Date(s) - Mar 8 (Sunday)
Celebrating Teachings of Yogananda ji and Shriyukteshwar ji
Shriyukteshwar ji 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.
Paramahamsa Yoganandaji, one of the most eminent disciples of Swami Shriyukteshwar, was born to Bhagavati Charan Ghosh and Gyana Prabha Ghosh in the city of Gorakhpur, India. In 1920, at the age of 27, he traveled to the USA for the sole purpose of bringing the science of meditation Kriya Yoga to the seekers of western shore. His life was dedicated to the service to God. Paramahamsa Yogananda has profoundly impacted the lives of millions with his comprehensive teachings on the science of Kriya Yoga meditation and the underlying unity of all true religions. Yoganandaji entered Mahasamadhi on March 7, 1952 at Los Angeles.
09:00 am :: Second Kriya
10:45 am :: Lighting Candles, Singing Yoganandaji’s song
11:15 am :: Meditation
12:30 pm :: Lunch