Despite all tall claims by others,
no one is perhaps as authorised as Shibendu
Lahiri (born 1939), the great grand son of
famous house holder Yogi Lahiri
Mahasaya (1828-1895), to spread the authentic
teachings and techniques of Kriya
Yoga in the world today.
Yet he says in utter humility that wise wields no
authority and those in authority are not wise! Organisations
assert authority, but authenticity may be lacking.
Mobilisation may create a mafia, but the most sacred
may remain untouched. Cultism has no place in matters
Lahiri Mahasaya (Full Name: Shyama
Charan Lahiri) became known to the truth seekers
all over the world through Paramahamsa
Yogananda's famous book "Autobiography
of a Yogi", which has been translated
in many languages.
the distinction of receiving the original Kriya process
in the age old Rishi-tradition
of India, that is, from father to son - generation
after generation. Thus the process here passed, through
knowledge and genes, from Shyama
Charan to Tinkori
to Satya Charan
who was initiated in 1960 by his father Late Satya
Charan Lahiri at the family shrine "Satyalok"
D 22/3, Chousatti Ghat, Varanasi - 221 001 (India).
Kriya Yoga emphasises integration of separative consciousness
(generated by unceasing movement of thought) with
an awakenedness (that is, a non-elective holistic
attention free from mental fragmentations) through
actions of perception and not through the activities
deconditions and sets the seeker free from the past
karma. It transforms fundamentally the gross ego-centre
of the seeker into a subtle individual uniqueness
which also includes universality. It brings harmony
with the wholeness of life by piercing through the
ignorance of the ways of self. It is a unique combination
Yoga. It settles the seeker in his natural
state in which his body receives instructions only
from glands and Chakras.
Thought does not interfere as interloper to create
psychosomatic problems and pursuits. Kriya Yoga does
not tell stories, does not indulge in miracle mongering
to keep the seekers amused in poor and paralyzing
consolations. Organisations promoting surmises and
fictions are stragglers from the path of truth. Kriya
Yoga encourages seekers to investigate if experiencer
and the experienced can become one unitary movement
without any dichotomy whatsoever.
Like his ancestors, Shibendu
Lahiri is also a house-holder and has passed through
all aspects being a human so that spiritual journey
does not appear too steep for the seekers. He received
high university education and supported his family
well, through remunerative jobs. His two daughters
and their husbands are specialised medical doctors
and his only son, also married, is an erudite engineer.
Since 14 January 1988, Shibendu spends his time sharing
the teachings and the kriyas all around the world.
Year in and year out, he travels at the invitation
of devotees and disciples. Countries he has covered
so far are: USA (including Hawaii and Puerto Rico),
Canada, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France,
Switzerland, Austria, South Africa, Mauritius, Chile
(South America), Norway, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany,
Bulgaria, Russia, Nepal, Sweden, Netherland, England,
New Zealand, Brazil, Greece and of course, various
places in India. Many other nationals also came to
him during his kriya-Yoga programmes in many places.
Shibendu Lahiri has no organisation, institution,
sect or cult. He has no ambition to influence anybody.
He only invites seekers to share the insight which
flowered, generation after generation, through Kriya
process. His yearning is to see that human beings
live in peace and amity without ache, agony and animosity,
without this monstrous culture of killing and being
killed in the name of some fragmented flag or phoney
fanatic idea in the name of religion.