father and mother of this child were descendants of families of Nambudri
Brahmins who had immigrated to this seacoast village. This is the
present state of Kerala. Nambudri Brahmins have been dedicated to
priestly duty and scholarship.
priest of the village's principal temple was Nagaraj's father. As
a young child Nagaraj, in his early formative years, must have been
greatly influenced by the personal religious practices of his parents.
and the ceremonies and celebrations with temple life. In the daily
life of a Brahmin priest, bathing, food preparation, study and ceremonies,
is only associated with spiritual practices. Life was conducted
in a "Sattvic" way. The chanting of prayers, the study
of the scriptures was a part of Nagraj's life. The roots of his
spiritual practice and search for the Ultimate took root in his
himself was a high soul, taking birth for the upliftment of mankind.
Gautama Buddha, nearing his the physical end, in the 5th century,
BC, predicted that his teachings would be distorted and lost. Mankind
have short memories and tend to distort what the Sages have taught
to suit there lives. Buddha also said that his teachings would be
rediscovered in 800 years and preserved by one whose name would
be associated with the term "naga". Gautama Buddha, for
reasons related to his next advent as the Maitreya or world teacher,
may have foretold the birth of a child named Nagaraj the great Siddha
Yogi known today as "Babaji" .
is very little known about Nagraj's mortal life. Very little has
been told by Babaji of his early years. At the age of five he was
kidnapped. The kidnapper was from Baluchistan. The fair, handsome
features of Nagaraj had attracted this man, who sought to sell Nagaraj
as a slave. He took Nagaraj on a sailboat up the coast until they
reached a port near what is now Calcutta. Nagaraj was sold to a
wealthy man as a slave. Eventually Nagaraj was set freer. Circumstances
freed Nagaraj from the duties and limitations of a Brahmin householder.