Spiritual teacher Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952) was born on this day in Gorakhpur, India.
In the 1920, he founded the Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles and conducted speaking engagements, "spiritual campaigns," throughout the U.S. to share his message of love, meditation, yoga, and self-healing.
The Indian mystic shared his special meditation, called kriya yoga, based on the ancient system of the union of breath and Soul with every inhale and exhale.
"He who conquers the mind, conquers the world," he taught. He encouraged others to find a direct, personal experience with God and to celebrate the magic of human potential. "Nothing is impossible, unless you think it is."
A pioneer of yoga in the West, Yogananda taught how to balance inner needs with outer demands and create a more compassionate and peaceful world. His book, Autobiography of a Yogi (1946), considered a modern spiritual classic, has been translated into over 17 languages.
To Paramahansa Yogananda, "love is the heartbeat of all life."
Within is the power of greatness and love.