel the energy of the mantra moving through my body, freeing places that have become tight, clearing and refreshing my mind.
 
At such times, I reconnect with the love I never knew was inside me until Baba awakened my heart. And I recognize yet again, and with endless gratitude, how blessed I am.

a Siddha Yoga Swami

Through the practice of Gurumayi's Message, Mantra Japa, as more love and humility flow in my heart, I have realized anew how valuable and precious it is to have received a mantra from the Guru.

Reading this beautiful teaching from beloved Baba, I am inspired to go even deeper into the vibration of the mantra, to live more fully in that inner flow of love. Thank you, Gurudev!

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

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While sitting in front of my puja this morning, one week after the Shaktipat Intensive, I look at the photo of Bhagavan Nityananda. He is wearing a shawl, his eyes are closed, and it seems to me that his energy is focused on the space between his eyebrows.
 
As I gaze on that space between Bade Baba’s eyebrows, I feel great energy in the space between my own, and I’m immediately drawn inside. When my eyes close, I enter a field of the most exquisite light. The color is like nothing I’ve seen on earth. I could describe it as azure blue, but that is only an approximation. It is alive. And it is love. It seems to be infinite, and, at the same time, I experience it as intimately present, filling me with a deep sense of well-being and ease.
 
I release into that light. Afterward, emerging from meditation, I realize I have seen the light of my own Self.
 
I bow to the Gurus of the Siddha Yoga lineage.

a Siddha Yoga Swami

Before journeying on the Siddha Yoga path, I always felt incomplete, as if pieces of a puzzle were missing. I searched externally to find the missing pieces so that I could finally be happy.

Then, during shaktipat initiation, I entered a sublime state of love and light, in which I experienced wholeness and completion. I felt I had returned to the core, the essence of my being. I had a glimpse of who I am and always have been.

Through the years, my Guru's grace and the practices of Siddha Yoga sadhana have been increasing my awareness of the precious Self within.

Thank you, Baba. Thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

In a Siddha Yoga Sadhana Retreat, I sat and turned within, supported by the extraordinary grace and power of the retreat environment. I began to witness my thoughts. And then I focused on the one who was aware of me sitting there witnessing my thoughts, seeking the core of my being, praying to experience the witness-awareness at its source. 

Suddenly, my sense of myself dissolved into a throbbing vibration that contained, simultaneously, nothing and the entire universe; a pulsation that was both within me and contained me. Out of this pulsating vibration something manifested—a brilliant blue sphere. Nothing else existed, so it might have been smaller than a dust speck or larger than the planet Jupiter. And there was bliss—pulsing, ecstatic bliss.  

It seemed a glimpse into the vibration of the Self, the God whom we truly are. What a path we are on, that we are given the opportunity to experience the truth of such sublime teachings directly!

a Siddha Yogi from Ohio, USA

Many years ago, in one of my readings of Baba Muktananda’s autobiography, a question arose strongly in my mind: “Is the bliss that Baba experienced in meditation really attainable?” Many years later, today, while meditating, in a moment of stillness, I experienced great joy. The mind then mysteriously recalled this question from ages ago, and itself answered the question. It fills me with deep gratitude.

a Siddha Yogi from Mumbai, India

Recently, I had a conversation with a friend about God. We agreed that there is no separation between God and ourselves. We also agreed that if there is no separation, then we do not have to go searching for God. God is within each of us. Sometimes I forget that God is as close as my breath.

After this conversation, I read and reread Baba’s teaching. My experience is that meditation reminds me of the nature of my being, which is God. The effort I make to meditate shifts my perception daily, bringing me closer to a constant vision of God within me. This vision supports me in living with acceptance and forgiveness.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi. Through your guidance, I am able to recognize the personal impact of Baba’s teaching in my own spiritual practice.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

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Baba's words remind me that when I put forth sincere, earnest effort, the grace will be there to support me, to guide me, and to reveal what needs to be revealed to me.
 
Thank you, Baba, for this beautiful assurance.   

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

When reading Baba’s words, my whole being is saying YES! One can live anywhere! For more than twenty-five years I have been following the Siddha Yoga path while living in a small village in the countryside with my family, my friends, my work, my spiritual path.  
 
Baba’s words fill my heart with warmth. My efforts count!
 
Thank you, Baba and Gurumayi, for offering me a sadhana that I can pursue while living just where I do. Thank you, too, for igniting the fire of longing within me again and again.

a Siddha Yogi from Katzenbach, Germany

For me, Baba’s words provide reassurance that my life is on the right path, and that I should trust my heart and my dharma in the world.
 
Baba's teaching about making an "earnest effort" in sadhana also strongly resonates. Recently, I've been contemplating what I want most, and where I should be devoting myself and my time. When I trace my longing to its source, I realize I wish most to be at peace with myself and to experience the freedom and knowledge the Guru has offered.
 
Thank you, Baba, for your infinite compassion, and for giving shaktipat to so many seekers.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi, for continuing to illumine my path with your wisdom, your constant encouragement, and your love.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA 

What Baba says speaks to me directly.

I run a business and I often go through challenging times, as is true right now. In order not to be caught in the ups and downs of the situation, I take refuge in sadhana, mostly by meditating and by studying and contemplating the Siddha Yoga teachings. I remember my goal in life: to know the inner Truth in the framework of my life just as it is—and to become free.

Sadhana allows me to touch a place inside myself that is far beyond my thoughts and worries. In that place I reconnect with the qualities that dwell there—such as great joy, enthusiasm, and a love that exists on its own without an object.

And that place inside is available to me, by my Guru's grace, at any time and wherever I may live.

a Siddha Yogi from Lyon, France

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Yesterday, my dog passed away peacefully in my arms as I chanted Om Namah Shivaya. Last night in my dream, she came to me, wagging her tail, healthy as a puppy. Then Baba appeared with a gentle smile upon his face. Today, I feel deep peace and serenity.

