A man of peace, spiritual teacher Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952) was born on this day in Gorakhpur, India.
In the 1920s he founded the Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles, bringing his teachings to the West.
The gifted orator conducted speaking engagements, "spiritual campaigns," to share his inspiring message of love, meditation, yoga, and self-healing.
"He who conquers the mind, conquers the world," he said.
The Yogi 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," he said.
Yogananda taught how to balance inner needs with outer demands and create a more compassionate and peaceful world.
His best-selling book, Autobiography of a Yogi (1946), considered a spiritual classic, was translated into dozens of languages and continues to be meaningful, with lessons practiced around the world.
To Paramahansa Yogananda, "love is the heartbeat of all life."
Live with peace in your heart.