Gurumayi Chidvilasananda was the eldest child of parents who were devotees of Swami Muktananda. She would visit Muktananda’s ashram regularly before becoming a disciple. Then, in 1982, she was initiated as the joint spiritual head of the Siddha path alongside her younger brother, Swami Nityananda, who later left the Siddha path.
Gurumayi Chidvilasananda has written nine books, recorded several CDs of chanting and regularly teaches on the official Siddha yoga path website. In 1997, she founded a nonprofit organization, the Muktabodha Indological Research Institute, that works to preserve and publish classical Indian philosophical and religious texts.