|Young Lord Haidakhandi Babaji in meditation|
Babaji Appears After A long Search For Him ॐ
An Indian friend from Bombay told me how she first met Babaji in those early days, and how He revealed Himself to her. My friend is a rather westernized, no-nonsense sort of person who had first read Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda in 1959. She felt an intense yearning to find Babaji, and so set out for the Himalayas to find him. She didn't find Him then, and so tried again in 1965 -- still without success.
One evening in 1971, she was sitting with her father by their family altar which was covered with pictures of deities and saints. A relative came to the door and insisted on bringing a Young Guru in to meet the family. My friend had given up on Babaji and on gurus in general by then, and didn't want to meet another one. But her father, ever hospitable, agreed to see him.
The relative came in with a strikingly beautiful youth who walked straight over to the altar and sat down. Looking intensely at my friend, and not speaking, He pointed to a picture on the altar that, most oddly, she had not seen there a moment before -- the small 'line drawing' of Babaji from Autobiography of a Yogi. Then He pointed to Himself. Still silent, He pointed to the picture and to Himself twice more.
Moved to tears, my friend fell at His feet. She'd found Babaji at last. This woman told me, as did other Indian devotees, what Babaji was like in the early years at Herakhan. In 1971 and 1972, they said, He would sit for hours in a lotus pose with his eyes closed, apparently in a deep meditative state. Even when not in meditation he hardly spoke, they said, and then only in monosyllables.
His eyes seemed to 'radiate a light', and often his gaze was so bright and penetrating people couldn't look at him. Photographs of Babaji at this time show a slender, beautifully-featured youth of about twenty, with dark, arresting eyes and a mass of tangled hair. He looked in some photos like a Sioux warrior, and in others like a Madonna.
By Dio Urmilla Neff ~~ Bhole Baba Ki Jai!