In Honor of Baba Muktananda’s Divya Diksha

Om Namah Shivaya in Shuddha Bilaval Raga

Chanting with Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

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Om Namah Shivaya

Introduction by Genevieve Joshi

Om Namah Shivaya was the mantra that Bhagavan Nityananda imparted to Baba Muktananda on the morning of his divya diksha, his divine initiation, on August 15, 1947.

The words Om Namah Shivaya mean “Om. I honor Shiva, the auspicious one, the supreme Self.” Though Baba had repeated this mantra since childhood, it was through shaktipat initiation, through Bhagavan Nityananda’s grace, that Baba experienced the mantra’s true meaning: that he was one with Shiva—the supreme Self, the divine source of all existence.

Baba and Gurumayi have imparted Om Namah Shivaya as the mantra of initiation to countless seekers around the world. Infused with the grace of the Guru, the mantra is chaitanya, alive with the power of Consciousness. It has the power to quiet the mind and awaken us to our own divinity.

It is traditional on the Siddha Yoga path to honor the anniversary of Baba’s divya diksha by chanting the initiation mantra Om Namah Shivaya. To do so, you may take the support of the audio recording on this page. In this recording, Gurumayi and the Siddha Yoga music ensemble chant Om Namah Shivaya in the Shuddha Bilaval raga. This raga has a rasa that is full of joy and affection, simultaneously active and gentle.