Kriya Babaji's Birthday Havan
This havan is an ancient vedic fire ritual (also homa), dedicated to Babaji.
Mahavatar Babaji (Kriya Babaji) is the name given to an Indian saint by Lahiri Mahasaya and several of his disciples who met Mahavatar Babaji between 1861 and 1935.
Some of these meetings were described by Paramahansa Yogananda in his book "Autobiography of a Yogi" (1946), including a first hand telling of Yogananda’s own meeting with Mahavatar Babaji.
Another first hand account was given by Yukteswar Giri in his book The Holy Science. All of these accounts, along with additional meetings with Mahavatar Babaji, are described in various biographies of those mentioned by Yogananda.
Mahavatar Babaji’s given name is unknown, so those who met him during that period all called him by the title first given to him by Lahiri Mahasaya. "Mahavatar" means "great avatar", and "Babaji" simply means "revered father". Some of the encounters included two or more witnesses—discussions between those who met Mahavatar Babaji indicate that they all met the same person.
Legendary powers and age have been attributed to Mahavatar Babaji by the disciples of Lahiri Mahasaya. These stories have led many to believe that Mahavatar Babaji is a legendary person, rather than a real sadhu that was seen by numerous witnesses from 1861 to 1935.
Paramahansa Yogananda, in his Autobiography, described Mahavatar Babaji’s role on earth:
The Mahavatar is in constant communion with Christ; together they send out vibrations of redemption, and have planned the spiritual technique of salvation for this age. The work of these two fully-illumined masters–one with the body, and one without it–is to inspire the nations to forsake suicidal wars, race hatreds, religious sectarianism, and the boomerang-evils of materialism. Babaji is well aware of the trend of modern times, especially of the influence and complexities of Western civilization, and realizes the necessity of spreading the self-liberations of yoga equally in the West and in the East.
In addition, Babaji is reputed to be ageless, according to some accounts, and about 500 years old around the late 1800s, according to Pranabananda. Yogananda reports that, according to the disciples of Lahiri Mahasaya, nobody knows Babaji’s age, family, place of birth, true name, or other details “dear to the annalist’s heart.”
According to Yogananda's autobiography, he has a sister called Mataji (meaning "Holy Mother") who also has lived throughout the centuries. Her level of spiritual attainment is comparable to her brother's, and she lives in a state of spiritual ecstasy in an underground cave. Although only three pages in the book are dedicated to her, she is described by Ram Gopal as "young and surpassingly lovely" as well as a "glorious woman."
There are very few accounts of Babaji's childhood, one source of information is book Babaji and the 18 Siddha Kriya Yoga tradition by Marshall Govindan. According to Govindan, Babaji was named Nagaraj (king of serpents) by his parents. V.T. Neelakantan and S.A.A. Ramaiah founded on October 17, 1952, (they claim - at the request of Babaji) a new organization, "Kriya Babaji Sangah," dedicated to the teaching of Babaji's Kriya Yoga.
They claim that in 1953 Mahavatar Babaji told them that he had been born on 30 November 203 CE in a small coastal village now known as Parangipettai, in Tamil Nadu, India.
Babaji's Kriya Yoga Order of Acharyas Trust (Kriya Babaji Sangah) and their branch organizations claim his place and date of birth. He was a disciple of Bogar and his birth name is Nagarajan.
Kriya Babaji is Sadguru tatva,
Sadguru is all-encompassing Teacher principle, boundless knowing.
He is also called the First Teacher, or the Teacher's Teacher.
Sadguru is expressed in each true Teacher.
Kriya - awareness and action
Babaji - revered, honored
Sadguru - holy teacher
Tatva - principle of creation
The deeper meaning of Sadguru Kriya Babaji: existentially the first principle of nature which unites holistically the energies of awareness and action, as well as knowing the past-present-future. This principle appears as a helping and guiding force for people who wish to know and change consciously.
The most known appearance of this principle is insight. When one becomes insightful - gets insights in a row, they are in a state of awareness. It is when insights stop being one-time-events and become an activity with awareness - being active in a state of constant realization - insightfulness. That is when Sadguru Kriya Babaji appears. Some say that this is guidance from above.
Who wouldn't need that kind of guiding?