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A Compassionate Welcome

A Story about Baba Muktananda

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"It was the perfect welcome," as Swami Siddhananda said at the end of her vignette. These words have resonated for me again and again since I finished reading this story. Baba gave me a “perfect welcome” as well, even though I never met him in person.
 
My first contact with Baba was through reading one of his books. His words touched my heart as no one else’s ever had. His beautiful teaching—to “welcome others with great respect and love“—allowed me to overcome any resistance I had and begin following the Siddha Yoga path in earnest.
 
As I read Baba’s words, I truly did feel welcomed. This kept my heart returning to Baba’s teachings, even as it took my mind longer to learn why I was drawn to them. I am thankful for this experience to this day.
 
Swami Siddhananda’s story rekindled and expanded my appreciation for the perfection of Baba’s gift of welcome in its many forms.
 

Washington, United States

This story clearly illustrates Baba’s boundless compassion and universal love for everyone, whether they are on the Siddha Yoga path or touched by his grace like this American college professor and her students while traveling in India. What kindness, welcome understanding, and generosity he keeps giving to all!  
 

New Hampshire, United States

This story reminds me that the Guru sees into our hearts and beyond outer appearances, and that the Guru meets us on our own terms rather than by following some rigid rules. It also reminds me that our beloved Guru always welcomes us all with love and always uplifts us.

This understanding has eased some tightness in my heart and brought tears of gratitude to my eyes.
 

 California, United States

This story touches my heart because in it I can see Baba’s love and compassion in action, and how Baba gave everyone the chance to know their own Self.
 

Rosendhal, Germany

I am so touched by the sincerity of this story, by Baba's compassion, and by his “perfect welcome.” I am deeply moved by the Guru’s understanding of each one of us.
 

 New Mexico, United States