- ABOUT BABA LOKENATH
- GOD WHO WALKED THE EARTH
- 108 NAMES OF BABA
About Baba Lokenath
Baba Lokenath Brahmachari was born in 1730 (the date of birth is dipped in controversy) in a village called Chakla in Barasat district, a few miles to the north of the city of Kolkata. His father Ramnarayan Ghosal, a devout lover of God, believed in the age-old Hindu tradition of allowing one person from the family to become a renunciate monk and be totally dedicated to the Divine service. He convinced his wife Kamaladevi to dedicate one of their children to God. She agreed. But when she gave birth to three sons, she felt a natural attachment and denied to keep her promise to her husband. But when she conceived the fourth child she had divine experiences all through her pregnancy, and her mind was also so much transformed that she could overcome that deep sense of attachment of a mother to her child and offered the child to Ramnarayan to be dedicated to God and His service as a sannyasi, a monk. The fourth child in the family of Ghosal was named ‘Lokenath’ which literary means, the Lord of Lokas (all the astral worlds) and the people who inhabit earth.
When Lokenath was 11 years old, Ramnarayan met a great householder yogi and renowned Vedic scholar, Bhagwan Ganguly, who lived close by in the village called Kochua and prayed to him to take the total responsibility of his child and lead him on the path of sannyas and God realization.
Guru Bhagwan Ganguly could realize the divine providence of Lokenath’s birth so he readily agreed to initiate Lokenath and lead him further, but a unique event happened at this time. Lokenath’s playmate Benimadhav, who was of the same age as Lokenath, insisted that he too would renounce the world, and become a sannyasi along with his friend and leave home with Gurudev. His determination was so strong that Gurudev agreed to this earnest prayer of the boy and initiated both Lokenath and Benimadhav together in Gayatri Mahamantra. They left the village on the very day of sacred thread ceremony as Brahmacharins.
Gurudev brought both of them to Kalighat in Kolkata and gave them their initial training there among themany ascetics who lived in the jungles around the temple during those days.
Lokenath went through the most difficult yogic practices from ashtanga yoga to incredible feats of hatha yoga while living in the jungles and the plains, observing the vow of celibacy and fasting. This whole yogic practice of purifying the atoms of the body and tendencies of mind took more than 30 years, when Lokenath could reach to deepest absorptions in the divine in deep Samadhi. During this time he had the vision of his previous birth and his village. Gurudev took them to that village called Beruga in the district of Burdowan, and they found that everything that he realized during Samadhi was true.
Finally they all left for Himalayas and there Baba touched the highest peaks of spiritual illumination and attained to the state of Nirvikalpa Samadhi, which is complete oneness with the whole cosmos or the divine. He was 90 years old at this time of enlightenment.
The uniqueness of Baba’s life is when Baba attained to ultimate flowering he realized that his Gurudev was yet to be enlightened. Gurudev had given his whole life only to give the advance practices to his disciples. He told Lokenath that he would go to Varanasi, and there he would leave his mortal body and then come back in the next birth to him and then Lokenath would lead him to the state of moksha or nirvana. That was possibly one reason why a yogi of Baba’s stature, who usually stays back in the Himalayas and trains yogis and gurus to work in the plains for the emancipation of the suffering humanity, did come down and live in a small cottage at the hamlet of Baradi in Bangladesh. Baba even lived beyond the destined age by his infinite yogic powers only to wait for his guru to be born, to grow up and to tread the path that Baba would show him.
Yet another part of the uniqueness of Baba Lokenath’s life is his travel on foot to Mecca and to Afghanistan, Persia, and parts of western countries, and to the North Pole, sanctifying the land. He then came to Baradi where he lived for the last 26 years of his life.
Dengu Karmakar, whom Baba saved from being convicted and jailed, brought Baba Lokenath to the small village of Baradi, and subsequently when Dengu died, Baba moved to the present day ‘Baba Lokenath Ashram’ in a land adjacent to a cremation ground gifted to him by his devotees who were landlords of that place. Baba said in later years that he himself had built the small cottage, his hermitage, with his own hands with bamboo, hay and mud. When he came down from the Himalayas he had no clothes to cover his body, for a yogi of his stature needed no clothes, for he saw none other than himself in all others, so he was unclad like the empty sky for the need to clothe oneself comes with the existence of the other.
But in later years, during his Baradi stay, his devotees gave him sacred thread and clothes, which he wore around his body. As the words of his compassion, love and healing spread far and wide people thronged to the small hermitage of Baradi. It became the holy confluence of all religious communities, particularly the conflicting communities of Hindus and Muslims. He never left Baradi till his mahasamadhi. During this time countless people came to him and received his divine grace. His infinite yogic powers were manifested naturally whenever anyone came to him with a crying heart for healing and fulfillment of their wishes. He was considered the mythological Wish-fulfilling Tree. He never did any miracles, but like fragrance to flowers, miracles happened throughout his life, which became like the amazing stories of a living sage.
