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by Swami Satyeswarananda Giri

Guru-Param-Para (Lineage of the Guru Order)

Guru Sisya (Master and Disciple)

Traditionally and ordinarily Guru means one from whom Sisya, “the disciple,” gets initiation and instructions in the spiritual discipline.


Strictly speaking, until the teacher and initiate meet, they have no relationship as Master and disciple.

The relationship between the Master and the disciple originates at a personal meeting and actual initiation by the Master.

Treating a realized Yogi of the past as Master through presumption and supposition is an idealization of the whole subject.

Since the acceptance from the Master’s side is absent, it cannot be a true Master and disciple relationship.  It is merely the product of the person’s imagination.


It can be mentioned here that in India many people are not able to find a teacher and then imagine some great realized Sage such as Lord Krisna, Lord Siva, Yogi Vasistha or Paramhansa Sri Ramakrisna as their Guru.  Without meeting these personalities, there is absolutely no Master-disciple relationship.


Their situation merely reflects their intellectual disposition and predicament.  It is nothing but fooling oneself, or fooling others, to consider a yogi of the past as one’s Guru. Where is the role of Guruvaktragamya, “learning directly from the living lips of a Guru” in this personal idealization? How can a dead person be able to advise without the living lips? The subject is discussed in Babaji -The Divine Himalayan Yogi and his Legacy, in Chapter 41.


It becomes imperative to mention here that Babaji maintained very strict rules in this respect of Guru-Sisya relation since it is the righteous way to be in the path and to receive Beatitude.


Mahamuni Babaji upheld the decorum of the Master-disciple relationship when he asked his disciple, Lahiri Mahasay to initiate the group of people at Dunagiri Hill.


These people were past students of Lahiri Mahasay, and thus it was Lahiri Mahasay’s responsibility to initiate them, since Babaji was not their Master.

Similarly, it can be remembered when in the epic Ramayana Yogi Viswamitra (who was quite competent and qualified yet) asked Yogi Vasistha to advise Rama, since Yogi Vasistha was the Guru and priest of the Ikkhaku dynasty.

Initiation is essential (as mentioned earlier) and so is the actual relation between the Master and disciple.  It is the Master or Guru who helps the disciple find the righteous path to the ultimate Self, or Brahma.

The Guru of the Guru is called Param Guru, and the Guru of the Param Guru is called Para-par Guru for the disciple.  Again, the Guru of Para-par Guru is the Paramesthi Guru for the initiate.

The Sanskrit word “Param Para” literally means “the traditional way of perpetuation of the spiritual  discipline from the Master (the Guru) to the disciple and the lineage through which the blessings of the realized Master flow to the followers of the particular discipline.”


The Kriya Network

Lahiri Mahasay purposely did not start any organization.  He repeatedly said that the practice of Kriya was the primary “work” of each individual.

He knew a formal organization would jeopardize Kriya practice for two reasons: 

First, because an organization would bypass the Guru-Param-Para, “Guru-disciple relationship.”  The sad by-product of this would be a mechanistic (and thus, valueless) approach to Kriya practice.  The close, loving attention of the Guru would be lost in an organizational setup.

Second, organizations require a management and support structure.  Maintaining, organizing and promoting such a structure demands an incalculable amount of time and attention.  This time and attention would be best used if applied directly to Kriya practice.

Furthermore, Yoga is not a matter of institutionalization; rather, it is a tradition of Guru-Param-Para, “personal Master and disciple relation,” which is the righteous way.


That is why Mahamuni Babaji, the divine Master of Lahiri Mahasay himself, pointed out for one “Not to be tempted to be involved in spiritual organizations or to start organizations around the teaching of Kriya.”

Babaji further commented, “Those getting Kriya from the organizations and unpermitted persons are not getting initiation of the Kriya discipline.”  The scriptures state the same sentiment in 13:10 Gita.

Lahiri Mahasay held up the advice of Babaji repeatedly to his disciples not to start organizations around the teachings of Kriya.

Lahiri Baba spread his Kriya Network through his disciples.  When they attained Realization, Lahiri Mahasay permitted them to initiate others into this holy Science. 

They were reminded that Guru-Param-Para (relationship through the lineage of the Guru order) is the righteous way.  Gita 4:1, 2.

Thus only the fortunate seekers actually got Kriya.  His disciples started functioning as his agents, much like branch centers, as though he was headquarters.


The Kriya Network of currents of Kriya Ganges flow from the Divine Himalayan Yogi Mahamuni Babaji through Lahiri Mahasay and his selected disciples and their channels and lineage.  Some of them are listed below.


Kriya Network at a Glance

(The Currents of the Kriya Ganges: Both original tradition and modified trend).

Kriya and Ganges flow from the same source: Holy Himalayas.

It is practically impossible to give an exact account of the currents of the Kriya Ganges as some Masters teach very secretly.


The Currents of the Kriya Ganges


Description of the Network

     Mahamuni Babaji:  The Father of Kriya

  1. Lahiri Mahasay:  The Polestar of Kriya
  2. Swami Mahabir: a disciple of Babaji, who was sent to Babaji by Lahiri Mahasay.

Sometimes Mahamuni Babaji sent messages to Lahiri Mahasay through Mahabir Swami, and collected the donation of Kriya Initiation with which Babaji served and fed some yogis and Swamis on different occasions.

Almost every year Mahabir Swami visited Lahiri Mahasay under the instructions of Babaji on a particular day - the day following the new moon of February (Mahasivaratri  day, the only day Lahiri Mahasay used to fast and observe every year.  Some years Babaji himself graced to give darsan to Lahiri Mahasay on that day).

