THE CONCEPTS OF GURU AND SANATAN DHARMA.
Lord Shiva, who is considered by Shaivites as the unmanifested and manifested God, is believed to manifest "Himself" in innumerable forms. mostly subtle forms invisible to the untrained human eye, but some - occasionally, visible to ordinary humans. Among these many forms are Nataraj, the dancing Shiva who tramples on the ego and also symbolizes the rhythm of the universes, and Shiva as the supreme Yogi or the supreme Guru.
|Shri Babaji's manifestation of 1970's|
The traditions of Babaji, as Haidakhan Baba, center on His coming - again and again throught human history - as a manifestation of Shiva in a human form to teach and guide mankind on the path of God-realization. There are some people who suggest that Babaji may have developed, as other souls are believed to grow, through countless births and experiences, into union with The Divine (Thousands of years ago) and then embraced the duty of returning to human form to teach. Most of Babaji's followers believe that He is a direct manifestation of God/Shiva who, like Christ in the Christian tradition, was One with God at the time of Creation.
|Haidakhan Baba (1890's to 1922|
Many of Babaji's statements seem to support this latter view. Whatever Shri Babaji's origin, both in the manifestation of the 1970's and 1980's and in the prior manifestation of Haidakhan Baba (1890's to 1922 of whom we have historical records. He exemplified and exhibited the traditional traits of the guru. He is a teacher of the highest spiritual knowledge and wisdom, whose teachings reflect the basic, ancient Truths, but who makes His teachings practical and relevant for the times, and who teaches each person before Him on the basis of his or her own level of attainments, needs and aspirations, using spiritual powers beyond the grasp of ordinary teachers. Like the traditional guru, Babaji made no apparent effort to attract people to Himself; it took considerable effort to reach His ashram and presence.
He was adept at hiding Himself from those who came to Him without faith - perhaps to scoff, to test, or to see what benefits they could get from Him. He often played the game of being just an illiterate boy from the hills, and there are quite a few people who concluded He was nothing more than that.
Chapter IX BABAJI TEACHES: THE CONCEPTS OF GURU AND SANATAN DHARMA
from the book I Am Harmony