Both Hindus and Muslims and followers of other religions took shelter under his divine presence and he showed them the path of love and surrender, and the yogic path of self-introspection. He did not create any order of sannyasis, but trained the householders to reach the high state of yoga through his instructions and his yogic teachings. Though this love incarnate yogi was busy during the day entertaining all the petty wishes of the common people, yet at night in his cottage yogis from the Himalayas and Tibet would come to learn advanced yoga, leaving their physical bodies in their own caves.
When the time came for him to leave this temporal world he declared that he would willingly leave his mortal body on the 19th day of Jaistha (Bengali calendar) which happened to be 2nd June 1890, and transcend beyond the solar system to his eternal abode. In the presence of thousands of his devotees and a few disciples, on that fateful day, he sat in his gomukhasana posture and entered by will the state of mahasamadhi, which is the final retreat to the final Abode. During his lifetime no one saw Baba blinking his eyes, as he had non-blinking eyes, and even in his mahasamadhi his eyes remained open and his body in sitting posture. At the time of his mahasamadhi his body’s age was 160 years.
His eternal promises still ring in the hearts of his followers, world over, and he is always there to fulfill his promises to his children, irrespective of caste, color, or creed. Thus spoke the great Master who always melted in infinite compassion, just before leaving his mortal body:
“I am eternal, I am deathless. After this body falls, do not think that everything will come to an end. I will live in the hearts of all living beings in my subtle astral form. Whoever will seek my refuge, will always receive my Grace.”
God who walked the earth
Of all species of life, it is only in the minds of humans that the question arises “Who am I ? ” This is the prelude to a unique journey that humans accept at some point in time in life, to explore and experience the reality beyond all that appears on the peripheral physical manifestations. This journey is the ultimate journey of human manifestation. Only humans can accept this challenge of walking a path that is beyond the mind, to the world of complete transcendence, to the world beyond duality and multiplicity.
Baba Lokenath traversed that path through the most intense penance and sadhana, both in the plains and in the snow capped Himalayas, to become the living Buddha. He made it very clear that he met none other than himself, whom he saw as manifest in all of existence. This is the essence of Self-knowledge, where the yogi sees the world inseparable from his enlightened Self.
Baba said, “When I realized my Self, I felt a deep urge to heal those who are suffering in this world”. This is the natural state of a compassionate Master. People of all faiths and religious sects came to him for succor, for healing and guidance, and he offered it without any sense of doership. Whoever came to him never returned empty-handed. He was considered by one and all who had the unique privilege of having his darshan (see him in person) or just remembered him from distance, as the very incarnation of Love and Compassion, Kindness and Grace. It was as if all the great attributes that people read in the scriptures and mythologies came into physical manifestation in the form of Baba Lokenath Brahmachari. He was like the living Shiva who has come down from his astral heights to the physical world to hold the seekers by the hand and take them to their inner world of peace and blessedness. In one word, Baba being on earth was God walking the earth.
Baba Lokenath, an Embodiment of Love
As an Embodiment of Love, Baba Lokenath promises us, “Whenever you are in danger, whether in war, forest, ocean or jungle, remember Me. I shall save you. You may not know me. You may not realize who I am. Just pray to me with a little touch of your heart and I shall free you from gripping sorrows and miseries.” Baba Lokenath calls to us, reaching across the distance of a century, to uplift every dimension of our lives. He reaches out to us with intense love and compassion. He extends an active and intervening hand of grace to heal our ills and personal deficiencies, however large or small, however tenacious they may seem, however hopeless we may feel about them.
Baba Lokenath, an Embodiment of Compassion
Baba Lokenath has said, “I can do whatever I like. It is only your lack of trust and lack of belief that keeps your desires unfulfilled. For those who surrender to me with love and devotion, if they are in trouble, My heart melts. This is My compassion…and with My compassion, My power flows out to them, freeing them from miseries and unhappiness.” In His life, Baba Lokenath was a perfect disciple, humbly surrendered at the lotus feet of his beloved Guru. Baba was granted enlightenment of the highest order after 80 years of intense austerities in the jungles of the lower plains and in the snow-covered regions of the Himalayas. His compassion was evident after he became enlightened, when Baba discovered that he had surpassed His Guru. Despite having led Lokenath to the exalted state, Guru Bhagwan Ganguly had not yet attained liberation. Lokenath was stricken with sadness and filled with compassion when he realized this. He wept for His Master. Understanding Lokenath’s tears, Guru Bhagwan smiled tenderly and reassured his disciple there was only cause for joy. Guru Bhagwan announced that he would shed his old body soon and then return quickly to Lokenath as a disciple. Lokenath could then lead him to enlightenment. Upon hearing Guru Bhagwan’s plan, Lokenath was overwhelmed with gratitude and agreed. Weeping with joy, Lokenath prostrated at his Master’s feet.
