DIVINE LIFE CHURCH
Our Guru Lineage
Joyfully following the path blazed by our founding minister, Swami Shankarananda, our presiding minister, Swami Nityananda, emphasizes our connection and oneness with all life, selfless service, meditation, Self-realization, and unconditional love. She is dedicated to helping us apply these ideals in our everyday life and promoting the progress of all beings – our global family.
The spiritual founder and preceptor of the Divine Life Church of Absolute Oneness. He is committed to assisting everyone in their journey of self-growth in order to remember their divinity. He focuses on the mystical, on what is universal in all the world's major scriptures and the teachings of the Avatars and saints of humanity. Swami Shankarananda left the body on November 24, 2014. He appointed Swami Nityananda as his successor.
A direct disciple of Swami Yogananda. Swami Premananda established the Self Revelation Church of Absolute Monism in Washington, D.C. He was the Guru of Swami Shankarananda and sent him with his blessings to Baltimore to disseminate the philosophy and teachings of Absolute Monism, or absolute oneness.
Swami Yogananda Paramhansa
A man of dynamic personality, an outstanding Yogi, a universalist, and a lover of mankind. He was the first of this line of Gurus to come to America. He was the Guru of Swami Premananda, ordaining him as a minister in India and later consecrating him as a Swami in America. Read a letter from Swami Yogananda to his disciples.
Swami Sri Yukteswar
A man of profound wisdom, a great astronomer, and an adept in the science of astrology. He was a self-dedicated humanitarian. He was the guru of Swami Yogananda Paramhansa.
A worthy disciple of his great Master. He attained the supreme illumination of God-realization while living an exemplary family life. He was the Guru of Swami Sri Yukteswar.
A Guru of divine revelation and a man of supreme compassion. He was the Guru of Shyamacharan Lahiri.
No one at Divine Life Church claims to be equal to the great gurus, except insofar as yogis honor oneness and divine grace in everyone and everything. Joyfully walking the pathway of the great teachers, we aspire to see and to serve the divine in all. May all enjoy the bliss of meditation, service, wisdom, and pure love!