On This Day in the Life of Paramhansa Yogananda…

March 22


Yogananda founded the Brahmacharya Vidyalaya school in Dihika, West Bengal, India. One year later, the school was transferred to Ranchi, Bihar.


Yogananda gave an afternoon class at Mt. Washington on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali that was later included in the book Divine Romance as “How Feelings Mask the Soul.”

Founding a Yoga School in Ranchi

From Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda

The ideal of an all-sided education for youth had always been close to my heart. I saw clearly the arid results of ordinary instruction, aimed only at the development of body and intellect.

Moral and spiritual values, without whose appreciation no man can approach happiness, were yet lacking in the formal curriculum. I determined to found a school where young boys could develop to the full stature of manhood.

My first step in that direction was made with seven children at Dihika, a small country site in Bengal.…

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