A BIOGRAPHY ON LEONARD ORR FOUNDER OF REBIRTHING
by Pola Churchill

SHIVA MAHAVATAR BABAJI---CHAPTER FIVE
When Leonard first met Babaji at his ashram (Babaji calls it the Supreme Universal Spiritual Pilgrimage center) in Herakhan, India, it was not the same body that appeared to him in Houston, Texas. 
    That body was a body he keeps in the Himalayas, and later on he gave Leonard an understanding of who that body was, and what it was there for etc. And when Leonard saw that they were two different bodies, the first thought in his head was, "This little fat podgy guy is either a nobody, or he is greater than Jesus Christ!"
    Babaji reminded him of that thought four years later, when Leonard had completely forgotten it. Babaji was feeding him cucumbers after his bath, which was always a very special moment, and he would talk to him and tell him things that he never talked about with anybody else. 
    Babaji said, "The day when Jesus met him in Benares, he recognized who he was in ten minutes; when you met me, you knew who I was in ten seconds." 
    So you can imagine, what that did for Leonard's self esteem. Babaji was also showing him he could keep track of his mind better than he could. So the experience raised him, and also humbled him at the same time. Babaji was master at this. 

During the whole month of January 1978, Leonard undertook the study of this immortal yogi who called himself Herakhan Baba, and initially thought he was certain to be several hundred years old, but he discovered him to be nine thousand and sixty-eight years old! This dated him older than Adam and Eve who were dated at 4000 B.C.
    Before Leonard met Babaji in the flesh, he had figured out, that breathing in cooperation with the mind was the key to the health of the body and the mind. He had concluded that the Breath of Life could be the "Fountain of Youth" and therefore the key to eternal life of the body, as well as the mind. Since Babaji had mastered the eternal life of the spirit, mind and body, though thousands of years old, he had the appearance and integrity of a young man. So one day Leonard questioned Babaji about rebirthing, he mustered enough courage to test his conclusions with him. It took courage on his part, because if any one on earth could invalidate his cherished logic, it would be Babaji. 
    Leonard had tested his ideas upon thousands of the world's greatest minds, but he was the first genuine immortal that he had met. Leonard said, "Does rebirthing produce Mritenjaya? (which means victory over death) Babaji said: "Rebirthing produces Mahamritenjaya." (which means supreme victory over death) Leonard then said, "You mean, since prana is eternal, the body with prana is eternal?" 
    Babaji said: "Of course." And walked away as if the subject were mundane. To Leonard the confirmation of his ideas from an actual immortal was a big deal. 
    But to Babaji, Leonard concluded it has been simple and obvious for thousands of years. To him it was a stupid question! Babaji, called rebirthing a western form of prana yoga. It is not Kriya Yoga, but is the substance of Kriya Yoga. Rebirthing and Kriya Yoga are two totally different breath techniques, with different results, but they compliment each other gracefully.

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  us Christ!"
    Babaji reminded him of that thought four years later, when Leonard had completely forgotten it. Babaji was feeding him cucumbers after his bath, which was always a very special moment, and he would talk to him and tell him things that he never talked about with anybody else. 
    Babaji said, "The day when Jesus met him in Benares, he recognized who he was in ten minutes; when you met me, you knew who I was in ten seconds." 
    So you can imagine, what that did for Leonard's self esteem. Babaji was also showing him he could keep track of his mind better than he could. So the experience raised him, and also humbled him at the same time. Babaji was master at this. 

During the whole month of January 1978, Leonard undertook the study of this immortal yogi who called himself Herakhan Baba, and initially thought he was certain to be several hundred years old, but he discovered him to be nine thousand and sixty-eight years old! This dated him older than Adam and Eve who were dated at 4000 B.C.
    Before Leonard met Babaji in the flesh, he had figured out, that breathing in cooperation with the mind was the key to the health of the body and the mind. He had concluded that the Breath of Life could be the "Fountain of Youth" and therefore the key to eternal life of the body, as well as the mind. Since Babaji had mastered the eternal life of the spirit, mind and body, though thousands of years old, he had the appearance and integrity of a young man. So one day Leonard questioned Babaji about rebirthing, he mustered enough courage to test his conclusions with him. It took courage on his part, because if any one on earth could invalidate his cherished logic, it would be Babaji. 
    Leonard had tested his ideas upon thousands of the world's greatest minds, but he was the first genuine immortal that he had met. Leonard said, "Does rebirthing produce Mritenjaya? (which means victory over death) Babaji said: "Rebirthing produces Mahamritenjaya." (which means supreme victory over death) Leonard then said, "You mean, since prana is eternal, the body with prana is eternal?" 
    Babaji said: "Of course." And walked away as if the subject were mundane. To Leonard the confirmation of his ideas from an actual immortal was a big deal. 
    But to Babaji, Leonard concluded it has been simple and obvious for thousands of years. To him it was a stupid question! Babaji, called rebirthing a western form of prana yoga. It is not Kriya Yoga, but is the substance of Kriya Yoga. Rebirthing and Kriya Yoga are two totally different breath techniques, with different results, but they compliment each other gracefully.

© November, 2000

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