A New View of Swami Sri Yukteswar

We know a lot about Sri Yukteswar’s personality in his final incarnation on earth, but what was he like in past lives? Was he, perhaps, gentler and more approachable? And how might that knowledge affect how we attune with him today?

Paramhansa Yogananda said that he had been William the Conqueror in a past life, and that Sri Yukteswar had been William’s great counselor and ally, Archbishop Lanfranc.

In Blessed Lanfranc: The Past Life of Swami Sri Yukteswar, Guru of Paramhansa Yogananda, Richard Salva highlights scores of fascinating similarities (and important differences) between these two famous incarnations of a great spiritual master.

Through historical evidence and personal experiences, this book resurrects Sri Yukteswar’s image from one that can be daunting, to another much more kindly to every seeker.

Richard Salva

Richard Salva is a 35-year expert on reincarnation and yoga philosophy, and has lectured in the United States and in Europe. He has appeared on television and NPR, Clear Channel, and CBS radio. He recently addressed the annual conference of the International Association for Past-Life Regression Research and Therapies. He is a longtime member and minister of Ananda Sangha.

Richard's books, published by Crystal Clarity Publishers, include The Reincarnation of Abraham Lincoln (an in-depth historical study of reincarnation, based on a statement by Paramhansa Yogananda—that Abraham Lincoln had been an advanced Himalayan yogi in a past life, and that he was reborn as the great aviator, Charles Lindbergh) and Walking with William of Normandy (a pilgrimage guide to the Normandy sites of William the Conqueror, who was Yogananda in a past life).



Part One: The Holy Sage

1. His Early Life

2. The Conversion

3. A Monk of Bec

4. “A School for Boys”

5. Man of Wisdom

6. Spiritual Master and Avatar

            A Lack of Ego

            The Prophet

            Lanfranc and the Popes

            Miracles and Spiritual Powers

            The Guru

7. Lanfranc and William

            A Sacred Relationship

            Their Mutual Mission

            Church Councils and Popes

            Acting on William’s Behalf

8. Lanfranc and William’s Sons

9. “Peerless Interpreter of the Scriptures”

            Bible Interpretations and Other Christian Teachings

            Defending the Church

            A Pair of Controversial Booklets

10. What Did Lanfranc Look Like?

11. Abbot of St. Stephen’s

            In the Background

12. Archbishop of Canterbury

            The Acts of an Archbishop   

            That Primacy Issue

A Light in the Midst of Darkness:

            Doing Dharma in Kali Yuga

            Monastic Constitutions

            Legal Battles

13. Lanfranc and Contemporary Saints

            St. Anselm

            St. Maurilius of Rouen

            St. Margaret of Scotland

            St. Wulfstan

            St. Osmund

14. A Lanfranc Miscellany

15. “When Wisdom Died”

Part Two: Where to Find Lanfranc

16. He Is Risen

17. Where to Find Lanfranc

            Another View of Sri Yukteswar

18. Canterbury and Harbledown, Kent, England

19. St. Stephen’s Church

            and the Monastery for Men, Caen, Normandy

20. Bec Abbey, Normandy

“Deeply satisfying. Worthy of the towering figures whose lives arise—with all their power to inspire—from its pages. A meticulously researched and sensitive portrait.”
Catherine Kairavi, author of Two Souls: Four Lives

“Helps us witness the power behind William the Conqueror’s throne.”
Biraj Palmer, meditation instructor

“Sri Yukteswar is really brought to life in this book. His presence is right there for you.”
Suzanne Kripamayi Caughlan, yoga instructor

“I love this book. An amazing blend of historical research and spiritual insight. Blessed Lanfranc really brings Sri Yukteswar to life in a way I have never experienced before. A great service to all who seek to understand the mission of the masters, and to be in tune with each of our gurus.”
Asha Praver, spiritual teacher, counselor, author of Swami Kriyananda: As We Have Known Him