This book ends with a dream: a harmonious gathering amongst all of Yogananda’s close disciples, sharing together their incredible and true experiences with their Master. Let’s imagine them sitting in a circle. Each disciple gets his turn to speak, each sharing one amazing testimony. As a disciple tells his story, others nod in agreement, because they have seen or experienced a similar incidence. In this way the atmosphere among them increases in holiness, a presence is felt. A clear picture slowly emerges of who Yogananda was and is: a soul much greater than the world might ever know. Yes, this historical reunion is just an imagination, but still, every single experience that is being shared is based on truth, has indeed been lived.
Daya Mata: “He is Deathless”
Daya Mata initiates the discussion by sharing how she experienced Yogananda appearing to her in flesh and blood after his passing.
Gyanamata: “He was a Divine Healer”
Gyanamata recounts that she was healed from a fatal disease through Yogananda’s intercession, when Doctors had given her no more hope.
Brother Bhaktananda: “He was a Master over Matter”
Brother Bhaktananda says that he witnessed Yogananda materializing carrot juice, which never became less in his jug.
Swami Kriyananda: “He was a Premavatar”
Swami Kriyananda remembers how looking into his eyes he felt such a overpowering divine love from him that tears would flow down his cheeks – his love was deeply soul-moving.
Ananda Mata: “He was One With Divine Mother”
Ananda Mata remembers the Cosmic samadi Yogananda experienced in 1948. She saw him talk in ecstasy with Dine Mother. Ananda Mata heard two distinct voices coming from Yogananda’s tongue, her Guru’s own voice talking to Divine Mother, and Divine Mother answering him through his own mouth.
James Coller: “He was Omnipresent”
James Coller tells about the moment when he found out that Yogananda knew his thoughts and actions, of secretly eating hamburgers for example. The Master explained, “I know every thought you think.”
Tulsi Bose: “He was the Conqueror of Death”
Tulsi Bose, Yogananda’s boyhood friend, reveals that he was present when he brought back to life a man who had already been dead, certified by doctors.
Peggy Deitz: “He was a Commander of the Elements”
Peggy Deitz, Yogananda’s witty chauffeur, speaks about how she witnessed Yogananda levitate.
Kamala Silva: “He was Christ-like”
Kamala recounts that once she saw Yogananda appear with a blue skin, like Krishna. Blue, Yogananda explained, is the color of Christ-Consciousness.
Sananda Lal Ghosh: “He worked with Cosmic Power”
Sananda Lal Ghosh, his brother, tells the tale how he experienced a long miraculous drive with Yogananda in his car, without any gas in the tank.
Swami Hariharananda: “He was Light-Filled”
Swami Hariharanada shares how during an initiation ceremony, he saw Yogananda shining like a sun from within.
Durga Mata: “He Sent the Comforter”
Durga Mata talks about how she always used to hear the AUM sound when Yogananda was coming back to his headquarters, returning from his travels.
Roy Eugene Davis: “He was a Shakti-Giver”
Roy Eugene Davis remembers how he experienced strong kundalini surges in his spine after having been with his Master.
Hare Krishna Ghosh: “He Possessed Divine Will”
Hare Krishna Ghosh, his nephew, experienced how Yogananda locked the clasped hands of a big audience, which was unable to open them as long as he didn’t release them.
Swami Satyananda: “He was A Tiger Tamer”
Swami Satyananda shares how many years backYogananda was in the jungle near Ranchi with his school students and teachers. It was night, and they were sleeping in a hut. They heard a wild Bengal tiger approach who wanted to attack their cows: the door to their stall had been left open. Yogananda without fear went outside and faced the tiger. The killer slowly approached. The power of love flowed from Yogananda’s eyes. Suddenly the beast, instead of springing, rolled affectionately at the Master’s feet! Love had conquered it.
Dr. Lewis: “He was a Master Over Sleep”
Dr. Lewis lets everyone know how he found out that Yogananda wasn’t ever sleeping, even while snoring: he was fully aware.
Mrinalini Mata: “He was an Annihilator of Time”
Mrinalini Mata shares how Master knew her past lives. She had been a saint, he said, in more than one of her past lives.
Brother Bimalananda: “He had a Strong Invisible Hand”
Brother Bimalananda shares his story about how he was high up on a ladder, with a heavy bucket on his shoulder. Suddenly he missed a rung, and the heavy bucket began pulling him backward. He would have fallen to his death, but chanted “Om!” and some invisible force pushed him slowly back up to the ladder.
Norman Paulson: “Yes indeed: He had a Strong Invisible Hand”
Norman Paulson remembers driving a big truck down Mt. Washington. At the steepest part of the hill
the brakes failed completely, and immediately he knew he’d be hurtling to his death over the edge of that steep embankment. Desperately he prayed to Master:”Is this what you want?”Suddenly the truck slowed to a complete stop. The brakes still weren’t working, but he was able to park safely.
Shraddha Mata:”He was a Flower Charmer”
Shraddha Mata tells of how she once was watching a “rose devotee.” The rose kept turning in its vase
Oliver Black: “He Showed Heavenly Kindness”
Oliver Black reminisces about a day when it was pouring rain, and he was to take a drive with his Master. When Oliver stepped out of the door no raindrop touched him. He remained completely dry. Yogananda smiled with love, “For you, Oliver!”
Brother Anandamoy: “He is Immutable”
Brother Anandamoy remembers how astonished he was when Yogananda’s body, three weeks after his death, looked completely unchanged, looking fresh like a rose. He simply seemed to be sleeping.
Tara Mata: “He Will be Back”
In his next life, Yogananda foretold, he will live in the Himalayas and gather once again his close disciples. And once again they will have many miraculous stories to tell for future generations.