"Two amazing incidents of Babaji's life are known to me,"
Kebalananda went on. "His disciples were sitting one night around a huge fire which was blazing for a sacred Vedic ceremony. The master suddenly seized a burning log and lightly struck the bare shoulder of a chela who was close to the fire.
"Sir, how cruel!' Lahiri Mahasaya, who was present, made this remonstrance.
"Would you rather have seen him burned to ashes before your eyes, according to the decree of his past karma?"
"With this words Babaji placed his healing hand on the chela's disfigured shoulder. 'I have freed you tonight from painful death. The karmic law has been satisfied through your slight suffering by fire.'
"On another occasion Babaji's sacred circle was disturbed by the arrival of a stranger. He has climbed with astonishing skill to the nearly inaccessible ledge near the camp of the master.
"Sir, you must be the great Babaji.' The man's face was lit with inexpressible reverence. 'For months I have pursued ceaseless search for you among these forbidding crags. I implore you to accept me as a disciple.'
"When the great guru made no response, the man pointed to the rocky chasm at his feet.
"If you refuse me, I will jump from this mountain. Life has no further value if I cannot win your guidance to the Divine.'
"Jump then' Babaji said unemotionally. 'I cannot accept you in your present state of development.'
"The man immediately hurled himself over the ciff. Babaji instructed the shocked disciples to fetch the stranger's body. When they returned with the mangled form, the master placed his divine hand on the dead man. Lo! he opened his eyes and prostrated himself humbly before the omnipotent one.
"You are now ready for discipleship.' Babaji beamed lovingly on his resurrected chela. 'You have courageously passed a difficult test. Death shall not touch you again; now you are one of our immortal flock.' Then he spoke his usual words of departure, 'Dera danda uthao'; the whole group vanished from the mountain."
- From " Autobiography of a Yogi " p 295