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Hariharananda Giri

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Hariharananda Giri
Hariharananda Giri
Rabindranath Bhattacharya

(1907-05-27)27 May 1907
Died3 December 2002(2002-12-03) (aged 95)
Miami, Florida, United States
OrderKriya Yoga Lineage
PhilosophyKriya Yoga
Religious career
GuruBijoy Krishna Chattopadhyay
Yukteswar Giri
Bharati Krishna Tirtha
Paramahansa Yogananda
Satyananda Giri
  • Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, Swami Akhaynand Giri (Dadaji) India

Hariharananda Giri (Bengali: স্বামী হরিহরানন্দ গিরী) (27 May 1907 – 3 December 2002), was an Indian yogi and guru who taught in India as well as in western countries. He was born as Rabindranath Bhattacharya in Nadia district, West Bengal. He was the head of the Kriya Yoga Institute, United States, and founder worldwide Kriya Yoga Centers.[1][2] According to some sources, Hariharananda was a direct disciple of Yukteswar Giri.[1][3]

Early life[edit]

Hariharananda Giri, affectionately known as "Baba" to his students, was known as a Kriya Yogi in the lineage of Mahavatar Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Yukteswar Giri, and Paramahansa Yogananda.[1][3]

In 1932, Rabi went to meet the Kriya master, Yukteshwar Giri, who initiated him into Kriya Yoga, in his Serampore ashram, West Bengal. Yukteshwar Giri taught him cosmic astrology, and entreated him to come and live in his Karar Ashram at Puri, in Odisha.[1][4]

In 1935, he met Paramahansa Yogananda, and received the second Kriya initiation from him. In 1938, he renounced the material life and entered his guru's ashram in Puri, starting the life of an ascetic monk as Brahmachari Rabinarayan.[1][4]

He received the third Kriya initiation from Swami Satyananda Giri in 1941, the head of Karar Ashram and childhood friend of Paramahansa Yogananda.[3]


Hariharananda grew to prominence and eventually traveled outside of India with visits to Europe in 1974, South America and North America in 1975 and a return visit to the U.S. in 1977.[1][5][6]

Hariharananda resided at the ashram he founded at Homestead, Florida (another international headquarters is in Orissa, India),[1] for several years prior to his death in Miami in December 2002[2] and was buried at Balighai, in Orissa, that same month.[7]


  • Hariharananda, Swami (2004). Kriya Yoga: The Scientific Process of Soul Culture And The Essence of All Religion. Diederichs Eugen. ISBN 3-7205-2556-2.
  • Hariharananda, Paramahamsa (2006). The Essence of Kriya Yoga. Alight Publication. ISBN 978-1931833189.
  • Hariharananda, Paramahamsa (2006). Ocean of Divine Bliss - The Complete Works of Kriya Yoga Master Paramahamsa Hariharananda. Vienna: Prajna Publications. ISBN 3-9020-3851-9.
  • Hariharananda, Paramahamsa (2007). Kriya Yoga: La voie spirituelle originelle et authentique transmise par mes Maîtres réalisés. Editions du Dauphin. ISBN 978-2-7163-1351-3.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Jones, Constance A.; Ryan, James D. (2007). "Kriya Yoga Centers". Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Encyclopedia of World Religions. J. Gordon Melton, Series Editor. New York: Facts On File. pp. 248–249. ISBN 978-0-8160-5458-9. Archived from the original on 7 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b Rabin, Charles (5 December 2002). "Spiritual leader of Kriya Yoga movement dies". The Miami Herald. Retrieved 30 May 2008.
  3. ^ a b c "Kriya Yoga – a positive way of living". Times of India. 13 November 2008. Retrieved 12 April 2009.
  4. ^ a b Hariharananda, Paramahamsa (2006). The Essence of Kriya Yoga. Alight Publication. ISBN 978-1931833189.
  5. ^ "Baba In the West". kriya.org. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  6. ^ Antgone, Susan (2 September 1977). "Leader of Kriya Yoga Here to Teach". The Washington Post. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Video-biography of a Yogi: The life of Paramahamsa Hariharananda". Kriya.org. Retrieved 3 November 2014.

Further reading[edit]

  • Heber-Percy, Sandra (2008). Awakening to Consciousness. Sai Towers Publishing. ISBN 978-81-7899-056-9.
  • Prajnanananda, Paramahamsa (2005). My Time with the Master. Sai Towers Publishing. ISBN 9788178990552.

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