Sources of Knowledge

Only accomplished Yoga Masters (Yoga = Union with God), Sages and
Self-realized persons are genuine sources of knowledge. While they might not wear a halo,
they do know what God is. God, despite widespread childish opinion, is not a person. God
is neither a he nor a she. God is Self-energetic Mass-awareness. All matter is nothing but
a condensation of this unlimited field of energy. Thus, our bodies are made of God’s
energy and our awareness is part of God’s Awareness. But that needs to be realized. All
those, who accomplished this realization, have the necessary qualifications to guide
seekers. All other guides and teachers of the Truth – without any direct knowledge of the
Truth – are what the Bible calls: "the blind leading the blind." Since we are
better served to address an alive person with our questions, this page introduces only
"Contemporary Saints, Sages, and Self-realized persons". The difference between
Saints, Sages, and persons who are Self-realized is not really there once we understand
who or what the Self is and how the Self fits in with this all-pervading field of
Awareness we have termed God.

Daya Mata     Roy E. Davis     Shree Maa     Ma Yoga Shakti
Mata Amritanandamayi      Pandit R. Tigunait      Anandamayi Ma      Ramana Maharshi

Photo of Daya MataDaya Mata (Faye Wright) from
Salt Lake City is now president of Self-Realization
Fellowship (SRF)
. Faye Wright’s monastic name, Daya Mata, means "Mother of
Compassion." Daya also means kindness. Dr. Binay R. Sen, the former Ambassador of
India to the United States and Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the
United Nations, stated once: "Those who, like myself, were privileged to have met
Paramahansaji find reflected in Daya Mataji that same spirit of divine love and compassion
that so impressed me on my first visit to the Self-Realization Center almost forty years
ago (Calcutta, October 20, 1990)."

Her book, "Only Love," shows Daya Mata in a deep state
of Samadhi (Holy Communion) on page 152. Yogananda’s "Autobiography of a Yogi"
also shows Daya Mata in deep blissful communion with the Divine.

Contact Self-Realization Fellowship at: 3880 San Rafael Avenue, Los Angeles,
California 90065, U.S.A.
Phone: 213-225-2471; Fax: 213-225-5088; WebPage:
SRF was founded by Paramahansa Yogananda
who brought the original Kriya Yoga to the West.

Photo of Roy DavisRoy Eugene Davis is a direct
disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda and the Spiritual Leader of Center for Spiritual Awareness (CSA). He has been
teaching and writing books since 1956 (see Books by Roy E. Davis).
Roy Davis is known for his keen intellect, as are most accomplished Yogis, and he has
complete understanding of all major scriptures, especially the Bhagavad Gita and
Pantanjali’s yoga-sutras.

You can contact Roy Davis at: Center for Spiritual Awareness, Lake Rabun Road, Lakemont,
Georgia, U.S.A.
Phone: 706-782-4723; Fax: 706-782-4560; E-mail:;

Photo of Shree MaaShree Maa teaches various
Yoga disciplines with an emphasis on Bhakti
in the tradition of the great Ramakrishna Paramahansa.

The depth of her realization is expressed in her radiant Stillness and quotes
like the following: "We are all One. May everyone see that we are all One"
(from Daughters of the Goddess, by Linda Johnsen, Yes International Publishers).

After decades of meditating in the caves of the Himalayas, her love for God led
her around the world to share the wealth that she found. She conducts herself with grace,
and her universal philosophy creates harmony wherever she goes. She is a divinely inspired
saint respected by people of every religious heritage in every corner of the world.
Goodness transcends all sectarian boundaries, and Shree Maa is known as kindness

Her life of prayer and meditation has been exemplary. She feeds the hungry,
clothes the naked, heals the sick, all within the regularity of her worship, as a
demonstration of her love for God. She transforms a life of tolerating responsibilities
into one of appreciating opportunities, from bearing burdens and fulfilling obligations
into enjoying the privilege to love: not just the love of our families, not just the love
of our friends, nor even just the love for God, but the love of all of Life.  Shree
Maa teaches us how to go beyond.

Please, see her interview in "Awareness – the Center of Being".

Contact Shree Maa at:  Devi Mandir, 5950 Highway 128, Napa, CA 94558;

Photo of Ma Yoga ShaktiMa Yoga Shakti is a
teacher, philosopher, and Guru. She has received her M.A. degree in Political Science. For
her educational role in Yoga, which she began as early as 1959, and for demonstrating the
unity of Bhakti, Gyaan, Karma and Radja Yoga, she has received several honorary titles.

It is said that selfless service is Divine Wisdom at work. If that is true it
is surely reflected in Ma Yoga Shakti’s deeds. To her many accomplishments belongs a girls
college she has founded and where she served as the principle for many years.

Contact Ma Yoga Shakti at the YogaShakti Mission Inc. in:
1. New York, 114-41 Lefferts Blvd. S. Ozone Park, NY 11420 Phone: 718-641-0402
2. Palm Bay, 3895 Hield Road N.W., Palm Bay, Florida 32907 Phone: 407-725-4024

Photo of AmmachiMata Amritanandamayi, also called Ammachi,
is from India and has visited the United States on several occasions. That we are dealing
with a genuine Saint becomes clear when we observe the spontaneous transformation and
healing of seekers around her. Ammachi helps us understand that Self-realization is
nothing else but the Realization of God within. From time to time, Ammachi tours Seattle,
San Francisco, Carmel, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Dallas, Chicago, New York, and Boston.

To find out if she might some day be at a place close to you, contact her
Center in California:  M.A. Center,
P.O. Box 613, San Ramon, CA 94583  E-mail:

Photo of Pandit TigunaitPandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ph.D.
received his higher education from universities in Benares, Allahabad and the University
of Pennsylvania. Pandit Tigunait is a Sanskrit scholar and a disciple of Sri Swami Rama.
He is also an expert in Indian philosophy, author of more than seven major books,
instructor in Ayurveda and Spiritual Director of the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale,

Contact Pandit Tigunait at: Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and
Philosophy, RR1, Box 400, Honesdale, PA 18431.  Phone: 1-800-822-4547   

Photo of Anandamayi MaAnandamayi Ma (1896 – 1982)
also called Blissful Mother, had reached full Self-realization without the help of any
system or Guru and without great effort. She freely went into trances and during a deep
state of Samadhi, she realized the whole universe as her Self and then saw how the One
appears as the many. Having hardly any education to speak of, she perplexed educated
people with her profound answers ever since her realization. When she was thirteen years
old she was traditionally married and came to stay with her husband when she was eighteen.
However, this was not to be a normal relationship of married couples, instead her husband
learned that she was different and, eventually, became her disciple. At times she
displayed Hatha
asanas and produced Mantras without
ever having learned these systems. Others around her soon fell into Trance and her
reputation started to spread and it did not take long before her disciples grew in
numbers. It is known that Yogananda had visited her as had Daya Mata and many more. Of
course, people would also come to seek healings of all kinds of afflictions. The usual
anecdotal reports of other extraordinary events are recorded. At one point, Anandamayi Ma
quit feeding herself. It is said that her body refused to hold any food. From that point
on, around 1924, her worried devotees undertook the task of feeding her. But even when
fed, she ate very little. When asked about the best way to realize God as the Self, she
recommended the path of Devotion
, also favored by religions including Christians, and the path of Knowledge (Jnana Yoga)
favored by Shankara, Ramana Maharshi, and all Vedanta and philosophically minded people.
As in the tradition of Vedanta,
she insisted that there is only one God and nothing else.

For Ramana Maharshi go
here: Ramana

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