Thank you, Baba, for uplifting my spirits in a time of need. Thank you for your constant grace, helping to keep my heart earnestly focused on my sadhana.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Yesterday morning when I sat for meditation, I had a wonderful experience. I entered meditation with the support of mantra, as it was taught in the Intensive. Very soon, I experienced my eyes merging into one and looking up to the crown of my head. There I saw a golden light equal to the light of thousands of suns. In the middle of that huge light, I saw a tiny dark spot moving with great speed and merging into that golden light. At that moment, I entered a state of great expansiveness. I didn’t intend at all to come back from that state—it was such a wonderful place, free of thoughts and filled with pure bliss.
 
Afterward, when I contemplated my meditation, I realized that I had experienced merging with the universal Consciousness which is not different from me.  
 
Thank you, Gurumayi and Baba, for this experience.  

a Siddha Yogi from Hyderabad, India

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This evening when I was chanting, I felt my mind dissolve into a place beyond words. Each syllable seemed to draw me back to its source, the Self. This was the first time I’ve experienced this wonder.

Afterward, when I went to the website, I was so excited to read Baba's teaching. I felt it was Baba who had just gifted me with such a liberating experience.

Thank you, Baba. Every day you bestow immense grace upon us.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

What a fabulous photo of Baba playing his instrument! It brought me much delight, and I reminisced about all the divine times I experienced chanting with Baba and having his darshan. What treasures these photos are!

Thank you, Gurumayi, for Shakti Punja.

a Siddha Yogi from South Carolina, USA

Baba’s words remind me of my first experience of chanting the mantra. When I entered the Siddha Yoga Ashram, I walked into a silent, dimly lit hall. Sweet voices were chanting a melodious version of the mantra with Baba.
 
Immediately, the thoughts in my mind slowed, all of my senses were captivated, and my whirling emotions were soothed by the sound. I hummed the melody and eventually began to chant aloud. The love that emanated from the syllables was palpable. I felt closely embraced by a divine presence, around and within me.
 
I did not know the meaning of the beautiful words. This did not matter. I felt that each time I chanted the mantra, I was calling my own name.
 
Later, Baba spoke about the power of the practice of chanting. His words encouraged me to chant every day. I knew that if I did this continually, I could stay very close to God.
 
Thank you, Baba.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Of all of the Siddha Yoga practices, chanting has been the one that, from my very first chant, has taken me to an immediate and deep experience of my heart opening to ecstasy.
 
It is so helpful to see Baba explain that, in addition to the spiritual benefits of chanting, so much else is happening on a physical level—the cleansing of our blood and other constituents of the body. So chanting is truly a divine bath, purifying all levels of our being. Thank you, Baba!

a Siddha Yogi from Vienna, Austria

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When I first met Baba, I had an overwhelming desire to be with him and live in the Ashram, but circumstances made that impossible. For years, I resisted those circumstances because I felt that being close to the Guru meant being in the Guru’s physical presence. 

However, I did develop a steady practice of mantra japa, and over the years the truth of Baba’s words in this teaching unfolded in my own experience. I now experience Gurumayi’s presence intimately close within me. And the more steadfast I am in my practices and in implementing her teachings in my life, the more clearly I recognize that reality. 

a Siddha Yogi from Virginia, USA

The understanding that the mantra is not different from the Guru, that it is a form of the Guru, fills me with deep love and respect for the mantra. I feel Baba's grace supporting me to meditate with perseverance, steadfastness, and love.
 
Thank you, Baba, for your clear guidance!

a Siddha Yogi from Vienna, Austria

Over the months since we received Gurumayi’s message, Mantra Japa, a new experience of the mantra has gradually been unfolding. I’ve been practicing combining the mantra with Gurumayi’s earlier teachings on “easy posture, easy breath.” 
 
The practice begins with sitting or walking with a conscious sense of physical ease and alertness, grounding through the sitting bones or feet, feeling my spine elongating. Then, I let my breath expand my belly and ribcage and fill me with energy and mantra. When I do this, I often feel my physical body—and also subtle levels of my being—becoming charged with energy and light. Instead of experiencing the mantra as something I repeat within me, it feels as though the mantra fills me and I exist within the energy of the mantra. 
 
There is at such times a sense of fullness, completion. There is the sense of being a vessel for something sacred, for the Guru’s conscious presence. What greater gift can there be? The Guru gives us herself, and dwells within us, as us, for us.

a Siddha Yogi from Ohio, USA

As I contemplate Baba’s teaching that the awakened inner Shakti, which has transformed and brightened my life, is both the mantra and the "genuine Guru," I sense the subtle and ever-present connection to my Guru grow stronger.
 
Since beginning on the Siddha Yoga path, I have become increasingly aware of the One in the many. More and more, I experience the disparate parts of my life as naturally interwoven and integrated by the graceful influence of the Guru's benevolent Shakti.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

What a sublime teaching from Baba!  I feel it contains everything we need to complete the goal of sadhana. I hold in my awareness the moment of shaktipat initiation, when the Guru’s state entered me in the form of the enlivened mantra, Om Namah Shivaya. As I do this, I can feel how the Guru, the mantra, and the Shakti are the same, always vibrating within me. Each time I sit for meditation and practice mantra japa, I nurture this inner pulsation of love.  
 
As I step out into my day after having touched in with this love, my heart is filled with gratitude. I look for ways to offer support—carrying a heavy grocery bag for someone who is struggling, holding a door for someone with a walker, and truly acknowledging each person I meet with a smile. I move through my day feeling the Guru’s love radiating out of me.
 
Thank you, Baba and Gurumayi, for lighting my path.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

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To play the tambourine while chanting with the local Siddha Yoga chanting and meditation group is like heaven on earth for me. I feel totally alive, powerfully engaged with my whole being. For someone who has feared his power and held back a lot, this is a deep healing and a profound blessing. I feel safe to give myself to chanting completely, understanding that this is an investment I can fully trust. My mind relaxes, and my body exults in being in natural rhythm with my heart. By helping to hold the heartbeat for the chant, I feel a vital part of the group, as well as personally deeply satisfied.