Baba Lokenath, an Embodiment of Humility
Baba Lokenath’s relationship with Guru Bhagwan is unique in its tenderness. It is rare, if not unprecedented, for the disciple to accept responsibility for leading the master to realization of Ultimate Reality. The reversal of the Guru and disciple roles, with the newly enlightened disciple immediately prostrating himself at the unenlightened Guru’s feet and the Guru requesting his disciple to lead him to enlightenment, is an exquisite and touching revelation of mutual, mirrored humility. It serves to remind us of the true selflessness of all genuine spiritual attainment, as well as of the endless, delicate and unpredictable beauty of divine unfoldment.
Baba Lokenath, an Embodiment of Divinity
Baba Lokenath attained a state of Divinity which is beyond human comprehension. While most yogis focus on a particular yogic path of Jnana (the path of discriminating knowledge), Karma (the path of Selfless action), Bhakti (the Path of Devotional surrender to the Divine), or Ashtanga (Patanjali’s) Yoga, Baba diligently practiced the principles of all four. Baba Lokenath is the Divine Incarnation of Jnana, Karma, Bhakti and Ashtanga Yoga. Mastering their respective disciplines, Baba became the incarnation of their synthesis, the living essence and full embodiment of the Universal Religion of Love, the Sanatana Dharma, which is taught in the Bhagavad Gita. From the essence of His exalted being, Baba emphasized to His devotees that the Bhagavad Gita is infinitely more than scripture. It is an eternal song meant to be sung through the medium of our lives. As the living example of his own teaching, Baba came to be called ‘The Song of the Living Gita’. Baba’s mastery was at every level of being and form. He attained total divinity in human form, which his name, Lokenath (Master of the Worlds) denotes. Baba Lokenath realized Ultimate Perfection on the physical plane, the divinization of human form, which is the final and most difficult transformation, through an extraordinarily prolonged period of sadhana.
Baba Lokenath’s Divine Presence, Even in Death
Today, Baba is no longer in his physical body. He is the Divine, all-pervading presence, the presence that works silently in the hearts of all who are devoted to Him. Baba said, ” I have everything in me. What you need in life, you have only to take. Do not think that with the death of this body everything will come to an end. I shall be as available to you as ever when I was in My physical body. Only the body will be burnt to ashes. That ‘I’ which is not the body will never perish. I am the Changeless, Immutable One who is never lost nor finished. Where and whenever anybody needs My help, I shall be available forever after.”
Guru Bhagwan knew the magnitude of enlightenment Lokenath was to attain. For a period of thirty to forty years, the Guru guided Lokenath in the practices of the necessary yogic disciplines and hatha yoga. When Baba became interested in practicing raja yoga, his Gurudev tested his perfection of hatha yoga. After demonstrating that he could cook sweet rice pudding in a pot placed between his upper thighs, Lokenath began lessons in raja yoga. Lengthy and rigorous vows of fasting were regularly observed for thirty to forty years. Under the guidance of his beloved Guru, Baba withstood repeated, almost inconceivable austerities.
These yoga practices were a comprehensive training for Baba’s soul. When Lokenath asked about the need to study scripture, his Gurudev replied that He should not waste time acquiring borrowed knowledge from books. Instead, Guru Bhagwan advised him to utilize the practice of yoga, “If You know who You are, You will come to know everything. There is nothing in this external, manifested world which is not within you. Believe My words; there is no truth without, because your atman is ‘sarvabhutatman,’ the atman seated in the hearts of all creatures. In You is the dormant seed form of all the knowledge, power and wealth of this entire creation. Why should You leave the diamond and waste time on pieces of glass?”
Baba Lokenath embodied the pure state of single pointed devotion to his Guru, the Master. He always followed the instructions of his Gurudev, who took him through diverse paths of yoga and unbelievable penance to rise above the physical into the world of pure subtle energy, the unified field. He is one of the greatest of Himalayan Masters, who came down to the plains after attaining the ultimate beyond which no human can reach, the pristine state of adwita jnana, or knowledge of non-dual Self.
At the ashram of Baradi, Baba spoke very little about this state, as it is always difficult for a layperson to understand the subtlest of Truth through the instrument of impure mind. Anything that is said is through the words of mind, but Baba reached a point where mind and intellect can never reach! Hence, anything that he would say about his unique state would be interpreted in the language of the mind.
There were a number of times when Baba did speak of the enlightened state:
“Words are such poor vehicles to express the inner experience. Any attempt to reduce it to words only belittles the Ultimate Truth. It is like the mute trying to express the taste of nectar.”
