Paramhansa Yogananda, Inspiration for OCOY.org
Many devotees throughout the world revere this unique spiritual master, but for those unfamiliar with him, here is a brief life of Yogananda, together with photos.
Brief Biography of Yogananda
Yogananda was born in Bengal in India at the end of the 19th century, and from childhood displayed a marked Godwardly turned mind. He had an extreme fondness for saints, seeking them out at every opportunity. He found his guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar while still a teenager, and joined his ashram, learning from his somewhat stern teacher the important lessons of God Realization.
In time he felt the Divine call to come to America and sow the seeds of Self Realization in this new soil. In time he founded the Self Realization Fellowship, and in the late '40's wrote the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi. He passed from this earthly life in 1952.
Because of his ground breaking efforts, today most everybody in America has a basic understanding of the ideas of karma, reincarnation, gurus, and meditation. He has become an inspiration to many, and his Autobiography has been the starting point of many a spiritual journey
Yogananda has written many books and articles, some of which remain unpublished even over 50 years since his passing. The list of published works include:
- Man’s Eternal Quest (collection of talks).
- The Divine Romance (collection of talks).
- Journey to Self-realization (collection of talks).
- The Science of Religion.
- Sayings of Paramahansa Yogananda (originally The Master Said).
- God Talks With Arjuna, (a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita).
- The Second Coming of Christ, (a commentary on the Gospels).
His unpublished works include commentaries on Genesis, and on the Book of Revelation.
We recommend the following articles about or by Yogananda:
Have you read any of Yogananda's books?
Photos of Paramhansa Yogananda
OldWitchcraft from The Atmosphere on November 16, 2012:
Nice article! I have read parts of his Autiobiography of a Yogi. It really opened up my mind even further to the possibilities of what human beings can achieve.
Accolades and a vote up!
ocoy (author) from Cedar Crest, New Mexico on November 15, 2012:
Thanks for the support. I would suggest that you do not need to "follow" a guru, rather learn from whatever teacher(s) you feel we can benefit from.
The onus is on us to make the most of any teaching we come across, whether it be from a person, book, or organization. The modern concept of mental slavery to an infallible guru is a degradation of the concept of the guru. And even if the teacher is God Himself, if we are not capable students, we will not profit.
Any critique of our hubs is welcome, as we are new to hubpages.
Pamela Hutson from Moonlight Maine on November 15, 2012:
I will have to read this. The closest I ever came to following a guru was Chogyam Trunpa Rinpoche, who was also a pioneer in bringing eastern religion to the West in the form of Vajrayana Buddhist teachings. What hooked me was Pema Chodron, who writes simply and directly about how to transform difficult or painful experiences.
After awhile, I let it go because you HAVE to have a teacher, one on one, and I do not want that. But I do think that some things are true and some are not on a spiritual level, and a true thing is a true thing no matter who teaches it and vice versa. I have heard of Yogananda though. Good hub, voted up.