Swami Prakashananda's book, Baba Muktananda - A Biography, looks into the life of an extraordinary human being, Swami Muktananda Paramahamsa, affectionately called Baba by his devotees, was known by millions worldwide at the time of his Mahasamadhi in 1982. Swami Prakashananda has written a compelling portrait of this saintly soul. From his mother's devout prayers at the Manjunath Siva Temple in Mangalore, South India, seeking Siva's Grace for a child, to Baba's world travels. Swami provides us an intimate look into the life of this modern-day saint. Baba was born May 16, 1908. By the age of 15 he had frequently seen the sadhu Nityananda, who lived an austere life in the Kadri Hills of South India with a sect of Natha yogis. An intense face-to-face meeting took place in 1923, changing the course of Baba's life. A deep yearning for a life of spirituality took precedence and he left home forever to pursue an inner journey. Swami's account of Baba's early life is interspersed with amazing stories of Nityananda, (who would become Baba's guru) life at Ganeshpuri, and Baba's travels throughout India and the United States. Included in this marvelous biography are many precious black and white photos of Baba and his guru, Nityananda. Baba's spirituality inspired thousands of people. Through Swami's book, that darshan continues to flow to the world. --Hinduism Today (January 2009)
About the Author
The author, Swami Prakashananda, is one of Muktananda's first Western disciples. He met Muktananda in 1969 and remained with him until his death in 1982. Swamiji was then asked by Muktananda's two successors to remain in the ashram, which he did for another three and a half years. This was a time spent in deep meditation and long periods of solitude. Swamiji left the ashram in 1986. Swamiji is also the author of, Don't Think of a Monkey and Other Stories My Guru Told Me, as well as, Ask the Horse! And More Stories My Guru Told Me.