T h e  L i f e  o f  P a r a m a h a n s a   Y o g a n a n d a
(1893 ~ 1952)

Paramahansa Yogananda, a beloved world teacher, brought the ancient wisdom of India to the West. In 1920 he was invited to
serve as India's delegate for the international congress of religious leaders that was meeting in Boston. He remained in America
traveling and lecturing across the country to thousands of enthusiastic seekers in the largest auditoriums in the country - from New
York's Carnegie Hall to Los Angelos Philharmonic.  These auditoriums were filled to capacity and thousands were turned away.
Many prominent figures in the arts, sciences, and business became his followers. He founded Self-Realization Fellowship (Yogoda
Satsanga Society in India) which has it's international headquarters in Los Angeles, California, and many other temples, ashrams,
and centers throughout the world. In 1946 his spiritual classic and bestselling Autobiography of a Yogi was published and has been
translated in to 18 languages.    

Yogananda taught the unity of all great religions in his Self-Realization Fellowship Lesson's on India's ancient science and philosophy
of Yoga and Meditation methods for attaining direct personal experience of God. He introduced and spread the teaching of Kriya
Yoga, a scared spiritual science originating millenniums ago in India. Kriya is a soul-awakening technique that had been lost in the
Dark Ages and revived by a linage of enlightened masters.

On March 7, 1952 Paramahansa Yogananda passed away entering the super conscious state of Mahasamadi, a God illumined
Master's conscious exit from the body. The effects of this phenomenon were documented by Forest Lawn Memorial Park in their
testimony that "No physical disintegration was viable in his body even 20 days after death. Yogananda's body was apparently in a
phenomenal state of immutability".

Paramahansa Yogananda's spiritual legacy continues to grow with meditation groups, centers, retreats, and temples affiliated with
his Self-Realization Fellowship spreading worldwide.


S e l f - R e a l i z a t i o n   F e l l o w s h i p

Founded in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda, Self-Realization Fellowship, a worldwide religious organization with international
headquarters in Los Angeles,  has been dedicated to carrying on the spiritual and humanitarian work of Paramahansa Yogananda for
three quarters of a century.

The society publishes Paramahansa Yogananda's writings, lectures, recorded talks, and guides the temples and nearly 500 meditation
centers, located in 54 countries. Their worldwide service, seeks to foster a spirit of greater understanding and goodwill among the
diverse people and nations of our global family, and to help those of all cultures and creeds to realize and express more fully in their
lives the beauty, nobility, and divinity of the human spirit.

Each year, Self-Realization Fellowship hosts a week long international convocation in Los Angeles presenting Paramahansa
Yogananda's teachings, meditations, film and video presentations, guided tours to the ashram centers where he lived and worked,
and other activities. Up to 6,000 participants from around the world attend the event.

Self-Realization Fellowship presents instruction in the techniques taught by Paramahansa Yogananda in a comprehensive home-study
series compiled from his lectures and writings. The lessons cover a wide range of topics, offering his inspiring and practical
guidance for achieving balanced physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Applications are available in the book room.

Visit the Self-Realization Fellowship website.
www.yogananda-srf.org

Self-Realization Fellowship M o n a s t i c  O r d e r

Self-Realization Fellowship consists of a dedicated monastic order that was founded by Paramahansa Yogananda. Monks and nuns
of the Order serve the society's worldwide spiritual and humanitarian work by publishing the writings and recordings of
Paramahansa and his direct disciples. The monks and nuns provide spiritual counsel, and conduct temple services, retreats, lecture
tours, and maintain the buildings and meditation gardens. They also oversee the distribution of the SRF Lessons and books. They
reside in the USA, Europe and India, devoting their lives to seeking God and serving humanity through the work of Self-Realization
Fellowship.

In all the great religions there have been those who have chosen to forego family life and worldly responsibilities in order to give
themselves single heartedly to a divine quest. Following this tradition, monks and nuns of the Self-Realization Fellowship Order
embrace a four-fold vow of renunciation: simplicity, celibacy, obedience, and loyalty. In the religious orders of both East and West,
such vows are the very foundation of the monastic life.

The General Requirements for SRF Monastic Life

One should be single.
One should be in sound physical and mental health.
One should be between the ages of 18 and 40.
One should be free of family and other obligations.
One should have studied the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons for at least one year.

You are welcome to contact the SRF International Headquarters.


SELF-REALIZATION FELLOWSHIP
3880 San Rafael Avenue, Dept. 9W
Los Angeles, CA 90065-3298 USA

Telephone 323.225.2471 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Pacific Time
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ABOUT
Paramahansa
Yogananda
Author of the best-selling  
Autobiography of a Yogi.
This beloved world teacher
came to America in 1920
from his native India.
The timeless, scientific methods of yoga meditation taught by Paramahansa Yogananda enables one to discover, by direct personal
experience, the universal consciousness of God that dwells within. Each week, the Tucson Meditation Group of Self-Realization
Fellowship meets for inspirational services that focus on meditation and spiritual ideals for everyday living. By applying these
principles, you can create a life of lasting happiness and harmony in body, mind and soul.