The moment you think you have gone as far as you can in the
pursuit of spiritual enlightenment, a great mystery
and allows the unanswered questions of life to expand.
Such a moment happened to me on the way to work the other
I am thankful I have some time to ponder this unusual
Let me first say that one of my favorite books of all time
“Autobiography of A Yogi” by Paramahandsa Yogananda. My
purchased it the moment it was published in 1946 and
bought a copy
for all of her spiritualist friends.
It wasn’t until 1993, during one of the worst illnesses of
when I contracted Whooping Cough (Pertussis)from a two
month old infant
who died from it, that I enrolled in the Yogananda Self-
A year later I was initiated in Kriya Yoga, the meditation
I practice to this day.
BaBaji was the guru of the guru of Yogananda’s Guru.
From the Autobiography: “The northern Himalayan crags near
Babrinarayar are still blessed by the living presence of
guru of Lahiri Mahasaya. The secluded master has retained
physical form for centuries, perhaps even millenniums. The
BaBaji is an avatar. This sanscrit word means “descent;”
its roots are ava,
“down” and tri “to pass.” In the Hindu scriptures, avatara
the descent of Divinity into flesh.
“BaBaji’s spiritual state is beyond human comprehension,”
explained to Yogananda. “The dwarfed vision of men cannot
his transcendental star. One attempts in vain to even
avatar’s attainment. It is inconceivable.”
Later on in the same chapter, these words:
“Whenever anyone utters with reverence the name of
Mahasaya said, “that devotee attracts an instant spiritual
For many years, I did not believe BaBaji would ever take
the time to
bless me. I figured many others would or could beam the
but I knew I had far too much doubt.
So it was on the way to my twelve hour night shift Labor
and Delivery nursing
job that I continued to ponder BaBaji and his capacity to
bless me if
he is in India and I am in Lancaster, PA, but ultimately I
that these barriers are insignificant.
I thought, what the heck. I’ll try it.
I was doing a few rounds of Kriya Yoga and thinking of
BaBaji with devotion
as I was approaching a moderately busy intersection for a
Suddenly, a small sports car going 70 miles per hour ran
the stop sign
in front of all of us there and sailed through with smoke
spitting out of his tail pipe looking all the world like a
meteor that landed
on the corner of Hershey and God Knows What Avenue, right
before our eyes.
He sailed across to the other side of the street,
erratically took a left
hand turn, and smashed into a rock wall, a sturdy rock
wall that held up
to the impact very well.
Then like some sort of Super Hero, the man crawled out of
the wreckage and
stood there brushing himself off.
I was frightened that another person was in the car,
perhaps in need of emergency
So I was the first to arrive to this scene and when I was
he was alone in that car, I gave him a spirited lecture,
making sure I was eye to eye
with this man, in shock from this experience.
I said, “My God, you really have a guardian angel. Do you
realize that? I hope
you have some appreciation that you are alive and that you
didn’t kill anyone else
going through that intersection!”
Then a man in a suit whom the dude was closest to killing
was running over, angry,
as if he was about to deck the dude.
I turned to him and said, “Wait a minute! You have a
guardian angel, too! You are aive!
Have some appreciation that we are all alive!!”
And the gentleman was disarmed and his mood changed.
Violence was averted.
At this point, several cars pulled up with friends of the
dude. I imagine
he was proving something to these people, perhaps was
racing them when his car
went out of control.
I did not smell alcohol, but drug involvement was a good
But I kept rambling on about Guardian Angels and
appreciation and decided it
was time for me to go.
As I walked to me car, I remembered BaBaji.
What a total revelation! Not only did I receive a
the moment I invoked the name of BaBaji but so did
everyone else there.
All of our lives were spared.
It’s been several days since that spectacular moment of
other worldly drama,
but now I feel a closeness to BaBaji, like he is
omnipresent and also in my heart.
Before he was an elusive presence that I could never
fathom or equate in any
way to my life.
Now BaBaji is apart of every tree as I practice my Z Point
see my article, Z is for ZPoint).
I feel safe and full of inner mirth about the “reality”
that everyone agrees
on: economic collapse, violence, grim determination, even
the end of the world
in ten years if we do not end our dependence on foreign
(But let us end this dependence as soon as possible, Dear
When I got to the hospital after the BaBaji Blessing, a
threatened to kill the doctor because he perceived that
the Doctor was
rude to his wife on the phone prior to their arrival.
I asked the security guard to accompany me into the exam
room, and not put
the man on the defensive but to “listen” to his
agreeing nor disagreeing with what the man had to say.
This is what we did, and the man suddenly offered to leave
while his wife was examined by the dreaded doctor.
This man was angry one minute, made a 180 degree turn
around and his
comments were no longer threatening.
I believe in the power of other worldly help.
I never believed BaBaji would ever help or bless me, but
since he did,
I am even more open to the unseen forces that always are
I know these forces exist and are ready to be called upon.
Sometimes thay show up if we forget to ask but the chances
for greater clarity
are strengthened if we remember.
In any event, my ride to work that day was an awakening.
I’ve added a picture of BaBaji to my spiritual alter as a
reminder of his omnipresence.
He is as close to me as the next Kriya Yoga breath.
Kate Loving Shenk
Nursing Career Transformation