Swami Nityananda is considered to be one of the great saints and spiritual personages of the past century. Sitting alone, meditating in the jungle several hours out of Bombay, an entire ashram community sprung up around him. Many thousands of devotees from all over India and the world made pilgrimages to see this extraordinary man. Although he barely spoke, there was no question about his ability to inspire and nourish spiritual growth. With a simple look, smile, gesture, or touch, he could reach deeply into a person's soul and cause profound changes. There are numerous accounts of miracles taking place around him throughout his life. One of those miracles occurred to Rudi who visited him only once but experienced a total transfusion of energy, as if the man's entire consciousness had poured directly into him. In 1961 Nityananda took mahasamadhi, a saint's final conscious departure from this world, but Rudi experienced Nityananda's living presence for the rest of his life and was able to communicate it directly to his students.