Paramahansa Yogananda : Let’s trace the life of Yoga Pioneer

It was International Yoga Day on Tuesday and we ought to discuss about none other than the father of yoga – Paramahansa Yogananda.

He dedicated his life in spreading knowledge about Yoga allacrossthe world, hence now we celebrate International Yoga Day. His efforts made yoga possible for the western side of the world. His knowledge and practise inspired them and is carried out by millions.

Paramahansa Yogananda was born Mukunda Lal Ghosh on January 5, 1893, in Gorakhpur into a devout and well-to-do Bengali family. At the age of 17 he met and became a disciple of the revered Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri at Benaras and learnt spiritual discipline.

Paramahansa Yogananda as an Indian yogi and guru who introduced yoga and meditation to millions of westerners in the early 1920s.

The challenges and accomplishments of his journey are detailed in his landmark book, Autobiography of a Yogi. A documentary titled as – ‘Awake: The Life of Yogananda’ on the life of the guru who inspired millions is about to release in India. It traces the life of Paramahansa Yogananda from his birth in India to when he left for the U.S. as a 22-year-old to take the teachings of the East to the West, in 1920. The film also reveals how Yogananda though being a supporter of Gandhi, refrained from his ascetic extremes.

As per The Hindu reports, “Any student pursuing metaphysics or spiritual studies in the West uses his lessons as a reference. It’s part of their standard textbook, says Prabal Basu Roy, director, Diptish Investments And Fund Advisors, and a member of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India — the Indian arm of Self Realisation Fellowship, which carries on the teachings of Yogananda worldwide.”

According to the director of the documentary, Yogananda used the medium of kriya yoga. This yoga is different from hatha yoga and raja yoga as it is more about concentrating on inner power. This helps one to imporve his-her concentration power and have a peaceful mind.

”ring his years in America, Paramahansa Yogananda devoted himself to fostering greater harmony and cooperation among all religions, races, and nationalities. He took the knowledge of yoga and meditation to millions across the globe, not only through his public lectures and classes but also through his writings and the centres he established in countries around the world”, reports The Better India