Kriya Yoga

Path to Self Realization

Swami Yogeswarananda Giri

Successor of
Paramahamsa Hariharananda

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 Kriya Yoga
Swami Yogeswarananda Giri



Hariharananda and Swami Yogeswarananda Yukteswar Shrine Karar Ashram

Swami Hariharananda with Swami Yogeswarananda in front of shrine of Sriyukteswar Giri in Karar Ashram



Karar Ashram Puri
The guru and his successor in front of Sriyukteswar shine in Karar Asrham