Salutations to the luminous Self
That resides as the essence of all things;
Salutations to Him whose nature is compassion;
Salutations to Her,
In whose love the world appears;
Salutations to the siddhas, saints and sages,
Who have realized the Self.
And salutations to the seekers of the Divine,
Who are eager to bathe in its effulgence.

Baba Muktananda circa 1978

IN THE TRADITION of the Gurus of the Siddha path I would like to greet you in the traditional way: sabko bare mane ke sat, prem se hrdik svagat, with great respect and love I welcome you all with all my heart. 

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Baba Muktananda

I acknowledge the great beings and Gurus of all traditions but especially my own, to whom I am eternally grateful. To Bhagavan Nityananda, Swami Muktananda, and my Guru, MM Swami Shankarananda. I offer these pages to your lotus feet. May your love and wisdom, Shakti and devotion bless and protect everyone.

These Gurus are renowned for their ability to give Shaktipat, the awakening or transmission of divine energy from Guru to seeker.

This awakening transforms a person’s life and sets them on the path of self-knowledge, self-realisation and meditation. Without this awakening meditation can be tedious, frustrating and dry. With awakening meditation is alive, fascinating, joyful, and satisfying. We learn to look upon everything that arises in the mind as the dynamic play of Consciousness. To have this understanding is the truest way of seeing things as they are.

This blog is a forum in which seekers sing the praises of their Guru and relate stories and experiences of awakening and sadhana. These great beings and sages have given us the greatest gift there is, shaktipat, and set us on the path of freedom from the pain of worldly life.

The teachings of the Siddha tradition can be summarised as follows:

Bhagavan Nityananda 
bhavana rakho: maintain the feeling.

Swami Muktananda 
See God in each other.

Swami Shankarananda 
First love yourself and then share your love with everyone.

As Swami Shankarananda has said, ‘The Guru is an opportunity. Let those who wish to drink from the well of Shakti come, and let those who do not wish to drink find another path’.

Bhagavan Nityananda


Swami Shankarananda at The Ashram Mount Eliza
MM Swami Shankarananda at The Ashram Mount Eliza

Swamiji holds weekly satsang programs every Saturday night, as well as several meditation retreats with kundalini awakening meditation intensives throughout the year at our Ashram in Mount Eliza, Australia.

You can watch satsang each week streamed live (or replay) and be part of the online global community, hearing Swamiji’s talks, meditating and chanting.

Take part in the four week online Learn to Meditate course.

With love,
Devi Ma

For more information on the Siddha Tradition you can visit

2 thoughts on “The Guru Is An Opportunity

  1. Thank you all for maintaining this wonderful work and for the strong, even visual connection I feel with Swamiji & now you Sri Devi Ma. I am a longtime meditator in Metro Detroit, raised in New Jersey. It is my joy to play Kirtan & attend when I can at Kashi Nivas in Ann Arbor.

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