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Muktananda and Siddha Yoga
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Swami Muktananda died in 1982 at the height of his Siddha Yoga movement’s success. Before his death, or mahāsamādhi, Siddha Yoga had become a worldwide movement with āśrams and centers in many countries, boasting a quarter of a million followers. For the Siddha Yoga community, the death of their guru was sudden and devastating; to his followers, Muktananda was Siddha Yoga. 

Born in 1908, and named Krishna, Muktananda did not often talk of his family or childhood, although, it is known that he left home at the age of…

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Healy, Healy, “Muktananda and Siddha Yoga”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 20 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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