I have spent a few days in Delhi lately. There was a lot of greenery around and the house that I stayed in wore a deserted look once everyone living nearby went out to work. There were no disturbing sounds in neighborhood as such and it was quiet during most of the day. Moreover, there was a feeling of wellness and harmony in the atmosphere. On those days, my mind was very introverted and more often than not, I wished to either meditate or sit in solitude.
I completed the everyday work around a house on 18th Dec morning and sat down to meditate. Before long, I began to hear Buddhist chants in my inner ear. The pitch and tone of the chants were so nice and sacred to hear, very soothing and captivating to my heart. I calmly listened to these chants and could visualize a monastery in the Himalayas in which some dedicated Buddhists monks with multiple beads in their necks were repeating the mantras feverishly before a lit lamp and fragrant incense sticks. As I listened attentively to the Buddhist mantras for a few minutes, the sound of Om began to reverberate in my ears and the chanting of mantras was leaving away. Soon after, the mantras stopped ringing and I heard the recurrence of the sacred sound of Om ringing continuously. The sound of Om made me very peaceful and it silenced my mind completely. The interminable thoughts became completely still in no time and I plunged in deep tranquility and peace. I sat in this state for quite some time when…
I called upon God to pray and I implored, “My sweet God, may I never lose sight of you, may I forever worship you, may I never lose your memory in me, and may I never stop praying to you. May my heart always bind with you and may I never get too entangled in this external world and please bless me God so that I forever think of you. May I always do natmastak, bow profoundly to you all the time, even while I am asleep.”
God quickly responded by murmuring these words of disclosure and good counsel, “Babaji is very humble like Gurla Mandhata. Do you recall the mountain Gurla Mandhata, standing majestically opposite sacred mountain Kailash on your pilgrimage? It is always bowing at Kailash although it is bigger and taller than it. Mahavatar Babaji is like Gurla Mandhata- tall and majestic yet always so humble. Be like him. The spiritual horizon and the perceptions that you have experienced during the preceding days here is from agya chakra or third eye level. You have had experiences of Super Consciousness sometimes but you must stabilize in it. If you wish to go higher, then Babaji’s compassionate Grace will take you to the level of Gurla Mandhata or to the State of Super consciousness and perfect humility.”
I recalled my Kailash Mansarovar yatra when I saw Gurla Mandhata mountain. It is positioned right opposite Mt. Kailash and amusingly when I saw the mountain many times, I discovered that it had many moods and changing faces. We were informed by our group leader that the mythological story is that this mountain is a devotee of Mt. Kailash and that it is its desire to always prostrate humbly to holy Mt.Kailash, the holiest of all the mountains.
After knowing this, I prayed to Mahavatar Babaji- “Babaji, it is my most earnest and sincere pray to you in this sacred moment. Hey Prabho! Destroy all my sins and mistakes of all my past lives. May I never ever err, may I always only serve Ishwara, the Holy Lord! May I serve you all my life and in all coming lives too. May I spread your words and teachings. Remove my darkness, all my darkness for forever and forever!!
Shri Mahavatar Babaji’s merciful nature acknowledged and accepted my prayers in no time. A series of beautiful visions began to emerge before my eyes like an appeasing movie as I kept my eyes closed and sat comfortably for the time that flowed. What I saw was so benevolent, so magnificent that I feel I should share with all his devotees, followers and other readers too.
I envisioned Shri Babaji walking with very quick steps and in this way denoting the urgency of his expedition and importance of time’s utility. I was walking next to him and trying to catch up with him on a hilly ground. He looked very happy and enthusiastic that day or else he is somber and serene. He took me to a very beautiful place full of tall, green trees which resembled fir and deodar. The ambiance was of a thin forest with many trees growing on a mountain top. The shade of the trees was cooling and under it was situated a beautiful pond. It had many colorful lotus flowers floating in it. He took me to the divine pond where the atmosphere was saturated with divine purity and serenity and the place resembled and felt like a paradise.
