Pilot Baba

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Pilot Baba
BornKapil Singh
15 July 1938 (1938-07-15) (age 83)
Sasaram, Bihar,India
  • Spiritual guru
  • Writer
  • Former fighter pilot

Pilot Baba is a revered Indian spiritual guru who have previously been Wing Commander Kapil Singh, a fighter pilot with the Indian Air Force.[1][citation needed] Pilot Baba has established a number of Ashrams and spiritual centers in India and abroad.

Early life and career[edit]

Kapil Singh claims to have been commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot in 1957. He also claims to have participated in the Sino-Indian War of 1962, the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 wars, rising to the rank of Wing Commander.[citation needed]

Leaving the IAF and transformation[edit]

During the Sino-Indian War of 1962 Kapil Singh was flying a MiG aircraft in the North-East of India also known as NEFA when his aircraft lost control. Radio contact with his base was also broken and he was believed lost.[citation needed]

According to Pilot Baba, Kapil's spiritual guru, Hari Baba, appeared in his cockpit and guided him to land his fighter aircraft safely.

This event became a turning point in young Kapil's life and ten years later, at the age of 33, he retired from the Air Force to pursue his spiritual life.[citation needed]

Controversial spiritual career[edit]

Pilot Baba is known for his claim to enter lengthy samadhi, or death-like bodily states, often under the ground.[2][3] He is also accused of using trickery to deceive people into believing that he can survive days without oxygen underground or underwater or in a sealed container. In one instance, he made another guru named Khareshwari Baba stand underground for 10 days, resulting in the latter's death while collecting a lot of money from the spectacle.[4]


Pilot Baba and his followers have set up ashrams (spiritual retreats or meditation centres) in both India and other countries.

Ashrams in India include:[5]

Ashrams in other countries include:


Books written by Pilot Baba include:[7]

  • Kailash Mansarovar
  • Pearls of Wisdom
  • Discover Secrets of The Himalaya
  • Antaryatra' The Inner Journey (2 volumes)
  • Pilgrimage from You to Yourself
  • Himalayan kah raha hai (2 volumes)


  1. ^ Geeta Pandey (18 January 2007). "The ex-pilot reborn as a guru". BBC News, Allahabad. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  2. ^ Amitava Sanyal; "Pilot Baba on his mastery of death", Hindustan Times, 14 January 2007 (retrieved 29 April 2018)
  3. ^ Kunal Verma; "Pilot Baba: From air force wing commander to sanyas", India Today, 15 February 1984. (retrieved 29 April 2018)
  4. ^ a b Going Underground with Pilot Baba
  5. ^ Pilot Baba's Ashram, pilotbaba.org
  6. ^ Facebook
  7. ^ "Amazon.com: Mahayogi Pilot Baba: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 29 April 2018.

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