Biography of Sri Yukteswar Giri
Sri Yukteswar Giri is most renowned as the guru of Paramahansa Yogananda. He was a yogi and an astrologer and also believed in the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita. Yukteswar Giri’s guru was Lahiri Mahasya. This article reveals the fascinating
biography of Sri Yukteswar Giri.
Yukteswar Giri was born as Priyanath Karar in the town of Serampore. His parents were Kadambini and Kshetranath Karar. Priyanath’s father passed away when he was very young. So, he had to learn to manage his family’s estate. Young Priyanath was a bright student and joined Srirampur Christian Missionary College. Here, he began to take an active interest in reading the Bible. This interest later fructified into a book called The Holy Science, in which the essential unity between yoga and the Bible is revealed.
After his college days, Priyanath married and also begot a daughter. However, his wife died after a few years. Priyanath became a swami and was christened Sri Yukteswar Giri.
Meets Lahiri Mahasya and Babaji
Yukteswar met Lahir Mahasya in 1884. Lahiri taught Yukteswar how to practice kriya yoga. Yukteswar spent much time with Lahiri Mahasya in the city of Benares. Yukteswar met Mahavatar Babaji during the Kumbha Mela in 1894, in Allahabad. Babaji was the guru of Lahiri Mahasya. Babaji asked Yukteswar to compare Hindu scriptures and the Bible by writing a book. Babaji also gave Yukteswar the title of ‘Swami’.
Sri Yukteswar modified his large Serampore family home and made it his ashram. He christened it “Priyadham”. Here he lived with his disciples and students. Sri Yukteswar also found an ashram in Puri called “Kararashram”. He also started an organization called “Sadhu Sabha”.
Sri Yukteswar wrote school books on subjects such as astrology, astronomy, geography, physiology and physics. He also wrote a basic English book for Bengalis. Sri Yukteswar evinced keen interest in women’s education, which was not common in those days. He was a master of Indian astrology and recommended various astrological bangles and gemstones to his disciples. He was also a keen student of science and astronomy.
His Most Famous Disciple
Paramahansa Yogananda was Sri Yukteswar’s most famous disciple. Yogananda spread kriya yoga all over the world. Yogananda said that Sri Yukteswar had few disciples because of his severe training methods, which the former called “drastic”.
Sri Yukteswar shed his mortal coil at Puri in 1936.