About Maitreya Larios
Maitreya Larios is a Sanskrit scholar and a research fellow at the Heidelberg University in Germany, where he earned a PhD in classical Indology. He began practicing Siddha Yoga in 1990 and served on staff at Shree Muktananda Ashram during summers from 1996 to 1998. Maitreya lives in Heidelberg, Germany, with his wife, Anuradha, and one-year-old son, Kabir.
About Swami Shantananda
Swami Shantananda received shaktipat initiation from Baba Muktananda over forty years ago, when Baba gave him the mantra in Gurudev Siddha Peeth in Ganeshpuri, India. In meditation, Swamiji experienced the letters of the mantra dissolving into a vibrant, luminous power that rose up his spine to his head and gently wrapped itself around his mind. He then entered a deep inner space of silence and sweetness, from which he witnessed his quiet mind. Later, he learned from Baba that the Witness is the Supreme Self. He recognized, “This is who I am!” In 1977, he took monastic vows to become a Siddha Yoga Swami. Swami ji serves Gurumayi as a Siddha Yoga meditation teacher, drawing on his own profound experiences in sadhana and his extensive knowledge of the Indian scriptures. Swami Shantananda is the author of the book The Splendor of Recognition, an illuminating commentary on the Pratyabhijña-hrdayam, a key text of the philosophy of Kashmir Shaivism.