Paramahamsa Hariharananda

To keep the luminous light of Kriya Yoga burning, which had been ignited by Swami Shriyukteshwar Giri  and later by Paramahamsa Yogananda, and to spread the message of Kriya Yoga throughout the West, Paramahamsa Hariharananda, who became known affectionately as "Baba" (father) to his spiritual children, traveled to Switzerland for the first time in 1974. Since then he has spread the message of Kriya Yoga throughout the world and has established Kriya Yoga centers in Europe, India, North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand. Attaining nirvikalpa samadhi at will was a rare hallmark of Paramahamsa Hariharananda's sadhana (spiritual practice).

Highly educated and well versed in many languages, Paramahamsa Hariharananda mastered numerous scriptures such as the Bible, Torah, Quran, Buddhist texts, Vedas, Upanishads, Tantra, Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, Sankar Darshan, Brahmasutra, and more. He illuminated their meaning by providing divine interpretations in a new metaphorical way. His writings include Kriya Yoga: The Scientific Process of Soul-Culture, The Bhagavad Gita In the Light of Kriya Yoga: A Rare Metaphorical Explanation for God-Realization, and numerous other publications. For integrating so many scriptures into Kriya Yoga, he earned high praise from all over the world as vishwa guru (teacher of all beings).

Paramahamsa Hariharananda's life and teachings have been an example for his students and his worthy successor, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, who continues to spread his master's loving message worldwide. The legacy of this great master lives on through the love and lives of his students.