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About Swami Sri Yukteswar

(Information obtained from Autobiography of a Yogi, observations of Yogananda)

Swami Sri Yukteswar was born on 10th May 1855 in Serampore, West Bengal, India. His family name was Priya Nath Karar. His father was a wealthy businessman and Sri Yukteswar acquired heritage property from his father. He used the ancestral house Serampore as his Ashram in later years.

His formal schooling was not much. He led a family life and had a daughter, who got married. His Guru was Lahiri Mahasaya. After his wife's expiry, he joined Swami rank and received the name of Sri Yukteswar Giri.  


He spoke fluent English, French,  Hindi, and Bengali; his Sanskrit was fair.


Sri Yukteswar's health was excellent; He permitted students to consult doctors if it seemed advisable. His purpose was to give respect to the worldly custom: "Physicians must carry on their work of healing through God's laws as applied to matter." But he extolled the superiority of mental therapy, and often repeated: "Wisdom is the greatest cleanser."


My gurudeva, Jnanavatar Swami Sri Yukteswar (1855-1936) of Serampore, was eminently fitted to discern the underlying unity between the scriptures of Christianity and of Sanathana Dharma. Placing he holy texts on the spotless table of his mind, he was able to dissect them with the scalpel of intuitive reasoning, and to separate interpolations and wrong interpretations of scholars from the truths as originally given by the prophets.

Yogananda in the Preface to 'The Holy Science'


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Quotes of Sri Yukteswar  

Sri Yukteswar about Yugas


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