The final marble statue of Jesus Christ arrived in April 2008 from India. The pilgrim group returned to India with the sole purpose of commissioning the same artist in Jaipur, India to hand-carve this statue of Jesus sitting in meditation, in addition to the first four of the Kriya Yoga line of masters: Babaji Krishna, Lahiri Mahasaya, Swami Yukteswar, and Paramhansa Yogananda.
Jesus is depicted sitting in lotus posture with hands upturned. The facial features were drawn from a photograph of the Hoffman painting similar to the one on many of your meditation altars. Jesus is viewed by Yogananda devotees worldwide as a great master of yoga.
“I wasn’t sent to the West by Christ and the great masters of India to dogmatize you with a new theology. Jesus himself asked Babaji to send someone here to teach you the science of Kriya Yoga, that people might learn how to commune with God directly. I want to help you to attain actual experience of Him, through your daily practice of Kriya Yoga.”
– Paramhansa Yogananda
The white marble statue of Jesus in meditation, along with the four other Kriya Yoga masters in the line of Self-realization gurus reside at the Ananda Meditation Retreat, in the Temple of Silence. There are also large sculptures within the entrance of the Temple of Light at Ananda Village. Visitors are always welcome.