Swami Gajar Baba was an Indian sannyasin who was, as far as I know a primary school teacher from Bihar, though how much he worked in that trade after he became an Osho sannyaisn, only maybe another blogger will know. It was said he could not read or write English, though once again I dont know that for a fact.
He seemed to work sometimes in the ashram, in the kitchen, in Ponna one, I am not sure what arrangement he had with Laxmi, or the other high ups. But it did not include a bed as he seemed to like the burning ghats and slept there with a dog. I dont know whether he “owned” the dog, but the dog was there with him.
Somehow or other he managed to get to all of the celebrations in Oregon! - the only Indian sannyasin living in the sub-continent to do so. Something to admire there I would say. I would be interested to know how he did it? Maybe another Indian sannyasin could tell us? For example how did he manage to save enough for the fares, and how did he get visas for the USA – both must have been a very great struggle.
Was he just a beachcomber sort, living on the edge of the sedge, but who had somehow touched the light and who the light looked after ?
Very few people, if any, knew, as it were Gajar Baba, maybe some of us “recognised” something in him in Poona one, but did not even know his name.
Then came that almighty recognition by Osho in 1984. Osho declared various disciples as Sambuddhas, Mahasattvas and Bodhisattvas in that year. Gajar Baba (Swami Krishna Narayan Bharati) was on one of the lists. I dont recall which list, anyone else know? As I remember Osho a few months later said that all the lists were a joke, though a friend says it was just the “enlightened” list that was a joke ? Again, anyone know?
Gajar Baba is said to have died at the Koregoan Park Burning Ghats where he had lived.when in Pune. I also dont know that for a fact. Sometimes myths gather around such people because they are actually so unknown.
In the history of sannyas though, he does deserve something more than a mention, and this I do here, hoping it will be echoed elsewhere, and also that more fuller facts will emerge about him through this post.