I am deeply moved by Baba’s account of this magnificent moment in his sadhana
. So much gratitude is welling up in my heart as I sense Baba’s purity, humility, and love for his Guru. I have read and heard the description of this amazing event many times throughout my sadhana,
and yet it is never too many times. Today I feel the beauty and import of Baba's experience more than ever before. I am grateful for this opportunity to share in Baba’s experience of initiation, which has become our great blessing.
New York, United States
What a magical experience -- looking at the image of the powerful mountain range and the rising sun silenced my mind, and I went straight into a very deep and profound meditation.
As I read Baba’s words, I realized that we all are sons and daughters of this incredible day.
Reading Baba’s words, I felt his awe, his reverence, and his generosity. Gradually I was drawn inward and felt energy vibrating within my body.
California, United States
I am forever grateful to Bade Baba for giving Baba the unexpected and incomparable gift of shaktipat
and to Baba for so compassionately sharing this gift with the world. Receiving shaktipat
from Baba transformed my life completely. My world became full of meaning and joy that I had not known before.
Washington, United States
My husband, our daughter, and I all received shaktipat
initiation from Baba on the same day in 1978. Over the years, not a day has gone by without our gratitude and awareness of this greatest gift.
Our daughter called this morning, August 15, Baba’s divya diksha
day. Between sweet tears of love, she expressed her deepest appreciation for her shaktipat
experience and her grace-filled life.
Our lives have indeed been blessed! I feel gently drawn along, walking hand in hand with Gurumayi, Baba, and Bade Baba. I feel certain of our family’s destiny in the warmth of their sweet embrace.
Over the years, Baba’s description of his divya diksha
has become installed in my heart. Every year, as I read it again on this auspicious day, it is as if I am reading it for the first time.
Today, Baba’s words slowed my thinking and opened the pores of my body, so that inside and outside seemed to merge into a single field of awareness.
I am so grateful to Baba. I imagine placing my head on his feet.
Auckland, New Zealand
It was during the Shaktipat Intensive on the weekend of August 15 in 1976 that my husband and I received shaktipat diksha
from Baba Muktananda. Baba’s words, “God dwells within you as you,” have become a reality for me. The Guru in the form of the mantra Om Namah Shivaya
has been with me ever since that day.
Illinois, United States
As I meditated this morning, I felt an incredible yearning for moksh
a—liberation. How many lifetimes have I been wandering about, seeking my Self in the outside world? I let out a silent cry and felt it piercing all the layers of my individuality.
I felt a cool breeze caress my skin at that precise moment. I knew it was the Guru’s grace, for it was accompanied by the most tender, compassionate love. In a flash, I saw the descent of grace, passed on from Bade Baba, to Baba, to Gurumayi.
When I came out of meditation, I was awed to see that today is August 15—Baba’s divya diksha
day! A day that led to Baba’s liberation.
Words cannot describe how fortunate I am to have received the priceless treasure of the Guru’s grace. I feel it transforms not only me, but generations of my ancestors, and the many generations to come.
New York, United States
This beautiful presentation of Baba’s profoundly vivid description, with the stunning photographs throughout the narrative, evoked for me the magical power of that blessed day.
New York, United States
I offer my thanks to Baba for doing a sadhana so intense that now ours is so sweet!
Mexico City, Mexico
Filled with reverence and deep gratitude to Baba for sharing this rare and precious experience, I was transported back to the days of the ancients. I understand now what is meant by the fruits of Baba’s sadhana. I am forever indebted to Bade Baba and Baba.
Each time I read in his autobiography the chapter describing Baba’s divya diksha
, I feel his experience within my own self, and I feel Baba’s presence within.
Thank you so much, Baba!
Reading Baba’s experience with Bade Baba, I was reminded of my own shaktipat
experience with Gurumayi. In October 1992, on the first day of my first visit to Shree Muktananda Ashram, I saw Gurumayi. I was very near her, and she turned and looked into my eyes. I saw a ray of light coming from her eyes to my eyes. Since then, my life has been totally transformed, and I have the conviction that this is my true path.
Eastbourne, East Sussex, United Kingdom
What a glorious blessing—Baba’s Divya Diksha Day! The soft shower that gently fell on Baba that day has become a river of blessings that has flowed down to us in a magnificent waterfall, cascading abundantly into our hearts!
During meditation I found myself in a circle with my Gurus—Bhagavan Nityananda, Baba Muktananda, and Gurumayi Chidvilasananda. We were sitting on the floor in a circle in lotus posture, all holding hands. In the center of the circle was a candle and Bade Baba’s padukas
with a flower on them. I was expressing my gratitude to my Gurus and sharing some of my concerns for my family and the world. They listened and let me know I could always return there to be with them and share my thoughts and aspirations. I felt so supported and uplifted!
Georgia, United States