Swami Muktananda

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Fast Facts
Other Names and Nicknames: 
Krishna, Baba, Baba Muktananda
Shaktipat, Kundalini Shakti, Kashmiri Shivisim , Siddha Yoga, Dashanami Sampradaya (Sarasvati branch)
Main Countries of Activity: 
India, USA
Date of Birth: 
May 16, 1908
Place of Birth: 
Karnataka, India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Date Left His/Her Body: 
October 2, 1982
Ancestor Gurus: 


Swami Muktananda is the monastic name of an Indian Hindu guru. Muktananda was the founder of Siddha Yoga, a new religious movement based on the Hindu philosophy of Kashmir Shaivism. He wrote a number of books, including an autobiography entitled "The Play of Consciousness".

Muktananda was born in 1908 near Mangalore in Karnataka State, India into a wealthy family. His birth name was Krishna. At 15 he encountered Bhagawan Nityananda, a wandering avadhoot who profoundly influenced his life. He studied under Siddharudha Swami at Hubli where he learned Sanskrit, Vedanta and all branches of yoga and took the initiation of sannyasa, becoming Swami Muktananda. He began wandering India on foot.

In 1947 Muktananda went to Ganeshpuri to receive the darshan of Bhagawan Nityananda. He received shaktipat initiation from his guru in the early morning of August 15 of that year. According to his description, it was a profound and sublime experience. Muktananda spent the next eight years living and meditating in a little hut in Yeola. He wrote about his sadhana and meditation experiences, kundalini-related, in his autobiography published in 1978. In 1956, Nityananda gave Muktananda a small piece of land at Gavdevi, near Ganeshpuri, on which Muktananda developed an ashram.

In the 1970s, on behalf of his guru Bhagawan Nityananda, Muktananda brought the tradition of Siddha Yoga to the West, giving shaktipat initiation to thousands of spiritual seekers. Rudi (Swami Rudrananda), a fellow disciple of Bhagawan Nityananda, sponsored his first trip to the United States in September 1970.

A Siddha Guru is a spiritual teacher, a master, whose identification with the supreme Self is uninterrupted. The unique and rare quality of a Siddha Guru is his or her capacity to awaken the spiritual energy, kundalini, in seekers through shaktipat.


Swami Muktananda's main messages are: Honor your Self, Worship your Self, Meditate on your Self, God dwells within you as you. See God in Each Other.


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Books & Media

Recommended Books: 
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Where Are You Going? A Guide to the Spiritual Journey

by Swami Muktananda


An excellent introduction to Siddha Yoga Meditation. The book provides a complete map of the process of selfknowing, from the first flash of questioning to the achievement of the state of perfect joy and freedom. Essays and questions and answers explore the different stages of the inner journey; the awakening of the Kundalini energy, the recognition of the inner Self, the function of the master, and the practice of mantra and meditation.

Pro Opinions

"Chit Shakti Vilas" Play of Conciousness

archana.anchal's picture

Muktanand Baba has been one of the eternal source of God's love and grace........

Bhagwan Muktananda- the embodiment of compassion

G.Srinivas's picture

The darshan of this Siddhaguru has been the most cherished moment of my life and shall remain with me till the last breath. He is an embodiment of immense love and compassion.

Guru Om, Guru Om

SIngram's picture

Play of Consciousness is an amazing book! His writings live on to teach and point the way. Guru Om, my Guru's guru.