In general, Indians use the term Babaji when addressing a monk or an older man. Used as a proper name, Babaji refers to the immortal spiritual master Lahiri Mahasayas and promoter of Kriya Yoga in modern times, Babaji Maharaj. Since practically nothing is known about his birth, spiritual education and place of residence, he is and remains a mystery. The scant information we have about him comes from stories of other Kriya Yoga masters, such as Lahiri Mahasaya, who met him several times, as well as Swami Shri Yukteshwar and Paramahamsa Yogananda, to whom he also appeared.
Many spiritual personalities describe his mysterious emergence and disappearance and his unique method of teaching. Babaji also initiated Acharya Shankara, the spiritual reformer of ancient India, and Kabir, a famous medieval poet, mystic and saint, into the path of Kriya Yoga. His message about how to lead a spiritual life with the help of the scientific Kriya Yoga technique reached the modern world through Lahiri Mahasaya, his most important disciple, in the middle of the nineteenth century and spread widely.
Babaji appears to his disciples in a form chosen by him. Therefore, it is extremely difficult to recognize him. There is also no photo of him. The picture above is generally worshipped as the outer form of the shapeless Master Babaji, whose divine energy is available to all people who sincerely seek God.