In the realm of spirituality, Masters (Gurus) are essential to help you attain a level of mastery beyond your own capacity. True Masters are able to transmit their level of mastery to others at will.
A lineage (parampara) is an unbroken line of Masters whose teachings and traditions have been faithfully passed on from teacher to student over time. It is through a lineage that the purity and potency of wisdom and techniques remains intact.
Often an initiation is done to pass on the Grace and blessings of the Guru and to formally recognise one's entry into the lineage. Paramahamsa Vishwananda carries the Grace of three lineages.
The Grace of three lineages
Born as a Brahmin, Paramahamsa Vishwananda belongs to the Bharadwaja Gotra. This is a renowned family lineage that can be traced back to the Guru of both the Pandavas and the Kauravas during Krishna's time and the Mahabharata War.
Through the Grace of Paramahamsa Vishwananda, all those who take brahmachari initiation from Him, or one of His Swamis, are also initiated into the Bharadwaja Gotra Lineage.
Mahavatar Babaji is the Father of all Kriya Yoga traditions, and Paramahamsa Vishwananda is His direct disciple. Through their Grace, Atma Kriya Yoga has been given specifically for today's world, and is Bhakti Marga's principle meditative and yogic sadhana (spiritual practice).
The Grace of all Kriya Masters is passed on to Atma Kriya Yogis who receive the Shaktipat Initiation (transmission of spiritual energy) after their formal Atma Kriya Yoga training.
Paramahamsa Vishwananda was initiated as Vaishnava Acharya into the Sri Sampradaya formalised by Sri Ramanuja Acharya. The Sri Sampradaya's core beliefs and practices are foundational in Bhakti Marga's philosophy and worship practices.
Those who take initiation into the Bhakti Marga Spiritual Order are automatically initiated into the Sri Sampradaya as well. In this way, they will also receive the Grace of the lineage.