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 was drawn to the spiritual path early in life after meeting the great ascetic yogi Bhagavan Nityananda. In honorific style, he is often referred to as Swami Muktananda. It was immediately clear to me that I could not represent a guru who was not only taking sexual advantage of his female devotees but was threatening with bodily harm those who revealed the truth about him.
Archived from the original on 22 May Others say they simply don’t believe them. And when I repeated Swami Chidvilasananda’s denials about women complaining to her, Mary, the woman who says the guru seduced her in South Fallsburg, said, “Well, that’s an out-and-out lie.
Tibetan and Zen Buddhist stories are full of sharp blows that stop the students rational minds long enough for them to become enlightened. All pilgrims, whether famous or simple villagers, were received equally and shared meals in the spacious dining hall.
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Muktananda was born in near Mangalore in Karnataka StateIndiato a well-off family. A woman who ran the ashram bakery for many years said she knew some people had guns, but that it never bothered her. There was a tremendous split between what Muktananda preached and what he did, and his hypocrisy only made it worse. But to others, he was a man unable to live up to the high principles of his babaa teachings.
Chidvilasananda also denied that there was a bank account in Switzerland. Michael Dinga, an Oakland contractor who was head of construction for the ashram and a trustee of the foundation, said the guru’s sexual exploits were common knowledge in the ashram.
In a “Memo from Baba,” Muktananda merely answered that “devotees should know the truth by their own experience, not by the letters that they receive In Ganeshpuri, near Bombay, he became the disciple of Nityananda, a Siddha guru of awesome yogic powers.
The guru does no wrong. The swami himself claimed to be completely celibate. He first travelled to Australia, the United States, and Europe in He was standing up, and his eyes were rolled up to the ceiling. MangaloreMadras PresidencyIndian Empire. They were known as the “enforcers”; Muktananda used them to keep people in line.
Muktamanda temple and the halls resonated with melodic Sanskrit chanting and bhajans. Following this encounter, he left home to naba throughout India, took initiation as a monk, and became Swami Muktananda. Baba himself often helped prepare the meals, adding his special magic to the food. Our mistake is to deify another being and attribute perfection to him.
He bqba about his sadhana and kundalini -related meditation experiences, in his autobiography. His birth name was Krishna Rai.
Nevertheless I’m willing to bba that a significant amount of wisdom and compassionate works have proceeded from various gurus and their followers, and I resist the impulse to write off the whole bunch as charlatans and power-trippers From all indication Swami Muktananda helped thousands of people in his day – a fact that even disillusioned ex-devotees don’t dispute.
When Muktananda himself died, a sympathetic press still saw him as a spiritual Mr.
Swami Muktananda Paramahamsa (1908-1982)
I almost jumped when the peacock feathers, firmly but with a soft weightiness, hit me repeatedly on my head, and then gently muotananda my face as [Muktananda] [ But if they don’t, people who come to them looking for truth are courting disappointment. He should have conquered desire and anger and banished infatuation from his heart. 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.
The laundress “told me Baba was doing things to her,” said Chandra.
There is no guarantee against the weakness mjktananda anger, lust, and greed in the human soul. Complying with this request from his Guru, Muktananda made three world tours, during which he brought spiritual awakening, meditation, and chanting to thousands. Death threats started to reach the Dingas toward the end of Aprilsix months after they had left the ashram.
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Chandra was probably the most important American in the movement. Devotees from Mumbai, Delhi, and other parts of India came for weekends and celebrations. While his followers were renovating muktnanda Miami hotel inMuktananda slept on the women’s floor, and ordered that the youngest be put in the rooms closest to his, and the older ones down the hall. At age 15 he babw Bhagavan Nityananda, a wandering avadhoot who profoundly changed his life.
Chandra Dinga has taken years to come to terms with her experience with Muktananda; “Your whole frame of reference becomes askew,” she said.
Stan Trout, formerly Swami Abhayananda, served Muktananda for ten years as a teacher and ashram director. Views Read Edit View history. Those glorious Babes and Bhagwans, thinking to build their kingdom here on earth upon the ruins of the young souls devoted to them, often succeed for a time in fooling many and in gathering a large and festive following, but their deeds also follow them and proclaim their truth long after the paeans of praise have been sung and wafted away on the air.
In a way, the sex, the violence, and the corruption aren’t the real point.
The Secret Life of Swami Muktananda
As for the alleged beatings, she said that Americans had their own ways of doing things. Ron Friedland, the president of the foundation, told Dinga that Muktananda had 1. In the early days, I never thought bxba him as having sexual desires.
The other person Mary confided in was Malti, Muktananda’s longtime translator.