It has been said that the three wise men Jesus visited in India in those 'missing years' were Mahavatar Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya and Swami Sri Yukteshwar. But these Yogis were present during the incarnation of Yogananda. Mahavatar Babaji has been on Earth for 2000 or more years. But how is it that the Yogis were present during the time of Jesus?
—Kailash, Saudi Arabia
When Yogananda dictated his interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita, he said that Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, and Sri Yukteswar were the three wise men. He was speaking of the souls of these great masters, coming in previous incarnations.
Yogananda has said also that Lahiri Mahasaya was Kabir – in a previous incarnation. He said that Sri Yukteswar was Lanfranc, the spiritual advisor of William the Conqueror – again, in a previous incarnation.
In the Autobiography of a Yogi, Yogananda says that Babaji is a master of great age, who has been around for centuries, perhaps even millennia. So, it’s possible that Babaji was actually living at the time of the birth of Christ and came to see him in his form as Babaji.