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…

July 31


Yogananda spoke at a garden party in Beverly Hills, California, urging everyone there to follow him in the cause of starting World Brotherhood Colonies.

“This day,” he thundered, punctuating every word, “marks the birth of a new era. My spoken words are registered in the ether, in the Spirit of God, and they shall move the West. . . . Self-Realization has come to unite all religions. . . . We must go on—not only those who are here, but thousands of youths must go North, South, East and West to cover the earth with little colonies, demonstrating that simplicity of living plus high thinking lead to the greatest happiness!”

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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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