Shri Shiva Rudra Balayogi Maharaj (Babaji) was born in 1954 in the town of Kolar in south India into a prosperous, happy family. But even in these idyllic surrounds, as a young child he still felt an inner discomfort he was unable to clearly articulate – a feeling of not belonging, of not fitting in, or something being wrong. At the age of 6 or 7, he happened to hear his sister singing the famous hymn ‘Bhaja Govindam’ composed by the great Yogi-philosopher of India, Adi Shankaracharya. In the song, Shankaracharya warns people of the ultimate futility of worldly efforts – that in the end, the only thing truly worth devoting a human life and endeavour to, is seeking the consciousness of the Divine as it is the only true source of truly lasting, permanent happiness.
The young boy was deeply struck by these words, and found his inner longing finally clearly expressed. He read more of the Teachings of Adi Shankaracharya and also the Teachings of Ramana Maharshi and Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and realised that to find the Divine as a living experience, he would need to find the guidance of a Self-realised Guru. He was very fortunate at the age of 16 to be guided to the Feet of Shri Shri Shri Shivabalayogi Maharaj (Shri Swamiji) in whom he found the blessed Divine Guidance he had been seeking and 3 years later was able to enter Shri Swamiji’s service full-time. He was sent to manage Shri Swamiji’s Ashram in Dehra Dun and there for the next 20 years he carried on his service to Swamiji and the spiritual practices taught to him by his Guru. Perfectly following the paths of Karma Yoga (selfless service), Bhakti Yoga (devotional path), Jnana Yoga (path of knowledge) and Dhyana Yoga (path of meditation) for the next 20 years, he was finally in a Divine Vision initiated into Tapas following his Guru’s Mahasamadhi (death of the body) in 1994.
Retiring into Tapas (prolonged meditation for 20 hours a day) for the next 5 years, He finally attained Self-realisation and re-emerged into the world in 1999 to carry on His Guru’s Mission, offering His Teachings to the world, and freely and openly offering initiation into Jangama Dhyana – that technique of meditation which He practiced to Self-realisation as had Shri Swamiji Maharaj before Him. In His lineage, the initiation is offered freely and openly in the simple attitude of a friend, with no binding ‘contract’ or restrictions. Shri Babaji has explained, “If you had a very dear friend and you had a treasure in your possession which was priceless, then you would want to share that gift freely and openly with your friend – with no ‘strings’ or conditions attached. It is in that attitude that the initiation into Jangama Dhyana is offered on this lineage.”
Carrying on His Guru’s Mission, Babaji freely and openly offers His Guru’s Teachings and initiation into Jangama Dhyana to any who wish to take that very rare and precious opportunity.