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,

Nayaswami Devi

P.S. You may enjoy this video of us in Babaji’s Cave.

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  1. Thank you Devi Ji for bringing back precious sacred memories of our first pilgrimage to Babaji Cave. Those 2 days and concluding prayers were a miracle for me as it washed out certain karma and bonded me with Swamiji and Ananda – “a source of strength beyond the fluctuations of time”.

  2. Thank you so much Deviji for this beautiful blog .Will be praying to Babaji even more now for his Blessings and Guidance .Aum Babaji Aum .

  3. What a wonderful way to start today. Thank you for your blessings and for Babaji’s story!

    Sincerely and with love
    Vincent Cruz

  4. Thankyou Deviji for reminding us of Babaji Krishna and Jesus as our strength and salvation for this age. We continue our prayers everyday.

  5. When I awoke this morning, I was thinking about Babaji, and my wonderful pilgrimage to Badrinath with Ananda devotees in 2007, when we met his disciple, Baux Wali Swami. Lo and behold, I opened email and there was your blog: Babaji Commemoration day! Divine synchronicity! – as if the Mahavatar was trying to get thru to me – and succeeded, thru you. How reassuring to know he is still watching over us.

  6. Thank you for this inspiration. It is so powerful to learn more of the great master Babaji.

  7. Thank you for sharing your experience with Babaji. It is good to know He is there, and communing with Christ.

    I am now more aware of him.


  8. Thank you for sharing your devotion and beautiful experience with Babaji. Your great Karma has given this opportunity to visit his holy cave.

  9. I’d always heard that Babaji’s commemorative date was July 25th.

  10. Dear Devi,

    Thank you! What a beautiful reminder that we are indeed never alone. This IS a time of great change in my extended family and for me personally. But with our guru and Divine Mother, I am indeed blessed. (Really loved the video from the sacred cave of Babaji! )

    Hola and namaste from Southern Arizona.

  11. Dear Devi, Thank you for sharing this post about your visit to Babaji’s cave. When I do healing prayers for the world I envision Babaji and Jesus’s rays of light and healing upon the earth. Many years ago I was attuning myself in meditation to Babaji and his face came to me in a dream with his eyes looking straight at me. I have always felt a stronger connection and presence since that time. Aum, peace, joy.

    In Masterji’s love,

    1. Bless you both for this wonderful visit to Babaji’s Cave It is something I will not be able to experience in this lifetime, so this is the next best thing, to visit it on line with you.
      Thank you and bless you always,

  12. Thank you for the insights and story of your pilgrimage to the cave. We are so grateful also for this prayer in such times of need.

  13. Namaste Friends,
    In 2015 I visited Mahaavatar Babaji’s Cave. I went on my own and stayed at the SRF Ashram in Kukushina. There I met four people and went together with a guide given by the Ashram to the cave. Such a great experience. The road up was tiring and hot, as it was May 1st. Such an Energy ! Such a meditation !
    I deeply thank you for sharing this unforgettable experience. OM . I became very enthusiastic about taking Kriya to as many people as possible. I became in charge of the Miami Meditation Group, but it seems like my dear friends there were not very dedicated. So I ended up resigning and in a few months, the center was gone. It was a big shame, but there was nothing I could do. I am very happy you have reached to me with your beautiful experience.
    Thank You,
    OM OM OM
    Joann Vega

  14. Dear Nayaswami Devi Ji,

    Thank you for this blog. We still remember taking the pilgrimage with you and our Gurubhais to Babaji Cave in 2014.

    Much needed prayer and guidance for this time. Thank you for sharing

    In Babaji’s love

  15. Thank you for the beautiful prayer. And did not the resurrected Jesus eat bread and fishes with his disciples? Perhaps co-equal with Mahatma Babaji.

  16. Thank you Devi for your post. I really appreciate seeing all those who joined your pilgrimage inside of Babaji’s cave. I would love to have a photo of this and keep it on my altar and one in my bedroom. Looking at the photo in your post…. it felt like I was there with you. Maybe someone could make a colorful 8 x 10 master photo and duplicate them for sale at the market for $10 each. I know I would love to buy one or two. Joy, Prakriti

  17. By simply watching part of the video one enters into meditation……Hopefully one day i can make it to his cave..

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