Babaji went ahead and plucked one lotus flower, then another, then some more and then many more from the pond one by one. The petals had tiny drops of water on them making them look all the more pure and sacred. The bunch of lotus looked so pretty in his arms and I was cheerful by looking at the lovely bouquet and the image of exuberant Babaji both at one place. Just then, while holding the flowers in his divine arms, Babaji took one white lotus and gave it to me. He looked at me as if waiting for me to express something. I didn’t. After a very short pause, he broke in a spell of mystic laughter and divine joy. He pulled out one purple lotus from his bundle and gave it to me in my hand. I held it in bewilderment and at the same time I was overjoyed at his kind gesture. Without waiting, he now gave me a pink lotus, then a yellow one and a few more one after the other. All the flowers from his arms were in mine by now and in utter amazement, I looked at the collection of heavenly lotuses piled up and was absolutely numb because events were occurring at such rapid and unexpected ways. I stood there totally incomprehensible not knowing what to do or say to him.
He put up a question to me, “Do you know why I gave you the lotuses?” I hurriedly considered a lotus flower in Buddhism, as an emblem in many spiritual organizations, on books and sacred places but I did not know the present connotation and the co-relation. I did not reply.
He had a white lotus in his right hand and with a mysterious smile he said, “White is for purity and peace. Take this.” I now received a white lotus from him.
Babaji had a purple lotus in his hand after this. He asked me, “What is purple for?” I had no answer. “Tranquility”, he replied. “Take this.” I received a deep lavender lotus from his sacred hand.
After all this, he again asked me, “What is pink for?” I stood quietly and wished not to answer.
“Love. Take this lotus also. It is for you.”
“What is yellow for?” Now I gathered some courage and answered in humility. “I don’t know Babaji.” He looked pleased and smiled slightly from the corner of his mouth. He said, “Enlightenment, knowledge. Now take this yellow lotus also.”
In the next moment, an unanticipated development took place. Babaji burst out laughing loudly like an ecstatic yogi and began to dance throwing his hands up in the air, turned his neck round and round and sang with merriment and ecstasy. He then said, “I have given you peace, love, joy, ananda, tranquility and transcendental knowledge to give to this world. I am spreading these virtues through your web log on the net in modern times in this world. From now onward, more and more people will read and receive these gifts of God from you. My idea of spreading God’s love and peace is successful, is successful, is successful. Then he circled round and round like an intoxicated saint singing and chanting God’s holy name. He resembled Chaitanya Mahaprabhu singing and chanting God’s holy name while diving in celestial bliss.
Understanding by now that it was an auspicious moment granted by God, I did not want to lose the golden opportunity of a very sacred hour. I realized that I would be obliged and my prayers would be surely answered. Therefore I pleaded, “Holy Babaji, I pray to you at this moment and hour, please bless me that I never ever make any mistakes in my present and forthcoming lives. May I always remember God. May my memory of God forever be revitalized and it should never be erased or corrupted. May I always do God’s service, may I always do your work and may I always spread your divine fragrance through your words and teachings.”
Babaji smiled at me softly and with overflowing love said very sweetly, “My sweet child, Babaji becomes pleased with devotion, with love, with sacrifice, with service. I am pleased with those devotees who have a keen desire for seeking God and serving Him. I fulfill all such desires. And those people who do not have this desire yet, they should instill purity, devotion and love in their hearts. One day, they will also attain God. Once and for all purify your inner being, inner heart. And after cleaning, forever keep yourself in a pure state so that your future lives are pure, beautiful, worthy and for service of humanity. I love those who love God. Today, who so ever will wish for this desire, I shall grant and fulfill it.”
I chanted and thanked God throughout the days that followed for this wonderful blessing and love.
Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya
Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya
Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya…
Since I have discovered Babaji, I have always wanted to know something about his personal life. It is because whatever little information that is available to public now through Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda or other books, the focus has always been on Babaji’s interaction with his devotees. Random communications, his counsel, advice to devotees are present in the books. Nothing is documented about his birth, birthplace or early child hood, personal life etc. Everything is mysterious about him because he leads a very secluded life and is extremely reclusive by nature. Ever since Babaji has come in my life, it has been my lingering desire to get to know him personally and to have an intimate bond and connection with him internally. I have longed to know what was his state of mind when he was born, what did he perceive as a child, what was his state and stage of enlightenment, how could he acquire the highest state in such a tender age and similar things. My compelling desire has made me visit Shri Badrinath temple many times and I have also visited a few places associated with Babaji’s life out of mere devotion and unshakeable faith in him. So many times, he has told me to visit some special place without my fully understanding its meaning and significance affecting my life-both personal and spiritual. It is only now that all the pilgrimages and visits to holy places undertaken in the past few years are bearing fruit and I can see a clear picture with his kind grace emerging out of all that.