Thank you, Baba and Gurumayi, for the healing power of chanting God's Name.

a Siddha Yogi from New Mexico, USA

For me, this is the sweetest photo of Baba. His words remind me of my experience of the power of chanting. When I first started practicing Siddha Yoga, meditation did not come easily to me, but I would attend all of the daily chants in the Ashram from morning to night. I realized at the end of each chant how indrawn I had become. While chanting, I connected to my heart, and meditation finally became easy.

a Siddha Yogi from Arizona, USA

When I look at this photo of Baba, it reminds me of the joy and inspiration I feel when I listen to the Siddha Yoga chants. I am grateful for the inner peace and purity I experience when I chant!

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

When I first experienced chanting, I was told that the namasankirtana Om Namo Bhagavate Muktanandaya vibrated at the level of joy. I chanted as I performed housework. I chanted as I rode my bike, calling to the fields, trees, and streams. I got my girlfriends to circle and dance around the CD player to the sounds of this chant. These were happy experiences.
 
These days, with greater understanding and experience, I chant to the all-encompassing Self of all, which is divine light and joy.
 
Thank you, Baba and Gurumayi, for sharing your joy in such a delightful way and for carrying us to a more and more profound and steady knowledge of the Self.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Chanting is such a miraculous practice! After reading Baba's words, I took time to chant the mantra Om Namah Shivaya. Within a few seconds, I felt uplifted and rejuvenated. I love the feeling of clarity that comes with sitting upright and preparing to chant. Already, before I begin to chant, I can feel magic in the air.
 
With every round of mantra, I arrive more fully in the moment. I become absorbed in the sound of the harmonium and of my own voice as well. My breathing deepens naturally. The region of my heart becomes spacious, and I enter a state of sweet tranquility.
 
Thank you, Baba and Gurumayi, for giving us the practice of chanting. Thank you for the powerful Siddha Yoga music recordings that we can chant along with.

a Siddha Yogi from Katzenbach, Germany

I love the certainty with which Baba tells us to chant and discover for ourselves how effective this practice is. This has definitely been my own experience of chanting the mantra and the namasankirtanas enlivened with the Guru’s grace.

Chanting the mantra before meditation, I feel the energy in my body coming into alignment, my mind becoming quiet, and my awareness naturally drawn inside. On the other hand, while driving long distances, chanting with a rousing namasankirtana energizes me, keeps me present, and sharpens my perception.

What I value most of all about Siddha Yoga chanting is the feeling that arises of loving and being loved by God.

a sevite in Shree Muktananda Ashram 

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Baba’s words saying he greets everyone with love and that love is his only worship confirm for me that he lives in my heart. I work in a grocery store as a clerk, and as I welcome and help every customer with love, I feel that Baba is also welcoming and loving them through me.

a Siddha Yogi from Fairfield, USA

“My worship is to love everyone. I don’t have any other mode of worship.”

I think of what an amazing statement Baba has made here—and how Baba’s life was a testament to the truth in these words.
 
With love and compassion for humanity, Baba constantly imparted divine knowledge so that we could become free of the suffering caused by ignorance of who we truly are. He gave shaktipat diksha to countless seekers, opening the way for us to know God within ourselves. It was out of love that he created the Shaktipat Intensive infused with the liberating power of his sankalpa.
 
It was Baba’s love that gave rise to the Siddha Yoga path that we walk today, with the SYDA Foundation, Ashrams, and meditation centers to support our sadhana. And it was out of his boundless love that Baba prepared a perfect Master to succeed him.
 
Our lives are infused with Baba’s love. We live in that love.

a Siddha Yoga Swami

Baba’s “I love you” at the end of this teaching penetrated my heart like a lightning bolt when I read it. It seems like such a personal and intimate statement, and it reminded me of just how personal and intimate my relationship is with the Guru. 
 
The Guru is my very own Self—how could any relationship be any closer?  Baba’s teaching conveys to me that the Guru-disciple relationship is composed of love. 
 
May I always be aware of that bond of love with my Guru.
 
Thank you, Baba!  Thank you, Gurumayi!

a Siddha Yogi from Virginia, USA

To play the tambourine while chanting with the local Siddha Yoga chanting and meditation group is like heaven on earth for me. I feel totally alive, powerfully engaged with my whole being. For someone who has feared his power and held back a lot, this is a deep healing and a profound blessing. I feel safe to give myself to chanting completely, understanding that this is an investment I can fully trust. My mind relaxes, and my body exults in being in natural rhythm with my heart. By helping to hold the heartbeat for the chant, I feel a vital part of the group, as well as personally deeply satisfied.

Thank you, Baba and Gurumayi, for the healing power of chanting God's Name.

a Siddha Yogi from New Mexico, USA

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Like the small calf being embraced by Baba, I know the experience of my heart being lit up by the great Heart. Thank you, Baba, for always loving us.

a Siddha Yogi from Oregon, USA

I received shaktipat diksha at an Intensive in France, and a few months later, I flew to Santa Monica, California, to meet Baba.
 
During my first darshan, Baba told me through his French translator, “You can ask Baba whatever you want.”
 
I was so strongly affected by being before Baba that my mind became completely blank. I couldn’t say a word. Afterwards, I was disappointed that I hadn’t taken this unique opportunity to speak to him.
 
But then, I received his grace so abundantly. Whenever I had a burning question, Baba would give me the answer from inside, even though I was physically very far from him.
 
I became very fond of the teachings Baba had given to us out of his immense compassion. They were a fountain of such wisdom and utmost value for me. With reverence, I took time to translate some of his books and write them down for myself in French as a way to better imbibe them.
 
