Paramahansa Yogananda was born on January
5, 1893, close to Himalayas, in Gorakpur. His parents, brothers
and sisters, were devoted and merciful, but Mukunda (the name
of childhood of Yogananda),was the first among them. He revealed
their spiritual gifts and powers although child.
The disciple of Babaji was Lahiri Mahasaya, that had his disciple
Sri Yukteswar. This last one was Paramahamsa Yogananda's spiritual
For ten years, Yoganandaji was trained in high tasks in his/her
Guru's Ashrama, at the same time in that it studied the academical
career. After his/her rigorous training he was filled out
of light of the vision of God; then, he now was ready to make
responsible of the mission of the lineage of their Gurus.
The youth's education was always appreciated by the heart
of Yoganandaji. He began his/her first school in Bengal in
the year of 1917. His/her curriculum includes the pattern
of the high school, as well as Yoga, meditation and the system
of development physical call of Yogoda.
In the year of 1920, Yoganandaji went to America as a representative
of India for the International Congress of the Religions in
Boston, and starting from then, America became his home. Five
years later, he founded Self-Realization Fellowship, tends
the central thirst in Mount Washington, Los Angeles. In his
famous book“Autobiography of a Yogi”, Yogananda
supplied graphs descriptions of his spiritual experiences
and the contact that he had with great Yogis of India. His
book became a great spiritual classic in the world, having
been translated in a lot of languages.
Paramahansa Yogananda had a wide and liberal heart. Although
personally it went a great Master, he approached other sacred
men with great reverence.
Kriya Yoga was the accomplishment method in God taught by
Yogananda. His mission in the Occident was the one of spreading
the knowledge of the practice of Yoga, for which a person
can enter in union with God. Yoganandaji, also, gave new explanations
for the teachings of the Bible, showing the similarity with
the teachings of the Hinduism. He promoted a better understanding
between the Occident and the East. Numerous students received
instructions in the teachings of the classes of Yoga led by
him, for 32 years. He spoke at churches, societies, universities
In the year of 1935, Yoganandaji's classes were published
in the form of lessons, and correspondents for the students
for on everyone. In India, the same teachings were dispersed
for Yogoda Satsanga Society, with the the central thirst in
Self-Realization Fellowship today possesses hundreds of centers
around of the world. There are seven great centers in California,
where resigned are to serve and to practice Yoga. A number
of trained monks travels around of the world, giving speeches
and initiation in Kriya Yoga for the students.
Besides they give instructions about Yoga and balanced life,
SRF, also, does many social services, especially in India.
Yoganandaji reached Mahasamadi in the 07 of Março of
1952. The great Master showed his/her power on the death,
his/her dead body if it didn't decompose for a lot of weeks.
" When you arrived to this
world, you cried and all the others smiled. During your life,
work and serve as such a way that, when it arrives the hour
of leaving this world, you break smiling while the world cries
for you ".
" I don't want the people to think that can reach the
accomplishment simply listening the other ones, or reading
books. It is necessary to practice what read and they hear.
It is better to go the church then to be home and to listen
entrusted conversation, but even in the church, you should
feel intimately and to know the technique for the which can
notice His presence. Sentimentality and intelectualism cannot
give the accomplishment ".
" For the meditation we united the
small happiness of the soul with the great happiness of the
Spirit. The action of the meditation should not be confused
with the action of the common concentration. The concentration
means to remove the attention of amusements and to focus it
in any thought in that we are interested. The meditation is
a special form of concentration in the which we free the attention
of the restlessness in us and we focuse it in God. The meditation
is, therefore, the concentration that is used to know God.
" Concentrate your mind inwardly in the point among the
brows (as in the meditation), in the limitless peace lake.
Feel the eternal circle of waving peace to your turn. The
more you to observe sincerely, more it will feel the peace
undulations expanding of the brows for the forehead, of the
forehead for the heart and of the heart for each cell of the
body. Now the peace waters overflow the margins of your body
and flood the vast territory of the mind. The peace torrent
flows besides the limits of the mind and moves in infinite