You can have many teachers, but you have only one Master. When the time comes to the point of your wanting to realize Truth instead of talking and reading about it, you are directed to a Self-realized Master. When you have made the decision of whom to follow, you wholeheartedly devote yourself to that Path. It may be Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Muslim, Judaism, etc. There are many paths that lead to Truth and Truth is the ultimate goal. My teacher, Yogacharya Oliver Black, would often say that meditation is the bridge between religion and realization. Sri Paramahansa Yoganandaji is a self-realized Guru. He has the key, Kriya Yoga, to opening up your higher energy centers to allow your consciousness to expand into cosmic consciousness and/or self-realization.
I was initiated in Kriya Yoga forty-two years ago. Paramahansa Yogananda accepted me as his disciple. I remain loyal to him as he has seen me through these many years of challenges. During life’s darkest moments, I would feel uttermost joy in knowing that I was not alone in this world and I could feel his presence. I could take strength and courage to carry on. And my self-realization has grown in many ways. The undercurrent of joy beats in my heart. And it is my wish that you have this joy in your life, also.
Namaste, Sharon K.