In Honor of Bhagavan Nityananda’s Punyatithi

All Pervasive Presence

By Swami Vasudevananda and Ian Arnold

Throughout this month, we are honoring a great spiritual Master, Bhagavan Nityananda. He was a janma siddha, one who was born a Siddha, born with the awareness of himself as one with the Consciousness that pervades all creation.

During his lifetime, Bhagavan Nityananda made it possible for untold numbers of people to experience God within themselves. In his presence, one’s mind would naturally gravitate to a peaceful and blissful state. Many devotees longed to remain in Bade Baba’s physical presence but were unable to do so. Bade Baba assured them, “Be calm. I am everywhere.”1

When a Siddha Master, such as Bhagavan Nityananda, leaves his physical body, he merges completely with supreme Consciousness.

Baba Muktananda said about his Guru, “He is all-pervasive. No matter where you are when you think of him, he stands there before you.”2

And this is why, over the years, seekers throughout the world have been able to have darshan of Bade Baba in their meditations, in their dreams, in nature, through seeing images of him, and simply by remembering him in any moment.

Bade Baba was a Guru who emphasized going within, to one’s innermost Self. Most of the time, he was silent. He spoke very little. Yet one word, one glance from him, or even one glimpse of him, had the power to still a receptive seeker’s mind and give that person the experience of God within. This is true even today.

You have the opportunity now to listen to recordings of three stories from individuals who had the darshan of Bhagavan Nityananda. These stories span many years, yet they invoke Bade Baba’s presence for us today.

Before you begin listening to the stories, take a moment to refresh your posture.

As you listen to each story, give it your full attention. Hold the awareness that by listening to this story, you are being invited into the darshan of Bhagavan Nityananda.

Now, you may listen to the first story.

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Gangubai’s story shows us how Bade Baba’s presence can completely transform a seeker’s inner state. By having the darshan of Bade Baba, Gangubai was drawn to focus her awareness on her innermost being. The alchemy of darshan cleared away her mental unrest and led her to experience her innate stillness and peace. In Bade Baba’s silent company, she discovered the fullness of her own heart.

Now, you may listen to the second story.

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The company of a being such as Bhagavan Nityananda can break through our limited concepts and lead us to the experience of God, of the Truth within. As is beautifully illustrated in Venkat Rao’s story, darshan of the Guru can utterly purify our perception. Opening ourselves to the Guru’s presence can give rise to a sweetness within us that we never imagined even existed—an experience of our own divinity.

Now you may listen to the third story.

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For this Siddha Yogi, the darshan of Bade Baba was a homecoming. And so it is for many seekers. By attuning to the presence of such a being, we can experience our own Truth, our own divine love, our own abundance. Remembering Bade Baba’s all-pervasive love, we can have darshan at any moment.

There are so many ways we can do this—by consciously invoking Bade Baba’s presence as we perform spiritual practices, by contemplating Bade Baba’s teachings and viewing images of him, by immersing ourselves in Gurumayi’s poem A Temple Without Form, by reading Baba Muktananda’s book Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri. And at any time throughout our day, we can simply take a moment to breathe and remember Bade Baba.

His grace and blessings are infinite. His love and protection are always there for us. As we make the steadfast effort to open ourselves to the all-pervasive presence of Bhagavan Nityananda, we can come to know more fully our own divine love.


1Swami Muktananda, Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri (South Fallsburg, NY: SYDA Foundation, 1996) p. 17.

2Swami Muktananda, From the Finite to the Infinite (South Fallsburg, NY: SYDA Foundation,1994) p. 302.