“Everything that exists in the infinite creation exists within Myself. The whole Universe is within Me. I am existence beyond space, time and causation. My existence is without beginning or end. I exist in eternal expansion. These words are not meant to be shared. That is the reason you see Me spending time with the householders, granting their mundane demands. Do not think when I am busy with you all in worldly matters, that I lose touch with that blissful state. No. Whoever achieves that state can never fall from it. Nothing can ever again be seen in isolation. Everything is seen as the expression of the One. In variety is the taste of Unity.”
“Because I eat, drink, attend to the call of nature and live like any one of you, you think of Me as one like you. Your greatest mistake is to think of Me as a body. How am I to explain who I am? Everyone is so involved in the fulfillment of small desires, so unconscious, so forgetful of the true ‘I’.
Baba Lokenath’s expressions of identification with Ultimate Truth flow like divine music from the world beyond. They echo the words of Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita, “Ignorant people seeing Me in human form mistake Me for an ordinary human. They fail to realize that I am the Paramatman (God).” (Gita, 9.11)
There is also a Vedic text which explains Baba’s state of Yoga: “The One Divine Being is hidden in all beings; He is omnipresent, the Indwelling Self of all beings, the witness, the one who imparts consciousness, unconditioned and without qualities.” (Svetasvatara Upanishad. 6.11)
Recalling his time in the Himalayas, Baba Lokenath said, “While in samadhi, heaps of snow would cover My body and would melt away. In that sublime state I had no feeling of the existence of My body. I was in that state of samadhi for a long time. Then, finally the effortless state of the Ultimate Truth was revealed. In that state of consciousness, there was no difference between me, the rest of the cosmos and all its manifestations. The inner and the outer all merged into each other as an expression of ultimate bliss, absolute joy. There is no state beyond this to be achieved in human life with total effort and divine grace.”
When Baba Lokenath reached this state of Buddhahood by flowering into divinity, the whole of nature celebrated. For Mother Nature takes a long time to bring the Divine Seed to bloom. Baba was ninety years old and His Guru was a grand old man of hundred and fifty years.
Baba Lokenath lived his teachings. He was the living manifestation of a living Buddha whose very presence created vibrations of ultimate joy and whose words penetrated the very hearts of the seekers who came to learn at his lotus feet. His eternal promises bring to light his state of being one with the Divine. Only one who has completely erased the separate identity and merged into cosmic consciousness could give such powerful promises to humanity as a whole. When we hear him speak to his devotees, we see how his was the most practical spirituality that could be practiced by one and all, particularly by the householders.
A little deeper focus on his teachings given below can awaken the latent spiritual yearning in the hearts of a true seeker of light. He spoke at times with a bit of ambiguous words, which needed deeper attention to understand their right context. But his teaching was simple and most scientific. He made it very clear that it is not enough to read the scriptures like the Gita and know it as knowledge, but one has to chew and digest it to make it his own. Only those can teach who have realized the meaning, and experienced the reality, of what one is to teach. As he was the living Gita, people from all communities found their path from the words of this great Himalayan Master.
Each Creation is Great in Itself
One day, Baba was visited by a pundit from a local school who proceeded to lecture Him on the scriptures. As the pundit was talking, a crow began making an unpleasant sound which the pundit found intolerable. He threw a stone to make the crow fly away only to have the bird return immediately to the same branch and resume making noise. To Baba, the bird was freely expressing the beauty of its existence through its own sound. When the pundit tried to drive it away a second time, Baba interfered. “You have driven away the crow because the sound seemed very unpleasant to your ears, but your sound, too, seems to Me equally unpleasant and disturbing.”
The pundit was shocked because a crow is a crow and man is the master, superior to all creatures. To Baba, each and every creature is itself a manifestation of Divinity. He felt the same about the smallest ant as the highest being. As a result, hate had no place in His heart. Baba wants us to know that nothing should be looked down upon.
A Social System Where Love Rules
People from all walks of life came to Baba for guidance. They not only came for spiritual guidance, but for help with the complex problems of daily life. Baba was deeply interested in every problem and suggested appropriate actions. His suggestions always proved a blessing to both the seeker and to society at large. Baba advocated love and mutual respect among all classes, as well as interdependence, without exploitation of any class.
To the question, “What is the path to a happy and peaceful life?” Baba spontaneously replied, “Do whatever you like, but do it consciously, with a sense of awareness.” The questioner, however, continued, “If You give Me permission to do as I please, then what would You say if I hit somebody’s head with a stick?” Baba smiled and replied, “Do it and see. I asked you to perform all actions consciously. Once you become conscious and aware, you will find that your conscience will prevent you from hurting anyone.” The evils in society are perpetrated because awareness is absent. All evil actions are the result of unconsciousness. To seekers of truth and bliss Baba gave another fruitful instruction. “If you intend to become spiritual, you must analyze your actions and thoughts each day before you go to bed at night. You must assess the good actions and evil actions and come to a firm resolution not to repeat evil actions anymore.” A seeker should try to practice all activities in a state of awareness. This is the most important “abhyasa-yoga” or spiritual practice for the aspirant. Most recurring actions that flow from lust, anger, greed, jealousy and the like manifest only in a state of unawareness. The seeds of these tendencies lie dormant in the subconscious layers of the mind.
