In Honor of Bhagavan Nityananda's Punyatithi
August 8, 2018

All Pervasive Presence

By Swami Vasudevananda and Ian Arnold

Throughout this month, we are honoring a great spiritual Master, Bhagavan Nityananda. He was a janma siddha, one who was born a Siddha, born with the awareness of himself as one with the Consciousness that pervades all creation.

During his lifetime, Bhagavan Nityananda made it possible for untold numbers of people to experience God within themselves. In his presence, one’s mind would naturally gravitate to a peaceful and blissful state. Many devotees longed to remain in Bade Baba’s physical presence but were unable to do so. Bade Baba assured them, “Be calm. I am everywhere.”1

When a Siddha Master, such as Bhagavan Nityananda, leaves his physical body, he merges completely with supreme Consciousness.

Baba Muktananda said about his Guru, “He is all-pervasive. No matter where you are when you think of him, he stands there before you.”2

And this is why, over the years, seekers throughout the world have been able to have satsang with Bade Baba in their meditations, in their dreams, in nature, through seeing images of him, and simply by remembering him in any moment.

Today we are practicing Gurumayi’s Message for 2018—Satsang—by bringing ourselves into the company of Bhagavan Nityananda, by having satsang with him.

Bade Baba was a Guru who emphasized going within, to one’s innermost Self. Most of the time, he was silent. He spoke very little. Yet one word, one glance from him, or even one glimpse of him, had the power to still a receptive seeker’s mind and give that person the experience of God within. This is true even today.

You have the opportunity now to listen to recordings of three stories from individuals who had satsang with Bhagavan Nityananda. These stories span many years, yet they invoke Bade Baba’s presence for us today.

Before you begin listening to the stories, take a moment to refresh your posture.

As you listen to each story, give it your full attention. Hold the awareness that by listening to this story, you are being invited into satsang with Bhagavan Nityananda.

Now, you may listen to the first story.

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Gangubai’s story shows us how Bade Baba’s presence can completely transform a seeker’s inner state. By having satsang with Bade Baba, Gangubai was drawn to focus her awareness on her innermost being. The alchemy of satsang cleared away her mental unrest and led her to experience her innate stillness and peace. In Bade Baba’s silent company, she discovered the fullness of her own heart.

Now, you may listen to the second story.

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The company of a being such as Bhagavan Nityananda can break through our limited concepts and lead us to the experience of God, of the Truth within. As is beautifully illustrated in Venkat Rao’s story, satsang with the Guru can utterly purify our perception. Opening ourselves to the Guru’s presence can give rise to a sweetness within us that we never imagined even existed—an experience of our own divinity.

Now you may listen to the third story.

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For this Siddha Yogi, satsang with Bade Baba was a homecoming. And so it is for many seekers. By attuning to the presence of such a being, we can experience our own Truth, our own divine love, our own abundance. Remembering Bade Baba’s all-pervasive love, we can have satsang at any moment.

There are so many ways we can do this—by consciously invoking Bade Baba’s presence as we perform spiritual practices, by contemplating Bade Baba’s teachings and viewing images of him, by immersing ourselves in Gurumayi’s poem A Temple Without Form, by reading Baba Muktananda’s book Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri. And at any time throughout our day, we can simply take a moment to breathe and remember Bade Baba.

His grace and blessings are infinite. His love and protection are always there for us. As we make the steadfast effort to open ourselves to the all-pervasive presence of Bhagavan Nityananda, we can come to know more fully our own divine love.

1Swami Muktananda, Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri (South Fallsburg, NY: SYDA Foundation, 1996) p. 17.
2Swami Muktananda, From the Finite to the Infinite (South Fallsburg, NY: SYDA Foundation,1994) p. 302.

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About Swami Vasudevananda

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Swami Vasudevananda has been following the Siddha Yoga path for more than forty years. In 1980 he took monastic vows to become a Siddha Yoga Swami. Throughout the decades, Swami ji has been widely appreciated as a thoughtful and compassionate teacher, and a wise and inspiring mentor of other teachers, writers, and speakers.

He is the author and co-author, respectively, of two year-long courses in the Siddha Yoga Home Study CourseThe Power of Siddha Yoga Meditation and The Power of Siddha Yoga: Path of the Heart. In 2015 and 2016 he was the teacher overseeing the series of Siddha Yoga Meditation Sessions via Live Audio Stream on the Siddha Yoga path website.

Swami ji is also author of the book Darshan: The Presence Within. He continues to share his deep understanding of the Siddha Yoga teachings in his role as an educational content developer for the SYDA Foundation.

About Ian Arnold

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Ian Arnold was introduced to the Siddha Yoga teachings in 2011. He serves as a writer in the SYDA Foundation Content Department, both as a home sevite and as a visiting sevite at Shree Muktananda Ashram. He also offers seva as an audio engineer and a musician at the Siddha Yoga Meditation Center in New York City.

Ian holds a BA in music and consciousness studies from New York University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he works as a tutor and freelance musician, composer, and writer.

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