Krishna
In the Gita, Krishna declares that this imperishable Yoga has been handed down from one to another through a line of royal sages.

Mahavatar Babaji
A legendary figure, Babaji is considered to be a perfected Being and embodied for centuries for the sole purpose of assisting enlightenment. Babaji is said to be identical with Krishna.
"The Kriya Yoga that I am giving to the world is the same science that Krishna gave to Arjuna"
Kabir is said to be one of Babaji's initiates.

Lahiri Mahasaya
Until the initiation of Sri Lahiri Mahasaya, Kriya Yoga was reserved to selected Initiates.
When Lahiri was initiated by Babaji he was told to freely initiate any serious seeker. Among Lahiri's many initiates:
Sri Yukteswar, Pranabananda, Ram Gopal, Keshavananda Avadhut, Shastri Mahasaya, and Sri Tinkori Lahiri (the son of Lahiri Mahasaya).

Sri Yukteswar
Many disciples have been initiated and many teaching centers have been established by Sri Yukteswar. His most famous disciple is Paramahansa Yoganada

Paramahansa Yogananda
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Yogananda is said to have personally known Babaji, Mahasaya, and his Guru Sri Yukteswar. Against his inclination, Yogananda was chosen by Babaji and Sri Yukteswar to introduce Kriya Yoga to the West in 1920. For this purpose Yogananda wrote his inspiring Autobiography of a Yogi (now translated into many languages), initiated and ordained ministers, and founded the Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF).
Photo of Paramahansa Yogananda courtesy of the SRF

Sri Tinkori Lahiri
Sri Satya Charan Lahiri (son of Tinkori Lahiri)

Sri Satya Charan Lahiri
Sri Shibendu Lahiri (son of Charan Lahiri)
Sri Shailendra Sharma (disciple & successor to Charan Lahiri)

Sri Shailendra Sharma
Shailendra Sharma became authorised to initiate seekers into Kriya Yoga on April 28th 1984 and has since authored numerous commentaries on classic Hindu & yogic texts. Shailendra Sharma has also been directly taught by Babaji.

Among Yogananda's many direct disciples and initiates are:
Sri Daya Mata, Roy Davis, Donald Walters (Swami Kriyananda), JJ Lynn, Sri Gyanamata

In the West, Kriya Yoga is spread mainly through:
Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), Spiritual leader: Sri Mrinalini Mata
Center for Spiritual Awareness (CSA), Spiritual leader: Roy E. Davis
Ananda Church of Self-Realization, Founder: Swami Kriyananda
Babaji's Kriya Yoga Order of Acharyas, Founder: Marshall Govindan Satchidananda
Temple of Kriya Yoga, Spiritual leader: Sri Goswami Kriyananda

Basic books for Kriya Yogis are:
Autobiography of a Yogi, The Bhagavad Gita, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Further Reading:  Self-Realization Articles  ~  Kriya Yoga  ~  Paramahansa Yogananda


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