Mahamahopadhyaya Yogacharya Dr. Ashoke Kumar Chatterjee
Mahamahopadhyaya Yogacharya Dr Ashoke Kumar Chatterjee , author of this book was born in 1933 in West Bengal. The sudden demise of his mother when he was away in service intensely agonized him. He grew averse to material pursuits and became spiritually inclined. He received initiation in Kriyayoga in April 1961. He reached the pinnacle of Kriyayoga within a short span.
His three Gurus were stalwarts in the Kriyayoga discipline. His first Guru was Sri Annada Charan Shastri (Bhattacharya) disciple of Panchanan Bhattacharya, an elevated disciple of Yogiraj Sri Shama Churn Lahiree. After Sastriji’s demise, Dr Chatterjee obtained initiation from Sundarlal Lalaji of Varanasi, disciple of Harinarayan Paladhi, who was the disciple of Yogiraj and later from Sri Satyacharan Lahiri, grandson of Yogiraj.
Today Mahamahopadhyaya Yogacharya Dr Ashoke Kumar Chatterjee is acknowledged as a World Kriyayoga Master.Being an ardent devotee of Sanatana Dharma Polestar, Yogiraj Shama Churn Lahiree and to propagate His ideals and tenets before the masses so that they derive the right path, the right enlightenment, he has penned many books in Bengali, illustrating the science of Kriyayoga. Most of his books have been published in several Indian languages like Hindi, Oriya, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil and Malayalam. ‘Purana Purusha Yogiraj Sri Shama Churn Lahiree’ has been published in French also. His other book ‘Who is this Shama Churn?’ is published in English. He has authored quite a number of articles delineating the science hence rationality of Kriyayoga. He has authored several books, poems, detailing the life, ideals, precepts, sadhana realisations of Yogiraj and expounded the innate significance of Prana, dharma and God concept. His writings have unfolded a new chapter on Indology.
He has founded ‘Yogiraj Shyamacharan Sanatan Mission’ (YSSM) at Kakdwip, West Bengal, India; ‘Yogiraj Shyamacharan Mission’ (YSM) at Nusrapur Degaon, near Pune, Maharashtra, India; ‘Shyamacharan Sanatan Mission’ (SSM) at Padmarao Nagar Colony, Kapra, ECIL, Hyderabad, Telangana, India and Yogiraj Shamacharan Development Trust (YSDT), Mumbai, India with the objective that mankind can derive the Kriyayoga revived by Yogiraj. He has organized philanthropic activities through these Missions. To further Yogiraj-consciousness he has travelled throughout India and many places in the Orient and the Occident.
People irrespective of caste, creed, colour, nation, language, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Jains, untouchables, renouncers, have all come under his aegis and found in him their haven and panacea for all evils. He has a large following throughout India and abroad like USA, England, France, Spain, Canada, Australia, South Korea, Bangladesh etc.
Mahamahopadhyaya Yogacharya Dr. Ashoke Kumar Chatterjee was invited as the sole representative from India to participate and mediate in the Parliament of World Religions held at Val St. Hugon, France in 1997 convened by the Dalai Lama and sponsored by UNO, UNESCO, UNCHR. At this Parliament of World Religions, he upheld the tenets of Sanatana yogadharma to the world with a clarion voice. His brilliant exegesis on the subject of love, peace and solidarity – ‘ONE GOD, ONE RELIGION, ONE WORLD, ONE MAN’ at The Parliament of World Religions received tumultuous applause. French newspapers commented on him to be a ‘wise worthy dignied sage’ ‘a seer’ a visionary’ etc.
Moreover, he was conferred the prestigious Honoris Causa (MAHAMAHOPADHYAYA) by Tirupati Sanskrit University, Tirupati at their 16th Annual Convocation for His inimitable contribution to Indology for six decades.
In addition in December 2012, he was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1st World Parliament of Spirituality held in Hyderabad.