Dear friends, today is 9th January and it is late evening. I have not yet compiled my article completely. I have been anxious in the last three to four days wondering about how the post should turn out to be, how should I wrap up since I only had the narration of my vision with me which you have just read. As the date of my submission of this post was nearing and I was completely blank, throughout the day I have prayed to God to tell me what should I write about Mahavatar Babaji. It is not easy to discover or know much about him as he is very humble, shy and reclusive. I surrendered to God absolutely. I meditated, prayed and pleaded. I sat on the sofa just below Babaji’s photo some time back and closed my eyes and remembered him with intensity and I expressed my desire, “Babaji, you are playing hide and seek with me. Until you relent, how can I tell the world who you were, where you were born, why did you incarnate and what was your mission in life at that time? My very dearest, my beloved Master, reveal thyself, reveal thyself, please reveal thyself… It is my very humble request to you please tell me something about your past and present lives so that my life’s mission is accomplished. If I am able to bring your devotees and your dear ones closer to you; if I can tell this world that there exists a great soul like you hidden from the public gaze and if I can help you in some minuscule measure in your worldwide mission of uplifting the humanity at large, then the purpose of my life is met. I wish for nothing, I want to know just about you.”
As I said these words, my body did not move or stir a bit. There were a few fleeting moments of absolute quietude. There was complete silence after I prayed to God and waited till Babaji responded to my earnest request. As I was sitting still, I saw an image of my own body in a meditative lotus posture in front of my shut eyes. I saw a big white lotus flower with a yellow centre. The lotus flower was placed at the spot between my eyebrows and its white petals were in full bloom and spreading over my entire upper head. Its stem was placed on my spinal cord and coincided with it. Staring at the lotus flower I became all the more still and I immediately became peaceful like never before.
I gazed at this flower for a short while and basked in exclusive peaceful times. I don’t know how much time had lapsed but after that I perceived a medium-sized pink lotus placed on my heart chakra. The flower was open and I could feel my heart throbbing faintly as it remained there. By now I could see myself explicitly sitting in a perfect lotus posture with the white lotus on my head and the pink one on my heart. Two words flashed before me and I uttered, “Love and peace, I love divinity, I love God.”
A little later, the image and sound of Babaji’s divine words resonated when he made a prophesy, “In 2053, I will no longer remain in seclusion and shall come out in public in a world forum.” Lifting a book in his right arm he said, “This book will be a proof for the world to see what I tell you now.”
In an instant, the face of Shri Mahavatar Babaji emerged in me and he thus began to speak to me, “I was always born in India and in future also I shall take birth in India. It is a sacred and pious land. Since thousands of years, the sages and saints have done tapasya here whose positive rays are still imbued in the atmosphere. My last birth was one thousand, eight hundred and fifty-seven years ago.
I was born of a humble Brahmin priest in India in a fishermen’s village in today’s Tamilnadu’s coastal area. I was born in an enlightened state and I came for a specific purpose and mission. I brought along with me ** yoga, tapa, dharma, satya- unity with God, spiritual penance, righteousness and truth respectively. You should also follow these virtues.
My father was a learned man and I heard the Vedic mantras being chanted when I was in my mother’s womb. I knew most of them by heart and wished to revive their lost meaning once I was born soon. The noise and clutter emanating out of the spiritual ignorance of people disturbed me and I had vowed in my mother’s womb that I shall try to eradicate that and awake people from deep slumber. I was aware of my time and place of birth and I had already chalked out my future plans to work for God. So I started very early and was already meditating in the womb! I was born with prayers on my lips and a mission as big as the earth in my mind. Therefore, I maintained silence all the time and hardly ever spoke!! Words are very confusing and create so much trouble. Speech is only good if used with humility and kindness. I hated wars because they create more problems than before and if peace is lost on earth, the proof of God as peace and love is lost. All human problems can be solved only through peace and love. Hatred culminates in ignorant hearts and should be shunned at all costs.
