Saints of India: Haidakhan Babaji

Saints of India

Babaji

Haidakhan Babaji

Part Two

“I am everywhere.

I am in your breath.

I am the mirror in which you can see yourself.

I am Bhole Baba, the father who is simple.

I have come to help you, to guide you. Place your burden at my feet.

I will carry your burden.” -Babaji (Caddy 143).

“I have come to lead you to the awareness of oneness beyond duality, to dispel the disunity caused by confessions of faith, religions and castes. There is only one humanity, be human! Seek to experience in your awareness that we are all one. I want to show you a freedom beyond your perceptions, where the lions and the goat are drinking together from the same spring.” – Babaji. (Caddy 143).

Babaji taught Karma Yoga with mantra repetition as the fastest way to God in our chaotic times. He emphasized the path of selfless action in order to see god in everything and wanted his followers to see the divine in all things. He always emphasized that all peoples of the world are divine and accepted people of all religions and faiths using saints and teachers from other traditions as examples of aspects of his teachings. He embraced the world and helped remove the ego limitations of his followers. He opened numerous hospitals and social service centers in India with the help of his followers. Babaji was creating a more just world filled with universal peace guided by good will.

Many of those who came to him recall the power of his presence with floral language and deep love. Around Babaji is a feeling of unconditional love, his gaze sees into our thoughts and into our karma. He knows the best and worst parts of who you are and loves you unconditionally.  The teachings are unique for each individual and his reasoning is mysterious. He is a god realized being here to teach and guide humanity. They speak of his eyes so deep, profound and mysterious as though his gaze sees every cell in the body. They speak of blissful union with the divine and challenging lessons which delivered great spiritual rewards. Many followers devote their lives to his teachings and continue to honor their guru. They say that even though Babaji has left his material body that he still guides them and teaches them.

Haidakhan India

Shri Haidakhan Wale Babaji mysteriously appeared in June 1970 in a cave at the foot of Kumaon Mount Kailash in the Nainital district of Uttaranchal. The cave is spoken of in the Vedas as a dwelling place of the divine.  Babaji was a youth between the ages of 18 and 20 and he had no birth record or known family. He could quote Sanskrit scriptures from memory and could live with little to no food for three years at a time.  He would move into deep meditative trances for up to 45 days and radiated wisdom. Babaji has spiritual powers and could heal the sick, predict the future, read minds and bring people into relationship with the divine.

The stories of his appearance spread quickly and many came to be with Haidakhan Babaji. Those who came to him say they were summoned in visions, dreams and by synchronic events. Often Babaji would materialize in front of the person calling them to his side at the ashram in Haidakhan.  His followers included a wide range of ages and races with many western devotees. At the Ashram the devotees and visitors would bath in the river, meditate and practice karma yoga until sunset. Babaji spoke rarely and usually spoke a few words in the morning and evening Aarati (spiritual service).

Babaji said, “To follow and demonstrate the path of Truth, Simplicity and Love is man’s supreme duty and the highest yoga. Diligent work is a quality of this Path, and laziness is death on earth. Only by work can one claim victory over karma. All must strive to do their duty in the best way possible and not wander from that duty. Service to humanity is the first duty. During these times, inhumanity and laziness have increased, so it is important that you work hard and not lose heart. Be brave, be industrious, work hard and have courage.” (Haidakhandi Samaj 1990 pg. 8).

Babaji led his devotees by example. He would help serve food, help with the dishes, often he would only speak a few words a days and stay up all night meditating. He loved all who came and met all his followers where they were at in their spiritual journey. He demanded unshakable faith from his devotees. He wanted each person to keep their mind in god and love and if one was not doing their best to hold their awareness he would ask them to leave the ashram.

As with all gurus Babaji makes statements and tasks which are intended for specific individuals in order to trigger spiritual growth in the devotee. At a later time he may encourage the devotee to do the opposite of what he told them in the past. This leads to Babaji making contradictory statements often because each individual needs to hear and experience different things at different times to grow spiritually.  Sometimes lessons can seem harsh but the followers often come to a deep epiphany about why they received the challenging teaching.

Babaji once sent a western devotee home because they had lost faith. Babaji said, “You are being sent back to your country because you have lost faith. If you were a true devotee, you would have unshakable faith and a steady mind…By giving temple duties, I accepted you as a devotee…I am responsible for you and your liberation! Whatever initiation you need, I will give you. Why then should you doubt or seek elsewhere? … Your faith must be as mighty as Mount Meru. Even the sun and the moon can move from their course, but the faith of the devotee should not be shaken. A true devotee will be ready to shed their life for God and will have faith to his last breath. Never be moved by false doctrines! You are protected in every moment.” (Shyam pg 184).

Babaji could be the compassionate Shiva and could also be the harsh teacher bringing people to fully experience their limitations and their emotional limits. Babaji states,”The path of God-realization is a most difficult one. Few are those who will walk it. It is difficult as walking on the edge of a razor. The grace of the guru is everything. No knowledge is possible without the Guru.” (Shyam 184).

To keep the mind focused on God one should repeat a mantra continuously. He said all mantras are good to do but Babaji preferred ‘Om Namah Shivay’. This means “I take refuge in God” or “I surrender to you Lord”.

Babaji said, “Om namah shivay is the great original mantra, it is one with the primal sound of the creation. The power of OM namaha Shivay is infinite, it is stronger then all the atomic bombs of the world.” (Caddy 145).

He wanted to bring his followers to the essential nature of the universe and it could not be reached without continuous awareness and dedication. His devotees have to be who they truly are, they have to reach beyond their limitations to experience themselves as one with all existence. He said they must stop the cycle of karma through selfless action and awareness focused one god.

Babaji spoke of karmic law saying, “Karma is an inevitable law of cause and effect by which all living beings reap the fruits of their actions and thoughts…The law of karma is above all things. Karma starts when movement starts in the mind. To stop karma, we must bring the mind to that state of silence and voidness beyond which god can be known…Otherwise, as long as a man breaths, he is creating karma. No one can remain without action, even for a minute. Therefore, learn how to dedicate your every action to the Lord.” (Shyam 234 – 236).

The devotee Sheila asked Babaji about why he struck a man. She said, “Baba you are the lord of forgiveness; why did you do this to that man? Why not forgive the man? You shouldn’t be so angry.” Babaji replied, “Forgiveness has gone to the Himalayas! I cannot forgive that. I am bound by laws… This is to be understood: there is nobody above the law! … The law is above everything: even I am not above the law.” (Shyam 169).

Part of this law is the law of karma. It is possible that due to past actions this man could have a great deal of karma that threatens his health or his life. By the firm hand of the guru this karma can be resolved.

