Paramahansa Yogananda Becomes the Voice of India
From American Veda: Among the people I interviewed about thekey spiritual ir infl uences, a high percentage named a book, and by far the book most often mentioned was Yogananda’s unique memoir. A distant second was Be Here Now by Ram Dass, and he mentioned the Autobiography.
The Autobiography of a Yogi, published just after World War II, remains the most influential memoir of a genuine master of the Vedic tradition ever written. It still inspires tens of thousands of new readers every year. But Yogananda’s legacy extends beyond that iconic book. He arrived in 1920 and made America his home, establishing the world headquarters of his Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) in Los Angeles, “the Benares of America.” For the next 32 years, his universal spiritual teachings and his Kriya Yoga practices reached millions.
Two of Yogananda’s original disciples broke with SRF and established institutions devoted to Yogananda’s teachings:
Other spiritual leaders in the Yogananda lineage include Swami Hariharananda and Swami Premananda. Both left behind small organizations that continue their legacy.
More to come. Please send links, audios, etc. on Yogananda and his legacy.