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Meditation Revolution: A History and Theology of the Siddha Yoga Lineage Paperback – August 1, 1997

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  • Paperback: 709 pages
  • Publisher: Agama Press (August 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965409600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965409605
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,171,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 17, 2009
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Swami Muktananda (1908-1982) claimed to have received "shaktipat" (i.e., spiritual transmission from a guru) from the East Indian Swami Nityananda (1896-1961) on the latter's deathbed, and that Nityananda had also appointed him head of the ashram. Muktananda renamed the type of yoga practiced as "Siddha" ("accomplished") Yoga, and the movement grew, as Muktananda's followers (some rather famous) in America and elsewhere built him hundreds of ashrams (meditation centers), and established in 1975 the SYDA ("Siddha Yoga Dham [Abode] Associates") Foundation as the administrative body of Siddha Yoga in the west. After his death from heart failure in 1982, leadership of his movement passed to Gurumayi ("Guru Mother") Chidvilasananda and her younger brother (who was named Swami Nityananda), whose parents were disciples of Muktananda.

This book chronicles the development of Siddha Yoga, noting that one of the most innovative features of Siddha Yoga is that "all three Siddha Yoga gurus have been able to give shaktiput at will and without requiring lengthy preparation from those who receive it. Swami Muktananda set out to offer this powerful form of spiritual initiation on a wide scale, ultimately even developing a program, the Intensive, that allowed shaktipat to be offered in a weekend. This profoundly innovative act of open-handed shaktipat has been the basis of the Siddha Yoga movement." It adds, "It was the Intensive that would eventually allow Muktananda's 'meditation revolution' to reach thousands at a time."

Muktananda first named Swami Nityananda as his successor, and a year later named his translator Malti as co-successor, but Nityananda resigned three years later, making Malti (now "Gurumayi Chidvilasananda") the head of the movement.
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14 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 2000
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This book is in many ways an interesting introduction to meditative practices, particularly as they have evolved within contemporary US culture. The title "History" is misleading much in the same way that a history of the Presidency might be misleading if it avoided all mention of Watergate.
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8 of 15 people found the following review helpful By jaroslav majer on August 18, 2002
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This book is masterly written by some of the top most internationally accredited shaivism and hinduism scholors in the world and a vastly experienced Swami Durgananda. The explanations of the philosophy of esoteric practices and understanding as displayed through the path of Siddha Yoga are clear and insiteful. The shareing of experience leaves out the unproven hearsay that has colloected in many tabloids concerning this path over the years and has stuck to the verafyable truth, with no holds barred. It is an amazing account of the history and philosophy of Siddha Yoga up to its current display in the modern day. Highly recommended, a jewel for any Hindu, Shaivite or Siddha Yogi.
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7 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joy Bhargava on June 12, 2000
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For both the scholarly inclined and the true seeker of meditation experiences...this book give a thorough examination of the "context" of yogic experiences in general..historically speaking and the context of the current, modern day path of "Siddha Yoga"..the Master-inspired path of human actualization. The combined writers of this comprehensive study are seemingly quite qualified to be reviewing this extremely subtle and "high" topic of human/'divine' 'potential' and do a good job in this reader's view of making the journey of realizing and understanding this topic quite enjoyable.
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