This type of action by Babaji drew many questions from his devotees. One of Babaji’s closest devotees, asked about non-violence, Babaji said, “I want brave and courageous people. A man must have great courage… I want a creation of brave, fearless and courageous people. I want people with a strong revolutionary spirit who are willing to fight for the truth. I want to root out the present spirit of non-violence from the world; this emphasis on non-violence has brought an increase in atrocities and injustice in the world. I do not want a world in which the rights of human beings are trampled, as the world today. This practice of non-violence has led people into ignorance, instead of leading them into knowledge. Due to this kind of non-violence, man has been deprived of his rights and he is afraid of his own shadow. I want a creation of powerful people throughout the world.” (Shyam 219).

Babaji never defined exactly what he meant with the term non-violence but did emphasis the need for action, truth, courage and the dangers of laziness. Also this term could have been used to trigger a specific association in a particular devotee. Babaji frequently made statements about the need for revolution, justice and active strength. He often suggested that simply by allowing malignant violence to occur and not standing in opposition we ourselves participate in the injustice. Babaji wanted courageous and brave followers willing to advance humanity through selfless action, Karma Yoga focused on Gods endless love.

He called for a revolution which could move humanity in the direction of global peace and divine realization. Karma Yoga, selfless action, was the ultimate path toward realization in this age.  It required unshakable faith, strength and a steady mind focused always on God. Babaji says, “…you must keep your duty before you always. We must all have one purpose before us – to sacrifice ourselves for the sake of humanity. We must live for humanity and die for humanity. We must offer our loves for the welfare and security of society. This must be our aim our bhajan. This is our bhajan, our kirtan; this is our repetition of the name. We should always proceed with this in mind.” (Shyam).

Babaji also had predictions for the future which he would spoke of many times. His predictions are of a future world filled with destruction and warned all devotees to be prepared. He said, “Be strong in the time of great revolution which is coming. No one can stop the fire coming in the world now. The bells of great destruction are already ringing. The war will be such that people sleeping will die immediately in their houses from gas, atomic and nuclear radiations.” (Haidakhan Samaj 21). He made many statements about the coming fires and storms and the death of millions of peoples.

Haidakhan Babaji left his body on Valentine’s day Feburary 14th 1984. He stated, “This body is nothing; it is here only to serve people.” (Haidakhandi Samaj 1990 pg. 9). He went through months of incredible suffering before passing. He was taking on the karma of millions breathing in the suffering of the world and exhaling love and peace. His passing was accompanied by large storms and flooding in Haidakhan. At his cremation the full moon was surrounded by rings and light appearing to devotees like a jeweled net in the sky.

Babaji became the great love of hundreds of devotees and followers. He opened their heart moved them forward in their spiritual understanding and personal development. His ability to lift devotees to transcendent heights is a great gift to the world. Many of his followers are true embodiments of karma yoga and driven passion for serving others and bettering the world.

“Seek harmony in everything you do. I am harmony.”-Babaji (Caddy 144).

By Transpersonal Spirit

Bibliography:

Caddy, Renata. Encounters with Babaji Master of the Himalayas. Findhorn press. Germany. 2012.

Rdhe Shyam, I am harmony a book about Babaji.  The American Haidakhan Samaj. Crestone, Co. 1990, 2006.

Haidakhandi Samaj. The Teachings of Babaji. Haidakhandi Samaj Haidakhan Vishwamahadham. 1984, 2004.

Haidakhandi Samaj. The Teachings of Babaji. Haidakhan Samaj. Haidakhan Vishwamahadham. 1983, 1990.

The Haidakhandi Samaj (UK). http://ombabaji.org.uk/?page_id=4

Saints of India: Babaji

Saints of India

Babaji

Mahavatar Babaji and Haidakhan Babaji

Part One

Mahavatar Babaji

Babaji has manifest in various forms throughout history, sometimes in human form and other times appearing to people on the astral. Babaji is considered a highly spiritual entity whom exists in realms beyond the conscious experience of the people of earth. He transverses the dimensions of existence being held in material and subtle forms, a mystery even to those he appears to. Babaji’s followers believe he is a container for spiritual wisdom and one of the most revered and admired yogic masters in history. “The deathless Babaji is an avatara…In Hindu scriptures, avatara signifies the descent of Divinity into flesh. …avatars, like Babaji undertake work that is concerned more with the slow evolutionary progress of man during the centuries than with any one outstanding event in history.”(Yogananda 347).

Babaji is credited with preforming all manner of miracles such as, bringing the dead back to life, miraculous healing, telepathy, manifesting objects and incredible synchronicity that occurs to those who are in his presence. Babaji seems to be united with a spiritual life-force beyond description, a life force which is the essence of creation. Yogananda writes, “  ’Babaji’s spiritual state is beyond human comprehension,’ Sri Yuketswar explained to me. ‘The dwarfed vision of men cannot pierce to his transcendent star. One attempts in vain even to picture the avatar’s attainment. It is inconceivable.’ ” (Yogananda 345).

“the old” Haidakhan Babaji

Babaji has taken many forms in many time periods including with-in the last century and many stories have been spoken of Babaji in the distant past. “One such manifestation of Babaji recorded in a number of books and witnessed by many local people, was sometime in the year 1800. He is remembered by several people even today. At the time, Babaji traveled extensively in the Kumaon region, gathering around him several devotees and disciples… Seating Himself on the surface of the water at the confluence of the Rivers Kali and Gori, and disappearing in a ball of light, He dematerialized this form in 1922. This event too was witnessed by several devotees.” (Haidakhan Samaj UK).

Mahendra Baba AKA Mahendra Maharaji

Following his dematerialization, Babaji came to Mahendra Baba when he was the age of five. Mahendra Baba developed a relationship with Babaji who would appear to him.  He developed a following and made a small temple in Kathgaria and installed a murti of Babaji on February 24th 1957. The night before its installation thousands witnessed the materialization of Babaji from a great ball of light. Mahendra Baba became known as Mahendra Maharaji and preformed many miracles all of which he attributed to the influence of Babaji. He preached over and over that one day Babaji would come and change the world. Vishnu Dutt friend of Mahendra Baba became divinely inspired and began to write poems which at one point described the coming of Babaji with remarkable accuracy. In 1969 Mahendra Maharaji predicted that Babaji would come soon and even said that he would come in 1970 (in the 1950s he predicted 1968 or 1969). Mahendra Maharaji died in 1969.

