GURU-PARAMPARA – The Passing of the Spiritual Mantle

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The Gurus of Self-Realization Fellowship (Yogoda Satsanga Society of India) are Jesus Christ, Bhagavan Krishna, and a line of exalted masters of contemporary times: Mahavatar Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Swami Sri Yukteswar, and Paramahansa Yogananda. To show the harmony and essential unity of the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Yoga precepts of Bhagavan Krishna is an integral part of the SRF dispensation. All of these Gurus, by their universal teachings and divine instrumentality, contribute to the fulfillment of the Self-Realization Fellowship mission of bringing to humanity a practical spiritual science of God-realization.

The passing of a guru’s spiritual mantle to a disciple designated to carry on the lineage to which that guru belongs is termed guru-parampara.  Thus Paramahansa Yogananda’s direct lineage of gurus is Mahavatar  Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, and Swami Sri Yukteswar.

Before his passing Paramahansaji stated that it was God’s wish that he be the last in the Self-Realization Fellowship line of Gurus. No succeeding disciple or leader in his society will ever assume the title of guru.  “When I am gone,” he said, “the teachings will be the guru….Through the teachings you will be in tune with me and the great Gurus who sent me.”


Presidents of SRF/YSS –  Paramahansaji, Rajarsi Janakananda, Daya Mata, Mrinalini Mata, [not shown] Bro. Chidananda


When questioned about the succession of the presidency of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India, Paramahansaji stated: “There will always be at the head of this organization men and women of realization. They are already known to God and the Gurus.  They shall serve as my spiritual successor and representative in all spiritual and organizational matters.”

SEE~~ “At the Head…Men and Women of Divine Realization” ~ Paramahansaji


See also ~

Paramahansaji Speaks to Mrinalini Mata about His Successors and the Work

Spiritual Lineage – SRF link



5 thoughts on “GURU-PARAMPARA – The Passing of the Spiritual Mantle

  1. Thank you for the explanation of Guru-Parampara and I agree with you 100%. Paramahansa Yoganandaji and his teaching is the Guru we should follow to attain God-realization.

    I have a question if I may ask. Since Daya Mataji was the chosen desciple to carry on Guruji’s work, I came to know her and had communication for guidance in my life; her love, compassion, wisdom always encouraged me in my meditation and above all I received Kriya initiation from Ma who connected me to my Guruji. Daya Mataji was the perfect example to follow in order to succeed on the spiritual path. She had attained the highest state of consciousness where she was one with God and Gurus. Is it wrong to meditate bringing Ma in my spiritual eye when I feel more attuned to God and Gurus as she was one with them ? Am I not following Guru-parampara if I think of Ma on the same level of Guru who is guiding me through Ma? Since I met her and talked to her, I feel close to her to be able to meditate upon God and Gurus.

    Now, Mrinalini Mataji is carrying this work of Guruji and She was with Guruji to be able to do the same thing as Daya mataji did. She also has reached the same higher level of consciousness. Someone who could be close to her in communication through letters or Kriya initiation might feel the same way as Ii feel about Daya Mataji.

    Please reply if possible.

    In Guru’s love,

    Vijaya Rajkotia

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