I have received so much love, care, and wisdom from Baba. What Baba told me during that first darshan has remained completely true ever since then.

a Siddha Yogi from Lyon, France

This morning I decided before I started my day, I would look at the Siddha Yoga path website, and I clicked on "Experience Darshan: Baba Muktananda." As I glanced at the pictures of Baba, one particular picture stood out to me from the rest. It was the picture of Baba holding the little calf's head, with Baba’s head resting on the calf's head. Seeing this, I was overcome by great emotion. I felt the love, respect, and connection Baba felt for this beautiful creature. I, too, have these feelings for nature, animals, and the universe. I was full of gratitude that I have found the spiritual path of Siddha Yoga.

a Siddha Yogi from West Virginia, USA

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In the month of October 2013, after reading the Siddha Yoga Swamis’ letter about Baba’s Mahasamadhi celebration on the website, I started reading Baba’s book Chitshakti Vilas (Play of Consciousness). While reading about Baba’s sadhana, I was immersed in the shakti of his experiences. Daily, I listened to the namasankirtana Om Namo Bhagavate Muktanandaya, and Baba’s recordings of Shri Guru Gita and Devi Stotra. I’ve also been having Baba’s darshan on the website with his divine words to contemplate.

While doing all these practices every day, I felt Baba’s presence so strongly that I was reminded of the days I had spent with Baba in Gurudev Siddha Peeth. When I saw Image 15 of Baba—and myself at a young age standing near Baba in that photo—I felt that through this photograph Baba was telling me, “Yes, I am always with you,” and I was filled with his love and compassion.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for this great prasad, this great surprise, and this great experience.

a Siddha Yogi from Pune, India

During the Intensive, I witnessed how, on my incoming breath, the radiant light of the Self condenses, creating my body and my world. And on my outgoing breath, the condensed light expands back into the light and bliss of the Self.

All creation is in me, and I am in all of creation. I realized that this is happening with every breath I take, and has been happening since the beginning of time. My Guru's loving shakti has brought this to my awareness.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

Baba's words expand as I read them. I experience them penetrating the layers of who I believe myself to be. Absorbing Baba's words in this moment, I become more simple and full. There are no questions here. Instead, my entire being is alive with knowing—and with a joy that has no object.

I reflect on the power of the words of a Siddha. Through them, I am immediately brought to the experience of who I truly am.

I resolve to carry this teaching with me this day—remembering that I am pure joy, pure awareness.

a Siddha Yogi from Melbourne, Australia

This picture of Baba with the little cow reminds me of the many times in Gurudev Siddha Peeth when I watched Baba visit the cowshed. I would see him feeding the cows chapatis and sweets. He would even rub neem oil on them to keep the insects away. I was so impressed to see how much genuine love Baba had for these animals.

Baba visited the cowshed daily. I experienced such powerful shakti as I watched him interact with those cows.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

I must have been about 24 years old when one day, as I stood in a garden, the boundaries of my individual existence suddenly and inexplicably gave way. For a moment there was only one serene shimmering consciousness everywhere and in everything—and I was that. I remember thinking as I came back my “self” and was closing the garden gate, “Well, if nothing else ever happens in my life, I was alive today.”
 
I knew no way to get back to that experience, no context in which to place it, and I went on with my life as I’d known it. It was until years later that I came to Baba Muktananda and learned from him that the blissful freedom I’d known on that day was my true nature.
 
Since then, walking the Siddha Yoga path, I’ve known many such moments. I feel so blessed in my life to have been guided by Baba and Gurumayi—Siddha Masters who not only describe to us the state of a Siddha, but who give us the means to know and become established in that state.

a Siddha Yoga meditation teacher

Sometimes the idea of having realization or liberation as a goal seems like an abstract concept to me—far from myself and difficult for me to relate to.

However, just as the Shaktipat Intensive did last month, seeing this teaching made my heart leap in recognition and yearning for the simple, beautiful truth of what it means to be a Siddha, continuously absorbed in the state of seeing oneself everywhere. I can relate to that, and I do have that goal.

Thank you, Baba.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

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I have found developing compassion to be an ongoing, grace-filled process. Before I received shaktipat initiation and became enveloped in my Guru's unlimited compassion, my own compassion was limited. However, as I immersed myself in the Siddha Yoga teachings and practices, my heart naturally opened little by little.

Sometimes, I would get discouraged when I thought I wasn't making progress. But then, all of a sudden, I would find myself responding in a loving manner to someone I previously was unable to be compassionate with.

I realize now that baby steps add up to giant steps, and have learned to be patient with myself and to trust my Guru's way of opening my heart.

Thank you, Baba; thank you, Gurumayi, for all the ways in which you have compassionately held my heart within yours.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

The sweetness of Baba’s words fills me as I read this teaching. Whenever and wherever I am, absorption in the Guru’s way of being puts me in touch with the purest part of myself.
 
Many years ago, I was passing through a troubling place in my life. During that time, Baba spoke of the innate goodness within each of us. Leaning forward in his chair, with soft eyes and a gentle smile, he reminded us that the light of meditation shines from within. As I leaned forward and looked at Baba, I became immersed in his compassion for everyone. The strength of my troubles diminished, and the power to live life fully returned. 
 
My continual experience is that the compassion of the Siddha Yoga Gurus is limitless, springing forth like water from a deep well of love and oneness with all life. I feel the Gurus belong to me, and I belong to them. This knowledge nurtures compassion within me.
 
Thank you, Baba. Thank you, Gurumayi.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

I first saw Baba in July 1981, when my friend invited me to visit Shree Muktananda Ashram with her. From the very first instant that I saw Baba, my life was transformed. I did not really know at the time what had occurred, but now I can express my deepest gratitude that in the ensuing years, I have been able to live my life with love and compassion. Baba is indeed always in my heart.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

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I love this picture of Baba and his dog! I love how present they are. Seeing the two of them side by side makes me realize that while the experience of the Self is the highest reality, it can also be known so simply and easily.
 
Baba's teaching on presence and awareness reminds me that everything is Consciousness, and if I really engage with what is around me, I can experience it that way. It also teaches me not to get caught up in the many limited identifications and understandings I have of myself. It teaches me to always strive for Baba's awareness, the awareness "I am That."
 