Murtis of Haidakhan Babaji and Mahendra Maharaji

Babaji most recently appeared as Haidakhan Babaji in June 1970 until February 14th 1984. He came from a cave at the foot of Kumaon Mount Kailash. He had no family no home and appeared as a youth 18 to 20 years of age. Haidakhan Babaji demonstrated great wisdom, power and was recognized as a great embodiment of the lord Shiva.  Haidakhan Babaji said in his teachings to have appeared dating back to before the time of Christ. “Shri Babaji, in his recent incarnation, mentioned on a few occasions that he was the teacher of Jesus Christ during his years between twelve and thirty…He also initiated Shri Shankara and the poet Kabir into yogic practices. He told others He lived in Tibet as the Buddhist saint Milarepa in the 11th and 12th centuries AD.” (Shyam 25). “Several Tibetan lamas, who came to visit Him, recognized Him as Lama Baba who had lived in Tibet centuries ago. There are tales of his appearances in Nepal also.” (Haidakhan Samaj UK).

Haidakhan Babaji

Yogananda founded the Self Realization Fellowship which published Autobiography of a Yogi and continues the teachings of Yogananda. The SRF believes that Mahavatar Babaji and Haidakhan Babaji are not the same being, other disagree and say the two are one and the same. Haidakhan Babaji, “stated that He was the Shiva Mahavatar Babaji, referred to in the book Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda.” (The Haidakhan Samaji UK). There is no way to know with certainty and a dense fog of mystery surrounds all aspects of Babaji. In this article I will introduce both Mahavatar Babaji in part one and Haidakhan Babaji in part two and reference both in disclosing historical information.

Mahavatar Babaji was described most extensively in the Autobiography of a Yogi written by Paramahansa Yogananda which was published in 1946. The teachings of Mahavatar Babaji are presented by Yogananda as being the most important teachings received by his gurus. Yogananda speaks about Mahavatar Babaji as a non-physical being that appears at will to deliver teachings and initiations. Lahiri Mahasaya was visited by Mahavatar Babaji in 1861.  Lahiri Mahasaya’s student Sri Yukteswar was visited by Mahavatar Babaji in 1863.  There are books written in India which speak of Mahavatar Babaji appearing.  Sri Yuketswar, Mahendra Baba and Vishnu Dutt wrote numerous books and poems based on the teachings of Mahavatar Babaji in the 19th and 20th centuries, some commissioned by Babaji himself.

Lahiri Mahasaya tells Yogananda of the promise Mahavatar Babaji made to stay embodied for all human existence in the presence of Lahiri Mahasaya and Ram Gopal. The story goes as follows:

Babaji appears in spectacular form near the Ganges as a whirling light in the sky which comes to terrestrial earth. Mahavatar Babaji emerges from the light and says, “Blessed sister, I am intending to shed my form and plunge into the Infinite Current.”

Mataji begs Babaji not to, “ever relinquish your form.”

“Be it so,’ Babaji said solemnly. ‘I shall never leave my physical body. It will always remain visible to at least a small number of people on this Earth.” (Yogananda 352).

Later Ram Gopal who witnessed the event said, “Babaji has been chosen by God to remain in his body for the duration of this particular world cycle. Ages will come and go – still the deathless master, beholding the drama of the centuries, shall be present on the terrestrial stage.”  (Yogananda 353)

Mahavatar Babaji had the power to bring people back from death into life displaying his ability to alter reality in inexplicable ways. Lahiri Mahasaya was witness to one such event recounted in Autobiography of a Yogi. A man climbed to a secret meeting on a inaccessible ledge deep inside the Himalayas. The man addressed Babaji saying, “Sir you must be the great Babaji!’ The man’s face was lit with inexpressible reverence. ‘For months I have pursued a ceaseless search for you among these forbidding crags. I implore you to accept me as a disciple.”

“When the great guru made no response, the man pointed to the rock-lined chasm below the ledge. ‘If you refuse me, I will jump from this mountain. Life has no further value if I cannot win your guidance to the Divine.’”

“Jump then,’ Babaji said unemotionally. ‘I cannot accept you in your present state of development.”

“The man immediately hurled himself over the cliff. Babaji instructed the shocked disciples to fetch the stranger’s body. After they had returned with the mangled form, the master placed his hand on the dead man. Lo! He opened his eyes and prostrated himself humbly before the omnipotent guru.”

“You are now ready for discipleship.’ Babaji beamed lovingly on his resurrected chela. ‘You have courageously passed a difficult test. Death shall not touch you again; now you are one of our immortal flock.’ Then he spoke his usual words of departure, ‘Dera danda uthao’; the whole group vanished from the mountain.” (Yogananda 349-350).

Lahiri Mahasaya’s first encounter with Babaji reveals wisdom about the nature of the universe and shows the unimaginable powers of Mahavatar Babaji.  Lahiri Mahasaya was working in autumn of 1961 when he heard a voice calling out to his from the forest. He ran to find the voice which was mysteriously calling. He came to a cliff side area with numerous caves. He ascended toward the voice when a man appeared on the ledge next to a cave and said, “Lahiri you have come! The magnificent palace will be the scene of your initiation tonight into Kriya Yoga. All your brothers here join in a paean of welcome, rejoicing at the end of your exile. Behold!” The simple cave instantly turned into a palace of unimaginable beauty.

“Before us stood a vast palace of dazzling gold…Towering archways were intricately inlaid with great diamonds, sapphires, and emeralds… I followed my companion into a spacious reception hall. The odors of incense and roses wafted through the air, dim lamps shed a multi-colored glow. Small groups of devotees, some fair, some dark-skinned, chanted softly or sat silently in the meditative posture, immersed in inner peace. A vibrant joy pervaded the atmosphere.”

“Feast your eyes; enjoy the artistic splendors of this palace; for it has been brought into being solely in your honor, my guide remarked, smiling sympathetically as I exclaimed in wonder.”

Templo Sacrosanto By Pablo Amaringo

“Brother,’ I said, ‘the beauty if this structure surpasses the bounds of human imagination. Please explain to me the mystery is its origin.”

“’I will gladly enlighten you.’ My companion’s dark eyes sparkled with wisdom. ‘There is nothing inexplicable about this materialization. The whole cosmos is a projected thought of the Creator. The heavy clod of Earth, floating in space, is a dream of God’s. He made all things out of His mind, even as man in his dream consciousness reproduces and vivifies a creation with its creature.”

“The lord first formed the earth as an idea and then matter came into being. He coordinated earth atoms into a solid sphere. All its molecules are held together by the will of God. When He withdraws His will, all earth atoms will be transformed into energy. Atomic energy will return to its source: Consciousness. The earth idea will disappear from objectivity.”

“The substance of a dream is held in materialization by the subconscious thought of the dreamer… A man closes his eyes and erects a dream creation, which, on awakening, he effortlessly dematerializes. Similarly, when he awakens in cosmic consciousness, he effortlessly dematerializes the illusion of a cosmic-dream universe.”

“In tune with the infinite all-accomplishing Will, Babaji is able to command elemental atoms to combine and manifest themselves in any form. This golden palace instantaneously brought into being, is real – in the same sense that the earth is real.”

