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Monday, November 28, 2011

PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA : THE MESSENGER OF INDIA TO US

After Swami Vivekananda and Swami Rama Tirtha swayed the American soil with Eastern Wisdom, it was Paramahansa Yogananda who went to US in 1920 to represent India in the international congress of Religious Liberals. Like Vivekananda did with his famous Chicago speech, Yogananda deeply engraved the Eastern Thought on American minds.

In most parts of India, everybody knows his famous book "Autobiography of Yogi' which is a very famous biography. Yogananda eloquently narrated all experiences of his life in a simple prose. The influence of Swami Vivekananda and Paramahansa Yogananda on American psyche is such that in 1930, Dr. Wendell Thomas, author and former professor at the College of the City of New York wrote a book "Hinduism Invades
America".  Philip Goldberg's book 'American Veda" is all about Indian yogis, swamis, gurus that influenced American culture.

In 1952, after Paramahansa Yogananda died on a banquet in Los Angeles, the corpse had been taken to Forest Lawn Memorial-Park to be enbalmed and placed in a crypt. SRF (Self-Realization Fellowship)  published excerpts of Los Angeles Mortuary Director Rowe's letter under the heading "Paramahansa Yogananda. A Yogi in Life and Death" Rowe mentioning that "Weeks after his departure, his unchanged face shone with the divine luster of incorruptibility." This is the power of spirituality where spirit overrides matter and natural laws take a ride !

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