MAHAYOGI PILOT BABA
He was given the name “Pilot” by his students and disciples because he had been a lieutenant colonel in the Royal Indian Air Force. After retiring from the force, during which time he had seen the effects of war and human strife, he resolved to find true peace.
His footsteps were guided to the solitude of Himalayan caves and the life of an ascetic. His experience then of true independence led him down the path to self-realization. Finally, through the power and with the guidance of his teacher Hari Baba, the divine gift of samadhi was bestowed on him; he discovered spiritual unity, a state of consciousness in which he let go of the ego and attained the supreme sense of Oneness with the Godhead. This self-realization is mentioned in the Bhagavad-Gita, chapter 11: 47 (“Biswarupa Darsan Yoga: The Universal Blessing and Form of Self”), where it states: “Whatever you saw with the help of Oneness, union with the Supreme Self, is the greatest [glory] and, being satisfied, I have revealed [it] to you.” In this passage, Krishna is speaking to Arjuna; the former received the blessing of samadhi.
After many years leading the life of an ascetic in the Himalayas, Pilot Baba was guided back into society to fulfill the mission of raising the consciousness of all people. In the early years during which he was doing this, he met Keiko Aikawa and directed her to Hari Baba, who instructed Pilot Baba to keep a watchful eye on this lady, because she, too, was destined to inspire and teach people the virtues of peace and love.