Yogoda Satsanga Society

Yogoda Satsanga Society was founded in 1917 by Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda who was born Mukunda Lal Ghosh on Januray 5, 1893, in the holy city of Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.  From his earliest years, it was clear that his life was marked for a divine destiny.  In 1910, he met and became a disciple of the revered sage Sri Sri Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri who was a disciple of Sri Sri Lahiri Mahasaya. Sri Sri Lahiri Mahasay was the disciple of the deathless master Sri Sri Mahavatar Babaji, who revived in this age the ancient science of Kriya Yoga. 

Paramahansa Yogananda started an ashram in Ranchi, Jharkhand, which included a "how-to-live" school for boys, where modern educational methods were combined with yoga training and instruction in spiritual ideals.  Perpetuating these principles, the Yogoda educational and medical institutions now comprise twenty-three schools for boys and girls and many charitable allopathic, ayurvedic and homeopathic clinics throughout India.  The educational institutions include degree colleges in arts, commerce, and science,  boys' schools, girls' schools, music school, pre-schools in several parts of India.

In 1920, Paramahansa Yogananda was invited to serve as India's delegate to an International Congress of Religious Liberals in Boston, U.S.A.  For the next several years, Paramahansaji lectured all over U.S.A.  In 1925 Yoganandaji established in Los Angeles the International Headquarters of Self-Realization Fellowship.  Yogoda Satsanga Society of India and Self-Realization Fellowship were founded by Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda as the instruments for the dissemination of his teachings on the ancient science and philosophy of Yoga and its liberating Raja Yoga techniques of meditation.

Autobiography of a Yogi, the life story of Paramahansa Yogananda has become a classic since its publication in 1946.  It has been translated into twenty-three languages and is now used as a text and reference work in colleges and universities throughout the world.  It has been chosen as one of the best spiritual books of the century.

On March 7, 1952, Paramahansaji entered mahasamadhi, a God-illumined master's conscious exit from the body at the time of physical death.  Today the spiritual and humanitarian work begun by Paramahansa Yogananda continues under the able guidance of Sri Sri Daya Mataji, the present Sanghamata and President of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India/Self-Realization Fellowship.

Satyam  Sivam  Sundaram

 

 

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