Baba Hari Dass

Our Teacher and Mentor

Born near Almora, India in 1923 Babaji left home at the tender age of eight to begin his study and practice. Before coming to the USA in 1971 at the request of several young students, he completed the traditional vows of a Vairagi Vaishnava (qualified non-dualism). It is from this classical grounding that Babaji taught ancient scriptures of Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Bhagavadgītā, and Samkhya Karika as well as the philosophy and practices of Ashtānga Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Gyan Yoga, and Tantra Yoga.

Remarkably, Babaji has not spoken since 1952. At that time he took a 12 year vow of silence. He subsequently decided to continue this austerity because it brought him peace and inner silence.

Often asked why he practiced such an intense austerity, he said that it kept him from saying any bad thing, kept him from fighting, and quieted his mind. 

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He taught by writing, answering formal questions, meeting people informally, demonstrating practices, and most profoundly by his example of love, still mind, energy, spiritual discipline, and peace. In addition to teaching the vast science of yoga, Babaji is an accomplished author, builder, philosopher, sculptor, proponent of Ayurveda (the ancient Indian system of health and healing), and is conversant in several languages.

In October of 2013 Babaji suffered a major neurological event that brought him to death’s door. Fortunately for his students and well-wishers around the world he survived and now lives in semi-seclusion at his home. Now, from his state of limited activity, he continues to exemplify one of the most profound teachings.

"I am not the body, I am not the mind, I am the Self."

“The aim of life is to attain peace. No one can give us peace. We can’t buy or borrow it. We have to cultivate it by practicing.”

~Baba Hari Dass

Talks with Babaji

One of the most common ways people have gotten to know Babaji's teachings is through his answers to the many questions he was asked over the years.

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Buy Babaji's Books Online

Babaji's books include classical scriptures and commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, as well as how to apply timeless yoga to contemporary life. In addition he has written over thirty stories for both children and adults.

"There is an unspoken language. It comes from silence and can’t be heard by the ears, only by the heart."

~Baba Hari Dass