|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 50 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
almost 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. http:www.yogananda.org/
"AWAKE" The Life of Yogananda
In 2014 Counterpoint Films presented the film “AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda”, a biography about Paramahansa Yogananda. It
was filmed over the course of three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world. The documentary examines
ancient yoga and explores why millions today in the west are turning to yoga, are focusing their attention inwards, and limiting
pursuits in the material world in quest for self-realization. The Loft Theatre in Tucson played AWAKE for the whole month of
November 2014 and they brought it back again in 2015 for the International Day of Yoga.
It can now be found as a DVD and can be found on Netflix.
Paramahansa Yogananda Commemorative Stamp in India in 1977
India released a commemorative stamp in honor of Paramahansa Yogannada in 1977 on the occasion of the twenty‑fifth
anniversary of Yogananda’s passing in honor of his contributions to the spiritual upliftment of humanity. “The ideal of love for
God and service to humanity found full expression in the life of Paramahansa Yogananda. Though the major part of his life was
spent outside India, still he takes his place among our great saints. His work continues to grow and shine ever more brightly,
drawing people everywhere on the path of the pilgrimage of the Spirit.”
Paramahansa Yogananda Commemorative Stamp in India in 2017,
the 100th Anniversary of YSS
In 2017, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi released the commemorative postage stamp honoring the 100th anniversary of
the Yogoda Satsanga Society of India, known as Self-Realization Fellowship outside of India, founded by Paramahansa
Yogananda. Prime Minister Modi appreciated Paramahansa Yogananda for spreading the message of India’s spirituality in foreign
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|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.