Yogananda arrived in America in 1920, and proceeded to travel throughout the United States on what he called his “spiritual campaigns.”
Hundreds of thousands filled the largest halls in major American cities to see the yoga master from India. Yogananda continued to lecture and write up to his passing in 1952.
Yogananda’s initial impact on the western culture was truly impressive. But his lasting spiritual legacy has been even greater. His Autobiography of a Yogi, first published in 1946, helped launch a spiritual revolution in the West. Translated into more than a dozen languages, it remains a best-selling spiritual classic to this day.
Yogananda’s message was nonsectarian and universal. Before embarking on his mission to the West, he received this admonition from his teacher, Swami Sri Yukteswar:
The West is high in material attainments, but lacking in spiritual understanding. It is God’s will that you play a role in teaching mankind the value of balancing the material with an inner, spiritual life.
The Path of Self-Realization
The true basis of religion is not belief, but intuitive experience. Intuition is the soul’s power of knowing God. To know what religion is really all about, one must know God.
—Paramhansa Yogananda from The Essence of Self-Realization
The lasting contribution brought by Yogananda to the West is the non-sectarian, universal spiritual path of Self-Realization.
Yogananda gave this definition to the term Self-Realization:
Self-Realization is the knowing in all parts of body, mind, and soul that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God; that you do not have to pray that it come to you; that God’s omnipresence is your omnipresence; and that all that you need to do is improve your knowing.
As the means of attaining this exalted spiritual state Yogananda initiated his followers into the ancient technique of Kriya Yoga, which he called the “jet-airplane route to God.”
Books, Photos, Video, and More
Ananda’s Online Store has several books written by Yogananda, audio talks by Yogananda, and video footage of the Master. We also offer many other resources, including books about Yogananda by several direct disciples: Swami Kriyananda, Hare Krishna Ghosh (Yogananda’s nephew), Peggy Dietz, Meera Ghosh, Devi Mukherjee, and others.
A rare collection, featuring never-before-available film footage of the great master.
Enjoy this online photo album. Many unusual photos, mostly from his trip to India in 1935 – 1936.
We are pleased to offer the original Autobiography of a Yogi, online. Every word of text, all the footnotes, and all the original photos, just as Yogananda first presented it. The print version of the Autobiography of a Yogi is also available through Ananda’s Online Store.
Many consider this book by Yogananda’s disciple to be like a sequel to the Autobiography of a Yogi. There are hundreds of stories and personal experiences shared by Kriyananda about his Guru and spiritual teacher.