Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hanuman Chalisa in English





The importance of Hanuman Chalisa has been described in an earlier post. (click on link to see). It was originally composed in Hindi (Awadhi) by Tulsidas. At the present time there are many persons around the world who would like to recite this mantra but are unfamiliar with the Hindi Script. Many transcriptions in English are available on the net, each with some variations. The present version is a fresh attempt that has tried to remain as close as possible to the original pronunciation. However the interested person can get many song versions of this on the net to learn the correct pronunciation while using this text to read simultaneously. After a few attempts, just reading will suffice to yield, more or less, the correct pronunciation.

It is not necessary to be able to read the Hanuman Chalisa in the original or any other script. Many illiterate persons have derived full benefit from it after learning it by heart. What is necessary is to pronounce the words as correctly as possible. Feel free to copy and make a print of this if you wish. The Hanuman Chalisa consists of forty verses along with introductory and concluding verses. The numbering and titles are for clarity, not pronouncing while reading.


Doha

Shreeguru charan saroj raj
nij manu mukuru sudhaari

Baranau raghubar bimal jasu
jo daayaku phal chaari

Buddhiheen tanu jaan ke
sumirau pavan kumār

Bal buddhi bidyā dehu mohi
harahu kales bikār

Chaupai

1
Jay hanumān gyan gun saagar
Jay kapees tihun lok ujaagar

2
Rām dūt atulit bal dhāmā
Anjani putr pavansut nāmā

3
Mahābīr bikram bajarangī
Kumati nivār sumati ke sangī

4
Kaanchan baran birāj subesā
Kānan kundal kunchit kesā

5
Hāth bajr au dhvajā birājai
Kāndhe mūnj janeū sājai

6
Shankar suvan kesarī nandan
Tej pratāp mahā jag bandan

7
Vidyāvān gunī ati chātur
Rām kāj karibe ko ātur

8
Prabhu charitr sunibe ko rasiyā
Rām lakhan sītā man basiyā

9
Sūkshm rūp dhari siyahi dikhāvā
Bikat rūp dhari lank jarāvā

10
Bhīm rūp dhari asur sahānre
Rāmachandr ke kāj sanvāre

11
Lāey sajīvan lakhan jiyāe
Shrī Raghubīr harashi ur lāye

12
Raghupati kīnhī bahut badāī
Tum mam priy bharathi sam bhāī

13
Sahas badan tumharo jas gāvain
As kahi shrīpati kanth lagāvain

14
Sanakādik brahmādi munīsā
Nārada sārada sahita ahīsā

15
Jam Kuber dikpāl jahān te
Kavi kobid kahi sakai kahā te

16
Tum upakār Sugrīvahin kīnhā
Ram milāy rājapad dīnhā

17
Tumharo mantra Vibhīshan mānā
Lankeshvara bhae sab jag jānā

18
Jug sahastr yojan par bhānū
Līlyo tāhi madhur phal jānū

19
Prabhu mudrikā meli mukh māhī
Jaladhi lānghi gaye acharaj nāhī

20
Durgam kāj jagata ke jete
Sugam anugrah tumhare tete

21
Rām duāre tum rakhavāre
Hot na āgyā binu paisāre

22
Sab sukh lahai tumhārī saranā
Tum rakhchhak kāhū ko daranā


23
Apan tej samhāro āpai
Tino lok hānk te kānpai

24
Bhūt pishāch nikat nahi āvai
Mahābīr jab nām sunāvai

25
Nāsai rog harai sab pīrā
Japat nirantar hanumat bīrā


26
Sankat te Hanumān chhurdāvai
man kram vachan dhyāna jo lāvai

27
Saba par Rām tapasvī rājā
Tin ke kāj sakal tum sājā

28
Aura manorath jo koī lāvai
Soi amit jīvan phal pāvai

29
Chāro juga pratāp tumhārā
Hai parasiddh jagat ujiyārā


30
Sādhu sant ke tum rakhavāre
asur nikandan rām dulāre

31
Asht siddhi nav nidhi ke dātā
As bar dīn jānakī mātā

32
Rām rasāyan tumhare pāsā
Sadā raho raghupati ke dāsā


33
Tumhare bhajan rām ko pāvai
Janam janam ke dukh bisarāvai

34
Ant kāl Raghubar pur jāī
Jahā janm hari bhakt kahāī


35
Aur devatā chitt na dharaī
Hanumat sei sarb sukh karaī

36
Sankat katai mitai sab pīrā
Jo sumirai hanumat balabīrā

37
Jay jay jay Hanumān gosāī
Kripā karahu guru dev kī nāī

38
Jo shat bār pāth kar koī
Chhūtahi bandi mahā sukh hoī

39
Jo yah padhai Hanumān chālīsā
Hoy siddhi sākhī gaurīsā

40
Tulsīdās sadā Hari cherā
Kījai nāth hriday manh derā


Doha

Pavantanay sankat haran, mangal mūrti rūp

Rām Lakhan Sītā sahit, hirday bashu sur bhup

Note: For more on the history of Hanuman Chalisa and meaning of verses see : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanuman_Chalisa

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Naini Mata, Engineering Education and the Amrapali Institutes




