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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He also instituted a traditional order of monastics. When crowds saw Muktananda step from a black limousine to a waiting Lear jet, it was clear that the diminutive, orange-robed Indian was an American-style success.

The Santa Monica ashram, for example, was in a very rough neighborhood, she said, and the guns were strictly for protection.

Devotees from Mumbai, Delhi, and other parts of India came for weekends and celebrations. In Ganeshpuri, near Bombay, he became the disciple of Nityananda, a Siddha guru of awesome yogic powers. Muktananda himself was said to have been very attached to money.

Swami Muktananda Paramahamsa () – Shanti Mandir

Death threats started baa reach the Dingas toward the end of Aprilsix months after they had left the ashram. Baba himself often helped prepare the meals, adding his special magic to the food. He should have conquered desire and anger and banished infatuation from his heart.

His reputation as a meditation master spread throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia.

A person can make spiritual progress under a corrupt master, just as placebos can baha make you feel better. His successors are now in a dilemma: Charges of sex against Muktananda continued.

Throughout these years, although Baba experienced several serious illnesses, he demonstrated the extraordinary capacity of a yogi to remain unaffected by physical limitations. Meditate on your Self.

No credit cards or personal checks. An intensive given in Oakland in May drew participants, baab people had to be turned away. Baba spent two years in the West teaching meditation, awakening individuals to the richness of their inner Self.

Yet his word was regarded by followers as so absolutely final that when each of us left and were branded “demons” by him, not a single soul among those who had been our brother and sister devotees for ten years questioned or objected, but unamimouly rejected us outright as the demented infidels he said we were.


In MayMuktananda appointed two successors as joint leaders of the Siddha Yoga path, Swami Chidvilasananda and muuktananda younger brother, Swami Nityananda who later resigned and formed his own group. He also juktananda a way of making his devotees feel special.

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The temple and the halls resonated with melodic Sanskrit chanting and bhajans. There was a tremendous split between what Muktananda preached and what he did, and his hypocrisy only made it worse.

She said, “You can’t blame the guru, because the guru doesn’t teach that. The threats stopped soon after Berkeley police officer Clarick Brown called on the Oakland ashram, but Chandra was badly frightened. Both knew exactly how the ashram operated. Some of the ex-followers began to meet and compare notes on their experiences in the ashram. In other words, he was accusing us of all the things he was doing himself. Michael’s wife Chandra was disturbed.

Those who willingly put aside their own autonomy, their own moral judgment, to obey even a Christ, a Buddha, or a Krishna, do so at risk of losing a great deal more than they can hope to gain. The guru does no wrong. Leaving all their friends behind in the ashram, the Dingas moved to the San Francisco area, but Muktananda’s enmity followed them.

On tour during the summer, she said, they would feed over a thousand people, and bring in three thousand dollars in cash a day. When that failed, he started to weep. His power could not save him form the weakness of the flesh, nor from the wickedness and depravity that servitude to it brings. Money orders or cashier’s checks only, please. Ultimately, Chandra felt it didn’t make any difference. For, though he was only human like the rest of us, he staged a deliberate campaign of deceit to convince gentle souls that he had transcended the limitations of mankind, that through realizing the eternal Self, he had attained holy “perfection.

He received shaktipat initiation from him at 15 August of that year. There was always a lot of secrecy around ashram affairs, Lotte Grimes remarked. When ex-devotees talked about strong-arm tactics against devotees, the names of two people close to Muktananda kept coming up. Dinga, a big man, was instructed not to interfere. This wasn’t “knowing” anything, because you only know something that is separate from you.


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THIS IS a story of serious accusations made against a spiritual leader who is still prayed to and revered by thousands. Surely such a power is divine; yet there is no way to justify the way in which he used this power. At South Fallsburg, Muktananda used to stand behind a curtain in the evening, watching the girls coming back to the dormitory. Someone followed her when she took her cat to the vet, then phoned the vet’s office with a message that her husband had been in a bad accident.

About Muktananda himself I have thought a great deal. He was featured prominently in magazines, television documentaries, and newspaper articles. During this second world tourhe initiated many through Intensives, a weekend experience of chanting, meditation, and Vedic knowledge. You should be happy that I’m still alive and healthy and that they haven’t tried to hang me.

Or he wasn’t ejaculating – an important distinction to some, since retaining the semen was supposed to be a way of conserving the kundalini energy. Chandra waited frantically at Berkeley’s Alta Bates Hospital for three quarters of an hour, only to learn that Michael was at work, unhurt. Though the ashrams were meditation centers, a surprising number of people in them had guns.

Even his detractors say Muktananda gave them a great deal muktabanda the beginning. 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. If they admit their guru’s sins, Chidvilasananda and Nityananda lose their god-figure, and weaken their claim to a lineage of perfect masters.