Baba Hari Dass



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Fast Facts
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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Babaji
Function: 
Yogi
Traditions: 
Classic Asthang Yoga
Main Countries of Activity: 
India, USA, Canada
Date of Birth: 
1923
Place of Birth: 
Landsdowne (UP), India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
No
Date Left His/Her Body: 
25 September, 2018
Other Related Gurus: 
Baba Raghuvar Dassji Maharaj, Jagad Guru Ramanada Bhagavan

Biography

Baba Hari Dass was born in 1923 in Landsdowne in the state of Uttar Pradesh (nowadays lcated in the state of Uttarakhand) about 200KM from Almora, India. He is a silent monk and guru who was classically trained in the tradition of Ashtanga Yoga.

He has maintained a continual vow of silence since 1952.

Baba Hari Dass was initiated into the Vairagi Vashnava order in 1942 by Baba Raghubar Dassji Maharaj, a renunciate and Sanskrit scholar.

He first came to the attention of the West in the book by Ram Dass, Be Here Now. Ram Dass' Guru, Neem Karoli Baba, instructed Ram Dass to receive teachings from Baba Hari Dass, who taught Ram Dass Ashtanga Yoga using only a chalkboard.

Baba Hari Dass agreed to mentor his pregnant student Jeannine Parvati through a course of prenatal Yoga, and supported her desire to continue practicing asanas, despite traditional male yogic proscriptions against it. From this, the first book in the Western world on the subject, Prenatal Yoga & Natural Childbirth was published in 1974.

He spent decades building massive stone walls to begin and led his students on to create the Mount Madonna Center for the creative arts in California, US, a 365-acre retreat center in the Santa Cruz mountains.

He has been spending every winter in India for nearly 30 years building Sri Ram Ashram, an orphanage in Haridwar, Uttarakhand that now is home for 70 children who are loved and raised as one family with him as their legitimate "father".

He has translated and taught Classic "Yoga Sutras of Patanjali" and the "Bhagavad Gita" for over 40 years, free of charge.

He has published several books, a classical "Ashtanga Yoga Primer", spiritual aphorisms in "Fire Without Fuel" several books of stories in "Sweeper to Saint and most recently, "The Bronze Buddha" , prayerful poetry in "The Vinaya Chalisa" as well as "The Spiritual Path is not a Highway" and "Silence Speaks" among others. All proceeds from the selling of his books are dedicated for the support of the Sri Ram Ashram.

Teachings

Baba Hari Dass teaches through example as a Karma Yogi dedicated to selfless service.

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Locations

Mount Madonna Center for the Creative Arts
Type: 
Center
Sri Ram Ashram
Type: 
Ashram

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Books & Media

Recommended Books: 
Cover image

It's Here Now (Are You?): A Spiritual Memoir

by Bhagavan Das

(Paperback)

In his classic book Be Here Now, Ram Dass introduced the world to a young guru named Bhagavan Das. Continuing his own story in It\'s Here Now (Are You?), Bhagavan Das shares the profound and surreal moments of his spiritual awakening in the East, his fall from grace in the West, and his peaceful reconciliation with the sacred center.

For many years in the early \'70s Bhagavan Das moved through India and Nepal, embracing the austere life of a holy man, exploring Hinduism, Buddhism, transcendental meditation, tantra, worshipping the divine mother, and living under the loving blanket of his guru, Neem Karoli Baba. Only twenty-five years old when he returned home to the States as a celebrity, he found himself traveling on the \"guru circuit\" with Ram Dass, Allen Ginsberg, Jerry Garcia, and Timothy Leary--living more like a rock star than the saint he was proclaimed to be.

In compelling detail, Bhagavan Das explores the tortuous journey that led him from his quest for the sacred to his spiritual death and eventual rebirth. A vivid memoir like no other, It\'s Here Now (Are You?) is an odyssey that will inspire seekers of any age on their own road to fulfillment.