For description see: http://aits-nainital.blogspot.in/2010/05/tree-plantation-marks-observance-of_06.html

Some things are best kept private in silence at the time they happen but with passage of time one may reveal them as in this note, seven years having passed. Before we begin with the stated topic, it is necessary to say a bit about myself and my involvement in all of this

From childhood, I have been interested in the spiritual and mystic side of life.  As completion of high school neared, the question arose in the family as to what career I should take up. My father was interested in an army or administrative career for me. It was the best practice in the family. However noting that such careers do not permit freedom to travel or choose places where one would live and work, I was against it.

Therefore, I joined a program in engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology. During some training programs in industry, I was aghast at the confinement in narrow cabins or shop floors in high walled security compounds that engineers had to spend eight hours or more a day in. To me it seemed like a prison for slaves. My soul was not born for it. Therefore I decided then and there to continue studies up to doctoral level in USA or Canada. It would give me an opportunity to travel that I looked forward to much when younger as also lead to an academic job later where one has the freedom to move about on green university campuses. It may bring less money than some other pursuits, but money has never been a priority for me in life. I have repeatedly turned away from opportunities for more money all through life, if it implied compromising ethics, freedom and environment of living. That is how I ended up being a professor and scientist in some of the finest universities on our planet.

Through a life full of many events and adventures, many a time, I came close to grave danger but all those times a mysterious force, a loving hand, saved me from trouble. I recognize that now as the Love of God in His various facets and manifestations, a prominent one among them being Naini Mata, the goddess of Nainital because I had spent my childhood in Nainital. However on my part a debt remained. I left Nainital early in childhood and although returned on brief visits, I had not made any contribution to the beautiful district of Nainital over which the goddess presides. My educational contributions in both science and mysticism had been in the wider world. In 2008, I realized that although I could make spiritual contributions to the district all through my life, it would not be possible to do much on the technical side beyond the age of sixty and here I was, already 58 years old.

I rushed to the internet to check the status of engineering education in the district of Nainital. I could not find any institute or university involved in that in the district as existed at that time, except for a restricted effort in Bhimtal, but there was one that had begun in this direction. It was called Amrapali Institute of Technology and Sciences or AITS for short. Immediately I sent a letter to their management with my resume, that I would be happy to come to the Institute and serve them in a senior capacity towards improving technical education in their Institute, while in my heart in the District of Nainital.

While humans believe that they do whatever they do, it is only the spiritual who realize that behind it all is the mystic power of God and the numerous gods and goddesses through whom this power flows. In Nainital it is Naini Mata or Goddess Nanda often accompanied by her younger sister the goddess Sunanda in times of peace, for while the goddess Nanda surrounded by her lions is ever ready to go to war on evil, her sweet sister Sunanda surrounded by lotuses prefers to take care of the well being of her human children in times of peace. The mystic secrets of how Naini Mata organized the development of the district beginning in 1840 , as appropriate for the modern age, soon after Queen Victoria ascended the throne in England has been revealed in earlier posts of this blog. The goddess had to involve the British for this for the Indians of the time had no technical skills to develop a hill district.

