Swami Muktānanda


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A guru drawing on the Kashmiri Śaiva tradition and kuṇḍalinī-based yoga techniques, who founded the Siddha Yoga organization. He was a pupil of Swami Nityānanda, under whose instruction he built the Gurudev Siddha Peeth at Ganeśpuri, near Mumbai, and subsequently brought Siddha Yoga to a western audience in the 1970s. He set up further āśrams and administrative centres in India and the USA, and wrote over a dozen books, including a ‘spiritual autobiography’, Play of Consciousness (1970). His designated successors were his American translator, Cidvilāsānanda and her younger brother, although it was the former who subsequently became the sole living ‘master’ in the tradition.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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