life period : 1907 - 2002 | place of birth : Habibpur, West Bengal, India
parents : Haripada Bhattacharya, Nabin Kali
nationality : India
teacher/guru : Bijoy Krishna Chattopadhyay, YukteswarGiri, Bharati Krishna Tirtha, ParamahansaYogananda, SatyanandaGiri
occupation : Indian Yogi and Guru
education : www.kriya.org/baba__main.php
" Breath is your life. Through the breath you will have restlessness or calmness. Watch your breath - then you will have calmness "
" One should master breath regulation. Breath mastery is self-mastery, and breath control is self-control. "
" Be thriving and enduring. When your effort is sincere, God Himself will guide you through the guru. "
HariharanandaGiri (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 the hamlet of Habibpur, on the bank of the river Ganges, in the district of Nadia, West Bengal, 65 km from Kolkata. He was the head of the Kriya Yoga Institute, United States. According to the Times of India, Hariharananda was a direct disciple of YukteswarGiri. HariharanandaGiri, affectionately known as "Baba" to his students, was known as a Kriya Yogi in the lineage of MahavatarBabaji, LahiriMahasaya, YukteswarGiri, and ParamahansaYogananda.
In 1932, Rabi went to meet the Kriya master, YukteshwarGiri, who initiated him into Kriya Yoga, in his Serampore ashram, West Bengal. YukteshwarGiri taught him cosmic astrology, and entreated him to come and live in his Karar Ashram at Puri, in Odisha. In 1935, he met ParamahansaYogananda, 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 BrahmachariRabinarayan. He received the third Kriya initiation from Swami SatyanandaGiri in 1941, the head of Karar Ashram and childhood friend of ParamahansaYogananda. In the period of 1943–1945 he received fourth, fifth and sixth Kriya initiations from Shri BhupendranathSanyalMahasaya, a direct disciple of Shri LahiriMahasaya. In 1951 he got written permission from ParamahansaYogananda to initiate and teach Kriya Yoga. He also was empowered by Shri BhupendranathSanyalMahasaya to give dikshas.
On 27 May 1959 he took formal monastic vows from the Shankaracharya of Puri, Srimad Swami Bharati Krishna Tirtha and was named Swami HariharanandaGiri. From 1960 to 1974, Hariharananda toured all over India to spread the message of Kriya Yoga. In 1971, he became the fourth president of KararAshram and succeeded SatyanandaGiri. Hariharananda resided at the ashram he founded at Homestead, Florida, for several years prior to his death in Miami in December 2002 and was buried at Balighai, in Orissa, that same month.