By the 1900’s Nainital town and the surrounding district had been developed to the best standards in the world as existed at that time. It was time now for the goddess to train her Indian subjects in engineering skills too, so that they need not depend on foreigners from far away. Unfortunately, there was not a single place for engineering education in all of South Asia at that time. Soon after, the goddess inspired a conference in Nainital in 1908 of educationists and administrators of that time as to how to begin it in India. As a result of this conference the first institutes of engineering began to be established in India at  HBTI in Kanpur and the Thomson College in Roorkee. Thus began technical education in India too.

However in my survey in late 2008, I found that while technical education had become widespread throughout India there was hardly any to speak of in Nainital District itself except AITS and that is how I entered the picture. My letter had been sent and soon after the goddess entered the hearts and mind of the management of the Institute to come all the way to Jaipur and to ask me to come and join them. The Institute is largely looked after by the son of the founder - Professor Sanjay Dhingra. The father himself had other educational work to take care of in distant Modi Nagar. Two other partners who were roped in were One Mr. Monga with background in Timber business and familiar with land acquisitions required to set up the Institutes. One more was a cousin Mr. Narendra Dhingra roped in to help. The latter two had nearly no previous background in education so the task of developing these Institutes fell largely on the shoulder of Professor Sanjay Dhingra. It was he who came all the way to Jaipur to organize my appointment at AITS and I readily agreed. He asked me what salary I might need and I mentioned that was irrelevant for in my heart was service for my goddess mother  except for facilities as required for my work such as dedicated transport, adequate office and furnished accommodation in secluded green area that had become my life style since the age of forty or so. Nevertheless, Sanjay was generous and urged me throughout my stay as to why I do not claim expenses even as he does but I replied that it was not necessary.

The Institute had begun admitting students three years prior to that and the first batch was to graduate in 2010. When I arrived at the Institute I was aghast at the mess the place was in. The building was partially unconstructed, unsecured, equipments being stolen, students rebelling and indulging in fights as young persons will when not channeled in positive directions, no sense of order at all. A computer science faculty member was sharing a room with one from English and so on. There was neither nay department, nor any office of the Institute. Students were being asked to go sit in any class and few were taking place. The central office of the group of Institutes sent me printed forms called Transfer Certificates as required in high schools but not university level education and the class timings were also organized as high school class periods of 45 minutes each. No one here had any idea of what university level technical education is. Much of the faculty was young graduates and the senior ones were from sciences etc. not engineering. There was construction rubble all over and in the corridors too where a series of constructed but unoccupied rooms lay with no one knowing what to do with them. Nevertheless, the buildings were of good quality, thanks to the dedication of Mr. Dhingra and a very competent expert, Professor K K Pande who had contributed to the design but left before my arrival.

But with grace of the goddess, I was able to fix it all within a year beginning with ethical education to students in a fatherly manner, training the faculty in teaching methods, organizing offices and furniture for them, fixing labs and central offices, appointing deans, heads of departments, foreman, faculty in charges, organizing a developmental conferences, time tables, and administrative procedures. fixing corridors, gardens and pathways around the building and so on and cultural activities for students ending with a grand farewell party for the first batch that graduated in 2010. I had become sixty years old now and it was time to bid goodbye to it all, leaving its future fate in the hands of the gods even as Naini Mata left the fate for her beloved district in the hands of those who followed the British. For while the gods intervene they give freedom to their human children too with a saying from South Asia – Ab sanwar lo ya bigad lo, tumara hai – or to quote from my book, Mystic pathways to peace, love and happiness,


“Like a gentle mother, who allows her offspring to play and mess about in a yard, even trample down her precious beds of painfully nurtured flowers, Mother Earth too allows her children that freedom. It is because of that we have filthy oil spills, scarred and strip-mined patches of land, mercilessly logged forests, spills of chemical wastes from our factories, filthy slum habitations of Latin America, European Gypsy camps, slums of India and Indonesia with rape and hunger infested refugee camps of the world. These ugly scars and spots on Mother Earth do not for a moment mean that Mother Earth is ugly. It is just a temporary thing, like the flowerbeds trampled upon by unruly children. When the play is over and children back in bed, mother would come around and fix those flower beds and forests once again. Like every good mother, Mother Earth is stern from time to time. When she gets angry, she shakes her bosom like an earthquake, roars like a hurricane or thunders like the floods drowning her children into a corner stool as temporary punishment.”

