The name babaji simply means “revered father.” Though the great master’s birth name date and place are unknown, his subtle spiritual influence is felt throughout the world.
Mahavatar Babaji Maharaj is an ageless saint, a great incarnation, an immortal master, who has been engaged in the divine lila (play) of helping sincere seekers on the path of spirituality. His disciples address him by various names, such as Mahamuni, Tryambaka Baba, Shiva Baba, and Badua Baba(the ancient Baba).
Babaji Maharaj cannot be described with any historical or scriptural certainty. His works are divine, shrouded in a mystery that eludes precise detail. Time has failed to reveal the facts about his birth, identity, and life.
Babaji was the guru of Lahiri Mahasaya, through whom the science of Kriya Yoga — a technique for spiritual liberation — once more began to spread throughout the world.
“The Kriya Yoga which I am giving to the world through you in this nineteenth century,” Babaji told Lahiri Mahasaya, “is a revival of the same science which Krishna gave, millenniums ago, to Arjuna, and which was later known to Patanjali, and to Christ, St. John, St. Paul, and other disciples.”
Paramhansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi first introduced the world to this mysterious master. Still alive and residing in the Himalayas for centuries or even thousands of years, Babaji has been a guide for great spiritual teachers to carry out their special dispensations. For this reason he is called a mahavatar, a great incarnation of God.
Babaji can be seen or recognized by others only when he so desires. He is known to have appeared in many slightly different forms to various devotees — sometimes without beard and moustache, and sometimes with them. As his undecaying body requires no food, the master seldom eats. As a social courtesy to visiting disciples, he occasionally accepts fruits, or rice cooked in milk and clarified butter.
Nothing is known about his birth, his spiritual training or his abode. His miraculous appearance and disappearance and his unique way of teaching were narrated by many spiritual personalities, such as Lahiri Mahasaya, Swami Pranavananda, Swami Shriyukteshwar, Hamsa Swami Kevalananda, Paramahamsa Yogananda, and Paramahamsa Hariharananda.
The deathless master emanates spiritual vibrations for the salvation of all sincere seekers. Babaji is perhaps the embodiment of spirit of yog sadhana, a guardian angel to the Yoga aspirants guiding them in the path of salvation.
Information Courtesy – Various Books and Internet
Written / Submitted By: Sudeshna Bannerji & Saurabh Paul, Dubai, UAE