In the Satya Yug, God revealed Kriya Yoga to King Manu, the first king, and lawgiver. In the subsequent Treta Yug, the Gurus of Lord Rama Chandra continued to teach it. In the subsequent Dwapara Yug, Lord Sri Krishna(our ancient Kriya Yoga Guru)continued to teach it (as has been mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita, Chapter4, Verse1,2 &3). In the present Kali Yug, Mahavatar Babaji taught it and was continued by Yogiraj Shyama Charan Lahiri Mahasaya and so on by our lineage of Gurus.
Kriya Yoga was developed by Mahavatar Babaji for a more specific and systematic application. In the 19th century, Mahavatar Babaji called Lahiri Mahashaya to his Cave Ashram in the Dronagiri Mountains, near Ranikhet, India, and kept him there for many days and passed on all the techniques of Kriya Yoga.
Lahiri Mahashaya was the greatest Yogi of the 19th century. He proved by his life as a family man and breadwinner, the compatibility of Kriya Yoga with material life and the associated social obligations. His cosmic consciousness was completely free from the limitations of time and space.
Sri Yukteswar is among the most important disciples of Lahiri Mahashaya. Sri Yukteswar, was an Indian scholar and Yogi, with extensive knowledge of astronomy and astrology, has had a major influence on the development of knowledge in this field.
Sri Yukteswar is also the author of the book “The holy science”. Sri Yukteswar has written this book at the request of Babaji, who appeared before him on the Kumbha Mela in Allahabad. Mahavatar Babaji asked Sri Yukteshwar to prove the underlying unity of all religions. The book was published in 1894.
Sri Yukteswar passed on the knowledge of Kriya Yoga to many students and of which his disciple, Paramahansa Yogananda has become the most famous representative of Kriya Yoga. He left for the USA, to spread the philosophy of Kriya Yoga worldwide.
His goal and mission were to spread clear and certain, scientific techniques to realize the personal perception of God among all people from all countries/ nations.
His book “Autobiography of a Yogi” has inspired millions of people.
Swami Narayana Giri was Sri Yukteswar Ji’s closest disciple and served him for nearly two decades. His life was dedicated to the service of Sri Yukteswar. He also initiated many disciples into the Kriya Yoga techniques. He had an Ashram with farmlands and a monastery school at Bhisindipur, West Bengal, India.
Swami Satyananda Giri was one of the foremost disciples of Sri Yukteswar. After having resided in several places all over India, he finally settled in West Bengal to serve society. Swami Satyananda had many disciples. He was president of Yogoda Karar Ashram, Puri, Odisha, India, and Ranchi school in Jharkhand, India.
In this tradition is also the Monk and neurologist Mahaswami Paramahansa Atmananda. He was born in a highly religious, and learned family in Bhawanipatna, Odisha, India. Devoted to God, Atmananda Ji practiced Yoga from childhood, drawing inspiration from Advaita Guru Totapuri, Swami Sivananda Saraswati, Ramana Maharsi, Swami Vivekananda, Paramahansa Yogananda, and other great Saints. In his previous Ashrama and life as a householder, he was a highly qualified medical doctor.
Paramahansa Atmananda Ji, previously known as Dr. S.S. Chand, is a Life Member of the Association of Physicians of India, the Indian Medical Association, Indian Association of Occupational Health. His specialization in Internal Medicine and Neurology, the science of the brain and nervous system, proved to be a great help in the understanding and teaching of Kriya Yoga as a scientific technique for Self and God Realization.
According to Paramhansa Atmananda Ji, “Life is to be lived healthily, positively, happily, lovingly, helpingly and harmoniously”. Improve the quality of life by practicing Kriya Yoga daily, the sooner in life the better. You are never alone, God is always with you and He is the ultimate help.