Baba Hari Dass

“When the mind is silent, the heart talks. The language of the heart is love, compassion and peace. One who has silenced the mind has attained inner peace.”

Born in Almora, India in 1923, Baba Hari Dass has practiced yoga his entire life. Babaji was classically trained in traditional Ashtanga Yoga (the Yoga of Eight Limbs). He left home at the age of eight to attend a school for young renunciates in the jungles of the lower Himalayas, and he has maintained a continual vow of silence since 1952. Residing in California since 1971, Babaji’s life is dedicated to passing on the wisdom of yoga.

Babaji spends his time in writing, teaching, and in selfless service. He is the author of commentaries on the principal yoga scriptures, including the Bhagavad Gita, the Samkhya Karika, and Yoga Sutras of Patañjali. He teaches on these scriptures, and on classical Ashtanga Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Karma Yoga. He and his teachings have inspired the Mount Madonna Center in Central California, The Salt Spring Center in British Columbia and the Sri Ram Ashram in Haridwar, India. These centers are dedicated to yoga, education, and service.

Babaji with boysWhile Babaji personally leads the austere and humble life of a renunciate monk, he guides us to live our own lives according to our nature and talent. This follows the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita, which teaches that spiritual life and life in the world can go hand in hand as long as one has the firm aim of attaining peace.

Babaji’s many books include Everyday Peace: Letters for Life, Silence Speaks, Sweeper to Saint, and a translation and commentary on the first book of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.