I do feel that the Mother was pleased with my effort, for soon after I returned, she granted me the honor of naming one of the most sacred Mountains on earth as Sunanda Devi Mountain. It had earlier been called Nanda Devi East. Perhaps with this my name has entered the eternal records of heavens, the heavely abode of the goddesses Nanda and Sunanda, for as long as the Himalayas stand. While in Nainital too she looked after me as every loving mother would look after her beloved child who has come from far to visit her in old age. The Senior most and most powerful administrative officer of the district and neighboring districts ( I G Ashok Kumar, came to visit me and left his contacts and numbers to say they were at my beck and call for any need that may arise as was the senior most police officer of the District.

Every month I climbed the hill to pay my regards to Naini Mata at her shrine besides the lake and while in Naintal she arranged the grandest lodging for me to stay each and every time – The Raj Bhavan – a place that was built for Queen Victoria, were she to visit India as the Empress of the district while she lived and used as summer residences for governors since. It is a large facility in Nainital and has buildings and rooms for other select guests who might be chosen for stay.

From a parallel hill, Babaji Haidakhan her beloved son was always by my side. I had last visited his ashram in Haidakhan in 2007. The ashram provides free meals and rooms for all who choose to visit just as in Sikh Temples from voluntary contributions. I had mentioned that the lunch could be improved if Dahi (yoghurt) was added to it if they could manage the funds beginning with a small contribution myself then. A training and placement officer of the Institute who had been visiting the place insisted on coming along with me on the new visit. On the way, I stopped our car and said, we need to buy glucose biscuits for the dogs. This officer was disgusted and remarked,

“I have been so many times to the ashram, but I have never seen any dogs.”

When we arrived at the ashram the dogs came running out and jumped and squealed in delight all over me to get the biscuits. In the temple room the priest handed me the tray of Bhog, Prasad to carry to the mess where all had gathered for lunch and waiting. A grand lunch was served and a yogini ran out to get a can of dahi that was still not a part of the lunch. It was a small one but she poured it out herself in plates of all sitting for lunch and a hundred and one persons had gathered the, more dahi she served, the more was left in her can, In the end she sent it to the kitchens for the staff.



Jai Mata ki

Jai Baba Haidakhan

Monday, May 22, 2017

Mother Goddess viewed from Nainital





Some years ago when I visited Her temple beside the Lake in Nainital, I looked for a book on Her in stores nearby. I found a small one in Hindi by Dr. Kiran Kumari.  There was a need for another one in English describing much more about Her and Her place in the Universe. Therefore I decided to undertake this task. My background is one from Science yet I have had deep interests in the mystic side of life. Therefore when I wrote this book it was from this combined perspective. It must be admitted that the task was a difficult one and although the first attempt resulted in a book, it had shortcomings.. The loving Mother Naini Mata let her child try his hand at this homework on his own without active help. Parts of it were difficult to understand, even confusing. Therefore, recently I began work on new edition again. This new version has now been released at Amazon and other stores around the world in both paperback and electronic formats. It was also an opportunity to improve the format and layout of book and include a few images.

While in many parts of the world God is viewed as both Father and Mother, in the Christian world it had been mostly Father God until the mystic Dame Julian of Norwich around 1400, the first woman book author in English language came and explained to Christians that God may be viewed as a Mother too (See Wikipedia for more on her). It is worth noting that one of her most ardent follower in recent centuries Robert Llewellyn came and lived in Nainital for many years as the principal of a famous local school – Sherwood College.There he became a family friend of this author's family. When after retirement he returned to England he spent his remaining thirty years in the service of Dame Julian at her sanctuary in England. More can be found on him at:

Rather than write more about the book here I am reproducing the book description as at Amazon here:


The book begins with a description of Nainital, a beautiful town built around a pristine lake in the Himalayas and the Mother Goddess that presides over the lake since ancient times. The book then goes on describe relationships between gods and humans, origins of life on earth based on recent scientific discoveries, the purpose of life and the journey of a soul.  Dr. Ashok is both a scientist and an ardent follower of mysticism and this reflects in presentation of contents that are vast in scope even in a compact book. In the new revised version of 2017, he has reviewed and reorganized the contents in a manner so that even some of the difficult parts are easy to understand by the average reader. The book should interest all, not just thinkers and those interested in spiritual science.


