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Roy Eugene Davis - Direct Disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda - At Ananda Village - 1993

Roy Eugene Davis
September 16, 2019

This video was taken during the Centennial Celebration for Paramhansa Yogananda's birth.

Roy Eugene Davis is the founder of Center For Spiritual Awareness. ( In 1949, Roy Eugene Davis read the book Autobiography of a Yogi when he was 18 and was attracted to kriya yoga and the author, Paramhansa Yogananda, who he "knew was his guru". After studying lessons from Yogananda's Self-Realization Fellowship and graduating from high school, he met Yogananda in 1949 and joined the monastic students at Yogananda's SRF. In 1951, he was ordained by Paramahansa Yogananda. In 1952 he was "appointed Minister of the SRF Center in Phoenix, Arizona", teaching kriya yoga.

He left SRF and served in the US Army Medical Corps at Fort Riley from 1953 through 1955. In the early 1970s, Edwin O'Neal of the Christian Spiritual Alliance invited Davis to head the organizations teaching ministry and they named this outreach "Center for Spiritual Awareness". In 1972 Davis moved from Florida to Lakemont, Georgia to develop the ministry and retreat facilities of Center for Spiritual Awareness. In 1976 Davis was elected chairman of CSA after O'Neal retired.

Davis taught in more than 100 cities in North America and in Japan, Brazil, Europe, West Africa, and India.