“Whoever realizes himself as a son of God, even as Babaji has done, can reach any goal by the infinite powers hidden within him. A common stone secretly contains stupendous atomic energies; even so, the lowliest mortal is a powerhouse of divinity…”

“We entered an immense hall. In the corner stood a golden throne, encrusted with jewels that shed a dazzling medley of colors. There, in lotus posture, sat the supreme Babaji. I knelt on the shining floor at his feet.”

“Lahiri, are you still feasting on your dreams desires for a golden palace? My guru’s eyes were twinkling like his own sapphires. Wake! All your earthly thirsts are about to be quenched forever. He murmured some mystic words of blessings. My son arise. Receive your initiation into the kingdom of God through Kriya Yoga.”

“Babaji stretched out his hand; a homa (sacrificial) fire appeared, surrounded by fruits and flowers. I received the liberating technique before this flaming altar.”

Lahiri was instructed to close his eyes and upon opening them the palace had vanished and he was in the cave with the Babaji devotees. Then Babaji materialized food for everyone present.

“Few mortals know that the kingdom of God includes the kingdom of mundane fulfillments, Babaji observed. The divine realm extends to the earthly; but the latter, illusory in nature, does not contain the essence of Reality.”

“…My divine guru approached and passed his hand over my head. I entered nirbikalpa Samadhi state, remaining unbrokenly in bliss for seven days…I penetrated the deathless realms of Reality. All delusive limitations dropped away; my soul was fully established on the altar of the Cosmic Spirit.” (Yogananda 357-365).

Sri Yuketswar

This initiation experience marked the reintroduction of the forgotten Kriya Yoga to humankind. Sri Yukeswar, the student of Lahiri Mahasaya, also had an encounter with Mahavatar Babaji and received the Kriya Yoga initiation. Sri Yuteswar met Babaji at Kumbha Mela under a tree. The sannyasin, who is later reveal to be Babaji, said to Sri Yuketswar.

“Welcome Swamiji, ‘he said affectionately.”

“Sir,’ I replied emphatically, ‘I am not a swami.”

“Those on whom I am divinely directed to bestow the title of swami never cast it off.’ The saint addressed me simply, but deep conviction of truth rang in his words; I was instantly engulfed in a wave of spiritual blessing.” (Yogananda 388).

“I saw that you are interested in the West, as well as in the East.’ Babaji’s face beamed with approval.’ I felt the pangs of your heart, broad enough for all men. That is why I summoned you here.”

“East and West must establish a golden middle path of activity and spirituality combined, ‘he continued. ‘India has much to learn from the West in material development; in return, India can teach the universal methods by which the West will be able to base its religious beliefs on the unshakable foundations of yogic science.” (Yogananda 389).

Babaji gives a prediction that Yuketswar will have a devotee that will spread the spiritual message of India to the west; this devotee was Paramahansa Yogananda. Babaji requested that Sri Yuketswar write a, “…short book on the underlying harmony between Christian and Hindu scriptures,” (Yogananda 390). This book was written and called “The Holy Science”. Later Yogananda spread the teachings of his gurus to America selling millions of copies of Autobiography of a Yogi completing his mission assigned by Mahavatar Babaji and Sri Yuketswar.

“The ancient sage Patanjali, foremost exponent of yoga, who wrote: “Kriya yoga consists of body discipline, mental control and meditation on Aum.” (Yogananda 277). “Kriya Yoga is twice referred to by Lord Krishna, India’s greatest prophet, in the Bhagavad Gita. One stanza reads: “offering the inhaling breath into the exhaling breath and offering the exhaling breath into the inhaling breath, the yogi neutralizes both breaths; thus he releases prana from the heart and brings life force under his control.” Another stanza states: “That meditation-expert (muni) becomes eternally free who seeking the Supreme Goal, is able to withdraw from the external phenomena by fixing his gaze within the mid-spot of the eyebrows and by neutralizing the even currents of prana and apana [that flow] within the nostrils and lungs; and to control his sensory mind and intellect; and to banish desire, fear and anger.”(Yogananda 279). The practice of these techniques leads to deep peace and a rejuvenating feeling and should not feel forced or strenuous in anyway.

Mahavatar Babaji revealed the nature of the universe to be the thought of God held together by will and initiated Kriya Yoga, the control of life force in order to unite with the Divine reality. He spoke of the necessity of combining the wisdom of the East and West and of having our hearts open to all existences and all peoples.  Mahavatar Babaji is said to be embodied in all times to help humanity. He is the deathless yoga master who guides humankind by giving the best techniques for spiritual realization in any given age. Mahavatar Babaji revived the ancient science of Kriya Yoga in the 19th century, however, Haidakhan Babaji appeared in the 20th century and taught Karma Yoga (conscious work), Japa Yoga (repeating holy phrases) and Truth, Simplicity and Love. The teachings and stories of Haidakhan Babaji will be covered in Part Two.

Haidakhan Babaji

By: Transpersonal Spirit

Bibliography:

Paramahansa Yogananda. Autobiography of a Yogi. Self Realization Fellowship. 1946, 1974, 2005.

Rdhe Shyam, I am harmony a book about Babaji.  The American Haidakhan Samaj. Crestone, Co. 1990, 2006.

Haidakhandi Samaj. The Teachings of Babaji. Haidakhandi Samaj Haidakhan Vishwamahadham. 1984, 2004.

Haidakhandi Samaj. The Teachings of Babaji. Haidakhan Samaj. Haidakhan Vishwamahadham. 1983, 1990.

The Haidakhandi Samaj (UK). http://ombabaji.org.uk/?page_id=4

Neem Karoli Baba’s Teachings to America

Neem Karoli Baba

Yogic Masters and Saints of India

Neem Karoli Baba’s Teachings to America

                The transmission of wisdom from the East to the West began around 1900 and has continued to this day. The last article showed a fraction of the timeless wisdom of Yogananda and the message he brought across the oceans in the first half of the 20th century.  Yogananda wrote prolifically having many bestselling books which introduced Americans to a universal approach of direct experience to the divine, teaching the science of yoga and the teachings of Christ. He preached a message that god is universal and can be seen through many lenses and traditions.

Later in the 1960’s Americans were seeking out spiritual nourishment by traveling to India and seeking Gurus.  This trend was most publicized with the journey of the Beatles to Rishikesh in February of 1968 to attend Transcendental Meditation classes with Mararishi Mahesh Yogi. The Beatles were not the first Westerners to seek spiritual India in the mid-twentieth century. Bhagavan Das (Kermit Michael Riggs) pioneered a new path through Asia and eventually studied with the great saint Neem Karoli Baba as well as going into Nepal to study with numerous Buddhist Rinpoches. Later Richard Alpert (Ram Dass) met Bhagavan Das who then introduce him to Neem Karoli Baba. Neem Karoli Baba changed Richard Alpert’s name to Ram Dass by which he is known up to the current date. Ram Das became a widely respected teacher of spiritualism. His teachings are based on psychology, Bhakti Yoga (devotional Yoga) and his experience with Neem Karoli Baba.

