Thousands of yogis have traveled to the west world, but three yogis really remembered by the west and as well as the east world. These three yogis were real teacher, apostle of monism and the strong pillars on which Rajyoga and Kriya Yoga is based on the entire west world. They were blessed by their Gurus to do this Himalayan task. 1- Swami Vivekananda (1893-1897), 2. Paramahamsa Yogananda (1920-1952), 3. Paramahamsa Hariharananda (1974- 2002).
These three yogis are authentic and are complementary one to the other. Babaji Maharaj felt the need that the people who live in west world are detached from the science of soul culture, of which India is ever specialized. And hence he planned to send his teachers to spread the message of Kriya Yoga. Unless these yoga masters went to the west world, the people of the west would have remained ignorant of this scientific method of soul culture, the system of Kriya Yoga, which is mainly designed for the house holders who have developed the urge to know thyself.
On 5th-January-1893, a child was born to born to Gyanaprabha and Bhagabati Charan Ghosh at Gorakhpur. The parents took the child to the lotus feet of their Guru Shyamacharan Lahiri Baba. The Guru said “This is not an ordinary child- he is a blessed supreme yogi. He has born with a great spiritual mission and one day this child will become a spiritual engine to pull many God seekers to their destiny.”
This boy is no body but Mukundo Lal Ghosh, later known as Paramahamsa Yogananda. From his very early age, Mukundo had a strong implication to know God. He always used to search for holy people. He also used to inspire the associate spiritual practice and task. In his neighborhood, he found a friend Manmohan, who became his close friend and associate, later Manmohon also entered into the order of sanyasi and was named as Swami Satyananda Giri. Another close associate of Mukundo was Bosukumar Bagchi who later named as Swami Dhirananda. Mukundo’s father was his first Guru, who showed the seed of kriya in him. His Sanskrit teacher Shri Ashutosh Mukhopadhyay, a disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya, later known as Hamsa Swami Kevalananda, was a great source of inspiration to pickup with his spiritual journey.
Many a times, Mukundo escaped from his home in search of spiritual destination and master. In 1910, he came in contact with Swami Shriyukteswarji in Varanasi. Finally he got his master. Mukundo had his golden time to stay closely with his Guru between 1910 to 1915. Mukundo was never anxious about his formal education, but Shriyukteswarji motivated him to complete his Graduation. In the year 1915 Mukundo was graduated and his Guru Shriyukteswarji ordained him into the order of Giri Sanyasi and Mukundo Lal was remained as Yogananda.
Yogananda, Swami Satyananda and their friends worked hard to form a spiritual group. Finally they established a Brahmacharya Vidyalaya and ashram at Ranchi.
As destined by his Guru, he now planned to move to the west world. In 1920 Yogananda was invited to attend the Congress of Religion in Boston, USA and he was blessed by Babaji Maharaj.
Yogananda brought a spiritual revolution in the west and started fulfilling the wish and will of his Guru. Shriyukteswarji wished him to come back for a while to India and accordingly he cut down his tour to Europe and came back India in 1935.
It was an extraordinary reunion among the Guru, the disciple and his father, i.e. Shriyukteswarji, Swami Yogananda and Shri Bhagabati Charan Ghosh. During his stay in India he mate Gandhiji and initiated him and his many disciple into kriya yoga. He also met Ramana Maharshi, Anandamoyee Maa and disciples of Lahiri Mahasaya and Kashimoni Devi (wife of Lahiri Baba). During his visit to India, Yogananda was conferred upon Paramahamsa by his Guru Shriyukteswarji.
On 9th March- 1936, Shriyukteswarji entered into Mahasamadhi and after which Paramahamsa Yogananda returned to USA. Now he started with his ceaseless work for kriya yoga and writing many books. On 7th March 1952 Yoganandaji entered into Mahasamadhi.