Was Baba an incarnation of Krishna ?
Lahiri Mahasaya wrote in his diary that Mahavatar Babaji was Lord Krishna. Yogananda also often prayed aloud by saying 'Babaji Krishna'. Two disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda wrote that they also said that Mahavatar Babaji was Krishna in a previous lifetime.
Mahavatar Baba's Cave
There is also a cave of Mahavatar Baba. The cave of Mahavatar Baba is still located at Dunagiri, 13 km from Kukuchina in the Almora district of Uttarakhand. The holy cave of Mahavatar Baba, located at Pandukholi near Kukukina, has been the meditation place of many saints and great men. Film actors Rajinikanth and Juhi Chawla have also been visiting Baba's cave. It is believed that Mahavatar Babaji resides in these hills of Shivalik, and he also gave darshan to many yogis here.
Two incidents related to Baba
Paramhansa Yogananda has mentioned two incidents related to Baba in his book. Yogananda has written that Babaji was once sitting near Dhune with his disciples at night. Picking up a burning wood from the dust, Babaji threw it on the shoulder of a disciple, which was opposed by the disciple. Then Baba told that by doing this I have averted your death which was going to happen today.
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Referring to another similar incident, Yogananda writes that once a person came to Babaji, and he insisted on taking initiation from Babaji. When Babaji refused, he threatened to jump off the mountain. Baba said go jump and the person jumped immediately. The people present there were shocked to see this scene. Then Babaji said to go down the hill and bring his dead body. The disciples went and brought the dead body. The body had been mutilated. As soon as Babaji placed his hand on the dead body, he slowly started recovering and became alive. Then Baba said that this was your last test. From today, you too have joined my team.
Mahavatar Babaji really lived for thousands of years ?
According to M. Govindan, Babaji's parents named him Nagraj. He was born on 30 November 203 AD in Sri Lanka. This information was given to Yogi ASAA Ramaiah and VT Neelkanthan by Babaji Nagaraj in 1953. According to some scholars, he was born in Parangipettai in Tamil Nadu and his guru's name was Bogar.
Who is Lahri Mahasaya ?
Shyamacharan Lahiri was born on 30 September 1828 in Ghurni village of Krishnanagar, West Bengal. His father Gourmohan Lahiri was proficient in yoga and was a landlord. Mother Mukteshwari was a devotee of Shiva.Lahiri Mahasaya was educated in Kashi. He worked after marriage and at the age of 23, he took up the job of a clerk in the Public Works Department of the Army's engineering branch in Ghazipur.
On 23 November 1868, he was transferred to Ranikhet (Almora) as Head Clerk. The mountainous region full of natural shade proved to be a boon for them. One day, Shyamacharan was passing through a deserted mountain road when suddenly someone called by his name. Shyamacharan saw a sannyasin standing on a hill, He came downstairs and said – do not be afraid, I had secretly thought of transferring you to Ranikhet in the mind of your officer. The same night, Shyamacharan was invited to a cave situated on the hill of Dronagiri and initiated. There was no one else to give initiation, Mahavatar Babaji was the guru of Shyamacharan for many births.
Shyamacharan Lahiri bought a house at Garudeshwar in Kashi in 1864, then this place became the pilgrimage center of Kriya Yogis. He chose Yogananda for the propagation of Yoga in the West. It is said that Shirdi Sai Baba's guru was also Lahiri Baba. It is mentioned in the book 'Purana Purush Yogiraj Shyamacharan Lahiri' related to Lahiri Baba. This book was written by Lahiriji's great-grandson Satyacharan Lahiri in Bengali language from Dr. Ashok Kumar Chattopadhyay on the basis of his grandfather's handwritten diaries. The original translation from Bengali was done by Chhavinath Mishra.