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Mahavatar Babaji is a highly evolved being and yogi who works endlessly for the betterment of Humanity. He has the title Mahavatar, which means he leads and guides great saints in their work for peace and brotherhood. There are many different stories and opinions about who he is and what he does. We will reflect on Sunyogi Umasankar’s interaction and explanations about Babaji and his mission.

Sunyogi´s hidden guru reveals himself

Sunyogi has explained he has always felt someone has been guiding him all his life, but it took him many years to figure out who it was. The first significant incident happened when he was five years old. Babaji helped Sunyogi find his life’s aim, to help people reach self-realization. When Swamiji had grown up, he made his final decision to dedicate 100% of his life to the spiritual path. He begged his mother (Srimati Bimala Bala Bag) to initiate him into Kriya Yoga. His mother said no but soon changed her mind after Babaji forcefully directed her to fulfill her son’s wishes.

This is the room where Sunyogi Umasankar’s mother, Srimati Bimala Bala Bag, initiated him to Kriya Yoga.

From 2007 to 2009, Sunyogi retreated to the Himalayas to deepen his Sadhana at a blissful place called Tapovan, very close to Gaumukh. He had his first Darshan (meeting in person) in the first winter with Mahavatar Babaji. Sunyogi was doing his daily walking meditation in the snow when he got confused by seeing two suns in the sky. One of the suns turned out to be Mahavatar Babaji, who came down to him in a light form and revealed himself to share deep wisdom. The following year, a similar meeting happened, and Sunyogi received even higher learning. Today, Sunyogi shares Babaji’s knowledge in his Sunyoga workshops worldwide.

Sculpture of Mahavatar Babaji by Santosh Gotipamul.

Sunyogi Umasankar took the photo from the top floor of Universal Peace Centre Ashram in Lachipur, West Bengal, India. We are blessed to have an original clay statue Mahavatar Babaji commissioned by the Indian artist Santosh Gotipamul to create. He had never worked with clay before, but one day he received a message that he had to make a statue. All the material was sent to his home. He was never told whom the figure was for.

Once completed, the remaining clay material mysteriously disappeared, and the clay statue had to be delivered. He was told to go to a Sunyoga workshop Sunyogi was holding, and by getting to know Sunyogi, he realized who the sculpture was meant for. Today Santosh is a great devotee of Babaji and regularly visits his cave.

Autobiography of a Yogi by Yogananda

Thanks to Paramhansa Yogananda, Sri Yukteswar, and Lahiri Mahasaya, we have a very good account of discussions and real-life experiences with the blessings of Mahavatar Babaji.

When the great saint Yogananda wrote his world-famous autobiography, many learned about Mahavatar Babaji. The following are a few excerpts from the book we think are valuable to get know Babaji better and his work:

  • “The KRIYA YOGA which I am giving to the world through you in this nineteenth century,” Babaji told Lahiri Mahasaya, “is a revival of the same science which Krishna gave, millenniums ago, to Arjuna, and which was later known to Patanjali, and to Christ, St. John, St. Paul, and other disciples.”
    Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramhansa Yogananda, chapter 26: The Science of Kriya Yoga
  • Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramhansa Yogananda, chapter 33: Babaji, the Yogi-Christ of Modern India, starts as such:
    “The northern Himalayan crags near Badrinarayan are still blessed by the living presence of Babaji, guru of Lahiri Mahasaya. The secluded master has retained his physical form for centuries, perhaps for millennia. The deathless Babaji is an AVATARA. This Sanskrit word means “descent”; its roots are AVA, “down,” and TRI, “to pass.” In the Hindu scriptures, AVATARA signifies the descent of Divinity into flesh.”
  • Paramahansa Yogananda described Mahavatar Babaji’s role on Mother Earth: “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 hatreds, religious sectarianism, and the boomerang-evils of materialism. Babaji is well aware of the trend of modern times, especially of the influence and complexities of Western civilization, and realizes the necessity of spreading the self-liberations of yoga equally in the West and in the East.” (Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramhansa Yogananda, chapter 33: Babaji, the Yogi-Christ of Modern India).
Mataji and Babaji’s drawing, by Bhakti Marga Art (Artist: Gitanjali).

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