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Lineage of Gurus: Lahiri Mahasaya, Mahavatar Babaji, Jesus Christ and Krishna, Sri Yukteswar, Paramhansa Yogananda

Ananda was founded in 1968 by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. Paramhansa Yogananda was the last in a line of self-realized guru’s starting with Jesus Christ.

Our Line of Gurus

Paramhansa Yogananda

Pink LotusParamhansa YoganandaPink Lotus
1893 – 1952

Yogananda was the first great master of yoga to make his home in the West, coming to the U.S. from India in 1920 and living here until his passing.
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Swami Sri Yukteswar

Sri YukteswarSwami Sri Yukteswar Portrait1855 – 1936

Swami Sri Yukteswar of Serampore, India, was the guru of Paramhansa Yogananda. He trained Yogananda for his mission in the West.
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Lahiri Mahasaya

Lahiri MahasayaLahiri Mahasaya in Lotus Pose1828 – 1895

Lahiri Mahasaya was the one who made the ancient science of Kriya Yoga available not just to those who had renounced the world, but to all sincere souls.
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Mahavatar Babaji

Mahavatar BabajiMahavatar Babaji in Lotus PoseIt was Babaji, whose name means “revered father”, who re-introduced the ancient science of Kriya Yoga, which had been lost through the dark ages “due to priestly secrecy and man’s indifference” as Yogananda put it.
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Jesus Christ

Jesus ChristJesus ChristWhy is there a picture of Jesus on Ananda’s altars? What connection is there between the Ananda line of Gurus and Christ? Was he the only son of God? Who was he really?
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