As it was not destined that I lead a life of a householder, I was kidnapped by a man from Kabul and sold for a pittance thus separating from my mother and father. The trader to whom I was sold in Kalkatta was a kindhearted man and he freed me. God directed me on a path that would forever change my life thenceforth. I saw a band of monks travelling and I discreetly joined them. As I was observing maun or silence even at the age of six, they did not think it fit to ask me any questions. I joined the band and reached Kashi, today’s Banaras. I visited Bodh Gaya and Lumbini during my very short stay there. As I was so attuned to the Vedic hyms and chants, I did not have to memorize them. Instead I saved a lot of time and used it for contemplation. Soon I began to give sermons and people came from far and wide to listen to me at a very young age of ten. One night, I decided to leave the place quietly as giving sermons to people was never my goal.
I took a boat from the shores of Kanya Kumari and reached Sri Lanka. The forests were very thick and the number of people much less then. I wanted to maintain uninterrupted silence for a few years so I hid myself in the thick forests of Katargama in Sri Lanka away from the noise and found an old Banyan Tree. I sat under it to meditate and did not move for days. Swami Kartikeyan blessed me. I sat near his place of samadhi and tapas.
Rishi Boganathar saw me in tapasya and gave me initiation in Sudarshan Kriya. The Sudarshan Kriya practiced now a days is a very simplified form of the original. Earlier Kriya was not practiced by the homemakers as its sanctity cannot be maintained by them. By practicing Kriya uninterruptedly, the need for food for the body became unnecessary. I mastered the art of living without food, sunshine, air and water for incessant days. The glory of divinity and victory over nature shone in the glow that was emanating out of me. The radiance and glow was many kilometers wide and could be seen by the rishis and munis in that area and those sitting in meditation in caves and hills. Maharishi Agastya was sent to me on the behest of God to give me more powers and siddhis as my workload in future would require me to use them as my tools in my endeavours to do the service of God.
I attained the highest state of acute enlightenment after mastering the highest kriya which I learnt from rishi Boganathar and Maharishi Agastya and since then I am engaged in carrying out the work of God. Though my body has become immortal, I shall shed it once my mission is accomplished.
With yogatapa, penance done with yoga, I have made my body incorruptible so that there are no hurdles of sickness and decay. The body degenerates in normal circumstances and as my mission is the spiritual evolution of humans and the progress in humans is very slow, I have accomplished a state where the body cannot decay or degenerate. All this was possible because of my intense Ichcha shakti.
Those people who are devoted to me, who pray to me with keen interest in serving others, to uplift themselves, I grant them boons. Their hurdles and struggles in life steadily vain, the family life becomes congenial, their health improves drastically and their mind begins to engage and gets occupied in spiritual practices and yoga with much interest. It is only and only the one with devotion who can attain me. Mei keval aur keval, keval sharaddha se prapt hota hun!!
Babaji began to explain to me in detail at this juncture about the pitfalls during evolution and progress of a human soul. He simplified and said- Poorva gyan aur vartmaan gyan. When translated it means -Previous knowledge and Present Knowledge.
When born, every individual brings with him wisdom acquired by him from his previous lives. That is Previous knowledge or Purva Gyan. And Present knowledge or Vartaman gyan is the wisdom that we are acquiring in our present life.
The wisdom that we have carried forward in this life gets corrupted in the company of worldly, unwise, evil and lethargic people. By coming in constant companionship and interaction, we imbibe obtuseness, vices and impurities. So keep away from evil, vicious, greedy and immoral people. Benefit from the company of learned and wise. Enjoy silence and solitude.
Divulging about my soul he informed me – “When you were not born, you made such intense and compassionate prayers to God to free you from the bondage of your karmas from past life that God heard you after all, although it was not at all possible to even out or burn the effects of your humongous karmas in just one life. Because of your very intense Ichcha shakti to free yourself, there was so much power in your prayers that God gave you one chance to liberate yourself in this life. Although there were innumerable troubles, hardships and problems in the guise of hurdles, you did not relent and you overcame them. To be able to overcome so many hurdles, one must have strong sankalpa shakti and kriya shakti both. The force of the sanchit karmas is so much that it is comparable to the gushing and flooding of dam water.
We must possess enough inner powers of ichcha shakti, sankalpa shakti and kriya shakti to contain and cancel the force of our sanchit karmas.
