Bhole Baba ki Jai !!
Shree Baba Haidakhan
In the Kumaon foothills of the Himalayas, the birthplace and home of many of India’s great saints lived Shri Hairakhan Wale Baba. Acknowledged as a Shiva Mahavatar and known to hundreds of thousands in the world through Paramahansa Yogananda’s book Autobiography of a Yogi. A Mahavatar is a human manifestation of God, not born of woman. His coming had been foretold—both by ancient scriptures and by the Great Indian Saint Mahendra Baba who for many years went around India preaching that Babaji would return to transform the world by changing the hearts and minds of men.
Babaji’s recent physical manifestation was between 1970 to 1984, when he appeared in a cave at the foot of Mount Kailash in a remote village called Haidakhan. Most of Shri Babaji’s followers experience and worship him as a true, ageless manifestation of God. The miracles he performed daily in the lives of his devotees, his reading and responding to their thoughts before they were uttered, his healing, his guidance, his teachings are at a level beyond even advanced human ability. In order to focus people’s minds on God, Babaji gave us several important spiritual practices. First he taught people to focus on the name of God. Babaji said to use any name of God that was in your heart but offered us the ancient mantra OM NAMAHA SHIVAYA. It is a Sanskrit Prayer meaning “I surrender to or take refuge in God” Repetition of OM NAMAHA SHIVAYA is a pathway to unity with the supreme God. This mantra has been used for millennia and taught by Saints and Gurus in India and the West. Constant repetition of a mantra [called japa] opens one’s heart and focuses the mind on God.
To all who came to see him he also repeatedly stressed the importance of Karma yoga—selfless service—dedicated to God, renouncing the fruits of one’s action, and performing actions with pure intention, devoid of selfish motive, to uplift the lives of others! Shri Babaji said that in these times this is the quickest, most rewarding way to God in this chaotic, confused era of change. In his ashram in Haidakhan, work morning and afternoon are a vital part of the daily schedule along with repetition of the mantra.
Although Shri Babaji lived in a Hindu culture he was not attached to any particular religion. He stated that all religions can lead the sincere devotee to God. He often reminded his followers that all mankind is one family—The family of God. For those who asked about religion, he answered, “Follow the religion that is in your heart”. He however, said at many times that he had come to re-establish the principles of the Sanatan Dharma—the Eternal Religion, which was ageless and from which ALL other religions have taken their roots. Shri Babaji said “To follow and demonstrate the path of Truth, Simplicity and Love is man’s supreme duty and the highest Yoga. 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.”
Shri Babaji departed his mortal body on 14 February 1984. He had come to give a message to the world. Having embodied his teachings, and having completed his mission, he left, saying “I have shown you the way now it is up to you. May all of you be blissful and happy. May you attain peace, prosperity and happiness in your lives”.
Just As when Babaji was physically present in Haidakhan, he still continues to mystically call people from all over the world through all sorts of extraordinary ways! This being evidenced by the growing number of devotees that continue to be drawn to his ashrams in India & the world over to experience his message to humanity and receive his blessings!