Category: Self-Realization Fellowship

Self-Realization Fellowship Celebrates 60th Anniversary of ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’

The Self-Realization Fellowship is holding its annual convocation in L.A., honoring the 60th anniversary of the yogi’s `Autobiography.‘ Indian swami Paramahansa Yogananda strode onto the sunny canvas of Los Angeles in 1925 with tales of magic in a far-off place and a meditation technique he said could liberate the soul. The charismatic founder of the religious organization headquartered in Mount Washington went on to introduce America to yoga and, with his “Autobiography of a Yogi,” become the 20th century’s first superstar guru. More than 4,500 people from around the world will gather at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los

Late guru’s teachings assert yoga is crucial part of Christianity

The Three Wise Men who came to worship the Christ child hailed from India and named him Isa, or “Lord,” in Sanskrit — a name that became Jesus in the Bible. The star they followed to find the infant Jesus was not a physical celestial body. It was the omniscient “wisdom star of infinite perception” in the spiritual eye, located between the eyebrows, which the wise men accessed through deep meditation. Later, Jesus traveled to India, where he practiced yoga meditation with the great sages there sometime during his “lost years” from age 13 to 30, a time of his

Assessing spiritual guide after 50 years

Followers praise life of mystical ‘salesman’ By Richard Scheinin Mercury News, Aug. 10, 2002 This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Paramahansa Yogananda, the author, guru and Indian saint who helped bring yoga to the West. This week, more than 4,000 of his acolytes are meeting in Los Angeles to celebrate his life and teachings. One of Gandhi’s teachers, Yogananda quickly became a spiritual superstar after his arrival in the United States in 1920. His charismatic personality and encouraging message — that all religions affirm humanity’s oneness with God — filled auditoriums and attracted such celebrity