Baba Rampuri



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Function: 
Yogi
Traditions: 
Naga
Main Countries of Activity: 
India
Date of Birth: 
1952
Place of Birth: 
USA
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Yes

Biography

Baba Rampuri, an American expatriate, has lived in India since 1970, when be became the first foreigner to be initiated into India’s most ancient order of yogis and shamans, the Naga Sannyasis.

He is now a guru with a number of disciples within the order.

During his long discipleship in this mystical and sometimes dangerous world, he received traditional teachings in sacred speech, mantra, tantra, ayurveda, logic, ritual, and, encompassing all the above, the way of the yogi in the Yoga Tradition. Baba says, “Your tool of knowledge is Speech, because its boundaries establish the possibilities of the world.”

After founding the Hari Puri Ashram in the Himalayan foothill town of Hardwar, in 1984, Baba has since become a member of the Council of Elders of Datt Akhara, Ujjain, Central India, and the special envoy of its Pir. He divides his time between his ashram in Hardwar, Ujjain, and Goa. He hosts an international camp at Kumbh Melas (the most recent being the Ardh Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, 2007), hosts retreats, teachings, and initiations in India, and gives lectures and teachings throughout the world on consciousness and inner exploration.

At the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, 2010, Baba was honored with a permanent seat in the Juna Akhara Council and given the title Antahrashtriya Mandal (World Circle) ka Shri Mahant.

Sources: 
rampuri.com

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Baba Rampuri

cenaculum's picture

Baba Rampuri, born William A. Gans (July 14, 1950), is a Sadhu (a Hindu monk), specifically, he claims to be the first westerner to become a Naga Sadhu, having converted in 1970.

mbnarayana's picture

Bcome a guru and earn money

Bcome a guru and earn money is the motto of the day.Truth is to be found by ones own efforts.Genuine guru doesnot come in to public and collect followers

mbnarayana | Sun, 02/08/2015 - 08:36
prana-mamba's picture

Inspect your true motives of avoiding authority

Like in any other walk of life, there are dishonest gurus and there are genuine gurus... And there is our judgment.

The sweeping statement that all gurus are after money is usually voiced by those who have a problem with accepting authority, even if it's for their own growth. This inability to accept authority is usually due to ego.

It's evident (also statistically) that without a guru the chances of any significant spiritual growth are almost zero. In such case your mind is your guru whether you like it or not, whether you are honest enough with yourself to admit it or not. And our mind is our worst guru. In such a case, there is no one external who will counter our mind, who will trigger a change, who will pull us from our convenience zone.

PS. genuine gurus may be public and may have followers and they may have not, we know evidently and very well that it's so. And you also know it, your sweeping statements are just a living example of how your guru, the tyrant mind, covers you from any external danger for its control

prana-mamba | Sun, 02/08/2015 - 18:36
cenaculum's picture

Send him money then

Go ahead, what's stopping you.

cenaculum | Sun, 02/08/2015 - 18:44
prana-mamba's picture

I was pointing to

I was pointing to mbnarayana's generalization of this case into a sweeping rule that governs all gurus, I was not questioning your report about Baba Rampuri which seems convincing.

prana-mamba | Sun, 02/08/2015 - 19:14
Nathyogi's picture

Re: Yet another westerner who gained much then threw it away

It is impossible to escape maya without God's grace.

Hari Om!

Nathyogi | Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:52