Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

A Siddha Guru is a spiritual teacher, a master, whose identification with the supreme Self is uninterrupted. The unique and rare quality of a Siddha Guru is his or her capacity to awaken the spiritual energy, kundalini, in seekers through shaktipat.

Gurumayi Chidvilasananda is a Siddha Guru who walked the path of yoga under the guidance of her Guru, Swami Muktananda. Gurumayi received the power and authority of the Siddha Yoga lineage from Swami Muktananda before he passed away in 1982. She teaches the Siddhas' message that the experience of divine consciousness is attainable in this human body. Gurumayi constantly points us back inside ourselves, where this state is both possible and accessible.

As a Siddha Guru, she carries out her mission of awakening seekers to their own potential for enlightenment by bestowing shaktipat. Through her teachings and her writings and through Siddha Yoga teaching and learning events and study tools, she guides students on this mystical journey toward God, helping them move beyond their own limitations and reach the goal. Gurumayi expresses a great love and reverence for children as the holders of our future and has written books and songs expressly for them.

Her teachings are made available for seekers of all ages, around the world, through the work of the SYDA Foundation. In her Siddha Yoga Message for the year 2003, Gurumayi describes the essence of her vision for all human beings:

In truth, the gift of life must always be recognized and never be taken for granted. Why is life so precious? In Siddha Yoga philosophy, we recognize that in this human life we have a rare opportunity. We can transform an ordinary perception of this universe into an extraordinary vision. To be on this planet and to behold the universe from the divine perspective is a sign of an illumined heart. To put this vision to best use in the best way possible is a human being's highest duty.

Sadhana of the Heart, Vol. I, pg. 162