Babaji in my Life

From our e-book “We are Here to Celebrate”

babajiI believe that in our spiritual quest, our experiences are of secondary importance compared to the ultimate goal of everlasting happiness or self-realisation. Although spiritual experiences may sometimes encourage us to intensify our practices, they can also be a distraction if these experiences feed the ego. However, I would like to share some of my experiences not already talked about in the earlier chapters to show the unconditional love that the Divine has for all of us.

In 2002, I stumbled on a book entitled ‘The Autobiography of a Yogi’ by Paramahamsa Yogananada. The book attracted me to Kriya Yoga and I wanted to learn the highly praised techniques. There is a passage in the book stating that if one prays earnestly to Babaji, he will answer one’s prayers. I closed the book and prayed for Babaji to send a master to teach me Kriya Yoga. I am sure that if Babaji answered my prayer, I will meet the teacher best suited for my mental dispositions. That prayer was promptly answered. Within two weeks, my wife saw an advertisement in the newspaper for an initiation into Kriya Yoga and both of us attended the seminar. The initiation was conducted by the Babaji’s Kriya Yoga Order of Archaryas.

Babaji was quick to send me signs which I interpret as ‘signs of encouragement’. On the second day of the initiation, my one year old daughter woke up and performed the hand mudras taught at the initiation. We thought that it was an amazing coincidence.

I learned all that I hoped to learn during the initiation. Towards the end of the initiation, while the Archarya was addressing the entire class, she suddenly looked into my eyes and said that when Babaji ask, you must serve. That stuck in my mind for a while but it took about four years for me to realize the significance of that event.

In 2006, I had a yearning to serve the Divine and do some charity work. So, I prayed to the Divine to create an opportunity for me. The thought that came immediately into my awareness was that I needed to take the first step. So I decided to do some recycling work at home by sorting out different types of papers and recyclable items to make the job easier for the collectors. I gave the recyclables to a charitable organization.

Within two weeks of that heartfelt prayer, I received an email message from MG Satchidananda, the founder of the Babaji’s Kriya Yoga Order of Archaryas, asking if I would like to assist in the organization of initiation seminars in Malaysia. I jumped at that opportunity!

I organized the first seminar in 2006. On one occasion, I was speaking to another volunteer over the phone in a restaurant about the seminar. A couple sitting on another table overheard my conversation and came over to ask me for a flyer. They called me on the same day to reserve places for the initiation seminar. Babaji’s blessing for the couple also serve to tell me that he is taking care of the seminar, so I need not worry much about getting enough participants. The couple later shared with me that only a few weeks back, the Autobiography of a Yogi was placed on their bedroom table by a loved one and they have just finished reading the book before learning about the seminar.

Most of us receive messages from Babaji in the form of thoughts. This comes in our own voice and although we intuitively know that the message is from HIM, we cannot tell for sure. One day, I prayed to Babaji, explaining to him that even though he sends me messages telepathically, I am not 100% confident that it is coming from him. I prayed to him that since I need to be sure on certain matters, please help me contact someone who can talk to HIM in person. Some weeks later, MG Satchidananda sent me a mail from a person in Malaysia. I will call him David. David wrote to MG Satchidananda expressing his desire to meet with him. He also wrote in the mail that Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya and Sri Yukteswar appears to him and guides him spiritually. Through David, I was able to confirm the messages which Babaji sent me.

In January 2008 early on a Thursday morning, I had a dream of Babaji as a young teenager with wet and shiny hair. I prostrated to him and he blessed me by running his hand along my spine. I then felt a tinkling feeling in my spine behind my throat chakra. I have been yearning to see him and I am truly grateful to have this experience.

In December 2007, while doing Yoga Nidra, I prayed to Babaji to help me master the Yoga Nidra technique. A week or two later, I stumbled on a book written by Dr. Mumford, and the book contain detailed steps of making a CD to use while practicing Yoga Nidra. After reading the book, I found out that the author is also a Kriya Yoga practitioner. Jai Babaji! Your compassion is boundless. Thank you, thank you.

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