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Baba's Birthday

In the Presence of Baba

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Picture number 4, showing Baba in the courtyard, is very significant and vivid for me.
 
Years ago, while visiting Gurudev Siddha Peeth, I would offer seva sweeping that yard. As I did so, I would imagine Baba sitting on the steps behind the palm tree, leaning his back on the wooden door. It felt like he was really there talking to me. Now, whenever I have a question, I recall that image to enter into meditation. Sometimes I find an answer during meditation, but if not, I delight in talking to Baba and finding great peace.
 
Another time I offered the seva of cleaning the windows of Baba's Samadhi Shrine on the inside. I had to climb onto a stool (like those in the photo). Because it had uneven legs, it wobbled, which made me very afraid. I think even my thoughts trembled. Grabbing the windowsill, I asked, “Baba, what should I learn from this?” And the answer came to me in one mighty word: “Balance.”
 
I thank Baba for this teaching!

Naucalpan, Mexico

The flute music delights me and brings me to a state of bliss. I am so grateful for the blessings of my Gurus.
 

Ciudad de México, Mexico

Baba’s state is so contagious! As I looked at the photos of him, my mind became quiet and I bathed in his divine presence. And looking at the photographs of nature, I felt it was Baba in each tree, flower, and mountain!
 

Ganeshpuri, India

Viewing these beautiful pictures, I felt Baba’s presence—his darshan—and I was filled with gratitude. His teachings have illumined my life and freed me from bondage to pain. I can now see the full colors of the rainbow and be grateful for my existence in this world.
 

Mexico City, Mexico

These archival photos took me back to Gurudev Siddha Peeth, when just seeing Baba walk through the courtyard, even from afar, stilled my mind and made me fall spontaneously into meditation. That’s how powerful Baba was! That’s how powerful the shakti emanating from him was!
 
I am grateful to Baba, Gurumayi, and the Shakti Punja archives for this great album.
 

New York, United States

These archival images of Baba recalled for me a seminal experience of my own with Baba.
 
In June 1981, I had the opportunity to cook for Baba when he was at Shree Muktananda Ashram. So I purchased the groceries at a nearby store and cooked five dishes. After dropping off the prepared food with Baba’s cook, I was invited to visit Baba in his apartment along with another couple. Baba was doing japa, walking to and fro while turning his mala beads. When he saw me, he greeted me with delight as if he were greeting a beloved daughter.
 
When I beheld him, the greatness of Baba hit me like a lightning bolt. It took my breath away. My hands folded involuntarily into offering pranam.  A voice within said, "One day you will tell your grandchildren that your path had crossed that of a great Siddha named Muktananda.”
 
That was to be the last time I saw Baba in his physical form.
 

Illinois, United States

I am experiencing the infinite grace of Baba ji thanks to receiving his invaluable darshan through the images in “In the Presence of Baba.” The flute music speaks to my inner being and draws me into stillness. Baba's presence is palpable to me in all hues, sounds, shapes, and forms, and the out-of-season rain we are experiencing is another sign of Baba's presence. I am filled with gratitude for this blessing!
 

New Delhi, India

As I viewed these photos, “In the Presence of Baba,” I felt Baba's presence in my heart. How fortunate I am to have Baba’s teachings and Gurudev Siddha Peeth in my life!
 
I am grateful to Baba for giving me the Siddha Yoga path and the Siddha Yoga teachings and practices.
 

Thane, India

When I started watching these beautiful archival photos of Baba from the Shakti Punja Archives, the sound of the flute drew my husband into the room. “What's that?” he asked. Although he is not on the Siddha Yoga path, I invited him to join me in watching these photos of Baba in Gurudev Siddha Peeth and of Ganeshpuri. He was very moved by the photos and it gave me profound joy to show him the sacred Mount Mandagni and other places in the Ashram, as well as Baba offering worship to Bade Baba. I felt Baba's blessings shower over my family as we sat in his divine presence for his darshan
 
I am very grateful for this sweet gift.
 

California, United States

I have a beautiful grace-filled existence because of what Baba achieved in his life. I am forever grateful.
 

West Vancouver, Canada

As I sat quietly, looking attentively at every picture, I found myself more and more drawn into a quiet, expansive state—similar to the state I often experience in meditation. I realized I was absorbing myself in Baba’s shakti, which felt as alive and powerful to me in the present as it must have been at the time the pictures were taken.
 
I am so grateful for Baba’s legacy—and for the effort that has gone into preserving the immense richness of the Siddha Yoga path.
 

Rome, Italy