Thank you, Baba, for making the experience of the Self so accessible to understand. Thank you for reminding me to keep it simple.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I long ago learned from Baba to practice watching my thoughts with the perspective that I am not my thoughts but instead, I am the one who witnesses them. This has been very freeing. These days, when I do get pulled into one of the scenarios my mind produces during meditation, I am much more quickly able to come back to center. 
 
Today, reflecting on this teaching from Baba, I understand that, in addition to being my awareness, I am also the blissful energy that often arises and has me swaying in love. I am the supreme peace I experience when my mind settles into my heart. The shakti moving in my body is the Guru’s shakti, and it is also my own energy, awakened by the Guru. The visions, sounds, and inspirations that arise from within—these are manifestations of my own Self.
 
Thank you, Baba.

a Siddha Yogi from Wisconsin

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One of the things I treasure most is that I can always count on meditation for guidance, support, and comfort. If I am stressed, waves of calm wash over me. If I am tired, I become revitalized. If I am seeking an answer to a difficult situation in my life, I can bring it to Bade Baba, Baba, or Gurumayi; and help comes in a vision, comforting words, or simply an inner knowing. The greatest comfort and help is feeling my Guru's love within my heart.

But beyond the realm of life's challenges and meditation's solutions, is the silence within, the darshan of the Self, the Guru. My heart expands and the world dissolves into the vastness beyond space and time, where only love, light, and bliss exist.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for your constant presence within my heart, as my heart.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

When I began on the Siddha Yoga path 25 years ago, I was new to meditation and chanting. While chanting took me to immediate heart-opening experiences, meditation was more challenging. I remember feeling in meditation that my body was uncomfortable, or that my mind seemed out of control with so many thoughts. I found it difficult to stay with the mantra.
 
Over the years of practicing meditation and participating in Siddha Yoga retreats and courses, my meditation experience started to change. What I noticed is that when my posture was steady and my body was comfortable, my mind also seemed to be more at peace—and this allowed me to stay with the mantra or follow my breath.
 
After years of a regular meditation practice, I have gradually had deeper and more profound experiences of this inner world Baba describes. In that space, I feel stillness, perfection, and joy. Now, I don’t like to miss meditation before going to work. It is so important for me to give myself this time in the morning—even if it is only a few minutes—to connect with my heart. It allows me to remember that I am not just this body, with this job, living in this place right now, but that I am great, I am vast, and my true nature is divine.

a Siddha Yogi from Vienna, Austria

This teaching from Baba on the vastness of the inner world is very meaningful for me. The compassionate teachings of Baba and Gurumayi and the living energy of their grace make meditation an exciting journey for me, and a sacred pilgrimage.
 
The past couple of weeks have been a challenging time for my family and me, and the practice of Siddha Yoga meditation has been a great source of solace and inner peace. Thank you, Baba and Gurumayi, for the blessings of this path and for showing me the inner world.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

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Yesterday, after viewing all the darshan images of Baba, I sat down to meditate. As I coordinated So'ham with my breathing, I had a beautiful vision of those same photos. But in each photo Baba transformed into a person I'd never met. I heard Baba say, "Everywhere you go."

Today, while sitting in a large restaurant filled with many people, I looked around and knew that there were no strangers, just Baba. I could feel my being expand with So'ham, with love, as I received Baba's darshan from each person in the room.

Thank you, Baba, for your darshan—everywhere I go.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

I recognize in myself the customary outlook that Baba is directing us to change. I have found that the most effective means for me to break free of perceiving differences is to focus my awareness on the divine energy that the Guru has awakened in my own body—Kundalini Shakti.
 
By paying careful attention to the movements of Kundalini Shakti during meditation, or whenever I pause to bring my attention inside, I am learning to live in such a way that honors this divine power. The stronger my experience of the awakened energy becomes, the greater is my ability to recognize Shiva in myself and in the world around me.
 
Aligning myself with Kundalini Shakti opens me to glimpses of a greater reality beyond my conditioned and limited perception. I treasure these glimpses and look forward to becoming constant in the awareness of supreme Consciousness everywhere.   

a Siddha Yoga meditation teacher

The practice of focusing my attention on unity rather than on diversity is at the core of my sadhana at the moment. This is allowing me to experience a kind of grounded happiness that doesn’t depend on satisfaction of desires or worldly accomplishments.
 
I find that this vision of equality arises especially with mantra japa. The more I practice it, the more I am able to “move from one blissful moment to another,” the experience that Gurumayi wishes for us in the video Mantra Japa: The Invisible Thread.
 
This is exactly what Baba asserts in this teaching. How precious are Baba’s words! I feel guided by him with every step of my spiritual journey.
 

a Siddha Yogi from Lyon, France

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Once Baba told me, “Study Vedanta.” I followed Baba’s direction, and as I pored over the sacred texts, their meanings began to arise spontaneously from the words, as if each teaching was alive with shakti. I knew that Baba had granted me the grace to benefit from my study.
 
Soon it became clear to me that the main teaching I had to put into practice was neti neti—“not this, not this.” This is how the sages of Vedanta teach us to get rid of suffering and miseries. Every time I got caught up in unnecessary complications or negative patterns, I applied the Vedantic approach: “I’m not this; I am the Self.” A shift would occur in my awareness, placing me at the center of my being, in my own truth. From there, I could draw the clarity and confidence to deal with the situation. As my ability to adopt this stance improved with practice, inner freedom and peace would bring renewed joy to my heart.

a Siddha Yoga Swami

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Seeing this picture of Baba reminds me of that many times I sat in the meditation hall having Baba's darshan. The gestures, the way Baba tilts his head and closes his eyes stir in me the shakti of being in his presence. So vivid is the image that I can feel as though I'm actually there while viewing this picture.

The Guru is alive within and he guides us from that space inside. Thank you, Gurumayi, for sharing all these great photos of Baba in the Experience Darshan series.

Salutations to the lineage of Siddha Gurus!

a Siddha Yogi from New Jersey, USA

When I first met Baba, three qualities that are represented in this quotation drew me to him so powerfully: his strong, confident sense of purpose; his boundless compassion; and his amazingly positive conviction about human nature.
 
