Paramhansa Yogananda

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The Path of Self-Realization

The true basis of religion is not belief, but intuitive experience. Intuition is the soul’s power of knowing God. To know what religion is really all about, one must know God.
— Paramhansa Yogananda from The Essence of Self-Realization

Yogananda taught that “Self-Realization is the knowing in all parts of body, mind and soul that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God; that you do not have to pray that it come to you; that God’s omnipresence is your omnipresence; and that all that you need to do is improve your knowing.”

The path of Kriya Yoga, which Yogananda called the ‘jet-airplane’ route to God, consists of ancient yoga techniques to hasten the spiritual evolution of the student.

Young Life

Though Yogananda was born in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, while he was still a young man his family moved to Kolkata and his Father took up a position as Vice President in the railways. It was in Kolkata that he had his first vision of the Divine Mother… as he writes in his Autobiography.

Seeking the seclusion of my small attic, I
remained in meditation until ten o’clock. The darkness of the warm Indian night was suddenly lit with a wondrous vision. Haloed in splendor, the Divine Mother stood before me. Her face, tenderly smiling, was beauty itself. “Always have I loved thee! Ever shall I love thee!”

For that reason it is a blessing for Ananda to be in Kolkata, a city which obviously held a special place in the heart of the Master.

To America

Yogananda’s Guru Swami Sri Yukteswar sent Yogananda to the West with a nonsectarian and universal message. Before embarking on his mission to the West, he received this admonition from his teacher:

The West is high in material attainments, but lacking in spiritual understanding. It is God’s will that you play a role in teaching mankind the value of balancing the material with an inner, spiritual life.

His Legacy

Paramhansa Yogananda’s mission to America was highly successful, both quantitatively and qualitatively.  He founded many centers across the world in his lifetime, and taught thousands of students yoga.  He also transformed many human beings into Saints, and gave them the direct perception of God.  His impact on the planet is just beginning to be felt as millions are continually discovering him through his writings, chants, video clips, and audio recordings.

Swami Kriyananda

In September 1948 a young Swami Kriyananda read the book Autobiography of a Yogi by Yoganandaji and took the next bus across the country to meet the Master. He was accepted as a disciple, and later Yogananda put him in charge of the monastic disciples.

Many years later, Swami Kriyananda started Ananda Sangha, a worldwide organization based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, who showed how everyone can realize God in their daily lives as a tangible, loving reality.

Kriya Yoga

Kriya is not only, as I’ve often said, the airplane route to Him, but also the greatest way of destroying present temptation. When you feel that joy within, no evil will be able to touch you. To you, sense pleasures will then seem like stale cheese compared to the nectar of God’s joy.
—Paramhansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi

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