Neem Karoli Baba

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Neem Karoli Baba Mean?

Neem Karoli Baba (1900-1973) was a Hindu guru and mystic who believed that service to others was the highest form of devotion to God. Also known to his followers as Maharaj-ji, he was a devotee of Hanuman, the monkey god, who himself is a symbol of devoted service.

Having practiced Bhakti yoga most of his life, Neem Karoli Baba's influence can be seen in the many disciples, ashrams and foundations that are his legacy, including the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram in Taos, New Mexico.


Yogapedia Explains Neem Karoli Baba

Neem Karoli Baba is believed to have established more than 100 temples, but it was his devotion to seva, or “selfless service to others,” for which he was known. This service included feeding the hungry, and advising government and business leaders.

Well-known people who were influenced by Neem Karoli Baba and his disciples include Apple founder, Steven Jobs; actress, Julia Roberts; and Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg. Two of his devotees — spiritual teacher, Ram Dass, and philanthropist, Larry Brilliant —founded the Seva Foundation, an international organization based in California that continues Maharah-ji's legacy of service to others by preventing blindness and restoring sight.

The Love Serve Remember Foundation continues the teachings of Neem Karoli Baba and Ram Dass.

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