Sri Yukteswar Giri (also written Sriyuktesvara, Sri Yukteshwar) (1855–1936) was an Indian Guru and yogi, and the guru of Sri Paramahansa Yogananda. Sri Yukteswar was an expert in yoga and meditation, well versed in various divine texts and a master in all kinds of art. He was the disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya of Varanasi.
His birth name was Priya Nath Karar and born in West Bengal. After finishing his studies he got married and had a daughter. Though he was married, he was not interested in family life, but interested in attaining yogic powers.
In 1884, Sri Yukteswar met Lahiri Mahasaya, who became his Guru and initiated him into the path of Yoga. Sri Yukteswar served his guru in Banaras (Varanasi). As per the instructions given by Sri Mahavatar Babaji in Allahabad, he wrote a book in 1894, known as ‘The Holy Science’.
He constructed an Ashram at his home town, where he stayed with his students and disciples. And he taught yoga and meditation to them along with formal education. After some time he has established another Ashram at Puri.
He also wrote a book on astrology. He wants women to be better educated, in order to stand on their own legs, without depending on men.
Sri Yukteswar was a soft spoken and a humble person but strongly implemented his teachings to his followers. He insisted the people to do yoga and meditation along with making regular prayer to god. He attained spirituality due to the divine grace of Mahavatar Babaji, and he contains great knowledge on Kriya yoga,and spread it among the universe.
Yukteswar attained Mahasamadhi at Karar Ashram, Puri, India on 1936.
1. Paramahansa Yogananda
3. Sailendra Bejoy Dasgupta
4. Paramahansa Hariharananda
5. Swami Bhabananda Giri
Sri Yukteswar Giri was a great yoga teacher and a spiritual master, who insisted his followers to follow the path of spirituality. He asked his followers to regularly practice Kriya Yoga, in order get relieved from physical and mental stress and to get peace of mind.
According to him, by practicing the Kriya Yoga, one can be able to avoid unnecessary thoughts in his mind, and can concentrate on his work in a proper manner. And also it helps in attaining spiritual energy.
Let us worship the divine saint and be blessed.
“OM SREE SRI YUKTESWAR GIRI NAMAHA”