I will tell you what others told me in India about Babaji. It was wonderful. I was in India! The dispensary was run by Dr. Mukherji, a disciple of Swami Purnananda who was a direct disciple of Babaji.

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I will tell you what others told me in India about Babaji. It was wonderful. I was in India! The dispensary was run by Dr. Mukherji, a disciple of Swami Purnananda who was a direct disciple of Babaji.

In our conversations he told me some things that I gladly pass on. Purnananda and many of his fellow-disciples of Babaji simply called him Babaji Brahmananda. That appeals to me the most. Babaji is not as inaccessible as many people think. He does not just roam in solitude in the Himalayas with only a handful of disciples with him.

And though comparatively speaking few people stay with him, there is a small trickle of aspirants who come to spend some time with him. Swami Purnananda stayed with Babaji more than one time in the Himalayas, sometimes for years. He told Dr. Mukherji that the famous Devendranath Tagore see the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna , a Bengali philosopher and religious reformer, was a disciple of Babaji and spent quite some time with him in the Himalayas.

When his even more famous son, Rabindranath Tagore, was in his teens Devendranath sent him to live with Babaji for three years. Other disciples, other yoga sadhanas There is also a misperception about Babaji and his spiritual mission. What I have written here shows this is not true. Furthermore, it is believed that Kriya Yoga is the only practice favored by Babaji. But there are two of his disciples whose teaching contradict this.

Vijay and his wife were in Brindaban where Krishna lived until the age of twelve. She remained there a while and then walked all the way back to Brindaban, arriving there six months after her disappearance. She was much more docile after that. Neem Karoli Baba Another very famous disciple, also not a Kriya teacher, was Neem Karoli Baba who lived to be over three hundred and fifty years old, and was reputed to be an incarnation of Hanuman, the great devotee of Lord Rama, an avatar who lived in Indian thousands of years ago.

For three and a half centuries Neem Karoli Baba taught people to continually repeat the sacred mantra Ram—the name of Rama. Many yogis of India repeat Ram, but do not consider it the name of the avatar, but a name of the Absolute Itself. Interestingly, Ram is also a Hebrew name of God. Several books have been written about Sri Neem Karoli Baba.

I only saw him once, and every moment I looked at him I was literally drunk with bliss. Finally I want to tell you about three people I have met that saw Babaji. An attorney One was a supreme court lawyer living in New Delhi. He had never heard of Babaji, but one time when on pilgrimage to Varanasi, he was sitting in the evening at Dasashwamedh Ghat. He followed her through dark narrow alleyways and then down narrow stairs into an underground cave.

Only a single light was burning there, and by its light he saw a young man with bright red hair sitting there in meditation. The woman motioned for him to sit. He sat there an hour or so looking at the radiant figure before him. Then in silence the woman signaled he should stand up and follow her. She led him back to Dasashwamedh Ghat and left without a word.

Only a day or so after he returned to New Delhi he came across Autobiography of a Yogi and saw the picture of Babaji which was just like the yogi he had seen.

Many times he went back to Varanasi seeking Babaji or his sister, but was not successful. A woman-yogi friend I met the above lawyer in the home of a woman who had also met Babaji. From her I learned the following. It is located in a dense forest populated by many ferocious tigers and other dangerous animals. According to what the lost person is accustomed to at home, that is what he finds in the cave. Poor people find it very sparse, others find it simply furnished and well-to-do people find it luxuriously furnished—with carpets, chairs, tables and a comfortable bed.

Each one if given the kind of food he would usually have at home. In the morning the disciple shows him the way out of the jungle. Some people meet Babaji himself in the cave, but some others do not. My friend and three others went high into the Himalayas to find that particular cave in hope of seeing Babaji. They stayed in a simple guest house near the forest.

One day as night was about to fall, they suddenly heard tremendous roaring of a tiger that seemed to be very near them. Remembering the way they had entered the forest, they began running as fast as they could, desperately praying to Babaji to protect them. The guest house was some miles away, but they reached in it twenty to thirty minutes!

Rescued by Babaji Every day they went out searching. But after a few days my friend became very ill and ran a high fever. She urged the others to go on and continue their search for the cave, which they reluctantly did. After some time a radiant figure came in through the open door of her room. He sat and had a long conversation with her on spiritual matters. She never told me what was said. For the next three or four days the same thing happened.

But the time was running out for the other pilgrims and they had to return to their jobs. So my friend told them to go ahead and she would try to get to the railway station several miles away in some manner. This they did not want to do, but she insisted, and the next day they left. That afternoon, the radiant yogi returned as usual, but told her that she must leave and get treatment in Delhi, otherwise she would die.

And so he did. He carried her luggage and she held on around his neck and away they went. In another miraculously short time they were at the station. The yogi put her in a compartment, said farewell, and was gone. The train started up, and as it gained speed leaving the station, suddenly Babaji was there standing on the platform. Her heart leaped up and she tried to get up and leave the train, but it was going too fast.

Then I will know it is really you I have seen. She went up and down the platform looking, looking and looking here and there. But saw nothing.

The conductor blew his whistle and she hurried back to the train but stood in the door looking out, planning to jump out onto the platform if Babaji appeared. The train was picking up speed, and when it was going so fast it was impossible for anyone to get out of the train, suddenly Babaji was there, standing and looking at her.

Then she knew the deathless master had truly come to her and saved her life. She and her son told me this just as I have now related it to you. A yogi-friend The preceding two accounts were told to me during my first pilgrimage to India. Early on in my second pilgrimage I was staying at Sivanandashram in Rishikesh in the Himalayan foothills. There I met a very well-known and respected young yogi of North India and spent much time with him. One afternoon he began asking me about Babaji, and if he ever left the Himalayas.

I told him that he definitely did and came down to the plains at the feet of the Himalayas. Then he described to me how he had seen a young man with long, bright red hair waiting on the platform of the Lucknow station with several other men. All were simply dressed like Himalayan yogis.

I knew this had to be a great soul. The thought had not occurred to me before. I believe he kept me from realizing who he was until it was too late to approach him. Post by or related to Yogananda:.


Mahavatar Babaji

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Untold Stories of Mahavatar Babaji of Yogananda’s “Autobiography of a Yogi”

Neelakantan and S. They claim that in Mahavatar Babaji told them that he was born on 30 November CE in a small coastal village now known as Parangipettai , Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu , India. Babaji revealed only those details which he believed to be formative as well as potentially instructive to his disciples. Babaji was only 4 years old at that time. He found the jackfruit when his mother was not around and ate it all. Later on he thanked God for showing him that she was to be loved without attachment or illusion. His love for his mother became unconditional and detached.



The secluded master has retained his physical form for centuries, perhaps for millenniums. The deathless Babaji is an avatara. This Sanskrit word means "descent"; its roots are ava, "down," and tri, "to pass. It is inconceivable. His speech is generally in Hindi, but he converses easily in any language. Does it matter that we know not the patronymic of a fully released master?

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