Paramahansa Yogananda

"I have come with but one purpose, to give you the love of God."- P. Yogananda

Py CardThe great humanitarian and spiritual leader who became Kamala Silva's "Flawless Mirror" in 1925 was Paramahansa Yogananda. He was born Mukunda Lal Ghosh on January 5, 1893 in Gorakhpur, India. In his youth he met many of the great saints and sages of India. In 1910 at the age of 17, he met and became a disciple of Swami Sri Yukteswar. He spent the better part of the next 10 years with Sri Yukeswar under his loving but strict discipline. After he graduated from Calcutta University in 1915, he took formal vows as a monk of India's Monastic Swami Order. At that time he chose the name Yogananda meaning bliss, ananda, through divine union, yoga.

In 1920, Yogananda came to America. He was invited to serve as India's delegate to an international congress of religions leaders convening in Boston. That same year he founded Self-Realization Fellowship, known as Yogoda Satsanda Society in India. In 1925, he established an international headquarters for Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles, California, which became the spiritual heart of his growing work.

Yogananda emphasized the underlying unity of the world's great religions. He taught universally applicable methods for attaining direct personal experience of God. His life story, Autobiography of a Yogi, was published in 1946. A perennial best seller, the book has been in publication since and is widely regarded as a modern spiritual classic. 

Yogananda passed from this world on March 7, 1952, but his spiritual and humanitarian work has continued to grow, with nearly 600 Self-Realization Fellowship temples and centers around the world.

More information and home study lessons may be obtained from Self-Realization Fellowship Internatonal Headquarters in Los Angeles, CA.

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