Who Is the Guru?


When we pray why do we say, "divine mother, jesus christ, babaji, lahiri, yukteswarji, AND OUR BELOVED GURU Paramhansa Yogananda". If they are all masters and all one with divine mothers' infinite expression, then why are they not all our gurus? what makes yoganada the specific guru?

Thank you kindly.

—daniel, usa


Dear Daniel,

As you know from the Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramhansa Yogananda was sent to this country by Babaji and Jesus Christ. His was a special mission from these masters to bring back teachings of Yoga and original Christianity to uplift the consciousness of the west. His mission, therefore, was special to all of us in this century.

Also, with Swami Kriyananda being a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, we, of course, here at Ananda feel that Yogananda is our particular guru. I personally look to him to guide and direct my spiritual life.

But, of course, this doesn’t mean that the other gurus are not special to us all. I look to them at different times for guidance and help. Some feel that one or another is their special guru and not just Yogananda.

The masters are free and don’t feel anyone is their particular disciple. It’s a great thought to carry as God is in all. If it is helpful to you to look to all the gurus and not feel to be guided by just one of them, then that is right for you. Bless you in your search.

Joy to you, Seva