Babuji Maharaj

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Shri Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur
Sahaj Marg, Shri Ram Chandra Mission, SRCM
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Shahjahanour, UP, India
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Babuji was born in the North Indian town of Shahjahanpur, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, on 30 April 1899. He was named Ram Chandra after one of the great figures of Indian history. His father was a lawyer and noted scholar who educated Ram Chandra extensively in English, Urdu and Persian, perhaps hoping that his son would follow in his footsteps. But from an early age Ram Chandra displayed a craving for spiritual realization which overshadowed all other interests.
Ram Chandra became a babu, which in his native tongue designates a clerk, and it was from this profession that his affectionate nickname, Babuji, arose (the suffix ‘ji’ is an expression of respect often appended to names or titles in India). He held the position of court clerk in the district court of Shahjahanpur for more than thirty years. He was married at the age of nineteen and his wife, Bhagwati, bore him two daughters and four sons before her death in 1949. Babuji’s life was that of an ordinary householder, never that of a renunciate, or sannyasi. He considered the home and family to be the finest training ground for spirituality, and it was in this light that he approached his familial responsibilities.

He began his spiritual education on his own, experimenting with the forms of devotion available in the Hindu religion and with certain yogic practices such as pranayama (the control of the breath). In June of 1922, at the comparatively young age of twenty-two, he met his spiritual Master, a man with the same name as himself who lived in the town of Fatehgarh, not far from Shahjahanpur. Ram Chandra of Fatehgarh, affectionately known as Lalaji, was considered a saint of the highest calibre. He recognized Babuji as the man who had appeared to him in a dream years before, the one who was destined to succeed him as the leader of the great spiritual renaissance which he, Lalaji, had already initiated.



Babuji believed that spirituality is the birthright of all and that it should be offered freely to sincere seekers everywhere. He defined the ultimate goal of human life as a condition of complete oneness with the Divine, insisting that this is attainable in a single lifetime for any sincere seeker, given an effective practice and the help of a capable living Master.

He believed that a true Master is the ultimate servant, and he lived his life serving all, irrespective of cast, creed, religion, gender or nationality. He taught that material and spiritual life should go hand in hand, like the two wings of a bird, and that the normal life of a householder is the best environment in which to learn the twin virtues of love and sacrifice. Accordingly he simplified and perfected the spiritual system of raja yoga so that ordinary people could practice it and reach the spiritual goal.

He identified three obstacles in the path to self-realization:

We try but there is no attempt
We try too many things at the same time
We do not have confidence in ourselves

He advised his followers not to be discouraged by their faults and shortcomings, but rather to treat their weaknesses as belonging to the Master and proceed with their practice. This, he said, would contribute to steady spiritual progress. Likewise he advised letting go of mistakes, resolving not to repeat them but otherwise forgetting about them. When we dwell on past regret, he said, we intensify the impression and give it more influence over our lives. It is in the present that we develop our character and thus create a brighter future.



His spiritual representative has established the ashrams in more than 100 countries for all spiritual seekers world wide.