I observed that everything Baba did—how he spoke, how he walked, what he wrote—was full of purpose and meaning. With supreme compassion, Baba devoted every moment of his life, every ounce of energy he had, to uplifting others, to educating them (in the highest sense of the word) to “live in constant bliss.”  
 
And it was so uniquely, refreshingly exhilarating to encounter a being who taught that living in constant bliss was a possibility for me, and for every human being, because it is our essential nature. This conviction about human nature and human potential was radically different and more positive than anything I had ever heard or learned. And it was so compelling because it was clear that it was not just a philosophy or an uplifting point of view; it was Baba’s experience.
 
Thank you, Baba, and thank you, Gurumayi, for seeing us as potential saints. Thank you for so patiently, constantly, and tirelessly teaching us to recognize our true nature and fulfill that potential.

a Siddha Yoga Swami

I find myself deeply touched by Baba’s words as he shares his desire to lift the suffering from everyone, everywhere.
 
I am inspired to do my part to fulfill Baba’s wish. I have received so much from Baba and Gurumayi—the supreme blessing of shaktipat awakening, the most sublime teachings on the nature of the Self, the unconditional love of the Master for the disciple. All of this has been given so that I can uplift myself and the world I live in.
 
The least I can do to repay such gifts is to be continually vigilant to keep the fires of sadhana blazing brightly through all the circumstances of my daily life. 

a Siddha Yogi from Virginia, USA

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Before Shaktipat initiation, I believed heaven was a place far away and I had to earn my entrance by becoming perfect. My Guru's shakti, coursing through my being as the peacock feather tapped my head, turned my belief system upside down! Heaven is within and without, in sparkling wonder.

After years of sadhana with my Guru's grace, I remain more and more in the bliss of samadhi that I experienced that most auspicious day decades ago.

Thank you, Bade Baba, Baba, and Gurumayi, for giving me the awareness of the heaven both within and without as I go about my days.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

There is something sublime in the way Baba is holding the two cats in his lap. His connection to the natural world is so richly apparent in this delightful picture of him. The one cat gazing with quiet intensity at the camera reflects Baba's quiet intensity so perfectly. One might almost believe they were one and the same Being.

Thank you for the reminder of Baba's love for nature and his oneness with us all.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Reading this teaching, I think of how my understanding of the words God and heaven has changed since beginning Siddha Yoga sadhana. Each has come to represent something that is accessible and present for me any time I become still and connect with the shakti that is awake in my being.
 
I’ve experienced God’s presence as the force that moves the breath in and out of my body and every living thing. I’ve experienced God as my own pure awareness. Witnessing thoughts arising and dissolving within me, I’ve understood how this whole universe arises from and dissolves back into the one Consciousness that is God.
 
Sometimes, when my mind is still and my eyes are open, I can perceive one divine energy shimmering in everything I see—in the bare trees, in the workers across the road, in the amazing sunset sky. In such moments, when I perceive the presence of God within and all around me, this is heaven on earth for me.

a Siddha Yoga meditation teacher

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For years, I intensely studied the science of Kundalini. I learned about nadis, chakras, prana, yogic asanas, breathing techniques, and precise meditations meant to arouse the spiritual energy. I read multiple books and studied under different spiritual teachers. But it was only when I found my beloved Guru, Gurumayi, and received shaktipat initiation that I experienced Kundalini Shakti rising within me and entered a state of samadhi.

I feel so very blessed to be alive at the same time as a living Master who has the ability to bestow shaktipat.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

When I met Baba and received his grace, along with powerful experiences of the shakti moving inside my body, something else happened that was very significant for me.
 
My mind at that time had become very confused by all the different philosophies and scientific approaches to life I had explored. I’d been looking for the truth, but couldn’t find it. Yet with shaktipat, it was as if Baba cleared the fog of my mind in no time.
 
What an amazing gift this has been for me! This clarity of mind that I could taste for the first time in my life led me to experience tranquility, peace of mind. That peace of mind became the foundation of my sadhana and my life. I began to follow the Siddha Yoga path with complete faith and trust.
 
Today, I have immense gratitude for what the Guru granted me with the gift of shaktipat.

a Siddha Yogi from Lyon, France

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Last night before going to bed, I read this teaching from Baba. I looked for a long time at the image of him standing before his Guru—an image that was imprinted in my heart when I first saw it many years ago. My mind became silent and I lay down to sleep.

When I awoke this morning, it was clear to me that, although I have loved and served the Guru, I’ve held tightly to my individual identity and never known what it is to truly “live as the Guru’s entirely.”

Now, looking again at the image of Baba standing there so simply, so completely given to his Guru, I feel the mantra he gave me rising in my chest, my throat, my head. I feel Baba with me, in me. It’s as if he is letting me know, “The Guru never turns away. I am here. Stay here.”

I bow my head in gratitude.

a Siddha Yogi from New Jersey, USA

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I'm sitting with an attorney, discussing a litigation case involving one of my tax clients. As we're talking over timeline information and corporate stock details, the mantra comes to the forefront of my mind. Suddenly, a feeling of bliss wells up inside me. I'm looking at this fellow, and I'm feeling so much love for him, for the room, for myself. I smile inwardly and remember the aphorism from the Shiva Sutras: lokananda samadhi sukham, "The bliss of the world is the ecstasy of samadhi." Then it's back to corporate details.

How blessed we are to have the grace of the Guru in our lives!

a Siddha Yogi from New Jersey, USA

As I read Baba's words, I understand that the bliss of the Self is always the same in everyone, whether I see it or not. Approaching others with this understanding will be a blessing for me as well as others.

Yesterday at work, I was walking down the hallway. A very busy day was ahead of me. A colleague was approaching me. Just then, I realized that I was showing them my "I am busily engaged" state. In a split second, I decided to smile and simply be with my colleague as we passed by each other. Lightheartedness spread between us.
 
