Hariharananda Paramahamsa Hariharananda ( – ) was born in the village Habipur, West Bengal and where he spent his youth. He was a prominent . Paramahamsa Yogananda, and Paramahamsa Hariharananda, is his unique way He brought the message of Kriya Yoga to the West through Paramahamsa . The magnificent Shri Guru Mandir, the samadhi shrine of Gurudev Paramahamsa Hariharananda and the Temple of Gurus, the lineage of masters of Kriya Yoga.
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Mahavatar Babaji Maharaj is both ageless and eternally young. Hriharananda he is formless, while at other times, he appears before his disciples in any form he wishes to liberate humanity from its worldly fetters. Adoringly addressed by various names, such as Mahamuni, Tryambaka Baba, Shiva Baba, and Badua Baba, Babaji Maharaj cannot be described with any historical or scriptural certainty.
His works are divine, shrouded in a mystery that eludes precise detail. Time has failed to harihzrananda the facts about his birth, identity, and life. He is primordial, mahakal, and krlya, not remaining captive to hoga bounds of time and space. He is supreme and unparalleled among all saints and sages. He assumes an all-compassionate, beautiful, luminous form to provide an experience of new life to confused, grieving, fearful, despondent, and doubtful people, showing them the highway to God-realization.
Babaji Maharaj remains engrossed in deep meditation in the dense forests, caves, and snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas, at the same time keeping a watchful gaze on earnest seekers on their paths to the Ultimate.
His divine play of miraculous appearance and disappearance, as narrated by his disciples Lahiri Mahashaya, Swami Pranavananda, Swami Shriyukteshwar, Hamsa Swami Kevalananda. Paramahamsa Yogananda, and Paramahamsa Hariharananda, is his unique way of guiding disciples on the path of divinity toward rapid liberation. There is a harihaananda account of his propping up Lahiri Mahashaya from infancy to ascension to godhood, like a bird shelters its offspring under protective wings.
He initiated Lahiri Mahashaya into the liberating and sacrosanct techniques of Kriya Yoga.
By Mahavatar Babaji’s limitless divine power, Lahiri Mahashaya entered the deepest level of God-realization, the state of nirvikalpa samadhi. Crossing the successive stages of Self-knowledge, he remained anchored for seven days in the deathless realm of brahma loka. The compassionate Babaji Maharaj instructed him to go back to the world and perform his worldly duties as an ideal yogi householder, blazing the path of liberation for worldly people and sannyasis alike who earnestly sought God-realization.
In this way Babaji taught that liberation was no longer the monopoly of a few select sannyasis, and that worldly people could attain godhood without abandoning their duties. By seeking the soul at every moment during all activities, we can achieve God-realization. Babaji Maharaj tested the depth of love and determination of an American devotee who was searching for him along the inaccessible crags of the Himalayas.
Glimpsing Babaji Maharaj, the devotee’s face lit up with joy, and tears streamed down his face. The devotee implored Babaji Maharaj to accept him as his disciple. Babaji Maharaj sternly declined, and the American devotee suddenly jumped from the cliff into a rocky chasm below the ledge. Babaji Maharaj instructed his disciples to collect the corpse. With Babaji’s divine touch, the American devotee came back to life and was accorded the rare privilege of being Babaji Maharaj’s disciple.
Like a director who harkharananda in the background instructing the actors, Shri Babaji Maharaj oversees the worldly stage, appearing kriyaa rarely. He instructed Priyanath to write a book combining the essence of Indian metaphysics with that of the West, promising yiga meet him the day it was finished. True to his word, Babaji Maharaj visited him on the day the assigned work was completed, as Priyanath exited his bath in the Ganga at Shri Rampur.
Lahiri Mahashaya, Babaji Maharaj, and his sister, Mataji, appeared from a hariharanana of light at the Dasahwamedha bathing ghat to Ramgopal, who had been yga go there by his guru, Lahiri Mahashaya. When Babaji Maharaj desired to shed his body, his sister Mataji said, “As there is no difference between being ensconced in Brahma and the deathless form, pledge before me that you will never relinquish your body form for the liberation of the entire human race.
Babaji Maharaj’s divine majesties and the cosmic enactment of his dream are endless. He hariharanansa forever in the vast ethereal canvas of divinity, transcending limitations of worldly distinctions such as caste, class, religion, culture, history, and geography. He brought the message of Kriya Yoga to the West through Paramahamsa Yogananda and Paramahamsa Hariharananda, who were brought by his direction into close contact with Swami Shriyukteshwar for spiritual grooming and stewardship.
