Along the Spiritual Path with Swami Muktananda

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In late 1982, Swami Paramahansa Muktananda passed from this world. In tribute to him and his work we are presenting this 1979 interview. In this extraordinary conversation, Muktananda talks about a wide range of spiritual matters including the role of the guru and disciple, social responsibility, choosing a teacher, enlightenment, what the west offers the east and much more. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Swami Muktananda (1908 - 1982) began the life of a sadhu, a wandering mendicant in search of spiritual fulfilment, at an unusually early age. Though as a young man Muktananda gained recognition for his yogic attainments, He often said that his spiritual journey didn't truly begin until he received shaktipat, spiritual initiation, from the holy man Bhagavan Nityananda. It was then that Muktananda's spiritual energy, kundalini, was awakened, and he was drawn into profound states of meditation. Muktananda established Gurudev Siddha Peeth as a public trust in India to administer the work there, and founded the SYDA Foundation in the United States to administer the global work of Siddha Yoga meditation.

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Host: Michael Toms            Interview Date: 1/30/1983            Program Number: 1748