Bhagavan Das

Neem Karoli Baba was referred to as Maharaji,. He was a god realized being who seemed to defy the laws of physics and exuded an air of peace, love and bliss. There is no record of Maharaji’s birth. He appeared in 1955 and he died on September, 11, 1973. He never wrote anything and thus the knowledge of his teachings is told through the voice of his devotees. He was a huge man with a mostly bald head. He had long and incredibly strong arms. He had a deep hunch in his shoulders and was always repeating ram inwardly or outward. He is said to be one of the most loving, generous and compassionate beings. He owned nothing and gave everything away. He was supported by his followers and offered advice, blessings and teachings to all who came for free. Maharaji is said to be the reincarnation of Hanuman a Hindu Deity who is depicted in the form of a monkey. Hanuaman and Neem Karoli Baba both have an unwavering devotion to the divine. In Buddhist terms Neem Karoli Baba was a boddhisatva, a being who came to help humanity.

Hanuman

Before Ram Dass became a devotee of Neem Karoli, he was a psychedelic and personality researcher in the psychology department at Harvard. He was fired from Harvard because of the controversy caused by Timothy Leary and his promotion of LSD. Ram Dass went off to India to find a form of true spiritualism and to introduce spiritualists to LSD while recording their response and experience. He was directed to Bhagavan Das, an American,who had become a sadu or renunciate. Bhagavan Das had nearly no possessions at the time and was focused on his inner journey when a giant Land Rover with stressed American elitists arrived with copious amounts of acid. Ram Dass was at first in love with Bhagavan Das with his loin cloth, dreadlocks and spiritual life. Eventually Bhagavan Das brought Ram Dass unwillingly to kneel before Neem Karoli Baba’s feet. Ram Dass had had a dream the night before that his recently deceased mother spoke to him. Ram Dass was silently grieving and had not told anyone about his Mother. Neem Karoli Baba then commented on both the dream and the cause of his Mother’s death. Ram Dass was overwhelmed with emotion and openly wept. He then made the decision to become a devotee of Neem Karoli Baba.

Ram Dass 1968

Bhagavan Das and Ram Dass were often sent out during that time for isolated meditations, their lives were completely changed by their experience.  The closest devotees of Maharaji were not Americans; however, the story of Maharaji and his teachings were communicated through the American students into western consciousness. The rest of the essay will focus on what these two American disciples had to say about Neem Karoli Baba and what Maharaji said. They provide the most extensive record available to the West about this great saint.

Ram Dass By: Martina Hoffman

Ram Dass in a Lecture at Naropa in 1974 recited an exchange with a local man and Neem Karoli Baba, in which Neem Karoli Baba describes how one can know if a teacher is their Sat (true) Guru.

“How do I know if a person is my guru?” A man asked Maharaji.

”Do you feel he can fulfill you in every way spiritually? Do you feel he can free you from all desires and attachments? Do you feel he can lead you to final liberation? When you feel all these things perhaps then you have found your guru.”  (Ram Dass 1974)

Neem Karoli Baba would remind his disciples constantly to share the message that gurus do not have to be experienced physically. He stressed that there are many astral beings available to guide us. He says:

“The guru is not external it is not necessary to meet your guru on the physical plane.” (Ram Dass 1974)

Neem Karoli Baba was asked what is in the heart of a saint? He responded lovingly:

“The saint’s heart melts like butter, no, it melts even more than butter. Butter only melts when it’s near heat itself. The saint’s heart melts when anyone else comes near the heat.” (Ram Das 1974)

Neem Karoli Baba

Bhagavan Das wrote a spiritual memoir entitled, It’s Here Now (Are You?): A Spiritual Memoir. He tells us about his first impressions with Neem Karoli Baba:

“Neem Karoli Baba had opened my heart. All I wanted to do was be with Maharaji, my guru. And Maharaji seemed delighted to see me. I was so happy to be near his body. He had the most beautiful fragrance you’ve ever smelled. It was like the top of a newborn baby’s head. It took me out of my senses.” Pg. 50

Bhagavan Das is expressing the deep devotion and love which was always present around his Guru. All the devotees express incredible love for their Guru and delighted in his presence. Neem Karoli Baba is said to have an energetic field around him which creates bliss and love. He guides all who come to him through their journey in life. Often students like Ram Dass make a dramatic transformation from an elitist intellectual to a man of god in spiritual love and surrender. Many of the devotees gladly do whatever they are told to do because it always leads to realization about some aspect of themselves and brings them closer to god.

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People would bring gifts for Neem Karoli Baba or ask what they can give him in thanks.  He would respond:

“I don’t want anything. I exist only to serve others.” (Ram Dass 1974)

Dada, Neem Karoli Baba’s closest disciple says. “The only thing we can offer him (Maharaji) is the purity of your singing to god.” (Ram Dass 1974)

Neem Karoli Baba could find one’s personal issues and blocks obscuring realization and expose them. Once exposed the walls that separate us from universal love crumbles, often to the shock of the disciple. He encouraged one to let go of their attachments. He would say, “Attachment is the strongest block to realization.” (Ram Dass 1974) He also encouraged peace and the end of anger. He once said, “If you polish the mirror free of anger you will see god” and “You should not disturb anyone’s heart even if a person hurts you, give him love.” He encouraged his disciples to feel liberated cautioning, “Do what you do but never put anybody out of your heart.” He wanted everyone to understand that the other person or object is truly themselves. “If you cannot love each other you cannot achieve your goal.”(Ram Dass 1974) Fear is a major wall that divides us from others and from our highest self. Neem Karoli Baba when asked about fear said:

“How do you turn fear into love?”

“If you trust in Christ you don’t have fear.”

“What if you fear god more then you love him?”

“Fear of god is just another kind of love. The more you love god the more you fear him. You have to develop faith and love in Christ.” (Ram Dass 1974)

Many people would come to Neem Karoli Baba with terrible illness, grief and suffering begging him to tell them why they suffer. Suffering is a major theme in religions around the world. Suffering is a great fear for many and a sharp reality for others. There seems to be no way to avoid suffering in life. Neem Karoli Baba was asked, what he thought of suffering. He said:

“I just love suffering. It brings me so close to god. You get knowledge from suffering. You are alone with god when you are sick in the cremation ground or in the hospital. You call on god when you suffer.” (Ram Dass 1974)

Bhagavan Das expresses how he felt about his experience of being challenged to grow in this way. He allowed nearly all of his material possessions and some personality attachments to disappear and his worldview was dramatically transformed. He says:

“Maharaji was the physical body of the vast inner reality, the Atman. He read my mind like an open book to remind me that I was no more separate and independent than the fingers of a hand. He’d tell me my innermost secrets, and I’d be astonished and a little afraid. The reality of who we all are, and of what Maharaji was, can really scare the ego if it’s invested in its own universe. The whole cosmos around us collapses like a house of cards when the Guru huffs and puffs and blows it down. The guru is the big bad wolf. He’s come to eat us. If you’re not willing to offer him the pudding of your being, it can be scary. You need to give your whole self to him, inside and out. Only through surrender can you come to understand the power of atman.” Pg. 96 – 97.