He appeared before Paramahamsa Yogananda before Yoganandaji’s voyage to the West. The earnest prayer of Brahmachari Rabinarayan Paramahamsa Hariharananda to glimpse Mahavatar Babaji’s form was benignly answered harihatananda Babaji appeared to him in Puri Karar Ashram in Pleased with Paramahamsa Hariharanandaji’s high spiritual attainment, Babaji Maharaj inspired him to visit the West in order to propagate Kriya Yoga. On September 30,on the auspicious seventh bright moon day of Dashahara, while the villagers of Ghurani in the holy land of Nadia, in West Bengal, were ecstatically immersed in the worship of Divine Mother Durga, Lord Shiva blessed Gourmohan and Muktakeshi with a divine child.
In ancient scripture and Vedic literature, Rajarshi Janaka was legendary for his extraordinary ability to remain spiritually pure while living the majestic life of a king, but Shyamacharan Lahiri went a step further, living as a liberated soul while leading a worldly life in modern society. Shyamacharan Lahiri was ordained by Babaji Maharaj to liberate both saints and householders through the easy and simple techniques of Kriya Yoga.
Under the able guidance of his erudite father, pious mother, and the watchful eye of Babaji Maharaj, he matured into a Self-realized divine being, established in sthitaprajna and wisdom.
His interpretation and analysis of Indian and Western scriptures was based on his personal realization of their essence, rather than intellectual analysis. Lahiri Mahashaya tied the nuptial knot with Kashimoni, the daughter of Mahamahopadhyaya Pundit Devanarayan, a reputed scholar of Kashi.
Lahiri Mahashaya braved all worldly woes with a sense of inner detachment and equanimity. When Kashimoni tried to bring these to his notice, his usual refrain was, “Surely Lord Vishwanath who sustains the universe can maintain a small family. Detachment from wealth and property was the hallmark of his unostentatious life. Lahiri Mahashaya’s spiritual quest reached its peak when he was transferred to the Himalayas.
It was there, in Ranikhet, that he met his deathless guru, Babaji Maharaj. Materializing a magnificent golden palace studded with countless dazzling jewels and gems of all varieties, Babaji Maharaj initiated Lahiri Mahashaya into all the sacred and secret techniques of Kriya Yoga. Lahiri Mahashaya was highly gratified to attain such an inconceivable stage of God-realization. As instructed by Babaji Maharaj, he returned home to perform the worldly duties of an ideal householder.
He became a perfectly realized yogi, able to show the path of liberation to householders, brahmacharis, and yogis alike. Word of his spiritual attainment spread, drawing devotees and seekers from all walks of life towards him. Siddha Yogi Lahiri Mahashaya’s divine play of miracles was without end.
Though he had a physical body, he was also formless. Materializing in more than one place at the same time, he accomplished his work. Kind-hearted and generous, he miraculously saved the lives of many disciples and drew true seekers to him like a sweet and fragrant flower bewitches bees. His state of wisdom and his perfect balance were displayed when he continued a discourse on the Bhagavad Gita, unperturbed, while his family members mourned his daughter’s death.
Lahiri Mahashaya’s mahasamadhi took place on September 26,the day of mahashtami worship of Mother Durga. As he entered into the eternal abode of God, he said: In the future, it will spread to every house, and man will gradually move ahead on this path to the ultimate liberation.
The path of salvation shall always remain open to mankind. The time has come for my departure. Even this gross body is destroyed and the ever-existent guru is always with you. A worthy disciple of Lahiri Mahashaya, Priyanath Karar, constantly absorbed in God consciousness, deep in the shambhavi state, and introverted, was none other than the world renowned Swami Shriyukteshwar Giri. What ancient sages and saints had practiced and put into scriptures, he translated in his own life by passing through all the four ashramas stages of Hindu life: Swami Shriyukteshwar Giri was born to a disciplined, punctilious, and diligent landowner father, Kshetranath Karar, and a devout, pious, and pure mother, Kadambini Devi, on the tenth of May, in Serampore on the banks of the holy river Ganga.
Originally named Priyanath Karar, he was brilliant, inquisitive, fearless, bold, highly spiritual, reasonable, and logical from his very childhood. His innate, deep-rooted tendency to quest inwardly and his unquenchable thirst for knowledge helped him pass all his school examinations successfully and then attend college and medical school.
