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Known as Mahavatar, or great incarnation. Guru of Lahiri Mahasaya.

Lahiri Mahasaya
Shayama Charan Lahiri, 1828–1895

Disciple of Babaji and guru of Sri Yukteswar. Yogananda described him as yogavatar, or “incarnation of yoga.”

Sri Yukteswar
Priya Nath Karar, 1855–1936

Disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya and guru of Paramhansa Yogananda. Yogananda described him as a gyanavatar, or “incarnation of wisdom.”

Paramhansa Yogananda
“Master,” 1893–1952

The founder of Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF). A great master of yoga who lived and taught in the West. Rajarsi Janakananda described him as a premavatar, or “incarnation of love”.

Rajarsi Janakananda
Saint Lynn, James J. Lynn, 1892–1955

Paramhansa Yogananda’s foremost disciple. The second President of Self-Realization Fellowship.

Daya Mata
Faye Wright, 1914–

The third President of Self-Realization Fellowship.

Tara Mata
Laurie Pratt, 1900–1970

Second Vice-President and member of the Board of Directors of Self-Realization Fellowship.