Remembering Jnanavatar Swami Sri Yukteswar – One of India’s Great Saint

YSS commemorates the Mahasamadhi Divas of Swami Sri Yukteswar with online meditation programmes

YSS commemorates the Mahasamadhi Divas of Swami Sri Yukteswar with online meditation programmes

Ranchi: “At the behest of the immortal Himalayan saint Mahavatar Babaji, Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri trained Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the renowned spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, to disseminate the ancient scientific meditation technique of Kriya Yoga all around the world,” said Swami Shraddhananda Giri, a senior sannyasi of the Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS) during an online spiritual programme hosted by YSS to commemorate the Mahasamadhi Divas of Swami Sri Yukteswar. Swamiji said that this was “one of the many spiritual contributions of Sri Yukteswar Giri that our earth and all humanity have been much blessed and transformed by.”

Born on May 10, 1855 at Serampore in West Bengal, Swami Sri Yukteswarji became a disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya and attained God-realization through his Kriya Yoga sadhana. It was to Swami Sri Yukteswar that Paramahansa Yogananda’s steps were divinely guided when as a young boy he was intensely searching for a Guru. Under Sri Yukteswar’s spiritual training and tough discipline, the boy Mukunda rapidly blossomed into Swami Yogananda, a God-realized soul ready to begin his worldwide mission of spreading the ancient Kriya Yoga teachings in the West. Yoganandaji, who was later conferred the title of Paramahansa by Swami Sri Yukteswar, reverently proclaimed his Guru to be a Jnanavatar, an incarnation of wisdom whose spiritual stature was beyond the understanding of ordinary people.

Swami Sri Yukteswar entered Mahasamadhi (a great yogi’s final conscious exit from the body in a state of oneness with Spirit) on March 9, 1936 in the holy city of Puri. YSS commemorated this event on Wednesday, March 9, with special online programmes joined in by over 3,500 people from their homes. Senior YSS sannyasis, Swami Shraddhananda Giri and Swami Achyutananda Giri, led special meditations in English and Hindi respectively on the YSS Online Dhyana Kendra on this occasion. The sessions included prayers, inspirational reading, devotional chanting, and periods of silent meditation, and concluded with the practise of Paramahansa Yoganandaji’s healing technique.

In his inspirational reading, Swami Achyutanandaji shared Yoganandaji’s description of his guru Sri Yukteswarji from Autobiography of a Yogi that highlights the perfect balance between his spiritual and practical wisdom, a quality that defined the personality of this great avatar: “His feet were firm on the earth, his head in the haven of heaven. Practical people aroused his admiration. ‘Saintliness is not dumbness! Divine perceptions are not incapacitating!’ he would say. ‘The active expression of virtue gives rise to the keenest intelligence.’”

Swami Achyutanandaji urged the audience that the true way to commemorate this sacred day was to draw from the life of this great Jnanavatar this practical lesson: “to make a firm resolve to strive for achieving that ideal of balance in our lives — balance between our spiritual and material responsibilities, between meditation and activity, between all aspects of our lives.”

The Kriya Yoga teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda are available through the printed Yogoda Satsanga Society of India/Self-Realization Fellowship (YSS/SRF) Lessons. The two organizations founded by Yoganandaji include over 800 ashrams, kendras and mandalis across India and the world.                              For more info: yssi.org

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