Paramahansa Yogananda, born as Mukunda Lal Ghosh was the one who exposed the Indian public to the benefits of meditation and Kriya Yoga. He was the founder member of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India which he used as the platform to spread his knowledge. His autobiography was the one to be named in one of the top 100 spiritual books of the 21st century and it indicates the great works that he undertook in his lifetime. Not only Indians, he also enlightened the people from foreign countries as well with the knowledge of spiritualism and the benefits of meditation and Kriya Yoga. This made him one of the most revered figures not only in Indian history but also at a global level.
Early Life of Paramahansa Yogananda
He was born on January 5, 1893 and right from a young age he showed deep interest in spiritualism. He also reached out to sages and saints so as to get more and more knowledge on the subject. In 1910, he met his guru Swami Shri Yukteswar Giri and started preaching on spiritualism under his heritage and guidance. He completed his graduation from Calcutta University in 1915, before taking formal vows as a saint and he got the name of Yogananda from his guru. The preaching process of Paramahansa Yogananda started much before he officially converted into a saint. He was indeed blessed with huge knowledge and wisdom right from birth.
In the Quest for Spreading Knowledge
It was in 1917 when he started a school for the boys where the students were provided with a blend of the modern learning and yoga. This institution grabbed eyeballs of most of the eminent personalities of the time. He also was indulged in a number of additional activities for the spread of his knowledge but he had bigger dreams. He wished to spread his knowledge in the West world as well and his visit to the International Congress of the religious leader held in Boston served well up to the purpose.
In Boston itself, he founded the Self Realization Fellowship so as to spread the knowledge of yoga and Indian philosophy in a better way. He travelled all around East Coast preaching and spreading knowledge and went on to establish the headquarters of the fellowship in Los Angeles. This was the period between 1924 and 1935 when he travelled extensively spreading more and more knowledge. During that time, noting could actually stop Paramahansa Yogananda from achieving what he had desired for. Although he faced many difficulties, he chose to stay strong on his paths to his dreams.
Return to India of the Founder of Yogoda Satsanga Society
He returned to India in 1935 due to the death of his guru. In India, he spent his time taking classes on Kriya Yoga and spiritualism and in the due process, he came in contact with a number of great personalities including Mahatma Gandhi, C.V. Raman etc. In 1935, he took up his title of Paramahansa. He set up the Yogoda Satsanga Society in the country with branches in some of the locations to make the process of spreading knowledge much easier. However, he returned back to America in 1936 and spent the rest of his life in America itself.
Inspirational Quotes by Paramahansa Yogananda
“Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”
“Read a little. Meditate more. Think of God all the time.”
“Live each moment completely and the future will take care of itself. Fully enjoy the wonder and beauty of each moment.”
“Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations.”
“The power of unfulfilled desires is the root of all man’s slavery.”
“Persistence guarantees that results are inevitable.”
“Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along.”
“The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.”
“Every tomorrow is determined by every today.”
“Having lots of money while not having inner peace is like dying of thirst while bathing in the ocean.”
His Vision Based on Spiritualism
Paramahansa Yogananda spent most of his last times alone and worked hard on his writings. He did not wish to leave any of the writings midway. Most of these writings that he dealt with in this time were based on spiritualism. It was March 7, 1952 when his soul left his physical body just after he had completed a session in the honour of Indian ambassador to the United States. The death was followed by the observance of a series of magical happenings which indicate how deeply he was connected with spiritualism. This indeed makes him a source of inspiration for everyone.
Written By: Hetal Kabra