Yogananda said that it was Jesus who asked Babaji to send a teacher to the West to reawaken humanity to his original message, saying:
‘They do good works in the West, but they neglect the essence of what I taught them: communion with God.’
Yogananda was that very teacher, and communion with God is at the heart of what he shared as the path of Kriya Yoga.
Yogananda also acknowledged that his mission to the West included showing the essential unity of Eastern and Western spiritual traditions, as specifically represented by the teachings of original Christianity (as taught by Jesus Christ) and the teachings of original Yoga or Sanaatan Dharma (as taught by Krishna).
If you, thinking of God, take one step towards Him, in response, He, who is more kind than a mother, thinking of you, takes nine steps—such a long distance—and accepts you. So great is His grace. (Ramana Maharishi) Yogananda’s encounter with Ramana Maharishi, whom he named “the enlightened Rishi of South India,” highlights the universal power hidden behind Jesus’s parable
When the Bible refers to Jesus, it talks about “Jesus, Son of man”, which Yogananda said is the little human body in which the vast Christ Consciousness (Jesus, Son of God) was born. Yogananda often referred to the incarnation of Jesus as “Christ Intelligence”, “Christ Omnipresence” and “Christ Consciousness”. He wanted (and wants) us to focus during the Christmas season,
“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” These two verses in Matthew (6:22-23), echoed and expanded