Both were gifts-the rarest of the rare- offered by India to mankind. For these gifts, humanity will remain in perpetual debt which cannot be redeemed merely by paying homage by different means but by allowing these luminaries to affect us, catalyze us, help us remove all callousness, and sensitize us towards a new spiritual level of consciousness.
The great Masters brought before humanity, for the first time, the most efficacious and practical methods of understanding ultimate verities and application of such verities/truths in their practical day-to-day life.
The contribution of both the masters in the field of personal development and especially in the case of education of children is ideal for all nations.
Both Swami Vivekananda and Paramahansa Yogananda were great masters of humanity. No, ordinary man, surely, is worthy of this spiritual title. But now and then there appears on earth one of the noble lineages of God-realized souls to carry out the plans of Divinity and establish righteousness on earth.
Vivekananda's work prepared the ground in America and planted the seeds of Eastern spiritual values. These seeds were to be nurtured by another spiritual giant from India, Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952).
We are fortunate to be born Indian. While in the West these two masters are revered, here we talk little about them. I feel every Indian should know what great men our country has produced; they should know gurus like Swami Vivekananda and Yogananda. They were the cultural and spiritual ambassadors of India. And they are still India's spiritual treasure. Our spiritual heritage, philosophy can be put to use only if books like Two Great Masters are written and read. I consider myself fortunate if I become instrumental in making sure that this book reaches more and more readers. —ANUPAM KHER
Written almost in an Upanishadic mode, one can easily identify with one or other of the characters. —T.N.CHATURVEDI
“A holy book that has touched my heart. It is for the first time that wisdom of both the Masters has been applied to answer various questions, about living a happy life, that normally confronts readers mind.” —SARITA GHOSH, 4-Garpar Road, Kolkata, (Home of Paramahansa Yogananda)
The two princes of Bengal as a pair have produced a profound back-to-back impact, changing forever the course of religion and spirituality in America. Two Great Masters is an important contribution to the growing literature on the enduring influence of India's Sanatan Dharma on the entire world, a heritage embodied by the extraordinary lives and works of Vivekananda and Yogananda. —PHILIP GOLDBERG
Yogananda's philosophy should be reiterated throughout the world: not for Eastern or Western consumption only, but for global consumption; not for this generation only, but for generations to come. Print millions and millions of copies of his works. Spread them everywhere. Persuade people to read them and understand them. —Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer
Amrit Gupta retired from the I.A&A.S (Indian Audit & Accounts Service) in 2001. He has been a Kriya Yoga practitioner under the guidance of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India founded by Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, for the last 30 years. The scientific, spiritual practices opened up in him a new world of change and possibility that completely transformed his life. He enjoys reading, writing, painting and helping people as far as possible.