... Yogiraj Shyamacharan Lahiree
Yogiraj Sri Shyamacharan Lahiree is the Fountain-Head of Kriyayoga, the same yogasadhana that has been practised in Sanatana Bharata since aeons by the great sages of the past. At the end of Kaliyuga, Bhagavan Shyamacharan made His Advent as a Householder to give declining Kriyayoga a push. During His lifetime by juxtaposing ordinary household existence with austere yogasadhana, He has reminded mankind of the ideal of Sanatana Bharata. He is therefore known as the God of Householders. more
'SRI SHYAMACHARAN LAHIREE MAHASAYA who is well known as the cynosure of the spiritual world marked His Supreme Advent on 30.9.1828 at village Ghurni, Dist. Nadia, West Bengal, India. The speciality of Him is that He is a Householder yogi.
He was born to Gour Mohan Lahiree and Muktakeshi Devi, He lost his mother at the tender age of five. After this His father possessing a spiritual bent of mind decided to permanently reside at Kashi, the spiritual seat of India. Moreover a lot of His landed property was washed away by floods. It should be noted here that from a tender age He commenced the ongoing of the trials and tribulations of life.
He pursued His studies till graduation, was well-versed in Bengali, Sanskrit, English, Persian, and Urdu. He married at the age of 18 to Kashimoni Devi who was then 9, daughter of Dev Narayan Sanyal Vacaspati Mahasaya. After the demise of his father, He shifted to a rented residence at Bangalitola as He was peace-loving and desired to avoid joint family discord. Later he purchased a house at Garureswar.
He was employed in government service (Military Engineering PWD). He had five children, two sons and three daughters. His job being a transferable one, He would send most of his salary to His wife Kashimoni Devi, who judiciously managed the household keeping a part for himself.
Amidst maintaining social, family, official responsibilities He got initiated in Kriyayogasadhana by His Guru Babaji and practised sadhana austerely.
He got His children married. His second son Dukari Lahiri Mahasaya had an attack of insanity; one of His married daughters died of Asiatic Cholera. One daughter was widowed after marriage so she came to reside at her father's house. After retirement though He drew a handsome pension, since He had many incumbents, He imparted tuitions to Maharajas.
These are few of the innumerable impediments He caused Himself to undergo. Thus we can deduce that He scrupulously remained within the family precincts and practised sadhana. This remarkable unparalled juxtaposition of family life with sadhana cannot be noticed in thousands of years. Amidst all these he reached the pinnacle of sadhana within four years. He disagreed to the life of a celibate or ascetic because this was not normal. All these mental afflictions He caused to plague upon Him, so that common man abides by His example and practises sadhana simultaneously with social, official and family responsibilities. That mankind like him should not be weighed down with sorrow, upheavals and tempests of everyday life which was possible only if this internal sadhana emanating from eternity was regularly practised is His Divine Ideal. He was a firm believer of the adage 'Practise what you preach'.
Another pertinent point about His Advent should be noted. At the time of His Holy Advent, India was at the height of her political, historical, commercial, literary and spiritual glory. Nature in all her splendour summoned all her aspects to welcome the Divine Descent. The planetary conjunctions were in an extremely favourable juxtaposition with each other.
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