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January 5, 2002
By Ken Adachi <Editor@educate-yourself.org>
Today marks the 109th birthday of Paramahansa Yogananda, one of the great Spiritual Lights of the 20th Century. Born in India in 1893, Yogananda came to the United States in 1920 to deliver a message of universal brotherly love, spiritual advancement through Self Realization, and the fundamental unity of all religions. He was the author of many important books on spiritual insights, but he is undoubtedly best known for his seminal classic, Autobiography of a Yogi, first published in 1946. This single powerful memoir of a man's journey towards earthly unification with God has profoundly affected the lives and spiritual growth of millions of people worldwide. For the first time in English, Autobiography rendered not only Yogananda's personal story, but a first hand accounting of the great Yogi masters and Hindu saints of India written by an Indian yogi. The American public generally had a very limited and distorted view of India's yogis and swamis, often confusing them with street entertainers or fakirs, mostly due to the ignorance of movie and popular novel writers. A swami is a person who belongs to a monastic order and would be comparable to a monk or brother in western society.
Yogananda's mother knew he was destined to become a great yogi while
she still carried him in her womb. She had been told
Continuing his story from the Self Relization web site: http://www.yogananda-srf.org/py-life/index.html
"Paramahansa Yogananda was born Mukunda Lal Ghosh on January 5, 1893, in Gorakhpur, India, into a devout and well-to-do Bengali family. From his earliest years, it was evident to those around him that the depth of his awareness and experience of the spiritual was far beyond the ordinary. In his youth he sought out many of India's sages and saints, hoping to find an illumined teacher to guide him in his spiritual quest.