Swami Yogeswarananda Giri was born in 1954 in the district of
Khurda in Orissa as Sudhanshumauli Patr. He grew up differently than most others. Exhibiting extraordinary spiritual thirst from his childhood, he found little peace in the mundane world.
He could see through the futility of temporal life
from the very beginning. He thus resolved to spend his earthly sojourn
in realizing the ultimate Truth as the one goal of his life !
After completing his Post Graduation in Philosophy (with
Vedanta as the special paper), Swamiji renounced the world and came
to stay permanently in Karar Ashram in 1977 so as to be in constant
and direct contact with his Master-the great Kriya Yogi Swami
Hariharananda Giriji Maharaj.
Much to the
amazement of his master, he quickly
progressed on the Kriya path by successfully completing all of its six
stages and became an adept himself. With the attainment of the highest
state of Nirvikalpa Samadhi in 1982 he had
reached the pinnacle of spirituality.
His spiritual attainments were acknowledged by the other great Masters like Swami Paramananda Giri, Swami Bhavananda Giri and Swami Narayan Giri. Swami Narayan Giri was Sri Yukteswar's long time disciple and for four years Swami Yogeswarananda was able to spend much time with this enlightened master, who taught him the Kriya secrets and philosophies based on the teachnings of Gurudev Sri Yukteshwar.
Very soon he became an adept in
Cosmic Astrology and thus, a befitting disciple in the glorious line of
Swami Sriyukteswarji who being a great astrologer himself had the
desire to popularise the science through Karar Ashram. As a befitting
tribute to the great Master Sriyukteswarji, Swami Yogeswarananda was
duly authorised by his revered Guru to preach astrology under the banner
of Karar Ashram.
Swami Hariharananda Giriji Maharaj decided to anoint his
dearest disciple - Yogeswarananda as his only successor. Much to the
surprise of many, Swami Hariharananda Giri even went a step further
to resign from the post of Sadhusabhapati or President of Karar Ashram
in favour of his dearest disciple in 1983. The great love of the Master for
his disciple could not have been more apparent.
Thus, on 22.03.1983, Swami Yogeswarananda Giriji Maharaj
was appointed as the Sadhusabhapati or President of the Sadhusabha,
Sadhumandal of Karar Ashram. Subsequently, under the holy auspices
of the Shankaracharya of Govardhan Peeth, Swamiji was formally
installed as the Sadhusabhapati of Karar Ashram.
Being in the line of such exalted souls as Mahavatar Babaji
Maharaj, Sri Sri Shyamacharan Lahiri Mahasaya, Swami Sriyukteswar
Giri, Paramahansa Yogananda, Swami Satyananda Giri and Swami
Hariharananda Giri, this gentle, unassuming and soft-spoken saint
has continued to adorn the high seat of Acharya of this glorious institution
since the past more than three decades.
As Acharya of this glorious
institution, Swamiji preaches Kriya Yoga, Vedic scriptures and imparts
practical training in moral and spiritual matters.
All those who have come in close contact with Swamiji are
united in their view that he is the very picture of perfection that the Geeta
refers to as ‘Sthitaprajnya’. The greatness of Swamiji lies is his simplicity
and the uncanny ability to relate higher spiritual truths to day-to-day life
in a rather common place manner.
The long years of Kriya meditation have conferred the state of
‘Paravasthaa’ or the perpetually meditative state on Swamiji.
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Swami Yogeswarananda Giri
Swami Hariharananda with Swami Yogeswarananda in front of shrine of Sriyukteswar Giri in Karar Ashram
The guru and his successor in front of Sriyukteswar shine in Karar Asrham