Furio's Kriya Yoga Home Page



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(One of the oldest kriya yoga pages on the web: on-line since september 1998)

Spreading Kriya Yoga - la difusión de kriya yoga

kriya yoga initiations and lectures worldwide - Kriya yoga (Español) (concise)

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Paramahansa Yogananda with his guru, Sri Yukteswar, in 1936

My name is Furio Sclano, I was born in 1969 and I live in Italy. I am the Minister in Italy of Center for Spiritual Awareness.
These web pages are dedicated to Paramahansa Yogananda and the kriya yoga gurus of our tradition. Paramahansa Yogananda was born in 1893 in India, where he had his formal education. After ten years of training under the supervision of his Guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri, he moved to the United States to spread the teachings of yoga in that country. Yogananda taught that with meditation, devotion, introspection and a scientific spiritual technique known as "Kriya Yoga" it is possible to enter a conscious relationship with God and fully realize God as it really is.

Are you interested in deepening your knowledge about the world of Kriya yoga? Take a look at this page. It has been online since 1998 and, since then, it has been one of the most visited worldwide. At the beginning this page was only in english language; I started developing the italian pages in 2002.

Roy Eugene Davis

Center for spiritual awareness - Selections from the writings of Roy Eugene Davis

Roy Eugene Davis is my guru-teacher. I have been in touch with him since 1996. He founded Center for Spiritual Awareness in the seventies (the previous name of the organization was "Christian Spiritual Alliance"). The main headquarters of the organization are in Lakemont - Georgia. Roy Eugene Davis has a very personal approach to ministry, but probably he is the one who has got the highest meaning of kriya yoga practice. He states that every knowledgeable person spiritually advanced may play the role of a Guru (by using this word as a synonym of "teacher"), and that he can be considered this way by his direct disciples and students. Mr. Davis and me at CSA headquarters; Fri 17th sept. 2004 Mr. Davis was accepted by Paramahansa Yogananda as a disciple in 1949, and he was later authorized (1951) by him to initiate people into the practices of kriya yoga. He was a monk of SRF during the early fifties and he left the organization in 1953. Since then, he has lectured worldwide and initiated thousands of seekers. I have always found some of his reasonings very challenging, but it is so because he is not a common person and he has an incredible degree of understanding. Mr. Davis has a very keen intellect and great skills at writing. He is the author of more than 40 books, some of which have been translated in many languages. His commentary of the Bhagavad-Gita is a must to read. I visited CSA's headquarters in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. The center is immersed in nature; very quiet and very beautiful. I had the impression that everything there was in divine order. I suggest a visit to CSA to any person in the world needing a period of tranquillity and inner reflection. In may 2005, Mr. Davis authorized me to teach kriya yoga to sincere seekers (I do that in an organized meditation group now - Associazione "Centro kriya yoga Stella"), and in september 2005 he ordained me as a CSA minister. I have always felt a strong relationship with him and amongst the people in the world of kriya yoga I have met in my life, he has been the one who helped me the most.

The Lineage of Kriya yoga Gurus.........

Mahavatar Babaji

According to some, Babaji is a deathless Yogi who is still living somewhere in the Himalayas, whilst others think that he takes human form once in a while in order to accomplish specific purposes (for more information read Roy Eugene Davis' book "Life surrendered in God" - 1993 - Csa Press). Since 1946, nobody knew about Babaji's existence. Yogananda mentioned him in the book "autobiography of a yogi" (which was first published in 1946), and recently lots of people have claimed to be in touch with him. Obviously, most of these statements are not true.

