Great Spiritualists and Friends

Yogananda - Mukunda Lal Ghosh (Jan 5, 1893, Gorakhpur, India - Mar 7, 1952, Los Angeles)
Institution / Country:Self-Realization Fellowship - USA / India

Celebrated Indian guru who introduced to the USA the teachings of Kriya Yoga.

From the Self-Realization Fellowship:

Yogananda emphasized the underlying unity of the world's great religions, and taught universally applicable methods for attaining direct personal experience of God. To serious students of his teachings he introduced the soul-awakening techniques of Kriya Yoga, a sacred spiritual science originating millenniums ago in India, which had been lost in the Dark Ages and revived in modern times by his lineage of enlightened masters.

Under his direction, the personal guidance and instruction that he had given to students of his classes was arranged into a comprehensive series of Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons for home study.

Yogananda's life story, Autobiography of a Yogi, was published in 1946 and expanded by him in subsequent editions. A perennial best seller, the book has been in continuous publication since it first appeared and has been translated into 18 languages. It is widely regarded as a modern spiritual classic.