About the Author:
Yogacharya Vacaspati Dr. Ashoke Kumar Chatterjee, author of this book was born in 1933 in West Bengal. The sudden demise of his mother when he was away in service intensely agonised him. He grew averse to material pursuits and became spiritually inclined. He received initiation in Kriyayoga in April 1961. He reached the pinnacle of Kriyayoga within a short span. His three Gurus were stalwarts in this discipline. His first Guru was Sri Annanda Charan Sasri (Bhattacharya) disciple of Panchanan Bhattacharya, an elevated disciple of Yogiraj Sri Shama Churn Lahiree. After Sastriji's demise, Dr. Chatterjee obtained initiation from Sundarlal Lala of Varanasi, disciple of Sri Harinarayan Paladhi, who was the disciple of Yogiraj and later from Sri Satyacharya Lahiri, grandson of Yogiraj. Today Yogacharya Vacaspati Chatterjee is acknowledged as a World Kriyayoga Master.
Being an ardent devotee of Sanatana Dharma's Polestar, Yogiraj Shama Churn Lahiree and to propage His ideals and tenets before the masses so that they derive the right path, the right enlightenment, he has penned many books in Bengali, illustrating the science of Kriyayoga. Most of his books have been published in Indian languages like Hindi, Oriya, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam, Assamese editions are awaiting publication. 'Purana Purusha Yogiraj Sri Shama Churn Lahiree' has been published in French also. His other books (English editions) are also awaiting publication. He has authored quite a number of articles delineating the science hence rationality of Kriyayoga.
He has founded 'Yogiraj Shyamacharan sanatan Mission' and the temple of Yogiraj at Kakdwip, West Bengal, India with the objective that mankind can derive the Kriyayoga revived by Yogiraj. He has organised philanthropic activities through this Mission. To further Yogiraj consciousness he has travelled throughout India and in many places in the Orient and Occident. People irrespective of caste, creed, colour, nation, language, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Jains, untouchables, renouncers, are all coming under his aegis and are finding in him their haven and panacea for all evils. He has a large following throughout India and abroad like USA, England, France, Spain, Canada, Australia, South Korea, Bangladesh etc.
The author expounds that all-pervasive Prana is dharma and God. The total creation of man, insects, animals, trees, water, earth, air, fire, sky all have the same dharma and belong to one Master.
Yogacharya Dr. Ashoke Kumar Chatterjee was invited as the sole representative from India to participate in the Parliament of World Religions held at Val St. Hugon, France in 1997 convened by Dalai Lama and sponsored by UNO, UNESCO, UNCHR. At this Parliament of World Religions, he upheld the tenets of Sanatana yogadharma to the world with a clarion voice. His brilliant exegesis on the subject of love, peace and solidarity - one world, one religion, one God, one man at the Parliament of World Religions received tumultous applause. All those present at this parliament like representatives from all religions; scientists; philosophers; journalists; the audience; being spellbound by his profound wisdom and eloquence, conferred on him paens of praise. French newspapers commented on him to be a 'wise worthy dignified sage', 'a seer', 'a visionary' etc.
A civic reception graced by luminaries from all walks of life was accorded to him on 10th June 1998 in Calcutta.
Purana Purusha is the Gita of Satyayuga. This is significant because of the loftiness of thought inherent in the book. Initially, it is certainly not possible for mortals like us to decipher it's intrinsic implication. But of course if we delve deep into it and make a studious effort to glean the latent meaning then surely we should be able to succeed. Again the question may arise, how sure can we be of succeeding to comprehend the depth of thought inherent in it? This is possible only by the Grace of the Sadguru. Who is this Sadguru? Dear reader, I wish to impress upon you one Sadguru. His Grace is showered only if we are sincere and diligent in our efforts.
Gita universally is regarded as a scripture. It was narrated by Bhagavan Krishna and composed by Krishna-Dvaipayana-Vyasadeva. Vyasadeva was born in a black island i.e. Kutastha. Kutastha is Krishna. Therefore this infers that Vyasadeva is none other than the partial manifestation of Bhagavan Krishna. When the Gita was composed i.e. in the end of Dvaparayuga, how many understood its real significance then? But as we note today, it has attained a worldwide eminence.
The incarnations (avataras) of God are not His full-fledged manifestations, but only partial. God makes His Advent only at the juncture of two yugas when humanity suffers a religious decadence. However, there may be an exception to this rule when according to His discretion, he may mark His Readvent within a short span. He wholly manifests Himself in the Form of a Human Being to enable us mortals to come closer to Him, to enable, us divulge all our afflictions and joys to Him and also in order to impart His teachings to us. If He appears in any other Form, it would never be possible for us to be close to Him. Being born as a Mortal, he does not break His own rule i.e. He has to abide by the mortal afflictions, sorrows, etc. this rigorous discipline on His part is intended for our upliftment and knowledge. We notice that at the end of Tretayuga (in Satyayuga His Advent was not necessary, because then each and everyone were engaged in Kriyayoga Brahma-sadhana) and the beginning of Dvaparayuga, when 25% of people deviated from yogasadhana, He made His Advent as Bhagavan Ramachandra. Again at the juncture of Dvaparayuga and Kaliyuga when the deviation was augmented to 50%, He appeared as Bhagavan Krishna. Again during the last phase of Kaliyuga when almost every individual had deviated from the Sanatana path, God appeared as Sri Shama Churn Lahiree and revived this Sanatana Kriyayoga amongst the masses.
Now comes the crux of the matter. It has been stated that God arrives only at the juncture of two yugas when there is a religious decline. However, there may be an extremely rare exception to this rule. In accordance to His discretion He may reappear. But why should this occur? That is because the occasion may necessitate His arrival. He had referred to this in a subtle innuendo?- Hum phir jagenge- I shall appear again. As we go through the book, we will note that Shama Ghurn Lahiree had informed about His Departure to His wife Kashimani devi six months in advance and had asked her to retain His Mortal Frame in the padmasana posture or to place this under the ground of the same room after His Departure, for He would mark His Readvent. For reasons best known to Him, Kashimani Devi completely forgot this, hence His Mortal Frame was cremated.
Hence, the question is why did He decide to make His Readvent? The reasons are:-
1. To compile all His sadhana realizations recounted in His twenty-six confidential diaries in the form of a revived scripture.
When God Himself made His Advent at the end of Tretayuga in the Form of Bhagavan Ramachandra, then He Himself did not compose Ramayana it was composed by another manifestation of Him, Valmiki. Again at the end of Dvaparayuga when God marked His Readvent in the Form of Bhagavan Krishna then He did not compose Mahabharata and Gita Himself, this task was accomplished by Krishna-Dvaipayana-Vyasadeva, His alternate manifestation. Likewise, when God made His Readvent at the end of Kaliyuga in the form of Shama Churn, Purana Purusha the scripture manifested in the same manner.
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