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Baba Hari Dass (Babaji)
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About Baba Hari Dass - Indian Yogi
Babaji - as he is known - was born in India, left home at 8 due to a feeling of limitation, like being in a box, in the earth-sky structure we lived in. He became an expert in Yoga, specifically Patanjalis Yoga, which is a VERY complete (Patanjalis Sutras) almost scientific and direct set of short aphorism on the stages of spiritual practice and growth. Eventual he maintained Silence for the rest of his life - from 1952 to 2018 when he died. Santa Cruz Sentinel and San Jose Mercury News published front page article Silent monk thousands at the Mount Madonna Center, dies at 95.
Like most Saints his activities were very broad an in many countries. He taught extensively and also specialized in Ayurveda - an ancient medicine from India that believes that health depends on a body-mind-spirit harmony.
The author (raul garcia) visited weekly for many years a long meditation and chanting session he gave in Santa Cruz CA. He then lived around Mount Madonna Institute a non-profit college specializing in the field of Yoga, Ayurvedic medicine, massage and community studies. The Institute is hosted by the Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California. It is inspired by Baba Hari Dass. Website:
Babajis presence was very happy and deep. He answered questions in a session on a chalkboard. He taught by example - he worked along others, played, but remained independent too.
I will give an example of his insight:
The author used to go to some small caves around the UCSC woods (now Gray Whale Park) and meditate there early on for the morning, for 3-4 hours. Then leave at noon for the mediation session with Babaji. Once i asked him a question about Enlightenment. I was sitting close to him. He looked at me briefly and wrote: 'Just by sitting in a cave you will not attain Enlightenment!'.
Well - he had no way of knowing my habits! In another session he wrote that mediation is like throwing a ball up, and it comes down. But one day one will throw it up and it will NOT come down ever more!
His Silence enabled him to express anything in very simple terms. There is a book of his aphorism called the Yellow Book by Ram Dass. Many have been blessed by him, including an orpahanage in India.
To better understand Babjis life and teachings we give some background on Yoga:
About Patanjalis Sutras:
The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali are a collection of 196 Indian sutras (aphorisms) on the theory and practice of yoga. The Yoga Sutras were compiled prior to 400 CE by Sage Patanjali who synthesized and organized knowledge about yoga from older traditions. The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali was the most translated ancient Indian text in the medieval era, having been translated into about forty Indian languages. The text fell into relative obscurity for nearly 700 years from the 12th to 19th century, and made a comeback in late 19th century due to the efforts of Swami Vivekananda, the Theosophical Society and others. It gained prominence again as a comeback classic in the 20th century.
The 8 Limbs of Yoga -----------------------------
The Yoga Sutras contain a set of observances and practices to guide your spiritual journey.
These are known as the Eight Limbs of Yoga.
Yama: Correct behavior toward others. Nonviolence Truthfulness Not stealing Not wasting energy Abstaining from greed
Niyama: The principles by which you should live your own life
Purity Contentment Spiritual observances Study Devotion
Asana: The seat of consciousness; the yogi’s seat and postures to prepare the body.
Pranayama: Expanding the life force through breathing exercises.
Pratyahara: Turning the senses inward to explore the inner universe.
Dharana: Effortless focused attention; training the mind to meditate.
Dhyana: A continuous flow, meditation perfected.
Samadhi: Lost or found in the Divine; unity.
This is a summary. Source: https://chopra.com/articles/yoga-sutras-101-everything-you-need-to-know
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