The message of universal love was the central core of all his teachings and actions. The universal love is the gateway into the realization of the divine. Through surrendering our lives to the service of others and focusing on god, we become loving and blissful. This message is similar to the message of Christ and like Yogananda, Neem Karoli Baba would speak about Chirst. He agrees with Yogananda that Jesus came to Earth as a god realized being, a Boddhisatva, to help humanity. Neem Karoli Baba would say many things about Christ to illustrate his own teachings.

“No one believes in Christ, but I do. You must accept the teachings of Christ and follow them. Christ said to be like a little child, never speak or think anything that can hurt anyone.” (Ram Dass 1974)

A man asked Neem Karoli Baba, “How did Christ mediate?”

Neem Karoli said:

“He lost himself in love. He was one with all beings and had great love for all in the world. He was crucified so his spirit could spread throughout the world.  He was one with god. He sacrificed his body for the dharma. He never died. He never died, he is atman living in the hearts of all.”

Cosmic Christ By: Alex Grey

Neem Karoli Baba seemed to have the power to change the course of events and to transcend the conventional limits of what is thought possible. He could perform miracles. There are many stories of psychic powers like telepathy, mind reading, being in two places at once, transforming his image, growing and shrinking in size, materialization of objects, miraculous healings and more.  Bhagavan Das recalled his experience with his teacher and his unique powers in his memoir.

“Maharaji performed a miracle a minute. Food, money, a trip to the hospital – whatever the people needed was taken care of.  One time I brought Maharaji eight apples. He put them under his blanket, and he had no other apples. Then he started giving out the apples, and I counted as he did: one, two, three… thirteen … forty-eight. I carefully counted. From the eight that I gave him he had created forty-eight apples.

Another time, a man came to see Maharaji because he had only one rupee. The man said, “Maharaji, this one-note rupee is all I have – I need more.”

‘Give me your rupee,’ said Maharaji. He took the man’s rupee and put it in the fire of his coking stove.

‘What are you doing? That’s all I had!’ screamed the man.

Maharaji took a pair of tongs, and I watched him pull numerous one-hundred note rupees out of the fire and give them to the man.”  Pg.91

Neem Karoli Baba says, “All the money in the world is mine.” (Ram Dass 1974)

“Maharaji hid his miracle attainment – that was his illusion. But the miracles were so common that it got to the point where I hardly paid attention to them anymore. It was so matter-of-fact. They were the background of reality. Whenever questioned about them, he would answer, “I did nothing. God did it.” (Pg. 97 Bhagavan Das) or “The whole universe is mine. I have no powers. I do nothing. God does everything.”(Ram Dass 1974)

The miracles were not for show but were used as tools to show the illusion of the reality we have constructed in our minds. The goal was simply to love god and to realize that we are all god. We are all one.  Through devotional love and surrender to their Guru, the disciple receives deep insight into the nature of the ultimate reality. His followers were urged to follow the creed, “Serve others, feed people. All is one.” He stressed repeatedly, “Don’t have evil thoughts of others. You can’t realize god if you see differences. Learn to see the love with-in.”

“What is the best service you can do?” a man asked. “The best service you can do is keeping your mind on god. Keep God in your heart like you keep money in a safe.” (Ram Dass 1974)

Or he’d say:

“Serve the poor.

Who is poor? A man asked Maharaji.

Everyone is poor before Christ.” (Ram Dass 1974)

In the series “Love Devotion and the Ultimate Surrender” (1974) Ram Dass gives some inspiring quotes from Neem Karoli Baba. Expressing his teacher’s universal spirituality, Ram Das recalls the answer to a question about what deity is best to worship. Neem Karoli Baba Responds:

“You must honor Shiva through love. Ram and Shiva are the same. Ram worshiped Shiva; Shiva worshiped Ram. It’s all one.”  Or he’d say, “God is everybody.” (Ram Das 1974)

Neem Karoli Baba Ashram, Taos New Mexico, USA

Neem Karoli Baba was Hanuman embodied. He loved all around him and was continuously repeating the name of god, “Ram, Ram, Ram.” He told his disciples to serve others and to follow the teachings of Christ. He brought out deep spiritual realization through giving love and demonstrating the illusion of our own perspective through mind blowing miracles. He emphasized to his students that the guru is with-in and there is no need to meet a guru externally. He can send messages beyond space-time to help or teach devotees, including changing the physical circumstances of one’s life through incredible synchronicity.

Neem Karoli was a god realized being, a bodhisattva, who returned to Earth to share love with all mankind and to liberate those who became his devotees. He did not offer writings, religion or a systematic approach but instead focused on universal truths such as service to others, sharing love with all, recognizing that all is one in the cosmos and keeping the mind focused on God. Though his body has since passed away from Earth, the presence of his love is all-pervading and his teachings continue to change lives through his devotees and his astral presence. Neem Karoli Baba’s most common words were, “Love everyone, serve everyone.” and “All is one.”

Unfinished Under-Painting By: Maura Holden

By Transpersonal Spirit

Bibliography:

Bhagavan Das. It’s here now are you? A Spiritual Memoir.  Broadway books New York. 1997.

Paramahansa Yogananda. Autobiography of a Yogi. Self Realization Fellowship. 1946, 1974, 2005.

Dass, Ram. Love service Devotion and the Ultimate Surrender. Audio recordings from Naropa University Boulder, CO 1974. Sounds True. Boulder Co.

Dass, Ram. A spiritual Journey. An Audio Renaissance audiobook. New York, NY. 1989, 1990.

Dass, Ram. Be Here Now, Remember. San Cristobal: Lama Foundation, 1978.

Das, Rameshwar. Be Love Now. London: Rider, 2011

Dass, Ram. Miracle of love: stories about Neem Karoli Bab a. New York: Dutton, 1979.