Lahiri Mahasaya

Lahiri Mahasaya is considered by many as one of the greatest yogi of all times. According to the story reported by Paramahansa Yogananda in his book "Autobiography of a yogi", Shyama Charan Lahiri (known later as "Lahiri Mahasaya - Mahasaya means something like "great devotee") I am touching Lahiri Mahasaya's shoes whilst visiting the house of Shibendu lahiri - Grandson of the great Master - in Varanasi - India / March 2004 met Babaji in 1861 and was initiated by him at that time. It is thanks to his intercession toward Babaji, that kriya yoga has been taught (from that moment on) also to householders and not only to renunciants. Shyama Charan Lahiri was born in the village of Ghurni from footprints of Lahiri Mahasaya a family devoted to God in the form of Shiva. He was employed for many years as a clerk of the Military Engineering Dept. of the government, which supplied materials for the Army's road building projects. In 1861 Lahiri was transferred to Ranikhet, a region situated close to the Himalayas. One day, while wandering in the area, he was called by a man who said: "A saint wants to see you!!" As told before, the saint was Mahavatar Babaji who had chosen that occasion to renew the guru-disciple relationship established centuries earlier. Lahiri Mahasaya initiated lots of people into Kriya yoga, some of which (Swami Pranabananda, Swami Sri Yukteswar, Swami Keshabananda) became fully liberated yogis. In march 2004 I visited Varanasi, India, and I saw where part of Lahiri Mahasaya's ashes are contained. This place is inside Shibendu Lahiri's ashram. Mr. Shibendu Lahiri is the grand-grandson of the master. The Ashram is a beautiful place, very clean and quiet. A few of Lahiri Mahasaya's belongings (his shoes, for example) are preserved there. Amongst all the items that can be found inside the ashram there are 24 books written by L. Mahasaya himself detailing his spiritual experiences. Originally, there were 26 of them, but 2 were stolen in the past. These books are to be considered probably as the most important ancient documents in the world regarding kriya yoga. Lahiri Mahasaya is considered by many as the "father" of modern kriya yoga. A few of his scriptural commentaries have been published recently by Yoga Niketan.

Sri Sri Yukteswarji Giriji Maharaji

His given name was Priya Nath Karar. Yogananda often referred to him as "Jnanavatar", that is: incarnation of wisdom. The meaning of the word "Yukteswar" means: "union with Ishwara"; Sri Yukteswarji was initiated into the swami order after the death of his wife. Sri Yukteswar was an accomplished vedic astrologer and a completely God-realized yogi. He wrote a commentary on the first nine chapters of the Bhagavad-Gita and a small book commissioned by Babaji himself which has been published by Self-Realization Fellowhip for a long time with the title "The holy science". This small book contains interpretations of some verses from various holy scriptures along with reflections upon the inner nature of man and an astrologic explanation about the evolution of the various eras through which the universe unfolds. Sri Yukteswar trained Yogananda for over 10 years and when the latter came to him for the last visit, in 1936, he bestowed Yogananda with the title of Paramahansa (supreme swan). In India, this title is given to people who have reached spiritual perfection. Sri Yukteswar left his body while meditating in the lotus posture. A more detailed web page dealing with the character of Sri Yukteswar may be reached by going here

Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda

Mukunda Lal Gosh was born on January 5th 1893 at Gorakhpur, India. Baptized by Lahiri Mahasaya at the age of one, during his childhood he visited many saints of different paths, looking for inspiration and teachings. Very few people could have borne the strict discipline that Sri Yukteswar gave to him, but, like his master, Yogananda was not an ordinary person. After ten years of spiritual training he founded a school in Ranchi with the purpose of giving a balanced approach to education, with emphasis on vedic philosophy and yoga practice. One day, during a meditation session, he had an inner vision in which he saw a large number of people. he intuitively knew that they were disciples that he would have met in the United States. With the blessings of his Guru, Yoganandaji left India in 1920. He reached Boston, where he gave a lecture at the Congress of religious liberals. During that period he met his first American disciples and went on lecturing in the main american cities for a while. Later in the twenties, he settled in Los Angeles. The organization he founded in 1920 (Self - Realization Fellowship) still has its main headquarters there in Mt. Washington. Paramahansa Yogananda left his body while speaking of God, the Gurus and his beloved India, like only the greatest ones are allowed to do. Everything about his wonderful life is written in the book "Autobiography of a Yogi " - SRF Publisher.


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