Paramhansa Yogananda

Paramhansa Yogananda

Paramhansa Yogananda (1893-1952) is a world-renowned spiritual teacher and author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, which was voted by a panel of scholars as one of the 100 best spiritual books of the 20th century.

Paramhansa Yogananda

Yogananda came to the United States from India in 1920 to share the teachings and technique of yoga with the West. He emphasized direct inner experience of God, which he called “Self-realization.” His teachings are nonsectarian and offer a practical approach to spiritual awakening. To read more about our lineage of spiritual masters, see The Ananda Line of Gurus

Yogananda transcended cultural, social, and religious boundaries. In 1927, he received an unprecedented invitation to the White House, where he was received by President Calvin Coolidge. In 1936, Mahatma Gandhi asked Yogananda to initiate him into Kriya Yoga, the highest technique on Yogananda’s path of Self-realization.

Wisdom of Yogananda

Yogananda's teachings are practical and multi-faceted, and are the foundation for all of our Expanding Light programs. In the Wisdom of Yogananda series, we highlight programs which address central areas of interest to all.

Quotes from Yogananda

I Baptize Myself in the Waters of my Tears of Love -
“Through long, winding pathways of self-doubt, fording mighty rivers that separated Thee from me, trudging over endless wastes of barren lives, tossing dangerously on the rapids of many ambitions, arduously climbing steep mountain trails of desire, and carefully extricating myself from whirlpools of alternating sadness and hilarity - at last I have reached my journey's end. I look upon all those past travails with joy. Every struggle, every past agony, has produced a flowing spring of joyous, grateful tears. In the sacred waters of those tears, I baptize myself daily with deep love for Thee.”
From Whispers from Eternity.

Ananda is a worldwide movement to help you realize the joy of your own higher Self. It is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and was founded by his direct disciple Swami Kriyananda in 1968.
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