NHT's Writing Desk

Babaji -
divine majesty in a Hindu Saint 


While western thinkers may be inclined to read Babaji’s story as weak religious fiction,
i learned of Babaji from a teacher i trust implicitly, 
Paramahansa Yogananda, who himself encountered Babaji -
as a witness, Yogananda is third in line from Babaji, teacher to Lahiri Mahasaya -
who in turn was master (teacher) to Yukteshwar, who ultimately became teacher to Yogananda …
a very pedigreed line, if you will ...

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But because Babji's story stretches the limits of western belief -
i will first share about my experience with Yogananda -

Yogananda graciously and lovingly appeared to me, suddenly and out of nowhere,
when my motherless godson had just come out of brain surgery
ending a months' long battle with meningitis -
along with the family of another patient, i sat outside the pedi-ICU doors waiting to get to him inside …
we sat directly across from a set of three elevator doors –

after a short time the elevator on the left arrived and when the door opened,
to my shock, Yogananda stepped out –
he was smiling, looking right at me, and so real 
that i looked around to see if anyone else could see him –
he wordlessly said, “we are here”
and as the elevator doors closed, he was gone.

i looked around again but nothing indicated anyone had seen anything,
and yet while my heart pounded and my brain rallied for reason, 
my own world had utterly and completely changed – 
for the first time in months, i knew my godson was safe, 
that we’d finally rounded home base.

a short time after that
(if there is such a thing as 'a short time' in a hospital waiting room),
the middle elevator arrived and its doors opened
and out stepped a recently deceased family friend accompanied by a hoard of angels 
who at her signal flooded out into the hospital hallways,
disappearing as needed into hospital’s energies --
deeply honoured by this visit, i was not however surprised to see her there -
this dear, dear friend, an elderly lady when she died,
who flew into our lives on a most uniquely Catholic magic carpet ride -
her brief 2 year friendship had been intensely focused on teaching my children, 
especially making sure the children knew how to ‘commission angels’ --
she would quiz them ...
and tell them, "because of free will, we have to commission them, you know"...
she intriqued the children who often talked about how 
“Marie must command an army of angels”
for that reason, i was not surprised about seeing Marie or her angels ...

…but no sooner had i that memory when the third elevator doors opened, 
and another hoard of Marie’s angels followed her intentions.

It was at this point when the mother in the other family group waiting with us commented,
“how weird, that each of those elevators should open up, empty like that…”

until she’d spoken  i didn't know whether i'd been ‘seeing’ or hallucinating
even the doors opening …

when i looked at her i could saw in her eyes the pain she held for her child
which was as great as my own had been moments before  -
and i wanted to share the comfort i’d been given in what i'd seen  -  
i smiled and replied, “angels – they were delivering angels” –
the woman's energies lightened up considerably and she nodded, saying,
“yes, angels – i like that!”

if she only knew …

and though it may seem i have digressed from Babaji,
i wanted to explain why i accept what is said about Babaji as true …
i trust Yogananda, my beloved teacher …

And with all that said...

Babaji is a Hindu Indian saint who lives in the Himalayas and gave the world kriya yoga* --
notice i say, 'lives' in the present tense...
an ascended master, he travels easily between ordinary reality (OR) and non-ordinary reality (NOR),
so mortals are hard-pressed to give an address on him in this plane –
and would-be disciples have a hard time finding him –
the old adage, “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear,”
could very well have been inspired by Babaji
because he finds you, you don’t find him …

the interesting thing is that the accounts of disciples, 
people who have met Babaji as well as forensic artwork 
all seem to verify that those who encounter Babaji  are encountering the same person …
and here’s the even more interesting kicker,  especially from a shamanic point of view: 
Babaji is ageless yet appears to be eternally young,  
even though reports of him go back 2500 years …

what is it Matthew says in 19:26?  
"...with God all things are possible"?

-NHT
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note:

*in Autobiography of a Yogi Yogananda explains: 
"Kriya Yoga is a simple, physiological method by which human blood is decarbonated and recharged with oxygen. The atoms of this extra oxygen are transmuted into life current to rejuvenate the brain and spinal centers. By stopping the accumulation of venous blood, the yogi is able to lessen or prevent the decay of tissues. The advanced yogi transmutes his cells into energy."


sources:

to read more about Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Yukteshwar, and other Hindu saints, click here
to read more about Yogananda, visit his official website 


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