Yogananda, Paramahansa

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Paramahansa Yogananda
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Name
Yogananda, Paramahansa Gender: M
Mukunda Lal Ghosh
born on 5 January 1893 at 20:38 (= 8:38 PM )
Place Gorakhpur, India, 26n45, 83e22
Timezone LST m80e15 (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 15°35' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 25°43 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 01°37'



Biography

East Indian author, mystic and founder of the Self-Realization Movement. World traveled and a world teacher, he carried Eastern philosophy to the West.

He was born Mukunda Lal Ghosh to a devout and well-to-do Bengali family. During childhood, Yogananda had vivid memories of being a yogi during previous lifetimes in the Himalayas. A spiritually precocious child, he was encouraged toward the religious calling by his mother, and he met many holy men and yogis who aided him along his path.

In 1910, at age 17, he met the revered Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri, whom he had often seen during his meditations, and the recognition, joy, and empathy between Master and disciple was immediate and joyful. He completed his studies at Calcutta University while being taught spiritual discipline by his guru for close to a decade, in the Indian tradition. In 1915, he took formal vows as a monk of India's venerable monastic Swami Order, at which time he received the name Yogananda.

A natural born teacher, in 1917, he founded a "how-to-live" school for boys, where modern educational methods were combined with yoga training and instruction in spiritual ideals. His curriculum was always more concerned with developing the whole individual rather than only the intellect. He joked that having renounced the life of a family man, he ended up with even more children than he might have fathered.

In 1920, he was invited to serve as India's delegate to an international congress of religious leaders convening in Boston. His address to the congress, on "The Science of Religion," was enthusiastically received. When Yogananda arrived in America on 9/20/1920, the "New World" was ready to receive the advanced teachings that had previously been reserved for monastics and chelas in ashrams. Science, literacy, communication, and new spiritual insights had just begun breaking down the dark ages of theology and dogma. He founded his fellowship to disseminate worldwide his teachings on India's ancient science and philosophy of Yoga and its time-honored tradition of meditation, introducing the Bhagavad Gita and other scriptures to help raise the consciousness of humanity.

Yogananda lectured and taught on the East coast of American for several years and in 1924 began a speaking tour across the country. His lectures, in which he spoke of the underlying unity of the world's great religions, were attended by thousands drawn to his message. His personal students were taught the ancient soul-awakening techniques of Kriya Yoga. Prominent figures in science, business and the arts came to him, and he was received in the White House by President Coolidge.

Yogananda’s articulate and sincere introduction to the disciplines of the East opened the door for many other Indian teachers and gurus, as a serious interest in yoga and meditation made great inroads in the West. His main mission was to build a lasting bridge of World Brotherhood based on raising the spiritual awareness between the East and West.

In 1925, he established an international headquarters for Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles. His writing began to increase in the ‘30s, including a series of lessons for home study. In 1935, Yogananda toured Europe for six months and India for a year, meeting Mahatma Gandhi and other renowned spiritual figures. At this time his own guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar, bestowed on him India's highest spiritual title, Paramahansa (supreme swan).

A lifelong celibate and mystic, Yogananda wrote that he burned the prophesies about his life written down by the family's astrologer because he did not want to be controlled by its prediction of marrying three times. Though his family pressed him to marry, his determination to follow the spiritual path was resolute. He did not accept deterministic astrology but pointed out that the most difficult times give rise to the greatest achievements.

His life story, "Autobiography of a Yogi" was published in 1946 and expanded by him in subsequent editions. A perennial best seller, the book has been in continuous publication since it first appeared and has been translated into 18 languages. It is widely regarded as a modern spiritual classic.

On 3/07/1952, Paramahansa Yogananda died during a banquet after concluding a speech in Los Angeles, CA. Twenty days after his death, a notarized statement signed by the Director of Forest Lawn Memorial-Park testified: "No physical disintegration was visible in his body.... it was apparently in a phenomenal state of immutability." This state, in a sister-religion, Catholicism, is called "the incorruptibility of the flesh" and is considered one of the requisites of sainthood.

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Events

  • Death of Mother 1904 (Mother died)
  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 1910 (Met his guru)
  • Social : End a program of study 1915 (Graduated university)
  • Misc. : Mystical Experience July 1915 (Initiated by guru)
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  • Work : Begin Major Project 1917 (Founded boy's school)
  • Family : Change residence 20 August 1920 (Arrived in America)
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  • Work : Gain social status 6 October 1920 (Lecture at Boston Religious conference)
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  • Social : Joined group September 1925 (Established SRI in California)
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  • Social : Begin Travel 9 June 1935 (Departed for Europe)
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  • Death of Significant person 9 March 1936 (Guru died)
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  • Misc. : Mystical Experience 19 June 1936 (Tour of astral plane)
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  • Death of Father 1942 (Dad died)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released December 1945 (Publish autobiography)
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Source Notes

Mercury Hour, 7/1976, quotes his ashram, the Self Realization Institute.

(Gorakhpur is on Madras time. As it is 3 degrees 7 min east of Madras, the correction of Gorakhpur to Madras is 12 min 28 sec plus, making the time 20:50 LMT. If the LMT correction had already been made, the original Madras time would have been 20:26 LMT. We are perhaps safest in assuming that the time as given is LMT.)

Categories

  • Traits : Mind : Memory (Recalled prior lives)
  • Traits : Personality : Articulate
  • Traits : Personality : Charismatic
  • Traits : Personality : Disciplined
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted (Family generated business)
  • Family : Childhood : Family extraordinarily supportive (Encouraged by mom)
  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never (Never)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids none
  • Passions : Sexuality : Celibacy/ Minimal (Lifelong celibate)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Meditation
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Mystical experience
  • Personal : Death : Unusual (Body did not decay)
  • Vocation : Business : CPA/ Auditor/ Accountant (Accountant)
  • Vocation : Business : Top executive (CEO)
  • Vocation : Education : Administrator (Founded schools)
  • Vocation : Education : Public speaker (Lecturer, immensely popular)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Took students, wrote study course)
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ eastern (Hindu Yogi)
  • Vocation : Religion : Spiritual Leader/ Guru (Guru and boddisatva)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Meritorious achievement
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Founder of SRM)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book

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