I would like to tell you just a bit about the Guru of my Guru, the highly revered Swami Sri Yukteshvar Giriji Maharaj and His lofty brother disciple, Swami Pranabananda (Pranavananda) Giriji Maharaj. Both stellar and true disciples of the Yogiraj Shri Shri Shyama Charan Lahiri Mahasaya. Swami Satyananda describes
in his writings how these two saints and guru-brothers had worked together:
“It was proposed that in order to excel in the ordained work of sadhus, three ashrams should be established to accommodate the different ages and levels of the sadhakas from Sadhu Sabha. Those who were in the first stages of sadhana, meaning beginners who would live as celibates [Brahmacharis], they were to be in Puri’s Kararashram. The students would stay there up to about the age of twenty-five. For those that wanted to continue after finishing here onto the second level, or would accept the ways of a sadhaka, a house was rented in Benares and founded as “Pranabashram.” It was decided that here there would be a proper printing press, as well as an environment for interactive gatherings and facilitation of advanced instruction, education and practice of the spiritual path. At this time, meaning the second stage of the sadhaka’s life, the sadhakas, living as sadhakas, would serve the public according to the fellowship‘s rules, for the benefit of body, mind and soul. For this work in Benares, he received the company and help of his Guru-brother-disciple, the disciple of Sri Sri His Holiness Yogiraj and author of the “Pranab Gita”, the eminent Swami Pranabananda Giri Maharaj. For those who were advanced on the path of sadhana and attained some permanence in it, meaning the initial stages of being a siddha, and when usually one would have passed the age of fifty, a “siddha” ashram was proposed to be founded in Hrishikesh by the seven rivers in the Himalayan foothills, the land of meditation, for living the ideal of a self-surrendered spiritual life filled with the Paramatman-substance.”
- Bala - Kriya Stories, Yoga Niketan Inc [Quoting Swami Satyananda Giri, A Collection of Biographies of 4 Kriya Yoga Gurus, “Swami Sri Yukteshvar Giri Maharaj”, Yoga Niketan Inc]