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Swami Sriyukteswarji Biography Stories

Swami Sriyukteswarji Biography Stories

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STORIES OF SWAMI SRIYUKTESWARJIFROM HIS BIOGRAPHYBY SRI J.C.BHATTACHARYA& PUBLISHED BY SRIGURUDHAM ASHRAM
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Early life:
Sri Priyanath Karar (Shriyukteshwar” after sannyasa or renunciation) was born onMay 10, (the last Friday in the Bengali month of Baishakh) 1855, at Srirampur (often written as Serampore) , Bengal. His father was “Kshetranath” and mother “Kadambini”. He was the only son of his parents. Kshetranath had some landed  property and a business of his own. Both parents were honest and righteous.After reading for a short time in a pathshala ( a sort of a primary school),Priyanath entered a local High English school where, by means of his keenintelligence, he soon attracted the attention of his teachers. He was specially good at mathematics, in which subject he usually scored full marks.Even as a young man, Priyanath, with his all absorbing interest in studies, becamea favourite with many of the distinguished persons of Serampore, particularlywith the celebrated family of Goswamis. He loved to hear learned discussions onspiritual scriptures. ……………..Priyanath lost his father in boyhood. At a very tender age, therefore, he had totake care of the landed property as well as his father’s business. The business,however, was ruined after a time.Priyanath passed the Entrance Examination and came to be a student of theSerampore Christian Missionary College. During his college life he made a deepstudy of the Bible and was highly impressed by the life of Christ and the spiritualsignificance of his teachings. With his naturally inquisitive mind he wasattracted to scientific studies, especially physiology and medical science. Oncein the science class he was pestering the Professor with minute questions of  physiology. The teacher was not much conversant with that branch of science.He, therefore, got irritated after a time and said, “First go to medical College, and then come to my class.” Priyanath accepted this rebuke at once, left off collegeand got himself admitted into the Medical College, Calcutta. There he pursued his studies in physiology for two years and left the medical college, too. He,however, never came back to Serampore College. His academic career thusended abruptly with his leaving from the Medical College. But his knowledgeabout the human body helped him later in the path of Yoga. His mother wanted him to flourish in business but he had no taste for it. Only some money was lostand the business was wound up.
 
 2 After marriage Priyanath served as an Accountant of a firm for a short time. Hisintense thirst for knowledge led him to acquiring knowledge of Homeopathy and  NATURE cure. He was attracted by the researches of the German scholar Dr.Kuhn on Nature Cure, and concluded that, except in special cases, non-vegetariandiet is generally harmful to human constitution. The efficacy of some of thereligious rites in this respect was recognised by him.Sri Priyanath did not neglect the physical exercises wither. His body was well built……………….He had taste in music, and although he was not an expertmusician, he had learnt some music and was a good hand at sitar. He used torecognise a high place for music in our system of education.……………………….In his youth Priyanath was influenced by Pandit Ishwarchand Vidyasagar, whohad united the best thoughts of the East and West in himself. For BankimChandra Chattopadhyay, the great litterateur and writer of the great national song“Vande Mataram”, Priyanath had highest regard. He also came into a personalcontact with Bankim.Fate had willed that {Priyanath’s family life would not last long. His wife lived only a few years after their marriage. His only offspring, a daughter, died soonafter her marriage. The grand-daughter, his only link with family life, went to her husband’s house. Thus, as Sri Yukteswar himself used to say, the Lord had naturally made him a hermit. His intense thirst for knowledge once made him prepared for a world tour. But this could not be undertaken due to his daughter’sillness.
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Entry into Life Spiritual.
The general cast of Priyanath’s mind was religious. He used to join the normalreligious festivals of the Hindus and would sometimes take his mother to placesof pilgrimages. But he was totally free from blind faith often associated withspiritual activities. Whenever he would hear of a Yogi or a Saint, he would try tocome in contact with them. But he would often find that the miracles told aboutthem were only half-truths or completely baseless. Even where the Saints werereally elevated persons, the claims were often exaggerated. Once he heard abouta famous yogi that he could remain seated in the air in a yogic posture everynight. Priyanath was then a mere boy. In order to ascertain the truth of what hehad heard, he hid himself under the yogi’s cot in the evening. At night, at hisusual time of retirement, the yogi entered the room, bolted it from inside, and laydown in bed. But, even after a long time, the miracle spoken of did not happen.Priyanath lost his patience, and spoke out—“Why! Sir! You have not yet risen inthe air?” And that brought about a frank laughter from the yogi and his people.
 
 3Actually, the disciples, in order to heighten their Master’s character, often makeexaggerated claims of their power. In his later life Priyanath would ask hisdisciples not to be deluded by the miracles, but make proper assessment of asadhu by exercising the faculty of reason.……………………………………………………It has been already said that Priyanath had access into the family of the Goswamisand several other aristocratic and cultured families of Serampore. He would oftenfind them doing some spiritual practices within closed doors. On inquiry, hecame to learn that they were disciples of Yogiraj Sri Sri Shyamacharan LahiriMahasaya. He gradually felt an irresistible attraction for the Yogiraj whom hehad never seen. He reached Kashidham (Varanasi or Benares), and after somedifficulty, reached the presence of the Master. It was in the Bengali year 1290(1883 AD) on the 5
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day of the full-moon fortnight in the month of Asharh (June-July) that he was initiated by the Yogiraj into Kriya Yoga. After that he came back home to Serampore and kept himself engaged with rapt attention in the practices of Kriya Yoga. Gradually, he reached the Supreme Consciousness or “Kriyar Para avastha” within a rather short time and was always immersed inDivine Light and Bliss. Whenever there were any doubts regarding his spiritualexperiences, he would write letters to Sri Sri Lahiri Mahasaya and would alsomeet his Guru at Benares sometimes.Priyanath had versatile genius, and whether before or after his initiation intoKriya, he would never miss an opportunity to see any great devotee, astronomer or philosopher who might come his way. But all kinds of knowledge becamesynthesized into one Transcendent Consciousness of the Illumination of Truthrevealed before him by his great Guru, the Yogiraj.……………..story of SSLM healing Ramu of Asiatic cholera with neem oil………………..story of SY’s own healing using his own will power and imaginationor visualization………………………Knowledge of Languages: English, Sanskrit, Bengali, Hindi,French…….Scriptures: “Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita”, Bible, Islam and other religions,Hindu Darshanas (six systems of Hindu philosophy………..He established a “Gita Sabha” (Gita Society) at Serampore with someenthusiasts and persons already initiated into Kriya Yoga. Priyanath would keepnotes of the discussions conducted at this society and would sometimes write tohis Gurudeva whenever intricate questions would crop up. Gradually, he started  publishing the Gita with his own detailed enunciations, based on the commentaryof the Yogiraj. He was thus able to publish upto the 9
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Chapter of the Gita. After each part was printed, he would go to his Master and receive his blessings.

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