About Baba Rampuri

Baba Rampuri

Baba Rampuri

About Baba Rampuri

Consciousness and Speech

“Your tool of knowledge is Speech, because its boundaries establish the possibilities of the world.” – Baba Rampuri

Baba Rampuri, author of “Autobiography of a Sadhu, a Journey into Mystic India,” and frequent commentator on Oral Tradition, Sacred Speech, and post colonial analysis, is an American expatriate,  the first foreigner to be initiated into India’s largest and most ancient order of yogis, the Naga Sannyasis of Juna Akhara.  He has lived in India since 1970, where he practices and teaches the oral tradition of the Sanatan Dharma, conducts sacred ceremony and rites, and hosts workshops and retreats.

He is now a guru with a number of disciples within the order.  At the Maha Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, 2010, he was honored with the title, “Shri Mahant,” for his 40 years of practice and service, and given a permanent seat in the Council of Juna Akhara.

During his long discipleship in the mystical and sometimes dangerous world of the wisdom tradition, he received oral teachings in sacred speech, mantra, tantra, ayurveda, logic, ritual, and, encompassing all the above, the way of the yogi in the Yoga Tradition.

Baba Rampuri was born in Chicago, the son of world renowned pediatric surgeon, Dr. Stephen L. Gans, who helped establish the field of pediatric surgery and was one of its greatest innovators.

Growing up in Beverly Hills, California, in the 50’s and 60’s, among the wealthy and famous, he became critical of the “culture of spectacle,” and began exploring other cultures, as well as counter-culture alternatives.  Influenced by teachers such as Alan Watts, and his reading of Indian philosophy, Baba migrated to India in 1969, and soon afterwards became a sadhu and disciple of the great yogi, Shri Hari Puri Maharaj.  After satsang tours in the United States in 1971 and 1973, and a year doing research with Prof. Frits Staal, at the University of California at Berkeley in 1974, Baba began teaching sacred speech in New Delhi in 1977.

Baba founded Hari Puri Ashram in the Himalayan foothill town of Haridwar in 1984. Baba has since become a member of the Council of Elders of Datt Akhara, Ujjain, Central India, and the special envoy of its Pir.  He divides his time between his ashram in Hardwar, Datta Akhara in Ujjain, and in Goa. He hosts an international camp at Kumbh Melas (the most recent being the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, 2013), as well as retreats, teachings, and initiations in India.   He gives lectures and teachings throughout the world on consciousness and inner exploration, and conducts a bi monthly MasterClass in consciousness and speech on the internet.  An archive of these teachings is available in his “Consciousness and Speech Series.”

In 2005, Random House published Rampuri’s Baba, Autobiography of a Blue Eyed Yogi, which was then republished by Inner Traditions in 2010 as “Autobiography of a Sadhu, a Journey into Mystic India.”  Baba Rampuri’s autobiography has been published in German, Russian, Czech, Croatian, and Serbian Languages.

In his acclaimed 2008 lecture series, known as “The Edge of Indian Spirituality,” in Basel, Switzerland, as the guest of Dr. Albert Hofmann, Baba Rampuri countered the rapidly growing trend of “dumbing down” the treasure of Indian culture and its replacement by new age commercial clones.

Featured Videos of Baba Rampuri’s Lectures and Teachings

0001 Consciousness & Speech Video Series

Biography of Panini, Master of Sacred Speech

Biography of Panini, Master of Speech (2)

Biography of Panini, Master of Speech Consciousness and Speech Series XI. Sacred Speech Masterclass XI, part two. Baba Rampuri, in his introduction to Panini, discusses the biographical aspects at the foundation of the enormous impact the sage Panini has had […]

Panini & the Birth of Linguistics

Panini – Birth of Linguistics (4)

Panini – Birth of Linguistics (4) Consciousness and Speech Series XI. Sacred Speech Masterclass XI, part one. Baba Rampuri attributes to Panini the birth of linguistics, 2500 years after his time. In his introduction to Panini, discusses the enormous impact […]

Introduction to Panini

Panini – Master of Sacred Speech (5)

Introduction to Panini 5 Consciousness and Speech Series XI. Sacred Speech Masterclass XI, part one. Baba Rampuri, in his introduction to Panini, discusses the enormous impact the sage Panini has had on both the ancient and modern worlds. He describes […]

Matrix of Sacred Speech Videos

Matrix of Sacred Speech Videos

Matrix of Sacred Speech Videos

Matrix of Sacred Speech Videos Higher Consciousness & Speech Video Series Consciousness and Speech are like Shiva and Shakti. Most of the videos included below are from Baba Rampuri’s MasterClass on Consciousness and Speech. Enjoy! Join us live? 1 of […]

The Edge of Indian Spirituality Videos

Disappearance of the Yogi

The Disappearance of the Yogi – XII

The noble, rigorous, and restrictive figure of the Yogi is to be forgotten.
The signs that mark him are to be thought of as the fantasies and charms of a knowledge that had not yet attained marketability.

Hindu Scripture and oral tradition

Hindu Scripture – XI

Baba Rampuri talks about the role and nature of Hindu scriptures and sacred text in Indian tradition.

The Yogi and the act of giving blessings in the tradition of Naga Yogis

Yoga Shakti & The Mother Goddess – X

The Yogi, having an uncluttered mind resembling that of a still mirror like lake, is connected (yoga) with the Mother Goddess, and acts like a conduit through which HER blessings flow.

The story of Sarada Devi and Sringeri Math

Adi Sankara and the Frog – IX

Baba Rampuri tells the story of how Adi Sankara established his main monastery, Sringeri Math, and the Temple of Sarada Devi, where he witnessed a pregnant frog trying to cross the deadly hot sands in the noon day sun, trying to reach the river.

Baba Rampuri talks about the nature of sacred speech: syllables, aksharas, and matrikas living in the sacred geography of our articulation.

Secret Shakti of Matrikas

Secret Shakti of Matrikas Syllables of Sacred Speech Basel, Switzerland, 2008 Baba Rampuri talks about the nature of sacred speech: syllables, aksharas, and matrikas living in the sacred geography of our articulation. “For, as the stars are the witnesses and […]

In 1527, the alchemist Agrippa stressed that there is a secret interpretation and understanding which cannot be conveyed through the printed word alone.

Alchemy – VI

Baba Rampuri makes some comparisons between European Hermetic Alchemy and Indian Alchemy. “In 1527, the alchemist Agrippa stressed in a letter that there is a secret interpretation and understanding which cannot be conveyed through the printed word alone, but must […]

Becoming a Naga Baba, in the Oral tradition of Juna Akhara

Becoming a Baba – V

Becoming a Baba Baba Rampuri talks about his trials and tribulations in becoming a baba. “Becoming a baba starts out as an exercise in copying and mimicking. This is to prepare the soil for a great spirit to enter. Many […]

Hari Puri Ashram Satsang

Hari Puri Ashram Satsang

Ashram Satsang

Baba Rampuri’s Ashram Satsangs Hari Puri Ashram, Haridwar, India Baba Rampuri – Can the West understand India? Baba Rampuri – Naga Baba Tradition Baba Rampuri – The world has changed Baba Rampuri – Modern Yoga Baba Rampuri – Patanjali Ashtanga […]