people have heard the words, "immortal yogi", but very few have ever met
took the time and trouble to find out if they really exist.
Leonard's first trip in 1977 he has gone back to India almost once a year,
for about a month to further his research of the immortal yogis. His prerequisite
for his study was that they had to be at least three hundred years old.
So far he has met eight people who are over three hundred years in the
same body, and he knows of over fifty others that he hasn't met. He doesn't
use the term three hundred years old, because most of them have totally
mastered aging, and are not old; they are three hundred years young!
yogi friends are a powerful liberating force in his life. They are like
innocent children with infinite wisdom and abilities. There are at least
a few thousand immortal yogas on Earth, with most of them living in the
of them usually make an appearance at the Khumba Mela gathering in India,
but Leonard has found immortals in the forests of Iran, the Philippines,
and a few among the Indians of North America. The culture of immortals
is beyond popular civilization.
Another yogi that Leonard
met through Babaji is called Bhartriji. He is over two thousand years young
in the same body, and has maintained a local address at the same location
in the Sariska Forest, Northern India, for all this time. Bhartriji is
ascending; Babaji is descending. Bhartriji worships Babaji. So does Leonard.
was a king before the time of Christ He was born in 56 BC and was Emperor
of all India. He gave that up though to be a simple Sadhu. Bhartriji calls
himself a yogi, not a Guru. He wrote many books in Sanskrit grammar, and
various books on philosophy which are considered the best of their kind
today, especially his concept on epistemology.
not become a master until he was seven hundred years young. He lived and
preached physical immortality for several hundred years, but he noticed
that his preaching didn't make anyone immortal, so he stopped talking about
it, and out of compassion decided to do a public demonstration of immortal
buried alive, and incased in cement. In his ashram in the Sariska forest,
there are seven tombs still intact, because he has done that demonstration
every one hundred and eight years.
demonstration was in 1898. His next demonstration will be the year 2006.
Many people ask Leonard
"Well, how do you know Bhartriji is two thousand years old?
cases, Leonard had access to birth records to verify the immortals ages,
in the case of Bhartriji and Gopachan, (his nephew, also 2000 years young)
there is literature about them through the centuries that makes it easy
to trace. Leonard visited him in 1981, 1985, 1989 and 1991.
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