The true Guru is God, the omnipresent pure Awareness

In the Gita, Krishna declares that this imperishable Yoga has been handed down from one to
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 Mahasaya, Kriya Yoga was reserved to selected Initiates.
When Lahiri was initiated by Babaji he was told to freely initiated any serious seeker.

Among Lahiri’s many initiates:
Sri Yukteswar, Pranabananda,
Ram Gopal, Keshavananda Avadhut,

Shastri Mahasaya, and Sri Tinkori
(the son of Lahiri Mahasaya)


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

Tinkori Lahiri

Sri Satya Charan Lahiri (son
of Tinkori Lahiri)

Sri Shibendu Lahiri
(son of Charan Lahiri)


Paramahansa Yogananda

Photo of Yogananda
(1893 -1952)

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.

In "Autobiography of a
", Babaji is quoted : "You are the one I have chosen to spread the
message of Kriya Yoga in the West."
(p.344 hardcover / p.402 softcover)

For this purpose Yogananda wrote his inspiring Autobiography –
now translated into many languages – initiated and ordained ministers, and founded
Self-Realization Fellowship.

Among Yogananda’s many direct disciples and initiates are:
, Roy Davis,
Donald Walters, JJ Lynn, Sri Gyanamata

In the West, Kriya Yoga is spread mainly through:
Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF –
Spiritual leader Daya Mata)
Center for Spiritual Awareness (CSA – Spiritual
leader Roy E. Davis)
Ananda Brotherhood (former Spiritual leader Donald

Basic books for Kriya Yogis are:
The Autobiography
of a Yogi

The Bhagavad Gita
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

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