Books about Neem Karoli Baba

Maharaj-ji didn't write any books, but there are some books ABOUT Maharaj-ji. It might very well be said that Maharaj-ji, in a sense, "wrote" "Be Here Now". The book seems to have been made by a lot of people in various parts of the globe who were acting under the divine guidance of Sri Maharaj. In 1983 at Lama Foundation, the beautiful retreat center in Northern New Mexico, after dinner I had a moment with Ram Dass, in the fading sunset. I began to tell the story of how "Be Here Now" arrived in my life in 1971. How it had appeared by my bed in a place not accessable to others and I never found out where it had come from. Ram Dass, the alleged author of the book, looked at me so lightly and laughed saying, "Don't tell me about it. I've heard thousands of these stories from thousands of people. It's Maharaj-ji's book. He controls where it goes and He makes all these things happen around it." Wow. And The Book speaks to you when The Book wants to speak to you.

Books in English

 "There are three stages in this journey that I have been on! The first, the social science stage; the second, the psychedelic stage; and the third, the yogic stage. They are summating - that is, each contributing to the next. It's like the unfolding of the lotus flower. Now, as I look back, I realize that many of the experiences that made little sense to me at the time they occured were prerequisites for what was to come later. I want to share with you the parts of the internal journey that never get written up in the mass media: I'm not interested in the political parts of the story; I'm not interested in what you read in the Saturday Evening Post about LSD. This is the story of what goes on inside a human being who is undergoing all these experiences." - First Page

 "Maharaj-ji's company was very special. He was always natural, like a child, a saint in the traditional manner. He set no conditions nor expected any particular behavior from His devotees. He was rarely affected by the outside. He could converse with half a dozen people simultaneously with a camera held a foot from his face. He had no form. He performed no rituals or puja. He followed no orthodox customs such as ritual bathing. Yet His presence was more than inspiring; it was enlightening. While meditating in or near His presence, even though He'd be talking and joking loudly, one quickly reached the place of clear light, a place difficult to achieve without His grace and power." - Page 22

 Baba-ji was in the habit of visiting a nearby village. One evening he came to the house of a devotee where He often took His food. The lady of the house came out crying bitterly and said, "The person who used to serve you your food is lying there." He lay dead, surrounded by the people who had come to arrange for his cremation. Baba-ji sat down by the man, put a part of His blanket over the man's body, and began talking to the people around Him. After some time Baba-ji got up and said He would go and take His food somewhere else. No one thought of stopping Him. After Baba had gone away, the man lying there sat up as if from sleep and asked, "Why am I lying here?" Everyone was so dazed that no one could reply." - Pages 41/42

   "The great gurus do not forget to emphasize to their disciples that svaran (hearing) the teachings must be followed by manan (inquiry) before the nidhidhyaanan (application) can begin. Very great emphasis is laid on the middle part - Inquiry - before acceptance and application. This was the method of Baba-ji in His teaching; whatever came was to be put to a rigid test before acceptance. For a disciple, whatever comes in aid - tokens, symbols, murtis, or mantras for his sadhana - is valuable if he considers it to be sacred for him after it passes through all his tests." - Page 190

"This event happened in 1951, in Haldwani. The young wife of Pooran Chandra Joshi, an employee of the Forest Dept., UP, had an attack of paralysis. Her face was distorted and her complexion became pale. Her eyesight became blurred. Leaving her in this pitiable condition her husband had to go out of station. On his return, her condition worsened. Joshi consulted a doctor who advised him to take her to Lucknow or any other big town, to get her treated. This treatment would be expensive and was beyond Joshi's means. They remembered Maharaj in a state of helplessness and then both of them fell asleep. Baba gave them darshan in a dream and her condition then improved. Some days later Baba himself came to their house and asked her, "Daughter-in-law, what happened to you?" He looked at her kindly. Putting one of his palms on her head and the other under her chin, he gave a jerk and set her face right. The loveliness of her face was also restored."

The books listed above may be ordered online from Mahararj-ji's Taos Ashram's "
Puja Dukan" Sacred Objects Store.

Books in English - Rare

  This is a rare look into the early days of the discovery of Maharaj-ji by The West, through the speaking and books of Ram Dass. Written from the very early perspective of 1972 or 1973, this introduction to a book of Ram Dass Transpersonal Institute taped lectures. It cronicals RDs story and presents early descriptions of Sri Neem Karoli Baba Maharaj-ji and His World. This book was published in the UK, purchased in India and out of print. American title: "The Only Dance There Is".

Stories from "The Start"

Delightful stories of Sri Neem Karoli Baba Maharaj-ji as told by much esteemed Smt. Kamla Mukerjii, wife of very esteemed Shri Sudhir "Dada" Mukerji. Most devotees of Maharaj-ji call her "Didi." Simply sweet and loving memories of Didi and Dada's beloved Baba-ji. Legendary stories of Sri Maharaj-ji from householder prespective. 

Stories from "Bunch of Memories"

Books in Hindi

Article - Eng by Dr (Mrs) Pande

Books in Japanese

This Book as published in Japan, in August 2000 by Pawanasuta Press
Text by Ram Dass and others, Translated by Yoko Sakata, Edited by Shigehisa Sakata
If you're browser can read Japanese characters, you can go to Maharaj-ji's Japanese Site

Those wishing to do more research into Maharaj-ji should try to purchase online or from a bookstall. The books in the lower section are Hindi-only and are available in India only. You may get them at some of Maharaj-ji's ashrams. The books at the very bottom are booklets available from the ashrams in India.

If you're looking for books in Delhi, there is the great little book shop, Piccadilly Book Stall (#64) in Shankar Market, near Connaught Circus. This shop has a large selection of "dharma books", and is always worth a visit. Mr. Chaudary is always happy to find many books on a topic of interest, and is familiar with Sri Neem Karoli Baba-ji and Ram Dass.

The books "Be Here Now", "Miracle of Love", "By His Grace", and "The Near and the Dear" are all publications of:
Hanuman Foundation Publications
500 N. Guadalupe Street, #108
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Telephone: 505-989-1060
Fax - 505-989-1063

Above is a rich and grace-filled presentation of books. As a little library they take you to a most unique place. Maharaj-ji does the rest.
With Love...

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