A young ‘yogi’ carrying a chimta or a pair of tongs and a ‘kamandal’ in his hand boarded a first class compartment of the Tundla destined train at Farrukhabad station. The train had travelled a few miles when an Anglo Indian T. T. E. came to check tickets and was taken aback to see a half-naked sadhu in the first class compartment. On demanding the ticket and getting a negative reply, he lost his temper and ungraciously compelled the sadhu to get down at the next Neeb-karori halt.
The sadhu quietly sat under the tree and dug the pair of tongs in the earth. The train got the green light signal to leave. The engine was started, but the train did not move further. The steam was applied with full force, but the wheels turned round and round at their place. The engine was checked throughly and everything was found in order.
Being worried the European guard came to the driver and asked him what the matter was. The driver could not point out any fault. Nothing was found. Despite all efforts the engine would not budge. By now it was time for some other trains to pass by on that track.
Eventually some Indian travellers suggested to those foreign authorities to request the sadhu Maharaj to board the train and then only it would move. They fretted and fumed and at last decided to try allowing the sadhu to travel by train. They went to Babaji, apologized and requested Him to board the train. The jovial Baba said “if you say so, I will oblige you.” As soon as Babaji entered the compartment, the train started moving.
“After having stayed for a long time in this village when the above-mentioned Baba Lakshamandas left it; he bore the name Baba Neebkarori or Baba Neemkaroli.
“After the incident each and every train passing by that village stopped there for one or two minutes. The residents also travelled to Farrukhabad by train (even without ticket). In due course of time, Neebkarori station was also built. Now right in the center of the village a flag station named Lakshamanadas Puri has been made. This is only one among many wonderful lilas of Babaji.
Born as Lakshmi Narayan Sharma, around 1900 CE, at Akbarpur, Uttar Pradesh, in a Brahmin family of Durga Prasad Sharma. After marrying young Neem Karoli baba became a wandering Sadhu. Baba boarded a train without a ticket and the conductor decided to halt the train and force Neem Karoli Baba off of the train at the village of Neeb Karori. After kicking Baba off of the train the conductor found that the train would not start again. After several attempts at starting the train someone suggested to the conductor that they allow the Sadhu back on to the train. Neem Karoli agreed to board the train only if the railway company could promise to build a station at the village of Neeb Karori. The officials agreed and Neem Karoli Baba boarded the train, jokingly saying, “what is it up to me to start trains?” Immediately after boarding the train started and a train station was built at the village of Neeb Karori. Baba lived in the village of Neeb Karori for a while and was given the name “Neeb Karori Baba” by locals. The name “Neem Karoli Baba” is likely due to a mispronunciation of Neeb Karori Baba that became popularized.
Neem Karoli Baba left his home in 1958, around the time when his youngest child, a daughter, was eleven, thereafter he wandered extensively throughout Northern India as a sadhu. During this time he was known under many names including Lakshman Das, Handi Wallah Baba, and Tikonia Walla Baba. When he did tapasya and sadhana at Vavania Morbi in Gujarat, he was known as Tallaiya Baba. In Vrindavan, local inhabitants addressed him by the name of Chamatkari Baba (miracle baba). During his life two main ashrams were built, first at Vrindavan and later at Kainchi, where he spent the summer months. In time, over 100 temples were constructed in his name.
The Kainchi Dham ashram where he stayed in the last decade of his life, was built in 1964 with a Hanuman temple. It started two years prior with a modest platform built for two shadus, Premi Baba and Sombari Maharaj to perform yagnas. Over the years the temple, situated 17 km from Nainital on the Nainital-Almora road, has become an important pilgrimage for locals, especially on June 15, when then the Kainchi Dham fair takes place to commemorate the inauguration of the temple, when it is visited by over a lakh devotees.
Among the most well known of Neem Karoli Baba’s disciples were, spiritual teacher Ma Jaya, Ram Dass, the author of Be Here Now, teacher/performer Bhagavan Das, Lama Surya Das and the musicians Jai Uttal and Krishna Das. Other notable devotees include humanitarian Larry Brilliant and his wife Girija, Dada Mukerjee (former professor at Allahabad University, Uttar Pradesh, India), scholar and writer Yvette Rosser, filmmaker John Bush, and Daniel Goleman author of The Varieties of the Meditative Experience and Emotional Intelligence. Baba Hari Dass (Haridas) was not a disciple, however, he supervised several buildings and maintained the ashrams in Nainital area (1954-1968) before heading to the USA to become a spiritual teacher in California in the beginning of 1971. Steve Jobs, along with his friend Dan Kottke, traveled to India in April 1974 to study spiritualism; they planned also to meet Neem Karoli Baba, but arrived to find the guru had died the previous September. Hollywood actress Julia Roberts and facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was also influenced by Neem Karoli Baba. A mere glimse of a picture of him drew Julia Roberts to Hinduism.
Neem Karoli baba established at least 108 temples, fed millions of people, advised government and corporate leaders, performed what can be called Miracles, influenced current American and Indian society, brought grace into the lives of countless suffering people, and all the while remained out of the “public eye.”
It is believed that by the time Maharajji was 17 years old He knew EVERYTHING. This is to be taken to mean a knowing that is actually incomprehensible to you and me. A knowing that is all. The knowing of Bhagvan. The knowing of God. There are stories contained in this website and in the books referred to herein that hope to in some way help to tell of the Grace and Love of this truly remarkable being. Maharajji had nothing and Maharajji had everything.
As per his devotees, there appears to be three Maharajji’s. One is the historical Maharajji. This Maharajji seems to have taken birth and lived a “traceable” life in time. Secondly, there is the “formless” Maharajji. This Maharajji is the Maharajji that we apparently connect with on our “inner” dimension. Thirdly, there is the Maharajji that exists in form “now”; the Maharajji who is reported seen and experienced; the Maharajji who never actually died. This is Maharajji who is a “time-traveler”. We are just beginning to learn about that Maharajji and some of His effects in the world.
Maharajji taught many people. These teachings continue today. The teaching was very subtle or literally a knock on the head. Maharajji’s teachings seem to have been totally individual. Each devotee would have the answer or the help they needed in the way that was best suited to their needs. When devotees remembered Him, Maharajji would rush to them to help and protect them. This seems to be going on to this day.
His followers beleive that Maharajji seems to be continually visiting people and helping them since He “left His body” in Vrindaban in 1973. One devotee said that he thought the greatest miracle was what Maharajji has done since then. Maharajji has visited, helped, guided, fed, and called into service so many in the last forty years. Maharajji never went away. For this we can be grateful.
(Source : www.Maharajji.com)