Roy Eugene Davis

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Roy Eugene Davis (born 9 March 1931) is an American spiritual teacher and author who "established the Georgia-based Center for Spiritual Awareness in 1972".[1] Previously he had founded New Life World Wide Inc. In 1967 he began publishing Truth Journal Magazine which has now been in continuous publication for 44 years.[2] By 1970 he had authored nine books.[3][4] Davis has continued to teach in the Kriya Yoga tradition for more than 60 years.[5]

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Born in Leavittsburg, Ohio, Davis became interested in yoga at a young age. He read the book Autobiography of a Yogi when he was 18 and was attracted to kriya yoga and the author, Paramahansa Yogananda, who he "knew was his guru". After studying lessons from Yogananda's Self-Realization Fellowship and graduating from high school, he met Yogananda in 1949 and joined the monastic students at Yogananda's SRF. In 1951, he was ordained by Paramahansa Yogananda. In 1952 he was "appointed Minister of the SRF center in Phoenix, Arizona", teaching kriya yoga.[4][5][6]

He left SRF and served in the US Army Medical Corps at Fort Riley from 1953 through 1955. Following his military duty he began his ministry as an independent spiritual teacher. In the 1960s he founded New Life Worldwide. He began publishing the Truth Journal magazine in 1967. In the early 1970s Edwin O'Neal of the Christian Spiritual Alliance invited Davis to head the organizations teaching ministry and they named this outreach "Center for Spiritual Awareness". In 1972 Davis moved from Florida to Lakemont, Georgia to develop the ministry and retreat facilities of Center for Spiritual Awareness. In 1976 Davis was elected chairman of CSA after O'Neal retired.

Davis 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 10 languages and in 11 countries. He continues to publish Truth Journal magazine and writes monthly lessons for CSA members around the world.[2][5][6][7]

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  1. ^ "Imagination can build reality: Yoga exponent". The Times of India. January 10, 2005. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Truth Journal Magazine". June 2011. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Author of nine books sets sermon at Unity of Miami". The Miami News. August 22, 1970. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Meditate and reduce stress". The Times of India. January 18, 2005. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Roy Eugene Davis (2005). Paramahansa Yogananda: As I Knew Him. CSA Press. ISBN 0-87707-293-0. 
  6. ^ a b Jones, Constance; James D. Ryan (2007). Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Infobase Publishing. pp. 121–122. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ J. Gordon Melton (1999). Religious leaders of America. Gale Research. p. 155. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 

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