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Baba Hari Dass

Data de nascimento: 26. Março 1923
Data de falecimento: 25. Setembro 2018

Baba Hari Dass , born in Almora near Nainital, Uttar Pradesh , India, was a yoga master, a silent monk, and a commentator of Indian scriptural tradition of Dharma and Moksha. He was classically trained in Ashtanga Yoga – Raja Yoga of Patanjali , as well as Kriya Yoga, Ayurveda, Samkhya, Tantra Yoga, Vedanta, and Sanskrit.

Born into the 13th generation of a Kumaoni Karnatak Brahmin lineage, in the lunar month of Chaitra, in Shukla Paksha , he belonged to a traditional family and was one of several siblings [2]. He was an author, playwright, martial arts teacher, sculptor and builder of temples. Upon his arrival in the US in the early 1971, he and his teachings inspired the creation of several yoga centers and retreat programs in California and in Canada. His extensive literary output includes scriptural commentaries to Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Samkhya Karika, and Vedanta, collections of wisdom aphorisms about the meaning and purpose of life, essays, plays, short stories, children's stories, kirtan mantras, and in-depth instructional yoga materials that form the basis of a yoga certification-training program.He was an early proponent of Ayurveda in the United States, an ancient Indian system of health and healing. In an annual rendition of Indian classic Ramayana, he taught performing arts, choreography and costume making. With the emphasis on selfless service that guided his life and action that benefits the world, he devoted himself to helping others and in 1987 he opened Sri Ram Orphanage in Haridwar for homeless children in India. Although he did not speak, he was conversant in several languages in writing.

To the local population of Nainital and Almora, Baba Hari Dass was also known as Haridas , as Haridas Baba, as Chota Maharaji , or as Harda Baba. Baba Hari Dass of Almora-Nainital is a different person than Swami Haridas who was a spiritual poet and classical musician of Bhakti movement era. Also, Haridas was a known saint of clan from Delhi whose temple exists in Jharoda Kalan village, in Najafgarh.

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„A person knows what he knows. An animal knows, but doesn't know what he knows“

—  Baba Hari Dass

Contexto: A person knows what he knows. An animal knows, but doesn't know what he knows. In Yoga, "I" consciousness is called asmita klesha. It is classified as an affliction and a hindrance to attaining higher consciousness. There is always a chance for a person to break out of the cycle, but there is no such chance for an animal unless it incarnates as a human and develops "I" consciousness. (p.36-7)

„To overcome the fear of death it is necessary to accept that we all have to die“

—  Baba Hari Dass

Contexto: Q: What can I do to overcome my fear of death? A: Attachment to the body causes fear of death. It is the strongest attachment. Even a newborn infant has this attachment. To overcome the fear of death it is necessary to accept that we all have to die. (p.39)

„No religion can grant enlightenment or salvation“

—  Baba Hari Dass

Miscellaneous
Contexto: No religion can grant enlightenment or salvation. Your own faith, devotion, and Love for God can bring about enlightement. Your spiritual practices and your desire to attain God are the main thing. (June 14, 2017)

„Yoga is defined as a method – the process of nirodha“

—  Baba Hari Dass

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Book I, 1999
Contexto: Yoga is defined as a method – the process of nirodha (mental control) – by which union (the goal of yoga) is achieved. Yoga is therefore both the process of nirodha and the unqualified state of niruddha (the perfection of that process). The word yoga (union) implies duality (as in joining of two things or principles); the result of yoga is the nondual state..., or as the union of the lower self and higher Self. The nondual state is characterized by the absence of individuality; it can be described as eternal peace, pure love, Self-realization, or liberation. (Sutra 2, Bk I, p.5)

„The ego rules the mind because it links the “I” with the mind and body“

—  Baba Hari Dass

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Book II, 2008
Contexto: The ego rules the mind because it links the “I” with the mind and body. If the “I,” which is another name for the self, were not identified with the mind and body, the ego would have no power. Self-study [svadhyaya], therefore, is the set of practices that investigates the nature of the self to discover its origin. When the origin is found to be separate from the body, the ego loses the battle and peace is attain. (Bk. II, Sutra 1, p.5)

„The only thing necessary is to understand attachment“

—  Baba Hari Dass

Everyday Peace: Letters for Life, 2000
Contexto: You have everything and you want more. It's natural in human beings. You don't need to give away your house, money, and car, and leave your family to find God. The only thing necessary is to understand attachment. (p.17)

„When happiness moves beyond the mind, that is happiness“

—  Baba Hari Dass

Miscellaneous
Contexto: Q: How are peace and happiness related? Is peace the only real happiness? A: When happiness moves beyond the mind, that is happiness. (March 26, 2016)

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„No matter how much we talk about universal unity, we end up making another group“

—  Baba Hari Dass

The Path to Enlightenment is not a Highway, 1996
Contexto: Making separate groups is human nature. No matter how much we talk about universal unity, we end up making another group. (p. 18)

„Life in the world functions by ego, attachment and desire, which gives the rise to the idea of “likes” and “dislikes”. In this way the mind starts identifying all experiences in the world in terms of opposites, such as pleasure and pain, gain and loss, victory and defeat“

—  Baba Hari Dass

Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Ch. I-VI, 2013
Contexto: In this verse Lord Krishna advises Arjuna how to fight the battle he is trying to avoid. Life in the world functions by ego, attachment and desire, which gives the rise to the idea of “likes” and “dislikes”. In this way the mind starts identifying all experiences in the world in terms of opposites, such as pleasure and pain, gain and loss, victory and defeat... Here, Sri Krishna is saying that if Arjuna has neither desire for heaven nor for sovereignty over the earth, then he should achieve equanimity of the mind. With equanimity of the mind one can achieve success in the war of life. Without it, one cannot remain unaffected by the pairs of opposites and will be continually tossed about by the waves of egocentric likes and dislikes.

„Using siddhis (powers) is not good for those who possess them. It can also trap the mind into desires.“

—  Baba Hari Dass

The Yellow Book, 1974
Contexto: Using siddhis (powers) is not good for those who possess them. It can also trap the mind into desires. By being pure in mind siddhis will come by itself, and a yogi should not try to show his powers. First thing is to have siddhis and then not to get trapped in siddhis. (p.42)

„The nondual state is characterized by the absence of individuality; it can be described as eternal peace, pure love, Self-realization, or liberation“

—  Baba Hari Dass

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Book I, 1999
Contexto: Yoga is defined as a method – the process of nirodha (mental control) – by which union (the goal of yoga) is achieved. Yoga is therefore both the process of nirodha and the unqualified state of niruddha (the perfection of that process). The word yoga (union) implies duality (as in joining of two things or principles); the result of yoga is the nondual state..., or as the union of the lower self and higher Self. The nondual state is characterized by the absence of individuality; it can be described as eternal peace, pure love, Self-realization, or liberation. (Sutra 2, Bk I, p.5)

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