 
An extract from the book, Page 5

A finite human mind may not know fully all the mysteries of the universe. It is not possible for humans to know all of that which is not directly accessible to senses or even scientific instruments and that which is infinite in extent i.e. God. However one may feel some of the essence of the divine in one’s heart directly through faith, love and devotion. Whatever is experienced cannot be described in words for others accurately in a language born of a finite mind. Perhaps it is because of this that the great poet Saint Kabir has said,

From reading many volumes, knowledgeable became none
Just Two and half words of love is enough to become one

Therefore, to write anything about the divine and mystic side can never be fully accurate. However it serves the purpose of satisfying the curiosity of those interested in the subject. It gives them the initial information necessary for their own personal spiritual pursuits. For scholars on the subject, it offers additional material to research and debate and hopefully improve upon it. For spiritual seekers it may offer new directions to explore, some that might have escaped their attention, in their spiritual journey through the universe.

Through a life full of many events and adventures, many a time I foolishly did wrong things as perhaps most of us do or came close to grave danger but all those times a mysterious force, a loving hand, saved me from trouble. I recognize that now as the Love of God in his various facets and manifestations, a prominent one among them being Naini Mata, the goddess of Nainital.

The Infinite Almighty has no form that can be comprehended but those who love him have tried to do so in various names, forms and symbols. This is perfectly all right as long as one realizes that God is not limited to that name and form but it is just one of his infinite facets. As the female side of the Lord who is neither male nor female, humans recognize the Almighty as the Mother Goddess.

The Mother Goddess has an infinite number of shapes and forms and a devotee may choose any that he or she becomes familiar with. In the Himalayas the mother goddess has been recognized as the snow white Parvati, or indeed in many hues and colors as the goddess Tara in Tibet, as the goddesses Nanda and Sunanda, as the goddess Durga, Kali Ma or as Naini Mata the goddess beside the lake in Nainital.

Jai Mata ki 

Link to the book in US Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Naini-Mata-Nainital-Ashok-Malhotra/dp/1461159229/

For those in India and other countries, please order from the Amazon store in your country or one nearest to save on shipping charges.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Shree Hanuman Chalisa - Mantra Par Excellence



 

The power of mantra Jap or repetition of select holy words has been a time tested technique of spiritual development. The recitation of a mantra stills the mind and drives consciousness closer to its original source. At other times consciousness gets attached to activities of a finite mind and its small finite powers.

Some decades ago when modern researchers began to research effect of mantra recitation on humans, some came to conclusion that even the recitation of nonsense words like coco cola rather than selected sacred ones were producing benefit. However it is a grave mistake to do that because in meditative states consciousness becomes open to connections in the universe and then there is danger that nonsense or evil of the universe shall enter it.Whatever the mind focuses on, that it tends to attain.

A modern computer user may compare this to his experience of a computer. When not connected to the net, its powers are limited to that on the finite computer. When connected to the net it may multiply hugely. However, if connection is made to undesirable websites then much malignant-ware may enter the computer, even destroy it. Therefore, when choosing a mantra for recitation, choose sacred words of beauty and goodness. The words thus chosen may be from one’s language, culture or religion or from another provided one understands the meaning of it. Patanjali, the father of yoga, has stressed that focus on meaning during recitation of God’s name is beneficial. However, faith in sacred holiness of the chosen word also helps even when does not understand the meaning fully. Mantras may be recited loudly or internally with no sound emerging.
 