Be Angry but Do Not Become Blind with Anger
Baba also says, “Be angry but do not become blind with anger.” Never allow anger to possess you. Then it blinds you. When anger is given free rein, it bursts out and causes damage — not only to the person at whom the anger is directed, but also, more seriously, at all levels of being to the one who is angry. Let anger become conscious. Step back, be a witness to anger and its mechanisms, to what is appropriate and inappropriate in the situation. The show of appropriate anger in daily life may be inevitable. The parent chastising a child, the teacher reprimanding the student, may call out a display of anger in protective guidance. No one should be consumed by anger. Remain a vehicle of appropriate and conscious expressions of anger, always working for the highest possible good. Then anger cannot possess or damage the mind or body, or thwart the purposes of the soul.
Practice What You Preach
As a world teacher, Baba always followed the maxim, ‘First, practice yourself; then preach.’ He often repeated this principle to His devotees. It was a principle that He followed perfectly. For example, Baba taught the path of desireless action and the importance of self-help. When local landowners presented the land for construction of the ashram and proposed their intention to donate funds to build the cottage, Baba objected. With the help of the villagers, He personally worked on the construction of His own small cottage, at the same time inspiring everyone never to feel ashamed to do menial work, since all work is service to the Divine.
The first thing that needs to be understood is that performing miracles is never the way of the enlightened Masters. Siddha Mahayogis like Baba Lokenath should not be confused with those who perform miracles with a purpose. From the time Baba stepped into the quiet village of Baradi he was almost unknown, for he truly was hiding for a while, until his fragrance spread on its own accord. Baba, through his intense sadhana in the plains and in the Himalayas, divinized every cell of his body and mind, thereby having all the powers of having supremacy over all the natural elements. His 26 long years in the hamlet of Baradi were filled with hundreds of stories of his infinite compassion and love, and how he fulfilled the wishes, small and big, of every seeker who came to his refuge. His word was the ultimate miracle. As he was established in the Truth of Brahman consciousness, Brahma Shakti or the infinite powers of Brahman, the Pure Consciousness emanated from him like the rays of light from the sun or fragrance from a fresh bloomed flower.
It was not humans alone who were the recipients of his divine love and healing, but every species of life was blessed and touched by his divine grace. Baradi ashram vibrated with not just devotees from all walks of life, but animals too had the same rights as the humans. Through the miracles that happened every day around him, Baba conveyed the message to the world that when man can realize his innate divine potential, then his very wish becomes the Wish of God. Hence, that which people talked about as the most incredible powers or siddhis, to Baba it was the most natural manifestation of his compassionate heart melting in love.
At times, Baba Lokenath could seem indifferent, even harsh or dismissive. In reality, he was deeply compassionate. He spoke of that paradox in this way:
“Do you think that I want you to suffer the pain of your diseases? You have accumulated bundles of sins for many births. How else can you be rid of them without physical ailments and mental agony? When I see the pain of your suffering becomes intolerable, I cannot bear your suffering any longer. I know very well that by curing your ailments I am indirectly encouraging you, but I cannot remain indifferent. I convince myself by saying, “They are My children. Who else but Me will cure their painful diseases?” I abuse them, punish them and at the same time take them on My lap.”
The Unwelcomed Guest
A persistent devotee once beseeched Baba to attend a dinner that was part of the last ceremonial rites for his late father. Baba never left the ashram for social events and no one ever insisted that he attend them in person. This devotee, however, refused to accept that, so Baba promised to attend. On the day of the dinner, the devotee received all of his guests. His entire attention was preoccupied, however, anticipating his most important guest, Baba Lokenath. He longed to see Baba. He restlessly watched as all of his guests arrived, feasted, and then left one by one. There was no sign of Baba. That night he became very depressed. He could not believe that Baba would break His promise. He condemned himself thinking that he must be a sinner. Why else would his master fail him? The next morning, he visited Baba, prostrated himself, and asked Baba why he had not come, since he had expected Baba with all his heart. Baba replied that he had gone to the house, but instead of being welcomed, he had been driven out. The devotee was shocked. He could only remember being gracious to all of his guests. Baba then said, “A dog tried to take some sweets from your storage room. Not once but three times you beat the dog with a stick and drove it away.” Baba showed him the bruises and said, “I was the dog. I visited you in the form of a dog. If you cannot recognize me, what am I to do?” The devotee then fell at Baba’s feet and asked forgiveness. Baba was teaching a lesson in the importance of acknowledging the Divine manifestation of every creature and in the necessity of observing kindness and goodness to all in the spirit of worship.
