Know a Yogi III – Sri Swami Lahiri Mahasaya (Disciple of Mahavatar Babaji)

by Aranyakananda

Paramahansa Yogananda is often called the “Father of Yoga In the West.” And Swami Vivekananda came to America 30 years before him. But yoga in the Western world was all foreseen by Yogananda’s guru’s guru, Lahiri Mahasaya.

In the 1860s, then known as Shyama Charan Lahiri, the great yogavatar met his own guru, the saint whom he later referred to as Mahavatar Babaji. Babaji’s given name may have been Nagaraj. Lahiri Mahasaya was taught kriya yoga, a practice which had for centuries gone dormant. Mahavatar Babaji told Lahiri-ji that the search for God had become steeped in the practice of external ritual, and had distanced itself from the yoga of inner realization given to Arjuna by Lord Krishna. Babaji entrusted Lahiri Mahasaya with the duty of passing kriya yoga to serious, willing, and perceptive students.

Much like Jesus the Christ’s mission to re-establish a more devotional practice as opposed to the ritual and the money making temples in His time and place, Lahiri Mahasaya would establish a new order not only amongst Hindus, but the world. He prophesied that Yogananda would do just that.
Lahiri Mahasaya was a military clerk, and a true householder yogi. If Rajarsi Janakananda showed us that we could be intensely active in the world but remain “not of the world”, Lahiri Mahasaya showed seekers that family life was not a roadblock to true God-Realization, or Self-realization, if you prefer.

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6 Responses to Know a Yogi III – Sri Swami Lahiri Mahasaya (Disciple of Mahavatar Babaji)

  1. Dhrishti says:

    Where’d you come across the possibly actual name of Babaji?

    • treadmarkz says:

      Ive seen that in many places. You dig around enough you find all kinds of information regarding Babaji though, with differing levels of veracity, I am sure. For instance I recently found the names of His Guru, His Guru’s Guru, His Guru’s Guru’s Guru, and…you guessed it…His Guru’s Guru’s Guru’s Guru.

  2. Zac says:

    My below response is for your comment which I felt was was quiet demeaning and insulting too. So go ahead and read ONLY IF that was your intention ELSE just ignore it.

    Are u surprised or shocked about the lineage. I am sure you have one too. Please don’t tell us that we should be shocked, surprised and stunned to hear from you about the names of Your Father, Your Father’s Father, Your Father’s Father’s Father and you guesed it….Your Father’s Father’s Father’s Father. I guess you would not be able to go that far……

    Atleast these people who are well re-known for their achievement have left their name and fame even after thousand of years……

    FYI….Mahavatar Babaji’s birth name is Nagaraj, born in Tamil Nadu (India). He met his Guru Bhoganathar in Srilanka. He meditated in a place called Kutirgram in Srilanka and has established a place of worship there which still exists. You can visit there and verify yourself.

    These are well documented and preserved in ancient books written by Siddhas.

    • treadmarkz says:

      Of course I am not surprised Zac. You are right, everybody comes from somewhere. The only surprise is the availability of this information, as in the west (I dont know where you are located) details of the life of Babaji are very scarce.

    • shree says:

      What does it matter where Babaji comes from? Babaji intended his teachings for all of mankind not just india, or tamil nadu.It’s this focus on dialects and cultures within hinduism, one state trying to one up another state that has led to the degradation of spirituality in india.i was initiated into kriya yoga under the direct lineage of babaji-yogananda-yogiraj and the importance is the practice of kriya yoga,not from where it came from.

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