"Whenever anyone utters with reverence the name of Babaji, that devotee attracts an instant spiritual blessing."
Lahiri Mahasaya, Indian saint.
Babaji (Mahavatar Babaji, Shri Babaji, Babaji Maharaj) - a great Hindu saint who possessed unlimited miraculous powers. One of the Indian pilgrims said about Him: "I saw with my own eyes the conqueror of death. The Supreme Guru played with time and space like a child playing with soap bubbles. I saw a man with the keys to heaven and earth".
In the XIX century Mahavatar Babaji founded Kriya Yoga- a yoga direction that opens the chakras through breathing exercises – and He passed it on to His disciple Lahiri Mahasaya in 1861. According to the instructions of Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya made Kriya Yoga available to people who lived a mundane life, and spread it in India. The disciple received this instruction from his Guru: "Millions who are burdened with family ties and heavy worldly duties, even a head of a household like them, will get a renewed heart from you. You must guide them to understand that the highest yogic achievements are not denied to the family man. Even in daily life, the yogi who honestly performs his duties without personal motive or attachment is walking the path of enlightenment". All the student lines of Kriya Yoga originate from Babaji. The most famous student line being: Mahavatar Babaji – Lahiri Mahasaya- Swami Sri Yukteswar – Paramahansa Yogananda.
In the twentieth century (1970) Babaji appeared in the body of a young man in a cave near the village of Haidakhan, which is located at the foot of the Himalayas, in the area of Kumaon which is the birthplace and residence of many great Indian saints. Sri Kheirakhan Vale Baba, as Babaji was called at the time, spent 14 years (from 1970 to 1984) of His stay on Earth, devoted to serving the people in the ashram. Babaji preached Karma Yoga-a teaching based on actions, actions that have a direct impact on karma: if you work diligently and not just for the sake of results, then you can improve karma, health, and living conditions.
Teacher Babaji continued His work in the XXI century by giving instructions through Tatyana Mickushina, who was chosen by the Great White Brotherhood as Their Messenger to help humanity. Based on the postulations that the Great Guru had given in previous incarnations, Babaji was giving us a new impetus, encouraging us to take action, so as to continue our evolution in the New World.
Mahavatar Babaji in the 19th century
Some Information about Babaji's life first emerged in Paramahansa Yogananda's 1946 book "Autobiography of a Yogi". Up to that time, there were no historical references to the Great Teacher. He took a simple name – Babaji, which means "Revered Father.". In India, this is a common name, so in Indian books there are references to this or that teacher Babaji. But about the Great Guru, this in accordance with His instructions, all the disciples remained completely silent until the twentieth century.
In his book, Yogananda gave a lot of unique information that recreated the appearance of the Great Teacher.
So he wrote that Babaji had been on Earth in a physical body for many centuries. Babaji passed the Yogic initiation on to such famous personalities as Shankara (a religious teacher, scholar, reorganizer of the Swami Order, who lived long before the Birth of Christ, presumably in the 6th century BC), Kabir (the great saint and famous Teacher of the XVI century, among whose numerous followers were both Hindus and Muslims). Yogananda wrote that Babaji refused to ascend and remained in a flesh body that showed no signs of aging and emitted a noticeable glow. The disciples saw, that at times He did not cast a shadow or leave marks on the ground – "these are external symbols that prove the inner absence of darkness and material dependence.”
The Yogic Christ is one of the names used by Babaji in India. "Babaji is in constant communion with Christ, together They radiate the vibrations of salvation and together They outline spiritual methods for the salvation of humanity for the current period. It is the work of These two fully enlightened Teachers-one with a body and the other without-to inspire people to abandon the disastrous wars, racial hatred, religious sectarianism and the boomerang of the evil of materialism.”
Babaji commissioned His disciple Swami Sri Yukteswara to write a book on the common grounds of the Christian and Hindu scriptures, in which could be shown by parallel comparisons that "the inspired sons of God spoke the same truths, not obscured by the sectarian differences of men." When the disciple doubted his ability to carry out this instruction, Babaji laughed softly.
"My son, why doubt? "No," He said confidently. – Whose hands are all over this business and Who is the author of all the actions? Whatever the Lord has prompted me to say, will surely come true."
One of the reasons that prompted Babaji to keep fit is to show people a concrete example of human abilities. Yogananda reported that Babaji lived in a cave in the Himalayas with His small group of disciples, but He could move Himself from one part of the world to another through teleportation, had the ability to become invisible at will, appear in the light and dissolve in the light, and appear before His followers in many slightly different forms. Babaji usually spoke Hindi, but could easily communicate in any other language. His students described miraculous experiences that they had witnessed themselves: the materialization of the golden palace in the Himalayas by the power of thought, instant healing, and resurrection from the dead.
"One night His disciples were sitting around a huge bonfire that was burning for a sacred Vedic ceremony. Suddenly the Teacher snatched a flaming block from the fire and placed it lightly on the bare shoulder of one of the chelas who was sitting close to the fire.
"How cruel, Master!- protested Lahiri Mahasaya, who was present.
– Would you rather see him reduced to ashes before your eyes in accordance with his past karma?" With that, Babaji placed His healing hand on the chela's disfigured shoulder. – I saved you from a painful death last night. The Law of Karma is satisfied with your insignificant suffering from the fire.
On another occasion, Babaji's group was interrupted by the appearance of a stranger who, with surprising agility, climbed an almost impregnable ledge near the Teacher's camp.
"Master, you must be the great one Babaji, " the man's face was lit up with unspeakable reverence. – For several months I have been constantly searching for you among these formidable rocks. I beg you to accept me as a disciple.
The great guru did not answer, so the man pointed to a deep abyss at his feet.
– If you refuse me, I'll jump off this mountain. If I do not receive your guidance to the Divine, the rest of my life will have no purpose for me.
- Then jump,- said Babaji unmoved. – I can't accept you in your current state of development.
The man immediately threw himself off the steep cliff. Babaji ordered the startled disciples to get him. When they returned with the mutilated body, the Master laid His Divine hand on the dead man. So he opened his eyes and knelt in humility before the all-powerful Master.
- Now you are ready for your apprenticeship, Babaji said, looking at the resurrected chela tenderly and with a beaming smile. – You passed a difficult test bravely. Death will no longer touch you, you are now one of us.
Yogananda noted that some Great prophets like Christ and Krishna had come to Earth for a specific and spectacular purpose; They would depart as soon as it was accomplished.
“Other avatars, like Babaji, undertake work that has more to do with the slow evolutionary progress of mankind during the centuries, than with any remarkable event in history. Such Masters always cover Themselves from the gross public gaze and have the power to become invisible at will.”
For these reasons, and because They generally instruct Their disciples to remain silent about Them, a number of grandiose and monumental spiritual figures have remained unknown to the world.
To be continued…
Lahiri Mahasaya (1828-1895) - Disciple Babaji, an Indian saint. Mahasaya (Sanskrit) is a religious title meaning "broad mind.”
Quatation in the book: Paramahansa Yogananda. Autobiography of a Yogi. - M., Publishing House "Sphere" of the Russian Theosophical Society, 1995.
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Appearance Babaji, placed at the beginning of the article, is reproduced by the artist with help of Paramahansa Yogananda.
Here and later in this chapter, quotations are given from the book: Paramahansa Yogananda. Autobiography of a Yogi.