Bhagavan Nityananda disciples


Bhagavan Nityananda

Amid the mass of devotees who flocked to Bhagavan Nityananda, there were a number of gifted monastic disciples. They sat at his feet for some years, absorbing the great power and light of his presence. When they were ripe they established spiritual centres in their own right and spread the Shakti and message of Bhagavan Nityananda. Among these monastic disciples, three stood out.

Most well known in the West is Swami Baba Muktananda. If Bhagavan Nityananda was the unmoving Shiva, then Baba Muktananda was his Shakti. Muktananda travelled the world three times, awakening thousands of people on all continents. He brought the teachings and the Shakti of the Siddhas to the West. The reader will notice that most of the teachers cited on this website have some kind of connection with Baba Muktananda.

Next was Swami Janananda. He was perhaps Bhagavan Nityananda’s seniormost disciple and was universally revered as a fully realised being and worthy successor to Bhagavan Nityananda. He looked after Nityananda’s ashram and his caves in Kanhangad, South India.

Third was Swami Dayananda, known to all as Shaligram Swami. He attended Bhagavan Nityananda closely and seemed so illumined that many thought of him as Bhagavan’s natural successor. However, Shaligram died at a young age, a few months before Bhagavan Nityananda took samadhi.

Though these three stand out, there are many other of Bhagavan’s disciples of high spiritual attainment: