Every now and then a saint appears out of nowhere to feed the people with food, love and a connection to a source much bigger than themselves. Neem Karoli Baba, or Maharajji as he is known, was and still is that connection.
Maharajji was born in the village of Akbarpur in India. Married at 13 and enlightened at 17, he continued to roam around India until 1973, visiting temples, loving everyone and leaving a trail of miracles and stories in his wake. He influenced the lives of everyone he came in contact with and even those who heard about him second-hand.. He once said, "I don't want anything. I exist only to serve others" and serve he did. He touched the hearts of thousands of people and continues to do so today in mysterious way that infuses people with spirituality; a connection with something longed for but unseen.
He wouldn’t have been a good saint if he weren’t oftentimes cryptic and contradictory. After all, he was a living paradox; all things were possible. He said, “I have no powers. I don’t know anything, “but he appeared just the opposite. In the same breath he would say, “I am the father of the world. The whole world is my child.”
He was surrounded by miracles and seemed to either answer the prayers of devotees or was the messenger to and from the Source because he would say"Ask God or Hanuman. I'm just an ordinary being," but he was anything but ordinary.
"Here is some of Maharajji's advice; "Total truth is necessary. You must live by what you say." It‘s almost incomprehensible to imagine a world of total truth, no doubt it would be a better place. In some miraculous and mysterious way, Maharajji continues to work in the world through his devotees and by his continued presence with those who reach out to him.
The Maharjji movement spread here in America largely because of the continual effort of Ram Dass, long time devotee of Maharajji and spiritual teacher of many. http://www.ramdass.org/
One can get a taste of Maharajji here in the United States by visiting the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram in Taos, New Mexico. http://www.nkbashram.org/ Anyone is welcome.
Spiritual music from the temple:
Sruti Ram & Ishwari: https://myspace.com/srutiramishwari
Jai Uttal: http://jaiuttal.com/
Krishna Das: http://www.krishnadas.com/
Spiritual help from the temple:
Stephen and Ondrea Levine on living and dying: http://levinetalks.com/
Dale Borglum and the Living/Dying Project: http://livingdying.org/
Julia Roberts meets Maharajji: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYrzMzn4N6I