• May 2019
  • May 2019

Story of Baba Muktananda - I

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It is wondrous to me how this story about Baba Muktananda connects with Gurumayi's Message for this year! In celebrating Baba's Birthday, I am also celebrating my own life, which has been blessed by Shri Guru's timeless grace.

New York, United States

I was living in the Oakland Ashram in 1978, when Baba came to stay in Oakland. Baba spent a considerable amount of time during that period elaborating on the infinite nature of hamsa, its meaning, and significance, describing hamsa as a sublime practice. I took Baba’s teachings as if he were imparting them directly to me.
Like the writer of this story, I have also experienced the hamsa mantra as my constant companion over 40 years. It is my treasure and my connection to Baba’s shakti. After so many years of practice, I have imbibed the meaning of hamsa, and my being is saturated with the experience of oneness with the Absolute.

California, United States

This story has had a profound effect on me. It made me me ask myself how often I "sabotage" the experiences I receive in meditation or from my Guru's teachings.

Once in a deep meditation, I heard Gurumayi say to me, "Be open to what I bring to you." In reading this story today, I am reminded that my willingness to be open to the Guru's teachings needs to be nourished every day. 

Pennsylvania, United States

What a beautiful experience of Baba! I couldn't help but laugh and fill up with delight, once again surprised to see how incredible the Guru is.
I felt so grateful when I read the author’s final reflection showing how the mind can sabotage us with thoughts that make us feel separate from others and from ourselves. I too appreciate how the practice of the hamsa mantra is a remedy for this sense of separation and a great companion in meditation.
What a beautiful gem! How wonderful it is to remember that we are the ones who decide how to use our mind to guide us towards the Truth.

 Barcelona, Spain