The Yogananda-Sant Mat Connection
A Collection of Biographies of 4 Kriya Yoga Gurus by Swami Satyananda Giri
This book is a collection of 4 spiritual biographies written by Swami Satyananda Giri, eminent disciple of Swami Sriyukteshvar Giri. In this collection are the biographies of revered Yogiraj Shyama Charan Lahiri Mahasaya, as well as biographies of his disciples Yogacharya Shastri Mahasaya (Hansaswami Kebalananda) and Swami Sriyukteshvar Giriji Maharaj, as well as the biography of Paramahansa Yogananda entitled “Yogananda Sanga.”
“Longing to see God and attraction towards spiritual sadhana were essential aspects of Mukunda’s character. At this time, those inclinations continued to be more and more strong and wherever a sadhu, sadhak, or devotees’ name would be heard, he would run there to see if he could get something of spiritual value. Close to home he was able to have the company of his elder brother in law Satish Chandra Bashas’ brother, Charu Chandra Basa. Charu-Baba was an initiate of the well known Radhaswami spiritual path. Charu-Baba revealed the mysteries and techniques of that mediation to Mukunda. With intense effort the child-sadhak Mukunda engaged himself in that sadhana with his whole being and in a short time became absorbed in experience of listening in ecstasy to Divine Sound and seeing beatific revelations in Divine Light. For the sadhak Mukunda, the spiritually triumphant Swami Yogananda—the sacred dias that would seat guru—Paramahansa Yogananda’s divine life was founded in the hallowedness in his heart. That Light remained forever undimmed throughout his entire life, and the profundity of that experience kept him always spiritually aware in many complex situations. On this matter it should be remembered that Mukunda never forgot his life-lord, Yogiraj Lahiri Mahsaya. With reverence and disciple he was engaged in practicing the beginning stages of Kriya Yoga that he received from his father. In later life he held this experience of Sound and Light as complimentary to Kriya Yoga.”
Note: In the Kriya Yoga book, “Holy Science”, Swami Sri Yukteswar mentions inner Sound/Shabd Yoga practice.