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Paramahansa Yogananda

“Giving love to all, feeling the love of God, seeing His presence in everyone  .  .  .  . that is the way to live in this world.”

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1st Row-Jesus Christ, Lord Krishna, Mahavatar Babaji,

2nd Row- Lahiri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteswar, Paramhansa Yogananda


I, Paramahansa Yogananda, was born Mukunda Lal Ghosh in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India into a devout Bengali family on January 5, 1893. From my earliest years, my awareness and experience of the spiritual was far beyond the ordinary. In my youth I sought out many of India's Hindu sages and saints, hoping to find an illumined teacher to guide me in my spiritual quest.

I met my guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri, in 1910, at the age of 17. After passing my Intermediate Examination in Arts from the Scottish Church College, Calcutta, I did my graduation in religious studies from the Serampore College, a constituent college of the University of Calcutta and in 1915, I took formal vows into the monastic Swami Order and became Swami Yogananda. In 1917, I began my life's mission with the founding and running of a school for boys in Ranchi, India that combined modern educational techniques with yoga training and spiritual ideals. This school would later become Yogoda Satsanga Society of India, the Indian branch of my American Organization.

In 1920, I went to the United States as India's delegate to an International Congress of Religious Liberals convening in Boston. That same year I founded Self-Realization Fellowship to disseminate worldwide my teachings on India's ancient practices and philosophy of Yoga and its tradition of meditation. For the next several years, I lectured and taught on the East coast and in 1924 embarked on a cross-continental speaking tour. The following year, I established in Los Angeles an international headquarters for Self-Realization Fellowship, which became the spiritual and administrative heart of my growing work. After fifteen years of my services in the West, Sri Yukteswar conferred upon me the title Paramhansa, which means "supreme swan."

In 1946, I published my life story, Autobiography of a Yogi, which was instrumental in introducing vedic philosophy to the West. It has since been translated into eighteen languages and remains a best seller. It includes my and Sri Yukteswar's attempts to explain certain verses and events of the Bible such as the Garden of Eden story, and descriptions of my encounters with leading spiritual figures such as Therese Neumann, the Hindu saint Sri Anandamoyi Ma, Mohandas Gandhi, Nobel laureate in literature Rabindranath Tagore, famous Indian scientist Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose and Nobel Prize winning physicist Sir C. V. Raman.

On March 7, 1952, I entered mahasamadhi, a master's final conscious exit from the body. My passing was marked by an extraordinary phenomenon: a notarized statement signed by the Director of Forest Lawn Memorial Park testified: "No physical disintegration was visible in his body even twenty days after death....This state of perfect preservation of a body is, so far as we know from mortuary annals, an unparalleled one....Yogananda's body was apparently in a phenomenal state of immutability."

This photo, commonly known as "The Last Smile," is the last known photo of me, taken shortly before I left my body.


My guru lineage was responsible for providing me with the central discipline of my teachings. Sri Yukteswar was the disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya, in turn the disciple of the ageless guru Mahavatar Babaji, who had revived and—through his disciples—begun the spread of Kriya Yoga, described as a "spiritual science of Self Realization." It was through me that Kriya Yoga was brought to the West.

Everything else can wait, but your search for GOD cannot wait...

-Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda

O GOD BEAUTIFUL

O God beautiful,O God beautiful,
At Thy feet,O I do bow!
O God beautiful,O God beautiful,

In thy forest Thou are green,
In the mountain Thou are high,
In the river Thou are restless,
In the ocean.Thou are grave.

O God beautiful,O God beautiful
At Thy feet.O i do bow!
O God Beautiful,O God beautiful,

To the serviceful Thou are service,
To the lover Thou are love,
To the sorrowful Thou are sympathy,
To the yogi,Thou are bliss.

O God beautiful,O God beautiful.
At Thy feet,O I do bow!
O God beautiful,O God beautiful!

WHEN THY SONG FLOWS THROUGH ME

O life is sweet and death a dream,
O life is sweet and death a dream,
When Thy song flows through me,
My Lord,When Thy song flows through me.
Then joy is sweet,sorrow a dream,
Then joy is sweet,sorrow a dream,
When Thy song flows through me,
My Lord,When Thy song flows through me.
Then health is sweet,sickness a dream,
Then health is sweet,sickness a dream,
When Thy song flows through me,
My Lord,When Thy song flows through me.
Then praise is sweet,and blame a dream,
Then praise is sweet,and blame a dream,
When Thy song flows through me,
My Lord,When Thy song flows through me.

"I am awake in Spirit; but whenever GOD commands me to act in His dreamland of creation, I willingly undertake whatever comedy or tragedy or beautiful part He wants me to play...

All are sweet;for I feel it is He who is playing through me during all my scenes on the stage of this colossal dreamland."

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Comment by Jan on May 9, 2010 at 2:22am
Comment by shakti on May 2, 2010 at 8:22pm
Thank you Dear Eva!
Comment by ShAshi DhaR on April 29, 2010 at 3:57am
Thank you Eva ,thank you for stirring in me thoughts and reminding me about this great soul.His 'Autobiography of Yogi' is my permanent companion.Very inspiring post:)
Comment by mutsch55 on April 28, 2010 at 11:28pm
Danke Eva

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Comment by om on April 28, 2010 at 8:04pm
Eva, great work. I appreciate ur work to think about Paramhansa Yogananda.
One of the true soul on earth who lived with supreme!
Comment by Eva Libre on April 28, 2010 at 6:27pm

Comment by Eva Libre on April 28, 2010 at 6:25pm

Find the Divine Mother hidden beyond the skies . . . Implore Her with continuous demand, with the resolve not to cease until Her reply comes . . . Say to Her, "Divine Mother, I am your child, your naughty child . . .
If you appeal to God as the Divine Mother, She quickly gives in . . .

When you worship God as the Mother . . . you must say, "You are my Divine Mother. You have to forgive me . . ."

You must prove to Her that you want Her alone. You must cry urgently and unceasingly . . .

- Paramahansa Yogananda

Comment by Eva Libre on April 28, 2010 at 6:12pm


I may think I hide from you
Because I keep my eyes closed,
But before Your watchful eyes,
ever-present am I.
Open my eyes that I may also behold
You looking at me
From all sides everywhere.
I may try and think to hide from You,
But wherever I am
There are You.


- Prayer by Paramahansa Yogananda

Comment by Eva Libre on April 28, 2010 at 5:58pm


Om kriya Babaji Namah Aum

 

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