Self-realized masters have a unique capacity to help those who are seeking inner peace and higher awareness. Yogananda was so helped by his spiritual predecessors, a story which he enchantingly tells in his Autobiography of a Yogi. Upon their request, he came to the Western world to help hundreds of thousands of people in their spiritual search. He gave these teachings impartially to people of all religions and philosophical persuasions, including atheists.
What Yogananda taught in the West was not religion, but practical spirituality. The techniques he taught are useful in all fields of human activity. They are based on methods of Self-awareness and Self-discovery which have been used by spiritual seekers for millennia. These practices include techniques for increasing the flow of vital energy into the body, for harmonizing body and mind with soul and spirit, and for entering higher states of spiritual awareness, which he called “superconsciousness.”
Yogananda came to Boston in 1920 as India’s representative to the Congress of Religious Liberals, where he presented a talk entitled, “The Science of Religion.” He established his first center in Boston, and began to give conferences and classes in Self-realization throughout the United States. His lectures were very well received, often attended by thousands of people in some of the largest halls in America.
In 1925 he established his headquarters in Los Angeles and continued to lecture in many other cities. He wrote many books, most notably his autobiography and his commentaries on the original teachings of Jesus Christ (The Second Coming of Christ) and of Lord Krishna (The Bhagavad Gita). By the time of his passing in 1952, he had hundreds of thousands of students and had established temples, centers, and meditation groups throughout the country.
by Paramhansa Yogananda
Original First Edition, Copyright 1946, by Paramhansa Yogananda
We are pleased to announce the online publication of the complete first edition of the Autobiography of a Yogi, with all its inherent power, just as the great Master of yoga first presented it. Written in 1946, it has been translated into nineteen languages and has touched the lives of millions. Yogananda’s extraordinary stories of saints and miracles are startling proof that we can personally and directly commune with God. Through this online version, we hope to make Yogananda’s spiritual treasure freely available to seekers throughout the world. To read its message of hope to all truthseekers is to begin a great adventure.
by Swami Kriyananda
Direct Disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda
First Online edition
In 1948, the young J.Donald Walters, who later took the name Swami Kriyananda, became a disciple of Yogananda. For over fifty years he has continued as a disciple of the great Master from India. The author shares numerous stories and insights about his Guru.
“I wasn’t sent to the West by Christ and the great masters of India to dogmatize you with a new theology,” Yogananda said, “[but] to teach you the science of Kriya Yoga, that people might learn how to commune with God directly. I want to help you attain actual experience of Him. The time for knowing God has come!”