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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There is no doubt in my mind that he was an extraordinarily enlightened, learned, and articulate man who possessed a singular power, a dynamic personal radiance and charisma that drew people to him and inspired them to lay their lives at his feet. Bab the officers of the foundation that ostensibly ran Muktananda’s affairs never knew for sure. They were known as the “enforcers”; Muktananda used them to keep people in line.

Noni Patel took a rubber hose, a foot-and-a-half long, and beat and questioned the boy for thirty minutes while a large black man called Hanuman held him. Muktananda himself was said to have been very attached to money.

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Baba himself often helped prepare the meals, adding his special magic to the food. From all indication Muktansnda Muktananda helped thousands of people in his day – a fact that even disillusioned ex-devotees don’t dispute. Both knew exactly how the ashram operated.

On the subject of money, foundation chief Ed Oliver conceded in an October 1, l, interview with the Los Angeles Times that there is a Swiss account with 1. There is no guarantee against the weakness of anger, lust, and greed in the muktajanda soul.

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When one of Michael’s crew stood up for him, he was threatened physically. A woman I’m calling “Sally” used to get up for work at 3: As time went on, Dinga came to be bothered by what he saw as exploitation: The accusations have been denied by the swamis who took over his movement after the master died. He wasn’t really penetrating his victims, they said. No one asked the peasants’ opinion. Following this encounter, he left home to wander throughout India, took initiation as a monk, and became Swami Muktananda.


Dinga said the German just sat in a full lotus position, and tried to steel himself against what happened next. Meeting Nityananda again years later in Ganeshpuri, he received a powerful spiritual transmission.

Politicians, writers, actors, artists, and spiritual teachers came to inquire and pay their respects. Chandra saw Noni’s gun, Muktananda’s successor Subash’s gun, and the shotgun Muktananda kept in his bedroom. He first travelled to Australia, the United States, and Europe in But if they don’t, people who come to them looking for truth are courting disappointment. No ordinary, good person could do this, no matter how he tried; his heart and conscience would not allow it. Couldn’t that have been what Muktananda was doing?

The enlightened are on an equal footing with the ignorant in the struggle against their own evil – the only difference being that the enlightened person knows the truth, and has no excuse for betraying it.

To get the Dingas to stay, Muktananda called on everything he thought would stir them. Three years later, Muktananda told Chandra it was more like five million.

To her knowledge, did Muktananda have sex with women in the ashram? BY ALL accounts, devotees in the ashrams worked hard under trying conditions. Devotees with less prestige were completely dependent on the guru’s generosity.

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Some of Muktananda’s most important former followers now charge that the guru repeatedly violated his vow of chastity, made millions of dollars from his followers’ labors: 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.


At the end, I was devastated. Devotees from Mumbai, Delhi, and other parts of India came for weekends and celebrations. As for the alleged beatings, she said that Americans had their own ways of doing things. Richard and Lotte Grimes are bitter at having wasted years of their lives in the ashram. Chidvilasananda replied, “I’m very glad they gave you a very nice story to cover themselves up and I want to tell you I don’t want to get into this story because I know their story, too, and I do not want to say anything about it.

Utter freedom, utter joy [ While remaining in meditation, people laughed, cried, swayed. The other person Mary confided in was Malti, Muktananda’s longtime translator. The swami himself claimed to be completely celibate. The guru does no wrong.

His power could not save him form the weakness of the flesh, nor from the wickedness and depravity that servitude to it brings. In India, they were isolated from their culture. It gave me the feeling I had latched onto something that would answer my questions.

Sarah Caldwell argued that Muktananda was both an enlightened spiritual teacher and a practitioner of Shakta Tantrism, but also “engaged in actions that were not ethical, legal or liberatory with many disciples. In the six-and-a-half years he was with the ashram, he said he had a total of two weeks off.

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