In the later years of his life, Yogananda spent more time in seclusion, rather than traveling and giving lectures. During this time, he wrote many books and articles. In 1946, Paramhansa Yogananda wrote his best-selling spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi. It has since sold over 5 million copies and been translated into at least 34 languages.
Yogananda left his body on March 7, 1952, while giving a lecture at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. He had just finished reciting a poem he had written, called “My India”, which can be found in the book, Whispers from Eternity.
Soon after his passing, Self-Realization Fellowship received a letter from the funeral home where Yogananda's body was being kept. They said that, although a month had passed, Yogananda's body was still in perfect condition. They had never seen anything like it before and were amazed. Perhaps some of the divine nature that Yogananda had possessed still lingered in his body.
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