Lahiri Mahasaya

Year of birth : 1828
Parents : Gaur Mohan Lahiri, Muktakashi
Teacher/Guru : Mahavatar Babaji
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“ The state in which the knower, known,

knowledge becomes one that only is the

state of science.

This is the true devotion or true knowledge. ”

“ This Atmasurya is Mahapurusha Brahma,

He only is the Container of the universe;

everything evolves from here and ultimately

everything merges here. ”

“ Always remember that you belong to no one,

and no one belongs to you. Reflect that some day

you will suddenly have to leave everything in this

world—so make the acquaintanceship of God now. ”

Books by the Master

" The Upanishads: In the Light of Kriya Yoga " ... " The Bhagavad Gita: In The Light of Kriya " ... "

Patanjali Yoga Sutras: In The Light Of Kriya " ... " The Guru Gita: In The Light of Kriya " ...

" The Kabir Gita: In The Light of Kriya " ... " The Omkar Gita: In The Light of Kriya " ...

" Kriya Yoga and Unlocking Mystical Songs of Kabir " ... " The Avadhuta Gita: In The Light of Kriya " ...

" The Gitas: In The Light of Kriya " ... " Sri Sri Chandi (Sri Durgasaptasati): In The Light Of Kriya " ...

" The Bhagavad Gita: In The Light of Kriya " ... " Kabir - Spiritual Commentary " ...

" Astavakra Gita: In The Light Of Kriya "


Shyama Charan Lahiri best known as Lahiri Mahasaya, was an Indian yogi and a disciple of Mahavatar Babaji. He was also popularly known as Yogiraj and Kashi Baba. He revived the yogic science of Kriya Yoga when he learned it from Mahavatar Babaji in 1861. Lahiri Mahasaya was also the guru of Yukteswar Giri. He was unusual among Indian holy men in that he was a householder — marrying, raising a family, and working as an accountant for the Military Engineering Department of the British Indian government. Lahiri lived with his family in Varanasi rather than in a temple or monastery. He achieved a substantial reputation among 19th century Hindu religionists. 

Lahiri was born into a Brahmin family. At the age of three or four, he was often seen sitting in meditation, with his body buried in the sand up to his neck. As a child, he studied Urdu and Hindi, gradually moving on to Bengali, Sanskrit, Persian, French and English at the Government Sanskrit College, along with study of the Vedas. Reciting the Vedas, bathing in the Ganges, and worship were part of his daily routine. In 1861, Lahiri was transferred to Ranikhet, in the foothills of the Himalayas. One day, while walking in the hills, he heard a voice calling to him. After climbing further, he met his Guru Mahavatar Babaji, who initiated him into the techniques of Kriya Yoga. Babaji told Lahiri that the rest of his life was to be given to spreading the Kriya message.

Soon after, Lahiri Mahasaya returned to Varanasi, where he began initiating sincere seekers into the path of Kriya Yoga. Over time, more and more people flocked to receive the teachings of Kriya from Lahiri. He organized many study groups and gave regular discourses on the Bhagavad Gita at his "Gita Assemblies." He freely gave Kriya initiation to those of every faith, including Hindus, Muslims, and Christians, at a time when caste bigotry was very strong. 

Lahiri continued his dual role of accountant and supporter to his family, and a teacher of Kriya Yoga, until 1886, when he was able to retire on a pension. More and more visitors came to see him at this time. He seldom left his sitting room, available to all who sought his darshan. He often exhibited the breathless state of superconscious samādhi.

He gave permission to one disciple, Panchanon Bhattacharya, to start an institution in Kolkata to spread the teachings of Kriya Yoga. The Arya Mission Institution published commentaries byLahiri on the Bhagavad Gita, along with other spiritual books, including a Bengali translation of the Gita. Lahiri himself had printed thousands of small books with excerpted passages from the Gita, in Bengali and Hindi, and distributed them for free, an unusual idea at that time.