Radhika Mohan Roy
Radhika Mohan Roy was a wealthy man suffering from chronic rheumatism which partially paralyzed him. Although he could afford the best treatments available, nothing improved his condition. His devout wife had heard about the divine powers and mercy of Baba Lokenath and found her way to Baba’s feet. Radhika was a disrespectful husband involved in many evil activities. Baba was unsympathetic to his plight. Baba’s heart melted, however, at the tearful prayers of his devoted wife. Baba took pity on Radhika because of his wife’s heartfelt prayers. With Baba’s grace, Radhika slowly regained strength in his limbs. After a few days he began to move. The change was a miraculous improvement, since he had been a total invalid. Only one arm remained paralyzed. One day, as Baba sat in His room, Radhika’s wife came to Him looking very depressed. She said that, although she was deeply grateful for Baba’s grace, she felt sad that his arm was still paralyzed and he was unable to raise it. She prayed for Baba’s mercy. Baba raised His hands three times and told her, “Go and you will find that your husband is able to raise his hands.” Fully convinced of her husband’s total recovery, she ran to the boat where her husband was lying. To her great happiness, Radhika had been cured.
Heaven’s Milk for the Divine Child
Umaprasanna Nag had been blessed with a son, but lost his wife during childbirth. There was no one at home who could nurse the baby. Umaprasanna’s sister, Sindhuvasini was unable to help him. He had decided to find a paid woman to feed the baby and save the child. Learning of her brother’s intentions, Sindhuvasini went to Baba. Baba listened to her, then told her, “There is no need of any paid woman. You come sit before me. I will suck your milk.” Sindhuvasini was infertile. She had always wished to be a mother. She could not believe her ears. The infertile woman sat before the Divine Child. As Baba put his mouth to her breasts, they filled with milk. Her clothes were drenched. The motherless child had found a mother in Sindhuvasini. With the nourishment of that blessed milk, the boy grew into holy child and ardent devotee of Baba. In later life, Brahmaprasanna, settled in Calcutta and established a temple dedicated to Baba Lokenath at Garia.
The Barren Conceive
Other infertile women often came to Baba, begging to have children through His mercy and grace. Baba took pity on these unfortunate women who wholeheartedly longed to have a child. Baba always blessed them saying, “You will be blessed with a child, and I shall come to your home as your child.” Since Baba would say the same thing to all of these women, most devotees found His statements confusing. When they asked him to explain what he meant, he would say, “To you there is the second. But to Me, there is nobody else. I have become everything; so who else will be born other than Me?”
Honoring Our Promises to God
Sri Chandarkumar Dutta was the Deputy Magistrate of Dacca. After a prolonged ailment, his wife lost her ability to speak. She could not take food, pass urine or stool. She had the finest medical care, but continued to deteriorate. Only God could save her. Baba was her only refuge, so Chandrakumar brought her to Baba and begged for mercy. Baba responded, “In order to test whether I had attained the state of Brahman, I cured 94 dying patients, just by word. Now I do not have such wishes. But if anybody can make Me wish, even today, he can cure himself.” Chandrakumar asked how to make Baba wish. Baba replied, “Just as you feel the need for food to appease your appetite, just as you need to attend to the call of nature to maintain the health of your body, in the same way, if anybody feels the need for me, he can make Me wish and thereby fulfill his desires.” The pitiable condition of Chandrakumar’s wife touched Baba’s heart. The lady stayed for two months at the Baradi ashram. With the grace of Baba, she was able to speak again. Her other problems disappeared. Prior to her recovery, Chandrakumar promised to donate 500 rupees to the ashram if his wife recovered. Baba reminded him in a personal letter not to forget the promise he had made. Chandrakumar wrote back arrogantly, saying, “You are a sannyasin. What are you going to do with so much money?” A year later, Chandrakumar’s wife once again fell ill with all of the previous ailments. While Baba had no need of the money, the promise had been made freely by Chandrakumar. When he deliberately and arrogantly dismissed it, the blessings that had flowed out to him from Baba were necessarily taken away. Sadly, Chandrakumar’s wife suffered for his foolish actions.
Baba Keeps His Promise
A successful lawyer of the Dacca court, Sri Biharilal Mukherjee, was an ardent devotee of Baba. Once, he was traveling by boat through the middle of a river. A furious thunderstorm suddenly arose. Biharilal and the other passengers realized that the situation was beyond the control of the boatman. They began preparing for the end. Feeling helpless, Biharilal suddenly remembered Baba’s promise, “In forest or in ocean, whenever you are in danger, remember Me. I will save you.” The earnest prayers of the devotee reached Baba. At the time of this crisis, Anath Bandhu Mallik was sitting near Baba at the Baradi ashram. Baba told him, “Anath, Bihari’s life is at stake. He is praying to Me for My grace. I am going to save him.” As if by magic, the boat slowly balanced itself and reached its destination safely.
