YOGANANDA’S GURU LINEAGE — “Every sincere disciple gives credit to his Guru” ~ Sw. Shraddananda


Every sincere disciple does not think very highly of himself, but of his Guru, and so Guruji says he was thinking very highly of Guruji [Sri Yukteswarji], and so all the devotion offered to Paramahansaji was being transferred to his Guru.

What was the first word that Guruji heard from his Guru when he first visited Swami Sri Yukteswarji’s ashram in Serampore?   We read in Autobiography of a Yogi, Chapter 12: “Come; I will show you the hermitage.”  Master rose from his tiger mat. “I glanced about me; my gaze fell with astonishment on a wall picture, garlanded with a spray of jasmine. “Lahiri Mahasaya!”

“Yes, my divine guru.”  Sri Yukteswar’s tone was reverently vibrant.  “Greater he was, as man and yogi, than any other teacher whose life came within the range of my investigations.”

Silently I bowed before the familiar picture. Soul-homage sped to the peerless master who, blessing my infancy, had guided my steps to this hour.”

That means Swami Sri Yukteswarji has the greatest reverence, the most admiration for Lahiri Mahasaya.  When something gets transferred to Swami Sri Yukteswarji, what does he do?   He transfers it to his Guru, Lahiri Mahasaya.

And what does Lahiri Mahasaya have to say about his role?   He considers himself an instrument of Babaji to bring Kriya Yoga to the whole world…and every time someone receives the blessing of Kriya, Lahiri Mahasaya feels it is Babaji’s kindness and blessing that the devotee is receiving; it is what Babaji is giving to the devotee.

And what did Babaji say about Krishna and Christ?…In the Autobiography of a Yogi, Chapter 26: “The Kriya Yoga which I am giving to the world through you in this nineteenth century,” Babaji told Lahiri Mahasaya, “is a revival of the same science which Krishna gave, millenniums ago, to Arjuna, and which was later known to Patanjali, and to Christ, St. John, St. Paul, and other disciples.”

So Krishna and Christ asked Babaji to pass on this technique to the world.  He does not take any credit for it, but passes it on to Krishna and Christ.

Swami Shraddhanandaji

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See also~~ Revival of Kriya Yoga Through the Lineage of SRF/YSS Gurus