Last evening as I participated in satsang with Baba Haridas‘ Vancouver community, I felt his presence and grace very strongly. At the end, prayers were offered for his health, which was said to be declining [at 95].
I just received this announcement about his passing today.
He was one of the two Indian gurus who deeply touched my heart. It was at his ashram at Mount Madonna near Santa Cruz, California, that I felt inspired to take the name Sequoia: on my 35th birthday in 1979. That inner guidance profoundly altered my life: it symbolizes being my authentic self.
I am so grateful for the grace he brought to me and to so many. May his grace touch you as well, now that he is free of his aging body.
Some of his photos:
Here he is shown with his famous chalkboard, which he wore around his neck for decades, as he observed a vow of silence. He would answer complex questions with a few choice words.
This image is from 1999:
His presence was a blessing.