A Forerunner of the New Race
Author: Tara Mata
Tara Mata was an advanced Kriya Yoga disciple who served as Paramahansa Yogananda’s editor on Autobiography of a Yogi and other works by him from 1924 until her passing in 1971. Not long after Tara Mata had met Paramahansaji in 1924, she wrote this treatise about a “man” who was blessed with the experience of cosmic consciousness. Though she humbly avoided identification with the person mentioned, the experiences Tara Mata describes were her own. She writes: “The fact that there is a technique, such as Self-Realization Fellowship teaches, whereby cosmic consciousness can be attained, is in itself proof that this higher sense is indeed an inherent faculty of all men, needing but the necessary training to call it forth…. Realization that there is a definite way to contact God, a technique usable by all men in all circumstances, has come as such a liberating shock to a number of Self-Realization students that they feel they have undergone a new birth.”
A Forerunner of the New Race is one of a series of booklets presenting inspiring and practical guidance from the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi, on how to live in a spiritually harmonious way—with grace, simplicity, and with an inner equanimity in the face of life’s seeming contradictions.