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).