Georgia, United States
New Delhi, India
Buenos Aires, Argentina
New Jersey, USA
Central Coast, Australia
In April 1980, in the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Melbourne, I participated in my first Shaktipat Intensive. I had been attending satsangs at the Ashram for a few months, and I was particularly drawn to Baba Muktananda’s teaching: “God dwells within you as you.” These words triggered something deep within, long-forgotten, that was echoing and calling for my attention.
When I entered the hall on the morning of the Shaktipat Intensive, the atmosphere felt ancient, alive, and suffused with sacredness. Very naturally, my head bowed.
In the first meditation session, I felt as if I were floating down a deep, velvet-lined well. When I arrived at the bottom of the well I lay suspended on waves of gently pulsating energy. Rising and falling in time to an ancient rhythm, I felt deeply soothed. Although I had never experienced such a thing before, there was a familiarity about this stillness; the cells in my body were remembering a long-forgotten code, and with this the awareness that my essence was pure and divine. I felt humbled and amazed, absorbed, and nourished. All I could hear was Baba’s teaching, “God dwells within you as you,” reverberating through my being.
In the years since receiving shaktipat diksha, the understanding that arose within—the awareness of my own divinity—has become the true north for my life. This beautiful awareness constantly guides me, bringing me into alignment with the most refined and pure essence of my being.
Dulwich Hill, Australia
I participated in my first Shaktipat Intensive in October 1996 at Shree Muktananda Ashram. The Intensive was titled Baba Muktananda, The Ocean of Enthusiasm, in honor of Baba’s Mahasamadhi.
I began this special day by reciting Shri Guru Gita in the early morning. As I recited the verses, I felt energy ascending from the base of my spine. This movement was gentle and winding. It continued upward to the crown of my head, and I remained aware of the pleasant, rising pulsation as I continued the recitation.
Later that morning when the Shaktipat Intensive began, one of the Siddha Yoga meditation teachers described Kundalini Shakti and the unfolding movement of this sacred energy when it is awakened from its dormant state. I recalled the extraordinary experience I had while I was reciting Shri Guru Gita, and understood it to be the awakening of this mystical spiritual power.
Then, during one of the meditation sessions in the Intensive, I saw a beautiful green garden with a path winding through it. The flow of the path mirrored precisely the movement of the energy that had spiraled up my spine. At that moment, I knew with certainty that I had been awakened to a magical inner world. And I knew that the journey through this world would be filled with grace, wonder, and beneficence. It has been so.
New York, USA
I participated in the Shaktipat Intensive for the first time in December 1993 in Oslo, Norway. I had begun attending Siddha Yoga satsangs just a few months earlier, and in the weeks leading up to the Shaktipat Intensive, I joined the other satsang participants in preparing for the event.
I will never forget the moment I entered the meditation hall on the morning of the Shaktipat Intensive—the energy was soft and gentle, but also joyous and bubbly. When the Intensive began, we chanted the mantra with Gurumayi on video. Later, during meditation, I felt light pressure in the space between my eyebrows, and I remember feeling like my body and mind had come to a complete state of rest and stillness. I was cradled in that deep and gentle state. This was the first time I had meditated for any extended period of time, and I was happy to have achieved this state; however, since I did not have any amazing visions or see lights, I wondered if I had really received shaktipat.
Then, during the reflection time at the end of the Shaktipat Intensive, I closed my eyes, and I had a vision. I was a large mountain of ice. I could see the frozen tip of the mountain sticking out of the water. It looked massive, permanent, and immobile. Then, the vision shifted to deep below the surface of the water, at the foundation of the mountain, and I saw that a crack had formed all the way across the base. I knew that sooner or later that crack would lead to the next stage in the mountain’s evolution: to break loose and glide freely in the ocean.
This image helped me realize the power of shaktipat diksha, a force strong enough to shift an immense mountain from its base and at the same time gentle enough to cradle me in meditation. I knew then that I had received shaktipat diksha. The same initiation that others experienced with visions of light, I had felt as a subtle power at the depth of my being. I might have looked the same on the outside, but deep inside a process of transformation had begun, and it held the promise that one day I would be totally free.
British Columbia, Canada
In the spring of 1994, a friend told me that a Shaktipat Intensive was going to be held at the Siddha Yoga Meditation Center in Wroclaw, Poland. She suggested that I come with her. I hesitated, because I already had plans. A few days before the Intensive, however, I made up my mind to participate.
The very same night I signed up for the Shaktipat Intensive, I had a dream. I was climbing a staircase of stone steps, and I saw a man standing at the top. He was wearing a white cloth around his waist. I felt unconditional love radiating from his presence—love which felt beyond time and space. When I got closer, he embraced me and we danced. Then he touched the space between my eyebrows, and everything melted into pure energy. There were no shapes, no different forms: all became one, and it was all red-colored energy.
When I woke up I was in an ecstatic state. The love I felt in the dream was still with me, and I knew it was God’s love I was feeling.
A few days later, when I walked through the doors of the Intensive Hall in Wroclaw, my eyes were immediately drawn to a picture near the puja. I recognized the man from my dream. A sevite at the meditation center told me that this was Bhagavan Nityananda, Baba Muktananda’s Guru.
I have heard many Siddha Yogis share that the Shaktipat Intensive begins as soon as they register for it—whether it’s their first Shaktipat Intensive or their twentieth. This was certainly my experience. Just a few hours after signing up for the event, I received shaktipat from a Siddha Yoga Guru! This experience of shaktipat, and the eternal love I felt in my dream, has transformed my life. Since then I know in my heart that there is not a single second when God’s love is not with me. I know that I am not alone; God’s love, the Guru’s love, is always here. The awareness of this love is the foundation of my life, bringing me peace and expanding my joy within.
Los Angeles, USA
Bath, United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom