Why Rajinikanth and Mahavatar Babaji?
The world is captivated by the larger-than-life superstar Rajinikanth, who is known for his high-octane performances. He frequently retreats into the cave of Mahavatar Babaji, nestled in the Uttarakhand Himalayas, for weeks on end to attain spiritual enlightenment.
Rajinikanth is deeply committed to his craft, and he takes his films very seriously. In preparation for each cinematic release, he likes to embark on a spiritual retreat in the mountains, where he can find inner peace and center himself.
Rajinikanth and Mahavatar Babaji
Rajinikanth, the renowned actor, is a devoted disciple of Mahavatar Babaji, a spiritual figure for whom there is little historical documentation. Much of what is known about Mahavatar Babaji comes from accounts of those who have had personal encounters with him.
One such account can be found in Paramahansa Yogananda’s autobiography, a widely popular best-seller that has been translated into almost 30 languages and has sold millions of copies worldwide. In this book, Yogananda shares his own experience of meeting Mahavatar Babaji, which has contributed to the popularity and intrigue surrounding this enigmatic figure.
Mahavatar Babaji is said to be a ‘deathless’ guru who has maintained a youthful form, like a millennial, as The Autobiography of the Yogi says. It is said that Mahavatar Babaji was basically from Cuddalore (in Tamil Nadu) who during later years moved to Rishikesh.
There is still a house in Cuddalore that people say belonged to Mahavatar Babaji or Nagarajan as named by his parents. They also say that the last time he was seen in the Himalayas was during 1861-65.
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It is believed that Babaji lived in a cave which is an hour away from Dunagiri in Almora district in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, and one of India’s most beautiful places to visit. The autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda has published a photo of Mahavatar Babaji and this cave.
Why Did Rajinikanth Become A Devotee Of Mahavatar Babaji?
It is hard to believe that Rajnikanth, a giant of Indian cinema, has never had any formal English training. The heartthrob of millions of Tamilians started reading Autobiography of a Yogi only back in 99′. That’s the year Padayappa was released. And that is how he got introduced to Babaji’s piece of work. He claims his poor English skills are thanks to Babaji’s book.
Rajinikanth says, “I read the book Autobiography of a Yogi, and one of his pictures emanated a light-spark that went inside my body.
After reading the book and becoming an avid follower of Mahavatar Babaji, Rajinikanth turned to develop his inner being with Kriya Yoga – a practice he credits for positive changes in his life. What began as a quest for physical health was soon transformed into a spiritual journey as Rajinikanth discovered his guru.
In order to create a more universal appeal for Babaji, he also directed a film entitled Baba and in so doing, popularized his spiritual guru. Not surprisingly all of the scenes were actually filmed in caves, as stated by Rajnikanth during filming. The cave exploration scenes from Baba became a very helpful guide for filming the Babaji cave light spark.
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