Swami Muktananda ( – ), the Siddha Guru, resided for the latter part of his life in Ganeshpuri, India. His inner blaze electrified a generation of people. Swami Muktananda was affectionately known by all as simply Baba. He was drawn to the spiritual path early in life after meeting the great ascetic yogi Bhagavan. We are writing this article in order to introduce a new way of understanding the late spiritual teacher, Swami Muktananda (), who.
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Swami Muktananda was affectionately known by all as simply Baba. He was drawn to the spiritual path early in life after meeting the great ascetic yogi Bhagavan Nityananda. Following this encounter, he left home to wander throughout India, took initiation as a monk, and became Swami Muktananda.
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He studied yoga, Ayurvedic medicine, Indian martial arts, and the Vedic scriptures, and learned from many great yogis and saints. Meeting Nityananda again years later in Ganeshpuri, he received a powerful spiritual transmission. This precipitated an intensive nine years of meditation practice, which culminated when Nityananda advised his students, Muktananda has become enlightened, he is liberated.
Prior to his own passing in l, Bhagavan Nityananda encouraged his disciple to live nearby and predicted his spiritual accomplishment and influence would spread very wide in the future. Complying with this request from his Guru, Muktananda made three world tours, during which he brought spiritual awakening, meditation, and chanting to thousands.
He first travelled to Australia, the United States, and Europe in Look within for happiness.
God dwells within you as you. Baba spoke in Hindi and his words were translated into English, yet his communication was beyond language and culture. Audiences experienced his blissful energy and were enchanted by his warmth, his mischievous humor, and the joyful spontaneity that informed his every gesture.
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Baba was a perfect manifestation of his name, Muktananda, which means the bliss of freedom. He instilled strict discipline through a daily routine with periods of chanting, seva, and bxba.
Hippies travelling muktabanda India looking for the endless high were mukfananda transformed by the routine or quickly moved on. Devotees from Mumbai, Delhi, and other parts of India came for weekends and celebrations. The temple and the halls resonated with melodic Sanskrit chanting and bhajans. The lines included well-known Indian musicians who offered their talents, local and national politicians, intelligentsia, Bollywood film stars, and an endless stream of pilgrims who saw him as the living embodiment of the tradition of enlightened yogis.
His reputation as a meditation master spread throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. His spiritual autobiography, Chitshaktivilas later called Play of Consciousness was published in by Harper and Row. In it, Baba documented his devotional relationship with his Guru, and the remarkable spiritual unfolding that had resulted from the transmission of spiritual energy he received.
Baba accepted, and announced he would conduct a meditation revolution. During this second world tourhe initiated many through Intensives, a weekend experience of chanting, meditation, and Vedic knowledge. He walked among the meditators, touching them with his hands and with a peacock feather wand, and transmitting the energy of spiritual awakening, known as shaktipat. For some, the effects were subtle, bringing deep meditative muktanana. For others, the awakening was more dramatic.
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While remaining in meditation, people laughed, cried, swayed. Later all had the opportunity to share their experiences. Among the many Westerners who came seeking spiritual insight from Baba were scientists from Stanford Research Institute, who brought instruments with which they hoped to measure his higher states of consciousness. Baba found this amusing, and ended up introducing the scientists to his own laboratory where they discovered meditation.
Politicians, writers, actors, artists, and spiritual teachers came to inquire and pay their respects. People came by the hundreds to sit in the presence of a living meditation master who could transmit a direct experience of inner joy and wisdom. Baba said, Meditation is universal. It is not the property of any particular religion or nationality. Through meditation, we become aware of the fundamental unity of all creation. He left in his wake students who were filled with enthusiasm for chanting and meditation, and committed to serving their Guru.
Baba spent two years in the West teaching meditation, awakening individuals to the richness of their inner Self. He was featured prominently in magazines, television documentaries, and newspaper articles.
InBaba departed on a jumbo jet with devotees. They found the courtyard of Shree Gurudev Ashram filled with bejewelled elephants, musicians playing, and villagers chanting ecstatically. Lines of pilgrims wound through the marble courtyard as Baba greeted each person with warmhearted respect.
He gave of himself, constantly expressing his devotion for his own Guru and affirming that everything that happened in his presence occured through the grace of Bhagavan Nityananda. Baba insisted on setting aside traditional caste distinctions. All pilgrims, whether famous or simple villagers, were received equally and shared meals in the spacious dining hall. Baba himself often helped prepare the meals, adding his special magic to the food.
Throughout these years, although Baba experienced several serious illnesses, he demonstrated the extraordinary capacity of a yogi to remain unaffected by physical limitations. His students coud see that the power of the mind was greater than any karmic obstacles arising as illness.
Baba maintained a delicate balance between the popularity he received from his world tours and the traditional institutions of Indian culture. The majority of his students returned to their homes, and he encouraged them to meditate and deepen their spiritual understanding, and to integrate that into their lives.
He also instituted a traditional order of monastics. They were trained and sent to teach, run Intensives and courses, and represent Baba in his expanding centers throughout the world. Programs such as the Prison Project and large conferences for psychologists, actors, and creative artists demonstrated the practical and transformational benefits of meditation and the exploration of consciousness. He placed a garland around his neck and announced to the hundreds of people present, This man will be my successor.
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