“I wasn’t sent to the West by Christ and the great masters of India to dogmatize you with a new theology. Jesus himself asked Babaji to send someone here to teach you the science of Kriya Yoga, that people might learn how to commune with God directly. I want to help you to attain actual experience of Him, through your daily practice of Kriya Yoga.”
– Paramhansa Yogananda
The final marble statue which is of Jesus arrived in April, 2008 from India. Our line of masters or gurus is 5 deep (Jesus, Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Swami Yukteswar and Paramhansa Yogananda) and Jesus holds “pole position” as you can see from Yogananda’s comment above. Jesus is viewed by Yogananda devotees worldwide as a great Master of yoga.
Which is the reason we returned to India to commission the same artist in Jaipur, India to hand-carve this statue of Jesus sitting in meditation. He is sitting in lotus posture with hands upturned. The facial features were drawn from a photograph of the Hoffman painting similar to the one on many of your meditation altars.
This statue, along with the 4 other Kriya Yoga Masters Statues reside at the Ananda Meditation Retreat in the Temple of Silence. Visitors are always welcome.