Baba Manifests to an American Woman
Manifestations of Baba’s grace were not confined to India. The following episode illustrates how Baba would bi-locate when he heard the call for help. Dr. Nishikanta Basu, an ardent devotee of Baba’s, was a practicing physician in a sanitarium in Chicago. One day, a patient came to him for treatment of a stomach tumor. The condition was serious. She was very worried and told the doctor she would do whatever he advised her. As Dr. Basu was about to reply, the lady cried out, “Stop, don’t talk. I see somebody behind you, towering above your head. Do you know who he is? He must be your spiritual guide.” As she described the appearance, the doctor realized that she was describing Baba. Dr. wrote in his diary, “I did not look behind me, but only kept looking at the lady and knew that Baba had come. He made it clear to me that he is the Divine Presence and he is always behind me protecting me.” Dr. Basu advised his patient to go to another hospital to have her tumor operation, knowing full well that if she went, from the business point of view, the sanitarium would lose. Dr. Basu knew that Baba had appeared because he was going to advise his patient to stay in the sanitarium for a few more days to satisfy hospital officials. Baba Lokenath had appeared to show him the path of truth and forthrightness.
PROMISES OF MAHAYOGI BABA LOKENATH
MAHAYOGI BABA LOKENATH
- Whenever you are in danger, whether in war, forest, ocean or jungle, remember Me. I shall save you.
- You may not know me. You may not realize who I am. Just pray to me with a little touch of your heart, and I shall free you from gripping sorrows and miseries.
- I willingly reveal myself to you. Therefore, you are in a position to reach me, or else it is impossible.
- No power on heaven or earth can damage the devotees who take shelter under me. For there is none greater than me to punish you.
- I can do whatever I like. It is only your lack of trust, your non-belief that keeps your desires unfulfilled.
- For those who with love and devotion surrender to me, if they are in trouble, my heart melts. This is my compassion. And with my compassion, my power flows out to them, freeing them from miseries and unhappiness.
- I am Eternal. I am Deathless. I AM.
- For more than a hundred years, I have traveled through the hills and mountains and have amassed enough spiritual treasures. You shall sit at home and enjoy the fruits of my austerities.
- My child, never miss the opportunity to meet the realized saints, for their blessings and presence will inspire deeper devotion and love for the divine and Guru. Satsang, being in the company of the holy ones, who live the truth is the greatest blessing of the Lord.
- I have everything in me. What you need in life, you have only to take.
108 NAMES OF BABA LOKENATH
Baba Lokenath is the embodiment of your Inner Light of Freedom. He is the Sadguru. His light of Grace ever radiates in your heart. When you are with the negative world of doubt, disease, distress, you are away from your Guru. When you return back to the Light within, the doubt melts into Faith, disease is released by the touch of inner power of healing and distress disappears into light of joy. How do you dwell in that light that ever shines in your heart? One of the simplest ways found to be most effective is the repetition of the Holy Name of the Lord.
“By chanting 108 Names of Baba Lokenath with love and devotion, faith and sincerity you will be closer to your Self within, that is what Guru is. It will empower you from within, washing your mind clean of all the conditions that binds you to this world of pain and pleasures, success and failures – the trap of self confinement. Practice this daily and you will feel the radiance of Guru’s Light from within. Om Guru.”
