Jesus Christ – A Yoga Guru – Nayaswami Asha

Virtually all spiritual teachers receive their knowledge from a teacher, who himself has a teacher. In the east, the teacher is often called “guru”, or dispeller of darkness. In the west, the teacher is usually called Master. The series of teachers is known as a lineage. Paramahansa Yogananda, one of the first great Masters from India to make his home in the West, expressed in his writings that two Masters in his lineage are guiding the spiritual development of the world. He was referring to Shankaracharya and Jesus Christ, who, he felt, sent him to the West with the commission to restore the original, mystical teachings of Christianity, and to show their unity with the traditional teachings of the East. He emphasized the importance of inner, spiritual communion with God, which in modern Christianity, has been given less importance than outward service to others. In Yogananda’s conceptualization of the spiritual map of the world, Jesus was a Yoga Guru. Is there truth to this affirmation….? To answer this question I invited today Nayaswami Asha , welcome Asha…

Nayaswami Asha is a lifelong disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, and has studied for more than 40 years with Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda, the founder of Ananda Sangha, a global spiritual community based on Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings. She has devoted her life to bringing spiritual understanding to herself and others through teaching, counseling, and writing. In 1987, Swami Asha and her husband, Swami David, became spiritual directors of Ananda Palo Alto in California.
Swami Asha is author of Ask Asha: Heartfelt Answers to Everyday Dilemmas on the Spiritual Path, Swami Kriyananda As We Have Known Him, Loved and Protected: Stories of Miracles and Answered Prayers.

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