As I write you today, August 11, it’s a dual holiday: Janmashtami, the celebration of Krishna’s birth, and for Ananda, Babaji Commemoration Day. I first heard of Babaji-Krishna (for they are one and the same) in reading Autobiography of a Yogi. Of all of our line of gurus, for me this deathless yogi living in remote reaches of the Himalayas seemed the most inaccessible.
Fortunately, an inner connection with the Mahavatar, as he is known, did begin for me in 2014, when we joined a pilgrimage with Ananda devotees to visit Babaji’s cave. This is the site in the Ranikhet district of the Himalayas, described in the Autobiography, where Babaji manifested a golden palace to initiate his disciple, Lahiri Mahasaya, into Kriya Yoga.
For several days prior to the pilgrimage we had been praying to Babaji and trying to hold him in our thoughts. The night we arrived in the guest house in the nearby town of Lohaghat, we joined our fellow pilgrims from around India in meditation and prayer to Babaji for his blessings.
The next day, as our group made the long ascent up the mountain to visit the site of the cave, people seemed to be shedding karma along the way. One girl’s shoes broke, and she had to walk barefoot on the path that in many places was strewn with jagged rocks. Several people, who were unused to physical exercise, had trouble breathing in the higher altitude and had to stop frequently to rest. A middle-aged man with a pronounced limp due to curvature of the spine struggled to keep up with the group. But not one person gave up. Every one of us made it to the cave and was able to meditate in that sacred space.
For me the climb was fairly arduous, and when I made it to the cave I felt pretty spent. But as we led the others in meditation for several hours, I felt inwardly calm and energized. I realized that in some unknown way, I, too, had left a bit of karmic baggage behind. That evening, as we gathered together once more in the simple guest house overlooking the Himalayas, a new light kindled by Babaji’s blessings shone in everyone’s eyes.
Babaji’s mission is intertwined with that of Jesus Christ. As we read in the Autobiography, “The Mahavatar is in constant communion with Christ; together they send out vibrations of redemption, and have planned the spiritual technique of salvation for this age. The work of these two fully-illumined masters—one with the body, and one without it—is to inspire the nations to forsake suicidal wars, race hatred, religious sectarianism, and the boomerang evils of materialism.”
Now, in this time of great social and economic uncertainty, we encourage, no, urge you to call on Babaji to help guide humanity into a better future. Recently a friend of ours in Europe wrote us that she’d been praying steadily to Babaji for some time, and a prayer came to her in meditation. Here is an excerpt from it:
Babaji-Krishna, beloved deathless Master, in this time of great planetary transition, we beseech you, receive our prayers.
Babaji, we ask that you place your healing hands on the disfigured shoulders of our human egos and help us to break the chains of material consciousness that keep us ignorantly bound to the delusions of Kali Yuga.
Babaji, inspire our lives as devotees, that our aspirations for God-realization serve as a call to all potential Kriya Yogis from every part of the globe. We pray that the efforts of our unified, faithful practice may magnetize and uplift individuals and the collective consciousness of the planet.
In these difficult days, when the past is only a memory, the present is alarming, and the future is uncertain at best, we need to find a source of strength beyond the fluctuations of time. If we lift our consciousness, we can enter the eternal realm where Babaji dwells, and draw his unceasing blessings and protection for ourselves and the world.
With blessings on Janmashtami and Babaji Day,
P.S. You may enjoy this video of us in Babaji’s Cave.