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Traditionally and ordinarily Guru means one from whom Sisya, “the disciple,” gets initiation and instructions in the spiritual discipline.
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.
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 .
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 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.
(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.
3. 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.)
4. Panchanan Bhattacharya, the chief disciple of Lahiri Mahasay
5. Swami Kebalananda
6. Swami Pranabananda Giri
7. Brahmachari Kesavananda
8. Tinkori Lahiri (Eldest son of Lahiri Mahasay)
9. Dukori Lahiri (Youngest son of Lahiri Mahasay)
10. Swami Sriyukteswar Giri
11. Brajalal Adhikari
12. Prasad Das Goswami
13. Kali Kumar Banerjee
14. Kesav Chandra Banerjee
15. Ram Dayal Mazumder
16. Hari Narayan Palodhi
17. Bhupendranath Sanyal
Disciples of Panchanan Bhattacharya and lineage
18. Sris Mukherjee (disciple of 4)
19. Nagendranath Choudhuri (disciple of 4)
20. Hari Mohan Bandopadhyaya (disciple of 4)
21. Bodhisatta Bhattacharya (son of 4)
22. Bamdev Bandopadhyaya (disciple of 4)
23. Adyanath Roy (disciple of 18)
24. Sibamoya Bhattacharya (son of 21)
25. Nitai Charan Bandopadhyaya (disciple of 22)
Disciples of (5) Swami Kebalananda
26. Panchkori De (Brahmachari Santananda)
27. Tinkori De
Disciples of (6) Swami Pranabananda Giri
28. Jnanendra nath Mukherjee
29. Brahmachari Sananda
Disciples of (7) Brahmachari Kesavananda and his lineage
30. Swami Satyananda
31. Swami Nityananda
32. Swami Vidyanada
Disciples of (8) Tinkori Lahiri and lineage
33. Tara Charan Lahiri
34. Satya Charan Lahiri
35. Abhaya Charan Lahiri
36. Banamali Lahiri
Disciples of (9) Dukori Lahiri
37. Ananda Mohan Lahiri
Disciples of (10) Swami Sriyukteswar and lineage
38. Motilal Mukherjee
39. Swami Satyananda (initiated by Kebalananda)
40. Paramhansa Yogananda
41. Swami Bhabanada Giri
42. Swami Paramananda Giri
43. Swami Narayana Giri
44. Amulya Charan Santra
45. Bijoy Kumar Chatterjee
46. Dr. Bipin Chandra Bhumia
47. Tripurari Har (disciple of 38)
48. Brahmachari Anilananda (disciple of 38)
49. Swami Satyeswarananda Giri (the author, initially learned from 39, later, from Babaji in the Himalayas)
50. Swami Sudhhananda Giri (disciple of 39, initiated by Kebalananda)
51. Swami Hariharananda Giri / Ushananda (disciple of 39)
52. Swami Dhirananda Giri (disciple of 39)
53. Swami Niranjanananda Giri (disciple of 39)
54. Swami Jagadananda Giri (disciple of 39)
55. Swami Jnanananda Giri (disciple of 51)
56. Brahmachari Bhubaneswarananda (disciple of 51)
57. Swami Atmananda Giri (disciple of 40)
58. Swami Hariharananda Giri (disciple of 40)
59. Swami Sevananda Giri (disciple of 40)
60. Swami Sadananda Giri (disciple of 40)
61. Swami Binayananda Giri (disciple of 40)
62. Swami Bidyananda Giri (disciple of 40)
63. Swami Satchidananda Giri (disciple of 40)
64. Swami Premananda Giri (disciple of 40)
65. Swami Dhirananda Giri, Basu Kumar Bagchi, initiated by Kebalananda
66. Swami Sradhhananda Giri (disciple of 57)
67. Swami Brahmananda Giri (disciple of 57)
68. Swami Premananda Giri (disciple of 58)
Granddaughter of (16) Hari Narayana Palodhi
69. Binapani Devi
Disciples of (17) Bhupendranath Sanyal
70. Nikhil Dey
71. Sailendranath Mukherjee
72. Jwala Prasad Tiwari
73. Sunil Kumar Ghosh