Paramhansa Yogananda

And the Path of Kriya Yoga

An introduction to the life and teachings of the yogi who brought yoga to the West

The Life of Yogananda

“May Thy Love shine forever on the sanctuary of my devotion. And may I be able to awaken Thy love in all hearts.”

—Paramhansa Yogananda

Autobiography of a Yogi

AYAutobiography of a Yogi is the first hand account of the life experiences of Paramhansa Yogananda. It is known as one of the best-selling spiritual classics of all time, read by millions of people all over the world, and recognized universally by varying religious traditions as a beautiful depiction of the spiritual path.

It is a treasured collection of stories, humor, and practical and scientific explanations of the great yoga wisdom of the East. Start reading now online for free.

“Kriya Yoga is the jet airplane route to God.”

—Paramhansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi

The Path of Kriya Yoga

Kriya Yoga is a meditation technique that quickly accelerates one’s spiritual growth — though ancient, it was first made widely known by Yogananda in his autobiography.

Kriya,” he wrote, “is the easiest, most effective, and most scientific avenue of approach to the Infinite. In contrast to the slow, uncertain ‘bullock cart’ theological path to God, Kriya may justly be called the ‘airplane’ route.

Kriya is more than a simple technique. It can be learned from Ananda Sangha and other groups and in fact represents an entire way of life.

With Kriya Yoga, Paramhansa Yogananda taught three other techniques of yoga and meditation:

To learn more, read  this chapter from Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi or listen to this recording:

“The Science of Kriya Yoga,” read by Swami Kriyananda:

Well-Known Admirers of Yogananda

On This Day in the Life of Paramhansa Yogananda…

February 22

1925

A photograph was taken of “Swami Yogananda’s Los Angeles Class.”

Yogananda visited Washington's tomb and offered these flowers there.

Yogananda visited Washington’s tomb and offered flowers on this day in history.

1927

Yogananda visited Mount Vernon with his students and gave a talk. A photograph was taken showing him leaving a wreath at Washington’s grave. His words to the audience included the following:

“As Washington performed his duty he never forgot the Giver of all gifts. That is what inspired me in his life. In India he always inspired me with this thought. His love for Truth was greater than love of party politics.

“I believe that though patriotism is necessary, it should not exclude Spiritual Truth because patriotism which excludes international well-being is built on loose stones. But patriotism which is firmly built on the everlasting source of Truth, that patriotism which loves Truth and Truth Alone, that nation is based on such patriotism as Washington possessed… and the great good that he did to the world and to America is ever awake with us.

“He is ever living in the minds of the world, and we must always be inspired by his example… for he inspired not only thousands, hundreds of thousands, but millions.”

1948

Yogananda established the Self-Realization Temple in Long Beach, California.

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Want to learn more? You can explore these resources below from Ananda Sangha — one of the organizations that helps to spread Yogananda’s teachings.

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