Shyama Charan Lahiri (1828 –1895), also known as Lahiri Mahasaya, was an Indian yogi, guru and a disciple of Mahavatar Babaji. He taught Kriya Yoga to others, when he learned it from Mahavatar Babaji in 1861.
Lahiri Mahasaya was also the guru of Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri. He taught the Kriya Yoga to others and developed spirituality and spread it to others. He lived in Varanasi.
Lahiri was born into a Brahmin family in the year 1828 in Nadia district, West Bengal. He was interested in doing meditation at his younger age.After some time his family moved to Varanasi, and he has spent his rest of his life in Varanasi.
He studied all the languages, along with Vedas. In 1846, he was married and had two sons, and three daughters. Without leaving his family life, he continued working in a company as an accountant and also concentrated his attention on yoga and spirituality.
Lahiri Mahasaya died on 1895 in Varanasi. Though he left his physical body, he is still remembered for his teachings and for sharing the yoga techniques to others.
1. Panchanan Bhattacharya
2. Yukteswar Giri
4. Keshavananda Brahmachari
5. Bhupendranath Sanyal
6. Bhaskarananda Saraswati
7. Balananda Brahmachari of Deogarh
8. Iswari Narayan Sinha
He taught Kriya Yoga to all class of people, without distinguishing them with respect to caste, creed, gender, community or religion. He wants the human’s problems to be solved through learning and practicing Kriya Yoga, and all of them must live their life happily.
According to him, Kriya Yoga is the medicine for all sorts of diseases. And he asked his followers to do it frequently.
He also asked his followers to solve their problems through meditation. He wants everyone to live an honest life and through an honest earning. Lahiri frequently taught the Bhagavad Gita to his followers.
A great guru and a spiritual master had opened our eyes through his yoga concepts. He used simple techniques for practicing the Kriya Yoga and taught it to the people very patiently and took much care of them, in learning the yoga. He was a humble scholar who never hurts anybody through his words, and asked his followers to avoid tension and to observe patience in their life. He wants all class of people to be treated as equal and they should be given proper rights in the society.
He also wants everyone to practice Kriya Yoga, in order to keep fit and to live happily for ever. He wants women to be treated with much respect and men must treat women in a proper manner and they also should be given equal rights similar to that of men in the society.
Let us worship this great yogi and be blessed.
“OM SREE LAHIRI MAHASAYA NAMAHA”