A mantra must have some other properties too. For example, it must be such that it enhances regular even breathing rather than disrupt it during recitation. Thus it takes evolved sages to choose the right mantras. Since the precise breathing apparatus and background of all varies, it remains for an individual to discover the best mantra for his or her personal spiritual development perhaps with the help of a spiritual teacher if necessary. A mantra can be as short as a single word or consist of several words or verses. Some of the favorites of this author are
OM
Ram
Om Namah Shiva
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti
Om Mani Padme Hum 
The Complete Gayatri Mantra (In its Sanskrit verses)
The Complete Hanuman Chalisa
The Chalisas are the longest of spiritual mantras consisting of forty grouped couplets along with introductory and concluding verses. Chalisa means forty in Hindi. Of all the Chalisas, connected to various gods and goddesses of Himalayas and the plains it guards, the favorite of this author as well as of millions of others is the Hanuman Chalisa. The verses of this Chalisa include sacred and holy deeds of Lord Hanuman as well as about the recitation and power of the mantra and the name of the author, the sage and divine poet Tulsidas. Being a long mantra, it is one that is excellent for advanced mystics and scholars as well as the common man.

The Gayatri mantra in Sanskrit with its advanced spiritual meaning may be regarded as one best for scholars and priests, but Hanuman Chalisa belongs to all. It may be read just once to have a beneficial effect unlike a brief mantra that must be repeated over and over again. or it may be repeated several times for a longer session. There is a ecommendation within the verses of seven times being a session with more advanced benefits than just once. As mentioned in the Hanuman Chalisa and as true for any mantra, spiritual benefits of mantra recitation is proportional to control one can exercise on one’s mind and actions. 

Youtube has an excellent collection of Hanuman Chalisa videos by leading lights from the musical world rendered as artistic creations. Just search for them on google or youtube on your smart phone and listen to some. These are useful for learning the correct pronunciation of words in the Mantra but the final recitation must be done by the seeker himself by reading free of the artistic embellishments.  I find the one by Anup Jalota particulary good on youtube. It is at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD0Lnh0IJHY

In India these are usually produced in small pocket size books so that one may carry them wherever one goes. One such has been the companion of this author in his travels across the globe, In India these are usually produced in small pocket sizes so that one may carry them wherever one goes. One such has been the companion of this author in his travels across the globe. But some know it all by heart.

The picture with this post is of Lord Hanuman at the gate of the Naini Mata temple in Naintal snapped by this author some years ago. In mythology he was a god that belonged to the Vanar race that has monkey like physical characteristics and abilities such as a tail but also human ones like speech and intellect and Lord Hanuman was the most learned of beings in the times he appeared in pre-history. It is believed that he is immortal.

Jai Hanuman ji ki, Jai Bhagwan
(Praise Hanuman, praise the Lord)

NOTE: 
For those unable to read Hindi and wishing for an English transcription of Hanman Chalisa see:

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Pathway to Hairakhan, Pathways to Paradise



 
A photo of plains of Nainital District snapped from road to Hairakhan
While Baba Hairakhan walked amongst us, he guided many through his blessings and words to pathways of bliss. Now that he is no longer among us physically, his blessings and intervention in life is still available to all who love him. Indeed it is available to others too, even those who never met him or any other saint or divinity that walked upon the face of Mother Earth, for when God sent forth souls into life, he inscribed knowledge on their hearts. The only difficulty is that most of us waste no time in smudging that knowledge with things like greed, lust and anger. Things like Love, truth and simplicity restore it. That is how saints help humans who approach them.

Those who now wish to discover those paths for themselves with some guidance from saints through the ages can find it in this new book shared with all here:


This is the link to Amazon in India. Others elsewhere may find other sources near them by googling for the title of the book

“Mystic Pathways to Love, Peace and Happiness”

Sunday, April 2, 2017

How Nainital Inspired my New Novel – 2084 Babaji





2084 Babaji by Ashok Malhotra

Much of my spiritually inspired writing has its roots in Nainital. My new short novel 2084 Babaji too was inspired similarly. While many seem to connect it with the famous novel 1984 by George Orwell, the 2084 is the height of Nainital town in Kumaon. Either way, if you get a chance, do read this novel. In it is a story of our world, a little village in India and a mystic from the Himalayas. While being an engrossing story the book is interspersed with mystic knowledge that shall surely help to make the life of reader more meaningful and joyous. The book is available at Amazon at the following link as well as several other places if you google for it,


