Siddha Yoga Shaktipat Intensive
in Honor of Baba Muktananda’s Mahasamadhi

October 2023

September 1, 2023

Dear reader,


September heralds a change of season. It’s a natural time to assimilate what you have been learning and prepare for what’s to come. On the Siddha Yoga path, now is the time to prepare for one of the most significant events of the year: the Siddha Yoga Shaktipat Intensive in Honor of Baba Muktananda’s Mahasamadhi.

The solar anniversary of Baba’s Mahasamadhi takes place on October 2; the lunar anniversary is on October 28 this year. On the Siddha Yoga path, we honor this profound event throughout the entire month of October—and by participating in the Shaktipat Intensive.

The title and focus of study Gurumayi Chidvilasananda has given for the Siddha Yoga Shaktipat Intensive 2023 is

The Heart Is the Haven:
Behold the Light of Joy and Embrace Calm

Take a moment to be with this teaching from Gurumayi.


Savor, and write down, your initial impressions.

Continue to hold Gurumayi’s teaching in your awareness in the days ahead.
Observe how Gurumayi’s words speak to you.

This is a potent way to prepare yourself to participate in the Shaktipat Intensive.


The Siddha Yoga Shaktipat Intensive is a one-day immersion in the teachings of the Siddha Yoga Gurus and in the Siddha Yoga practices—chanting, meditation, and contemplation. In the Intensive, Gurumayi bestows shaktipat-diksha through her sankalpa, her intention—awakening Kundalini Shakti within a seeker. This awakening makes it possible for one to experience—and ultimately become established in—the unwavering happiness that abides within one’s own being.

For those of you who have participated in a Shaktipat Intensive before, you know the power of the Intensive to connect you to the experience of the divine Self and inspire you to revitalize your efforts in sadhana.


The Shaktipat Intensive will be held at participating Siddha Yoga Ashrams, meditation centers, and chanting and meditation groups on Saturday, October 7 or Sunday, October 8, depending on the location.

As the Siddha Yoga meditation teacher for this year’s Intensive, I invite you to prepare to participate. And I look forward to being with you in the sacred, grace-filled atmosphere of the Siddha Yoga Shaktipat Intensive 2023.

Warm regards,

Swami Ishwarananda

Swami Ishwarananda
Siddha Yoga meditation teacher