My state had changed immediately for the better. My approach towards someone else had benefited me as well as the other person.

Thank you, Baba, for teaching us how to live our lives filled with bliss. Looking into your smiling face, I am feeling blissful.

a Siddha Yogi from Katzenbach, Germany

I recently had a discussion with a dear friend who is going through a difficult time and desperately looking for fulfillment in many external ways. As I listened, I got caught up in his pain and didn’t know what to say to him.

Later, reading Baba’s teaching brought me back to center, confirming for me that the bliss truly exists inside, and that the outer experiences of bliss are only reflections of the inner experience.

I can support my friend so much better by standing firmly in this understanding. Thank you, Baba, for teachings that provide ballast in any storm.

a Siddha Yogi from New York, USA

The words of this teaching remind me of how Baba taught us over and over again about the importance of a regular practice of meditation, turning inward. Over the years, I have become aware that when I turn my attention inward in meditation on the Self, I have a glimpse of the bliss Baba speaks about.
 
The awareness of the bliss within me strengthens my resolve to perceive the same bliss in everyone, everywhere, all the time.
 
Recently, when I emerged from meditation, I perceived an unmixed joy in the air around me. As I moved through the day, I was aware of this bliss in my family, my dog, the plants in my garden.
 
Baba became established in this awareness of bliss. Through sadhana, he and Gurumayi attained the bliss of samadhi.
 
Guided by the Gurus of my path and supported by my own continuous effort, I have faith that, day by day, I come closer to sustaining this awareness.
 
Thank you, Baba.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

Baba’s certainty fills me with confidence and joy. It spurs me to stay focused on my sadhana.
 
I participated in the Global Shaktipat Intensive, The Incomparable Bliss of Samadhi. During the final chant, my heart was flooded with the most tender, delicate feeling of love and bliss. I felt as close to Gurumayi as if I were in her heart. I wept from a deep place of gratitude. 
 
When I go back to this moment in the Intensive, I reconnect with the bliss. Now, as I feel the bliss inside me and consider that this same bliss is also in everybody, the bliss expands. I feel an ecstasy that leaves me laughing and dancing. I see how I can live my life loving myself and everyone I meet.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

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When I first met Baba, I was struck by how much he laughed and how light he appeared to be. When I would listen to him chant on a recording, there would be such reverence in his voice for the sacredness of the syllables he was intoning, and at the same time there would be lightness, almost aplayfulness, in his voice as he sang. This joy was catching, and I would often find myself smiling as I listened.
 
This reverent lightness and laughter has had tremendous transformative power for me in my life. I no longer take my small self so seriously, and the state of bliss that Baba describes seems immanently attainable. The Siddha Yoga path is truly the sadhana of transcendental joy.
 
Thank you, Baba and Gurumayi, for being such wonderful exemplars of that state.

a Siddha Yogi from Virginia, USA

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Today, I once again clicked on “Experience Darshan—Baba Muktananda.”  I reviewed all the teachings and photos in these pages, along with all the shares from devotees. I’ve been doing this every day since the start of this series.
 
It has become clear to me that a powerful conscious energy is very present in all these pictures and teachings, as well as in the shares. I have seen a lot of these photos and teachings before during my many years of sadhana, and the shakti in them has always affected me. But this time, with this review, I’m finding myself affected in a much deeper way than ever before. It’s as if a new dimension of Consciousness has opened for me now. I feel as if I’m owning all that I’ve experienced, heard, seen, and received from the Guru.
 
This new awareness is very real—and it goes on all day long, not just in moments of contemplation. It seems deeply rooted, here to stay.
 
Thank you, Gurumayi. Thank you, Baba.

a Siddha Yogi from California, USA

What a revolutionary idea this was for me! I had always thought that God was somewhere else, far away from me. Initially, as I began Siddha Yoga sadhana, So'ham, "I am That," and Shivo'ham, "I am Shiva," were just concepts for me; they didn’t reflect my experience. Even so, I had this longing inside of me to know God, and I offered myself to the Siddha Yoga practices—chanting, meditation, mantra japa, and seva.
 
Each course, satsang, retreat, and Intensive along the way has helped to deepen my experience of these sacred mantras. Gradually, the inner world started to reveal itself during meditation. I began to have experiences of immense love, joy, and peace, and I understood that this was God and that this was also me.
 
I am so grateful for the recent Shaktipat Intensive, The Incomparable Bliss of Samadhi. This has further enlivened my meditation practice. Today, So’ham is so dear to me, like a very close friend. And it is always present when I simply turn my awareness to my breath.
 
So, as Baba teaches, whether I am in Shree Muktananda Ashram or in Europe, I have all I need to practice my sadhana.

a Siddha Yogi from Vienna, Austria

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Years ago, when I first read this teaching from Baba, I thought this experience of expansion and of Shiva must be very far off.

However, since the recent Shaktipat Intensive, The Incomparable Bliss of Samadhi, I have experienced that it is Shiva, my Self, God who lives in the space between the breaths. Reading this teaching from Baba, I understand that this experience arises through grace and the strength of Kundalini.

When I enter this space, in which I become one with all-pervasive awareness, I have actually assimilated the universe within myself.

The Intensive teachings, reading Baba’s book I Am That, and daily practice of meditation have led me to realize that this experience is actually no farther away than the end of my exhalation.

Thank you, Baba. Thank you, Gurumayi. May the breaths that arise and subside from this space create blessings for the world always.

a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA

Reading this teaching from Baba reminded me of a meditation experience I had years ago. During meditation, it started to feel as though my body was getting bigger. First, it felt as if I doubled in size, then I got as big as the room, and finally I filled the building. As I was feeling myself getting bigger, I was also feeling happier and happier, lighter and lighter. It was the most wondrous feeling. 
 
Now, Baba is letting me know that I can see the universe within myself. I look forward to the day when that will happen and I will live in that state.  
 
