Date(s) - May 10 (Sunday)
Celebrating Birthday of Shriyukteshwarji
Swami Shriyukteshwar was born on 10th May 1855 at Serampore, West Bengal, India. His childhood name was Priyanath Karar. As a child, he was extremely intelligent, inquisitive and highly spiritual. Unfortunately his father, who was a businessman, passed away when Shriyukteshwar was young. His mother helped him to complete education, after which Shriyukteshwar entered married life as per his mother’s wish. The young couple was blessed with a daughter. Shriyukteshwar was a man of varied interest – his interests ranging from Astrology to Homeopathy / Naturopathy to music and musical instruments. After the untimely death of his wife, he took care of his daughter and mother. He also opened an Ashram at his ancestral property in Serampore.
He renewed his quest for Truth and found his Guru Shri Lahiri Mahasaya at the age of 28. Under Lahiri Mahasaya’s guidance, Shriyukteshwar attained supreme consciousness through the sincere practice of Kriya Yoga. After his daughter’s marriage, he took sanyasa and fully deveoted his life to spreading the message of Kriya Yoga. Pleased with his spiritual progress, Mahavatar Babaji met him at Kumbha Mela in Allahabad in 1893, and asked him to write a book that draws parallels from the religions of the East and West. Inspired by Babaji’s request, he wrote the book “The Holy Science”, which discusses the unity behind the scientific principles underlying Hindu scriptures and the Holy Bible. Among his notable disciples were Paramahansa Yogananda, Swami Satyananda Giri, and Paramahansa Hariharananda.
Swami Shriyukteshwar entered mahasamadhi at the Karar Ashram in Puri on 9th March 1936. He was the divine instrument who gave a definite and organized shape to fulfill the eternal design of Mahavatar Babaji. He was the one who made the first attempt at universalizing the science of Kriya Yoga as a means of self-realization by bringing out the underlying unity of all religions. Yogananda ji has depicted his Guru Shriyukteshwar as “Jnanavatar”, which means the “Incarnation of Wisdom”.
09:00 am :: Second Kriya Meditation
10:45 am :: Lighting Candles, discuss Shriyukteshwarji’s teaching
11:15 am :: Meditation
12:30 pm :: Lunch