Born in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, on January the 5th, 1893, Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda devoted his life to helping people of all races and creeds to realize and express more fully in their lives the beauty, nobility and true divinity of the human spirit. After graduating from Calcutta University in 1915, Sri Yogananda was initiated into "sannyas" by his guru Sri Sri Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri. Sri Yukteswar had foretold that his life's mission was to spread throughout the world India's ancient meditation technique of "Kriya Yoga". Sri Yogananda accepted an invitation in 1920 to serve as India's delegate to an International Congress of Religious Liberals in Boston, USA. Paramahansa Yoganda founded Yogoda Satsanga Society of India/Self-Realization Fellowship as the channel for the dissemination of his teachings. Through his writings and extensive lecture tours in India, America and Europe he introduced thousands of truth-seekers to the ancient science and philosophy of yoga and its universally applicable methods of meditation. Paramahansaji entered "mahasamadhi" on March the 7th, 1952 in Los Angeles.
This autobiography offers a look at the ultimate mysteries of human existence and a portrait of one of the great spiritual figures of the 20th century.
Table of Contents
My parents and early life; my mother's death and the mystic amulet; the saint with two bodies (Swami Pranabananda); my interrupted flight toward the Himalayas; a "perfume saint" displays his wonders; the tiger Swami; the levitating saint (Nagendra Nath Bhaduri); India's great scientist, J.C. Bose; the blissful devotee and his cosmic romance (Master Mahasaya); I meet my master, Sri Yukteswar; two penniless boys in Brindaban; years in my master's hermitage; the sleepless saint (Ram Gopal Muzumdar); an experience in cosmic consciousness; the cauliflower robbery; outwitting the stars; Sasi and the three sapphires; a Mohammedan wonder-worker (Afzal Khan); my master, in Calcutta, appears in Serampore; we do not visit Kashmir; we visit Kashmir; the heart of a stone image; I receive my university degree; I become a monk of the Swami Order; Brother Ananta and Sister Nalini; the science of "Kriya Yoga"; founding a yoga school in Ranchi; Kashi, reborn and discovered; Rabindranath Tagore and I compare schools; the law of miracles; an interview with the Sacred Mother (Kashi Moni Lahiri); Rama is raised from the dead; Babaji, yogi-Christ of modern India; materializing a palace in the Himalayas; the Christ like life of Lahiri Mahasaya; Babaji's interest in the West; I go to America; Luther Burbank - a saint amid the roses; Therese Neumann, the Catholic stigmatist; I return to India; an idyll in South India; last days with my guru; the resurrection of Sri Yukteswar; with Mahatma Gandhi at Wardha; the Bengali "joy-permeated mother" (Ananda Moyi Ma); the woman yogi who never eats (Giri Bala); I return to the West; at Encinitas in California; the years 1940-1951; Paramahansa Yoganda - a yogi in life and death; commemorative stamp issued by government of India in honour of Paramahansa Yoganda; aims and ideals of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India.