Here are some frequently asked questions. If you still have questions, please contact Rohini.
The word “Guru” is derived from the Sanskrit terms for darkness and light. The syllable “gu” means darkness, the syllable “ru” light. Technically, the Guru is the grace-bestowing power of God—what many people would call divine grace—and it leads us from the darkness of ignorance into the light of our True Nature. The Guru often manifests through a human vehicle, an accomplished spiritual teacher who guides others in the way of spiritual practice.
Swami Muktananda, or Baba, is my Guru. In his life, he was a Self-realized being who, after his discipleship with Swami Nityananda, became a Guru and travelled around the world to share what he had learned. Baba left his body on October 2, 1982, yet he remains alive to his disciples.
I lived and studied with Baba from 1976 until his mahasamadhi in 1982. I first met him physically in 1975. During my time with Baba, I served as his head of security and his personal appointments secretary. Most importantly, I studied with him one-on-one for years; this is how he taught me spiritual practice.
When people say “yoga” nowadays, they almost always mean hatha yoga, a form of postural practice that may be good physical exercise but is at best merely preparatory for spiritual practice. There is nothing wrong with pursuing hatha yoga, but it is a mistake to believe that such outward practices will get you far along the spiritual path. True spiritual practice is interior. This interior practice is what Baba taught me and what I pass on.
It doesn’t. There is nothing New Age about what Baba taught me and I pass on.