Paramahansa Yogananda : Gorakhpur

Paramahansa Yogananda was born as a Mukund Lal Ghosh on January 5, 1893 in Gorakhpur, a devotee and a skilled Bengali family. He lost his mother at a young age and was the fourth of eight children. Knowing deeply about spirituality, Youth Mukund showed an initial inclination on the path of Self-realization. In his youth, he searched for many sages and saints of India who were looking for a teacher who would guide them on their spiritual quest.

It was in 1910, at the age of 17, that he met and became the disciple of Shree Yukteswar Giri, who was worshiped in Banaras, in whose ashram they would get a hard and loving spiritual discipline and spend a good part of the next ten years. After graduating from the University of Calcutta in 1915, he took formal pledge as a monk of the monastic order of India, where he received Yogananda (the name of Anand or Anand, ie yoga through divine union).


His message of infinite potential across the country was known throughout the country, marking the beginning of an epilepsy in the west of a Yogabhaiya, Yogananda's address for the meeting, enthusiastically received on 'Religions of the Science of Religion'. In the same year, he also established Self-realization Fellowship to spread his teachings on the ancient philosophy of yoga and the time-honored science of meditation throughout the world.


In 1925, he founded the International Headquarters for Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles, which became a spiritual and administrative heart of his growing work.

During his years in America, Paramahansa Yogananda dedicated himself to promoting greater harmony and cooperation among all religions, castes and nationalities. They gave knowledge of yoga and meditation to millions of people around the world, not only through their public lectures and classrooms, but also through their writing and centers established in countries around the world.

Mahatma Gandhi and Paramahansa Yoganand met a decade later, after a tour of Europe and parts of the Middle East later in 1935, went on a one-year long tour of India. While living in India, he briefly visited Gandhi, the Nobel-prize-winning physicist C. V. Raman and some of the famous spiritual figures of India, which included Sri Raman Maharishi and Anandmayee Ma.

After publishing his autobiography, Yogananda dedicated the last years of his life to literary works, edited and modified his earlier work and gradually shifted from public life.

Paramahansa Yoganand passed away on March 7, 1952 in Los Angeles, Dr. Binay R. Sen, was born after giving a memorable speech in honor of the Ambassador of India in the United States. In his last conversation he said.

"I am proud that I was born in India, I am proud that our spiritual leader is a great ambassador representing India, a model between the two great civilizations of America and Spiritual India is the answer to the world's civilization."

After this he read some lines of his poetry in his poetry, who had a smile on his face before sliding on his floor. His closest followers would later recall that he knew he was going to be nearby. Poetry read:

"The fire of death can tear down all the houses and golden paddy fields,"

Yet to dream of gold and mortality on his ashes,

O India, I will be there! "

His sudden passing came with extensive coverage in the press, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Time Magazine.
In the tribute to the spiritual guru, Indian Ambassador Binay R. Sen, who saw the last moments of Yogananda, said:

"He was born in India, he lived for India, and wrote the name of India on his lips."

The Government of India formally recognized its contribution by issuing a postage stamp in its honorable manner in March 1977, as well as:

"The ideal of love for God and the service of humanity has got complete expression in Paramahansa Yogananda's life, although the main part of his life was spent outside India, he still takes his place among our great saints. The work continues to move forward and shine brightly, dragging people everywhere on the path to the soul's pilgrimage. "

On June 21, when the world is celebrating International Yoga Day for the second year, yoga enthusiasts around the world will remember yoga Paramahansa Yoganand beyond the shores of India, who did yoga. This year, his spiritual classic is also the 70th anniversary of the autobiography of the yogi.