Panchanan Bhattacharya

Rev. Yogacharya Panchanan Bhattacharya may be considered the greatest of Yogiraj Shyamacharan Lahiri’s disciples. As a young rebel, thirsty for truth and realization, he objected to the religious rituals performed by his family. He thus donned the saffron robe, leaving his childhood abode in search of a guide and his true path.

His search led him to Lahiri Baba. The clairvoyance of the master so impressed him that he decided to dedicate himself to the path of Kriya Yoga. Only after promising to lay aside the robe of a monk and follow the life of a family man, did Lahiri Baba agree to give him initiation. The act of becoming a family man was often criticized by those who did not fully understand the true sincerity and independence of a Kriya practitioner in the face of worldly life.

With the blessings of Yogiraj (Lahiri Baba), Panchanan Bhattacharya established the Aryya Mission Institution by which he aimed to spread proper Ideology. He hoped to help put and end to the confusion of so many by writing books on various topics. Utilizing his gifts for music, he also composed songs about Yoga.

Panchanan Bhattacharya was the first of Yogiraj’s disciples to achieve self realization. As a deeply insightful and omniscient man, he was also the first whom Yogiraj permitted to give Kriya initiation. He preached that true detachment from the world is but a state of mind, while at the same time, inspiring and encouraging perseverance, tenacity and trust in Kriya Yoga. Although a Guru himself, Yogacharya always cultivated great devotion for his own Guru Rev. Yogiraj Shyamacharan Lahiri.

He who is disciplined in Yoga, having abandoned the fruits of action, attains steady peace.

(Chapter 5, verse 12)