The great Yogi who propagated the spiritual heritage of India to the West, Paramahansa Yogananda, the author of the classic Autobiography of a Yogi, spread the concept and ancient tradition of Kriya Yoga. In this endeavor, he founded Yogoda Satsanga Society (YSS) of India in 1917 and Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) in the USA in 1920 and established many affiliated centres.
Born Mukunda Lal Ghosh in 1893, in Gorakhpur, India, he had a strong desire to go to the Himalayas since his early childhood. But he met his guru, Sri Yukteshwar Giri, a disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya, in the streets of Varanasi. After 10 years of discipleship in his ashram in Serampore, West Bengal, Mukunda joined the monastic order in 1915. He then travelled to the West on his Guru’s request and propagated the spiritual message as taught by several masters before. He entered mahasamadhi, a yogi’s final conscious exit from the body, in Los Angeles on 7 March 1952.
One of the most influential and spiritual books of our times – Autobiography of a Yogi – is, and will remain, special and unique to many of us because this is a direct account by the yogi himself on his transformation, experiences and many other things. The first edition of this book came out in 1946 and even to this day, remains one of the most widely read and translated books.
Swami Kriyananda, a disciple of Swami Yogananda, founded ANANDA, a worldwide movement based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. More information on Swami Kriyananda can be found here.
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