Traveler’s Moon (Detail) By: Maura Hoffman

Paramahansa Yogananda Teaches Science of Yoga and Cosmology to the West

Paramahansa Yogananda

Yogic Masters and Saints of India

Paramahansa Yogananda Teaches Science of Yoga and Cosmology to the West

                The saints, gurus and yogic masters of India are living examples of the highest attainment in the quest for union with the infinite. These beings are always loving, charitable and have a constant focus on the infinite truth. They either attract followers or retreat for extended periods of time in the caves of the Himalayas to practice the science of spiritual liberation through a variety of yogic practices foremost among them is meditation.  During these extended mountain retreats some of these beings survive with little to no water or food. These spiritual masters seem to have transcended the laws of the material western worldview.   Starting around 1900 the spiritual teachings of India began to enter the Western consciousness. The most noted yogi to spread the ancient science of yoga to the West in the 20th century was Paramahansa Yogananda.  Yogananda was trained in a yogic science transmitted through a succession of spiritual masters starting with the Mahavatar Babji, Lahiri Mahasaya, and Sri Yukteswar Giri.

Mahavatar Babaji

Mahavatar Babaji is called the Mahavatar because he is a being of very high spiritual realization that has transcended space-time and comes to earth to aid humanity in spiritual evolution. He appears to teach the best yogic methods of realization for that particular age. He taught Lahiri Mahasaya Kriya Yoga and later in the mid-20th century taught the science of Karma Yoga (work yoga) and mantra japa (repeating holy names) especially, the mantra ‘Om Namaha Shivaya’. Mahavatar Babji above all always emphasized that spiritual liberation is universal and all religions, all beings are one unified in the holy light of god.

Mahavatar Babji can manipulate reality at will. It is as though through spiritual practices he attained the powers attributed to gods in mythology.  Often these highly realized beings are reincarnations of deities in the Hindu pantheon. Babaji is the god Shiva in a material form appearing on Earth to teach spiritual sciences to humanity. “The law of miracles is operable by any man who has realized that the essence of creation is light. A master is able to employ his divine knowledge of light phenomena to project instantly into perceptible manifestation the ubiquitous light atom. The actual form of the projection (whatever it be; a tree, a medicine, a human body) is determined by the yogi’s wish and by his power of will and of visualization. “(Autobiography of a Yogi Pg. 316)

Mahavatar Babaji

Lahiri Mahasaya during his initiation into Kriya Yoga was told by Babaji that one day he would teach a student who would spread the science of god realization to America. When Lahiri Mahasaya was initiated Babji said, “East and West must establish a golden middle path of activity and spirituality combined. India has much to learn from the West in material development; in return, India can teach the universal methods by which the West will be able to base its religious beliefs on the unshakable foundations of yogic science. You Swamiji, have a part to play in the coming harmonious exchange between orient and occident. Some years hence I shall send you a disciple whom you can train for yoga dissemination in the West. The vibrations there of many people spiritually seeking souls come flood like to me. I perceive potential saints in America and Europe, waiting to be awakened.” (Autobiography of a Yogi pg. 390)

Paramahansa Yogananda was the disciple who disseminated the teachings of Babji, Lahiri Mahasaya and Sri Yukteswar to the West. Yogananda was drawn to spiritualism at a young age and sought out many teachers in his journey. He met Yogis such as the perfume yogi who “can give the natural perfume of any flower to a scentless one, or revive a wilted blossom, or make a person’s skin exude delightful fragrance.” (Autobiography of a Yogi Pg. 54).  Also, he met the Tiger Swami who can fight tigers with his bare hands, and the levitating saint who can levitate off the ground. This strange and seemingly impossible phenomenon is present around many yogis of great devotion, but these powers are not the goal of yoga and many beings get sidetracked from truth by becoming attached to powers. None of these yogis were Yogananda’s sat guru or true spiritual teacher. Later Yogananda met Lahiri Mahasaya,  a man of true realization and followed Him and his student Sri Yukteswar from then on.

Lahiri Mahasaya

Paramahansa Yogananda traveled to America on a ship in 1908 and first spoke in Boston, delivering his address in English on the science of religion. Following this event he was invited to speak at several events and developed American followers and financiers.  Between the 1920s and 1930s his courses were attended by tens of thousands of Americans and he was able to start the Self-Realization Fellowship. The Self Realization Fellowship was a non-profit which published and distributed the legacy of Yogananda and served as an educational center for yogic science.  The Self-Realization Fellowship Published Autobiography of a Yogi in 1946 and has since sold over 4 million copies and been published in 27 languages.  This book tells the story of Paramahansa Yogananda’s life and reveals the teaching of yogic science through his teachers.

When it was released there was outrage among many in the American public because the stories told in the Autobiography were considered fraudulent.   This response is completely understandable because the world of spiritual realization is varied and defines the laws of western imagination about what is possible in the material world. Many other people became highly interested in yogic science and became lifelong practitioners.

Yogananda taught that one should always have their mind fixed on god, Christ and gurus. By keeping our concentration on god we become closer to god. The primary method he used was meditation, bringing our attention inward through non attachment, devotion, and control of life force.  He presented an exotic view of reality which included psychic powers, union with god, astral universes, and a universal field of consciousness. By moving ourselves beyond our desires, thoughts and sensations we can reach our true identity.  These techniques were all a part of the Kriya Yoga. Yogananda describes Kriya Yoga in Autobiography of a Yogi on page 281:

“The voluntary yogi performs a simple, natural process consciously, not unconsciously like the slow paced sleeper. The Kriya Yogi uses his technique to saturate and feed all his physical cells with un-decayable light and thus keep them in a spiritually magnetized condition. He scientifically makes breathing unnecessary, and does not enter (during his hours of practice) the negative states of sleep, unconsciousness or death. In men under maya or natural law, the flow of life energy is toward the outside world; the currents are wasted and abused in the senses. The practice of Kriya reverses the flow; life force is mentally guided to the inner cosmos and becomes reunited with subtle spinal energies. By such reinforcement of life force, the yogi’s body and brain cells are renewed by a spiritual elixir.”

“Yogananda based many of his teachings on “the yoga system of Patanjali” known as the Eightfold Path. The first steps are (1) Yama (moral conduct), and (2) Niyama (religious observances). Yama is fulfilled by non-injury to others, truthfulness, non-stealing, continence, and non-covetousness. The niyama prescripts are purity of body and mind, contentment in all circumstances, self-discipline, self-study (contemplation), and devotion to God and guru.”

“The next steps are (3) Asana (right posture); the spinal column must be held straight, and the body firm in a comfortable position for meditation; (4) Pranayama (control of prana, subtle life currents); and (5) Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses from external objects).”

