Bright and soothing pictures of two super natural entities-one of Christianity and another of Hinduism -Jesus Christ and Lord Krishna-sharing a platform and Aarti offered to them regularly inside the Yogda Ashram in Ranchi,may confirm secular credentials of the Yogda Satsanga Society(YSS) of India.But not all YSS members take it as such and appreciate veneration and worshiping of Jesus Christ and Lord Krishna together.
“This proves that those who are managing the Society today are out to Christianise it.We can not tolerate it”,fumes Moti Lal Gupta,a member of the YSS,who had issued a statement criticizing it.
YSS,a non profit religious organization founded by Paramhansa Yogananda in 1917,is also known in countries outside the Indian subcontinent as Self Realisation Fellowship(SRF).
For almost ninty five years,these two bodies running and managing atleast four centres located in Ranchi,Dakshineshwar,Kolkata,NOIDA,Delhi and Ranikhet,Uttrakhand,were dedicated to carrying on the spiritual and humanitarian work of its founder who is widely revered as the father of Yoga in the west.
Yogananda established YSS to make available the universal teachings of “Kriya Yoga”,a spiritual science of “Pranayama”-life-force control and meditation techniques in India.“These nonsectarian teachings embody a complete philosophy and way of life for achieving all-round success and well-being, as well as methods of meditation for achieving life’s ultimate goal — union of the soul with Spirit (God)”,claims a document published by the YSS.
But Gupta,who was associated with YSS and SRF for decades,has alleged that all those men who were managing these two bodies today,were using the name of Paramhansa Yogananda to “Christianise”the YSS.
His allegations include:
*The pictures of two Hindu Gods-Shiva and Krishna-were removed from the latest edition of the Autobiography of a Yogi.
*Two rituals-“Hawan”and “Bramhnandam” performed at Dakshineshwar and Yogda Ashram Ranchi on a regular basis in the past were withdrawn.
*During the course of Yoga Kriya,the devotes were asked to swear by Jesus Christ.
“I have documentary evidences to show how the YSS and SRF have changed over the years to the effect that Christ instead of Shiva and Krishna was revered by the members of these bodies.This is against the spirit of Yogda movement started by Paramhansa”,alleged Gupta.
Asked for his reaction,YSS’s Incharchge(Public Relations)Nishthanandji said:”Yogda movement was based on the ideals of secularism.It aimed to bring unity between the East and the West and was in the heart of Paramhansa Yogananda.We have done nothing wrong.”