About Baba Hari Dass
Baba Hari Dass is a silent monk whose life of discipline, yoga, and love has inspired people around the world. Babaji, as he is affectionately called (Baba means “Father” and ji means “respected”), is first and foremost a master yogi, having practiced the disciplines of yoga from childhood. Although Babaji no longer makes public appearances, his lifelong example of peacefulness encourages regular practice of his teachings.
Born near Almora, India in 1923 Babaji left home at the tender age of eight to begin his study and practice. Before coming to the USA in 1971 at the request of several young students, he completed the traditional vows of a Vairaagi Vaishnava (qualified non-dualism). It is from this classical grounding that Babaji taught ancient scriptures of Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Bhagavadgita, and Samkhya Karika as well as the philosophy and practices of Ashtanga Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Gyan Yoga, and Tantra Yoga.
Remarkably, Babaji has not spoken since 1952. At that time he took a 12 year vow of silence. He subsequently decided to continue this austerity because it brought him peace and inner silence. Often asked why he practiced such an intense austerity, he said that it kept him from saying any bad thing, kept him from fighting, and quieted his mind. He taught by writing, answering formal questions, meeting people informally, demonstrating practices, and most profoundly by his example of love, still mind, energy, spiritual discipline, and peace.
In addition to teaching the vast science of yoga, Babaji is an accomplished author, builder, philosopher, sculptor, proponent of Ayurveda (the ancient Indian system of health and healing), and is conversant in several languages.
In October of 2013 Babaji suffered a major neurological event that brought him to death’s door. Fortunately for his students and well-wishers around the world he survived and now lives in semi-seclusion at his home. Now, from his state of limited activity, he continues to exemplify one of the most profound teachings:
"I am not the body,
I am not the mind,
I am the Self."
Updates on Babaji's health can be found at babaharidass.org