Babaji, or his messenger, Mahabir Swami, used to meet Lahiri Mahasay at Sarnath.  This place, located north of Benares, was where Lord Buddha first preached his message to  the world. 

Lahiri Mahasay would take the help of a disciple named Krisna Ram, who would pull his Divine Gurudev by rickshaw to Sarnath.  Once they arrived, Lahiri Mahasay had Krisna Ram wait until he returned. 

The great yogi would walk some distance alone until meeting with Mahabir Swami.  He would then hand over a bag  containing the Kriya donations.  Mahabir Swami confirmed this fact to the author when the author was in a group pilgrimage with Mahamuni Babaji to Badrinath in the Himalayas.

  1. Swami Satyeswarananda Giri Babaji (the author) initially learned Kriya from Swami Satyananda, Sriyukteswar’s chief monastic disciple in India.

    The author lived for twelve years in the Himalayas, sometimes with Mahamuni Babaji, and after twenty four years of Kriya practice he was blessed by Babaji, who initiated the author into Purna (complete) Kriya, at Dunagiri Hill, Himalayas.


The Disciples of Lahiri Mahasay and their Lineage

(The detailed description of the Kriya Network is written in a separate book, Babaji Volume III The Original Kriya Tradition along with Guru-param-para and lineage.)

  1. Panchanan Bhattacharya, the chief disciple of Lahiri Mahasay
  2. Swami Kebalananda
  3. Swami Pranabananda Giri
  4. Brahmachari Kesavananda
  5. Tinkori Lahiri (Eldest son of Lahiri Mahasay)
  6. Dukori Lahiri (Youngest son of Lahiri Mahasay)
  7. Swami Sriyukteswar Giri
  8. Brajalal Adhikari
  9. Prasad Das Goswami
  10. Kali Kumar Banerjee
  11. Kesav Chandra Banerjee
  12. Ram Dayal Mazumder
  13. Hari Narayan Palodhi
  14. Bhupendranath Sanyal

Disciples of Panchanan Bhattacharya and lineage

  1. Sris Mukherjee (disciple of 4)
  2. Nagendranath Choudhuri (disciple of 4)
  3. Hari Mohan Bandopadhyaya (disciple of 4)
  4. Bodhisatta Bhattacharya (son of 4)
  5. Bamdev Bandopadhyaya (disciple of 4)
  6. Adyanath Roy (disciple of 18)
  7. Sibamoya Bhattacharya (son of 21)
  8. Nitai Charan Bandopadhyaya (disciple of 22)

Disciples of (5) Swami  Kebalananda

  1. Panchkori De (Brahmachari Santananda)
  2. Tinkori De

Disciples of (6) Swami Pranabananda Giri

  1. Jnanendra nath Mukherjee
  2. Brahmachari Sananda

Disciples of (7) Brahmachari Kesavananda and his lineage

  1. Swami Satyananda
  2. Swami Nityananda
  3. Swami Vidyanada

Disciples of (8) Tinkori Lahiri and lineage

  1. Tara Charan Lahiri
  2. Satya Charan Lahiri
  3. Abhaya Charan Lahiri
  4. Banamali Lahiri

Disciples of (9) Dukori Lahiri

  1. Ananda Mohan Lahiri

Disciples of (10) Swami Sriyukteswar and lineage

  1. Motilal Mukherjee
  2. Swami Satyananda (initiated by Kebalananda)
  3. Paramhansa Yogananda
  4. Swami Bhabanada Giri
  5. Swami Paramananda Giri
  6. Swami Narayana Giri
  7. Amulya Charan Santra
  8. Bijoy Kumar Chatterjee
  9. Dr. Bipin Chandra Bhumia
  10. Tripurari Har (disciple of 38)
  11. Brahmachari Anilananda (disciple of 38)
  12. Swami Satyeswarananda Giri (the author, initially learned from 39, later, from Babaji in the Himalayas)
  13. Swami Sudhhananda Giri (disciple of 39, initiated by Kebalananda)
  14. Swami Hariharananda Giri / Ushananda (disciple of 39)
  15. Swami Dhirananda Giri (disciple of 39)
  16. Swami Niranjanananda Giri (disciple of 39)
  17. Swami Jagadananda Giri (disciple of 39)
  18. Swami Jnanananda Giri (disciple of 51)
  19. Brahmachari Bhubaneswarananda (disciple of 51)
  20. Swami Atmananda Giri (disciple of 40)
  21. Swami Hariharananda Giri (disciple of 40)
  22. Swami Sevananda Giri (disciple of 40)
  23. Swami Sadananda Giri (disciple of 40)
  24. Swami Binayananda Giri (disciple of 40)
  25. Swami Bidyananda Giri (disciple of 40)
  26. Swami Satchidananda Giri (disciple of 40)
  27. Swami Premananda Giri (disciple of 40)
  28. Swami Dhirananda Giri, Basu Kumar Bagchi, initiated by Kebalananda
  29. Swami Sradhhananda Giri (disciple of 57)
  30. Swami Brahmananda Giri (disciple of 57)
  31. Swami Premananda Giri (disciple of 58)

Granddaughter of (16) Hari Narayana Palodhi

  1. Binapani Devi

Disciples of (17) Bhupendranath Sanyal

  1. Nikhil Dey
  2. Sailendranath Mukherjee
  3. Jwala Prasad Tiwari
  4. Sunil Kumar Ghosh