An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 26, 2020
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The saints are sources of inspiration and truth for all who are on a spiritual path. Each one was directly guided by the Divine and expressed in their unique way God’s love for us and the world. Come join us on Zoom in this celebration of divine realization and be uplifted by their stories of discipleship and selfless service to Paramhansa Yogananda and his earthly mission.
Suggested donation:$15 per class, $50 for 4-class series
Dr. Minot W. Lewis (1893-1960)
Dr. Lewis first met Paramhansa Yogananda on Christmas Eve in Boston, MA, 1920. Our beloved guru, then known as Swami Yogananda, lived in the Lewis’ house for three years before traveling west to California. Dr. Lewis became the first American Kriyaban; later, in 1945, Dr. and Mildred Lewis moved to California at Yogananda’s request, to serve the work in San Diego, Hollywood and Encinitas. In addition to his administrative and ministerial duties, Dr. Lewis supervised the training of monks and conducted Kriya Yoga initiations. After Yogananda’s passing in 1952, Dr. Lewis became Vice President of Self-Realization Fellowship.
George Gaye (1900-1978)
Tonight, we will have a special guest, Sam Podany, who is a life-long disciple of George Gaye, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. Sam will be interviewed by Narayan, sharing his many experiences from studying with and working with “Dr. George” or Master George, as he was called by many.
Dr. George met Yogananda in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the 1920’s while Yogananda was giving a series of lectures in the city. George happened to be walking on the street near the hotel where Yogananda was giving his lectures when he noticed a man on the sidewalk who had long hair and ochre robes. As the two men passed, Yogananda turned and said , “George, you be at my lecture tonight.” Astounded that this man not only knew his name but was telling him what to do, George did as he was told.
As a result, George took yoga instructions from Yogananda, was initiated by him into Kriya yoga and became a life-long disciple.
As the years progressed, guided by Yogananda, Dr. George established a church and meditation group in Milwaukee and also founded an 80-acre retreat in northern Wisconsin. Yogananda told George that in this lifetime he was to remain unknown except for a small group of people. Dr. George passed away in 1978, but his church still thrives in Milwaukee.
Sam has spent his life since he was a young man following the teachings of Yogananda as taught by Dr. George.
May 26 Sister Gyanamata
In 1925 Sister Gyanamata, (Edith Bissett) first met Paramhansa Yogananda in her own home in Seattle (where, incidentally, she had already hosted Rabindranath Tagore). After that first meeting, for five long years she didn’t see Yogananda again. But she wrote him letters constantly. “She is an old devotee of incarnations,” Yogananda wrote.
In 1932 she finally came to live in Mount Washington, after her husband had died. At that time Gyanamata (Mother of Wisdom) took a final, lifelong vow of renunciation from Yogananda. “God Alone” was the motto and lifelong ideal of Sri Gyanamata.
She was one of the most spiritually advanced disciples of Yogananda. Her life was focused on realizing God’s presence, the right attitude toward spiritual discipline, and remaining loving and cheerful through tests of faith and great physical suffering.
Because of her deep understanding and spirituality, Yogananda asked her to train other disciples and provide counseling to the many devotees who sought spiritual guidance. Over the years, she wrote hundreds of letters of spiritual advice and support. These letters are printed in the book about her life called God Alone, The Life and Letters of a Saint. After her passing in 1951, Yogananda said, “A great saint has gone away…But she has left spiritual footprints here forever.”
Amazingly, and revealingly, Yogananda once wrote: “She is a goddess. She and I are one.”
Date TBD Yogacharya Oliver Black (1893-1989)
Oliver Black met Paramhansa Yogananda some time when he was in his late 30’s, in the early 1930’s in Detroit, Michigan. When they met, Yogacharya Black said Yogananda was “instantly and anciently familiar.” Yogacharya related that they then spent the next two weeks together at the Book Cadillac Hotel in downtown Detroit, where Master taught Yogacharya many yogic healing techniques among other things.
Yogacharya Black was a householder like Lahiri Mahasaya and Sri Yukteshwar and was a business man like Rajarsi Janakananda. Unlike other very advanced disciples of Yogananda, Yogacharya Black never moved to California to be near Master. Instead, he remained in Michigan, serving the work of Yogananda there. He acquired 800 acres northeast of Gaylord, Michigan, which became the Song of The Morning Ranch ‘A Yoga Retreat of Excellence’ which he founded in 1970. Here he gave classes in yoga philosophy and the teachings of Yogananda and trained many disciples.