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Youth and discipleship[ edit ] Yogananda at age six Yogananda was born in Gorakhpur , Uttar Pradesh , India , to a devout Hindu family. He began praying for guidance; in , his seeking after various teachers mostly ended when, at the age of 17, he met his guru , Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri.
Eloquence flowed in soundless chant from heart of master to disciple. With an antenna of irrefragable insight I sensed that my guru knew God, and would lead me to Him. The obscuration of this life disappeared in a fragile dawn of prenatal memories. Dramatic time! Past, present, and future are its cycling scenes. This was not the first sun to find me at these holy feet! Later on Sri Yukteswar informed Yogananda that he had been sent to him by the great guru of their lineage, Mahavatar Babaji , for a special world purpose of yoga dissemination.
In , he took formal vows into the monastic Swami order and became Swami Yogananda Giri. A year later, the school relocated to Ranchi. The following year, he established an international center for Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles, California, which became the spiritual and administrative heart of his growing work. Yogananda was put on a government watch list and kept under surveillance by the FBI and the British authorities, who were concerned about the growing independence movement in India.
While en route, his ship detoured in Europe and the Middle East; he undertook visits to other living western saints like Therese Neumann , the Catholic Stigmatist of Konnersreuth , and places of spiritual significance: Assisi, Italy to honor St.
Upon taking a train eastward and reaching the Howrah Station near Kolkata , he was met with a huge crowd and a ceremonious procession led by his brother, Bishnu Charan Ghosh , and the Maharaja of Kasimbazar.
Visiting Serampore, he had an emotional reunion with his guru Sri Yukteswar, which was noted in detail by his western student C. Richard Wright.
According to his autobiography, in June , after having a vision of Krishna , he had a supernatural encounter with the resurrected Spirit of his guru Sri Yukteswar while in a room at the Regent Hotel in Mumbai. Rejoined with his American disciples, he continued to lecture, write, and establish churches in southern California. His application was approved in and he became a naturalized U.
He told his close disciples, "I can do much more now to reach others with my pen. Washington in Los Angeles. Rajarsi Janakananda , the new president of the Self-Realization Fellowship, "performed a sacred ritual releasing the body to God.
To reveal the complete harmony and basic oneness of original Christianity as taught by Jesus Christ and original Yoga as taught by Bhagavan Krishna; and to show that these principles of truth are the common scientific foundation of all true religions. To point out the one divine highway to which all paths of true religious beliefs eventually lead: the highway of daily, scientific, devotional meditation on God.
To liberate man from his threefold suffering: physical disease, mental inharmonies, and spiritual ignorance. To demonstrate the superiority of mind over body, of soul over mind. To overcome evil by good, sorrow by joy, cruelty by kindness, ignorance by wisdom. To unite science and religion through realisation of the unity of their underlying principles.
To advocate cultural and spiritual understanding between East and West, and the exchange of their finest distinctive features. In his published work, The Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons, Yogananda gives "his in-depth instruction in the practice of the highest yoga science of God-realization.
That ancient science is embodied in the specific principles and meditation techniques of Kriya Yoga. He said that "The true basis of religion is not belief, but intuitive experience. To know what religion is really all about, one must know God. All we have to do is improve our knowing. He also claimed that God had spoken to him many times, apart from making miracles happen in his life.
When our heart-call is intense and we do not give up, God will come. It is important that we remove from our mind all doubt that God will answer. An ancient spiritual practice, Kriya Yoga is "union yoga with the Infinite through a certain action or rite kriya. The Sanskrit root of kriya is kri, to do, to act and react. One-half-minute of revolution of energy around the sensitive spinal cord of man effects subtle progress in his evolution; that half-minute of Kriya equals one year of natural spiritual unfoldment".
In , it was designated one of the " Most Important Spiritual Books of the 20th Century" by a panel of spiritual authors convened by Philip Zaleski and HarperCollins publishers. One notable chapter of this book is "The Law of Miracles", where he gives scientific explanations for seemingly miraculous feats. He re-read it in India and later while preparing for a trip, he downloaded it onto his iPad2 and then re-read it once a year ever since.
No physical disintegration was visible in his body even twenty days after death No indication of mold was visible on his skin, and no visible drying up took place in the bodily tissues.
This state of perfect preservation of a body is, so far as we know from mortuary annals, an unparalleled one No odour of decay emanated from his body at any time First, in his fourth paragraph he wrote: "For protection of the public health, embalming is desirable if a dead body is to be exposed for several days to public view.
Embalming of the body of Paramhansa Yogananda took place twenty-four hours after his demise. This small faint spot indicated that the process of desiccation drying up might finally be starting. No visible mold appeared however. He continued in paragraphs fourteen and fifteen: "The physical appearance of Paramhansa Yogananda on March 27th just before the bronze cover for the casket was put into position, was the same as it was on March 7th.
He looked on March 27th as fresh and unravaged by decay as he had looked on the night of his death. On March 27th there was no reason to say that his body had suffered any physical disintegration at all. For these reason we state again that the case of Paramhansa Yogananda is unique in our experience. On May 11, , during a telephone conversation between an officer of Forest Lawn and an officer of Self-Realization Fellowship, the amazing story was brought out for the first time.
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