Thank you, Baba, for reminding me. Thank you, Gurumayi, for your grace and guidance.

a Siddha Yogi from Oregon, USA

Over the weeks that these teachings and images of Baba have appeared on the website, I’ve come to experience that Baba is still very much present in my life, still instructing and guiding me.
 
This teaching about acquiring the strength of Kundalini inspires me to take action. First of all, it reminds me that I’ve had glimpses of the state Baba describes, moments in which I am one with Consciousness and contain the world within my own being. Baba confirms that these experiences are real, that they are previews of the goal of my sadhana, and that they can become my permanent awareness. Therefore, I’m re-inspired to honor every glimpse, to dwell on it and record it in my journal, so that it doesn’t simply disappear into the background as my mind involves itself with other activities. 
 
Secondly, I’m inspired to refresh the discipline of my sadhana. I want to be sure to nurture and protect the precious Kundalini Shakti as it unfolds within me. And so, once again, I will take up Gurumayi’s book The Yoga of Discipline.
 
Thank you, Baba.

a Siddha Yogi from Wisconsin, USA

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I understand that Baba is telling me I have everything I need to become a Siddha. This is why he established the Siddha Yoga path, giving us all the “yoga of freedom,” so that we could break free of our limited understanding of who we are and become free like himself. His writings say this over and over again, as do Gurumayi’s.
 
I have the awakened Kundalini Shakti, the Siddha Yoga teachings and practices, the good company, the Guru’s sankalpa, and the Guru’s example of what a human being can become. I just need to keep wholeheartedly walking the path the Guru has laid out for me.
 
And I love to think what I’m practicing is “the yoga of freedom.”
 
Thank you, Baba. Thank you, Gurumayi, for guiding me home.

a Siddha Yogi from New Jersey, USA

How blessed I am to have the darshan of a living saint, a Siddha, such as Baba and Gurumayi, and to be able to receive their guidance. As a little girl, I read stories of saints and was always moved by their devotion and their service. Saints lived in a different time, I thought.
 
It was only as a young adult, after meeting Gurumayi, that I understood there were living saints today. And that meeting has changed my life forever. Gurumayi has shown me the path to enlightenment, lit the way, and taught me that reaching the goal is entirely possible in this very lifetime.
 
Salutations to Shri Guru, again and again.

a Siddha Yogi from Vienna, Austria

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When I first met Baba and started to come and visit him at the Ashram, I had no understanding of, or appreciation for, the power of guruseva. In fact, I was actively resistant to being given a seva assignment. During my precious time at the Ashram, I wanted to do “real” spiritual practices, like chanting and meditation—not wash dishes or sweep the paths.
 
Fortunately, after hearing Baba speak about the importance of guruseva, I was able to push through this resistance and just dive into the seva tasks I was given. It was an amazing, consciousness-raising experience. Not only was it an opportunity to offer something back in gratitude for all that I had received from Baba, but the acts of selfless service were themselves great heart-openers. 
 
My general orientation toward life gradually changed from “What can I get out of this?” to “How can I serve this situation?” As I look back over my years on the Siddha Yoga path, I see that almost every major breakthrough I have experienced came while practicing guruseva.
 
Thank you, Baba, and thank you, Gurumayi, for showing me the life-transforming power of service.

a Siddha Yogi from Virginia, USA

I recognized very soon after receiving shaktipat diksha that there were no other activities or pursuits in my life that so abundantly fulfilled my longing for meaning and purpose as guruseva.  I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the work of a living Siddha in this world.   
 
Through the practice of guruseva, I have known an ecstatic state of non-doership. At these times, the mind is fully focused, the body active—moving rapidly from task to task—and suffusing it all is the blissful, direct experience that the Guru’s grace and shakti are doing everything. It is like surfing a giant, benevolent wave of love.
 
I am eternally grateful to Baba and to Gurumayi for teaching about this exalted Siddha Yoga practice and for providing the opportunities to practice guruseva.

a Siddha Yoga Swami

I have always felt blessed to be able to offer guruseva. Throughout the many different actions and roles I have performed as seva during the past thirty years, one thing prevails: for me, guruseva means to enter the realm of the Guru.
 
With guruseva, my limited ways of thinking and performing actions fall away, and I embrace a greater view. The small ego gives way to the great I am, and I act from that place, which is a blissful experience. I establish myself in my own worthiness and become part of the Guru’s world, which is priceless.
 
Also, guruseva has given me the perfect field in which to practice the Siddha Yoga teachings given by the Guru. It allows me to do my sadhana in the good company of other Siddha Yoga students, satisfying a need for fellowship.
 
Thank you, Baba and Gurumayi, for the gift of guruseva.

a Siddha Yogi from Lyon, France

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I used to believe that such experiences were exotic, remote. One of the great gifts and miracles of years of Siddha Yoga sadhana is to discover that glimpses or hints of such experience have become so potentially available.  
 
One example is the discovery that my own awareness is nothing but Consciousness itself. When my attention moves to awareness itself and releases the habitual focus on the objects of awareness—my sense perceptions, thoughts, feelings, body, identifications, reactions—I experience myself as full, complete, desireless, and unbounded by time and space. So simple and so natural. 
 
With infinite generosity, the Guru leads us to discovering our true nature!

a Siddha Yogi from Ohio, USA

One of the first times I had a chance to hear Gurumayi’s voice was with a recording of the namasankirtana Om Gurudev. As the chanting came to a crescendo, Gurumayi began ecstatically singing Guru Om! Guru Om! Guru Om! I listened to her voice with complete focus, mesmerized with every repetition of the mantra Guru Om. I was being pulled deep inside. Her voice was expressing so much love, joy, and power! To my surprise, I suddenly knew that deep within me I, too, have this capacity to be ecstatic. A deep longing to live my life in Gurumayi's state arose in that magical moment. It has completely changed my vision of what human life can be. 

In the past weeks, I have recalled this experience many times, remembering the sound of Gurumayi's Guru Om within me. This practice of remembrance is filling me with great joy and love. 

Thank you, Gurumayi, for blessing me through your voice.

a Siddha Yogi from Katzenbach, Germany