was fortunate to have spent considerable time with the great Siddha
Saints Baba Muktananda and Dhyanyogi Madhusudandas. These Saints
both prophesied his future as a Guru and gave their blessings
to his upcoming spiritual work. In 1977, at his last darshan with
Baba Muktananda, Baba told him that his future was bright, that
he would run a large ashram and take many people across the sea
(of samsara). Baba then gave him a pair of blessed sandals.
in 1981 after Shankaracharya's realization, Dhyanyogi told him
that he should trust his realization and that his blessings would
stand behind the seed mantra he was giving, his ashram and all
his future disciples.
Madhavananda was considered by many to be a Siddha Saint of the
highest order. He lived in a cave for over 30 years, spending
the majority of the day in meditation. He was considered to be
a rare manifestation of God, as was his Guru, Bhagawan Nityananda.
The Swami was a friend of Shankaracharya's and gave abundant blessings
and instruction regarding his work in the West.
in 1981, when the Divine Mother Herself appeared to Shankaracharya,
She appeared in the forms of all his Gurus, his own form, and
then as the formless Shakti Itself. She said, "Take My Teachings
to the West."