After the death of his father, under the guidance of his God-conscious mother, he married according to his mother’s wish. Despite his many achievements, his family life, his medical knowledge, his mastery of astronomy and astrology, and his knowledge of many languages, including English, French, Hindi, Bengali, and Sanskrit, he still thirsted for something more.
An intense desire for God-realization drove him to visit sages and saints.
His quest remained unanswered until he met Shri Shyamacharan Lahiri Mahashaya in Kashi Benares and became his disciple. From the auspicious day of his initiation into Kriya Yoga, Priyanath devoted himself sincerely to meditation and Kriya practice in ykga correspondence and company with Lahiri Mahashaya. He was so dear to Lahiri Mahashaya’s heart and mind that Lahiri Mahashaya addressed him as Priya loved one to show his special affection for him.
Upon returning to Serampore from the Kumbha Mela, he started the holy project, as directed by Babaji Maharaj, of writing a synthesis between Western philosophy and Eastern harihaananda. He soon completed the work titled Kaivalya Darshana The Holy Scienceand Babaji Maharaj, as promised, yofa Priyanath with his darshan when he was coming out from his bath in the river Ganga after meditating the whole night.
Babaji Maharaj declined visiting the ashram even with Priyanath’s heart moistening entreaties.
The elation he had while rushing to the ashram and returning with milk and fruits to offer to Babaji Maharaj soon withered away when he found Babaji no more, and in great wrath he threw them away.
This fury of anger did not remain hidden from Babaji Maharaj. On the occasion of his meeting with Babaji Ylga in Lahiri Mahashaya’s house, the great master admonished him not to be angry and show conceit.
On March 22,the day of Vernal Equinox according to Priyanath’s cosmic astrology, not the kriiya April 13 or 14, he established a hermitage named Karar Ashram in Puri Nilachaladham and adjacent to the seashore. It was a milestone in the history of Kriya Yoga.
Hariharananda Gurukulam, India
Brought from the labyrinthine caverns of the Himalayas to the plains by his master, Yogiraj Shyamacharan Lahiri Mahashaya, Kriya Yoga was spread by his worthy disciple Shriyukteshwarji to mingle with the infinite ocean. As revealed beforehand to his disciple Narayan, Swami Shriyukteshwar entered into mahasamadhi on the 9th of March, yiga, in Puri Karar Ashram. A worthy disciple can be a worthy master. He produced many worthy God-realized and world-renowned disciples such as Paramahamsa Yogananda and Paramahamsa Hariharananda, who successfully fructified their master’s dream by spreading Kriya Yoga to every nook and corner of the world.
The stunning account of his resurrection before Yoganandaji in a Mumbai hotel after his mahasamadhi, narrating his sojourn in hiranyaloka, and hariharanxnda before Paramahamsa Hariharananda and other disciples many times, fills devotees with spiritual vibrations.
His five quintessential nuances — self-control, steadiness in spiritual practice, deep scriptural insight, self-surrender, and strict discipline — remain as priceless treasures for Kriya practitioners wishing to ascend to the Ultimate.
A boy of sixteen, initiated into Kriya Yoga, stood before the great master Lahiri Mahashaya with a handful of flowers, a moistened heart, and tears streaming down his face.
The great master entreated him to confirm kriay dream in the holy abode of his Gurudev. Moved deeply by his profound yearning for godhood, purity, and humility, Lahiri Mahashaya made the boy’s dream a reality by initiating him into the holy path of Kriya Yoga. This kiya is a holy and spiritually fertile land that has given birth to many great personalities, sages, and saints such as Shri Goga Mahaprabhu, Paramahamsa Hariharananda, and Shri Sitaram Das Omkaranath.
Early in life, when he was barely two, his mother passed away and abandoned him completely to the care, nourishment, and guidance of his maternal uncle, elder sister, and sister’s husband.
Sanyal Mahashaya bloomed into a divine person filled with inner joy and beauty in the spiritual environment of this Brahmin family. His regular spiritual practice began in at the age of thirteen just after his sacred thread ceremony and his initiation into the gayatri mantra.
He passed his time reading religious books, scriptures, and meeting spiritual persons, hariharaananda, and sages. His spiritual practice and education were impeded by frequent illnesses during harkharananda schooling and subsequently in his college days. Sanyal Mahashaya’s frequent illnesses compelled his sister to seek the intervention of his Gurudev.
He assuaged her, however, saying Sanyal Mahashaya would live long, and many works urgently awaited his attention to be fully accomplished.
Sanyal Mahashaya was so sincere, devoted, and committed to the practice of Kriya Yoga that he quickly ascended to the higher techniques and experiences.