Biography of Swami Muktananda
Swami Muktananda (1908-1982) was the founder of Siddha Yoga, which is based on Kashmir Shaivism. He was the author of many books and an autobiography named “The Play of Consciousness”. This article reveals the inspiring
biography of Swami Muktananda.
Muktananda was born Krishna in the state of Karnataka. His family was wealthy, but from an early age Krishna showed an interest in spirituality. When he was 15, Krishna met a wandering saint named Bhagavan Nityananda, who went on to influence his life profoundly. However, Krishna’s early guru was Siddharudha Swami under whom he studied vedanta, Sanskrit and yoga. He also took initiation and became a sanyasi, adopting the name Swami Muktananda. Then, he began to travel all over India.
In the year 1947, Muktananda received shaktipat initiation from Bhagawan Nityananda. He described it as a sublime and profound experience. Muktananda then started to live and meditate in a small hut in Yeola, which continued for eight years. His experiences in kundalini-related meditation and sadhana are described in his autobiography. In 1956, Muktananda received a small plot of land near Ganeshpuri from Nityananda. Here, he founded an ashram.
Teaching in the West
With Nityananda’s encouragement, Muktananda began to teach Siddha Yoga in the West. He gave shaktipat initiation to many spiritual aspirants. In the U.S., Muktananda formed the SYDA Foundation to spread Siddha Yoga globally.
A Siddha teacher is a master who is able to identify themself constantly with their supreme consciousness. He/she also has the ability to arouse the kundalini through shaktipat in desiring seekers.
Muktananda stressed that one should honor, worship and meditate on one’s inner self as God lives within all. We should also see God in others.