Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Baba Mean?

Baba is a word found in several Middle Eastern and Asian languages, including Sanskrit and Hindi, that means “father,” “grandfather” and “wise old man.” It is used as a form of address to show respect for an older man. It is also used as a prefix or suffix on the names of Hindu and Sikh sannyasis or sadhus who have renounced material possessions. A suffix is sometimes added to the word itself, creating babaji, meaning “revered father.”


Yogapedia Explains Baba

Among those who have used the names Baba or Babaji are:

  • Baba Ramdev – a modern-day yoga teacher who revolutionized yoga through mass yoga camps. He is known for different yoga asanas and practices that maintain health and treat ailments.
  • Baba Rampuri – the first American-born sadhu. He is the author of a number of books, including “Baba: Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Yogi.”
  • Mahavatar Babaji – a yogi and Indian saint who revived the Kriya yoga meditation technique. He lived in the 19th and early 20th centuries. His image is known in the West for its appearance on the cover of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album.
  • Baba Muktananda – a popular guru and yoga master in the 1970s and early 1980s who taught a specialized form of Kundalini yoga.

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