Who is Mahavatar Babaji?

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Mahavtar Babaji is the guru of Shri Lahiri Mahasaya. He is believed to be residing in northern himalayan crags near Badrinarayan. There is no information available about the date and place of birth of Mahavtar Babaji. He is believed to be deathless guru who has guided generations.

Mahavtar means Great Avtar or Great Incarnation. Babaji means Sadhu or Saint.

Great Indian Saints like Shri Lahiri Mahasaya, Shri Yukteswar Giri, Shri Parmahansa Yogananda have had the rare opportunity to meet Mahavtar Babaji. The other disciples of Shri Lahiri Mahasaya who were graced by physical presence of Mahavtar Babaji are Shri Pranabananda Giri, Shri Keshabananda, Shri Kebalananda Giri and Shri Ram Gopal Muzumdar. Shri Parmahansa Yogananda has well documented these meetings in his book Autobiography of a Yogi.

Below is a photograph of Babaji based on his meeting with Shri Parmahansa Yogananda. Shri Parmahansa Yogananda got it prepared with the help of an artist.

Source: http://www.ananda.org

The full story of Shri Lahiri Mahasaya’s meeting with Mahavtar Babaji is described in chapter Materializing a Palace in the Himalaya of the book Autobiography of a Yogi.

The story of Shri Yukteswar Giri’s meeting with Mahavtar Babaji is described in chapter Babaji‚Äôs Interest in the West of the book Autobiography of a Yogi.

The story of Shri Parmahansa Yogananda’s meeting with Mahavtar Babaji is described in chapter I Go to America of the book Autobiography of a Yogi.

To know more about Babaji, please read chapter Babaji, the Yogi-Christ of Modern India.

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