You have an irresistible desire to make use of your present life to serve others and therefore, I have given you the seva or service of seekers and aspirants through this weblog.
When all the sanchit karmas are exhausted and burnt, then one attains the state of Super Consciousness or Atma. It is the state of Brahma, the eternal truth, peace, harmony and bliss.
Most of the sages and saints of today have themselves not reached the stage of third eye or agya chakra and they are advocating and teaching yoga to their disciples. But that is also alright, we must try to learn from everyone and move on.
Gurus who do not teach you dhyana, dharana, meditation and concentration respectively, they can never be able to take you to the state of samadhi and permanent bliss. Seekers who wish to reach and attain the highest must have a Param Gyani Guru or great master who shall liberate you from the consequences of karmas of all your past lives lived so far. And who has the potential of giving you a new lease of life full of happiness and serenity and a life of knowledge of Supreme Truth so that you never again create karmas of ignorance. Therefore, give up all unproductive activities and perform only valuable and positive activities, do not waste your time and make your life worthy and commendable. Add value to your life.”
Babaji again went back to tell me more about himself. He divulged about his tapas and intense spiritual practices done. “After the initiation of the highest level of Kriya, my body became unconquerable and invincible. My senses became extremely acute and I could no longer bear to hear the sound of clatter and any noisy words. Therefore, I decided to meditate in a place where there would be no disturbing sounds and I headed for the Himalayas on foot. I found a cave in a place where there was no human soul and I meditated in freezing climate without any cloth over me to test my abilities. Once assured, I offered all my accomplishments to God and asked him to now let me exit the world at the age of just fourteen! God’s answer was, “Give me this body; I shall use it for a purpose that no one has done before. I shall accomplish with it that no one has accomplished before.” I only bowed in front of that Divine Light and uttered, “It is yours.”
The samadhi state that I am in today is continuing for years and I shall relinquish this body once the cycle or kaal chakra of the kalyug changes to sat yuga- from the present age of machines to the age of truth and peace.
My dear child, you have never questioned me and have followed all my instructions and requests with full conviction and faith. I have sent you to many places about which you knew nothing but you took my words as words of God. I have sent you to my birth place and the places where I have meditated. The yantra made at my birth place is very sacred and you have seen it. It is the spot where I was born and the spot still emits great vibrations of ichcha shakti or the power of will. I had a very persistent and strong desire to help and salvage human beings. If you can concentrate on that spot, you will develop that same power within you.
And the two huge Banyan trees that you saw on the edge of the compound wall, they possess very great powers of sankalpa shakti. To emancipate your soul, you must inculcate these special powers or else tamas or darkness envelops us and we bury ourselves in sunken depths of spiritual ignorance.”
Dear friends, Shri Mahavatar Babaji has inspired and encouraged all of us by saying these memorable words of eternal wisdom which I leave in the end, “So my dear children, awake, have mercy on yourself and enlighten yourself with the help of those souls who are never reluctant to salvage you and redeem your Spirits in Truth and eternity. Hari Om Tatsat !
Hari Om Tatsat!
Hari Om Tatsat!!”…
Forever in reverent thankfulness and gratitude for this blessed gift. I gently bow once again with reverence to God, Shri Mahavatar Babaji and all my gurus for their kindness, compassion and love bestowed on me and you on this very sacred day.
Please note-This blog is structured as and stands on 4 pillars-** Yoga, Tapa, Dharma and Satya.
(To be concluded)
(Please refer previous post for ichcha shakti, sankalpa shakti and kriya shakti,
Creating your destiny for more pictures of the temple of Babaji and
read about Saurabh Samadhi in How does one know know Atman?
Revised and updated on 10-01-19 & 25-02-19
The place of penance of Shri Mahavatar Babaji in Katargama, Sri Lanka. Today there is a temple there.
“I took a boat from the shores of Kanya Kumari and reached Sri Lanka. The forests were very thick and the number of people much less then. I wanted to maintain uninterrupted silence for a few years so I hid myself in the thick forests of Katargama in Sri Lanka away from the noise and found an old Banyan Tree. I sat under it to meditate and did not move for days. Swami Kartikeyan blessed me. I sat near his place of samadhi and tapas.”