From Autobiography of a Yogi
I go to America
At that moment there came a knock on the door of my Garpar Road home. Answering the summons, I beheld a young man in the scanty garb of a renunciant. He entered the house. "He must be Babaji!" I thought, dazed, because the man before me had the features of a young Lahiri Mahasaya. He answered my thought. "Yes, I am Babaji." He spoke melodiously in Hindi. "Our Heavenly Father has heard your prayer. He commands me to tell you: Follow the behests of your guru and go to America. Fear not; you shall be protected." After a vibrant pause, Babaji addressed me again. "You are the one I have chosen to spread the message of Kriya Yoga in the West. Long ago I met your guru Yukteswar at a Kumbha Mela; I told him then I would send you to him for training." I was speechless, choked with devotional awe at his presence, and deeply touched to hear from his own lips that he had guided me to Sri Yukteswar. I lay prostrate before the deathless guru. He graciously lifted me up. After telling me many things about my life, he gave me some personal instruction and uttered a few secret prophecies. "Kriya Yoga, the scientific technique of God-realization," he finally said with solemnity, "will ultimately spread in all lands, and aid in harmonizing the nations through man's personal, transcendental perception of the Infinite Father. " With a gaze of majestic power, the master electrified me with a glimpse of his cosmic consciousness.
“If there should rise
Suddenly within the skies
Sunburst of a thousand suns
Flooding earth with beams undeemed-of,
Then might be that Holy One’s
Majesty and radiance dreamed of!”,
In a short while Babaji started toward the door, remarking, "Do not try to follow me. You will not be able to do so." "Please, Babaji, don't go away," I cried repeatedly. "Take me with you!" He replied, "Not now. Some other time." Overcome by emotion, I disregarded his warning. As I tried to pursue him, I discovered that my feet were firmly rooted to the floor. From the door, Babaji gave me a last affectionate glance. My eyes were fixed on him longingly as he raised his hand by way of benediction and walked away.
~ Sri Paramahansa Yogananda,
Autobiography of a Kriya Yogi
Why did Babaji appear?
It was his will that kriya spread in the west
Yogananda mission was for Babaji and God
Yogananda had purity and love
We wish to encounter Babaji. And why not. But Babaji is also divinely Guided even though he himself is Divine. We can attract him by being in tune with having noble attributes in our heart – such as love ( non sexual and not selfish), purity, not being upset no matter how adverse the situation is, etc
Hence we must constantly practice those noble attributes, they attract a Guru and then millions of remaining years get compacted into a few !