Note: The cover image shown here is different from the one in commercially available editions. A screenshot of some of  the images connected to this book on goolge images is below. Jai Baba haidakhan



Friday, March 3, 2017

Babaji Haidkhan was from God


In an age when false teachers and fraud spiritual gurus may be found a dime a dozen, how can someone be  sure that Baba Haidakhan/ Hairakhan was a true teacher and not just another one of those false gurus. In fact false gurus are as old as human civilization and even ancient prophets have warned about them. It is however not difficult to discover them from their fruit. This post in another blog gives seven signs to discover the false ones and the godly ones.

https://ashokbabaji.blogspot.in/2017/03/beware-of-evil-in-spiritual-robes.html


Babaji of Haidkhan passes all the simple tests described at this link unlike very many others who claim to be gurus and messengers of God in the modern age.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Babaji or Baba Haidakhan/ Hairakhan and Religion



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Babaji was a mystic who appeared in the Nainital Himalayas between 1970 and 1984. Many believe that he was a divine being that appears repeatedly in human body since times immemorial in the Himalayas with his appearance at Haidakhan being the most recent one. While his origins must remain a mystery, there is no doubt that he added much peace, happiness and beauty in the lives of all he touched and that his life and works were magical. Haidakhan is also spelt Hairakhan because the actual consonant sound used in the word in local language does not exist in English. It is actually something that is a bit like a mix of an R and a D sound.

Like many other modern Gurus, Babaji did not accumulate any wealth or luxuries, did not ask anyone to change his religion or become his exclusive follower and devotee but rather encouraged all to remain free in heart and soul devoting oneself to God.  Babaji spoke little and his messages spoken in words were brief. First and foremost was to base one’s life in love, truth and simplicity. Next is to strive and work to improve self as well as lives of others as long as one lives.  Most important is love of God, the universal consciousness that pervades the universe.

Babaji advocated that one can express this love of God in any manner one is familiar with from one’s religious origins, that of another, or none at all, for while religious expression belongs to defined groups of humans, there is only one God in the universe who belongs to all. Babaji himself appeared in a Hindu environment and therefore he himself regularly performed Hindu rituals as an expression of his love for God which included the fire ceremony of Havan, recitation of the mantra – Om Namah Shivaya and also the singing of holy songs in praise of the Lord in His various manifestations.

The present author is an ardent admirer and follower of Baba Haidakhan. However I have been exposed to several religions in different parts of the world as well as much Science through my profession, therefore my own expression of love for God is based on all of it. Recently I started a new blog devoted exclusively to spiritual thought based on this.  If you are interested checkout the following link; if you follow that blog through a link in the side bar of that blog, I shall include you for a prayer in my next meditation session for increasing peace, happiness and beauty in your life too. The link to this blog is:



Monday, February 6, 2017

Reason for adding Babaji in profile name


Jai Ma Nanda, Jai Sunanda Nanda Devi and Sunanda Devi: Main and East Summits (photo: Alex Moran) With permission from http://www.moran-mountain.co.uk/moran-mountaineering/Nanda%20Devi%20East.htm  



Some visitors the blog may have noted that my profile name has changed from just Ashok to Ashok Babaji. There is an interesting history to this name change published in the companion blog at:


The title Babaji added to the name of person, place or some other word is often used for any person whose primary interest in life becomes the spiritual side of life rather than the material or worldly one and who has attained sufficient progress in same to be able to help others too in their spiritual evolution. Some are divine personalities who appear as humans for brief periods to share their message of love and peace with other humans. Baba Hiadakhan, or Babaji of Haidakhan/Hiarakhan of Nainital district described much in this blog has been a dominant spiritual force and guide to this author.



Essentially, to don any sort of spiritual mantle implies becoming a servant or loving child of the Ultimate reality and to do His bidding i.e. to make that the prime purpose of existence rather than their own will. Many such beings require neither any direct communication with the masses nor any recognition of this from them. Some of the evolved beings serve as His messengers while some merely assist in that task. For any such role, it seems, there must be sufficient lack of personal desire, ambition, and a reduced karmic baggage in order for God the Almighty and not just a human, howsoever elevated in the eyes of man,  to accept one in such a role and then to be able to execute that role with any degree of satisfaction.


