Affectionately known as Babaji, Baba Hari Dass is the inspiration for the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga. Babaji is a yogi and a quiet scholar who has remarkable skills in sculpture, music, architecture, yoga philosophy, writing and story-telling, and Indian cosmology. He is a leading exponent of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of health, an author, a monk, and is proficient in half a dozen languages.
Baba Hari Dass comes from a region of the Himalayas in India. He left home at the age of eight to join a renunciate sect in the jungles. He is a mauni sadhu, a monk who practices continual silence. He has not spoken since 1952 and communicates by means of a small wipeboard. The purpose is first to conserve energy, second to silence the mind, and third to develop non-attachment to desires. Babaji has the marvelous skill of conveying a great deal in the fewest possible written words.
Until recently Babaji spent several months each year at the Sri Ram Orphanage in northern India which he founded, and also made an annual visit to the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga. Now in his nineties, he no longer travels, though the centres inspired by him continue to share his teachings.
Official updates from the Hanuman Fellowship regarding the latest on Babaji’s health can be found at www.babaharidass.org.
~ Baba Hari Dass