Some recent photos of Babaji.
With love to all,
The Caretaker Team
Please Join us for Guru Purnima, this Friday July 11th, 2014.
gurur devo maheshwarah
gurureva param brahma
tasmai sri guruve namah
The guru is none other than Brahma, the creator.
The guru is none other than Vishnu, the preserver.
The guru is none other than the great god Shiva, the destroyer.
The guru is verily Brahman (the absolute) itself.
To the divine guru I bow.
Babaji is peaceful and cheerful most of the time. He is very cooperative in his care that is needed now 24-7, and is accomplished by paid professionals and volunteer support. All “activities of daily life” like eating, dressing, toileting, and moving go on because he has wonderful care and maximum assistance.
We all can support him:
- By praying for his well being
- By acknowledging one another with love
- By knowing that we are each different and yet we each belong in Fellowship
- By respecting our diversity and our unity:
- Our diversity in backgrounds, experiences, age, gender, interpretations, samskaras;
- Our unity in answering the call to self development, in attempting to live a virtuous life, in intending to practice regular sadhana, in cultivating awareness of the divine presence in our heart, in supporting each other in our spiritual quest and by carrying the responsibility of his work through the institutions he inspired
Babaji has regained use of his right hand, does not write, does answer basic yes/no questions with nods, sometimes recognizes us. He practices physical therapy with fun, play, concentration, winning spirit
Babaji is still teaching and blessing. He profoundly exemplifies:
I am not the body
I am not the mind
I am the Self.
With love to all
The Caretaker Team
Dear Satsang and Babaji's Well Wishers,
As you may know, Babaji's health declined significantly in October 2013. Although it is not expected that Babaji will regain his full former strength and be able to participate in our activities as before, by the grace of God he is stable, comfortable, and in good spirits.
Everyone has been so very respectful of Babaji's need for rest and quiet now. His physicians assure us that this remains a vital part of his recovery, so our efforts need to continue in this way.
While there is no current urgency, this health crisis has sparked questions from many of you that we want to address.
- Should Babaji suffer another major health crisis we will inform everyone via email.
- Should Babaji's passing seem imminent we will inform everyone via email.
- In the event of Babaji's sudden passing we will inform everyone via email.
To be added to the Babaji Health Update Email List click here.
Per Babaji’s specific instructions we will observe all vedic rituals and protocols that he has trained us in for many years. These are as follows:
Should Babaji have a period of “active dying” the satsang will be able to gather together at his home to pay respects and offer prayers of peace, while respecting those attending to his physical needs.
After death all vedic rituals will be observed and open to the satsang. At the home, these include cleansing of the body, mantra, kirtan, and vigil.
His direction is to cremate the body the day of the death or as soon as possible depending on the time of death. The body is appropriately and ritualistically removed from the home and flowers and prayers are again offered. Then the body is brought by procession to the cremation site.
At the time of cremation there will be mantras, prayers, and flower offerings. Everyone present will have the opportunity to circumambulate the body in a farewell offering. Those who choose to remain during the cremation may continue with a vigil of prayer and meditation. Ashes are collected immediately upon completion of the cremation.
Upon returning home after the cremation there are additional protocols observed. This includes washing, and jumping over fire.
Then there are twelve days of morning ritual observance called tarpanam. These ceremonies will be held at both MMC and PCC and will be open to the full satsang. As it is anticipated that many will travel a great distance to participate in these rituals, provision will be made for staying at MMC at reduced rates.
A concluding Shraddha ceremony will be held on the 13th morning following death. This will be at the MMC lake. Offerings from this ceremony will be buried at Sankat Mohan Hanuman Mandir at a site of perpetual remembrance for our beloved Guruji. A traditional feast and then an afternoon of shared memories, story telling, singing, and pictures will follow the ceremony.
Just as the above is in accordance with Babaji’s wishes, he also requested that his ashes eventually be offered to the Ganga in India. This will be arranged with enough notice for any who are able to join to be present.
We continue to pray for Babaji's healing and offer immense gratitude for his presence. This information is offered at this time only in response to the many inquiries that have arisen and as assurance that we will be able to gather together to honor and support him in transition, whenever that time arrives.
The Caretaker Group &