“The last steps are forms of yoga proper: (6) Dharana (concentration), holding the mind to one thought; (7) Dhyana (meditation); and (8) Samadhi (super-conscious experience). The Eightfold Path of Yoga leads to the final goal of Kaivalya (Absoluteness), in which the yogi realizes the Truth beyond all intellectual apprehension.”(Autobiography of a Yogi Pg. 262, 263)

sri yukeswar

This Kriya Yoga technique could even led one beyond death and reincarnation in this material form. Sri Yukteswar Giri died seated in lotus position and for many weeks afterward his body remained filled with vitality although he was rigid and was deceased.  Sri Yukteswar Giri reincarnated in a high astral planet and would appear before Yogananda when he was in deep meditation. Sri Yukteswar Giri revealed the nature of the realm beyond material reincarnation and explains the cosmology of the soul evolution. The master outlines the basic principles of karma, desire and the physical, astral and causal worlds.  Sri Yukteswar’s words from this particular encounter were recounted in the chapter from Autobiography of a Yogi entitled, “The resurrection of Sri Yukteswar.” Below is a collage of the ideas expressed in that chapter. (Pg. 476-496)

“The fleshy body is made of the fixed, objectified dreams of the creator. The dualities are ever present on Earth. Human beings find limitation and resistance in the three dimensional matter. When he (the human being) is sensuously intent on tasting, smelling, touching listening, or seeing, he is working principally through his physical body. A man identifies himself about sixteen hours daily with his physical vehicle. Then he sleeps; if he dreams, he remains in his astral body, effortlessly creating any object even as do astral beings. If man’s sleep be deep and dreamless, for several hours he is able to transfer his consciousness, or sense of I-ness, to the causal body; such sleep is revivifying. A dreamer is contacting his astral and not his causal body; his sleep is not fully refreshing. Visualizing or willing, he is working mainly through his astral body. His causal being finds expression when man is thinking or diving deep in meditation. Genius comes to the man who habitually contacts his causal body.”

“When man’s desire to live is severely shaken by disease or other causes, death arrives; the heavy overcoat of the flesh is temporarily shed. At physical death a being loses his consciousness of flesh and becomes aware of this subtle body in the astral world. The Earth liberated astral being meets a multitude of relatives, fathers, mothers, wives, husbands and friends, acquired during different incarnations on Earth.  The physical karma or desires of man must be completely worked out before his continued stay in the astral worlds becomes possible. After each loss of his body, however, an undeveloped being from the earth remains for the most part in the deep stupor of the death-sleep and is hardly conscious of the beautiful astral sphere. After astral rest, such a man returns to the material plane for further lessons, gradually accustoming himself, through repeated journeys, to the worlds of subtle astral texture. Normal or long established residents of the astral universe, on the other hand, are those who, freed forever from all material longings, need return no more to the gross vibrations of earth. Such beings have only astral and causal karma to work out.  The soul, however, remains encased in the astral and causal bodies. The cohesive force by which all three bodies are held together is desire. The power of unfulfilled desires is the root of all man’s slavery.”

“Experiencing his astral death in due time, a being passes from the consciousness of astral birth and death to that of physical birth and death. These recurrent cycles of astral and physical encasement are the ineluctable destiny of all unenlightened beings. So long as the soul of man is encased in one, two or three body containers (physical, astral and causal bodies) sealed tightly with the cork of ignorance and desires, he cannot merge with the sea of spirit. When desirelessness is attained through wisdom, its power disintegrates the two remaining vessels. The tiny human soul emerges, free at last; it is one with measureless amplitude.””

Swami Sri Yukteswar

“Communication among the astral inhabitants is held entirely by astral telepathy and television; there is none of the confusion and misunderstandings of the written and spoken word which earth dwellers must endure. Luminous ray like vegetables abound in the astral soils. The astral beings consume vegetables, and drink nectar flowing from glorious brooks and rivers. From the wildest fancy of these beings, whole gardens of fragrant flowers are materialized, returning later to the etheric invisibility. Inhabitances in all parts of the astral world are still subject to mental agonies. Astral desires center on enjoyment in terms of vibration. Astral beings enjoy the ethereal music of the spheres and are enchanted by the sight of all creation. Still higher is the existence of almost completely liberated souls in the causal world, who eat nothing save the manna of bliss.”

“The nearly free beings that are encased only in the causal body see the whole universe as realizations of the dream ideas of God; they can materialize anything and everything in sheer thought. Causal beings therefore consider the enjoyment of physical sensations or astral delights as gross and suffocation to the soul’s fine sensibilities. Causal desires are fulfilled by perception only. Because the world is dream texture, the soul thinly clothes in the causal has vast realizations of power. Both death and rebirth in the causal world are in thought. Causal bodied beings feast only on the ambrosia of eternally new knowledge. They drink from the springs of peace, roam on the trackless soil of perceptions, swim in the ocean endlessness of bliss.”

“Many beings remain for thousands of years in the causal cosmos. By deeper ecstasies the freed soul then withdraws itself from the little causal body and puts on the vastness of the causal cosmos. All separate eddies melt into the ever joyous sea of bliss. When a soul is out of the cocoon of the three bodies it escapes forever from the law of relativity and becomes the ineffable ever existent. Behold the butterfly of omnipresence, its wings etched with stars and moons and suns!”

“When a soul finally gets out of the three jars of bodily delusions it becomes one with the Infinite without any loss of individuality. Christ had won this final freedom before he was born as Jesus. The undeveloped man must undergo countless earthly and astral incarnations in order to emerge from his three bodies. A master who achieves this final freedom may elect to return to earth as a prophet to bring other human beings back to God, or like myself, he may choose to reside in the astral cosmos. There a savior assumes some of the burden of the inhabitants’ karma and thus helps them terminate their cycle of reincarnation in the astral cosmos and go on permanently to the causal spheres. Or a freed soul may enter the causal world to aid its beings to shorten their span in the causal body and thus attain the Absolute Freedom.”

Yogananda expresses himself to his guru, ”O master, I was grieving so deeply about your death!”

“Ah wherein did I die? Isn’t there some contradiction?”

“You were only dreaming on earth; on that earth you saw my dream body. Later you buried that dream image. Now my finer fleshy body- which you behold and are even now embracing rather closely! –is resurrected on another fine dream planet of god. Someday that finer dream body and finer dream planet will pass away; they too are not forever. All dream bubbles must eventually burst at a final wakeful touch. Differentiate, my son Yogananda, between dreams and reality!”

The deep wisdom and insight of these higher realms can only be attained through direct experience and Yogananda’s beloved guru Sri Yukteswar transcends the boards between the worlds to communicate these truths. The system of yogic science as taught by Yogananda fills an entire library. The yogi develops each of the eight limbs and then becomes aware of the dream of reality. We live out life time after life time to remove our karma in the physical,  astral and causal bodies in order to merge back into the sea of bliss. The only limitation is our karma and our desires, once they are worked out we are free to merge with the infinite or return to the world to help other souls be liberated like Mahavatar Babji or Sri Yukteswar.

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By: Transpersonal Spirit

Bibliography

Paramahansa Yogananda. Autobiography of a Yogi. Self Realization Fellowship. 1946, 1974, 2005.

Rdhe Shyam, I am harmony a book about Babaji.  The American Haidakhan Samaj Crestone, Co. 1990, 2006.