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Baba's Birthday

The Guru’s Feet

A Story about Baba Muktananda

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The lesson that Swami ji learned, as told in this beautiful story, reminds me of a similar lesson I learned the first time I met Baba.
I was sitting in the hall during the darshan period, and all of a sudden I could feel Baba's gaze. As I turned to look at him, I could see that he was looking deeply at and within me. That was in 1981, and to this day, all I have to do is think of Baba and the same powerful feeling of love and compassion arises.
As we remember Baba, I also wish to express my gratitude to Gurumayi for bringing us this magnificent website filled with such beauty.

New York, United States

This story was a portal for me, reminding me of all the love and grace that I have received from Baba and Gurumayi over the years and still continue to receive. The story also reminded me that Gurumayi is aware of my longing for liberation and my longing to embody her teachings.

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Swami ji’s story resonated with something that happened to me recently. I hadn’t known what is special about laying one’s head on the Guru’s feet until I read this story. I am currently living with my 103-year-old mother and facing some other challenges too. My Siddha Yoga practices are an ongoing daily comfort and reminder of the Guru’s presence in my life.
While meditating recently, I became quite anxious with feelings of impending loss. Deep inside, I reached for the Guru’s help. Immediately an image appeared from a photo of Baba sitting with his foot extended. As if I were a child with no thoughts of propriety, I imagined laying my head against the sole of his foot. A feeling of peace flooded my whole body.
I silently offered my gratitude for once again being given what I needed when I sought it in the deep connectedness between my heart and the Guru's heart. Whenever I want, I will return to this image of Baba’s foot for the comfort and peace I need.

California, United States

This sweet story has strengthened my understanding that turning within and having satsang with my Self is a simple—and accessible—way to practice devotion to my Shri Guru.
I am grateful to Gurumayi for the myriad opportunities she gives us to study and practice Baba’s teachings. I feel deeply grateful for finding yet another way to celebrate Baba’s Birthday!

 New York, United States

To this day I still relish the love I feel when I am moved to gently bow my head at my Guru's feet. I realize that I can do this by simply offering the practices with love.

Washington, United States