Roy Eugene Davis



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Fast Facts
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Function: 
Guru
Traditions: 
Kriya Yoga
Main Countries of Activity: 
United States, Europe, India
Date of Birth: 
March 9, 1931
Place of Birth: 
Leavittsburg, Ohio, United States
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Yes

Biography

Roy Eugene Davis was born in 1931 in Leavittsburg, Ohio, approximately 40 miles south of Cleveland, and grew up in a farming community. In his early teenage years he frequented the public library, reading books on psychology, philosophy, and yoga. When he was 18 years of age, he read Paramahansa Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi and immediately sensed a spiritual connection with Yogananda and the kriya yoga tradition. In December 1949, he traveled to Los Angeles, California, to meet his guru (teacher) and was accepted for monastic discipleship training.

Mr. Davis was ordained by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1951 and was appointed as the minister of the Phoenix, Arizona, Self-Realization Fellowship Center in March 1952. In late 1953, aware of a need to learn to live effectively in the secular world, he withdrew from the organization--but not from his relationship with the kriya yoga tradition or his commitment to serve. After 2 years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at Fort Riley, Kansas, he began his mission as an independent teacher. Since then, he has taught in more than 100 cities in North America and in Japan, Brazil, Europe, West Africa, and India.

Some of his books are published in 11 languages and in 11 countries. He has also published of Truth Journal magazine for 43 years and writes monthly lessons for CSA members around the world.

Mr. Davis founded and serves as the director of Center for Spiritual Awareness with headquarters and retreat facilities in the northeast Georgia mountains.

Teachings

Kriya Yoga:
Philosophy and Lifestyle Practices

The Sanskrit word kriya means "action." Yoga can mean the practices used to facilitate overall well-being and spiritual growth, or oneness-consciousness: the final result of practice. In Patanjali's yoga-sutras, a two thousand year old treatise on superconscious meditation, kriya yoga is defined as discipline of mental and sensory impulses, self analysis, profound study of metaphysics (higher realities), meditation, and surrender of ordinary self-consciousness (egoism) in favor of God-realization.

Kriya yoga is a concentrated approach to Self-discovery and spiritual enlightenment: complete awakening to full knowledge of the Infinite and of cosmic processes. It includes the most effective processes of all systems of yoga, with emphasis on wholesome, constructive living and superconscious meditation practice. The purpose of kriya yoga practice is to restore the practitioner's awareness to wholeness. This is accomplished by acquiring knowledge of one's true nature as a spiritual being; cultivating rational thinking, emotional balance, and physical health; purposeful living; and meditation.

To facilitate the unfoldment of innate qualities and elicit superconscious states, specific meditation techniques are taught and practiced. Beginning meditators are usually taught how to use a simple word or sound (mantra) to focus attention. After a period of preparatory study and practice, initiation into advanced meditation processes can be requested.

Although kriya yoga has been known and practiced for centuries, it was Roy Eugene Davis' guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, who first emphasized it in the west. Yogananda traveled from India to America in 1920 and lectured, wrote, and trained disciples for 32 years before his passing in 1952. His best known book, Autobiography of a Yogi, is now published in multiple languages around the world.

Locations

Center for Spiritual Awareness
Headquarters and retreat facility

Center for Spiritual Awareness
Type: 
Retreat Center
Details: 

Retreats offered Summer through Fall.
Free literature and schedule available by calling (706) 784.4723 8am to 3 pm EST weekdays or by visiting the CSA web site www.csa-davis.org and clicking on Free Literature.

Address: 
Center for Spiritual Awareness
PO Box 7,
Lakemont, Georgia 30552, United States
Phone: 
(706) 782-4723

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