Om Namah Shivaya


Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Love of Naini Mata is Huge




Flowers for the Mother Goddess
Through a life full of many events and adventures, many a time I foolishly did wrong things as perhaps most of us do or came close to grave danger but all those time a mysterious force, a loving hand saved me from trouble. I recognize that now as the Love of God in his various facets and manifestations, a prominent one among them being Naini Mata, the goddess of Nainital.

The Infinite Almighty has no form that can be comprehended but those who love him have tried to do so in various names, forms and symbols. This is perfectly all right as long as one realizes that God is not limited to that name and form but it is just one of his infinite facets. As a female or as the female side of the Lord who is neither male nor female, humans recognize the Almighty as the Mother Goddess.

The Mother Goddess too has an infinite number of shapes and forms and a devotee may choose any that he or she becomes familiar with. In the Himalayas the mother goddess has been recognized as the dark goddess Kali or the snow white one Parvati, or indeed in many hues and colors as the goddess Tara in Tibet, as the goddesses Nanda and Sunanda, as the goddess Durga or as Naini Mata the goddess beside the lake in Nainital.

The love of the Mother Goddess is indeed huge for all. It appears to me that it is especially strong for those who lived by the lake as infants or came to love her with a pure heart even later in life and that she ever protects them even as a loving mother protects a child . She too has no defined form; therefore the picture chosen for this post is just some flowers I collected from the garden for my morning prayers, flowers in colors I think she loves much.

Monday, January 16, 2017

A Prayer for the Real Donald Trump from Lovers of Nainital



Jai Shri Hanuman
Ever since Nainital was established as a town and district in the Central Himalayas more than a century ago during the days of the British Empire, bureaucrats, politicians, mystics and others of Nainital have exerted their influence on the affairs of humanity across the planet. This year 2016, some watched American elections with much interest because being the largest economy and military power in the world, its influence on all humans across the planet, not just in America, is huge.

The clear favorite of most was Bernie Sanders at first because in his words were the messages of love, truth and simplicity so loved by Baba Hairakhan, the most recent divine manifestation in the district of Nainital in human form. However, later, when he dropped out of the race, the choice of many fell on Donald Trump even though he is new  and unconventional as a politician and that causes fear of uncertain outcomes for many. However in him was hope of a break from many established practices, some that are not making the world a better place for 99% of humanity.

Few Nainital lovers, if any, supported the Clintons because she represented  status quo and to them everything that has gone wrong with the world over the last three or four decades. These include increasing instability in the Middle East, millions of distressed refugees, destruction of whole cities and deaths of children, bank led financial crisis, rising inequality, homelessness and hunger and an increasing enrichment of the wealthiest on the planet and the politicians who work in co-operation with them which includes the Clintons. Nevertheless there is much goodness and sweetness deep within Hillary beyond the influences of what has made her what she is now and this blogger had rushed a series of tweets to her early in her bid to inform that divine wisdom seems against her attempt and it might be best for her to consider stepping out and spend her retirement in peace but perhaps all was not in her control.

This blogger does not know if Russian and other governments influenced the American elections and to what extent but God most definitely did as did the lovers of Naini Mata, the eternal goddess of Nainital, the goddesses Nanda and Sunanda and the loving god Hanuman who stands at the gate of the temple of the goddess in Nainital not just in his own abodes at Hanuman Garhi and across the universe, and whose lucky charm even Barack Obama carries in his pocket. These divinities just represent different manifestations of the one divine universal consciousness that is Infinite and with a form beyond comprehension.

Today, this Tuesday the 17th of January, a few days before the inauguration of Donald Trump, a day when the influence of God Hanuman is most apparent across the planet, this blogger and lover of Nainital offers a prayer for the very real Donald Trump, May the Lord strengthen his hands and will to lessen problems mentioned in the last paragraph and make not just America great but all of humanity great and everything good humanity represents, to the extent that is possible by human hands.