~~ Babaji Shuddhaanandaa
Om Lokenathaya Namah
|37||Om Bhaktaparadhinaya Lokenathaya Namaha||73||Om Sarvadevasthutaya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|Om Baradinathaya Namah||38||Om Sharanagatavatsalaya Lokenathaya Namaha||74||Om Shankaraya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|Om Mrityunjayay Lokenathaya Namah||39||Om Premamurthaya Lokenathaya Namaha||75||Om Dakshinamurthaye Lokenathaya Namaha|
|Om Mrityubhai Abhaipradaya Lokenathaya Namaha||40||Om Urdharetase Lokenathaya Namaha||76||Om Mahamayaya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|Om Sthiraya Lokenathaya Namah||41||Om Kalatitaya Lokenathaya Namaha||77||Om Devadhipataye Lokenathaya Namaha|
|Om Sthanave Lokenathaya Namah||42||Om Lokedhatre Lokenathaya Namaha||78||Om Purnapurushottamaya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|Om Varadaya Lokenathaya Namaha||43||Om Shuddhavigrahaya Lokenathaya Namaha||79||Om Dhanamangaladatre Lokenathaya Namaha|
|Om Sarvatmane Lokenathaya Namaha||44||Om Jagadgurave Lokenathaya Namaha||80||Om Dayasaraya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|Om Vishnuvallabhaya Lokenathaya Namaha||45||Om Jagadvyapine Lokenathaya Namaha||81||Om Shivaya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|10||Om Digamvaraya Lokenathaya Namaha||46||Om Sarvamangalakaraya Lokenathaya Namaha||82||Om Vishnave Lokenathaya Namaha|
|11||Om Shashvataya Lokenathaya Namaha||47||Om Mahesharaya Lokenathaya Namaha||83||Om Adipurushaya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|12||Om Bhagavate Lokenathaya Namaha||48||Om Kamanashakaya Lokenathaya Namaha||84||Om Paramapurushaya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|13||Om Tapashvine Lokenathaya Namaha||49||Om Rudraya Lokenathaya Namaha||85||Om Satchidanandavigrahaya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|14||Om Bhutabhavanaya Lokenathaya Namaha||50||Om Yajnaya Lokenathaya Namaha||86||Om Sarvabhutanamnilayaya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|15||Om Shivapriyaya Lokenathaya Namaha||51||Om Prashantatmane Lokenathaya Namaha||87||Om Jitendriyaya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|16||Om Sarvabhutatmane Lokenathaya Namaha||52||Om Ugratejase Lokenathaya Namaha||88||Om Sanatanaya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|17||Om Vishwarupaya Lokenathaya Namaha||53||Om Sarvadukkhadahanaya Lokenathaya Namaha||89||Om Amritaya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|18||Om Kalakalaya Lokenathaya Namaha||54||Om Mahatejase Lokenathaya Namaha||90||Om Vyaktaavyaktaya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|19||Om Paramatmane Lokenathaya Namaha||55||Om Siddhaye Lokenathaya Namaha||91||Om Gangadharaya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|20||Om Sahasrakshya Lokenathaya Namaha||56||Om Jatadharaya Lokenathaya Namaha||92||Om Sarvadevamayaya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|21||Om Grahapataye Lokenathaya Namaha||57||Om Guhavasine Lokenathaya Namaha||93||Om Gurave Lokenathaya Namaha|
|22||Om Lokepalaya Lokenathaya Namaha||58||Om Papavimochakaya Lokenathaya Namaha||94||Om Anantarupaya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|23||Om Mahatapase Lokenathaya Namaha||59||Om Karmadhwamsine Lokenathaya Namaha||95||Om Jagannathaya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|24||Om Ghorotapase Lokenathaya Namaha||60||Om Sarvatomukhaya Lokenathaya Namaha||96||Om Shatrughne Lokenathaya Namaha|
|25||Om Dinasadhakaya Lokenathaya Namaha||61||Om Aditaya Lokenathaya Namaha||97||Om Brahmalokaya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|26||Om Yogine Lokenathaya Namaha||62||Om Mahadevaya Lokenathaya Namaha||98||Om Padmanabhaya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|27||Om Sarvajnaya Lokenathaya Namaha||63||Om Sadashivaya Lokenathaya Namaha||99||Om Narayanaya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|28||Om Nilakanthaya Lokenathaya Namaha||64||Om Brahmacharine Lokenathaya Namaha||100||Om Dayanidhaye Lokenathaya Namaha|
|29||Om Swayamshresthaya Lokenathaya Namaha||65||Om Parameshwaraya Lokenathaya Namaha||101||Om Antaryamine Lokenathaya Namaha|
|30||Om Ganapataye Lokenathaya Namaha||66||Om Tarakaya Lokenathaya Namaha||102||Om Parbrahmane Lokenathaya Namaha|
|31||Om Paramayamantraya Lokenathaya Namaha||67||Om Vedatmane Lokenathaya Namaha||103||Om Pavitraya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|32||Om Kamandaludharaya Lokenathaya Namaha||68||Om Iswaraya Lokenathaya Namaha||104||Om Satyabrataya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|33||Om Deerghaya Lokenathaya Namaha||69||Om Trigunatmakaya Lokenathaya Namaha||105||Om Sarvalochanaya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|34||OM Purushottamaya Lokenathaya Namaha||70||Om Pashupataye Lokenathaya Namaha||106||Om Sahasravahave Lokenathaya Namaha|
|35||Om Krishnaya Lokenathaya Namaha||71||Om Shuddhatmane Lokenathaya Namaha||107||Om Vasudevaya Lokenathaya Namaha|
|36||Om Sarvashubhankaraya Lokenathaya Namaha||72||Om Trilokarakshakaya Lokenathaya Namaha||108||Om Bhakatanamparamayaigataye Lokenathaya Namaha|
Copyright © to Lokenath Divine Life Mission , Author : Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari , www.babalokenath.org , 11/14/2006 .